Mandate Letter Tracker: Delivering results for Canadians

See the detail and review the progress of the 366 government commitments tracked by the Government of Canada

Commitments are described in the mandate letters sent from the Prime Minister to each cabinet minister. They represent action on 12 top priorities identified by the government.

Updated as of June 30th, 2018
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Healthy Canadians

Sign new Health Accord with the provinces and territories. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A new, multi-year agreement to strengthen health care has been reached between the Government of Canada and provinces and territories.

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The Government of Canada has reached agreements with all provinces and territories on collective priorities and 10-year funding to strengthen health care. In August 2017, federal, provincial and territorial governments reached agreement on a Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities, which outlines key priorities for federal investments to improve access to mental health and addictions services, as well as home and community care and a joint commitment to advance health innovation and prescription drugs. Budget 2017 confirmed a targeted investment of $11 billion over 10 years to support these priorities. Governments also committed to develop and report on a set of common metrics to ensure that these investments bring Canadians improved health outcomes.

The federal government is now in the process of developing bilateral agreements with each province and territory that will set out details of how each jurisdiction will use federal funding in future years, based on the priority areas of action outlined in the Common Statement. The Canadian Institute for Health Information is leading a process with federal, provincial and territorial officials to develop a focused set of common indicators in home care and mental health to enable Canadians to assess progress on shared priorities.

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Safety and Security

Repeal problematic elements of Bill C-51 to balance security with rights and freedoms. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians' safety and security are strongly protected in a manner consistent with the rights and freedoms Canadians cherish.

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In June 2017, the Government introduced legislation covering a wide range of measures that were informed by the broad consultation with engaged citizens, stakeholders, experts, parliamentarians and others in Fall 2016. The proposed measures represent extensive and much-needed improvements to Canada’s national security framework, and will enhance accountability through a proposed National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and a new Intelligence Commissioner; fulfill the Government's commitment to address problematic elements of former Bill C-51 through proposed revisions to threat reduction measures under the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, amendments to the Criminal Code regarding terrorism and to the Youth Criminal Justice Act to ensure that youth who are involved in the criminal justice system due to terrorism-related or other conduct are afforded the enhanced procedural and other protections of that Act and revisions to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act; and enhance transparency by introducing new safeguards and accountability measures, and by re-affirming compliance with the Charter. Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters) was passed by the House of Commons on June 19, 2018 and introduced in the Senate on June 20, 2018.

The Government proposes to enhance the Passenger Protect Program with investments of $81.4M over five years, starting in 2018-19, and $14M per year ongoing. These investments would be used to develop a rigorous centralized screening model and establish a redress mechanism for legitimate air travelers who are affected by the program. The enhanced program would help ensure that privacy and fairness concerns are addressed, while keeping Canadians safe.

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Strong Middle Class

Make post-secondary education more affordable for low and middle income families. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Hundreds of thousands of students receive increased grant-based aid through Canada Student Grants and students are better able to manage student loan repayments upon graduation. The Government expects more low and middle income students to attend post-secondary education.

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In 2016, the Government increased Canada Student Grants (CSGs) by 50%, helping over 360,000 students from low- and middle-income families to receive up to $1,000 more per year in grants. Starting in 2017-18, new CSG thresholds were introduced, meaning that over 400,000 students from low- and middle-income families are estimated to receive up to $3,000 in non-repayable financial aid each and every year, 46,000 of whom are newly eligible for grants.

The Government also increased thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan so that no graduate will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they earn at least $25,000 per year. This change has already helped about 23,000 Canadians delay their payments.

Under the Skills Boost initiative, additional measures announced in Budget 2017 will be available in 2018-19. These include: increasing eligibility thresholds for CSGs for students with dependent children, helping an additional 13,000 students; increasing eligibility thresholds for part-time students, helping an additional 10,000 students; and introducing a three-year pilot project targeted to adult learners that will provide an estimated 43,000 students an additional $1,600 in grant support and allow flexibility to base CSG eligibility on current year’s income. The Skills Boost will also provide greater flexibility for Canadians on Employment Insurance (EI) to get new certificates or training without fear of losing their benefits.

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Environment and Climate Change

Review Canada's environmental assessment processes. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Environmental assessment processes that are fair to all parties, rely on scientific evidence, respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and protect the environment for generations to come.

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Following an extensive review of Canada's environmental assessment processes, the government tabled proposed legislation in February 2018 that will build a new impact assessment and regulatory system for Canada, including the proposed Impact Assessment Act. This new system is fair, based on science, respects the rights of Indigenous peoples, provides certainty to businesses and protects our environment and human health for generations to come. Its development was informed by Expert Panels and Parliamentary Committee reports, a federal discussion paper, parliamentary studies, and almost two years of consultations with Indigenous peoples, industry, provinces and territories, non-government organizations, academia and the public. These reforms are based on the guiding principles of predictable processes that build on what works, partnership with Indigenous peoples at every stage of the process, early and inclusive public engagement; timely, evidence-based decisions reflecting the best available science and Indigenous knowledge; and one assessment for one project, with the scale of assessment aligned with the scale of the potential impacts of the project.

The Government also announced that it will invest about $1 billion over five years to support the proposed new impact assessment system and Canadian Energy Regulator, increase federal scientific capacity, implement the changes required to protect water, fish and navigation, and increase Indigenous and public participation.

During the review of the proposed Impact Assessment Act, the House of Commons amended the proposed legislation to provide greater clarity and certainty with respect to impact assessment, strengthen public participation and consideration of science and Indigenous knowledge in assessments, and reflect the Government’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The House of Commons has referred the proposed legislation to the Senate for review.

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Government Services and Operations

Establish new performance standards for government services and measure and report on performance. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Government services that better meet the needs of Canadians.

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The Government of Canada is assessing its service standards to ensure that they are comprehensive and meaningful. Among its initial achievements, the Government has: implemented new and better service standards for new clients applying for Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits; completed a Service Delivery Review for Veterans Affairs Canada to help drive wholesale change to delivering services and benefits to Veterans; re-opened nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices that were closed by the previous government, and opened a new tenth office; expanded auto-enrollment for Old Age Security benefits (OAS); and added new capacity for call centres handling inquiries related to Employment Insurance (EI) and Canada Revenue Agency. In 2017-18, the Government consulted with Canadians as part of reviews of the EI, OAS and CPP service standards, the results of which are informing the consideration of potential changes to these standards.

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Exports and Investment

Prepare the auto sector for the potential participation of Canada in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater access to growing markets under conditions that are fair to Canadian workers.

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed on March 8, 2018. Budget 2018 committed the Government to work with key sectors, including the auto sector, to evaluate the potential economic impacts of trade agreements, and ensure these key sectors remain strong and competitive.  

Actions, including the creation of the Strategic Innovation Fund, the establishment of the Invest in Canada agency, and the launch of the Global Skills Strategy are seeking to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry. These changes have helped to secure investments of $1.4 billion by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, $500 million by Honda of Canada Manufacturing, more than $1 billion by Ford Motor Company of Canada, and $750 million from Linamar Corp., among other recent automotive investments. These investments have created and secured thousands of long-term jobs in manufacturing and research and development, while fostering innovation to position Canada as a leader in the development of the "car of the future".

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Jobs and Innovation

Ensure tax measures are efficient and encourage innovation, trade and the growth of Canadian businesses. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Tax measures encourage innovation, trade, and the growth of Canadian businesses.

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The Government completed a whole-of-government review of business innovation programs to ensure that they are simple and effective and best meet the needs of Canada’s innovators. The review launched in Budget 2017 and results were announced in Budget 2018. The Government also introduced a reduction of the small business tax rate from 10.5% to 10% as of January 1, 2018 and to 9% as of January 1, 2019.

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Fair and Open Government

Establish a special parliamentary committee to consult on electoral reform. Not being pursued

Result anticipated: A special parliamentary committee was established.

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A Special Committee, which included all five parties represented in the House of Commons, was established in June 2016 and presented its final report in December 2016. In addition to the consultation undertaken by the Special Committee, the Minister also consulted Members of Parliament of all parties, and oversaw an engagement process with 360,000 Canadians through mydemocracy.ca. Following extensive consultation with Canadians, it was determined that no clear preference for a new electoral system had emerged. The Government will not proceed with electoral reform.

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Underway - on track

Canada in the World

Refocus Canada's development assistance on helping the most vulnerable and supporting fragile states. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Global poverty is reduced by investing in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and by focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable.

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In June 2017, the Government launched Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. Canada will invest in women's empowerment and gender equality as the best ways to achieve its objectives, grounded in the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Canada is focusing its assistance on closing gaps and barriers faced by women and girls in areas such as health and nutrition including sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, humanitarian action, inclusive governance, environment and climate action, peace and security, and growth that works for everyone. These commitments are reflected in the Women’s Voice and Leadership Program and Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation Initiative launched over the last year. The Feminist International Assistance Policy commits to directing no less than 50% of Canada's annual bilateral international development assistance to sub-Saharan African countries by 2021-2022 and ensuring 95% of bilateral international development assistance integrates or targets gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In 2017-18, Canada directed 48% of its bilateral international development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa. Canada also made substantial progress towards the 95% target by achieving 89% of bilateral international development assistance either integrating or targeting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. To support the Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Government is providing up to $2 billion in new resources in Budget 2018. This is the largest increase to Canadian International Assistance since 2002. In June 2018, G7 Development Ministers, G7 Finance Ministers and the G7 Leaders agreed to a variety of ambitious declarations on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including the announcement of $3.8 billion to support the education of women and girls in crisis and conflict situations in connection with the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries.

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Healthy Canadians

Ensure Canada's response to the current opioid crisis is robust, well-coordinated and effective. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Federal opioid response is evidence-based, collaborative and comprehensive, and the harm caused by opioid use—including overdoses and accidental deaths—is reduced.

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Problematic opioid use and overdose is currently a crisis in Canada, causing devastation to individuals, families and communities. The Government of Canada is deeply concerned about the growing number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths and is committed to taking strong action. Despite early efforts, evidence suggests that the opioid crisis is intensifying and spreading.

The federal government is working with all partners to confront this crisis and develop a pan-Canadian response. On November 19, 2016, a Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis was announced and included key actions by the federal health portfolio, provincial/territorial governments and national health organizations. Federal Government actions include coordinating the opioid response with provincial and territorial counterparts through the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses and the Problematic Substance Use and Harms Committee. Budget 2017 committed $100 million over five years to support the federal response to the crisis focused in four areas: public education, harm reduction, addiction treatment and counselling, and law enforcement. Budget 2018 commits a further $231.4 million over five years for additional measures to help address the opioid crisis, including $150 million to support provinces and territories in improving access to treatment services for problematic substance use.

The Government of Canada also regularly engages non-government partners, including people who use drugs and people with lived and living experience, through regular multisector discussions, Ministerial roundtables, consultations, working meetings, and other mechanisms. Federal efforts are focused on working with provinces and territories to implement harm reduction approaches and increase access to treatment, supporting innovative approaches to address the crisis, and addressing stigma related to opioid use. The Government is also working towards finding new approaches to reduce opioid-related deaths and prevent future tragedies. An Impact Canada Challenge is currently being designed to encourage the development of opioid detection and testing technologies to help reduce harm to those who use drugs. On June 19, 2018, the Government released an updated national report on apparent opioid-related deaths including final figures for 2017.

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Safety and Security

Conduct an open and transparent defence strategy review. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada now has a new defence policy that was built on extensive input from Canadians and delivers the standard of service and care that current and former Canadian Armed Forces members deserve.

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On June 7, 2017, the Minister of National Defence launched Canada's new defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. This followed extensive external consultations, including engagement with the Canadian public, Parliamentarians, defence experts, and allies and partners. The new policy will allocate realistic funding to projects that will keep our military running efficiently and effectively for years to come, and ensure Canada remains a trusted and capable ally. Through this plan, the Government will build an even stronger military and, most importantly, deliver the standard of service and care our women and men in uniform deserve.

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Healthy Canadians

Ensure Canada has a solid surveillance system for monitoring and reporting overdoses and deaths related to opioids. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Effective monitoring and reporting of overdoses and deaths related to opioids.

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The Government is committed to releasing updated data on a quarterly basis, in collaboration with provinces and territories. The Government is also working with provinces and territories to collect additional data on opioid use and harms. On June 19, 2018, the Government released preliminary data on opioid-related deaths for all of 2017.

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Healthy Canadians

Ensure communities can introduce effective opioid treatments and programs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians have access to community-based opioid treatments and programs that are effective in reducing harm.

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Treatment is the key to moving people from using drugs to recovery. Budget 2018 includes measures to provide one-time emergency funding of $150 million for provinces and territories for multi-year projects that improve access to evidence-based treatments.

In addition, the federal government has used its regulatory powers to make naloxone more widely available and to expedite approval of the nasal spray version. Further, the Government published regulations allowing the import of drugs for opioid use disorder treatments not yet approved in Canada. On March 26, 2018, the Minister of Health announced the removal of barriers to accessing diacetylmorphine (prescription-grade heroin) and methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The regulatory amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on March 21, 2018.

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Healthy Canadians

Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Continued progress in eliminating long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve, leading to the elimination of all long-term advisories by March 2021.

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In January 2018, the scope of the commitment to resolve additional long-term drinking water advisories (LT-DWAs) was expanded. Between November 2015 and July 17, 2018, the number of LT-DWAs on public systems in First Nations communities has declined from 105 to 72. Over this period, 67 LT-DWAs were lifted, and 34 new LT-DWAs were added. Work is ongoing in partnership with First Nation communities and an action plan is in place to address all 72 LT-DWAs currently in effect.

To support this commitment, the Government of Canada is investing in First Nation water infrastructure projects, assisting First Nation communities in monitoring the quality of drinking water and advising on issues related to drinking water safety. Through joint efforts, First Nations communities have access to trained personnel, including community-based water monitoring, to sample and test drinking water quality. This increased capacity means water is being monitored more often, and potential problems can now be identified sooner.

Budget 2018 builds on prior investments and reaffirms the Government’s commitment by providing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that the Government's senior appointments are merit-based and demonstrate gender parity. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater representation of Canada's gender diversity in senior appointments.

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In 2016, the Government put in place a new open, transparent and merit-based approach to selecting candidates for some 1500 federal Governor in Council (GIC) appointments. This will help over time to close gaps in the representation of women in GIC positions. Since late 2015, the representation of women serving as GIC appointees has increased by 13 percentage points and is now at 47 per cent. Budget 2018 also proposed a new investment of $210 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, for the Canada Research Chairs Program to better support early-career researchers and increase diversity, including increasing the number of women who are nominated for Canada Research Chairs.

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Exports and Investment

Implement a new Trade and Investment Strategy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Double the number of high-growth firms in Canada by 2025; increase Canada's goods and services exports—from natural resources, advance manufacturing, agri-food and others—by 30% by 2025; increase global investment in Canada; more good-paying, middle class jobs for Canadians.

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The Government is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada's economic brand through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency. The Government has successfully completed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Provisional application of the trade agreement took effect in September 2017 and will give consumers more choice, boost Canadian businesses' access to new customers, create good, middle-class jobs, and help grow the economy. The Government also recently signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 10 countries in the Pacific region and launched negotiations toward a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur member states and Canada. Canada is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, which will upgrade its association with this trading bloc made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The latest round took place in May 2018. As a concrete example of the Strategy's results, since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to 1075 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 75 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 85 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of almost over $100 million in exports to new markets. Budget 2017 announced $950 million to superclusters in highly innovative industries, and, in February 2018, in cooperation with the private sector and academic partners, the Government announced the creation of five superclusters (Digital Technology; Protein Industries; Advanced Manufacturing; Artificial Intelligence; and Ocean) that will create great new opportunities for Canadian companies to innovate, scale up and grow into globally successful firms. To support Canadian firms and increase exports to new markets, Budget 2018 provides up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia, as well as other initiatives to open market opportunities in the region.

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Jobs and Innovation

Increase high-speed broadband coverage and keep Canada at the leading edge of the digital economy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians have access to high-speed and ultra-high-speed broadband services.

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Greater availability and affordability for high-speed internet in rural and remote areas of Canada gives Canadians more opportunity to participate in the economy, democracy and connected way of life. The Connect to Innovate program will bring high-speed internet to rural and remote communities in Canada by supporting new "backbone" infrastructure to connect institutions like schools and hospitals, and "last-mile" infrastructure to connect households and businesses. Applications closed at the end of April 2017, and the Government is now announcing project decisions. As of June 2018, 173 projects under the $500 million Connect to Innovate program have been announced representing an investment to date of $383 million and targeting 958 communities (more than tripling the initial target of 300) that will receive new or enhanced backbone connectivity. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is expanding competition on new fibre networks and examining how to further improve innovative wireless pricing options. In addition, the CRTC's new fund will expand much faster Internet speeds to rural and remote communities. Budget 2017 investments are also supporting affordable access to the internet for low-income families, digital literacy programming and better access to assistive devices. Budget 2018 proposes funding of $100 million over five years for the Strategic Innovation Fund, with a particular focus on supporting projects that relate to Low-Earth Orbit satellites and next generation rural broadband.

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Strong Middle Class

Balance the budget in 2019/20. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Balance the budget over the long-term and continue to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio.

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Budget 2018 shows that the fiscal framework does not forecast a balanced budget in 2019/20. Before the Government delivered the 2016 Budget, the baseline fiscal track weakened as a result of low oil prices and slow global economic growth. Important fiscal investments were made to kick-start the economy, support the middle class and address the long-term challenges that were limiting Canada's potential. Canada continues to have the strongest economic growth in the G7 and increased consumer and business confidence. As a result, the current fiscal track shows steady improvements in the Government's budgetary position along with a continued decline in the federal debt-to-GDP ratio. In fact, the Budget 2018 fiscal track continues to show steady improvements in the Government’s annual budgetary balance, which is nearly $7 billion lower annually, on average, than projected in Budget 2017. The budgetary deficit is on track to fall from 0.9% of GDP in 2016-17 to 0.5% of GDP by 2022-23. The Government will maintain this downward deficit and debt ratio track—preserving Canada's low-debt advantage for current and future generations.

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Fair and Open Government

Make government accounting and financial reporting more consistent, transparent and understandable to Canadians. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Government reporting is easier for Canadians to find, understand and use to hold the Government accountable.

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The Government has introduced significant changes to improve accountability and make financial reporting more transparent and easier to understand. These changes include: making the Parliamentary Budget Officer an independent officer of Parliament with new powers and resources to more rigorously examine the country's finances; publishing fiscal decisions between budgets; publishing accrual versus cash reconciliation for the Estimates and the Budget; and changing the Standing Orders of the House of Commons to allow Main Estimates to be published later in the calendar year, resulting in the 2018-19 Main Estimates being tabled after the 2018 Budget and including 100% of announced Budget measures in a new centrally-managed Budget Implementation vote. As Budget items receive Treasury Board approval of program authorities, the allocations will be reported and updated regularly in an online annex.

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Environment and Climate Change

Ratify the Paris agreement and develop a Pan-Canadian framework for combating climate change. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada ratified the Paris Agreement and created the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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The Government of Canada ratified the Paris Agreement on October 5, 2016, following a vote in Parliament. The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 and Canada continues to work with all countries on its implementation. In December 2016, First Ministers adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework (PCF) on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which is Canada’s comprehensive plan to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy, accelerate clean economic growth and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. The PCF was developed with provinces and territories, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, and was informed by input from Canadians across the country. The first annual synthesis report on the status of implementation was published in December 2017. To support and complement its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Canada ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on November 3, 2017, which will phase down hydrofluorocarbons (powerful greenhouse gases), and was instrumental in achieving the required number of ratifications at the Montreal Protocol meeting in Montreal in November which will allow the Kigali Amendment to come into force in January 2019. On November 16, 2017, Canada launched the Powering Past Coal Alliance with the United Kingdom to accelerate the global phase-out of traditionally coal-fired electricity.

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Strong Middle Class

Implement the middle class tax cut. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Government reduced the 22 percent federal personal income tax rate to 20.5 per cent to benefit millions of middle class Canadians.

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The middle class tax cut was announced on December 7, 2015, and came into effect as of January 1, 2016. Nearly nine million Canadians benefit from this tax cut. Single Canadians who benefit are saving an average of $330 each year and couples who benefit are saving an average of $540 each year.

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Strong Middle Class

Cancel income splitting, while retaining income splitting of pensions for seniors. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Cancelled income splitting for couples with children under 18, allowing for an increase in child benefits.

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As the Canada Child Benefit was introduced, Budget 2016 eliminated income splitting for couples with children under 18. Pension income splitting was not affected by this change.

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Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Repeal the recent changes made to the Employment Insurance (EI) system that have been punitive to unemployed workers. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Repealed the 2012 changes to Employment Insurance (EI) so that unemployed Canadians have better benefits and more opportunities for good quality jobs.

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In 2016, the Government of Canada reversed EI restrictions related to commute times and work type. Now, workers are no longer forced to accept lower-paying work that is far away from their homes. This change simplifies job search responsibilities, while maintaining the long-standing requirement to search for and accept available work.

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Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Reduce Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Employment Insurance (EI) premium rates have been reduced and a new, transparent EI premium rate setting process has been established so that revenues and costs remain in line over the long-term.

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The EI premium rate was lowered from $1.88 in 2016 to $1.63 in 2017. The premium rate has been announced and set at $1.66 for 2018, which reflects important new supports for Canadian families and changing economic conditions. For the first time, beginning with the 2017 premium rate, the EI Commission has assumed responsibility for setting the annual EI premium rate.

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Underway - on track

Strong Middle Class

Improve the Employment Insurance (EI) system that currently leaves too many unemployed workers with no safety net. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Employment Insurance (EI) remains responsive over the long-term to the needs of workers and employers and reflects the diversity of needs across the country.

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In 2016, the Government reduced the waiting period for EI and made benefits more flexible, easier to access and more generous for workers who need it. For example, the New Entrants and Re-Entrants provision has been eliminated—which set higher eligibility requirements for youth, newcomers and other workers new to the labour market—enabling over 50,000 more Canadians annually to qualify in the event of job loss. In addition, extra weeks of benefits were provided to regions most affected by the commodities downturn and job search responsibilities were simplified. Over the last year, the Government has heard from Parliamentarians, stakeholders and experts as to how to further modernize EI. Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to introduce a permanent successor strategy to the current EI Working While on Claim pilot that expires in August 2018. In addition, Budget 2018 announced that Working While on Claim provisions will be extended to EI maternity and sickness benefits, so that workers can maintain their connection to the labour force during periods of temporary unemployment. In addition, Budget 2018 proposed to better assist workers in seasonal industries that experience a gap in income support before the start of the next season. The Government will continue to look for ways to better serve Canadians as they deal with important life events.

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Fair and Open Government

Develop a non-partisan, merit-based process to advise the Prime Minister on Senate appointments. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: An independent advisory board has been established to provide a non-partisan, merit-based process of advice for recommending Senators, resulting in the appointment of 38 independent Senators thus far.

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The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments was established in January 2016 to provide advice to the Prime Minister on candidates for the Senate. As of July 7, 2016, Canadians were permitted, for the first time ever, to apply to be considered for appointment to the Senate through an open online application process. In the first application process, 2,757 Canadians applied for vacancies in seven provinces, demonstrating unprecedented engagement. A second open application process took place between December 2016 and January 2017 to fill positions in three provinces, resulting in over 1,350 applications. Thirty-eight non-partisan appointments to the Senate have been made under the new process so far. Thanks to these actions, a majority of Senators is not affiliated with a political party. In February 2018, the Minister of Democratic Institutions announced additional improvements to the Senate appointments process, including: keeping applications open year-round, retaining submitted applications for two years, and adding the ability for organizations or individuals to nominate potential candidates.

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Strong Middle Class

Enhance the Canada Pension Plan to provide more income security to retired Canadians. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: When fully mature, maximum Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits will increase by as much as 50 per cent, helping more Canadians achieve their goal of a strong, stable and secure retirement.

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Canada’s Ministers of Finance reached a historic agreement on June 20, 2016, to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). In March 2017, all necessary legislative requirements were met by Canada's nine CPP participating provinces to implement the agreed-upon enhancements. Canada's Finance Ministers also agreed to further improvements in December 2017 to increase benefits for parents of young children and persons with disabilities. These CPP enhancements, which will begin in January 2019, will help provide a secure and stable retirement for more Canadians.

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Strong Middle Class

Eliminate Employment Insurance (EI) discrimination against immigrants, younger workers and parents re-entering the workforce. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canadian workers in the same economic region are now treated equally in the Employment Insurance (EI) system.

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In July 2016, the Government of Canada eliminated rules that limited access to EI for those new to the labour market or re-entering the labour market. Under the previous rules, workers who were entering the workforce or re-entering after being away for two years were required to have 910 hours of insurable employment, regardless of their actual work history prior to unemployment. Now, these workers are treated the same as other Canadians. This will help approximately 50,000 Canadians every year qualify for EI in the event of job loss, particularly immigrants, young workers and parents returning to the workforce.

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Government Services and Operations

Help injured Veterans by re-establishing lifelong pensions and insuring that they all have access to financial advice and support. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Injured Veterans have the option of taking a monthly, tax free payment for life and are provided financial advice and support to assist them in determining the form of compensation that works best for them and their families.

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The recently introduced Pension for Life initiative is a combination of benefits that provide recognition, income support and better overall stability to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans who are living with a disability due to a service-related injury and/or illness.

As of April 1, 2019, Pension for Life will provide a holistic package that reintroduces lifelong monthly pain and suffering payments, implement a new recognition benefit, and consolidate six existing income-related financial benefits.

The resulting Pension for Life benefits package includes: The Pain and Suffering Compensation, Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation, and the Income Replacement Benefit.

1) For injured Veterans, the Pain and Suffering Compensation (PSC) recognizes pain and suffering caused by a disability resulting from a service-related injury and/or illness. The PSC replaces the lump sum Disability Award announced in 2006. It delivers a maximum of $1,150 per month for the life of the serving member or Veteran, or if a Veteran chooses, they can elect to have the monthly PSC cashed out for a lump sum payment that will be equal to the lump sum offered less any monthly payments already paid. The maximum lump sum cash out for the PSC will be equivalent to maximum lump sum payment available under the Disability Award on March 31, 2019, which is being replaced by PSC. The amount provided by the PSC will be adjusted annually by the percent increase in the Consumer Price Index.

2) Some injured Veterans will also benefit from Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation (APSC). This benefit provides additional support to Veterans who are experiencing barriers to re-establishment in post-service life due to a service related severe and permanent impairment. Depending on the extent of the Veteran’s impairment, the monthly payment would be $500, $1,000 or $1,500 adjusted annually by the percent increase in the Consumer Price Index. This benefit is not intended to replace lost earnings and so is tax-free.

3) In addition to the PSC and APSC recognition benefits, PFL will introduce the Income Replacement Benefit (IRB). The Income Replacement Benefit (IRB) is a monthly benefit designed to provide income support to Veterans who are experiencing barriers to re-establishment due to a health problem resulting primarily from service. As the IRB is designed to replace income, it is an economic benefit and as such is taxable. The benefit is available to Veterans and survivors, for life, and orphans, should they need it. For Veterans who have not yet served a full career in the military, the monthly salary will be increased by 1% every year until the Veteran reaches what would have been 20 years of service or age 60. The IRB replaces six pre-existing benefits (i.e. Earnings Loss, Benefit, Extended Earnings Loss Benefit, Career Impact Allowance, Career Impact Allowance Supplement, Supplementary Retirement Benefit and Retirement Income Security Benefit) with one, simpler benefit. Veterans who wish to join the workforce may also earn up to $20,000 from employment before any reduction will be made to their IRB payment.

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Improve Canadians' access to good quality job training. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada will have one of the most skilled, talented, creative and diverse workforces in the world, with more opportunities for all Canadians to get the education, skills, and work experience they need to participate fully in the workforce of today, as they—and their children—prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

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In Budget 2017, as part of the Government's Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government of Canada announced several measures to help more Canadians get the education, skills and work experience they need to succeed today and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. In support of this, the Skills Boost initiative will introduce several measures for 2018-19, including: increased eligibility for Canada Student Grants and Loans for part-time students as well as Canada Student Grants for students with dependents; and a three-year pilot project targeted to adult learners that will provide an additional $1,600 in grant support and allow flexibility to base Canada Student Grant eligibility on current year's income. The Skills Boost will also provide greater flexibility for Canadians on Employment Insurance (EI) to get new certificates or training without fear of losing their benefits. The Government has also expanded workers' access to skills training and job supports, and is improving access to opportunities for lifelong learning, and increasing work experience opportunities for young Canadians. Starting in 2017-2018, the Government has significantly expanded federal investments that will be provided to provinces and territories over the next six years through the labour market transfer agreements, which include Labour Market Development Agreements and new Workforce Development Agreements. Agreements have been signed with most jurisdictions. Agreements with the remaining provinces and territories (PTs) are expected to be signed later this year.

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Environment and Climate Change

Develop a North American clean energy and environment agreement. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, alignment of energy efficiency regulations and enhanced development of the clean technology sector in North America, setting the foundation for a stronger, more sustainable economy.

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At the trilateral North American Leaders’ Summit in June 2016, an Action Plan for a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership was publicly released. It announced ambitious targets to advance clean and secure energy, drive down short-lived climate pollutants, promote clean and efficient transportation, and show global leadership in addressing climate change. The February 13, 2017 Joint Statement from President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau affirmed the importance of close collaboration on energy security, clean energy innovation and the environment, including clean air and water. Canada will continue to advance these priorities, including by working with Mexico and sub-national governments in the United States in the context of the North American Climate Leaders’ process.

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Healthy Canadians

Legalize and strictly regulate cannabis. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Legalization and strict regulation of cannabis in Canada protects Canadian youth, keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime and responsibly manages the production and distribution of cannabis.

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The Cannabis Act received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018 and will come into force on October 17, 2018. The Act will legalize and regulate cannabis, with the objective of better protecting Canadian youth and keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime. It will also make it a specific criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and will create significant penalties for those who use young persons to commit cannabis-related offences.

The legislation was based on the advice from the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, following extensive engagement with Canadians, representatives of provincial, territorial and municipal governments, experts on public health, law enforcement and justice officials, patients, young people, advocates, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, employers and industry.

In July 2018, regulations to support the coming into force of the Cannabis Act will be published. The regulations will come into force at the same time as the Act, on October 17, 2018.

Companion legislation to strengthen impaired driving laws (Bill C-46) also received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018, and includes three new offences for having a prohibited concentration of drugs (including THC) in the blood within two hours of driving.

Budget 2018 proposed investments of $62.5M over five years to support the involvement of community-based and Indigenous organizations in educating their communities on the risks associated with cannabis use . This is in addition to the $46 million investments in cannabis public education, awareness and surveillance announced in October 2017.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Lead preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canadian athletes and national sport organizations were well prepared for and supported at a successful showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

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Canadian athletes excelled during the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nearly 15% more Canadian athletes were able to attend the Games compared to 2012. Canadian athletes placed 10th in total Olympic medals, up from 14th in 2012 and Paralympians also had a very strong showing, bringing home 29 medals.

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Lead preparations for future international sporting events. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian athletes and national sport organizations are better prepared and supported for domestic and international events.

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Canada recorded its best ever Winter Olympics performance medal-wise at the PyeongChang Olympics with 29 medals (11 gold, eight silver, ten bronze). Canada also recorded its best ever Winter Paralympic performance at the PyeongChang Paralympics with 28 medals (eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze). The Government will continue to support Canadian athletes and national sport organizations in preparation for international events. Each year, Canada hosts more than 70 international single sport events that are supported through the Government's Hosting Program.

Canada’s female athletes do us proud at high-performance sport events. They regularly achieve podium success at Senior World Championships, and Olympic and Paralympic Games, but fewer Canadian women and girls participate in sport and physical activity than men and boys. Through Budget 2018, the Government proposed an initial $30 million in funding over three years to support data, research and innovative practices to promote women and girls’ participation in sport, and encourage greater inclusion of women and girls in all facets of sport. As such, in April 2018, a Working Group on gender Equity in Sport was created in order to examine issues that may affect participation and propose ideas, approaches, and strategies for eliminating barriers and to increase participation of women and girls in all facets of sport.

Budget 2018 also proposed to provide $16 million over five years with $2 million in ongoing funding for Special Olympics Canada to sustain its empowering movement. This includes support to the National Team Program which ensures optimal performance preparation for Special Olympics Team Canada to represent Canada on the world stage.

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Ensure the delivery of high-quality settlement services for newcomers, informed by rigorous outcomes data. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved, high-quality settlement services for newcomers to Canada, leading to improved outcomes for immigrants and their children.

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The Government is helping immigrants better prepare for a new life in Canada. By the end of the Government’s current mandate, several enhancements will be in place including a finalized shared national vision with provinces and stakeholders; co-planning with the provinces and territories to better support client needs; and the completion of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Memorandums of Understanding to strengthen collaboration. Investments will be focused on outcomes and informed by evaluation findings and pilot projects results. Given demonstrated results, programming that combines workplace experience with language training will be increased. Increased data and analytical capacity will ensure that the Settlement Program is responsive and effective at meeting the needs of clients and the communities which welcome them.

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Jobs and Innovation

Develop and implement an Innovation Agenda. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved programs support more skills training and life-long learning for Canadians, increased investment in high growth industries, and more high growth, innovative and trade-oriented companies.

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Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government will more than double the number of Canadians potentially eligible for employment support and skills training programs to as many as 1.4 million per year; expand programs to support up to 10,000 work integrated learning placements each year; provide more affordable and accessible broadband services for low-income Canadians and Canadians in remote communities through investments in broadband infrastructure and low-income support programs; encourage the development of assistive technologies that make it easier for persons with disabilities to participate in the digital economy; expand access to venture capital financing; support a series of superclusters that will promote innovation opportunities in high-growth industries. These and other supporting initiatives are at different stages of development and will be implemented and reported on over the course of the next several years. The Government has also conducted a comprehensive review of innovation program and the results were announced in Budget 2018. Budget 2018 articulates a new simplified strategy for the delivery of business innovation programs to make the services more responsive to client needs. Total funding for innovation programming will increase by $2.6 billion over five years, and the reforms will result in a reduction in the total number of business innovation programs by roughly two-thirds (92 to 35+).

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Environment and Climate Change

Increase the proportion of Canada's marine and coastal areas that are protected to five percent by 2017, and ten percent by 2020. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Five per cent of Canada's marine and coastal areas are protected by 2017, and 10 per cent by 2020, protecting important habitats, maintaining and promoting tourism, and helping with climate change adaptation.

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In October 2017, the Government achieved its commitment to protect 5% of Canada's marine and coastal areas by 2017. In December 2017, seven new marine refuges were established off the coasts of Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, which contributed an additional 145,598 square km of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. The government is on track to achieve the 10% target by 2020, with 7.9% of Canada’s ocean conserved as of July 1, 2018.

In November 2016, the Government of Canada announced the designation of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area (MPA). In February 2017, the Government announced the designation of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs MPA. In May 2017, a Large Offshore Pacific Area of Interest off the coast of British Columbia was announced, with the intention of making it one of Canada's largest MPAs by 2020. In June 2017, the Government announced the designation of St. Anns Bank MPA. In August 2017, the federal Government, Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association together announced an agreement on the final boundary and interim protection of the new Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound -- the largest protected area ever established in Canada. Additional areas are also being pursued for protection. On March 22, 2018, the Government announced the establishment of two new Areas of Interest (Fundian Channel-Browns Bank and Eastern Shore Islands) and a proposed conservation area (Eastern Canyons) in the Scotian Shelf Bioregion. And on June 30, 2018, the proposed Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, launching a 30-day public consultation period. The pre-publication period was announced on June 28, 2018, by the federal Minister of National Revenue and Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.

In addition, the Government allocated funding towards exploring with Indigenous and Northern partners the protection of the High Arctic. In September 2017, Canada signed a statement of intent with the Nunatsiavut Government, committing to work together on marine planning in Labrador's offshore area.

Canada has developed science-based criteria for other effective area-based conservation measures that contribute to marine conservation targets. Fisheries area closures that meet these criteria, known as marine refuges, have been established throughout Canada's oceans to protect important species and ecosystem features. The Government will continue working with its partners to enhance the protection of Canada’s oceans.

The Government of Canada has proposed amendments to the Oceans Act to create a new authority to designate an interim MPA through ministerial order and to update existing enforcement officer powers and fines provisions. Amendments are also proposed to the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to allow for orders prohibiting oil and gas activities in designated Oceans Act MPAs, where appropriate. These amendments were informed by engagement with Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories, and stakeholders.

A National Advisory Panel has been established to gather perspectives and offer recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on categories and associated protection standards for federal MPAs, using International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidance as a baseline. The Panel will also consider Indigenous approaches and governance with respect to marine conservation, including the evolving concept of Indigenous Protected Areas. The Panel is planning to hold nine meetings, and will present its recommendations in a final report to the Minister by September 15, 2018.

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Safety and Security

Protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased cyber security for Canada's critical infrastructure, economy, and democratic institutions, resulting in better protection for Canadian businesses and individuals from cyber threats.

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The Government has completed a consultation and review of current measures, and published the results in March 2017. To strengthen Canada’s cyber security and the cyber resilience of Canadians, including protecting their privacy, Budget 2018 commits $507.7 million over five years, and $108.8 million per year thereafter. The Government proposes to provide $236.5 million over five years, and $41.2 million per year ongoing, to further support a new National Cyber Security Strategy, which was launched in June 2018 and is guided by the principles of resilience, collaboration, capability and innovation. The investment includes $155.2 million over five years, and $44.5 million per year ongoing, to create a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which will consolidate expertise from across the federal government into a single point of contact for expert advice, guidance, services and support. It also includes $116.0 million over five years, and $23.2 million per year ongoing, to the RCMP to support the creation of the National Cybercrime Coordination Unit. As well, the Government will help businesses improve their cyber security approach through the creation of a voluntary cyber certification program. Furthermore, the cyber hacking of elections is a growing issue around the world, and the Government will take proactive measures to identify and mitigate against potential threats.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Develop a multi-year Official Languages plan to support English and French linguistic minorities. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A new Official Languages plan will be implemented to support English and French linguistic minorities across Canada.

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On March 28, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage unveiled the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in our Future. The Action Plan includes a new investment of almost $500 million to support official-language minority communities across the country and promote bilingualism of Canadians starting in 2018-19. The new plan took effect on April 1, 2018. New initiatives will be gradually implemented over 2018-19.

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Fair and Open Government

Ensure that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is properly funded and independent of the Government. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Parliamentary Budget Officer is independent and properly funded to conduct analyses on behalf of Parliament.

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In June 2017, legislation was passed that established the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) as an independent agent of Parliament, reporting directly to Parliament. This legislation provides the PBO with the ability to request the funds from the Speakers of the House and Senate needed to fulfill their mandate. This is consistent with the practice for all other independent agents of Parliament. The PBO will also have greater access to relevant information within departments, agencies and Crown Corporations; will be appointed for a term of seven years and can only be removed with cause, subject to the approval of parliamentarians; and will be able to cost election platform proposals at the request of political parties.

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Fair and Open Government

Restore the long-form census. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Restored the long-form census so communities, governments, businesses and other organizations have the data they need to do their jobs.

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Our country and economy depend on knowing about ourselves, and on having the data necessary to make informed decisions. That is why the Government of Canada reinstated the long-form census. The 2016 long-form census saw an unprecedented response rate of 97.8%. The first set of data from the 2016 Census was released in February, 2017. The release of all Census-related data was completed in November 2017, 10 months earlier than for the 2011 Census.

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Fair and Open Government

Reinforce Statistics Canada's independence. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Statistics Canada meets international standards for the independence of a national statistics office.

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Data collected by Statistics Canada helps the private sector, government, not-for-profit groups, and researchers make better decisions. In December 2016, the Government introduced legislation that will reinforce Statistics Canada's independence. The legislation aligns with international standards for national statistical agencies and makes the Chief Statistician responsible for all operational decisions, statistical methodology and the communication of statistical products produced by Statistics Canada. The amended legislation is consistent with the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the OECD Recommendations on Good Statistical Practice. The amended Statistics Act received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.

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Strong Middle Class

Cut taxes for small businesses. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Lower tax rates for small businesses.

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The Government is working to build a fairer and more efficient tax system that benefits all Canadians. As one of its first actions, the Government raised taxes on the wealthiest one per cent in order to cut taxes for the middle class. As announced in October 2017, the Government intends to reduce taxes for small businesses so they can invest in new equipment, grow and create jobs. The Government intends to lower the small business tax rate to 10%, effective January 1, 2018, and to 9%, effective January 1, 2019. This will help small businesses keep up to $7,500 of their hard earned money which they can use to grow and reinvest.

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Fair and Open Government

Repeal provisions in the Citizenship Act that give the government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Repealed provisions in the Citizenship Act that gave the Government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals.

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In June 2017, legislation was passed that repealed the unfair elements of the Citizenship Act that applied only to Canadians with dual or multiple citizenships and allowed the government to strip them of their Canadian citizenship. This legislation also makes it easier for applicants to meet the requirements for citizenship, and helps immigrants obtain citizenship earlier and faster.

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Government Services and Operations

Undertake a review of Canada Post to make sure it provides high-quality service at a reasonable price. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians receive the services they expect from Canada Post at a reasonable price. In addition, Canada Post is able to effectively adapt to changes in technology and consumer preferences.

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The Canada Post Review has produced two public reports from an Independent Task Force and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. On January 24, 2018, the Government completed the Review and announced:
• the Government’s service-focused vision for renewal at Canada Post;
• concrete measures including the end of the program to convert from door-to-door to community mailboxes, an enhanced accessible delivery program to seniors and better promotion of remittance services; and
• guidance to the Board of Directors for the renewal of Canada Post.

Renewing Leadership:
• A new Chair of Canada Post's Board of Directors was appointed in December 2017.
• On January 24, 2018, the Minister’s letter of expectations was sent to the newly appointed Chair of Canada Post's Board of Directors.
• In 2018, the Government has announced eight appointments to the Canada Post Board of Directors.

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Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers to complete returns for lower-income Canadians whose financial situation is unchanged year-to-year. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Simpler process for low-income Canadians to file their taxes when their financial situation hasn't changed much.

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For the 2017 tax year, through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), volunteers filed over 786,000 returns on behalf of Canadians, many of whom are seniors, modest-income Canadians and newcomers with simple tax situations. CRA is continuously looking at improvements so that modest-income Canadians whose financial situation is simple year-to-year can easily file their returns and get the benefits that they are entitled to. The Government of Canada is looking at additional ways to improve these results for the 2018 and subsequent tax years,. This includes supporting organizations in holding more tax clinics throughout the year to reach out to Canadians in remote and underserved communities. Finally, Budget 2018 proposes to double the size of the CVITP, helping hundreds of thousands more individuals complete their taxes and access benefits to which they are entitled.

File my Return is available for Canadians with a low or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged year-to-year. Eligible Canadians are able to file their income tax and benefit return by providing some personal information and answering a series of short questions through an automated phone service.

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Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency supports more Canadians who wish to file taxes using no paper forms. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians file their taxes online; and filing online is simple, easy and convenient for all CRA administered programs.

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The Government of Canada has launched new services to help individuals and authorized representatives submit returns electronically. Launched in 2015, Auto-fill my return helps fill in parts of the T1 return with data already available to CRA, making filing online simpler and easier. For the 2017 tax year, Canadians used CRA’s Auto-fill my return over 9 million times. With the Express Notice of Assessment service, available in EFILE and NETFILE certified tax preparation software, the notice of assessment is now available right after filing a return.

File my Return is available for Canadians with a low or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged year-to-year. Eligible Canadians are able to file their income tax and benefit return by providing some personal information and answering a series of short questions through an automated phone service. The Government has also made it possible for tax preparers to amend their clients' returns electronically by using the ReFILE service. In February 2018, the ReFILE service was expanded to allow individuals to submit online adjustments with certified NETFILE software.

The T2 Auto-fill service allows business owners and their authorized representatives to download information from the CRA to their certified T2 tax preparation software. Since its introduction in October 2017, there have been 55,952 logins to this service. All corporations filing their T2 returns electronically using certified tax preparation software are able to digitally attach certain supporting documentation to their returns, instead of having to mail or fax them in. The CRA has received 6,979 electronic documents attached to the corporation income tax returns since fall 2017. In May 2018, the CRA introduced a new service that lets business owners and authorized representatives create their own filing and balance confirmation letters online. Since it was introduced, the CRA has had 10,500 requests for this letter.

Since May 14, 2018, tax preparers can submit business authorization requests using EFILE. The information provided through the certified commercial tax software is validated and processed in real time, providing tax preparers immediate access to their client’s account.

In 2016-2017 alone, Canadians logged into CRA's secure online portals 51 million times, and 86% of filings occurred online—an increase of nearly 750,000 Canadians using this method over the prior year. The Government is currently redesigning CRA's secure portals to enable even more electronic interactions. Budget 2018 investments will update and modernize information technology infrastructure to deliver a more user-friendly experience, allowing Canadians to easily find the tax and benefit information they need.

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Healthy Canadians

Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: New plain packaging requirements for tobacco products will contribute to continued decrease in use.

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The new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act came into force on May 23, 2018 (following Royal Assent of Bill S-5) which includes measures to support plain packaging. The regulations for plain and standardized packaging were published in Canada Gazette Part 1 on June 23, 2018.

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New Health Accord makes high quality mental health services available. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved access to mental health and addictions services, particularly for vulnerable populations and youth.

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The Government of Canada has reached agreement with all provinces and territories on collective priorities and 10-year funding to strengthen health care and will invest $5 billion over 10 years to increase access to mental health and addictions services, including for young Canadians, where early interventions can significantly improve outcomes. Based on the collective priorities, bilateral funding agreements detailing how federal funding will be used are being negotiated. Agreements have now been signed with four provinces and one territory (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan).

The Progress Report on Selecting Pan-Canadian Indicators for Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services and to Home and Community Care was published by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on March 22, 2018. Its purpose is to report on progress made to date regarding the selection of common indicators. Annual reporting is expected to begin in 2019. The proposed common indicators support the performance measurement commitments under the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities and were presented to, and endorsed by, the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health on April 5, 2018. The indicators will be brought forward to FPT Health Ministers for approval in June.

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New Health Accord supports the delivery of more and better home care services. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved access to home care services.

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The Government of Canada has reached agreement with all provinces and territories on collective priorities and 10-year funding to strengthen health care and will invest $6 billion over 10 years for provinces and territories to expand access to home and community care options, and better support the millions of Canadians who provide informal care to loved ones. Based on the collective priorities, bilateral funding agreements detailing how federal funding will be used are now being negotiated. Agreements have been signed with five provinces and territories (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan). The Government has also introduced a 15-week Employment Insurance benefit for those caring for critically ill or injured adult family members and created the new Canada Caregiving Credit to simplify and expand tax credits for caregivers.

The Progress Report on Selecting Pan-Canadian Indicators for Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services and to Home and Community Care was published by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on March 22, 2018. Its purpose is to report on progress made to date regarding the selection of common indicators. Annual reporting is expected to begin in 2019. The proposed common indicators support the performance measurement commitments under the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities and were presented to, and endorsed by, the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health on April 5, 2018. The indicators will be brought forward to Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Health Ministers for approval in June.

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Modernize procurement practices. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Government procurement is faster, simpler, more competitive, and more predictable in terms of cost. Businesses with innovative ideas are able to more easily sell to the Government, and procurement processes benefit Canadians and communities across Canada.

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The Government is improving its procurement processes so that businesses can engage with Government in a simpler and faster way. The procurement platform was enhanced so that suppliers have easier access to bidding opportunities and are given a second opportunity to comply with the mandatory requirements of bid solicitations. Steps have also been taken to adopt an agile approach to procurement, that provides a fair, transparent and inclusive process open to all businesses across Canada. The Government announced the new Innovative Solutions Canada, which matches businesses offering early-stage prototypes with federal departments in need of innovative products or services. Budget 2018 announced $196.8 million over five years to establish a new electronic procurement platform, which will also help make government procurement simpler, faster, and more accessible.

The Government is also making strides to increase bidder diversity. It participated in approximately 1,770 outreach events across Canada including 614 events that gathered 10,909 individuals belonging to under-represented groups such as women, Indigenous and multicultural communities to promote how to do business with the Government of Canada. PSPC also launched social procurement pilot to increase participation of small and diverse suppliers with a bigger focus on women-owned and Indigenous small and medium-sized businesses. These efforts also complement initiatives undertaken to support green and social procurement in order to deliver improved community and environmental benefits.

The Government is also adopting innovative technologies, including the use of Artificial Intelligence to speed up the procurement process and determine how best to align government contracts to commercial best practices.

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Implement a strategy against gender violence. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduced gender-based violence, greater awareness of gender-based violence and better support and services for survivors.

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In June 2017, the Government launched It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, which takes a whole-of-government approach to prevent gender-based violence (GBV), support survivors and their families, and improve the responsiveness of the legal and justice systems. As part of the strategy, a Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre will be created to share best practices between governments and service providers.

To date, new programs have been established to implement, test and potentially scale up promising approaches to prevent GBV, including child maltreatment and teen dating violence; and to test promising practices to address gaps in support for Indigenous people and other underserved groups of survivors in Canada, including LGBTQ2 communities and people of all genders, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability. Statistics Canada also recently launched a new national survey to collect data on GBV, the first such survey in Canada.

Budget 2018 augments these programs and adds new initiatives to prevent bullying and cyberbullying, investigate child sexual exploitation, and increase access to sexual assault services for military personnel and their families. Budget 2018 also supports efforts to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality, announced the funding to establish a national framework for addressing gender-based violence in post-secondary institutions, and funding to support the RCMP’s Sexual Assault Review Team.

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Improve essential infrastructure for Indigenous communities, including improving housing. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Infrastructure on reserves is improved, schools on reserve are newer and in better condition; language and cultural knowledge is strengthened; more First Nations children graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary education; elimination of long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by 2021; enhanced access to affordable housing for First Nations on-reserve, and to Inuit and the Métis Nation.

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In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada made an investment of $4.6 billion over five years to support infrastructure development in communities to improve the quality of life of the people who live in them. Budget 2017 built on this momentum, with new, additional investments of $4 billion over ten years to build and improve housing, and other community infrastructure. As of March 31, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, more than $2 billion of targeted funds have been allocated towards 2,969 on-reserve community infrastructure projects across all asset classes, 1,310 of which are completed. The Government is also improving primary and secondary education on reserve by building and renovating school facilities thereby supporting the enhancement of the quality of language and cultural programs; expansion of innovative pilot programs that have been proven to substantially increase literacy and numeracy rates among First Nations children; and empowering communities to establish First Nations' planned and led education systems. More than $300 million was invested in 2016/17 and 2017/18 to build/upgrade First Nation schools. This includes 72 new schools and 84 renovated/upgraded schools. As of March 31, 2018, 11 of the 72 new schools have been constructed, and renovations/upgrades on 15 of the 84 schools have been completed. In Budget 2016, the Government announced significant new funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by 2021. As of June 20, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, more than $760 million was invested to support 463 projects to strengthen on-reserve water infrastructure. On January 23, 2018, the Government added close to 250 drinking water systems to the total number covered by the federal government’s commitment to ensure clean drinking water on public systems on reserves. Taking this expansion into account, as of July 17, 2018 there are 72 long-term drinking water advisories in effect, down from 105 in November 2015. Since November 2015, 67 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted, while 34 have been added. The latest results on eliminating long-term drinking water advisories are available here. The Government is improving on-reserve housing conditions while engaging with First Nations and other partners to develop an effective long term strategy. As of March 31, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, 13,964 housing units were under construction, renovation/retrofit or being serviced. Of these 13,964 units, 63%(8,786 housing units) have been completed. With respect to Inuit housing, 193 housing units are expected to be built/renovated in 2016/17 and 2017/18. The Government is also improving health facilities. As of April 30, 2018, investments have been made in more than 213 First Nations infrastructure projects to design, replace, expand or renovate health facilities for which 158 (74.2%) of these projects are complete.

Since Budget 2016, and as of March 31 2018, $93.9 million of targeted funds have been invested to support approximately 458 solid waste management projects on reserves across Canada through the First Nations Solid Waste Management Initiative. So far, 235 projects have been completed. As of May 2018, in collaboration with First Nations, approximately 400 projects have been planned to improve solid waste management on reserve for 2018-19.

Budget 2018 builds on prior investments and reaffirms the Government’s commitment by providing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve.

Indigenous leaders have told the Government that when it comes to housing in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities, the best approach is one that respects the distinct needs of each Indigenous group. Through investments made in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018, the Government proposes dedicated funding to support the successful implementation of each of the distinctions-based housing strategies, including:
•$600 million over three years to support housing on reserve as part of a 10-year First Nations Housing Strategy that is being developed with First Nations.
•$400 million over 10 years to support an Inuit-led housing plan in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This is in addition to the $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut.
•$500 million over 10 years to support the Métis Nation’s housing strategy.

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Implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: All Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action are implemented.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 94 Calls to Action, 76 of which fall under federal or shared responsibility with other partners, implicating 25 federal departments or agencies. Progress has been made on implementing over 80 per cent of the Calls to Action under federal or shared purview. Four Calls to Action are complete, with at least 29 others expected to be completed within the next 18 months. Information on the implementation status of all 76 Calls to Action within federal or shared responsibility can be found on the new Calls to Action webpage entitled Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, which was launched in May 2018. Important progress has already been made and will lead to greater and more equitable access to quality education, health care, clean water, housing and employment services for Indigenous peoples. This includes the announcement in May 2016 of Canada’s unequivocal support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which directly relates to Calls to Action number 43 and 44. The Calls to Action are extensive and some require longer-term, transformative change. Many involve multiple parties and require significant consultation and coordination. Taking into account the scope of the task and the wide range of partners involved, it will take time to ensure it is done right, with careful consideration of how best to support ongoing healing. The Government of Canada is also working with other jurisdictions and partners to advance implementation of those 18 Calls to Action outside of the federal purview. The establishment of the National Council for Reconciliation (Calls to Action 53-56) will support ongoing efforts to advance and fully implement the Calls to Action. To this end, on December 14, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the creation of a six member interim board that will provide advice on the establishment of the Council, the scope and scale of its proposed mandate, and will undertake independent engagement. The Interim Board submitted its interim report on May 14, 2018 and their final report on June 12, 2018. The Government is examining proposed next steps in response to the report.

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Invest in First Nations education to ensure that First Nations children on reserve receive a quality education. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Literacy and numeracy rates are improved; language and cultural knowledge is strengthened; and more First Nations children graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary education.

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The Government of Canada committed a $2.6 billion increase for First Nations K-12 education and an additional $969.4 million for education infrastructure. These investments will improve primary and secondary education on reserve by building and renovating school facilities; enhancing the quality of language and cultural programs; expanding innovative pilot programs that have been proven to substantially increase literacy and numeracy rates among First Nations children; increasing special education support; and empowering communities to establish education systems planned and led by First Nations. After signing an agreement with the Government of Canada, the Manitoba First Nations School System officially began operating in July 2017. As of September 2017, students in this school system began receiving education programs that are designed, delivered and run by First Nations with funding that is comparable to provincial school boards with enhancements that meets their specific needs. As of April 1, 2018, 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations are self-governing in the area of education. This education self-governing agreement is the first of its kind in Ontario and the largest in Canada. The government and the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission signed an agreement in spring 2018 to establish the Maskwacîs Cree School System, which will begin operations on July 1, 2018. The Government is engaged in discussions to establish similar initiatives in other regions of the country. Finally, as noted by the Parliamentary Budget Officer in November 2016, the Government's investments in education will, over the next several years, help fill critical and long-standing gaps in how on-reserve schools are funded compared to those under provincial jurisdiction. These investments will ensure that First Nations children get the best possible start in life and see an improvement in educational outcomes.

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Undertake an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Concrete solutions to address systemic causes of violence, resulting in increased safety of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

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The Government of Canada, with the governments of all provinces and territories, launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Commissioners have been asked to examine and report on the systemic and historical social, economic, institutional and cultural factors—as well as practices, policies and institutions—that contribute to the violence that Indigenous women and girls face. The Commission was mandated to complete its work by December 31, 2018. Many legitimate concerns from families and stakeholders have been raised about the Inquiry's progress. The Commission released their interim report on November 1, 2017. Following a thorough review of the interim report, the Government of Canada is taking action to address the interim recommendations by increasing health supports and victim services for families and survivors, establishing a commemoration fund, funding organizations with expertise in law enforcement and policing to lead a review of police policies and practices concerning their relations with the Indigenous peoples, as well as supporting a new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit with additional funding.

On March 6, 2018, the Commission submitted a request to the Government of Canada seeking an extension until December 31, 2020. The Government of Canada has granted the Inquiry an extension until April 30, 2019 to submit its final report. The Inquiry can choose to use this time to hear from more families and survivors, further examine institutional practices and policies, and undertake the research necessary to inform their recommendations on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada. An additional $5.4 million was also made available through Justice Canada to extend the Family Information Liaison Units and to support community-based services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls for 2019-2020.

The Government is also establishing a commemoration fund by providing $10 million to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals, and is engaging with Indigenous organizations (through It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence) to put forward a range of actions to help address violence against Indigenous women and girls.

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Promote economic development and create jobs for Indigenous peoples. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Higher employment rates for Indigenous peoples and stronger economic growth in Indigenous communities.

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The Government is coordinating federal efforts in its response to this mandate commitment for Indigenous peoples to identify potential areas of collaboration at both the regional and national levels and has explored potential policy and expenditure linkages to facilitate success, e.g. Atlantic Growth Strategy and Economic Pathways Partnership. In addition, the Government is engaging with national Indigenous organizations to discuss approaches to economic development and collaborating on opportunities to ensure better service delivery models at the community level.

The Government of Canada supports a suite of economic development and land management programs that are increasing the participation of Indigenous communities in the Canadian economy and enabling Indigenous people to pursue opportunities for employment, income, and wealth creation. To help close the employment and earning gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, Budget 2018 proposes to invest $2 billion over five years, and $408.2 million per year ongoing, to support the creation of a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program. This includes incremental investments of $447 million over five years, and $99.4 million per year ongoing, and a stronger focus on training for higher quality, better paying jobs rather than rapid re-employment. This additional funding will assist approximately 15,000 more clients gain greater skills and find jobs that will support their long-term career success. The Government has consulted with, and heard from, Indigenous partners on the importance of a distinctions-based approach that recognizes the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation.

Investments in commercial infrastructure, capacity development and partnerships within the federal government, provinces and the private sector are leading to major developments on and off reserve including commercial initiatives. For examples, these investments will: help First Nations access long-term financing to undertake economic development projects in their communities ($20M), strengthen the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program and the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program ($100M), grow Canada's Indigenous tourism industry ($8.6M). In addition, the Government of Canada has increased funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, which will help 4,600 First Nation students over a two-year period ($90M).

The Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business was created to help Indigenous business access procurement opportunities within the federal government. The Government of Canada is one of the largest public buyers of goods and services in Canada, purchasing approximately $16 billion worth of goods and services every year on behalf of federal departments and agencies. The Government is currently modernizing the federal approach to Indigenous procurement in order to grow Indigenous businesses and contribute to positive socio-economic outcomes in communities.

To enhance Indigenous participation in the public and private sector, the Government provides project-based funding to increase business and economic development strategies. For example, support has been provided for women’s participation in business and economic development opportunities; and, for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, to develop Canada’s unique and authentic Indigenous tourism industry in implementing the National Aboriginal Tourism Strategy.

The Government provides annual funding to the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association for distribution to the national network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFI). The Government is currently working closely with partners on the development of options to recapitalize the AFI network to enhance access to capital for Indigenous entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses.

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Establish bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on infrastructure investments. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Agreements with all provinces and territories that improve public transit; increase access to affordable housing and child care; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve access to clean water, and enhance resilience in the face of a changing climate.

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Infrastructure plays a central role in building strong communities, creating jobs and growing the economy. In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada established a plan to sign bilateral agreements with provinces and territories in order to provide infrastructure funding to key priority areas. As part of this plan, over $33 billion is being committed for integrated bilateral agreements for public transit, green infrastructure, rural and northern infrastructure, community, culture and recreation infrastructure. Ten of these agreements have been announced so far between the Government of Canada and the Northwest Territories (March 7, 2018), Ontario (March 14, 2018), New Brunswick (March 15, 2018), Nunavut (March 28, 2018), British Columbia (April 2, 2018), Alberta (April 3, 2018), Nova Scotia (April 10, 2018), Yukon (May 3, 2018), and Manitoba (June 4, 2018), and Quebec (June 29, 2018). In addition to the climate lens assessment that was announced in June 2018, the Government of Canada has implemented a new Community Employment Benefit (CEB) requirement into these agreements. The CEB is designed to ensure that project partners consider training and employment opportunities for under-represented groups as well as how to create procurement opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises.

In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government of Canada made investments in public transit, green infrastructure and social infrastructure across Canada. To date, over 1,100 public transit projects and over 2,500 projects to retrofit or renovate social housing have been approved. Through the National Housing Strategy, the Government aims to reduce or eliminate housing need for 530,000 Canadians by building, and repairing affordable housing across the country in addition to providing housing affordability support.

The Government is also creating affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low- and modest-income families, with the goal of supporting up to 40,000 new subsidized child care spaces over the next three years. Bilateral agreements have now been signed with all jurisdictions. In addition, the Government will create a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care in cooperation with Indigenous partners to reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children across Canada. To date, repairs and renovations have been undertaken in 210 First Nations and Inuit Childcare Initiative child care centers and in 63 Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve facilities. The Government has also invested more than $1 billion in 777 drinking water systems and over $830 million in 655 wastewater systems in order to improve access to clean water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase protection against the impacts of climate change. These investments will lead to improvements in water/wastewater systems in 1,100 communities across the country. In Budget 2016, the Government announced significant new funding to end boil water advisories on reserves by 2021.

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Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves social infrastructure. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians with access to affordable housing, child care, cultural and recreational infrastructure.

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In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government made investments in social infrastructure across Canada. As of March 31, 2018, over 5,700 projects to retrofit or renovate social housing have been approved, helping improve energy and water efficiency in more than 109,000 existing social housing units off and on reserve. The National Housing Strategy re-establishes the federal government as a leader in the area of affordable housing. Working in collaboration with provinces, territories and local communities, the Strategy leverages significant new capacity to build, repair and make housing more affordable across the country. As part of the Strategy, the new National Housing Co-investment Fund will include accessibility and energy efficiency requirements, and prioritize projects that have the greatest impact on communities and vulnerable populations, including women and children fleeing domestic violence, persons with disabilities, veterans, refugees, seniors, Indigenous peoples and persons with mental health and/or addictions issues. It is anticipated that the National Housing Strategy will reduce the number of Canadians in housing need by as much as 530,000 compared to current levels. The investment of incremental resources in the Enabling Accessibility Fund will support an estimated 1,970 additional projects to further improve the safety and accessibility of community spaces and workplaces, making it possible for Canadians with disabilities to participate more fully in their communities and in the labour market. The Government is also creating affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low- and modest-income families, with the goal of supporting up to 40,000 new subsidized child care spaces over the next three years. In addition, the Government will create a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care in cooperation with Indigenous partners to reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children across Canada.

As part of the Government’s Investing in Canada Plan, $164.8 million dollars in additional Budget 2016 funding has been spent over the last two fiscal years to support the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Budget 2017 announced further investments in cultural infrastructure in the amount of $300 million, which will be made over 10 years starting in 2018-19 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to further support cultural spaces and creative hubs.

The Government will also invest $80 million over 10 years starting in 2018-19 to support the construction of community educational infrastructure in official language minority communities through the Development of Official Language Communities program at Canadian Heritage. The Government will provide $1.3 billion in funding for cultural, recreational and community infrastructure to provinces and territories through bilateral agreements negotiated by Infrastructure Canada.

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Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves public transit. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians spend less time in traffic and have greater access to modern public transit.

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Through Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government has committed $28.7 billion to public transit projects over the next 10 years. Over 1,100 public transit projects have been approved to date under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund that will expand transit systems across the country and transform the way Canadians live, move, and work by spending less time in traffic. In order to provide Canadians with greater access to inclusive public transit, this fund has contributed to 3,301 new buses and rehabilitated or enhanced 3,750 others. Larger projects to improve access to public transit are expected to reduce congestion, improve mobility and safety, and provide economic benefits while reducing harmful emissions. These projects include: the Regional Express Rail project in the Greater Toronto Area which will save 1.8 billion hours of commuter travel time and $14.7 billion in automobile operating savings over the lifetime of the project; Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit route, a project that will provide 400 long-term jobs and improve interconnectivity between hospitals, employment hubs, and community centres; the Stage 2 (OLRT2) of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project will contribute to increasing overall public transit modal share from 22% in 2011 to 25% by 2048 and produce environmental benefits that will ultimately reduce overall incremental greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 tonnes in the same time period.

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Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves green infrastructure. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More infrastructure in place to ensure access to clean water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased resilience against the impacts of climate change.

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Through Budget 2016 and 2017, the Government of Canada is investing $26.9 billion in Green infrastructure over 12 years, including projects to improve access to clean water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience against the impacts of climate change. To ensure that investments are made towards more resilient, sustainable communities, Infrastructure Canada has adopted a Climate Lens as a requirement for funding under its new programs. The Climate Lens will help applicants to better understand how their projects will contribute to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks. Significant investments towards clean water have been made across Canada. For examples, the Government has invested over $1 billion in 777 drinking water systems as well as $830 million in 655 wastewater systems. In Budget 2016, the Government announced significant new funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021. With the aim of ending long-term drinking water advisories on reserves by 2021, the Government has invested $760 million to fund 463 projects that will significantly strengthen the infrastructure of on-reserve public drinking water systems. As of June 27, 2018 there were 72 advisories in effect. Through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, at least $5 billion will be available for green infrastructure projects. As well, national “green” programs, totaling $2.8 billion, will be provided to address a number of priorities identified in the Pan-Canadian Framework. This includes investments of over $180 million in charging and alternative fuel infrastructure to support greater deployment of zero-emission vehicles. On May 17, 2018, the Government of Canada launched the $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The DMAF is designed to strengthen the resilience of Canadian communities through investments in large-scale infrastructure projects to better manage the risk associated with natural hazards such as floods, wildfires and droughts. The first project intake is open and Expression of Interest applications are being accepted. In addition, $9.2 billion is being provided to provinces and territories through the Integrated Bilateral Agreements for green infrastructure. Natural infrastructure projects will be eligible under both the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and the green stream of the Integrated Bilateral Agreements. In addition to this, delivered through the Rural and Northern Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program, the Arctic Energy Fund will provide $400 million to support energy security in the territories. The Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative, announced in 2017, provides up to $16.35 million over a five year period (from 2017/18 to 2021/22) to help those responsible for federal transportation assets obtain information and data, and assess climate change-related factors that may present risks to their infrastructure. In addition, funding for the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative was renewed in fall 2017, providing $636.9 million over a three year period (from 2018/19 to 2020/21) for research, development and collaborative activities to support the resilience of northern transportation systems to a changing climate.

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Modernize the National Energy Board. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada has a modern energy regulator that is more representative of Canada's regions and diversity and has greater expertise to undertake its responsibilities in considering environmental science, the knowledge and perspective of Indigenous peoples, and community development.

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As announced in February 2018, the Government is proposing to create the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER), a new and modern federal energy regulator with the required independence and the proper accountability to oversee a strong, safe and sustainable Canadian energy sector in the 21st century. The legislation and policy measures to modernize the National Energy Board were informed by an Expert Panel report, a federal discussion paper, parliamentary studies, and almost two years of consultations with Indigenous peoples, industry, provinces and territories, non-government organizations, academia and the public.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that Parliament and federal institutions are free from harassment and sexual violence. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: To ensure that Parliament and federal institutions are free from harassment and sexual violence, strategies are informed by expert and stakeholder consultations and are supported by new proposals and legislation introduced in fall 2017.

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In 2016 and 2017, the Government consulted experts and stakeholders to determine how to address violence and sexual harassment in workplaces under federal jurisdiction. The outcomes report, Harassment and Sexual Violence in the Workplace Public Consultations: What We Heard, released November 2, 2017, indicates that incidents of harassment and sexual violence are not only underreported, but are also dealt with ineffectively. As part of its response, the Government introduced new legislation in November 2017 (Bill C-65) aimed at replacing the current patchwork of laws and policies that address violence and harassment in workplaces across the federal jurisdiction – including the federal public service, Parliament and Ministers’ offices - and enhancing prevention, protection and support when harassment and violence occurs. Budget 2018 proposed $34.9 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $7.4 million per year ongoing, to support the legislation. The Government also proposed to establish a Centre of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness within the public service that will have, as part of its mandate, to better support public servants in dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace. In parallel, with the November 2017 signing of an Agreement in Principle (AIP) by the Government of Canada and parties to the Todd Edwards Ross et al v. Her Majesty the Queen class action, a total of $110 million will be available to compensate class members — federal public servants, including members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who were directly impacted by anti-LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit) policies and practices. The AIP also earmarks $15 million for remembrance to prevent future discrimination and for reconciliation with LGBTQ2 communities. Additionally, the Joint Union/Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Service released its final report in December 2017, which includes 44 recommendations for action in the areas of people management, leadership and accountability, education and awareness, and applying the diversity and inclusion lens.

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Jobs and Innovation

Create a Chief Science Officer. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Following an open, transparent and merit-based process, the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, was appointed by the Government on September 26, 2017.

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As the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer will help to improve dissemination and use of independent scientific information and strengthened evidence-based policy making within government. Dr. Nemer will also advise the Government on how to ensure that government science is fully available to the public, that scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and that scientific analyses are considered when the government makes decisions. Dr. Nemer will report to the Prime Minister and Minister of Science.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Chief of Defence Staff and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) senior leaders continue to lead the full implementation of recommendations made by the Deschamps report and in Operation HONOUR, the Canadian Armed Forces mission to eliminate harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour in the military. CAF members have access to a full range of victim and survivor services, and harassment complaints are dealt with in a timely manner.

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The new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—has reaffirmed that the Government of Canada will not tolerate gender-based violence or workplace harassment. The CAF will continue to work on gender, diversity and inclusion initiatives to eliminate harmful behaviours and ensure a work environment free from harassment and discrimination. On January 31, 2018 DND and the Canadian Armed Forces launched the Positive Space initiative to promote a safe and inclusive work environment for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Defence is developing procedures and training packages to address harassment incidents. In addition, a new integrated complaint and conflict management program gives CAF members and the chain of command better resources for submitting, tracking, and resolving a complaint.

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Canada in the World

Facilitate the temporary entry of low risk travellers and lift the visa requirement for Mexico. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada is a more open country that does not impose unnecessary barriers to business travellers, tourists and other visitors.

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On December 1, 2016, Canada lifted the requirement for Mexican travellers to have a visa. To facilitate the temporary entry of low-risk travellers, the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) was put in place on November 10, 2016 for visa-exempt foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens) boarding their flight to Canada. On May 1, 2017, Canada expanded eTA to Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania to facilitate air travel for low-risk travellers. The visa requirement for Bulgaria and Romania was fully lifted on December 1, 2017. Additionally, on June 5, 2018, Canada lifted the visa requirement for the United Arab Emirates.

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Environment and Climate Change

Review the previous government's changes to the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the revised Fisheries Act and Navigation Protection Act to better protect Canada's environment for future generations, advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and get resources to market.

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In February 2018, the Government introduced legislation to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act. The proposed legislative, regulatory and policy measures were informed by a federal discussion paper, parliamentary studies, and almost two years of consultations with Indigenous peoples, industry, provinces and territories, non-governmental organizations, academia and the public.

The Government will invest up to $284.2 million over five years to support restoring lost protections to fish and fish habitat and incorporating modern safeguards under the Fisheries Act and up to $76.5 million over five years to support restoring lost protections for the public right of navigation and incorporating modern safeguards under the proposed Canadian Navigable Waters Act.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Create the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Infrastructure Bank was created to produce large, transformative infrastructure projects that create good, well-paying middle-class jobs and support economic growth and prosperity for years to come.

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In June 2017, the Government passed legislation to create the Canada Infrastructure Bank, a Crown corporation at arm’s-length from government that leverages the expertise and capital of the private sector. The Bank will support the transformational infrastructure that Canadian communities need now. It will make strategic investments with a focus on projects like green infrastructure, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and public transit, so Canadians can spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends. The Bank is now operational, with its headquarters in Toronto. A Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer has been appointed, effective June 1, 2018. Following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process supported by the board of directors for the Canada Infrastructure Bank and an executive search firm, the search for a Chief Executive Officer has concluded. On May 24, 2018, Pierre Lavallée was appointed as the President and CEO of the Infrastructure Bank, effective June 18, 2018.

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Canada in the World

Create a new policy and funding framework to ensure that Canada's aid empowers people and supports broad-based, sustainable growth in the developing world. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A comprehensive, feminist international assistance policy is in place that will reduce global poverty by investing in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and by focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable.

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After a year of consultations with over 15,000 people in 65 countries, Canada released its Feminist International Assistance Policy in June 2017. The Government engaged with people online and in person on how Canada's international assistance should be invested and focused. The consultation summary report was released in December 2016 and formed the basis of the new policy.

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Strong Middle Class

Develop further initiatives to equip Canadians with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and to better assist workers getting help before becoming unemployed. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian workers have the skills they need to find and keep good quality jobs.

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The Government of Canada is working with employers, unions, provinces, territories and educational institutions to ensure that Canadians are equipped to adapt to rapidly changing skills requirements and make successful job transitions. There is a particular focus throughout the suite of government investments in training, education and work experiences on addressing the skills needs of those at risk of being left furthest behind, such as Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, newcomers and vulnerable youth.

To ensure Canadian workers have the skills they need to find and keep good quality jobs, the Government is significantly increasing investment in labour market transfer agreements with provinces and territories and expanding their inclusiveness and scope to improve workers' access to skills training and job supports. The Federal Government is also making post-secondary education more affordable for low- and modest income families, increasing opportunities for graduates to gain work-ready skills for smoother school-to-work transitions and improving access to opportunities for adult upskilling and lifelong learning. The Government is also enhancing supports for skilled trades and apprenticeships, with an increasing focus on women and groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the labour market.

To ensure skills training is relevant to the jobs of today and tomorrow, in Budget 2018 the Government announced that it will launch Future Skills this spring. Future Skills will bring together expertise from all sectors and leverage experience from partners across the country. It will also include an independent Council to advise on emerging skills and workforce trends, and a research lab focused on developing, testing and rigorously measuring new approaches to skills assessment and development.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Introduce proactive pay equity legislation for federally-regulated workers. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Equal pay for work of equal value in federally regulated sectors. Proactive pay equity is expected to contribute to: • reducing the gender wage gap by addressing the undervaluation of work traditionally performed by women; and • fairness in the workplace.

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The Government is replacing the current complaint-based approach to pay equity in the federal jurisdiction with a proactive system. Budget 2018 proposed that historic proactive pay equity legislation be introduced this fall to ensure that on average women and men in federally regulated sectors receive the same pay for work of equal value. According to preliminary estimates, this legislation could improve the gender wage gap from 91.4 cents to 94.1 cents for the core public administration, and from 88.1 cents to 90.7 cents in the federal private sector. The Budget also indicated that additional consultations with employers, unions and other stakeholders will take place in the coming months to ensure that the new regime will be applied fairly and will achieve its intended purpose. These will build on consultations held in 2017 with employer, employee and advocacy groups as well as experts on the design elements of a proactive pay equity system.

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Exports and Investment

Undertake a full review of the Canadian grain transportation system to help farmers get their product to market. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A more transparent and fair grain transportation system is in place so Canadian farmers can get their products to market, both in Canada and internationally.

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The Government has held consultations with grain sector stakeholders on rail transportation issues and the Canada Transportation Act Review, leading to the introduction of the Transportation Modernization Act to advance a long-term agenda for a more transparent, balanced, efficient and reliable rail system to move Canadian goods, including grain, to global markets. The Transportation Modernization Act received Royal Assent on May 23, 2018. Key measures include: new data reporting requirements for railways; a new Long-Haul Interswitching mechanism to provide captive shippers across multiple sectors and regions of Canada with access to a competing railway; a clear definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service; the ability for shippers to seek reciprocal financial penalties in their service agreements with railways; and more accessible and timely remedies for shippers. The Transportation Modernization Act also modernizes the Maximum Revenue Entitlement for Western grain, to better incent investments in hopper cars, and adds soybeans to the list of eligible crops. Furthermore, the Government has renewed the western Grain Monitoring Program for three years.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore PromArt and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Greater awareness of Canadian excellence in arts and culture, greater international demand for Canadian creators and more jobs in the creative industries.

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In fall 2017 the Government announced an investment of $125 million over five years towards the implementation of a new Creative Export Strategy. This initiative will help Canada's creative industries seize business opportunities abroad and increase Canada’s interactions with the world through culture, supporting cultural diplomacy efforts. Building on the $35 million committed in Budget 2016, the Strategy provides improved measures and redesigned cultural programs. Based on former PromArt and Trade Routes, it will help artists and creative industries kick start or promote their creative offerings abroad. This will include more support from Canadian missions abroad to coordinate events showcasing Canadian artists on the world stage, as well as direct on-the-ground support from Canadian Trade Commissioners in key markets including London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and China. With this support, Canadian creative industries will be able to better navigate export markets, meet key foreign contacts, and conclude business deals abroad. The Government also expanded access to cultural trade data through Statistics Canada to provide more accurate and up-to-date information to help guide and focus Canadian creative exporters abroad. The Creative Export Strategy was announced on June 26, 2018.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Build on the first Gender-based Analysis of Budget 2017 to improve future budgets. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Comprehensive Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is incorporated into all future budgets improving public policy.

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The Government is continuing to improve the quality and scope of GBA+ in federal budgets. This includes consultation with experts and key stakeholders during the pre-budget consultations process and meetings with experts and leaders globally. In Budget 2018, no budget decision was taken without being informed by Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). To ensure that gender remains a key consideration for future governments, the Government will introduce new GBA+ legislation to make gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

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Safety and Security

Review the criminal justice system, including sentencing reforms, to ensure it keeps us safe and it is fair. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Crime rates are reduced, the justice system has the resources it needs, and all Canadians have access to justice through a fairer system.

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The Government continues to review the criminal justice system, including sentencing reforms, to ensure that it keeps Canadians safe, while also addressing the overrepresentation of vulnerable groups in our prisons, including Indigenous people and those with mental illness. Using various platforms, such as in-person meetings and online discussion fora, Canadians had an opportunity to share their views on what can be done to improve the Criminal Justice System. The public consultation closed on January 31, 2018. A report on the findings of the online consultation will be released in the summer of 2018. This follows a program of broad engagement with justice system partners, stakeholders from diverse perspectives and various sectors, for which the report was released on March 22, 2018. The Government has introduced bills that demonstrate respect for the courts and the Charter, including a bill to modernize the Criminal Code by removing outdated provisions as well as clarifying and strengthening sexual assault laws. Additionally, in March 2018, the Government tabled legislation to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system and address court delays in six key areas: (1) modernize and streamline the bail regime; (2) enhance the approach to administration of justice offences, including for youth; (3) restrict the availability of preliminary inquiries to offences carrying life imprisonment; (4) reclassify some offences to provide greater flexibility and court efficiencies; (5) improve the jury composition and selection process; and, (6) strengthen case management measures and processes for making rules of court. Further, a number of these reforms will assist in reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people and vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system, including those with addictions and mental illness.

Budget 2016 and 2017 committed funding for more judges in Superior Courts, greater support programming on judicial education, ethics and conduct, further funding for court translation in both of Canada's official languages, long-term mandate in the Indigenous Justice Program which will provide a foundation for increasing restorative justice practices and more legal aid services provided in the provinces and territories, including specialized services to Indigenous people, and those with mental illness. Additional representation and services will also be offered through the Indigenous Justice Programs that will provide community-based justice programs and the Indigenous Courtwork Program for Indigenous people to help them navigate the criminal justice system.

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Healthy Canadians

Facilitate collaboration on an organ and tissue donation and transplant system that gives Canadians timely access to care. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An increase in the supply of organs and tissue available so that Canadians get timely and effective access to care.

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Since April 2008, the Government has worked collaboratively with provinces and territories to improve the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant system in Canada. This includes better collaboration, public education and use of best practices to increase donations and ultimately an increase in the supply of organs and tissue so that Canadians are able to access them when needed.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, a total of 2,835 lifesaving transplants were performed in Canada (including Quebec) in 2016, a 32% increase since 2007. Over the last 10 years, the rate of deceased donation has increased 42% but the rate of living donation has decreased 11%. There were 4,500 patients on organ waitlists at the end of 2016, and 260 patients died in 2016 while waiting for a transplant.

Health Canada is facilitating a process with Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the provincial/territorial members of the PT Blood Liaison Committee (PTBLC) , led by Saskatchewan, to identify and explore how to make greater progress on governance and oversight, integration, coordination and system performance. An update on consultations, as well as research on domestic and international leading ODT policies and practices, will be presented to the PTBLC and CBS in July 2018.

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Develop a new self-governed approach to delivering health services to Indigenous peoples and reduce health inequities between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: New co-developed approaches to Indigenous health services that will be client-centred, culturally relevant and sustainable, resulting in healthier children, families and improved community wellness.

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The Government is in the process of formally creating a new Department of Indigenous Services to focus on improving service delivery to Indigenous peoples. This new department includes the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

Budget 2017 announced an investment of $828 million over 5 years (starting in 2017-18) to improve a range of health outcomes. The Government is currently working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to co-develop distinctions-based approaches to the delivery of health care. The Government's goal is to support capacity building in Indigenous communities so that they are able to manage their own health services.

This gap in health outcomes can be narrowed, and providing access to quality health care close to home is an essential part of that change. To keep Indigenous families healthy, Budget 2018 proposes to invest over $1.5 billion over five years, for Indigenous health, starting in 2018–19, and $149 million per year ongoing thereafter. This includes $498 million, with $97.6 million per year ongoing, to sustain access to critical medical care and services.

Of this funding, $235 million will support work with First Nations partners to transform First Nations health systems by expanding successful models of self-determination so that health programs and services are developed, delivered and controlled by and for First Nations. This investment will also support access to quality and First Nations-controlled health care in remote and isolated James Bay communities as part of the Weeneebayko Area Health Integration Framework Agreement. First Nations are leading processes (in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) to develop models for self-determination in health service-delivery. Memoranda of Understanding/agreements to advance these processes have/are being signed to confirm shared priorities. Other regional engagement efforts are underway across the country to identify strategies for transforming service delivery, including opportunities for increasing Indigenous control over services. In addition to the ongoing implementation of the historic British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement, which transferred operational control of health programs and services to the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the Government is also facilitating a dialogue with the FNHA on how they might address the wider social determinants of health (initial focus on mental wellness and addictions).

Included in Budget 2018 is the investment of $27.5 million over five years to support enhanced prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) and latent TB infection in Inuit Nunangat. Each of the four regions in Inuit Nunangat is developing an action plan to eliminate TB among Inuit by 2030, with a reduction of at least 50% of active TB by 2025. Enhanced efforts to reduce latent TB and active TB have already begun. The Government of Canada provided $500,000 to the Government of Nunatsiavut to be used in TB elimination activities. In addition, the government is providing ongoing surge capacity including nurses and epidemiologists, as well as administrative and coordination support for the TB outbreak. Nunavik has recently launched a communication campaign to reach out to youth in particular. The Government of Canada has recently assisted the Government of Nunavut to respond to a TB outbreak by investing, for example, in the purchase of rapid TB diagnostic technology and facilitating timely access to rifapentine, an antibiotic used in the treatment of latent TB. To streamline coordination of the elimination work moving forward, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will continue the Inuit TB Elimination Framework development, in collaboration with the Government of Canada, through the Inuit Public Health Task Group, a subcommittee of the National Inuit Committee on Health.

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Strong Middle Class

Reduce the wait time for new Employment Insurance (EI) recipients from two weeks to one week. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canadians are able to access Employment Insurance (EI) benefits more quickly.

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On January 1, 2017, the EI waiting period was reduced from two weeks to one week. With this measure, claimants are now eligible to receive benefits starting one week earlier. This helps approximately 1.8 million EI claimants each year pay their bills during a time of unemployment and provides higher benefits at the beginning of the claim period.

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Safety and Security

Ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces have the equipment they need. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: The Canadian Armed Forces receive the ships, fighter jets and other equipment that it needs over the next 20 years as planned for and funded in the new defence policy.

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Canada's new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—invests in the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and delivers the standard of service and care that current and former members deserve. The Government is investing to expand the Regular and Reserve Forces, build 15 new surface combatant ships, replace the current fighter jet fleet with 88 advanced fighter aircraft, and develop new space capabilities and global communications in the Arctic, among other key projects.

In accordance with Strong, Secure, Engaged, measures being pursued to improve defence and marine procurements include: enhancing governance and strategic oversight; streamlining processes and undertaking process transformation; leveraging defence and marine procurements to advance national economic priorities; improving communications; and growing and professionalizing the workforce.

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Work with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A renewed relationship with the Métis Nation based on the principles of reconciliation.

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The Prime Minister and the Métis Nation signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord in April 2017 establishing a permanent bilateral mechanism to develop policy on shared priorities. The President of the Métis National Council and its Governing Members’ Presidents met with key federal Ministers on September 21, 2017 to discuss progress in advancing and implementing first year priorities of the Accord, specifically: early learning and child care, housing, and skills and employment training. Progress in these priority areas was confirmed in Budget 2018, which proposes to invest $500 million over 10 years to support a Métis Nation housing strategy, $10 million in 2018–19 to support Métis Nation post-secondary education, and $6 million over five years to support the Métis Nation in gathering health data and developing a health strategy. Furthermore, Budget 2018 also proposes to invest $325 million in the Métis Nation stream of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, which supports employment services, skills development and job training.

On March 19, 2018, the President of the Métis National Council and its Governing Members’ Presidents met with key federal Ministers to discuss progress under the first year of the process. At this meeting, the parties agreed that the focus of the second year of the permanent bilateral mechanism process would be to undertake joint work and policy co-development on Métis health, education, child and family services, economic development and the new fiscal relationship.

Furthermore, on June 15, 2018, the Prime Minister met with the President of the Métis National Council (MNC) and the Presidents of the MNC Governing Members at the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit. Together, they reviewed progress made during the first year of the Canada-Métis Nation Accord and confirmed priorities for the coming year. The priorities identified during the meeting included education, health, Métis veterans, the new fiscal relationship, child and family services, economic development, environment, clean growth, and infrastructure. Participants will work together over the next year to advance these priorities, and will report on progress made at the next Crown-Métis Nation Summit. The Canada-Métis Nation Accord reflects Canada’s commitment to work with the Métis Nation to co-develop policies and programs, and drive progress toward the Métis Nation’s vision of self-determination.

In addition, the Urban Programming for Indigenous peoples, launched in May 2017, provides funding to organizations that support urban Indigenous peoples in cities and urban areas, including an annual $7.27 million set-aside allocation under the Programs and Services stream for the Métis Nation.

Canada has engaged in Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions with each of the governing members of the Métis National Council as well as the Metis Settlements General Council. To date, Canada has signed Framework Agreements with the Manitoba Metis Federation (November 2016), Métis Nation of Alberta (November 2017) and Métis Nation of Ontario (December 2017). Memorandums of Understanding have also been reached with the Metis Settlements General Council (December 2017) and Metis Nation of Saskatchewan (February 2018). Discussions towards a Memorandum of Understanding are underway with the Metis Nation of British Columbia and towards a Framework Agreement with the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan. In addition, Canada is providing support to the Métis Settlements General Council, the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, on a pilot basis, to support consultation resource centres which are aimed at ensuring meaningful participation in consultation through the provision of tools, technical expertise, training, etc. Canada is working with the Métis Nation of Alberta to finalize a consultation protocol.

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Increase the number of comprehensive modern treaties and new self-government agreements for Indigenous communities. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: An increased number of modern treaties (comprehensive land claim agreements, self-government agreements) that supports Indigenous peoples' self-determination, self-government and nation rebuilding.

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The Government is working with negotiating partners and other stakeholders to reform section 35 Constitution Act, 1982 related policies and processes to address concerns expressed by Indigenous partners. Through Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions and the Collaborative Fiscal Policy Development Process with Self-Governing Indigenous Governments, the Government is also working with Indigenous people to co-develop policies, and approaches that lead to greater self-determination. In British Columbia, the Government is working in partnership with the province of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit to implement the proposals in the report on the "Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and Expedite Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia" that was endorsed by the Principals to the British Columbia treaty process in May 2016. On May 5, 2018, Canada, British Columbia and Lheidli T’enneh First Nation initialed the Lheidli T’enneh Final Agreement in Prince George, British Columbia. This event is a necessary step before the Lheidli T’enneh ratification vote expected in June.

Budget 2018 outlines new steps the Government will take to increase the number of modern treaties and self-determination agreements in a manner that reflects a recognition of rights approach. These changes, along with the new approach brought forward through the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions, will shorten the time it takes to reach new treaties and agreements, at a lower cost to all parties. As part of this new approach, the Government of Canada will be moving away from the use of loans to fund Indigenous participation in the negotiation of modern treaties. Starting in 2018–19, Indigenous participation in modern treaty negotiations will be funded through non-repayable contributions. The Government will engage with affected Indigenous groups on how best to address past and present negotiation loans, including forgiveness of loans. Through Budget 2018, the Government also proposes to invest $51.4 million over the next two years to continue its support for federal and Indigenous participation in the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables.

For example, on March 29th, 2018 Bill C-70 received Royal Assent giving effect to the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance between the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Government of Canada thereby advancing Self-Determination for approximately 18,000 Indigenous people in nine Cree communities in North-West Quebec. On December 14, 2017, Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Act, received Royal Assent, marking the first self-government agreement in Ontario with 23 Anishinabek First Nations. The Agreement, which came into effect on April 1 2018, recognizes Anishinabek law-making powers and authority over K-12 education on reserve and a new education system grounded in Anishinabek culture and language. The Ontario Ministry of Education fully supports this Agreement and has a complementary arrangement in place to ensure that all Ontario students can benefit from this transformative education model.

On February 14, 2018, the Prime Minister announced the development of a Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As a starting point, the Prime Minister stated that the Framework would replace the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and Inherent Right Policy with new and better approaches that fully embrace and give live to section 35 Constitution Act, 1982 and respect the distinctions between First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. By focusing on the recognition and implementation of rights, the new policy will support and advance Indigenous peoples’ self-determination, self-government and nation building.

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Support Indigenous peoples in their work to advance self-determination. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Indigenous peoples will have sufficient capacity and resources to work towards rebuilding and reconstituting their nations, advancing self-determination, and, for First Nations, facilitating transitions away from the Indian Act and toward self-government.

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The Government continues to support Indigenous peoples as they reconstitute their nations and advance self-determination and self-government. This is being accomplished through nation-level dialogues and community-level processes that are exploring the rights and priorities of Indigenous peoples and working towards their implementation in ways that make sense for Indigenous communities. For example, the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions allow for the co-development of flexible negotiation mandates so that key issues can be appropriately prioritized and addressed. Over 60 of these discussions are underway with Indigenous communities and 19 preliminary agreements have been signed. The Government is also continuing to reform laws, policies and operational practices to better support Indigenous self-determination across the country. The Government has also launched a national engagement, led by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, to develop a Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As of May 15, 2018, over 70 engagement sessions have been held with Indigenous communities, which included women, youth and Elders, provincial and territorial governments, and other stakeholders, such as academics. In British Columbia, that engagement included the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Forum, attended by more than 300 Indigenous participants from April 11 to 13, 2018. The Framework will support the rebuilding of Indigenous governments and nations, and advance Indigenous self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government.

Through Budget 2018, the Government also proposes to invest $51.4 million over the next two years to continue its support for federal and Indigenous participation in the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables. Further, through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide $101.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to support capacity development for Indigenous Peoples. Funding would be made available to Indigenous groups to support activities that would facilitate their own path to reconstituting their nations.

To support the expansion of the First Nations Land Management Act and the successful participation of First Nations under the Act, Budget 2018 proposes to invest $143.5 million over five years, beginning in 2018–19, and $19 million per year ongoing. This funding will allow an additional 50 First Nations to enter into the Land Management Regime, while providing pre-readiness support and capacity development to ensure their successful participation. Additionally, this will support over 200 First Nations to opt-out, or begin the process of opting-out, of the 33 lands related sections of the Indian Act and assume jurisdiction over their lands, environment, and natural resources under their own First Nations Land Codes.

Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide $5.5 million over two years to continue the activities of the Matrimonial Real Property Implementation Support Program. In addition, this funding will support new and more targeted training and awareness activities, such as the development of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, to respond to gaps in the administration of justice. This funding will provide for the continuation of a First Nation Centre of Excellence providing training to enhance knowledge and awareness of rights and protections available under related federal legislation; and support for First Nation law-making in this area.

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Improve the delivery of child welfare and health care under Jordan's Principle to focus on the best interests of the child. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: First Nations children have access to the health and social supports they need when they need them, no matter where they live.

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Significant progress has been made in recent months in the provision of health, educational and social supports. From July 2016 to May 2018, Canada has approved 86,885 products, supports and services totaling $175 million for First Nations children and youth under Jordan's Principle.

Actions to support Jordan's Principle, include:
• Increasing awareness of Jordan's Principle amongst First Nations families, health providers, provincial school boards and provincial/territorial stakeholders through a proactive and multi-faceted communications and marketing approach with a focus on Indigenous mediums (e.g. social media, radio advertisements, targeted mailouts to Child and Family Service agencies, educational institutions, etc.);
• Co-developing the long-term policy options for the implementation of Jordan's Principle through the Jordan’s Principle Action Table (a sub-committee of the National Advisory Committee) which will inform long term directions. The Table is chaired by the Assembly of First Nations, includes other First Nations stakeholders, and has undertaken engagement and regional focus groups since July 2017 to inform and then validate the proposed approach;
• Launching of the Jordan’s Principle National Call Centre to help First Nations children access the products, services and supports they need. 1-855-JP-CHILD (1-855-572-4453); As of June 17, 2018, a total of 817 calls were received, 226 of which generated a request for services.
• Participation of all interested Canadian Human Rights Tribunal parties at the monthly Jordan’s Principle Oversight Committee, a committee established to increase dialogue and timely advice on Jordan’s Principle implementation and planning activities;
• Ongoing monitoring, tracking and reporting of Jordan's Principle processes to comply with Canadian Human Right's Tribunal orders. The Affidavit compliance report was submitted to the Tribunal on May 24, 2018, and a reply affidavit was submitted on June 21, 2018;
• Development of a Client Satisfaction Survey in consultation with the parties to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, to help assess the impact of Jordan's Principle. First wave of surveys returned, in May 2018. A second wave to be distributed this summer, with a report on results to be developed in fall 2018; and
• Updates have been made to the Jordan's Principle webpages to include information on how to make a request, seek reimbursement, make an appeal as well as information on the application of substantive equality under Jordan's Principle;

Efforts are being undertaken to improve the delivery of child welfare, including:
• To address the funding pressures facing child and family service agencies, while also increasing prevention resources for communities so that children are safe and families can stay together, Budget 2018 proposes to provide more than $1.4 billion in new funding over six years, starting in 2017–18, for First Nations Child and Family Services. The Government will continue to work with First Nations, Inuit and the Metis Nation, as well as other partners, to advance the reforms to child and family services that are needed and develop Indigenous-led solutions that put the well-being of children first.
• Government’s commitment to continue to fully implement the orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, in consultation with the parties, including funding on actuals for retroactive and ongoing agency expenses in areas such as prevention/least disruptive measures, intake and investigation, building repairs, and legal fees.
• Engagement nationally and regionally to implement the six point plan on Indigenous child welfare, including developing a data and reporting strategy with provinces, territories, and Indigenous partners and advancing discussions on increasing jurisdiction for Indigenous communities.
• Canada has signed a Consultation Protocol with the Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, Chiefs of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission to fulfill the Canadian Human Rights Tribunals (CHRT) orders and to promote transparency, mutual understanding and cooperation amongst the parties and to ensure that immediate, mid and long term relief measures are developed and implemented in an effective and cooperative manner to eliminate the discrimination outlined in the CHRT decision. The Consultation Committee Child Welfare has held two meetings to date (May 10, 2018 and June 22, 2018) and continues productive discussions on the program and implementation of the Tribunal orders.
• The Minister is engaging across the country this summer to co-create options for federal legislation in partnership with Indigenous peoples and key partners. The expected outcome of this co-creation process would be a set of viable options for a legislative approach that would support a shared vision and set the stage for comprehensive Indigenous child well-being reform.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Develop a National Disabilities Act. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Federal accessibility legislation that promotes equality of opportunity and increases inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

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Building on the extensive nine-month, in-person and online consultation with Canadians, the Government of Canada tabled the Accessible Canada Act on June 20th, 2018. The Accessible Canada Act represents the most significant Government of Canada disability rights legislation in over 30 years and is a cornerstone of the Government of Canada’s plan to build a more inclusive Canada. The legislation will address, in a systematic way, the barriers that exist in areas of federal jurisdiction. It proposes to cover sectors such as banking, transportation, telecommunications, and Government of Canada departments and agencies. The Government of Canada is providing funding of approximately $290 million over six years that will further the objectives of the new legislation.

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New Health Accord improves access to necessary prescription medications. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians have access to lower cost prescription medications.

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The Government is working on enhancing the affordability, accessibility and appropriate use of prescription drugs in collaboration with provinces, territories and other partners. The Government has joined the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, which leverages combined federal-provincial-territorial purchasing power to make patented prescription drugs cheaper for public plans and lower prescription generic drug prices for all payers. Following an initial consultation in Spring 2017, proposed amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations were published in Canada Gazette I on December 2, 2017, launching a 75-day period during which stakeholders and interested Canadians were invited to provide feedback. Budget 2017 invested $140.3 million over five years and $18.2 million per year ongoing for Health Canada, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.

As part of Budget 2018, the Government announced it is creating an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. The Advisory Council will conduct an economic and social assessment of domestic and international models, and will recommend options on how to move forward. The full Council was launched on June 20, 2018, and has begun engaging with provincial, territorial and Indigenous leaders as well as experts, stakeholders, patients and other Canadians.

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Exports and Investment

Sign and ratify the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has entered into force, creating jobs for Canadians across the country, giving consumers more choice, and increasing Canadian businesses' access to new customers.

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Provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) took effect in September 2017 and all economically significant parts are now in force, e.g. tariff elimination on 98 per cent of European Union (EU) tariff lines for Canadian goods, increased quotas, services commitments, temporary entry commitments, and government procurement obligations. The Government has announced programs to help dairy farmers and processors adjust to increased EU cheese access under CETA. The Government is also working with the Atlantic provinces to support Canada's seafood sector in capitalizing on new opportunities in the European market. With CETA's provisional entry into force, Canadian exporters now enjoy improved access to more than 40 countries with nearly 1.2 billion of the world’s wealthiest consumers. The Parliamentary Budget Officer has estimated that CETA implementation could raise Canada's potential real gross domestic product by 0.4 percentage points. For the Agreement to come fully into force, all 28 EU Member States must ratify CETA in their national parliaments. To date, ten Member States have ratified the Agreement.

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Canada in the World

Support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada's international assistance helps countries make progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and helps to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

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Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy is explicitly aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure our investments are coordinated with the rest of the international community. Sustainable Development Goal 5—achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls—is at the heart of Canada's approach to implement the SDGs because it will help to drive progress on all other SDGs and to eradicate poverty. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is central to the Government's partnership with all civil society organizations to maximize the impact of Canada’s international assistance. The Government of Canada is co-leading groups of United Nations member states to foster innovative financing solutions to achieve the SDGs. Budget 2018 highlighted the Government's commitment to the SDGs at home and abroad. In April, the Government announced the development of a national strategy that will catalyze action on the SDGs across the country, and launched the Voluntary National Review Web portal to invite Canadians to share their stories of how they are helping to advance the SDGs. On May 16th, the Government launched the “SDG Data Hub,” a web portal that provides Canadian data on the global SDG indicators.

At the G7 Summit, Leaders committed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development to promote economic growth in developing economies and foster greater equality of opportunity within and between countries. Leaders also endorsed the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries to increase opportunities for at least 12 years of safe and quality education for all and to dismantle the barriers to girls’ and women’s quality education. Canada announced funding of $400 million and was joined by the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank, to announce an investment of close to $3.8 billion in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. Canada presented its first Voluntary National Review report to the United Nations in July 2018.

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Support the full range of reproductive health services and close the gap in the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More women and girls are able to make informed reproductive health choices and assert control over their own bodies, saving the lives of women and children.

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From 2017-2020, the Government will focus on closing key gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls(e.g. contraceptives and safe, legal abortion), and on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation and cutting. This will help reduce the number of women and girls around the world who have unmet needs for modern contraception, currently estimated to be 214 million. Consistent with Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Government also now strongly encourages partners funded by the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programs to integrate the full range of sexual and reproductive health services into their programming. Canada also joined key global partnerships, such as Family Planning 2020, which will help enable up to 120 million more women and girls to access family planning by 2020, as well as the Ouagadougou Partnership, which will accelerate the use of these services in nine countries in West Africa. Canada will continue to promote sexual and reproductive health rights through its participation in movements such as SheDecides and will host the 2019 Women Deliver 5th Global Conference in Vancouver on June 3-6, 2019. In March 2018, the Government launched a $40 million call for preliminary proposals "Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice" aimed at funding sexual reproductive health and rights initiatives implemented by Canadian organizations.

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Government Services and Operations

Improve client service delivery and immigration, refugees and citizenship application processing times. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Enhanced client service and timely processing of immigration, refugee and citizenship applications.

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The Government is developing initiatives to reduce processing times in several programs and a client service strategy to enhance the client experience. In December 2016, spousal sponsorship was reformed to speed up processing and simplify the sponsorship process. In 2017, IRCC met its commitment to process 80% of spousal applications received before December 2016. For 2018, we will continue to monitor progress as against commitment. The Government also announced an intake management strategy for privately sponsored refugees and the goal of reducing wait times for new applications to 12 months. Service standards in other programs are being maintained: 80% of citizenship grant applications received since April 2015 are processed within a 12-month timeframe, and Express Entry permanent residency applications are processed within a six-month timeframe. Since June 2017, the Global Skills Strategy continues to assist companies in getting workers to Canada faster, including through two-week processing time for 80% of eligible work permit applications. The Dedicated Service Channel helps guide companies making significant, job-creating investments in Canada. Enhancements to the asylum system will be informed by upcoming findings of the independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program so it meets the needs of Canadian workers and employers. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) contributes to sustained economic growth without displacing qualified Canadians, meets the needs of workers and employers and protects the vulnerable.

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The Government has taken action in a number of areas to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) guided, in part, by the 2016 recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons' with Disabilities study of the TFWP. Budget 2017 confirmed permanent funding for the risk-based, TFWP employer compliance inspection regime, an increase in on-site inspections in sectors with high volumes of vulnerable workers such as Primary Agriculture, and to support work with industry sectors that rely on Temporary Foreign Workers to develop comprehensive workforce development strategies in partnership with employers, organized labour and other stakeholders. To ensure that Canadians always have the first opportunity at available jobs, the Government introduced a number of changes to improve the TFWP. Changes include: ending the four year cumulative duration rule; introducing the new Global Talent Stream for high-skill to help high-growth Canadian companies attract specialized global talent that will create new jobs for Canadians; increasing the requirement of employers to recruit Canadians typically under-represented in our workforce; extending the low-wage cap for seasonal employment; increasing on-site inspections of workplaces that employ temporary foreign workers; committing to further develop pathways to permanent residency so that eligible newcomers are able to more fully contribute to Canadian society; and working with heavy users of the TFWP to create Canadian workforce development strategies in partnership with employers, organized labour and other stakeholders.

The Government is collaborating with stakeholders across the country to improve migrant workers’ experience. Recently, the Government announced funding for the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association to help migrant workers become better informed about their rights as workers in Canada through the development of workshops, information tools and other materials aimed at informing TFWs on topics such as housing, health care, access to special benefits, and other rights. Budget 2018 proposed $3.4 million over two years, beginning 2018-19, to establish, on a pilot basis a network of support organizations for temporary foreign workers dealing with potential abuse by their employers. This network would support these workers in reporting wrongdoing and provide information on their rights to temporarily remain and work in Canada free from harassment and abuse. Additionally, Budget 2018 proposed $194.1 million over five years, beginning in 2018-19, and $33.2 million per year ongoing for unannounced inspections under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, continued implementation of the International Mobility Program compliance regime, and the ongoing collection of labour market information related to open work permits. The Government continues to monitor the program and look at opportunities for further improvement.

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Government Services and Operations

Expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance to better support Veterans. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More Veterans qualify for higher benefit amounts if they have had their career options limited by service-related illness or injury.

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As of April 2017 the Government of Canada has replaced the outdated Permanent Impairment Allowance with the new Career Impact Allowance. This new measure provides broader eligibility to more generous benefit amounts for the most seriously ill and injured Veterans whose careers are impacted by service-related illness or injury. The benefit amount that a Veteran receives will depend on the unique circumstances of each case. Effective, April 1, 2019, the Career Impact Allowance will be consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit announced under Pension for Life.

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Safety and Security

Create an Office of Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Coordinator. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduced radicalization and greater understanding of how to prevent radicalization.

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On June 26, 2017, the Government established the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence to help provide leadership on Canada's response to radicalization to violence, coordinate domestic and international initiatives, and support community outreach. The Government is in the process of appointing a Special Advisor and Advisory Committee. The Community Resilience Fund was also launched to provide financial assistance to organizations undertaking programming and research to address radicalization to violence in Canada.

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Jobs and Innovation

Create more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business programs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More co-op and work-integrated learning placements for students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business programs, to help students gain the necessary experience for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

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The Government is creating more opportunities for co-op and work integrated learning for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business programs through multiple initiatives. The $73 million Student Work Placement initiative will create up to 10,000 placements by 2021. Expanded federal support of $221 million for Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between industry and educational institutions, will fund over 44,000 placements by 2021-22.

To support Canada's National Cyber Security Strategy, Budget 2018 included $8.3 million in additional funding for the Student Work Placement initiative to support the creation of up to 1,000 student work placements in the cyber security sector. In the context of the G7, the Government also recently announced an additional investments of $3 million over three years to support the creation of up to 500 new student work placements in the artificial intelligence field, including targeted support for students in underrepresented groups, including women in STEM.  Together, these initiatives will create close to 60,000 placements over five years. In addition, the Government is investing in the PromoScience program, which will support STEM learning activities for youth.

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Exports and Investment

Maintain constructive relations and deepen trade and commerce with the United States. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Strong economic growth and well-paying, middle-class jobs on both sides of the border.

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The Government, in coordination with provinces and territories, continues to work with the United States (U.S.) administration, the U.S. Congress and officials at the state and local levels to grow Canada's economy, create well-paying middle class jobs, and address global challenges. The Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, premiers and provincial and territorial ministers, Parliamentary committees and other Parliamentarians have cumulatively undertaken over 345 visits to the U.S. and engagements in Canada and abroad with senior U.S. officials. In February 2017, Canada and the U.S. announced the creation of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders to promote the growth of women-owned enterprises and to further contribute to our overall economic growth and competitiveness. The Government is actively engaged in the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement to reflect new realities and to integrate progressive and fair approaches to trade and investment. Canada continues to advocate against protectionist policies to maintain an open market. In cases where the U.S. has imposed unfair duties, Canada is forcefully challenging such duties under international disputes settlement processes (e.g. steel and aluminum, softwood lumber, paper products). The Government also regularly engages with the U.S. on areas for collaboration to respond to increasingly complex global security issues.

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Negotiate and sign modernized agreements with Israel and Chile. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada has negotiated and signed modernized free trade agreements in force with Israel and Chile.

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In May 2018, Canada and Israel signed the modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). Both countries are now undertaking their domestic ratification processes to bring the modernized Agreement info force. For Canada's part, the first step is the tabling of the treaty in Parliament on June 20, 2018. The modernized CIFTA includes new progressive elements, such as a trade and gender chapter, a small and medium-sized enterprises chapter and a broader article on corporate social responsibility. It also includes further tariff reductions and eliminations for agricultural and agri-food products. In June 2017, Canada and Chile signed Amending Agreements to modernize the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. The modernized Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement includes a chapter dedicated to trade and gender—a first for Canada or any G20 nation. The updated agreement will also provide better mechanisms to address technical barriers to trade; add new progressive elements to the existing investment chapter, and amend the existing government procurement chapter. The Canadian Government notified Chile of ratification by Parliament on December 12, 2017.

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Fair and Open Government

Review limits that political and third parties can spend during elections, and propose measures to control spending between elections. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Political and third party spending is limited and controlled to help strengthen Canadian democracy.

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On April 30, 2018, the Government introduced the Elections Modernization Act . Among other changes, the legislation establishes spending limits for political parties and third parties during a pre-election period that would start on June 30th the year of a fixed-date election and end with the issue of the writ of election. The legislation also modernizes the electoral system to make it more accessible, transparent and secure. The legislation has been referred to Committee in the House of Commons.

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Environment and Climate Change

Develop proposals to limit Exploration Expenses tax deduction to unsuccessful projects. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Successful exploration expenses incurred to develop discovery wells no longer benefit from favorable tax treatment.

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Budget 2017 announced changes that will ensure the costs of drilling discovery wells are deducted gradually over time as development expenses, rather than deducted immediately as exploration expenses. With these changes, Canadian exploration expense treatment will effectively be limited to unsuccessful exploration or cases where the linkage to success cannot reasonably be determined in the year the activity takes place.

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Establish the Invest in Canada Agency. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada is positioned to attract more global investment, creating well-paying, middle-class jobs by making it simpler and faster for businesses to invest in Canada.

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Parliament passed legislation in the spring of 2017 to establish the Invest in Canada Agency, which will help bring together all levels of government to provide seamless service to help global investors navigate Canada’s investment landscape. Increased foreign investment in Canada connects Canadian industries to global value chains and facilitates the transfer of knowledge and technology, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation, and promoting the prosperity of Canadians. As part of this initiative, the Government is also increasing the number of investment-focused trade commissioners across key global markets. The Invest in Canada Agency was officially launched on March 12, 2018 and will become increasingly operational over the coming months. The Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO have been appointed. The Trade Commissioner Service has hired 15 new investment-focused trade commissioners and will add another five in each of the next two years.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Expand the network of shelters and transition houses for those fleeing domestic violence. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More shelters available for those fleeing domestic violence.

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In Budget 2016, the Government made significant investments to repair and expand the number of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence and ensure that no one fleeing domestic violence is left without a place to go. As of March 31, 2018, this funding has supported over 3,200 projects, to assist more than 5,800 households. In Budget 2016, the Government also provided greater funding to renovate, construct and better support shelters serving victims of family violence in First Nation communities. Five communities (in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec) have been identified for the construction of new shelters, and planning and construction activities have begun. All projects are anticipated to be completed by March 31, 2019, with two scheduled to become operational in fall 2018.

The National Housing Strategy will fund projects that support vulnerable Canadians, including homeless women and those fleeing domestic violence. Along with Budget 2016, this funding will support the construction and renewal of at least 7,000 shelter spaces as well as aim for 33% of all investments to support projects that specifically target women and girls.

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Promote trade and investment with emerging markets including China and India. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Two-way trade and investment with China, India and other emerging economies is increased, creating good, middle class jobs, expanding opportunities for Canadian exports, and increasing access to goods for Canadian consumers.

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The Government continues to engage China on a possible free trade agreement while working to implement the trade and investment commitments that were made by Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Li of China in 2016 and 2017. The Government is engaged in exploratory discussions for a possible Free Trade Agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Government is also working with India to intensify negotiations on a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Canada will continue to work to resolve regulatory and tariff issues with India to ensure Canadian pulse exports (e.g., peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils) continue to enter India unimpeded. During his February 2018 visit to India, Prime Minister Trudeau announced foreign direct investment commitments that will lead to the creation of more than 5,800 jobs in Canada. In addition, Canadian and Indian companies signed 66 new commercial contracts and agreements worth more than $1 billion. Since October 2015, six FIPAs with emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa have also come into force. In addition, the Canada-Hong Kong FIPA came into force in September 2016, and the Canada-Mongolia FIPA came into force in February 2017. Preliminary discussions are in the works regarding additional possible measures to enhance Canada-HK commercial relationship. The Government signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and introduced the Implementation Bill for this agreement in the House of Commons on June 14, 2018. Canada is also undertaking negotiations for a free trade agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance, and between Canada and Mercosur. Since it was launched, CanExport has provided financial support to about 1,000 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 75 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 85 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of almost $95 million in exports to new markets. To support Canadian firms and increase exports to new markets, the Government is implementing provisions from Budget 2018 that provide up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia, as well as other initiatives to open market opportunities in the region.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Double the number of entry applications for parents and grandparents of immigrants to 10,000 a year. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Government made reuniting families a top priority and doubled the number of parents and grandparents sponsorship applications accepted to 10,000 in 2016. The new cap of 10,000 per year will apply going forward.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has formally increased the number of applications it will take in through its Parent and Grandparent (PGP) Program.

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Exports and Investment

Ensure border security and facilitate the movement of people, goods and services. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Canada-United States border is secure and facilitates the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services.

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In February 2017, the Prime Minister visited Washington, D.C., where Canada and the United States confirmed their commitment to working together on border security and efficiency. This joint effort includes preclearance and integrated cross-border law enforcement operations, full implementation of the Entry/Exit initiative, increased regulatory cooperation, and the expeditious construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. In addition, both countries committed to establishing preclearance operations for cargo, accelerating the completion of preclearance for additional cities, and continuing to expand this program under the Land, Rail, Marine and Air Preclearance Agreement, once it is ratified. In December 2016, the United States preclearance legislation became law, a step forward for the new agreement with Canada. Canada's preclearance implementing legislation received Royal Assent in December 2017. The Entry/Exit implementing legislation has passed Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security presented its report on this legislation to the House of Commons on October 30, 2017. These two pieces of legislation are crucial to ensure security and facilitate movement at the border.

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Increase the maximum age for dependents from 19 to 22 to allow more families to stay together and bring their children to Canada. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More family reunification.

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The Government has made reuniting families a top priority. Regulatory amendments to increase the maximum age of dependent children from 19 to 22 years of age came into force October 24, 2017.

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Indigenous peoples

Undertake a review of laws and policies to ensure the Crown is fulfilling its obligations and commitments to the recognition and implementation of Indigenous peoples' rights. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada's laws and policies reflect the Government's commitment to advancing a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation, respectively.

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A Working Group of Ministers, chaired by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, was established in February 2017 to examine relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices to help ensure the Crown is meeting its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights; adhering to international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The Working Group has completed its start-up phase and in July 2017 released Principles respecting the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples that should guide the review. The Working Group will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples in carrying out this review. Working with other Ministers, the Working Group is looking at Canada’s laws, policies and operational practices to align them with its constitutional duties and its international commitments, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, with respect to the recognition of Indigenous peoples and the implementation of Indigenous rights. The Working Group will provide an integrated whole-of-government approach to fulfil the promise of section-35 as a fundamental element of renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples.

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Help small- and medium-sized enterprises grow, become more innovative and export oriented. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Double the number of high-growth firms in Canada by 2025 to create good, middle class jobs, strengthen communities, and grow the economy.

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Small business owners work hard to provide Canadians with quality goods and services while also creating job opportunities that strengthen communities across the country and grow the middle class. The Government is focused on helping small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export and grow. The Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, introduced in Budget 2017, introduced a suite of initiatives to help Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs grow their companies. The Strategic Innovation Fund, launched in July 2017, is a $1.26 billion fund designed to help companies from across sectors of the economy access regional and global supply chains and support growth through innovation to create new, good, well-paying jobs. Innovative Solutions Canada, launched in December 2017, is a new program with over $100 million dedicated to supporting the scale up and growth of Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs by having the federal government act as a first customer. The Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI) will make $400 million available through the Business Development Bank of Canada to increase late-stage venture capital funding for Canadian firms looking to grow, expand and compete globally. The call for proposals for VCCI support was launched in December 2017. The first stream of funding to five funds-of-funds was announced on June 26, 2018. The Innovation Canada digital platform was launched in January 2018 and provides simplified and customized access to the business innovation support programs that are most appropriate for companies depending on their sector, stage of growth and innovation support needs. These new initiatives complement existing programs such as the Industrial Research Assistance Program and the CanExport Program.

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Rationalize and expand the intergovernmental agreements that support skills training. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Agreements with provinces and territories that expand and support skills training for Canadians.

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To help more Canadians get the skills they need, the Government of Canada provided funding to temporarily boost existing labour market transfer agreements (Labour Market Development Agreements and Canada Job Fund Agreements) in 2016. Starting in 2017-2018, the Government has significantly expanded federal investments that will be provided to provinces and territories over the next six years through the labour market transfer agreements, which include Labour Market Development Agreements and new Workforce Development Agreements.. The Government also amended the Employment Insurance Act to broaden eligibility for job training under the Labour Market Development Agreements. This change came into effect on April 1, 2018. Agreements have been signed with most jurisdictions. Agreements with the remaining provinces and territories (PTs) are expected to be signed later this year. Work continues with provinces and territories to develop more effective training programs and share best practices. In addition, in Budget 2018 the Government announced that it will launch Future Skills this spring. Future Skills will bring together expertise from all sectors and leverage experience from partners across the country. It will also include an independent Council to advise on emerging skills and workforce trends, and a research lab focused on developing, testing and rigorously measuring new approaches to skills assessment and development.

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Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by 10%. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Nearly 900,000 low income, single seniors have greater financial security.

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Starting in July 2016, the Government of Canada increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement by up to $947 per year for the most vulnerable single seniors. Over the past year, this has improved financial security for nearly 900,000 seniors—approximately 70% of whom are women—and lifted an estimated 13,000 people out of poverty.

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Increase take up rates of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and Canada Learning Bonds by making registration easier. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased number of low and middle income families using Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and receiving Canada Learning Bonds so that more Canadians get access to post-secondary education.

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In 2016, 126,979 children received the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) for the first time, bringing the total number of children in receipt of the CLB to over 1 million. In addition, 293,000 children received the Canada Education Savings Grants (CESG) for the first time, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to over 3.59 million.

The Government of Canada is exploring new and innovative approaches to increase awareness and take-up of the CLB.

Of note, a Call for Concepts was launched in November 2017. Proposals are being considered for funding under three themes:
• Support for Indigenous Peoples;
• Facilitated Access; and
• Research and Innovation.

Funding to successful projects will begin in 2018-19. The findings from these projects will help inform additional efforts that the Government will undertake to increase take-up of the CLB and RESP by low and middle income families.

In addition, the Canada Education Savings Act was amended to allow the cohabitating spouse or common-law partner of the primary caregiver to request the CLB and/or the additional amount of the CESG on behalf of an eligible child.

Also, Budget 2018 announced that the Government of Canada is collaborating with the Province of Ontario to integrate an “Education Savings Referral” into Service Ontario’s online Birth Registration Service. As of March 2018, parents of newborns are able to request to be contacted by a participating RESP promoter to learn more about and initiate the process to open an RESP, and request the education savings incentives for an eligible child.

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Update the Canada Labour Code to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships and ensure modern federal employment standards. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Stronger protections and employment standards that better protect workers and reflect the changing nature of the labour market.

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Budget 2017 aims to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where internships are not part of a formal educational program. In the case of unpaid internships that are part of an educational program, the Government will ensure standard labour protections apply, such as maximum hours of work, weekly days of rest and general holidays. Legislation to implement these changes was tabled in Parliament on October 27, 2017, as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2 received Royal Assent December 14, 2017.

The Government has also launched consultations on proposed updates to the Canada Labour Code to ensure that Canadians enjoy strong labour protections and standards.

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Develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Fewer Canadians living in poverty.

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The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is anticipated that the Strategy will set targets to reduce poverty, align with existing provincial/territorial and municipal strategies, and include a plan to measure and publicly report on progress.

Meanwhile, several measures to reduce poverty across Canada have already been implemented. Since its inception in 2016, the new, tax-free, income-tested Canada Child Benefit (CCB) has helped to lift hundreds of thousands of Canadian children out of poverty. An increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement is improving the financial security for nearly 900,000 low-income seniors, of whom 70% are women, and lifting an estimated 13,000 vulnerable seniors out of poverty. Through the Government's significant investments in affordable housing and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, it is anticipated that the number of chronically homeless Canadians can be reduced by as much as 50%.

Building on these, Budget 2018 proposes the Canada Workers Benefit, a more generous and more accesible benefit for low-income workers that will replace the Working Income Tax Benefit, starting in 2019. An unattached worker could receive up to $1,355 from the CWB in 2019, while a single parent or a worker in a couple could receive up to $2,335, depending on their incomes. Budget 2018 also proposes changes that will make the new benefit easier to access by allowing the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically calculate the CWB for anyone who has not claimed it themselves.

In developing the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Government has conducted a nation-wide consultation process with community organizations, experts and those with lived experience of poverty. this included the Tackling Poverty Together Project, which examined poverty with case studies in six cities across Canada and a final report has been published. An advisory committee on poverty has been created to help identify the best ideas from the consultations and provide independent advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. A major milestone in the consultation process was the two day National Poverty Conference in September 2017. The Academic Conference, which was on the first day, included academics from across Canada who did a deep dive into poverty measurement and indicators. The second day of the conference was with stakeholders and brought together many of the Canadians who participated in the consultation process to confirm what was heard. The What We Heard About Poverty So Far Report was published in February 20, 2018. In addition, further community-level discussions with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people took place to help ensure their priorities are reflected. Of note, ESDC provided funding to five National Indigenous Organizations to undertake engagement with their members, and share their findings with the Government.

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Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency is a client-focused agency. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Improved client satisfaction levels, reduced wait times for inquiries, and simplified and easy to use processes.

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To improve client service at the CRA, the Government of Canada has introduced new e-services and simplified letters and notices.

As of May 2018, a new service was introduced to inform business clients that mail addressed to them has been returned to the CRA, by making a message available in My Business Account. Business owners and authorized representatives will be asked to confirm or update the account’s address information.

Introduced in November 2017, the "tell us once" approach is a consent-based service that will make it easier for Canada Pension Plan recipients to update and share their direct deposit banking information quickly and safely between the CRA and Employment and Social Development Canada.

The CRA has expanded the Liaison Officer service, and small businesses can now request free in-person help from a CRA liaison officer. Individuals can now make payments in person at any Canada Post retail outlet with cash or a debit card by using the personalized quick response (QR) code found on individual remittance vouchers mailed to taxpayers, or by creating a QR code online. Following consultations with taxpayers living in the North, the CRA is committed to improving the services it offers to northern residents and enhancing its service culture, as indicated in the "Serving You Better" report.

To ensure that Indigenous peoples are able to fully participate in the Canadian tax and benefit system, the CRA conducted research with Indigenous communities to identify issues and challenges related to tax filing. The CRA intends to use the research findings to develop outreach programs and communication products to help individuals access benefits and credits available through the tax system, including the non-taxable, Canada Child Benefit.

Budget 2018 committed to a more client-centered approach. The Government will undertake a comprehensive departmental review of the CRA’s service model. While this review is underway, Budget 2018 announced $206 million over five years and $33.6 million in ongoing funding to address commitments to service excellence in three key areas. First, to improve telephone service, the budget proposes additional funding to enhance telephone technology, to hire more agents, and to provide additional training for agents. The CRA now allows more callers to reach its call centres, rather than be faced with a busy signal, by extending wait times in the queue. This has reduced the number of attempts that callers need to make to reach an agent. The CRA continues to expand its telephone self-service options. Since February 2018, callers can obtain their account balance and details about the last payment made to the CRA without needing to speak to an agent.

Secondly, Budget 2018 proposes doubling the size of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, to help more individuals file their tax returns and access the benefits they are entitled to. Finally, Budget 2018 announced investments to update and modernize the CRA’s information technology infrastructure to deliver a more user-friendly experience that will allow Canadians to more easily find the tax and benefit information they need.

In October 2017, the CRA released a new mobile web app called CRA BizApp. This app lets small businesses and sole proprietors view their business account balances and make payments by pre-authorized debit to their corporation, goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST), payroll, and excise duty accounts.

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Crack down on tax evaders. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A fairer tax system, and billions of dollars recovered from those who are evading taxes.

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In recent years, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has transformed its compliance programs. By targeting non-compliance in the highest-risk areas, including wealthy individuals with offshore accounts, the CRA is able to more effectively limit tax evasion and avoidance. These efforts are showing concrete results for Canadians. Over the last two fiscal years, the Government reviewed all large money transfers between Canada and eight countries of concern—a total of 187,000 transactions worth a total of over $177 billion that merited closer scrutiny. Working closely with partners in Canada and around the world, there are now over 1,000 offshore audits, and more than 40 criminal investigations with links to offshore transactions underway. The Government is also aggressively going after those who promote tax avoidance schemes, and so far has imposed $44 million in penalties on these third parties. To further combat tax evasion and tax avoidance, the Government will invest an additional $90.6 million over five years to address additional cases that have been identified through enhanced risk assessment systems, both domestically and internationally.

Work is currently underway with international partners and the government is collaborating on recommendations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Sharing initiative.

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Environment and Climate Change

Develop a Canadian energy strategy with provinces and territories. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater energy conservation, greater inclusion of clean energy and innovative technologies in Canada's energy future, reduced diesel use in remote and off-grid communities, and effective market access for Canadian energy exports.

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Federal, provincial and territorial Energy Ministers are taking joint action under the Canadian Energy Strategy on shared goals to promote energy efficiency, develop new energy technology and innovations, and identify priority energy infrastructure and advance international energy collaboration. These initiatives complement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which is meant to help Canada meet our emissions reduction target and grow the economy.

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Canada in the World

Prepare for the North American Leaders Summit in Canada. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada hosted the North American Leaders’ Summit on June 29, 2016.

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The leaders from the three countries discussed key priorities of creating jobs, strengthening communities and building a clean growth economy for North America. The leaders also took important steps to create a more integrated, sustainable and globally competitive North American economy.

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Strong Middle Class

Implement a modern Fair Wages Policy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Businesses receiving federal government contracts adopt policy setting out fair wage practices to create good-paying middle class jobs.

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The government has completed its policy research and analysis on fair wages policies. The Government is now considering options for  a modernized fair wages policy to be in place within the current mandate.

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Safety and Security

Launch an open and transparent competition to replace the CF-18 fighter aircraft. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A new fighter fleet that allows the Canadian Armed Forces to do their job with the equipment they need.

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A modern fighter jet fleet is essential for defending Canada and Canadian sovereignty - especially in the northern skies. It is a vital contribution to the partnership with the most important ally of Canada, the United States, and for the protection of the continent that is shared. It is also important for enabling Canada to fulfill its international commitments as an engaged and active member of NATO. On December 12, 2017, the Government launched an open and transparent competition to replace Canada’s fighter aircraft by acquiring 88 advanced fighter jets. The Government also announced its decision to allow the United States’ offer for the Super Hornets to expire, and to instead pursue acquiring 18 Australian F/A-18 fighter aircraft and associated spare parts and equipment to supplement the current fleet until the permanent replacement is in place and fully operational. Canada is actively working with Australia to implement this decision. On January 22, 2018, the Government of Canada held a Future Fighter Industry Day to provide information on the planned fighter aircraft procurement process and timelines, project scope and high-level operational objectives of the fighter aircraft, as well as the approach to maintenance and repair and leveraging economic benefits. On February 22, 2018, the Government of Canada published a list of eligible suppliers that will be invited to submit proposals under the competition to replace Canada’s current fighter fleet. The first event of the Formal Supplier Engagement known as “Suppliers Week” was held from March 26 to April 13, 2018, in which all five eligible suppliers participated. The second round of supplier engagement meetings with the eligible suppliers were held from June 11 to July 5, 2018. The purpose of these events is to share and collect detailed information to support finalization of the procurement strategy and development of the solicitation documents.

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Strong Middle Class

Restore a fair and balanced approach to organized labour. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A fair and balanced labour policy.

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In June 2017, Parliament repealed measures enacted by two pieces of legislation which would have undermined the ability of workers to collectively bargain. This action was supported by both employers and unions, in recognition of the need by all parties for a policy framework that is governed by the principles of fairness and balance.

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Fair and Open Government

Strengthen oversight on government advertising. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased oversight of government advertising so that public dollars aren't spent on partisan advertising.

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In May 2016, an interim process was established so that advertising campaigns with budgets greater than $500,000 undergo independent, mandatory reviews. These reviews ensure the campaigns are non-partisan. The results of these reviews are posted online. Following consultations with parliamentarians and other stakeholders, the Government will entrench independent third-party oversight of federal advertising in law. The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has also committed to review the interim process.

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Improve the use of evidence in program evaluation. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Evidence-based reporting, measurement and evaluation of government activities are in place.

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The Government established a new Policy on Results in July 2016 that aims to improve how government organizations measure, evaluate, and report results. The policy also seeks to improve how departments and agencies gather and use evidence to inform decisions. As of June 2018, 79 departments have fully adopted the new policy and the remaining departments continue to do so.

Following the announcement in Budget 2018, planning has begun to establish a central performance evaluation team to undertake innovation performance evaluations on an ongoing basis.

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Fair and Open Government

Make government data available digitally. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Digitized government data that are accessible to Canadians.

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The Government has improved the Open Government portal, Open.canada.ca, by adding content from across the Government of Canada and by simplifying the process for users to search. In addition, the Government of Canada added the Open by Default Pilot section to the portal, which gives Canadians early access to select draft and working documents from participating departments.

The Government has increased the number of participating federal entities from 45 in 2014 to 66 as of March 2018. In the last year, over 30,000 new data sets have been published, which were accessed hundreds of thousands of times. New data sets continue to be made available regularly. The Government also continues to strengthen the quality, accessibility, and searchability of open data.

The Government of Canada was recognized for its leadership on open government, achieving the position of government co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, which is the global organization that coordinates open government. Budget 2018 also announced an investment of $1 million for the Treasury Board Secretariat in support of Canada’s co-chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership. Finally, Canada ranked 2nd globally on the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Barometer.

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Fair and Open Government

Bargain in good faith with Canada's public sector unions. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Collective agreements with Canada's public sector unions are fair and reasonable for employees and Canadians, and are bargained in good faith.

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The Government of Canada is committed to building a culture of respect for, and within, the federal public service. For the 2014-2018 round of bargaining, through good-faith negotiations, the Government has reached 23 agreements with bargaining agents, representing over 97% of unionized employees in the core public administration. For the 2018 round, bargaining agents are serving notice to bargain for the next round of negotiations. The Government will continue to bargain in good faith with public sector unions and remains committed to negotiating deals that are fair for public servants, and good for all Canadians.

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Safety and Security

Reinforce railway safety. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Stronger railway safety regulations, improved communication with Canadians and rail infrastructure that is safer and in better condition, leading to fewer accidents and injuries and reduced loss of life.

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The Government tabled the final Report of the Railway Safety Act Review in Parliament on May 31, 2018. The statutory review was launched on April 27, 2017, one year earlier than required, to ensure this main piece of legislation governing rail safety in Canada continues to uphold the best interests of Canadians. Transport Canada will carefully consider the Report’s findings and recommendations, taking appropriate action to further strengthen the safety of Canada’s rail transportation system. The Government is investing in infrastructure improvements to existing rail lines and crossings, safety-related research and innovative development, public education and awareness initiatives, as well as providing grants to encourage the closure of unsafe crossings. The Government has supported 555 projects across Canada to reduce injuries and fatalities. In addition, collaboration is underway with local communities to improve the sharing of information for emergency responses and to educate the public about railway crossings and infrastructure in their communities. The Government has also revised the rules governing the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, introduced a mandatory minimum level of insurance for federal railways and accelerated the timeline to phase out the DOT-111 tank cars for crude oil service. To assist municipalities with emergency planning, risk assessment and to help train first responders, the Government issued Protective Direction 36 on April 28, 2016 to provide jurisdictions with access to comprehensive dangerous goods information from railways, including information that they can make publically available. Now that the Transportation Modernization Act has received Royal Assent, the Government will move to develop regulations to implement its amendments to the Railway Safety Act which will improve rail safety by requiring the mandatory installation of recording instruments on locomotives.

The Government has also developed a strategy for addressing fatigue in the rail industry that includes the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Canada Gazette, Part I on November 11, 2017, communicating to Canadians and interested stakeholders its most current policy direction on the management of fatigue in the rail industry. As a first step in engaging transportation stakeholders on fatigue management, Transport Canada held a Fatigue in Transportation Forum in Montreal on June 27-28, 2018. The forum brought together participants from all modes of transport, stakeholders in the Canadian transportation industry and academic experts on fatigue science to discuss risks and best practices relating to the management of fatigue. Results of this forum will provide the department the opportunity to incorporate relevant and up-to-date knowledge into future fatigue-related regulatory development activities.

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Exports and Investment

Invest in an Agri-Food Investment Fund to attract investment and create good, well-paying jobs in food processing. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The agri-food sector is a leading area for economic growth over the next 10 years.

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The Government is increasing investment in the agri-food sector to increase and diversify exports to create good middle-class jobs. Budget 2017 identified agri-food as one of the six key sectors for future economic growth and set an ambitious objective of increasing annual agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025. The Government announced a $1.26 billion five-year Strategic Innovation Fund to attract and support new high-quality business investments, including for agri-food value added processors. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, launched on April 1, 2018, includes a commitment to facilitate the maintenance and expansion of both domestic and international agricultural and agri-food markets, as well as to enhance the ability of the agriculture and agri-food sector to diversify market opportunities.

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Environment and Climate Change

Formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A moratorium is in place on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast, protecting habitats and communities.

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In May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to prohibit oil tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia. Vessels carrying less than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude or persistent oil as cargo will continue to be permitted in the moratorium area to ensure northern communities can receive critical shipments of heating oils and other products. The legislation proposes strong penalty provisions for contravention that could reach up to $5 million. The proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act complements the Oceans Protection Plan. The draft legislation passed the third reading stage in the House of Commons in May 2018.  Second reading debate in the Senate started on May 30, 2018 and will continue in September 2018.

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Strong Middle Class

Restore the tax credit for labour-sponsored funds. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canadian companies have greater access to venture capital, with the support of labour unions.

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To help Canadian companies grow, the Government of Canada restored the Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) Tax Credit to 15% for share purchases of provincially-registered LSVCCs for 2016 and subsequent tax years.

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Jobs and Innovation

Re-insert scientific considerations into the heart of decision-making and investment choices. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Government scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and the role of scientific information and empirical evidence is strengthened in government decision making.

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The Government has updated the Communications Policy to ensure scientists are free to speak in an official capacity on subjects for which they have expertise, and have enshrined this provision into collective agreements covering 15,000 government scientists. The Government also reinstated the mandatory long-form census as well as the University and College Academic Staff System survey, which will provide accurate information about Canada's research community. To promote better use of science and evidence in government decision-making, the Government updated the guidance on preparing Memoranda to Cabinet. The Government is examining additional opportunities to improve the use of evidence and scientific information. The new Chief Science Advisor will advise the Government on how to ensure scientific evidence is considered when making decisions. In addition, to ensure the Government continues to have access to world-class, independent scientific assessments to inform policy development in priority areas, Budget 2018 proposed $9 million for the Council of Canadian Academies, a not-for-profit research organization.

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Jobs and Innovation

Establish new Canada Research Chairs in sustainable technologies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) will be appointed to further research in clean and sustainable technology.

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Budget 2016 identified $20 million over eight years starting in 2018-19 for the creation of two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs in fields related to clean and sustainable technology. On October 12, 2016, the Minister of Science announced the launch of a competition for these Chairs, in addition to nine others, which will be selected in 2019. In December 2017 the Phase 1 results of the competition were announced. Two institutions were invited to submit nominees in fields related to clean and sustainable technology: Concordia University (Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities) and University of Manitoba (Arctic Sea Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling, and Climate Change). To address the CERC gender imbalance, this competition will require institutions to include detailed equity plans and recruitment strategies that promote the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the CERC program.

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Strengthen support for fundamental research to support new discoveries. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Modernized research infrastructure at post-secondary institutions, new research Chairs appointed in areas of strategic priority, and enhanced capacity for granting councils to support fundamental research.

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Since 2016, the Government has approved and funded 300 projects through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to modernize research and training facilities on campuses across Canada. These investments will support key discovery research and facilitate the expansion of ongoing research efforts. The Government has also set aside $20 million to fund new Canada Excellence Research Chairs in the areas of clean and sustainable technologies (competition ongoing), and increased support for Canada's three granting councils. In 2017, the Government announced the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy, which will develop centres of expertise in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton related to AI to train and attract key research talent in this emerging area of fundamental research. The final report of an independent review of federal funding for higher education was published in April 2017. A number of actions have already been taken in response to this report, for example, placing a limit on Tier 1 Canada Research Chair renewal to enhance opportunities for broad pools of qualified candidates and to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion in research and launching the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) to achieve greater harmonization and coordination of the granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Budget 2018 proposes to provide $1.7 billion over five years starting in 2018-19 and ongoing funding to support researchers through Canada's granting councils and research institutes. This includes $925 million for fundamental research through Canada's three granting councils; $231.3 million to increase the Research Support Fund to cover the indirect costs of research; $210 million for the Canada Research Chairs program to attract and retain early-career researchers at post-secondary institutions across the country while increasing diversity; and $275 million to create a new tri-council fund to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and higher risk researches. Budget 2018 further proposes $3.8 million to develop a strategic research plan that identifies new ways of doing research with Indigenous communities; $15 million for the granting councils to develop new plans, strategies and targets to ensure improved equity and diversity outcomes for underrepresented groups, including women; and $6 million to support surveys to collect better data on researchers to further advance equity and diversity in Canada's research community. Budget 2018 proposes over $1.3 billion for investments in the laboratories, equipment and infrastructure researchers rely on every day including: $763 million to the Canada Foundation for Innovation including $160 million for increased support to Canada's nationally important research facilities through the Major Science Initiatives fund; $572.5 million to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy that will deliver more open and equitable access to advanced computing and big data resources to researchers across Canada.

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Government Services and Operations

Align business support programs across governments. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: It is easier and simpler for Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs to access and benefit from government programs that help Canadian businesses grow.

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Since 2016, the Accelerated Growth Service has helped 390 firms to scale up and grow their businesses, with a broader goal of helping 1,000 firms expand and create more well-paying jobs. The Government has established Innovation Canada, a platform that coordinates and simplifies the support available to Canadian businesses. The new Innovation Canada platform (launched in January 2018) is a one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs so they no longer need to spend time figuring out which department to go to or which program best meets their needs. The website is able to quickly match users with the federal and provincial/territorial programs and services to help them innovate, create jobs and grow Canada's economy. Innovation Canada will help create economic growth strategies in six high-growth sectors. The Government is also working with provinces to find co-delivery options for a variety of business support programs and services.

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Exports and Investment

Increase tourism and strengthen the Canadian brand abroad. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: 30% overall increase in tourism by 2021, increased tourism from the United States (U.S.) and China, and improved international ranking of Canada as a top tourist destination.

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The Government has launched Canada’s Tourism Vision to increase the number of international tourists to Canada by 30% by 2021. This goal includes doubling the number of Chinese visitors by the same year and positioning Canada as a top-10 destination ranking by 2025. The Government also launched the Millennial Travel Program to encourage youth travel during Canada 150.

The first annual report on progress towards implementing the Vision was released in May. Spending by international visitors to Canada reached $21.3 billion in 2017, representing an increase of 6.4% over 2016. Canada set a new record high number of tourist arrivals in 2017 of 20.8 million. The New York Times, Lonely Planet and Condé Nast have all recognized Canada as a top international destination to visit in 2017.

The Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018 will be an opportunity to increase visitation from China, which is being supported by the opening of new Visa Application Centres in China. Budget 2018 proposed approximately $11 million in funding to support activities such as hosting the closing ceremony for the Canada‑China Year of Tourism and working closely with Canadian businesses as they prepare to welcome an increased number of tourists from China.

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Reduce the administrative burden on small business. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduced administrative burden and simpler, clearer, and faster online services to help small businesses.

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The new Innovation Canada platform launched in January 2018 is a one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs so they no longer need to spend time figuring out which department to go to or which program best meets their needs. The website is able to quickly match users with the federal and provincial/territorial programs and services to help them innovate, create jobs and grow Canada's economy.

Federally, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) continues to drive the use of the Business Number (BN) by all departments as the standard identifier for business clients. More than half of ISED’s own services already use the Business Number, including Innovation Canada, and 7 other departments are also connected to the real time BN web validation services. The BN is a key component of digital identity for business, and its adoption across the Government of Canada will enable more seamless service delivery, including sign-on once, tell-us-once service integration across governments and personalized digital experience. The Government has partnered with a number of provinces to pilot integrated tools, such as a business registries search and data exchanges between registries, so that registering and finding a business is easier.

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Healthy Canadians

Respond to the Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding physician-assisted death. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Adult Canadians suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions and whose death is reasonably foreseeable are able to easily and effectively access medical assistance in dying if they so choose.

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On June 17, 2016, medical assistance in dying (MAID) became a reality in Canada following Royal Assent of the federal legal framework, which protects vulnerable persons while providing options to eligible Canadians to make an informed decision about the end of life. In December 2016, as required by the new law, the Government initiated independent study reports to consider in more detail three particularly complex types of requests for MAID. These include: requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition. Independent expert panels, organized by the Council of Canadian Academies, are conducting these reviews. They will report on their results by the end of 2018. As of April 2017, Health Canada has begun to provide initial public reporting on the use of MAID across Canada.

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Fair and Open Government

Review the government litigation strategy and end appeals or positions that are not consistent with our commitments, the Charter or our values. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Legal positions taken by the Government are consistent with Government commitments, the Charter and our values.

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To date, several early decisions have been made to end appeals and withdraw positions not consistent with Government commitments, the Charter, or Canadian values. For instance, the Government ended the appeal of the Federal Court's ruling that the 2012 cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program—reducing health coverage to refugees—were unconstitutional. The Government dropped the appeal of this decision and in April 2016 restored refugee health care coverage to pre-2012 levels. In August 2016, the Government of Canada created a new Cabinet Committee on Litigation Management to provide an ongoing review of the Government's litigation strategy and consideration of the policy, financial and legal implications of litigation involving the federal government. To promote increased transparency and track the results of this mandate commitment, we have begun publishing a Litigation Year in Review report.

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Ensure that the appointment of Supreme Court Justices is transparent, inclusive and accountable to Canadians. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Greater transparency, accountability and diversity in the appointment of Supreme Court Justices.

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In August 2016, the Government of Canada announced a new, open and transparent process for filling vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada. This new process includes: an open application process; the establishment of an Independent Advisory Board to assess all applications and prepare a shortlist; requiring functional bilingualism as an essential qualification for all shortlisted candidates; and ensuring there are consultations regarding the shortlist with key stakeholders, including members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice. Justice Malcolm Rowe was the first Supreme Court Justice appointed under this new process in October 2016. Justice Sheilah L. Martin, appointed in December 2017, is the second appointment made under the Government of Canada’s new Supreme Court selection process, which promotes greater openness, transparency, and accountability.

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Toughen criminal laws in cases of domestic assault, with the goal of keeping survivors and children safe. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater protections for complainants and survivors of sexual assault and domestic assault.

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On March 29, 2018, the Government tabled legislation to improve efficiencies in the criminal justice system and reduce court delays. This legislation includes reforms to strengthen responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). These reforms would:

o impose a reverse onus at bail for accused charged with an IPV offence if they have a prior conviction for violence against an intimate partner;
o require courts to consider whether an accused is charged with an IPV offence when determining whether to release on bail or detain the accused;
o clarify that strangulation, choking and suffocation is an elevated form of assault;
o define “intimate partner” for all Criminal Code purposes and clarify that it includes current or former spouse, common-law partner and dating partner;
o clarify that the current sentencing provisions, which treat abuse against a spouse or common law partner as an aggravating factor, apply to both current and former spouses/common law partners and dating partners; and,
o allow for the possibility of seeking a higher maximum penalty in cases involving a repeat IPV offender.

In June 2017, the Government introduced legislation to clarify and strengthen the sexual assault provisions in the Criminal Code. The legislation would clarify that an unconscious person, or otherwise incapacitated, is incapable of consenting; clarify the defence of mistaken belief to indicate that it cannot be relied upon if there is no evidence upon which the belief was founded; clarify rape shield provisions to explicitly include communications of a sexual nature or communications for a sexual purpose, so these types of communications cannot be used to suggest that the complainant was more likely to have consented or is less worth of belief; provide that a complainant has right to legal representation in rape shield proceedings; and create a regime to determine whether an accused can introduce a complainant's private records at trial that are in their possession.

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Introduce a tax benefit to help teachers and early childhood educators with the cost of school supplies. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Teachers and Early Childhood Educators are able to buy necessary supplies to help kids learn.

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The Government of Canada introduced a new, refundable Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit for the 2016 and subsequent tax years, which will provide a benefit to teachers and early education educators to help cover the cost of school supplies.

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Environment and Climate Change

Improve protection and stewardship of our freshwater resources. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The protection of freshwater resources is improved, and water and wastewater infrastructure is in better repair.

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Through research, assessment and regulation, the Government of Canada is working to ensure sustainable water management. The Government has taken action to protect the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg Basin and the St. Lawrence River by improving water quality, increasing conservation activities, addressing threats posed by invasive species, and improving collaboration with Indigenous peoples. As announced in Budget 2017, the Government is investing $44.84 million to protect Great Lakes water quality, and $25.7 million for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. The Government is collaborating with the United States to protect shared waters through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and has also established a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to help provinces, territories and municipalities make immediate repairs to water and wastewater infrastructure. The Government has also published updated Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations, and has initiated consultations to modernize the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations and to develop regulations for effluents from coal mines. Work is also underway to enhance the Environmental Assessment process as it relates to freshwater areas.

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Enhance protection of Canada's endangered species. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Species at risk are protected.

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The Government of Canada has developed a three-year plan to address the backlog of 149 terrestrial species eligible for listing under the Species at Risk Act. Since February 2017, final listing decisions were made for 89 of these species and proposed listing decisions were published for another 31 species. The Government of Canada has posted three-year plans (2014-15 to 2016-17) to address the backlog of overdue recovery documents for terrestrial species on the Species at Risk Public Registry. As of June 2018, 178 of the 192 overdue proposed recovery documents were completed and posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry. Parks Canada has completed and posted 21 multi-species action plans, addressing 174 species at risk occurring across 42 Parks Canada places in total, on the Species at Risk Public Registry. These measures will help make sure species at risk receive the protection they need.

As announced in Budget 2018, to support Canada's biodiversity and protect species at risk, the Government proposes to make historic investments totaling $1.3 billion over five years, one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history.

This investment will contribute $500 million from the federal government to create a new $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not‑for-profit, provincial, territorial and other partners. In collaboration with partners, the Nature Fund will make it possible to secure private land, support provincial and territorial species protection efforts, and help build Indigenous capacity to conserve land and species, for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Work with provinces and territories to set stronger air quality standards. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: New national standards are put in place to improve air quality and reduce air pollutants from key sources, with progress demonstrated in recurring State of the Air reports.

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The Government of Canada is implementing a national Air Quality Management System (AQMS) with provinces and territories to improve air quality and protect the health of Canadians and the environment. As part of this system, new ambient air quality standards for sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide were published in the Canada Gazette on October 28 and December 9, 2017 respectively. A review of the existing ambient air quality standards for ozone has been initiated. A new State of the Air Report was launched at the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment in November 2017 to inform Canadians about air quality and air pollution. The Government is also establishing national standards to reduce air pollutants from industrial sources, including in the following sectors: iron and steel; aluminum; potash; pulp and paper; iron ore pellets; base metals smelting; cement; and stationary combustion turbines. In February 2018, Canada published two proposed regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions: one amendment to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030, and the other to set emission performance standards for new natural gas-fired electricity generation and coal boilers converted to run on natural gas. This will significantly improve air quality and the health of Canadians and will reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by more than five megatonnes in 2030—equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

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Develop Canada's National Parks system, as well as manage and expand National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Terrestrial areas and inland water are conserved through networks of protected areas.

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The Government of Canada continues to work to conserve and connect terrestrial areas. A comprehensive plan is being developed to conserve at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water through networks of protected and conserved areas by 2020. In March 2018, a National Advisory Panel and an Indigenous Circle of Experts provided their recommendations to inform the development of the federal, provincial, and territorial plan. Work on expanding the system of National Parks includes the proposed Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve. Negotiations with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Lutsël K’e Dene First Nation and Northwest Territories Metis are close to completion. The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Syilx/Okanagan Nation announced re-engagement on a proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan. Parks Canada has contacted the Manitoba Government to re-engage on a proposed national park in the Manitoba Lowlands. As part of the expansion of National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, the Government is working closely with Indigenous peoples, Provinces, Territories, and stakeholders to secure new protected areas by the end of 2020. The Government of Canada is working with the Dehcho First Nation and the Tlicho Government to establish the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area in the Northwest Territories, which will protect over 1.4 million hectares of habitat for boreal caribou. The Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area which was formally designated a NWA in June 2018 will conserve 1.2 million hectares for the benefit of sea birds in the Pacific Ocean. Important Prairie Habitat in South West Saskatchewan will be conserved with the transfer of the Govenlock Community Pasture to Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2019.

As announced in Budget 2018, to support Canada’s biodiversity and protect species at risk, the Government of Canada is making historic investments totaling $1.3 billion over five years, one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history.

This investment will contribute $500 million from the federal government to create a new $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not‑for-profit, provincial, territorial and other partners. In collaboration with partners, the Nature Fund will make it possible to secure private land, support provincial and territorial species protection efforts, and help build Indigenous capacity to conserve land and species, for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Develop Parks Canada services so that more Canadians can experience our National Parks. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians visit and experience Parks Canada administered sites and the Trans Canada Trail is completed.

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The Government has taken steps to make sites more accessible and to improve overall visitor experiences by investing approximately $3.6 billion, including an additional $364 million announced in Budget 2017 to renew infrastructure assets such as trails, heritage buildings, visitor centres, waterways and highways. The Government of Canada is improving bike and walking trails in national parks as well as highway access through Wood Buffalo National Park and Yoho National Park. The Government will also contribute $30 million over four years to enhance and maintain the Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail). This funding will improve trail safety, accessibility, and sustainability. Since completion in 2017, the Trail provides 24,000 km of recreational trails within 30 minutes of about 29 million Canadians. The Government is working with Indigenous peoples and stakeholders to improve interpretation and heritage programming and make sites more accessible. In February 2018 Parks Canada entered into a four-year contribution agreement with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) with the goal of enhancing and growing authentic Indigenous experiences in regions across the country.

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Make admission to National Parks free for all in 2017 and, afterwards, free for children under 18 and new citizens. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Free admission to National Parks in 2017; free admission for children under 18 and new citizens in future years.

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada offered free admission to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas, as well as free passage through lock systems on all national historic canals. More than 8.5 million Discovery Passes were ordered and distributed to Canadians and people in 160 countries. Parks Canada welcomed over 27.2 million visitors in 2017, an 11% increase from 2016. Canada 150 programs offered by Parks Canada included the expanded National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canada Day celebrations, the first annual Canada Historic Places Day with more than 60 sites participating, as well as hosting numerous Canada 150 Signature Projects. Starting in 2018, admission for children under 18 is free for national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Parks Canada is also continuing to offer free admission for one year to new Canadian citizens through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass Program.

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Expand Learn to Camp programs. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More low to middle-income families participate in Learn to Camp and have greater opportunity to experience Canada's outdoors.

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In 2017, Parks Canada expanded the popular Learn-to Camp Program so that more low- to middle-income families could experience Canada’s outdoors. Throughout the year, Parks Canada hosted 30 overnight Learn-to Camp events as well as over 500 other Learn-to events and activities across Canada, reaching more than 70,000 Canadians.

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Protect our National Parks by limiting development within them and help local eco-tourism industries. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Development is limited within Canada's National Parks so future generations can experience their natural beauty.

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One pillar of Canada's Vision for Tourism is to distinguish Canada as a premier tourism destination through Canada's national parks. A number of initiatives have been developed to enhance visitation of Parks Canada places. One initiative starting in 2018 is to provide free admission to youth 17 and under to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. The Government is maintaining and restoring ecological integrity within Canada's national parks while continuing to provide meaningful services and experiences to visitors. The Government has established strict development limits to ensure ecological integrity in Canada's national parks. Parks Canada has put forward a rigorous environmental assessment process which applies to development proposals to ensure compliance with park-wide ecological objectives and maintenance of ecological integrity. Parks Canada is in the process of developing strategies to help grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs.

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Work with Ontario to enhance the country's first urban National Park: Rouge National Urban Park. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Created Canada's first urban National Park, Rouge National Urban Park.

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In June 2017, legislation was passed to expand the size of the Rouge National Urban Park and guide how the park will be managed. This legislation strengthens ecological protections and will ensure that ecological integrity is the first priority in the management of Canada's first national urban park, while recognizing its important cultural heritage and providing greater certainty for the continuation of park agriculture. In October 2017, the Government of Ontario transferred 6.5 square km of land to Parks Canada for inclusion in the Park.

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Protect the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Increased protection for the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin so they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

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Through Budget 2017, the Government is providing funding to protect Canada’s freshwater resources, including the Great Lakes and Lake Winnipeg basins. The Government is expanding efforts to address toxic and nuisance algae, as well as aquatic invasive species programming, which will further help address the threats posed by such species as Asian Carps and Sea Lamprey. As announced in Budget 2017, the Government is investing $44.84 million to protect Great Lakes water quality, and $25.7 million for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. In addition, the Government invested $43.8 million to protect against aquatic invasive species in Canadian waters. The Asian Carp Program received funding as part of this investment, which has allowed the Government to improve early detection capabilities and increase the number of sites being monitored for Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The funding has also increased the capacity of Canada’s Sea Lamprey Control Program to reduce the numbers of this destructive, invasive species by assessing larval populations, treating them with lampricides and maintaining and improving physical barriers and dams that prevent sea lamprey from accessing spawning habitat in tributaries to the Great Lakes.

A program on freshwater aquatic invasive species is being deployed in Quebec in 2018-2019, which will complement marine species monitoring already underway in the Saint Lawrence and fund work with the Government of Quebec to detect and prevent the invasion of Asian carps in Quebec.

The Government is also increasing outreach to assist Canadians with identifying, responding and properly reporting any invasive species they catch. In June 2017, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced continued investment in the conservation and enhancement of the St. Lawrence River Basin to enhance water quality, protect biodiversity and ensure its sustainable use. The Government has also begun two research projects to assess the contribution of organic matter and nutrient inputs and oxygen depletion in the deep waters of the Laurentian Channel.

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Examine the implications of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater knowledge and understanding of the changes occurring in Canada's Arctic and a better understanding of how Canada might adapt to ensure the continued welfare of Canada's Arctic communities.

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The official opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) will significantly enhance Arctic research, including on the impacts of climate change. The Government of Canada is also investing in the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program to conduct the research and monitoring necessary to identify climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, develop adaptation tools, and improve ocean forecasting in vulnerable coastal regions to inform management decisions. This Program has supported ocean chemistry monitoring, fisheries vulnerability assessments and predictive modelling activities in the Arctic. As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government will be working with Indigenous and coastal communities to collect baseline environmental information at six sites across Canada, including one in the Arctic. The Government has also concluded new international agreements to strengthen Arctic scientific cooperation. The Minister of Science attended the first White House Arctic Science Ministerial event in September 2016, helping to advance several joint international research projects. The Canadian Space Agency is collaborating on a US-France mission—Surface Water & Ocean Topography—that will provide the first global survey of earth surface water, ocean surface topography, ocean currents, and measure change over time. In addition, the Government of Canada has committed to work together in collaboration with northern partners to better understand the “Last Ice Area.” This region in the high Arctic is the only region that is expected to retain summer sea ice until 2050.

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Support innovative, evidence-based approaches to development assistance. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More effective international assistance and more rigorous use of evidence-based practice and innovative solutions within decision-making processes.

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Guided by the June 2017 Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada is providing more integrated and responsive assistance, supporting innovation and research, providing better reporting on results, developing more effective partnerships, and concentrating on those regions of the world where Canada can make the greatest difference in reducing poverty and inequality, particularly for women and girls. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and its partners are measuring and reporting progress and results, conducting gender-based and human rights-based analyses of programs, and implementing new programming to support innovative partnerships. In 2017, the Government collaborated with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development and the International Development Research Centre to enhance innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to global development research. This initiative included the launch of an online searchable tool of more than 500 Canadian international development researchers from universities, colleges, institutes, think-tanks, and civil society organizations. The Government also launched the International Policy Ideas Challenge  (IPIC), in which early career and graduate researchers in Canada were selected to conduct and present innovative research on foreign policy, international trade and international development issues. The IPIC remains an ongoing program. In the fall of 2017, GAC launched the Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation initiative (SMO initiative), which aims to attract new and diverse partners to GAC and encourage innovation in international development. In February and March 2018, more than 250 stakeholders submitted comments as part of the virtual engagement process on the development of action area policies under the Feminist International Assistance Policy. Feedback is being carefully considered as the policies are finalized and prepared for public release. GAC established a set of performance indicators that it will use to collect data and report to Canadians on progress achieved in each of the Feminist International Assistance Policy’s action areas. GAC continues to engage with the International Development Innovation Alliance, the OECD Development Assistance Committee and Canadian civil society partners to learn about and share good practices on innovative evidence-based approaches in development assistance. To increase the transparency of Canada's international assistance, the Government expects to start publicly reporting the planned level of the International Assistance Envelope every year starting in 2018. To support innovation in Canada’s international assistance, the Government will provide up to $1.5 billion over five years and $492.7 million per year ongoing to the International Assistance Innovation Program and the Sovereign Loans Program. In April 2018, the Government co-hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Economic Forum and the UN on blended finance. On June 2, 2018, G7 Development Ministers endorsed the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact, which among other things call for the engagement of women and adolescent girls as both beneficiaries of innovative solutions and innovators.

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Provide assistance to countries that are vulnerable to the destabilizing effects of climate change. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Countries receiving Canadian international assistance are better equipped to deal with the destabilizing effects of climate change.

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Canada is providing $2.65 billion over five years to help developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable transition to low carbon and climate resilient economies. To date, the Government has announced more than $900 million in funding contributions. This includes $200 million to the Asian Development Bank to catalyze private investments for climate action in Asia and the Pacific, $150 million in support of renewable energy in Africa, $40 million for the African Risk Capacity agency to help developing countries protect themselves against the economic consequences of natural catastrophes (such as droughts caused by climate change), and $39 million to help build the resilience of farming households in Senegal, with a particular emphasis on women and young people. In February 2018, Canada announced that it would provide $20 million to support women's health and economic opportunities in Haiti through the adoption of clean cookstoves in 150,000 households. Canada also recently pledged $100 million to support reconstruction and climate resilience initiatives across the Caribbean over the next five years, part of which will contribute to Canada's overall climate finance commitments. Canada is providing $16.2 million to support a $36 million Climate Resilience and Green Infrastructure project that puts specific emphasis on the role of women in managing water resources in Peru, and $6 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization for forest management and increased sustainable economic growth for rural indigenous women and youth in Honduras, two of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Canada's new Development Finance Institute, capitalized with $300 million over five years, will mobilize its resources to promote green economic growth, which in turn will provide access to clean technology and climate-resilient infrastructure to those people most affected by climate change.

At the G7 Summit, Leaders agreed to the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities. The leaders committed to support resilient coasts and communities globally via better adaptation planning, emergency preparedness and recovery, and innovative financing for coastal resilience, and launched a G7 initiative to deploy Earth observation technologies and related applications to scale up capacities for the integrated management of coastal zones in the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world. Canada will invest $162 million to preserve the health and resilience of our oceans and coasts.

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Ensure Canada's strong and sustained engagement in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Promotion of Canadian values of diversity and inclusion through La Francophonie and promotion of French Canadian culture globally.

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Canada has maintained strong and sustained commitment to the International Organisation of La Francophonie and continues to use it as an important platform to engage the international community on priority areas. On gender equality, Canada has continued to play an active role in the development of La Francophonie's gender equality Strategy, which will be adopted at the upcoming Francophonie Summit in Armenia in October 2018. Canada has also played an active role in the promotion of women and youth empowerment and in the development of La Francophonie’s Action Plan on Women's Economic Empowerment, adopted on March 12, 2018. In May 2018, Canada supported the organisation of an international conference on conflict prevention and human security in Ottawa. The conference, which was organized by the University of Ottawa and the OIF, aimed to develop a roadmap to update existing Francophonie tools and instruments to address conflict prevention and human security in Francophonie member countries.

On the Organisation’s governance, GAC has continued to advocate in support of enhanced governance and transparency measures to further strengthen the Organisation's administrative and financial governance practices, with examples of best practices regarding governance, transparency, and the communication of results being shared. Canada is supporting the renewal of Michaëlle Jean's mandate as Secretary General of La Francophonie. The Organization will make a decision on this at the Francophonie Summit in Armenia in October 2018.

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Add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act and add it to the list of characteristics of identifiable groups protected by the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression is now illegal.

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In June 2017, amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code received Royal Assent, ensuring the full protection of transgender people across Canada. These amendments formally add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act as prohibited grounds of discrimination, as well as amend the Criminal Code to deal with hate crimes related to gender identity and gender expression.

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Ensure a close link between foreign, defence, development and trade policy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian interests and values are effectively pursued through an integrated and comprehensive international approach.

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The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, International Development, and National Defence have been working closely together on the Defence Policy, the Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Sustainable Development Goals, Canada's multinational North Atlantic Treaty Organization battlegroup in Latvia. The Government has put in place a whole-of-government approach to address the crisis in Iraq and Syria. In addition, the government has established the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program to provide a whole-of-government platform for preventing, mitigating and resolving violent conflict, crises and natural disasters abroad.

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Ensure that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and all other parts of the Public Safety portfolio are workplaces free from harassment and sexual violence. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduced incidents of harassment and sexual violence across Public Safety portfolio workplaces. Better training for staff at all levels, and implementation of all recommendations related to workplace safety and wellness at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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The Government is taking all necessary steps to ensure the RCMP is a workplace free from harassment and sexual violence. These steps include implementing all recommendations from the July 2016 Report on Allegations of Harassment and Sexual Misconduct at the RCMP's Canadian Police College Explosives Training Unit, providing $100 million for a settlement between the RCMP and female members and public service employees regarding gender and sexual orientation based harassment and discrimination, and establishing a senior executive responsible for Workforce Culture and Employee Engagement. The Government is also reviewing the report by Special Advisor Sheila Fraser on four cases of civil litigation against the RCMP regarding workplace harassment and the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission's comprehensive review of workplace harassment. In May 2018, the Government mandated the new RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, in a letter from the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to protect the health and safety of RCMP employees and members, including from harassment and violence in the workplace. Agencies in the Public Safety portfolio, including the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), have also put initiatives in place to address harassment and sexual violence in the workplace. As well, with the November 2017 signing of an Agreement in Principle (AIP) by the Government of Canada and parties to the Todd Edward Ross et al v. Her Majesty the Queen class action, a total of $110 million will be available to compensate class members — federal public servants, including members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who were directly impacted by anti-LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit) policies and practices. The AIP also earmarks $15 million for remembrance to prevent future discrimination and for reconciliation with LGBTQ2 communities.

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Promote the celebration of Canada 150. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canadians came together to celebrate the best of Canada and to experience Canada’s rich cultural, linguistic, and geographical diversity.

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Canada 150 celebrations came to a close. The Canada 150 Fund supported over six hundred community projects and thirty eight pan-Canadian Signature projects through non-governmental organizations. Canada 150 enabled the promotion of active living, sport and athleticism to students and communities across Canada, and it highlighted diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, and youth. More than 31 million people participated in Canada 150 events. Programming included an investment of more than $1 million into the 2017 Canada Summer Games and an accompanying cultural festival. The closing of Canada 150 in December 2017 included Skating Day, one of a suite of community events supported by micro-grants that brought Canadians together, emphasized the connection all Canadians share as a northern people, and underscored Canada 150’s four major themes.

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Increase the labour force participation of women and underrepresented groups. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved labour market participation and employment outcomes for groups traditionally under-represented in the labour market (women, youth, immigrants, persons with disabilities, racialized communities, and Indigenous peoples).

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The Government has introduced several initiatives to help Canadians with the challenges they face when making decisions about pursuing work or going back to school. These initiatives will increase the number of high-quality, affordable child care spaces (up to 40,000 over the next three years), introduce flexible work arrangements, make parental leave more flexible, and expand opportunities for lifelong learning. These initiatives are expected to increase labour force participation among several under-represented groups, particularly mothers in low- and modest-income families. In addition, the Government has increased the number of work experience opportunities for young Canadians through the Youth Employment Strategy, and has also expanded access to job supports and skills training for all Canadians, with a particular focus on the needs of Indigenous Peoples and other under-represented groups. Budget 2018 proposed a new Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit which will support greater gender equality in the home and in the workplace. The Benefit will provide additional weeks of “use it or lose it” EI parental benefits, when both parents agree to share parental leave. The creation of the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, the introduction of a loans program and employment supports for newcomers and the introduction of a federal accessibility act will further support the unique needs of Indigenous Peoples, newcomers and persons with disabilities. To support women to enter and succeed in the trades, Budget 2018 proposed to pilot an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women and implement a Women in Construction Fund.

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Establish an expert human rights panel to help determine designated countries of origin and provide a right to appeal refugee decisions for citizens from these countries. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada upholds its commitment to welcoming those seeking refuge from conflict and war, while leveraging expertise and systems to strengthen program integrity and efficiency.

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As of July 2015, claimants from Designated Countries of Origin - countries that do not normally produce refugees and do respect human rights and offer state protection - have had access to an appeal at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. An independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the asylum system is underway, and findings will inform how the Government will enhance the asylum system to achieve both efficiency and fairness for all claimants.

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Work with stakeholders to better co-manage our three oceans. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Better planning, management and protection of oceans, marine mammals, and coastal communities.

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Through the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) and other ocean initiatives, Canada has been engaging Indigenous and coastal communities, stakeholders and other levels of government, including activities, such as improved marine safety, protection of the marine environment, restoration of Canada’s coastlines, waterways management, and new opportunities for Indigenous and coastal communities in emergency response.

The OPP includes new research on the effects of oil spills, measures to protect marine mammals, and increased emergency response capacity in which coastal communities will play a greater role. The OPP is a key part of the Government's commitment to redefine its relationship with Indigenous peoples and engage in a meaningful and productive partnership with Indigenous communities. In addition to the OPP, the Government has officially endorsed the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Plan with the Province of British Columbia and Pacific North Coast First Nations; explored partnerships with land claims organizations in the North to advance Canada’s marine conservation agenda; and signed a statement of intent between Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government to work together on oceans management in northern Labrador.

The Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection was announced by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21. This significant agreement demonstrates a commitment between Canada and First Nations along the North and Central Coast of British Columbia to partner on marine initiatives within the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area. Key areas of work will include marine spatial planning, marine protected area network development and initiatives to support marine safety.

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Expand Canadian diplomacy and leadership on global issues and in international institutions. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian diplomatic activities advance Canadian interests and values abroad.

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Canada is active in multilateral fora and international institutions to pursue Canadian foreign policy interests and values. Canadian-led initiatives—such as supporting humanitarian access and monitoring in Syria, addressing the violation of human rights in Iran, supporting women's political participation and leadership, combatting violence against women and girls, supporting compliance with international law, and promoting respect for diversity and inclusion—secured widespread support in UN fora. Canada is active in coordinating hemispheric response to the crisis in Venezuela and hosted the third Ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Toronto on October 26, 2017. In May 2018, Canada imposed a third round of targeted sanctions against top ranking Venezuelan government officials, bringing the total to 70. Canada has successfully advocated for new language about the online dimension of violence against women and girls, including female human rights defenders at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the UN. Canada played a leading role in the creation of a group of experts to monitor the human rights situation in Yemen and report back to the Human Rights Council. Canada also demonstrated its multilateral leadership by hosting the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver in November 2017, which resulted in a significant number of new pledges to support the UN by participating countries and advanced the global peacekeeping reform agenda. The Government played a major role in the NATO Warsaw Summit by becoming the Framework Nation for the enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia. In addition, Canada is increasingly working with new and existing partners including civil society and business to increase the effectiveness of our global initiatives. Canada's diplomatic network abroad continues to amplify Canada's role on the world stage and bolster Canadian reputation through proactive communication, stakeholder outreach and social media. This year, Canada is using its G7 presidency to work with its like-minded partners to advance a common agenda based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. Canada hosted the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Toronto on April 22-23, 2018, where ministers exchanged views and planned to coordinate action with respect to building a more peaceful and secure world, including through a negotiated joint communiqué. G7 foreign ministers also agreed to concrete shared commitments related to the implementation of international humanitarian law and the advancement of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda and, together with G7 security ministers, on defending democracy against foreign threats and on managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. Through Canada’s presidency, G7 Leaders at the June 2018 Summit agreed to the Charlevoix Commitment to Defend Democracy from Foreign Threats. G7 leaders agreed to respond to these threats together and individually, and agreed to the establishment of a Rapid Response Mechanism to strengthen coordination to identify and respond to emerging threats. G7 countries agreed to a commitment to end Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Abuse and Harassment in Digital Contexts. Canada is also exercising a leadership role on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament by chairing a UN group of experts on a fissile material cut-off treaty, which concludes in June 2018.

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Resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria. Completed - modified

Result Achieved: The Government welcomed 26,172 Syrian refugees (government-assisted and privately sponsored) between November 4, 2015, and February 29, 2016.

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As of January 29, 2017, Canada had welcomed 40,081 refugees from Syria: 21,876 government-assisted refugees, 3,931 blended visa office-referred refugees, and 14,274 privately sponsored refugees. Although the Government hit and surpassed its targets, it did so two months later than the initial timeline to ensure proper security and medical examinations and resettlement preparations.

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Restore funding to support federal ocean science and monitoring programs. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Restored funding to support the hiring of new scientific staff, the acquisition of new lab equipment, and added capacity for ocean science and monitoring.

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The Government of Canada restored funding for federal ocean science and monitoring programs. In April 2016, $197 million was committed to fund ocean and freshwater science activities, which will help better understand aquatic ecosystems and support evidence-based management decisions. The Government is recruiting 135 new scientific staff and creating a new Partnership Fund to build capacity in the Canadian ocean and freshwater science community. The Government is also investing in high-performance lab equipment to mitigate life-cycle management concerns, procuring new state-of-the-art acoustic and remote sensing technology, and enhancing monitoring activities for various species of marine mammals, fish and invertebrates.

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Use good scientific evidence when making decisions affecting fish stocks and ecosystem management. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A new, strong process that integrates scientific information in all major fish stock and ecosystem management decisions.

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The Government of Canada has changed its internal processes to ensure that scientific information and advice are presented as part of decision making. The Government is currently developing a plan to implement the precautionary approach policy for all major fish stocks. The new Chief Science Advisor will provide guidance on this.

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Act on recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A new Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan to restore and maintain salmon stock which highlights measures for sustainable aquaculture, is co-developed and implemented in collaboration with experts, regional stakeholders and Indigenous peoples.

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In August 2016, the Government released its formal response to the final report of the Cohen Commission. In October 2016, the Government launched public consultations and met with Indigenous peoples on the development of an implementation plan for the conservation of wild salmon. In September 2017, the Government provided a status update showing that 64 out of the 75 recommendations from the Cohen Commission have been acted on. The Government continues to engage with scientific experts and stakeholders to further act upon many of the Commission's 75 recommendations.

Extensive engagement with Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the general public has informed a draft five-year Wild Salmon Policy (WSP) implementation plan. More than 32 consultation sessions occurred across British Columbia and the Yukon in fall 2017. Feedback from these sessions, as well as hundreds of electronic submissions, are now being incorporated. A final WSP implementation plan is expected in 2018.

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Re-open the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Kitsilano Coast Guard Base and St. John's Maritime Rescue Sub-centre are re-opened to restore search and rescue services and save lives.

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In May 2016, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver was re-opened to provide 24/7 search and rescue services., and it received a new Search and Rescue Vessel in December 2017. The Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's officially re-opened on May 18, 2018.

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Increase rates of vaccination. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: By 2025, 95% of children under the age of two have received all recommended vaccinations.

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The Government of Canada, in collaboration with provincial and territorial partners, has updated the national vaccination coverage goals and vaccine preventable disease reduction targets; which have been endorsed by all jurisdictions. The Government also enhanced its Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey to better estimate vaccination coverage and measure vaccine hesitancy. The new Survey was launched in fall 2017 and initial reporting is expected in 2019. Also, since the launch of the Immunization Partnership Fund in 2016, 12 projects have been funded with the goal of increasing vaccination uptake and access in Canada.

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Give additional points under the Express Entry system to applicants who have Canadian siblings. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Changes to Canada's Express Entry program, including additional points for candidates with Canadian siblings and candidates who have strong French and/or English languages skills were implemented on June 6, 2017. This is increasing the number of eligible economic immigrants who have the support they need to more easily integrate into the labour market and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians.

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Changes to Canada's Express Entry program were implemented on June 6, 2017

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Bring forward a proposal regarding permanent residency for new spouses entering Canada. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Sponsored spouses and partners no longer have to remain in abusive relationships for fear of losing their immigration status.

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To address concerns that some vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners were staying in abusive relationships out of fear of losing their permanent resident status, the Government repealed the requirement of conditional residency. This means sponsored spouses and partners are no longer required to live with their sponsor for two years in order to maintain their permanent resident status, thereby reducing vulnerability and dependence.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides health benefits to refugees. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Improved access to necessary health care for refugees.

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In April 2016, the Government restored the Interim Federal Health Program for all eligible refugee beneficiaries. In addition, the Government eliminated the coverage expiry date to ensure refugee claimants remain covered until they are eligible for provincial/territorial health insurance.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Make it easier for international students to stay in Canada after their studies. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Better outcomes for immigrants to Canada because those who become permanent residents and citizens have Canadian educational experience.

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It is now easier for international students to become permanent residents or Canadian citizens after completing their studies. The Government made changes to the Express Entry system that award more points to those who have studied in Canada, making it easier for international students to become permanent residents. As well, in October 2017, regulatory changes introduced by the Government came into force, providing greater flexibility for international students who want to become Canadian citizens.

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Environment and Climate Change

Make Canada a leader of international efforts to combat climate change. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Canada meaningfully advances international solutions to climate change.

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Canada is leading efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to implement a platform for the engagement of Indigenous peoples and to advance gender-responsive policy development and women's participation. Canada is also delivering on its five-year, $2.65 billion commitment to help developing countries achieve sustained emissions reductions and build resilience against the adverse effects of climate change. This includes providing support to Caribbean countries for disaster reconstruction and resilience and, under the Canadian G7 presidency, pursuing a focus on climate change and adaptation.

In addition to advocating for the effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, Canada is engaged in key initiatives aimed at enhancing global ambition on climate change and clean growth, such as Mission Innovation, the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the Global Methane Initiative, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Canada and the United States also issued a joint statement in February 2017 confirming both countries' commitment to collaborate on energy innovation. In September 2017, Canada co-hosted a Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action with China and the European Union to advance the global climate dialogue and will continue to play a leadership role in this new forum in 2018. In November 2017, Canada hosted the 29th Montreal Protocol Conference, where Parties agreed to adopt the Kigali Amendment to reduce hydrofluorocarbons, a powerful greenhouse gas. Canada's early ratification of the Amendment on November 3, 2017 helped it reach the number of ratifications required to come into force. In addition, Canada and the United Kingdom jointly announced the creation of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which aims to accelerate the global phase-out of unabated coal-fired electricity. Canada was also an active participant in the Bonn Climate Conference in November hosted by Fiji and the One Planet Summit hosted by France in December. In December 2017, Canada and China released a Joint Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth and held the first Ministerial Dialogue on the Environment in Bejing. Canada continues to highlight the serious impacts of climate change on the North through its participation in the Arctic Council.

In order to meet these commitments and drive action here at home, the Government is implementing the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change that was developed with the provinces and territories. This plan includes pricing carbon pollution and measures to reduce emissions across all sectors, as well as investments to drive innovation and ensure Canadian businesses are competitive in the global low-carbon economy.

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Strong Middle Class

Increase funding to "Young Canada Works" to help prepare the next generation working in the heritage sector. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More jobs for young Canadians in the heritage sector.

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The Government has increased jobs for young Canadians in the heritage sector. Investments in the Youth Employment Strategy helped to create over 1,600 new employment opportunities in the heritage sector in 2016-17. In addition, increased funding for the Young Canada Works initiative created 150 new internships for recent graduates in 2016-17. Budget 2017 confirmed an additional investment of $14.05 million over three years in funding in Young Canada Works Heritage programming. These new funds will enable the creation of over 1,500 more summer jobs and graduate internships for Canadian youth in Canadian museums and related heritage organizations.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore and increase funding for CBC/Radio-Canada. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, leading to the creation of new, high-quality content across all platforms.

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In Budget 2016, the Government increased CBC/Radio-Canada funding by $675 million over five years. In 2017/18, this funding was directed toward CBC/Radio-Canada’s key programming and initiatives; the creation of new, high-quality content, including local content, across all platforms; digital transformation, and continued development of both its existing services and the next generation of digital talent.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that the appointment process to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors is merit-based and independent. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A new independent and merit-based appointment process has been established for selecting the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

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The Government has appointed an independent and non-partisan Advisory Committee that will provide the Minister of Canadian Heritage with recommendations of qualified candidates for appointments to CBC/Radio-Canada. Published, merit-based criteria will guide the Advisory Committee as they identify Canadians who would make significant contributions to the work of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada. On December 18, 2017, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced the appointment of five directors to the CBC/RC Board of Directors. On April 3, 2018, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced the appointment of the new Chair, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, and three additional members of the Board.

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Fair and Open Government

Restore a modern Court Challenges Program. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased protection for human rights and official language rights through a modernized Court Challenges Program.

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The Government has reinstated a modernized Court Challenges Program to provide financial support to Canadians to access the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance, to help clarify and assert certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada. In February 2017, the Government launched a process to select an independent body to implement and manage the modernized program. Interested parties had until March 6, 2017 to submit an application. On September 1, 2017, the Government announced that the University of Ottawa had been selected to manage the modernized program. It also announced the members of the Selection Committee who will assess potential candidates for the program's Official Languages Expert Panel and its Human Rights Expert Panel. Canadian Heritage is working to establish the panels. Work is underway with the University of Ottawa to implement the program.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Double investment in the Canada Council for the Arts. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Government invested $550 million in the Canada Council for the Arts to foster the development of the arts in Canada.

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New investments are being made in the form of grants, services and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, as well as through scholarly awards. The Government of Canada's annual investment in the Council is doubling over the next five years, growing local economies and creating good middle-class jobs.

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Healthy Canadians

Create greater links between our elite athletes and young Canadians to promote health and achievement among youth. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased number of events organized to connect young Canadians and Canada's elite athletes.

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Last year, the Government organized a number of events both online and in person at schools across the country, to connect young Canadians with Canada's elite athletes. Approximately 250 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches from the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games participated in these events, reaching tens of thousands of students across Canada. The Government will continue to create these and other opportunities for young Canadians to learn from and be inspired by Canada's elite athletes.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Raise the quality of the Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) applied to Cabinet proposals. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is effectively integrated into policy-making across government.

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Since 2016, proposals to Cabinet now require a full GBA+ analysis, which includes an analysis of the proposal's impact on diverse groups of people. Budget submissions also require a full GBA+ analysis. The Government will continue to improve the quality of the analysis through new training tools and videos. In addition, to ensure that gender remains a key consideration for future governments, Budget 2018 announced that the Government will introduce new  GBA+ legislation to make gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

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Government Services and Operations

Provide injured veterans with 90% of their pre-release salary, and index this benefit to inflation. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Veterans now receive 90 per cent of their pre-release salary under the Earnings Loss Benefit (ELB), and benefits are indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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Canada's women and men in uniform put their lives at risk to protect the values that Canadians cherish most. In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada made significant investments to give more money to Veterans with disabilities primarily resulting from military service. In particular, in October 2016 ELB eligibility was increased from 75% to 90% of a Veteran's monthly pre-release military salary. This benefit provides financial support to injured Veterans while they are undergoing rehabilitation or up to age 65 if they are determined to have a diminished earning capacity. As of June 30, 2017, a total of 12,461 Veterans have received an increase or are newly in receipt of benefits since changes to the ELB were made. Effective, April 1, 2019, the Earnings Loss Benefit will be consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit announced under Pension for Life. All eligible Veterans will continue to receive 90% of their pre-release salary, indexed to CPI during rehabilitation and for life if they are found to have a diminished earning capacity.

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Create a Veterans Education Benefit that supports the education costs of Canadian Forces Veterans after completion of service. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More Veterans receive education and training upon release and are given the means to achieve their education and post-service employment goals.

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As of April 1, 2018, the Government of Canada has implemented the new Education and Training Benefit which provides Veterans who have a total of at least six years of service in the Regular or Reserve Force and who were honourably released on or after April 1, 2006 with up to $40,000 for college, university or technical education. Veterans with at least 12 years of service can receive up to $80,000. This will help Veterans cover the cost of getting a new degree or certificate, which is often critical in making a successful transition to post-service life.

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Improve career and vocational assistance for Veterans. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improve career and vocational assistance for Veterans and ensure jobs for Veterans are included in federally-funded infrastructure projects.

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The Government has introduced new initiatives to support Veterans’ transition to the labour market.
• Through the Veterans Hiring Act (VHA), which came into effect July 1, 2015, current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces are given priority within some public service hiring processes. As of June 30, 2018, 636 medically-released Veterans have been hired as permanent employees into the federal public service through this process.
• As of April 1, 2018, eligible Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, their spouses/common-law partners and survivors can now apply for a new, modernized set of Career Transition Services delivered by career support professionals familiar with the military culture, whenever and wherever needed. These services also ensure that Veterans have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to search for employment in the civilian work force so that they are more likely to gain employment and feel satisfaction in their employment.
• The Government is working with provinces and territories as part of infrastructure negotiations to ensure Community Benefits Agreements integrate jobs for Veterans into infrastructure projects.

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Deliver a higher standard of service and care, and ensure that a "one veteran, one standard" approach is upheld. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Veterans and their families have seamless support as they transition out of the military, with simplified application processes, improved client services and reduced wait times to receive benefits.

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The Government has invested $42.8 million to increase service delivery capacity and reduce the backlog in key programs at Veterans Affairs Canada.

The Government is lowering its case-management ratios so that Veterans who require more in-depth, one-on-one personal based support can access services in a timely manner.

The Government's recently completed a Service Delivery Review which will shape efforts to reduce complexity and strengthen partnerships between Veterans Affairs and National Defence.

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Government Services and Operations

Re-open the nine Veterans Affairs service offices recently closed. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: To improve services for Veterans, all Veterans Affairs Canada offices closed by the previous government have been re-opened and resources have been added in new areas not previously served.

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All nine offices previously closed have been reopened and a new tenth office has been opened to serve the needs of veterans in Surrey, BC, and the Lower Mainland. In addition, the Government of Canada has expanded outreach to the territories and other northern communities to provide an enhanced level of service and outreach to Veterans and their families. As of April 2018, the Government has hired more than 470 new employees, including 190 new case managers, to improve services for veterans.

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Create two centres of excellence in Veterans' care, including one specialized in mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Veterans and their caregivers and providers have better access to better knowledge and expertise to address the unique care needs of someone who previously served.

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Budget 2017 invested in the creation of the first centre of excellence that will focus on the creation and dissemination of knowledge on prevention, assessment and treatment of PTSD and related mental health conditions for Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members. Plans for the second centre of excellence are at an early stage of development and consultation.

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Support families who are providing care and support to Veterans living with physical and/or mental health issues. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased support for families who are providing care and support to Veterans living with physical and/or mental health issues.

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As of April 1, 2018, military members who leave the service for medical reasons, as well as their families, have access to a full range of support services at all of Canada's 32 Military Family Resource Centres as well as through services delivered over the phone and online. Further support is offered to families by the new Caregiver Recognition Benefit which provides a more generous non-taxable monthly benefit payable directly to caregivers of Veterans to better recognize and honour the vital role they play.

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End the time limit for surviving spouses applying for vocational rehabilitation and assistance services. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Surviving spouses are able to receive vocational rehabilitation and assistance services whenever they need them.

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As of April 1, 2018, the Government of Canada has enhanced support for survivors and common-law/spouses by eliminating the current one-year time limit on applications for Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance. This change allows survivors to now apply for assistance whenever they are prepared to return to work.

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Increase the Veteran survivor's pension amount from 50% to 70%. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Surviving spouses receive better support, and benefits are delivered in a more client-centred, streamlined fashion.

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Announced on December 20, 2017 as part of the Pension for Life initiative, support for eligible spouses will increase from 50% to 70% of the Veteran’s post age 65 Income Replacement Benefit, providing them with enhanced financial security when they need it most. This measure, effective April 1, 2019, will improve the delivery of benefits so that surviving spouses and their families have a simpler system to navigate.

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Ensure that surviving spouses of Veterans receive appropriate benefits by eliminating the marriage after 60 clawback. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Surviving spouses receive the same pension amounts as all other survivors regardless of the age at which they were married.

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The Government of Canada is working to eliminate the pension clawback for spouses married to Veterans over the age of 60 at the time of marriage that currently exists in the Canadian Armed Forces Superannuation Act. Progress on this commitment has taken longer than anticipated.

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Government Services and Operations

Double funding to the Last Post Fund to ensure that all veterans receive a dignified burial. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Funding is doubled to the Last Post Fund, and more families qualify for a burial or marking benefit when a Veteran dies.

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As of October 2016, the Government of Canada enhanced the Funeral and Burial Program, which is delivered by the Last Post Fund Corporation so that more families can qualify for financial support for the funeral and burial of a recently deceased Veteran. The Government nearly tripled the survivor estate exemption from approximately $12,000 to $35,200 so that more people can access this support in their time of need. Going forward, this amount will be indexed annually.

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Safety and Security

Strengthen controls on handguns and assault weapons. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduced gun violence through balanced, effective firearms measures.

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The Government is developing effective firearms measures that prioritize public safety while ensuring law-abiding Canadians are not unduly impacted. To support this objective, the Government established a more representative Firearms Advisory Committee that includes representation from law enforcement, civilian firearms users, public health advocates, women’s groups, farmers, conservation organizations, and the legal community. The Government also reversed a ministerial directive that could have allowed gun manufacturers to determine the classification of their own products under certain conditions. On November 17, 2017, the Government announced up to $327.6 million over five years, and $100 million annually thereafter, in new funding for initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities. A Summit on Gun and Gang Violence was held in March 2018 to bring together stakeholders to share information on the realities, issues and best practices to combat criminal gun and gang violence. On March 20, 2018, the Government introduced legislation that prioritizes public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners. It will not recreate a federal long-gun registry.

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Safety and Security

Enhance compensation for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty, and their families, are appropriately compensated.

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In March 2017, the Government announced the creation of a tax-free community heroes benefit that will support the families of firefighters, police officers and paramedics who died in the line of duty. Through the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders, families of first responders that lose a loved one as a direct result of their duties, will receive a one-time lump sum, tax-free payment of $300,000. The Program took effect on April 1, 2018. Further details will be announced in the coming months.

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Safety and Security

Restore funding to provinces and territories to support Heavy Urban Search and Rescue teams. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Search and rescue capacity across Canada is strengthened, helping save lives.

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Last year, the Government restored funding of $15.5 million previously cut from the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue taskforces in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and across Manitoba. The Government is also providing support to build new heavy urban search and rescue capacity in Montreal and Halifax.

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Safety and Security

Develop a plan to better predict, prepare for, and respond to weather-related emergencies and natural disasters. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians are quickly and effectively supported when natural disasters occur, and communities are better prepared for weather-related emergencies.

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In collaboration with provinces and territories, and Indigenous peoples, the Government is working with stakeholders including municipalities, to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce disaster risk in Canada. The Government has begun a series of consultations on the development of a pan-Canadian Emergency Management Strategy, which includes weather-related events and natural disasters. The Government has responded quickly and effectively to support Canadians and communities affected by fires in northern Alberta, floods in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and recent wildfires in British Columbia. This has included partnerships with the Red Cross, payments to assist provincial governments, and the creation of ad hoc Cabinet committees to coordinate a response across government. Additionally, Canada is playing a leading role globally on the issues of disaster risk reduction, having hosted the United Nations Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2017.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure strong and effective gender and culturally sensitive training policies for federal front-line law enforcement officers. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased cultural competency and trauma-informed gender-based violence training across the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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In 2018-19, the RCMP will be developing cultural competency and gender-based violence (GBV) training that will be offered to RCMP employees starting in 2019-20. Through this training, there will be an improved capacity across the RCMP to effectively respond to GBV, including violence against Indigenous women and girls, in a gender and culturally sensitive manner. All training material will be examined using the GBA+ tool.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Move forward on a toll-free replacement for the Champlain Bridge. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: New toll-free Champlain Bridge opened by December 2018.

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The Champlain Bridge is vital to its daily users and plays an important role in the Canadian economy. The objective remains to open the new, toll-free bridge in December 2018. Construction of the new bridge is now more than 78 per cent complete. The Government of Canada’s priority is to deliver a quality bridge without compromising the safety of workers or the public. The current bridge is safe and continuously monitored in real time.

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Fair and Open Government

Work with Parliamentarians to reform Question Period so that all ministers, including the Prime Minister, are held to greater account. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased accountability of all ministers, including the Prime Minister, during Question Period.

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Since April 2017, the Prime Minister has adopted the practice of taking all questions during Wednesday sittings, as his schedule permits. In addition, when invited, ministers have participated in Senate Question Period.

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Fair and Open Government

Promote free votes and limit the circumstances in which Liberal Members of Parliament will be required to vote with the Government. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Members of Parliament are strong voices for their communities and there is greater accountability within Parliament.

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Since Fall 2015, all House of Commons votes have been free votes for Liberal Members of Parliament with the exception of those relating to: platform commitments, matters of confidence, and protections guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Fair and Open Government

End the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Measures are in place to end the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation.

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In June 2017, the House of Commons adopted a Government motion that changed the Standing Orders to prevent the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation. The motion gives the Speaker power to split omnibus bills for the purposes of voting except for budget implementation bills that contain only provisions that were announced in a budget presentation or in the budget documents. The motion also forces the Government to justify, in writing, the reasons for a prorogation and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs has the power to study the Government's justification.

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Strong Middle Class

Enhance the Northern Residents Deduction to help with the high cost of living. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased the Northern Residents Deduction to help approximately 225,000 Canadians with the high cost of living in northern and isolated communities.

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Effective January 1, 2016, the Government of Canada increased the maximum daily residency deduction from $16.50 to $22 for residents in the Northern Zone and from $8.25 to $11 per day for residents in the Intermediate Zone. This measure is anticipated to put about $260 million back in the pockets of Canadians in northern and isolated communities over the 2015-16 to 2020-21 period and help these Canadians get the support they need.

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Fair and Open Government

Improve reporting to Parliament. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased transparency so that parliamentarians and all Canadians can more easily hold the Government to account.

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Part III of the Estimates (i.e., Departmental Plans and Departmental Results Reports) have been simplified and new features and data have been added to the online GC InfoBase. In addition, the Government introduced and adopted changes to the Standing Orders to better ensure consistency across the Budget, Estimates and Public Accounts, and provide greater clarity in voting on appropriations. These changes will help parliamentarians and Canadians better examine government spending and allow for the timely flow of funding outlined in budget plans.

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Ensure that Agents of Parliament are properly funded and accountable only to Parliament. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Agents of Parliament are independent and are properly funded.

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In June 2017, legislation was passed that established the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) as an independent agent of Parliament, reporting directly to Parliament. This legislation provides the PBO with the ability to request the funds from the Speakers of the House and Senate needed to fulfill their mandate. The Government will continue to work with Agents of Parliament to support their important work.

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Strengthen Parliamentary committees so that they can better scrutinize legislation. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Parliamentary committees are freer and better equipped to study legislation.

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The Government of Canada has strengthened parliamentary committees by giving them more funding through the Board of Internal Economy so they can undertake the appropriate research and engage with Canadians. The Government has also ensured that the practice of electing committee chairs by secret ballot has continued. In addition, the House of Commons adopted a motion that enables Parliamentary Secretaries to be non-voting members of committees, ensuring that they can no longer vote on committees that fall within their minister's mandate, helping assure the freedom and independence of House of Commons standing committees.

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Disclose the expenses of all Parliamentarians in detail each quarter. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased transparency through the quarterly, detailed disclosure of parliamentarians' expenses.

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The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to codify in law that the expenses of all parliamentarians continue to be disclosed on a quarterly basis. Details are disclosed on the Parliament of Canada website in an accessible and easy-to-read format.

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Examine ways to make the House of Commons more family-friendly for Members of Parliament. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A House of Commons that is truly a modern, professional, family-friendly workplace for Members of Parliament and their staff.

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The House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs released a report in June 2016 outlining ways to make the House of Commons more family-friendly for Members of Parliament and their staff. The Government is currently implementing the principal recommendations of this report, which include scheduling votes immediately following Question Period rather than later in the evening, and tabling the House sitting calendar prior to the summer adjournment so that Members and staff are able to better plan their schedules. The Board of Internal Economy has also taken steps to implement more family-friendly administrative practices, such as providing more flexible childcare services and making high chairs available in Parliamentary cafeterias. Recently, the Board of Internal Economy made changes to travel policies for Members to promote a family friendly environment and facilitate family reunification. Parliament recently passed legislation to make it possible for Parliamentarians to take maternity and parental leave. The House of Commons and the Senate can now develop and implement policies. More needs to be done to ensure Parliament, as a workplace, fully recognizes the challenges and pressures of raising a family. The Government is fully committed to working with all parties to make this happen.

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Healthy Canadians

Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A whole of government food policy that promotes Canadians' health and quality of life.

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In May 2017, the Government launched consultations to support the development of a Food Policy for Canada. This policy is intended to identify a vision and plan to address challenges such as increasing access to safe and nutritious food; improving health and food safety; conserving our soil, water and air; and growing more high-quality food. A national Food Policy Summit was held in June 2017 and six regional roundtables were held in August and September 2017. An online survey was conducted, receiving 45,000 responses, and other grassroots engagement with Canadians was led by Members of Parliament, and stakeholder groups. These are just some of the many engagement activities being conducted to inform the development of a food policy. The Government is working towards launching a Food Policy for Canada.

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Jobs and Innovation

Invest in agricultural research to support discovery science and innovation. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Advance research in agricultural genomics, digitize nearly six million specimens by 2022 and invest in discovery research in priority areas.

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Over the next six years, the Government will accelerate DNA analysis, sequencing and digital recording of our taxonomic collections, completing the digitization of nearly six million specimens. In addition, Budget 2017 announced $70 million to further support agricultural discovery science and innovation, with a focus on addressing emerging priorities such as climate change and soil and water conservation.

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Exports and Investment

Promote Canadian agricultural interests during trade negotiations. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Achieve the target of $75 billion annually in agri-food exports, and create more middle class jobs and higher incomes for the many rural and urban Canadians employed in the agri-food sector.

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The Government has made agriculture and agri-food trade a priority in the trade expansion strategy. The Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Agriculture and Agri-Food have completed trade missions to Mexico, China, Japan, India, South Korea, the European Union and the United States promoting agri-food. The Government concluded and signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which will improve market access for Canadian agriculture exports to key markets in the Asia-Pacific; the Government introduced the CPTPP implementing legislation in the House of Commons on June 14. The Government is implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that expands opportunities for Canadian agri-food products with 94% of EU agricultural tariff lines now duty free. Canada has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China on canola and negotiated new market access in China for Canadian beef and pork exporters. Canada will continue to work to resolve regulatory, quota and tariff issues with India to ensure long-term access to the Indian market for Canadian pulse exports (e.g., peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils). The Government will continue to strongly defend the interests of its agricultural industries, including supply management, with all trading partners, for example, when engaging with the United States and Mexico in the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and MERCOSUR. Canadian exports of agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood to all countries in 2017 rose to $64.6 billion, a $2-billion increase from 2016 exports.

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Exports and Investment

Improve support to companies looking to export and help communities looking to attract investments. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Double the number of high-growth firms in Canada by 2025; increase Canada's goods and services exports—from natural resources, advanced manufacturing, agri-food and others—by 30 per cent by 2025; increase global investment in Canada; and create more well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians.

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The Government is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada's economic brand through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency. The Government has successfully completed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Provisional application of the trade agreement took effect in September 2017 and will give consumers more choice, boost Canadian businesses' access to new customers, create good, middle-class jobs and help grow the economy. The Government also recently signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 10 countries in the Pacific region and launched negotiations toward a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur member states and Canada. Canada is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, which will upgrade its association with this trading bloc made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The latest round took place in May 2018. As a concrete example of the Strategy's results, since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to 1075 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 75 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 85 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of over $100 million in exports to new markets. Budget 2017 announced $950 million to superclusters in highly innovative industries, and in February 2018, in cooperation with the private sector and academic partners, the Government announced the creation of five superclusters (Digital Technology; Protein Industries; Advanced Manufacturing; Artificial Intelligence; and Ocean) that will create great new opportunities for Canadian companies to innovate, scale up and export. To support Canadian firms and increase exports to new markets, Budget 2018 provides up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia, as well as other initiatives to open market opportunities in the region.

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Government Services and Operations

Assess whether current farm income safety nets meet the needs of Canadian farmers. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Implement a new agricultural policy framework, with updated business risk management programs, to support an agricultural and agri-food sector that is strong, innovative and resilient.

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The Government of Canada is committed to a progressive federal-provincial-territorial agricultural policy framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership which was launched April 1, 2018. Consultations with stakeholders have been completed, including focused engagement sessions with Indigenous peoples, women and youth. A meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture took place in July 2017, where they reached agreement on key elements of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and committed to a review of business risk management programs. On November 24, 2017, the Government announced the initiatives and priorities of the $1 billion federal investment under the $3 billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership, including the six federal programs: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance. Federal program details were announced on February 13, 2018 and application forms are now available. The Government is finalizing bilateral negotiations with provinces and territories on the $2-billion in federal, provincial and territorial cost-shared initiatives, which will be announced as they become available.

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Environment and Climate Change

Help the agriculture sector adjust to climate change and better address water and soil conservation issues. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An agricultural food sector that succeeds in the face of a changing climate.

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In April 2018 the Government of Canada launched the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support an agriculture and agri-food sector that is strong, innovative and resilient. The Government is finalizing bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on the Partnership, including on environment and climate change programming. The Government is also working on soil, water and climate change issues through: the Agricultural Clean Technology Program; A Food Policy for Canada; Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program; the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change; the Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan; and the re-accession of Canada to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Budget 2017 announced $70 million to support agricultural discovery science and innovation with a focus on addressing emerging priorities, including climate change and soil and water conservation.

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Government Services and Operations

Develop a strategy that aims to create a single online window for all government services. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Government of Canada services and programs are simpler and Canadians can access them more easily.

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The Government of Canada Service Strategy will be released through the Government's long-term plan to improve services to Canadians. This plan will include measures to improve service standards and create a simpler, more focused online window for services. This plan will also include targeted investments to improve specific services, which will lead to simpler and more online tax filing options; more online services from the Canadian Border Services Agency; more digital options and self-service capabilities for student loans; auto-enrollment to Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement services; shorter immigration processing times; better integration of Veterans services; improved access to Employment Insurance; and simpler, more integrated information sharing to reduce administration and red tape hindering access to business services. In keeping with its Budget 2017 commitment to use technology to better serve Canadians, the Government has also established the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). The CDS is working with departments to make it faster, simpler and easier for Canadians to access benefits and services online. Achieving integrated online government service delivery will take time due to required Government-wide IT transformation and legislative changes.

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Safety and Security

Maintain current National Defence spending levels, including current planned increases. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Government will exceed previous funding levels.

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Under Canada's new defence policy, the annual budget will grow, on a cash-basis, from $18.9 billion in 2017-18 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Funding is allocated to ensure that it is made available whenever the Department needs it. DND will access the funds through the usual parliamentary approval process.

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Maintain Canada's strong commitment to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). On-going commitment

Result anticipated: North America is safe and secure and Canada remains a strong and responsible partner in NORAD.

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Canada is meeting its commitment to NORAD on an ongoing basis, focusing on four key areas: personnel, capabilities, infrastructure, and participation in key decision-making fora on the future of NORAD. The Government is also expanding the Royal Canadian Air Force fighter jet fleet in order to properly fulfill our NORAD and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commitments.

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Safety and Security

Renew the focus on surveillance and control of Canadian territory, and approaches, particularly for our Arctic regions. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Canadian Armed Forces has developed the necessary capabilities to expand its presence in Canada's air, maritime, land, space, and cyber domains to protect our sovereignty and keep Canadians safe.

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As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged; Canada's new defence policy, the Government will invest in new space capabilities and prioritize Arctic Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in defence research and innovation. The Canadian Armed Forces has expanded Operation LIMPID (which provides domestic surveillance and presence in Canada's air, maritime, land, space, and cyber domains) to include additional domains and all Joint Task Forces. The Department of Defence is investing in surveillance solutions that will support Canada's ability to exercise sovereignty in the North (RADARSAT Constellation Mission and Polar Epsilon 2, Enhanced Satellite Communications and Tactical Narrow Band Satellite Communications) and is conducting a binational study of alternatives for the North Warning System. The Arctic Offshore Patrol vessels will be at initial operating capacity in 2019.

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Strong Middle Class

Create a housing strategy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Hundreds of thousands more Canadians have access to affordable housing.

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On November 22, 2017 the Government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. This Strategy is part of a long-term vision to strengthen the middle class and provide affordable housing to Canadians, and lift more Canadians out of poverty. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness. The Strategy – funded through new and existing programs – follows a human rights-based approach, and includes a National Housing Co-Investment Fund, community housing initiatives, and the Canada Housing Benefit.

On April 9, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for housing met to endorse a multilateral Housing Partnership Framework (except Québec), setting the foundation for federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together toward achieving a long-term shared vision for housing. As part of the Partnership, Ministers responsible for housing agreed that governments will achieve better housing outcomes by sharing data and information that will make program development and delivery more effective, collaborating with diverse stakeholders and aligning housing policies and planning with other sectors to create effective housing solutions and vibrant communities. Provinces and territories will be invited to participate in federal programs designed to increase affordable housing supply, such as the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, by supporting decision-making and co-investing.

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Ensure that Employment Insurance (EI) contributions are only used to fund EI programs. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Improved sustainability of the Employment Insurance (EI) program to ensure the program is available to Canadians when they need it.

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The Government of Canada continues to make sure that EI contributions are only used to fund EI programs. In April 2016, the seven-year rate setting mechanism came into force, ensuring that the EI account will be balanced. This seven-year rate setting mechanism was implemented in 2017 and allowed the Government to reduce EI premiums for 2017 from $1.88 to $1.63 per $100 of insurable earnings. The 2018 premium rate has been set at $1.66 per $100 of insurable earnings, which reflects important new supports for Canadian families and changing economic conditions.

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Provide more generous and flexible leave for caregivers. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Caregivers of critically ill or injured Canadians receive greater support.

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Effective December 3, 2017, the new Family Caregiver benefit for adults will be available to help families care for a critically ill adult. This benefit will allow eligible caregivers to take up to 15 weeks off work to care for or support an adult family member who is critically ill or injured. Eligible caregivers are family members or individuals that the critically ill or injured adult considers to be like family.

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Develop a framework to fund training facilities delivered in partnership with labour unions. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Establish a program to support union-based training centres that provide Canadians with the skills that are needed by employers.

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The Government of Canada has consulted with labour, industry and other stakeholders. The new Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) was launched in July 2017 with a call for proposals. Projects are starting to roll out and most are aimed specifically at increasing the participation and success of women in the trades and/or Indigenous Peoples.

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Change the Repayment Assistance Plan so that graduates are required to repay only once they earn at least $25,000 per year. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Recent graduates earning less than $25,000 are able to delay repayment of their Canada Student Loans until they are more financially secure.

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Effective November 2016, thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan have been increased so that no borrower will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they are earning at least $25,000 per year. An estimated 23,000 additional Canadians will be able to delay payment and many more will have lower payments until they can afford to pay back their debts.

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Collaborate with provinces and territories on the Canada Student Loans Program, and compensate provinces and territories that do not participate in it. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Changes to the Canada Student Loans Program increase participation of low and middle income students, with accommodations for any province or territory that does not wish to participate.

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Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) funding is delivered in partnership with participating provinces and territories with costs being covered by the federal government. CSLP is working closely with provinces and territories to implement changes to the program announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017. The Government of Canada is committed to respecting existing arrangements for compensation with the provinces or territories that do not participate.

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Indigenous peoples

Increase annual support to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Indigenous students have greater access to financial support, boosting their post-secondary education participation and completion rates.

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The Government of Canada has enhanced support for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for 2017-18 and 2018-19, which will help meet the financial needs of an additional 4,600 Indigenous students attending post-secondary education. This funding is an interim step while the Government undertakes a review of federal support for Indigenous students pursuing a post-secondary education credential, in order to develop student-centered solutions to improve access and attainment. The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous partners and stakeholders to inform the review and the future approach.

Changes have been made to the PSSSP and University and College Entrance Preparation Program reflecting early engagement with the Assembly of First Nations and consistent with Budget 2016 and Budget 2017 commitments. These changes improve program flexibility by:
•Increasing maximum amounts payable to individual students, to better respond to rising tuition costs;
•Expanding eligible expenditures to include transcript and application fees;
• Allowing students more time to complete their programs of study, by removing or adjusting limitations on duration of financial assistance; and
• Providing greater flexibility for students who wish to pursue more than one certificate or degree program.

To support Indigenous students in having greater access to financial support to boost their post-secondary education participation and completion rates, additional efforts have been undertaken. Starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Indigenous students are more likely to be eligible for support under the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) since funds they receive through PSSSP are no longer considered assets during their assessment. Learners who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, including status and non-status Indians, Métis, or Inuit) are exempt from making a fixed student contribution. This exemption means that Indigenous students will be eligible for more grant and loan funding and will have access to the full suite of CSLP supports to help with the costs of PSE. Finally, Budget 2017 proposed amendments to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, so that students who are registered under the Indian Act but do not have Canadian citizenship can access the CSLP.

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Increase the number of good quality, permanent jobs for younger workers. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Reduced youth unemployment, greater opportunities for work experience, and improved access to job supports for youth.

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The Government recognizes the importance of good quality jobs for younger workers. In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government made significant incremental investments in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Thanks to these investments, the Government will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop skills to find work or go back to school, create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians, and over 1,600 new youth job opportunities in the heritage sector. For instance, the number of jobs supported under Canada Summer Jobs increased from approximately 34,500 in 2015 to approximately 68,900 in 2017. Changes have also been made to Employment Insurance (EI) to remove the discriminatory New Entrants and Re-Entrants requirement, ensuring that young workers are treated fairly when they need to access job support through EI.

In Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the YES. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019-20 and provide additional resources for a modernized YES in the following years.

The Government is creating more opportunities for co-op and work integrated learning for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business programs through a new Student Work Placement (SWP) initiative. The SWP will create up to 10,000 new work placements for STEM and business students by 2021 in key sectors. To support Canada's National Cyber Security Strategy, Budget 2018 proposed additional funding of $8.3 million for the Student Work Placement initiative to support the creation of up to 1,000 new student work placements specifically in the cyber security sector. In the context of the G7, Minister Hajdu also recently announced additional investments of $3 million over three years, to support the creation of up to 500 new student work placements in the artificial intelligence field, including targeted support for students in underrepresented groups, including women in STEM.

The Expert Panel on Youth Employment delivered a report in June 2017 outlining ways the Government of Canada can improve labour market outcomes for youth. These recommendations are currently being reviewed to determine possible areas for future action. A renewed YES will be announced over the course of the next year.

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Increase our investment in the Youth Employment Strategy and improve the strategy's impact. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased investment in the Youth Employment Strategy helps more youth succeed in the labour market.

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The Government recognizes the importance of good quality jobs for younger workers. Thanks to incremental investments made in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) in Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop skills to find work or go back to school, create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians, and over 1,600 new youth job opportunities in the heritage sector. In Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the YES. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019-20 and provide additional resources for a modernized YES in the following years.

The Government is creating more opportunities for co-op and work integrated learning for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business programs through a new Student Work Placement SWP) initiative. The SWP will create up to 10,000 new work placements for STEM and business students by 2021 in key sectors. To support Canada's National Cyber Security Strategy, Budget 2018 proposed additional funding of $8.3 million for the Student Work Placement initiative to support the creation of up to 1,000 new student work placements specifically in the cyber security sector. In the context of the G7, Minister Hajdu also recently announced additional investments of $3 million over three years, to support the creation of up to 500 new student work placements in the artificial intelligence field, including targeted support for students in underrepresented groups, including women in STEM.

The Expert Panel on Youth Employment was created to assess the barriers faced by vulnerable youth in finding and keeping jobs, and to examine innovative practices used by governments, nongovernmental organizations and employers both at home and abroad to improve job opportunities for vulnerable youth. The Government is reviewing the Panel's 2017 report, outlining ways the Government of Canada can improve labour market outcomes for youth. These recommendations are currently being reviewed to determine possible areas for future action. A renewed YES will be announced over the course of the next year.

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Develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Increased pre-apprenticeship training and improved literacy and essential skills among incoming apprentices.

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Consultations with provincial and territorial officials and stakeholders, including post-secondary institutions, were completed in Fall 2016. Additional targeted consultations are taking place to discuss how best to meet this commitment. Working in partnership with provinces, territories, post-secondary institutions, training providers, unions and employers, the Pre-Apprenticeship Program will help Canadians explore the trades, gain work experience, make informed career choices and develop the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trades. Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide $46 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $10 million per year thereafter, for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Progress has taken longer than expected but the Government believes the commitment can still be delivered before the end of the mandate.

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Respond to the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment will help inform future decisions on how best to help young Canadians succeed in the labour market.

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The Government created an Expert Panel on Youth Employment to examine the key barriers faced by youth in obtaining employment, and the main challenges faced by employers in hiring youth. The Panel delivered its final report in June 2017, which included recommendations on how to best help young Canadians succeed in the labour market. The Panel's report will inform ongoing work on the renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy. Through Budget 2017, the Government is investing an additional $395.5 million over three years, starting in 2017–18, for the Youth Employment Strategy. Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector. Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to provide an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019-20 and provide additional resources for a modernized Youth Employment Strategy in the following years, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment. A renewed Youth Employment Strategy will be announced over the course of the next year.

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Develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance strategy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A government-wide strategy is established that facilitates new and innovative ways of addressing Canada's biggest social challenges.

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The Government of Canada recognizes that new and innovative approaches are needed to tackle persistent and complex social issues. In June 2017, the Government launched the Social Innovation and Social Finance Steering Group. Through consultations and engagement activities, the Steering Group will seek perspectives of industry, sector and community leaders to co-create a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. Previous findings from government consultations and engagement activities related to social innovation and social finance will help the Steering Group identify policy solutions for the Strategy.

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Amend the Canada Labour Code to allow workers to formally request flexible work arrangements. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Federally regulated workers are now able to request flexible work arrangements.

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Budget 2017 aims to give federally regulated workers the right to request flexible work arrangements from their employer, such as flexible start and finish times and the ability to work from home. Changes will also provide federally regulated workers with new unpaid leave for family responsibilities, to participate in traditional Indigenous practices, and to seek care if they are victims of family violence. Changes will also make bereavement leave more flexible. Legislation to implement these changes was tabled in Parliament on October 27, 2017, as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2, and received Royal Assent on December 14, 2017.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Determine an appropriate apprenticeship target for federal infrastructure projects. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: An appropriate apprenticeship target for federal infrastructure projects that leads to greater apprenticeship opportunities for Canadians.

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Progress continues to be made on this priority, but has taken longer than anticipated. The Government remains committed to leveraging federal projects as opportunities for training and skill development and is engaging a range of stakeholders, including provinces, territories, employers and unions on how best to support apprentices through these public investments. This commitment has taken longer to implement than anticipated.

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Canada in the World

Accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada implements the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Legislation to accede to the ATT and further strengthen Canada’s export control regime, including by providing greater transparency and accountability in public reporting, is being considered in Parliament.

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Advance human rights, gender equality, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity internationally. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Inclusive governance, human rights, gender equality, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity are enhanced around the world.

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The Government of Canada promotes, and defends inclusive governance, human rights, gender equality, democracy, inclusion and respect for diversity in every international relationship and at every opportunity. Canada continues to champion the rights of indigenous peoples through supporting, without qualification, the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Government added language related to inclusion and respect for diversity into six resolutions and made statements on the issue at the UN General Assembly in autumn 2017, and at the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in June 2018. In October 2017, Canada adopted the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to take action to respond to cases of human rights violations and acts of corruption globally.

In February 2018, Canada announced $3 million over five years to support the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) in its work to strengthen the promotion, monitoring and respect of human rights for vulnerable groups, especially women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Honduras. In Guatemala, Canada approved a $2.5 million project over five years with OHCR focussing on the rights of indigenous and other disadvantaged women. Canada also approved $4.1 million in new funding to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and a $6.1 million five-year project on women's rights and gender sensitive justice in Guatemala with Canadian organizations CECI and Lawyers without Borders Canada. In response to the grave crisis in Myanmar, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed the Honourable Bob Rae as Special Envoy to Myanmar in October 2017. Canada’s response will focus on alleviating the humanitarian crisis, encouraging positive political developments in Myanmar, ensuring accountability for the crimes committed, and enhancing international cooperation. Canada also announced that it will dedicate $300 million of international assistance funding over the next three years to support a coordinated response to the crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. On February 16, 2018, under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, Canada applied sanctions on a Myanmar national responsible for human rights violations against the Rohingya. On June 25, Canada further sanctioned this person, and six others involved in military operations in Myanmar, under the Special Economic Measures Act.

Under Canada's presidency of the G7, the Government led efforts aimed at 1) reinforcing democracy; 2) preventing and countering technology facilitated gender-based violence; and 3) ensuring that rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence do not negatively impact Canada's human rights obligations. Canada established the Gender Equality Advisory Council to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers to ensure that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes this year.

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Work on development financing issues. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased international investment, reduced poverty and improved economic development in developing countries.

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The Development Finance Institute Canada opened for business in early 2018 under the brand name “FinDev Canada”. The first transaction, an investment with M-KOPA, a Kenya-based solar energy provider, was announced in March 2018. FinDev Canada will support women's economic empowerment and gender equality, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. Budget 2018 provided $1.5 billion and $492.7 million per year ongoing thereafter to establish an International Assistance Innovation Program and a pilot Sovereign Loans Program. G7 Leaders agreed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development which promotes economic growth in developing economies and fosters greater equality of opportunity within and between countries.

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Renew Canada's commitment to United Nations peace operations. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian efforts enhance peace and security, protect human rights, promote stability, and help those most in need around the world.

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At the UN peacekeeping conference in Vancouver in November 2017, the Prime Minister unveiled the main elements of Canada’s new approach to peace support operations and announced five types of contributions Canada will make: the launch of the Vancouver Principles on Child Soldiers; the Elsie Initiative to develop innovative approaches to overcome barriers to women's meaningful participation in peace operations; new training support for the UN; the offer of high-end military capabilities for deployment - within a five-year timeframe; and the deployment of Canadian police. Since Vancouver, Canada has advanced on the Vancouver Principles (which 64 countries have endorsed), the Elsie Initiative, and the pledges of military capabilities. This includes hosting a multi-nation design workshop on the Elsie Initiative in February 2018. As part of Canada’s return to peace operations, on March 19, 2018, the Government of Canada announced the deployment of an Air Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali for a period of 12 months.

In November 2017, Canada launched its second National Action Plan (NAP) for the Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2022: A strategy was developed and implementation of the NAP is underway. Through this, Canada will take a leadership role to implement global objectives that will support the integration of the women, peace and security agenda in initiatives related to fragile and conflict-affected states. Through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Canada is providing $104 million in Grants and Contributions to support UN activities in peace and security from 2016-2019. This supports peace operations, peace processes, mediation, human rights, accountability, conflict prevention and peace building activities worldwide.

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Continue joint efforts to address global security threats, combat terrorism and defend our continent. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Canada is protected from global threats and contributes to achieving a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.

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Canada's new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—supports the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and provides them with the necessary equipment and capabilities to defend Canada, protect North America and contribute to international peace and security. Canada is a core member of the Global Coalition Against Daesh and has taken a leadership role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by serving as the Framework Nation for the enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia. Canada remains committed to the North American Aerospace Defence Command, which has proven itself effective in its roles of deterring, detecting and defending; and continues to play an important role in the defence of North America. Canada also collaborates closely with the U.S. and others to support international measures to advance a diplomatic solution to the North Korea threat, including by providing $3.25 million in funding through Canada’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat Reduction Program to the U.S. State Department's Cooperative Threat Reduction Office to build capacity in key states to fully implement UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. Canada is also working with international research institutions and its G7 partners to investigate how North Korea may be evading international sanctions and to match capacity-building projects to the priorities of donor countries. Furthermore, in May 2018, a Canadian maritime surveillance aircraft participated in a multinational initiative to counter North Korea's maritime sanctions evasion, with a particular focus on ship-to-ship transfers in defiance of UNSC resolutions. As 2018 Chair of the G7-led Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, Canada is focusing collective efforts of the GP's 31 member countries on priority chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and developing and implementing a range of specific measures and initiatives to mitigate these threats. Canada was recently confirmed as co-chair (with Algeria) of the West Africa Working Group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. In Latin America, Canada is strongly supporting Colombia’s efforts towards the implementation of the peace process with a view to bringing the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere to a peaceful end. In Haiti, Canada is supporting, including through the deployment of Canadian police and correctional agents, the UN mission for Justice Support, launched in October 2017 and focused on assisting the Haitian government in strengthening rule of law institutions, further supporting and developing the Haitian National Police, and engaging in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis. A theme of Canada’s 2018 G7 presidency is “building a more peaceful and secure world,” driving discussion and collective efforts among G7 partners to support a rules-based international order built around the core principles of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and territorial integrity. In addition to cooperating closely to address crises in multiple regions, at a joint meeting of G7 foreign and security ministers on April 23, 2018, Canada and its G7 partners have specifically committed to working together to manage the risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers, as well as to reinforce our democracies and strengthen our societies’ resilience against foreign actors seeking to undermine democratic institutions and processes through coercive, corrupt, covert or malicious means. At the G7 Summit Leaders committed to take concerted action in responding to foreign actors who seek to undermine G7 democratic societies and institutions, electoral processes, sovereignty and security. The Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats plans to develop the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism to strengthen G7 coordination to identify and respond to diverse and evolving threats to our democracies.

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Introduce the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A generous, better-targeted, tax-free monthly Canada Child Benefit (CCB) that gives nine out of ten Canadian families more money to help with the high cost of raising their children.

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In Budget 2016, the Government introduced the new, tax-free, income-tested Canada Child Benefit (CCB). In its first year of implementation, over 3.3 million families received more than $23 billion in CCB payments. The CCB has helped lift an estimated 300,000 children out of poverty in Canada. In the October 2017 Fall Economic Statement, the Government announced that the CCB will be increased annually to keep pace with the rising cost of living as of July 2018, two years ahead of schedule. For the 2018-19 benefit year, the CCB will provide a maximum annual benefit of $6,496 per child under age 6 and $5,481 per child age 6 through 17. In Budget 2018, the Government expanded outreach efforts to help Indigenous Peoples access the full range of federal social benefits, including the CCB.

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Develop a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework with the provinces and territories. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More high-quality, affordable child care spaces.

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The Government of Canada is supporting the creation of affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low and modest income families, with the goal of supporting up to 40,000 new subsidized child care spaces over the next three years. The Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments reached a historic agreement on a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework on June 12, 2017. The Government has worked with each province and territory to enter into three-year bilateral agreements that will outline their unique early learning and child care needs to be addressed and the funding allocation for each jurisdiction. Bilateral agreements have now been signed with all jurisdictions.

In addition to bilateral agreements with other levels of government, the Government will also dedicate funding towards specific initiatives to support better outcomes for early learning and child care in Canada. Over the next 11 years, this includes:
• $100 million for early learning and child care innovation, which will support new and innovative practices across the country and help to develop more effective services to improve life outcomes for children and their families.
• $95 million to close data gaps in order to better understand what child care looks like in Canada, supporting strong reporting on progress made in implementing the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

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Co-develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare Framework with Indigenous partners. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Strengthened early learning and child care that reflects the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families.

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In addition to investments to support early learning and child care under the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework with provinces and territories, the Government has been collaborating with Indigenous partners to develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework that reflects the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children and families across Canada. The Framework will inform additional investments of at least $130 million a year for 10 years to strengthen early learning and childcare programs and services for Indigenous children. Budget 2018 reiterated that a commitment of $360 million, starting in 2017-18, has been made towards the Framework over the next three years.

Budget 2016 announced $29.4 million in 2016-17 to support repairs and renovations of the facilities used by the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative child care (FNICCI) and the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) program. Repairs and renovations were undertaken in 210 FNICCI child care centers and in 70 AHSOR facilities.

Budget 2016 also proposed investments of $100 million in 2017-18 to build capacity in existing Indigenous early learning and child care programs while the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework is being co-developed. With these investments, repairs and renovations have been undertaken in 335 FNICCI child care centers, in 97 AHSOR facilities and in 89 Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities facilities.

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Repeal the Federal Balanced Budget Act. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The Act has been repealed.

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Parliament repealed this Act, effective June 22, 2016.

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Fair and Open Government

Allow charities to do their work free from political harassment, and modernize the rules governing the charitable and not-for-profit sectors. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A transparent and rules-based legal framework for Canada's charities is in place and charities in Canada are free from political harassment.

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In September 2016, the Government launched a consultation process with the charitable sector and the public to assist in clarifying the rules for the participation of charities in political activities. A consultation panel reviewed the submissions and presented the Minister of National Revenue with recommendations at the end of March 2017. The Government is carefully reviewing the Panel’s report to help inform the regulation of charities going forward and will provide a response to this report in the coming months, as indicated in Budget 2018. As an immediate first step to respond to the Panel’s recommendations, the Government has suspended all action in relation to the remaining audits and objections that were part of the Political Activities Audit Program.

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Environment and Climate Change

Enhance Canada's tax measures to generate and attract more clean technology investments. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The clean technology sector's contribution to Canada's Gross Domestic Product grows, creating more good-paying, middle class jobs and increasing the number of high-growth companies in Canada.

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Budget 2016 changed Canadian tax rules to make certain electric vehicle charging stations and electrical energy storage equipment eligible for accelerated capital cost allowance treatment. Budget 2017 introduced further expansions of this tax treatment to geothermal projects and expenses. Budget 2018 extended the accelerated capital cost allowance for five years to property acquired before 2025. The Government will continue to work towards making Canada the world's most competitive tax jurisdiction for clean technology.

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Conduct a review of tax expenditures. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A simpler, fairer tax system.

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The Government of Canada has taken action to reduce poorly targeted, complex and inefficient tax measures, including tax credits, that were not available to families with the lowest incomes. Budget 2016 introduced a new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) that is simpler, tax-free, more generous and better targeted than the previous system of federal child benefits. The CCB replaced five tax credits and benefits, provides nine out of ten families with more generous benefits and lifts hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty. Budget 2016 also replaced poorly targeted transit tax credits with significant new long-term investments directly in public transit, and replaced tax deductions for text books with measures to significantly improve the affordability of post-secondary education for low- and middle-income families.

Budget 2017 took further action to implement changes resulting from the Government’s review of tax expenditures. The review identified opportunities to eliminate inefficient tax measures and make other existing tax measures more effective, equitable and accessible to Canadians. In this context, Budget 2017 included measures to improve tax relief for caregivers, students, and persons with disabilities. While the formal component of the tax expenditures review has concluded, the results of the review will continue to inform the Government’s ongoing work to make the tax system simpler, fairer and more efficient.

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Environment and Climate Change

Phase out inefficient fossil fuel industry subsidies over the medium-term. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, consistent with Canada’s commitment with the G20 countries, building a strong, clean economy and preserving our planet for generations to come.

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Budget 2016 announced that the accelerated capital cost allowance for facilities used to liquefy natural gas will be allowed to expire at the end of 2024. Budget 2017 proposed changes to rationalize the treatment of exploration expenses for oil and gas producers and phase out their ability to reclassify certain development expenses as more favourably treated exploration expenses. The Government will continue to review, report on and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, as appropriate.

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Exports and Investment

Reduce administrative burden for investors and companies associated with international trade. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian businesses export and trade with international partners more easily and with less of an administrative burden, and international investors benefit from faster, clearer and more efficient engagement with government programs.

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The Invest in Canada Agency, launched on March 12, 2018, will increase cooperation between provinces, territories and municipalities to bolster trade promotion by providing companies with a one-stop-shop for investment in Canada thereby reducing complexity and administrative burden for investors. The new Global Skills Strategy, launched in June 2017, will make it easier for companies that are making large investments in Canada to bring in highly skilled global talent, while supporting well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians. Canadian companies will have access to an expedited review process lasting no more than a combined 20 business days from end to end, including reviews conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Canada has worked closely with the United States, as part of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council to facilitate greater alignment of regulatory systems where appropriate. Furthermore, to help Canadian firms unlock growth opportunities through exports, the Trade Commissioner Service will undergo transformative enhancements in the coming year to simplify the client experience, modernize tools, and offer innovative services.

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Invest in transportation infrastructure that helps get goods to market. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Get Canadian goods to markets more quickly and increase exports, including natural resources, manufactured goods and agri-food products, by 30 per cent by 2025.

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The Government of Canada established a new $2 billion National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to address urgent capacity constraints and freight bottlenecks at major ports of entry, and to better connect the rail and highway infrastructure that delivers economic growth across Canada. Investments through this fund will target congestion and inefficiencies at marine ports, as well as along the busiest rail and highway corridors. The Canada Infrastructure Bank will make at least $5 billion in additional funding available to address trade and transportation projects. The Government is tracking transportation flows and will report publicly on how long it takes to get goods to market.

The Government of Canada formally launched the first call for proposals under the NTCF on July 4, 2017. Eligible projects were invited to submit Comprehensive Project Proposals, and the Government evaluated 177 complete project proposals, seeking a total of $7.5 billion in NTCF funding. The Minister of Transport and other Ministers and Members of Parliament continue to announce NTCF investments in successful projects.

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Develop and implement a Youth Service Program. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More young Canadians engaged in high quality public and community service, and through this service, gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.

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On January 16, 2018, the Government launched the design phase of the Canada Service Corps, Canada’s new national youth service initiative.

Canada Service Corps will encourage young Canadians to get involved in service to their communities and gain valuable skills and experience that will benefit them in every aspect of life. This initiative will grow over time, creating more opportunities for youth who wish to serve.

During the design phase, the Government of Canada will engage youth directly to find out more about their motivations and interests, and to explore what service means to them. Their input will directly shape the initiative, ensuring that it meets the needs and priorities of young people once it is fully implemented in early 2019.

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Advance Canada's progressive trade agenda. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Canadian workers are protected from unfair trade practices, trade agreements maintain or improve Canadian levels of protection in key areas like employment and the environment, and Canada advances the rules-based international order and trading system.

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Canada's progressive trade agenda seeks to ensure Canada's trading partners meet their international labour obligations, and enforce their labour laws. The agenda also seeks to ensure that levels of environmental protection are upheld and that a country’s environmental laws are enforced in the context of trade and investment liberalization. The modernized Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) includes a Trade and Gender Chapter, a first for Canada and any G20 country, as does the recently modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, demonstrating Canada’s continued commitment to furthering gender equality and women’s participation in international trade. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) includes provisions on protecting the environment, health and safety, and employment standards. The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) includes robust labour and environment chapters that are subject to the Agreement's enforceable dispute settlement. As part of the agenda, the government continues to advocate for stronger provisions on the environment and labour, as well as on trade and gender, Indigenous Peoples, SMEs and the right to regulate in public interest. The Government will continue to develop and advance progressive approaches to trade through bilateral and multilateral engagement and play a leadership role in international fora. Canada's implementation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98 which entered into force on June 14, 2018, and which affirms the fundamental right to collectively bargain, is one example of this approach. Canada has now ratified all eight of the ILO Core conventions. Also, in December, 2017, Canada played a leadership role in advancing the WTO Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade, endorsed by over 120 WTO members and observers.

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Promote trade and investment with established markets such as Japan. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased two-way trade and investment with Japan, supporting well-paying, middle-class jobs.

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The Government is promoting Canada-Japan trade through multilateral engagement with provinces, territories and municipalities. Visits by the Prime Minister, key ministers, and provincial premiers have showcased trade and investment potential in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, agriculture, life sciences and clean tech. Between April 2016 and March 2017, Canadian offices in Japan facilitated more than $850 million in Japanese investment stock in Canada, creating more than 450 jobs. Canada is working closely with Japan to explore ways to further deepen the bilateral trade and investment relationship including building on the recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). To advance the CPTPP, Canada introduced implementing legislation in the House of Commons on June 14.

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Promote culturally relevant sport for Indigenous youth. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased and sustained participation of Indigenous children and youth in culturally relevant sport programming. In addition, sport programming is used to reduce the gap between Indigenous communities and the rest of Canada in areas of social development.

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Budget 2017 invested $18.9 million over five years starting in 2017-2018, and ongoing funding of $5.5 million every four years thereafter to support Indigenous youth and sport. This included funding to the Aboriginal Sport Circle in the amount of $800,000 in 2017-18 to enable the organization to assume a leadership role on Indigenous sport development, as well as funding to the provinces and territories to promote culturally relevant sport programming in Indigenous communities. The Government also provided $3.5 million for the hosting of the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto from July 16 to 23, 2017. In addition, in 2017-18, approximately $4.85 million was provided to eleven national organizations to pilot physical activity and sport projects in 61 First Nation communities across the country. At present, 6,145 First Nation students, 595 parents/community members, 364 on reserve teachers, and 212 Elders are participating in the ongoing pilot projects. All pilots were ongoing until March 31, 2018, and each organization will submit a final project report. The most successful programs will be identified with the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in culturally relevant sports and recreation and to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous communities through sport participation.

Through Budget 2018, the Government invested $47.5 million over five years, and $9.5 million per year ongoing, to expand the use of sports for social development in more than 300 Indigenous communities. The Government is working closely with the Aboriginal Sport Circle to design the program to deliver these funds.

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Improve services to Indigenous people and those with mental illness throughout the criminal justice system. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved services and increased support to make it easier for Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness to navigate the criminal justice system, and reverse the trend of Indigenous overrepresentation in the justice system.

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The Government of Canada has made investments to help ensure that people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, including Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness, have access to legal aid. The Government has also provided long-term and stable funding to the Indigenous Justice Program which provides funding for community-based programs that use culturally relevant restorative justice approaches, in appropriate circumstances, to help address the over-representation of Indigenous peoples as accused, victims and offenders. In addition, the Government is investing in the Indigenous Courtwork Program to ensure Indigenous people have the representation and services they need to navigate the criminal justice system. It also supports community-based specialized services for Indigenous victims of crime and Family Information Liaison Units for families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The Government is working to further identify strategies that will build on these investments. The Government has proposed reform of the Criminal Code jury selection process to make it more inclusive and fair (Bill C-75).

Budget 2018 builds on the investments made in Budget 2017, proposing $20.4 million over five years, beginning in 2018–19, and $5.6 million per year ongoing, for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to further support the mental health needs of federal inmates. Funds would largely be targeted towards providing enhanced mental health supports for women in federal correctional facilities. CSC policy now includes non-admissible criteria to administrative segregation for certain inmates and the Government introduced Bill C-56 to establish presumptive release timeframes for inmates in administrative segregation. The Government is also supporting Private Member’s Bill C-375, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report), to ensure that presentence reports, which help judges make appropriate sentences, reflect relevant mental health information of offenders.

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Make strategic investments in the clean technology sector. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The clean technology sector's contribution to Canada's Gross Domestic Product grows, creating more good-paying, middle class jobs and increasing the number of high-growth companies in Canada.

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Since 2016, the Government of Canada has committed to several measures to grow clean technology in Canada as part of the Innovation and Skills Plan and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The major points of focus of these investments are: building early-stage innovation, accelerating commercialization and growth, fostering greater adoption of clean technologies, increasing exports of clean technologies and processes, and strengthening collaboration and metrics for success.

Examples of key initiatives include: $1.4 billion in financing through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to help Canada's clean technology firms grow and expand, protect the environment and create jobs; $820 million for demonstration and deployment of clean energy infrastructure; $400 million for Sustainable Development Technology Canada to develop and demonstrate new clean technologies; $200 million to support research, development, demonstration and the adoption of clean technology in Canada's natural resources sectors; and $14.5 million for a Clean Technology Data Strategy.

Implementation is underway. In December 2017, Statistics Canada released data showing how clean technologies and environmental goods and services benefit the Canadian economy. This is part of the Clean Technology Data Strategy to improve data on clean technology development and use in Canada.

The Clean Growth Hub officially launched in January 2018 as a whole-of-government focal point for clean technology focused on supporting clean technology producers and users, coordinating program delivery and tracking results. The Hub has provided advisory services to over 500 clean technology clients to date.

In March 2018, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service officially launched $15 million over four years for the International Business Development Strategy for Clean Technology. The Government also launched the $25 million Agricultural Clean Technology Program in April 2018 to help the agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the research, development and adoption of clean technologies.

In April 2018, BDC announced financing agreements totaling $40-million with four high-potential clean technology companies, enabling them to accelerate growth and demonstrate leadership.

In May 2018, the Women in Cleantech Challenge was launched as part of the Government’s Impact Canada Initiative. The Challenge aims to help level the playing field for Canadian women in the area of clean technology, and offers five women an opportunity to develop their idea into a marketable world-class clean technology solution and compete for a $1 million prize. In addition, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced four new investments totaling $26 million. This is part of the government's announcement in Budget 2017 to recapitalize SDTC by $400 million.

Export Development Canada (EDC) has also been increasing its support to the clean technology industry. For example, in July 2018, EDC launched the new Cleantech Co-Investment Program (CCIP) to help early stage and next generation cleantech companies grow and access global markets.

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Collaboratively, identify the best models for delivering improved services to Indigenous peoples, and improve accountability. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Co-creation of new and meaningful partnership models that strengthen service delivery for Indigenous peoples, resulting in improved outcomes in key areas including health, education, child welfare and community infrastructure.

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The Government will work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to identify the best models for improving the delivery of services and improving accountability to Indigenous peoples for the quality of those services. This will be achieved by strengthening engagement practices, supporting the transfer of services to be Indigenous-led where possible, recognizing the inherent knowledge of communities and ensuring that services are culturally appropriate. The Government will also work with Indigenous peoples to measure and monitor progress and improve service delivery on an ongoing basis.

The Government continues to work collaboratively with the First Nations Fiscal Management Act institutions, the First Nations Finance Authority, the First Nations Financial Management Board and the First Nations Tax Commission, who provide direct services to First Nations and a legislative and institutional framework to exercise jurisdiction over core fiscal and governance matters, including the financing of infrastructure and economic development projects through the issuance of bonds on capital markets. For an example of some of the results achieved, the First Nations Finance Authority’s October 2017 debenture issuance on the financial markets added an additional $126 million to the existing debentures and bringing the total to $376 million. Investments in infrastructure and socio-economic development projects include water treatment, roads, housing, schools, health, security and emergency services, renewable energy and aquaculture. In addition to the high quality services that they provide, these institutions are working collaboratively with the Government and other First Nation partners to lead the way on innovative initiatives that support a renewed nation-to-nation relationship, such as a proposed First Nation infrastructure institution, under the umbrella of a New Fiscal Relationship and 10 year grants, and exploring the potential to monetize federal capital transfers.

The Government also continues to work in close collaboration with other key partner Indigenous organizations such as the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association, the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. These technical organizations play a crucial role in developing capacity, certifying First Nations through accredited programs and providing ongoing professional development and technical support in areas of relevance to First Nations - land use planning and surveys, matrimonial real property, resource development, environmental management, etc. The government will continue to look for opportunities to further devolve responsibilities to our partners as they have proven to be effective and efficient in providing culturally appropriate services and capacity development opportunities.

Budget 2018 proposes to invest $50 million over five years, and $11 million per year ongoing, to strengthen the First Nations Financial Management Board, the First Nations Finance Authority and the First Nations Tax Commission.

The Government is in discussions with the Metis National Council on increasing access to capital for the Metis Capital Corporations as well as the possibility of holding a MEDS 4 (Metis Economic Development Symposium). The Government will continue to work with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation, as well as other partners, to advance the reforms to child and family services that are needed and develop Indigenous-led solutions that put the well-being of children first. For example, supporting community-led initiatives, working with First Nations communities and the Métis Nation to draw down jurisdiction in child and family services, and collaborating with partners to create federal legislation in child and family services.

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Continue to provide services to Indigenous peoples, including community infrastructure, emergency management, water, education, moneys and trusts, and registration. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Indigenous communities will have access to and benefit from quality community infrastructure including housing, water, schools and other forms of community infrastructure, and services (moneys and trusts, and registration).

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Water: In January 2018, the scope of the commitment to resolve additional long-term drinking water advisories (LT-DWAs) was expanded. Between November 2015 and July 17, 2018, the total number of LT-DWAs on public systems on reserve declined from 105 to 72.

Budget 2018 builds on prior investments and reaffirms the Government’s commitment by providing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve. The latest results on eliminating LT-DWA can be found here.

Housing: Investments in Indigenous housing from Budget 2016 are expected to build/renovate/lot service 13,964 units in First Nation communities. As of March 31, 2018, 8,786 (63%) of the 13,964 housing units have been completed. With respect to Inuit housing, 193 units are expected to be built/renovated in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Through investments made in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018, the Government proposes dedicated funding to support the successful implementation of each of the distinctions-based housing strategies, including:
•$600 million over three years to support housing on reserve as part of a 10-year First Nations Housing Strategy that is being developed with First Nations.
•$400 million over 10 years to support an Inuit-led housing plan in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This is in addition to the $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut.,
•$500 million over 10 years to support the Métis Nation’s housing strategy.

Schools: Over $300 million was invested to build/upgrade First Nation schools in 2016/17 and 2017/18. This includes 72 new schools and 84 renovated/upgraded schools. As of March 31, 2018, 11 out of the 72 new school projects have been completed, and renovations/upgrades on 15 of the 84 schools have been completed.

Health facilities: As of April 30, 2018, investments have been made in more than 213 First Nations infrastructure projects to build and renovate health facilities such as nursing stations, health centres, acute care facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centres, as well as facilities hosting Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) programming. 158 (74.2%) of these projects are complete.

Emergency Management: In 2016/17, the Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP) invested $115.69 million to support First Nations in their efforts to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from emergency disasters. There were 117 emergency events affecting First Nation communities of which 37 caused evacuations involving approximately 6,668 evacuees (99.6% of whom have returned to their communities).

For 2017/18, forecasted expenditures for EMAP are approximately $137 million, with approximately $103.2 million of this for emergency response and recovery. There were 153 emergency events affecting First Nation communities, of which 55 caused evacuations involving approximately 14,888 evacuees (99.2% of whom have returned to their communities to date). In the 2018/19 fiscal year (as of June 18, 2018), there have been 76 EMAP-eligible emergency events affecting First Nation communities, of which 26 resulted in evacuations involving approximately 5,498 evacuees. Presently, four communities, or approximately 1,538 individuals, who were evacuated in 2018/19, due to either flooding or wildland fires, remain evacuated. In the 2018/19 fiscal year, the EMAP supported the repatriation of 72 long-term evacuees. As of June 18, 2018, there remain 2,795 long term evacuees.

Land Use Planning: Over $10 million was invested in 2016/17 and 2017/18 to allow over 50 communities begin developing community-led land use plans, which will support healthy and environmentally sustainable community development by ensuring infrastructure investments are planned and implemented in a manner that serves the short and long term needs and priorities of communities.

Moneys and Trusts: In 2017/18, the Government processed 1,044 band moneys payment transactions totaling $180.9 million, 6,059 individual moneys payment transactions totaling $9.3 million, and 1,051 suspense account payment transactions totaling $5.6 million. To date, in 2018/19, the Government processed 148 band moneys payment transactions totaling $25.0 million, 1,383 individual moneys payment transactions totaling $2.3 million, and 215 suspense account payment transactions totaling $1.0 million.

From January to December 2017, the Government paid out $ 1,968,805.00 in treaty payments to 144,016 individuals at 342 Treaty payment events across Canada.

Registrations: On December 22, 2017, the Indian Act was amended in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux v. Canada (Procureur général). Amendments to address the specific issues raised by the Court will immediately correct sex-based inequities in Indian registration going back to 1951. Since the coming into force of these provisions, the Department has received 3,107 related applications for Indian registration of which 608 decisions were rendered as of June 15, 2018. These numbers will continue to increase steadily over the course of the upcoming years. Broader amendments that will remove sex-based inequities going back to 1869 will come into force at a later date after Canada has consulted with First Nations and other parties on how to implement the changes.

Estates: Since April 2017, the Government provided service to complete the administration for 4,813 decedent estates and opened the administration of 3,285 new decedent estates. Services were provided in the administration of 98 new Living estates.

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Make the Commissioner of Canada Elections more independent. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A truly independent Commissioner of Canada Elections who can pursue their work free from political or partisan direction.

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In November 2016, the Government introduced legislation to enhance the independence of the Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE) by repealing changes that created a reporting relationship for the CCE with the Minister of Justice. This enhances the independent role that the CCE held for decades before it was altered in 2014.

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Bring forward options to create an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders' debates. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A new independent commission or commissioner for political party leaders' debates to ensure debates serve the public interest rather than the interests of any one party.

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The Government of Canada's online consultations and cross-country roundtables with Canadians were completed in February 2018. The information gathered during consultations will be used to help inform policy decisions, with the goal of having an independent commission or commissioner in place in advance of the next federal election campaign.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased funding for Canada's film industry, creating growth and jobs in the creative industries.

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The Government invested $22 million in Telefilm Canada to fund and promote programs dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry and provided the National Film Board of Canada with $13.5 million to create social issue documentaries, animation, and digital content.

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Position Canada as a top destination for global investment and promote its economic brand. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada ranks among the top developed economies in global rankings of investment competitiveness, attractiveness and brand.

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The Government is encouraging global investment and promoting our economic brand through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency; the expansion of the Trade Commissioner Service, to increase our presence in strategic markets abroad; and the acceleration of changes to the Investment Canada Act. The changes to the Act will lead to greater transparency of the guidelines used for national security reviews, and increase the threshold for review under the Act to transactions of $1 billion or greater as of 2017. The Government is also developing a comprehensive Progressive Trade Strategy which will bring forward additional measures to enhance business opportunities for Canadian businesses consistent with innovation, investment and job growth goals. Recent global surveys continue to rank Canada as a top place to do business. For example, the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Canada first in the G20 for doing business over 2017-2021; KPMG has ranked Canada as the most tax competitive country in the G7 with the lowest overall business costs in the G7; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canada leads the G20 in research and development (R&D) spending in higher education as share of GDP with the best tax incentives in the G7 and the most educated talent pool among member nations. Canada moved up three places to second in the 2018 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index to its highest ranking in the history of the Index. Thomson Reuters' investment in a new technology hub, General Motors' announcement of new manufacturing capacity, NOVA Chemicals (Mubadala) expansion of a new world-scale polyethylene plant in Sarnia, ON, Erwin Hymer’s new manufacturing facility in Cambridge, ON, Tech Mahindra's new centre of excellence in Toronto, ON, and Amazon’s 3,000 job expansion in Vancouver are just a few examples of successes to date. Overall, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) facilitated 101 investment projects to Canada with an estimated value of $2.25 billion and 2,979 jobs created between April 2016 and March 2017. In addition, the TCS facilitated 159 investor visits to Canada to pursue specific investment projects. Between April 2017 and March 2018, TCS reported 138 wins representing approximately $3.65 billion and over 7,600 new jobs and facilitated 184 site selection visits.

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Ensure public servants are paid accurately and promptly. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Public servants are paid in a timely manner and without errors.

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The ongoing public service pay problems are unacceptable, creating emotional and financial hardships, as well as unnecessary stress for many employees and their families.

The Government will ensure that employees receive timely and accurate pay and benefits, and is working hard to resolve issues as quickly as possible, but there are no quick fixes. The Government is committed to doing better.

The Clerk of the Privy Council Office instructed Deputy Ministers to take a personal interest in seeing that employees are paid accurately and on time. Employees should not feel that they are facing these difficulties alone.

Budget 2018 announced an investment of $454 million over six years, starting in 2017-18, to increase the number of compensation employees at the Pay Centre and satellite offices to more than 1,500 and hire more HR advisors within departments to assist employees and provide them with tax support. In addition, over the next two years, the Government will work with experts, unions and technology providers on a way forward for a new pay system.

The Government is implementing a suite of measures, informed by recommendations from the Office of Auditor General of Canada as well as the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, to stabilize the pay system so that transactions are processed more quickly and accurately, pay issues are resolved and employees receive better service. As part of this approach, Pay Pods, which group together compensation employees assigned to a specific department or agency, are being rolled out for departments and agencies serviced by the Pay Centre. Pay Pods will work with client departments to address all outstanding transactions in an employee’s pay file, in contrast to the current approach of addressing pay issues by transaction type. This new approach is expected to result in faster and more comprehensive resolution of pay issues and a reduction in backlogged cases. The Government also recently announced enhancements to its Client Contact Centre, where employees now have access to a variety of tools so that they can provide more real-time, accurate information to public servants calling for information about their pay files. Progress toward reducing the number of outstanding pay transactions continues.

Progress is reported regularly through a monthly, publically available Dashboard, a Pay Bulletin and other online content, ensuring ongoing transparency and accountability. The June 2018 public service pay dashboard shows a 13,000 decrease in the number of backlogged financial transactions awaiting processing.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Establish a free, online service for learning and retaining English and French as second languages. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: A cross-platform, web-based application will enable adult Canadians to learn and retain – in a way that is flexible, accessible and free – their second official language (English or French).

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Canadian Heritage has conducted consultations with industry to identify possible approaches for providing an e-learning tool for Canadians. Budget 2018 and the announcement on March 28, 2018 of the 2018-2023 Action Plan for Official Languages confirmed the funding for the web-based application. The solution’s architecture and the information technology requirements are being developed. A Request for Proposals will be launched in the fall of 2018.

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Fair and Open Government

Improve access to information to enhance the openness of government. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater government transparency and more information available for Canadians to hold their government to account.

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Following an Interim Directive in May 2016 that eliminated all fees except for the application fee and confirmed the principle of "open by default", the Government introduced Phase I reforms to modernize and expand the scope of the Access to Information Act. Legislation introduced in June 2017 proposes new requirements for the proactive publication of a broad range of information and would apply to more than 240 federal institutions, as well as the Prime Minister's Office, ministers' offices and administrative bodies that support Parliament and the courts. The legislation would also provide the Information Commissioner with the power to make binding orders to government institutions, including for the release of records. A review of the Act would also be required every five years to ensure that it remains current and continues to improve transparency for Canadians. The first of these reviews would be initiated within one year of the legislation coming into force. The legislation is currently before the Senate.

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Strong Middle Class

Provide a 12-month break on Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for firms that hire younger workers into permanent positions. Not being pursued

Result anticipated: See below

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Based on research conducted by the Department of Finance, it was determined that this was not the most effective or efficient way of spending public resources to create jobs for young people. Budgets 2016 and 2017 invested significantly in a Youth Employment Strategy, nearly doubling the Canada Summer Jobs program, which will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work, create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector. In addition, Budget 2016 announced the creation of an Expert Panel on Youth Employment to assess the barriers faced by vulnerable youth in finding and keeping jobs, and to examine innovative practices used by governments, non-governmental organizations and employers to improve job opportunities for vulnerable youth. The Government has received the Expert Panel's report and is studying its recommendations. Budget 2018 also proposed to provide additional resources to support youth employment, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.

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Safety and Security

Improve marine safety. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians are kept safe and our coasts are protected through evidence-based emergency preparedness and response.

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The Government has announced initiatives valuing over $600 million, including $130 million in new science funding for partnerships, improved knowledge and develop new technologies to help mitigate and prevent marine incidents such as oil spills. To date, 117 workshops have been held with multiple Indigenous groups.

On June 21, 2018, the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection was announced. The Agreement supports the collaborative planning and implementation of marine planning initiatives and will promote a more coordinated and efficient approach to the governance, management, and protection of oceans in the Pacific North Coast. Fourteen Central and North Coast First Nations in British Columbia have agreed to coordinate ongoing efforts in the management and conservation of oceans.

As part of the strategy to address abandoned and wrecked vessels, the Government introduced an Act respecting wrecks, abandoned, dilapidated or hazardous vessels and salvage operations in October 2017 (Bill C-64). The Bill passed third reading in the House of Commons on June, 20, 2018 and will be under review by the Senate in fall 2018. In Spring 2018, a study was completed on enhancements to Canada’s vessel registration systems, which would improve the Government’s ability to identify commercial vessel owners at end-of -life. Transport Canada is currently assessing the results. Funding for nine projects has been announced under the Small Craft Harbours Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program and, on June 27, 2018, the Abandoned Boats Program announced $110K in funding under the second call for proposals. There is currently a third call for proposals that is open until March 31, 2019.

On April 28, 2018, the Government's measures to reduce the risk of vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear to endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Western Gulf of St. Lawrence came into effect. Measures include speed reduction zones with whale monitoring support provided by Transport Canada's National Aerial Surveillance Program, as well as changes to the snow crab fishery. In addition, 409 hours have been flown to support the North Atlantic right whale scientific survey initiative.

On June 22, 2018, Canada’s Whales Initiative, a $167.4 million initiative under Budget 2018, was announced. The initiative will protect and support the recovery of endangered, iconic whale populations across Canada. The Whales Initiative will strengthen protection for Southern Resident Killer Whales, North American right whales and the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga through measures to address the three key threats to these populations: insufficient quantity and quality of prey, contaminants, and acoustic and physical disturbance, particularly underwater noise from vessels, and through additional investments in scientific research and monitoring.

The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative will make a range of maritime information – such as vessel traffic – available to coastal partners and stakeholders. Nine pilot project partners and locations have been announced and these partners will work with Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and other federal departments to develop, test and evaluate a new maritime awareness information system over the course of a year.

To enhance Arctic marine oversight: the Government added 500 hours of surveillance and committed to building an aircraft hangar and accommodations unit under the National Aerial Surveillance Program; completed 76 vessel inspections; updated the Small Vessel Regulations (flares and paddle boards); and, introduced the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations to implement the international Polar Code for ships operating in polar waters. The Government is modernizing the Coast Guard’s current suite of emergency response assets, including purchasing and deploying approximately 302 assets for the containment, recovery and storage of oil and has awarded a contract for curtain booms and a Portable Multi-Cassette-Skimmer package.

The Coastal Restoration Fund (CRF) is part of the Oceans Protection Plan that will protect Canada’s oceans and coastlines from damage caused by increased marine shipping and other associated marine stressors. The program will provide $75 million over five years to support coastal habitat restoration projects at the local and community level along Canada’s coasts, and to contribute to mitigating these stressors.

On April 23, 2018, the Government ratified the 2010 Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention on liability and compensation for incidents involving dangerous goods carried by ships. The locations of two new search and rescue lifeboat stations were announced, out of the total seven to be opened. The two stations will be located in Old Perlican Bay and Twillingate, both in Newfoundland and Labrador. The refurbishment of the Coast Guard St. Anthony’s base in Newfoundland and Labrador started in March 2018. The remaining lifeboat stations will be located in the areas of Victoria, Hartley Bay, Port Renfrew and Nookta in British Columbia. The Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's officially re-opened May 18, 2018, and six new officers have been hired and trained. The new inshore rescue boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut is expected to be fully operational on July 26, 2018. It will enhance search and rescue capabilities in the region and build stronger working relationships with northern communities, as the station will be operated by local Indigenous students. The station’s hired crew completed their training in May 2018.

The Government has also enhanced its emergency response capacity by posting new environmental response officers on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

A contract was awarded for vessel tow kits. The request for proposals to procure two emergency towing vessels closed in April 2018. These vessels will conduct emergency towing and assist with search and rescue and environmental response. Three Indigenous Community Response Training courses have been completed, which included a total of 25 members from 16 BC First Nations.

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Indigenous peoples

Make changes to the Oath of Canadian Citizenship to reflect the Truth and Reconciliation's Calls to Action. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Updated Oath of Canadian Citizenship and Citizenship Test that reflect Canadian and Indigenous history.

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The Government of Canada is currently working with national Indigenous organizations to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations to incorporate recognition of treaties with Indigenous peoples into the Oath of Canadian Citizenship, update the citizenship test to reflect and guide a more inclusive history of Indigenous peoples, and provide information on the history of residential schools for newcomers. The Government will bring forward legislation to modify the Oath. Changes to the citizenship guide are currently being drafted.

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Government Services and Operations

Set transparent service standards for the delivery of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians making inquiries about Employment Insurance (EI) will receive answers more quickly, consistent with new, higher service standards.

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As a result of Budget 2016 investments ($73 million), the EI Call Centre network significantly increased its capacity and improved its service accessibility. Building on these investments, Budget 2018 will provide an additional $127.7 million over three years to further improve accessibility and ensure Canadians receive timely and accurate information and assistance with Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

In May 2016, the Government launched the EI Service Quality Review (SQR). The SQR sought input from stakeholders and Canadians on ways Service Canada could improve the quality of EI services on the phone, online and in person. The final report provided ten recommendations on how to make EI service delivery more responsive to the needs of Canadians. Service Canada used this input to review EI service standards, completed in March 2018, and is considering next steps.

In 2017-18, the Government consulted with Canadians as part of reviews of the EI, Old Age Security (OAS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) service standards, the results of which are informing the consideration of potential changes to these standards.

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Establish a new fiscal relationship with First Nations communities and lift the 2% cap. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased support for Indigenous communities consistent with needs and population growth rather than a fixed 2% cap; co-developed approaches to reforming funding policies and accountability.

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By 2021-22, total federal government spending on Indigenous programs will increase from over $11 billion in 2015-16 to over $15 billion in 2021-22—an increase of 34% over six years. The Government of Canada has also committed to a new fiscal relationship that is sufficient, sustainable and predictable. The Government is advancing a renewed fiscal relationship through two parallel initiatives. The first is with the Assembly of First Nations, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2016. The first phase of this collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations produced a report, "A New Approach: Co-development of a New Fiscal Relationship between Canada and First Nation," that was submitted to the National Chief and the Minister of Indigenous Services in December 2017. In response to the report, the Minister committed to work with First Nation partners to move ahead on a number of proposals, including: providing more funding flexibility and predictability to support self-determination with the creation of ten-year-grants for qualified First Nations, with the goal of providing them to 100 First Nations by April 1, 2019; replace the Default Prevention and Management Policy; and establish an advisory committee to support ongoing co-development. To better support First Nations communities, to support strong Indigenous institutions and to advance the new fiscal relationship with First Nations, Budget 2018 proposes to invest $188.6 million over five years, starting in 2018–19. As of July 19, 2018, 237 expressions of interest to receive a ten-year-grant have been submitted by First Nations across the country.

The second collaborative process on fiscal policy is focused on Self-Governing Indigenous groups. Since May 2016, the Government and Self-Governing Indigenous Governments have been engaged in the Collaborative Self-Government Fiscal Policy Development Process, to develop a new policy framework for the provision of federal financial support to self-government. A co-developed draft policy proposal was completed in December 2017 and is currently undergoing review. Through Budget 2018, the Government committed $189.2 million in 2018–19 to begin the implementation of fiscal policy reforms that have been co-developed with self-governing Indigenous Peoples. This funding will support key priorities, including the closing of socio-economic gaps, infrastructure, data collection and governance.

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Healthy Canadians

Raise awareness on concussion treatment. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Consistent, coordinated Canadian guidelines on concussion in sport and return-to-learn and return-to-play protocols.

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The Government is working in partnership with provinces, territories and other key stakeholders on a coordinated pan-Canadian concussion strategy. In June 2016, a framework for the strategy was endorsed by federal, provincial and territorial ministers. Budget 2016 made investments to harmonize concussion management guidelines on prevention, early detection and treatment, with a focus on return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols for athletes and students. In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation agreed to a Framework for Action focusing on the areas of awareness, prevention, detection, management, and surveillance of concussions, which will further harmonize the collective approach across jurisdictions. At the same time, Parachute Canada, with the financial support of the Government of Canada, released its “Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport”.

The Government directed funds to the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) for a national awareness campaign. SIRC worked collaboratively with National Sport Organizations on an awareness and implementation campaign regarding the sport specific protocols for return-to-play after a concussion. As of June 2018, 42 of Canada's National Sport Organizations have in place sport concussion protocols harmonized with the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. Other National Sport Organizations are working toward adopting or updating their protocols. Parachute also developed concussion resources for schools, including a detailed Return-to-School Strategy and an accredited online concussion course for medical professionals.

The Government has also partnered with the private sector to launch two new projects in June 2018. The SCHOOLFirst project, led by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, provides access to up-to-date information for teachers and school boards on concussion practices to support youth who are returning to school after experiencing a concussion. The Progress Activation and Concussion Education (PACE) mobile app helps people recognize, prevent and manage a concussion.

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Healthy Canadians

Update and expand the Nutrition North program. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More affordable nutritious food for Canadians in the North.

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In Budget 2016, the Government increased funding to expand Nutrition North Canada to isolated northern communities. Nutrition North Canada helps alleviate the high cost of food in 121 isolated northern communities by providing a subsidy on perishable nutritious food. To date, the full benefits of Nutrition North Canada, including nutrition education funding, have been expanded to 37 additional isolated northern communities.

Under the oversight of the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board, throughout 2016 the Government engaged with Northerners to collect feedback on how to best update the program. In response to the findings from the public engagement, the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board published the Reflections on the What We Heard Report, and hosted a stakeholder meeting with Indigenous organizations, northern retailers and airlines, provincial and territorial governments and other federal government departments in early May 2017. The purpose was to discuss the feedback received during the public engagement and the key areas where many different views as identified by the Advisory Board. Through facilitated group discussions, participants collaborated on ways the program can be more responsive to the needs of Northerners. An Indigenous Working Group was launched at this meeting, including national and regional Indigenous organizations, which was tasked with co-developing options to help Nutrition North Canada work better for Northerners. Co-development work is ongoing, under the oversight of the Advisory Board to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

In support of this policy development work, Nutrition North Canada program worked closely with northern retailers to get all options supported by solid, reliable costing figures and data.

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Healthy Canadians

Develop a coordinated national action plan on post-traumatic stress disorder. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada's public safety officers have better access to support for post-traumatic stress.

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The Government is developing a national action plan on post-traumatic stress injury in consultation with stakeholders. This plan will be evidenced-based and reflect the findings of the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security which recently studied this issue. The Government will release further details on the proposed national action plan later in the mandate. The Government has also provided funding to the University of Regina to conduct a study on the effects of policing on the mental health of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers.

Budget 2018 proposes $20 million over five years, beginning in 2018-19 to support a new national research consortium between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT). This consortium would work to address the incidence of posttraumatic stress injuries among public safety officers. The Government of Canada would also invest $10 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, for Public Safety Canada to work with the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment to develop an internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy pilot as a means of providing greater access to care and treatment for public safety officers. The Government also proposes to provide the RCMP with $21.4 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, to support the mental health needs of its officers.

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Indigenous peoples

Renew and improve the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved employment outcomes for participants accessing programs through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), and reduced employment gaps with non-Indigenous Canadians who use similar employment services.

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Budget 2018 announced an investment of $2 billion over five years, and $408.2 million per year ongoing, to support the creation of the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program, which will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). This new program is based on extensive engagement held in 2016 and 2017 with ASETS holders, Indigenous communities and leadership, and other stakeholders to seek feedback on how the ASETS structure and policy could be redesigned and improved. The ISET Program also builds upon previous increased federal investment, whereby approximately 1,700 additional Indigenous P eople s were supported through the ASETS in 2016 compared to 2015. The Government also made investments to increase capacity of service providers to meet the growing demand from Indigenous P eople s for skills development and job training and provided an additional $50 million to ASETS in 2017. The Government is currently engaging with Indigenous partners on the co-development of the implementation of the ISET Program.

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Government Services and Operations

Reduce complexity and strengthen partnerships between National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A simpler and easier to navigate process for delivering benefits and services to ensure members of Canada's Armed Forces (CAF), Veterans, and their families are well supported and properly prepared for civilian life.

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The Government is developing a roadmap with key milestones outlining the delivery of a simpler and more streamlined transition process focused on clients. This new approach is intended to ease access to benefits and services for those who need them.

Desired outcomes include increased awareness and easier navigation of benefits and services; timely provision of benefits and services; recognition of service and a lifelong sense of belonging; continuity of health care; and career development support.

All of these efforts are aimed at providing CAF members, Veterans, and their families with a more successful transition to civilian life.

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Healthy Canadians

Develop a suicide prevention strategy for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Veterans. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More Veterans and men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces receive the mental health care they need and suicides are reduced.

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Canada's new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—invests in the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and delivers the standard of service and care that current and former members deserve. The new policy expands the number of Canada's military personnel and significantly invest in the health and welfare of those serving in uniform. As part of the policy, the Government is expanding the Department of National Defence Medical Service Branch by 200 personnel to ensure serving members have better access to efficient and effective care anywhere they serve, in Canada or abroad. In October 2017, the Government announced the implementation of a joint Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Strategy composed of 160 different initiatives, programs and services, including the hiring of additional mental health professionals focused on preventing suicide across the entire military and Veteran community. The effectiveness of clinical interventions, training, education and other supports and services will be studied to assess progress in preventing suicide.

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Safety and Security

Create a committee of Parliamentarians to review national security. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Parliamentarians have the information they need to ensure Canada's national security framework and activities are effective and protect rights and freedoms and Canadian values.

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The law establishing the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) has been brought into force, funding has been allocated, members have been appointed, a chair designated, and an Executive Director has been appointed. The new NSICOP is an important step towards increased accountability and transparency. The Committee's broad government-wide mandate to scrutinize any national security matter will help ensure the protection of the public and that the rights and freedoms of individual Canadians are upheld. The NSICOP can perform reviews of national security and intelligence activities, including ongoing operations, and strategic and systemic reviews of the legislative, regulatory, policy, expenditure and administrative frameworks under which these activities are conducted.

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Canada in the World

End Canada's combat mission in Iraq and Syria and refocus Canada's efforts on training and humanitarian support. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada ceased conducting fighter jet strikes in Iraq and Syria and adopted a more comprehensive approach with increased resources for stabilization, humanitarian assistance, and training.

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Effective February 15, 2016, Canada ceased conducting strikes by CF-18 fighter jets on Daesh targets. On February 8, 2016, Canada announced an increased contribution to the training of Iraq Security Forces, as well as humanitarian and stabilization support. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are contributing many capabilities to the multinational efforts to degrade and defeat Daesh, and up to 830 CAF personnel are assigned to Operation IMPACT, which has been extended until March 31, 2019.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Ensure any unspent infrastructure funds are transferred to municipalities. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Ensure infrastructure funding approved by Parliament does not lapse and is invested in municipal infrastructure projects.

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In March 2017, the Government of Canada transferred $30.2 million in potentially lapsing funding from a number of previously established funding programs to municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).

The Government has also committed to transfer unused legacy funding to the GTF. For example, any funding under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the 2014 New Building Canada Fund not approved for projects by March 31, 2019 will be transferred to the GTF.

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Improve the delivery of information technology within the Government, including the renewal of Shared Services Canada. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An agile, reliable and secure information technology platform to support the delivery of digital services to Canadians.

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Shared Services Canada has completed broad-based consultations with industry, Canadians and federal departments on the best approaches for managing the Government of Canada's information technology assets and services. More than 2,500 submissions from these stakeholders provided suggestions for improving information technology service delivery and project management. At the same time, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has also released the independent review of Shared Services Canada commissioned from Gartner Canada Co. Results of the review and feedback from the consultations are informing the way forward for information technology that enables the digital delivery of Government of Canada programs and services, including a new governance structure under the Government of Canada Chief Information Officer to help set direction and priorities across government.

Budget 2018 proposed $2.2 billion over six years, with $349.8 million ongoing, starting in 2018-2019 to improve the management and provision of IT infrastructure and services within government and support the migration of applications from older data centres into more secure modern data centres or cloud solutions, and to support related cyber security measures.

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Strong Middle Class

Index Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments to a new Seniors' Price Index. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The cost of living for seniors is better reflected in their Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits through a Seniors' Price Index.

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The Government of Canada is exploring options and international best practices for a new Seniors' Price Index to make sure support for seniors reflects their needs.

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Strong Middle Class

Cancel the increase in age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) from 65 to 67. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: The age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) has been returned to 65 and provides greater financial security for our most vulnerable seniors.

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The Government of Canada cancelled the planned increase in age of eligibility for Old Age Security, so that eligibility is maintained at age 65. This will help ensure they benefit from a secure and dignified retirement.

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Strong Middle Class

Coordinate programs to support low income seniors with provinces and territories. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Federal, provincial and territorial governments collaborate so seniors get the full benefits to which they are entitled.

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The Government of Canada implemented the increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and engaged with provinces and territories (PT) to ensure that low-income seniors who receive PT income supplements fully benefit from the increase. The Government will continue to seek new opportunities to work together to support our most vulnerable seniors and ensure that seniors receive the full benefit of the GIS.

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Strong Middle Class

Prioritize affordable housing and seniors' housing as part of the National Housing Strategy. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Reduced housing need for seniors through rental support to reduce the cost of housing and enable seniors to age in place, and increased supply of affordable housing units specifically targeted towards seniors.

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On November 22, 2017 the Government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. This Strategy is part of a long-term vision to strengthen the middle class and provide affordable housing to Canadians, and lift more Canadians out of poverty. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness, prioritizing the most vulnerable Canadians including seniors.

Budget 2016 provided investments of $200.7 million over two years to increase affordable housing for seniors and improve their housing conditions, to be delivered by provinces and territories through the Investment in Affordable Housing. The National Housing Strategy re-establishes the federal government as a leader in the area of affordable housing. Working in collaboration with provinces, territories and local communities, the Strategy will leverage significant new capacity to build, repair and renew affordable housing across the country. As part of the Strategy, the new National Housing Co-Investment Fund will prioritize projects that have the greatest impact on communities and vulnerable populations, including seniors. As a result of these investments, at least 12,000 new affordable units will be created for seniors.

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Provide support to maintain rent-geared-to-income subsidies in existing social housing. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Affordable housing remains accessible to Canadians who need it during the transition through the expiry of current operating agreements.

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Community housing has been the backbone of Canada’s response to housing challenges for more than 60 years and provides an affordable place to live for thousands of Canadians. Federal investments have supported the creation of community housing for low- and modest-income families and individuals. About 80% of all community housing is administered by the provinces and territories. As long-term social housing operating agreements expire, the Government will renew its investments in provinces and territories to protect low-income households and stabilize the operations of housing providers. The Government is deeply committed to ensuring that Canada’s existing community housing stock remains affordable and in good repair well into the future.

On November 22, 2017 the Government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. This Strategy is part of a long-term vision to strengthen the middle class and provide affordable housing to Canadians, and lift more Canadians out of poverty. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness, prioritizing the most vulnerable Canadians including seniors.

As part of the National Housing Strategy, the Government will support the provinces and territories as they protect and build a sustainable community-based housing sector, through a $4.3-billion Canada Community Housing Initiative. Additionally, to protect tenants living in federally administered community housing as operating agreements expire and to stabilize the operations of housing providers, the federal government will implement a new 10-year, $500-million Federal Community Housing Initiative. This initiative will put in place new operating agreements as old social housing operating agreements expire. As a result of these investments, 385,000 households will be protected from losing an affordable home.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Develop a 10-year infrastructure plan, improve governance and promote better data collection and asset management. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Agreements with all provinces and territories that improve public transit, roads and bridges; increase access to affordable housing and child care; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve access to clean water, and enhance resilience in the face of a changing climate.

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Infrastructure plays a central role in building strong communities, creating jobs and growing the economy. Taking into account the investments made in Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government has developed a 12-year plan that will invest over $180 billion across Canada in public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, rural and northern communities infrastructure, and trade and transportation infrastructure. As part of the Plan, the Government signed an agreement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to deliver an asset management program to support municipalities in making informed infrastructure investment decisions. The Government partnered with Statistics Canada and other stakeholders to launch an ambitious data collection initiative on Canadian infrastructure – Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey (CCPI), which officially launched in mid-2017. Through the survey, the Government will better track, collect, use and share data on Canadian infrastructure, including tracking comparable data on infrastructure usage and demand across jurisdictions and tracking the state and performance of public infrastructure across asset classes. These measures will help governments maximize taxpayer dollars and report back to Canadians on outcomes achieved. In addition, the Minister of Transport announced the new Canadian Centre on Transportation Data and the new Transportation Data and Information Hub on April 13, 2018. Better information supports better governance and asset management, and data will also be collected that will be complementary to the CCPI.

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Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency proactively contacts those who are entitled to, but are not receiving, tax benefits. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians receive the tax benefits and credits to which they are entitled, including vulnerable Canadians and Indigenous people on-reserve.

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The Government of Canada has expanded the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) in order to help modest-income Canadians, seniors and other vulnerable groups with tax filing. Budget 2018 proposes doubling the size of the CVITP, to help more individuals file their tax returns and access the benefits they are entitled to. For the 2016 tax year, the Government increased community partnerships by 18%, and through the CVITP, organizations filed nearly 770,000 returns on behalf of Canadians. The CRA undertook a new initiative in 2016-2017 to proactively contact 260,000 Canadians who were potentially eligible for tax benefits but were not receiving them. In collaboration with Service Canada, the Government has also proactively promoted the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in Indigenous communities to make sure Indigenous families have full access to this important benefit. In-person visits have been completed with over 600 First Nations communities in order to promote the CCB and other benefits. The Government will continue to work to improve these results across all CRA administered benefit programs.

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Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency delivers correspondence and other communications that are straightforward and easy to read. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Correspondence is simplified so that Canadians can better understand information they receive from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), leading to increased client satisfaction and fewer inquiries for routine information.

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The Government of Canada simplified the correspondence CRA sends Canadians, making it easier to read and understand, including new, simple, and easy-to-read notices of assessment for businesses and individuals, first sent in 2016. As of May 2018, 92% of the correspondence the CRA sends to Canadians has been transformed in the new easy-to-read format. The CRA will have simplified virtually all correspondence by May 2019.

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Fair and Open Government

Enhance transparency in the political fundraising system for Cabinet members, party leaders and leadership candidates. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A more transparent political fundraising system is in place that strengthens trust and confidence in our democratic institutions.

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In May 2017 the Government introduced legislation to significantly enhance transparency in the political fundraising system for Cabinet members, party leaders and leadership candidates. This legislation, which received Royal Assent in June 2018 and will come into force in December 2018, will give Canadians more information than ever before: they will know who is going to fundraisers, when and where they are happening, and the amount required to attend.

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Indigenous peoples

Develop a vision for a national space for Indigenous peoples at 100 Wellington. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Creating a space for Indigenous peoples directly across from Parliament Hill will symbolize a turning point in Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples. This location will provide a concrete marker of the importance of Indigenous peoples to this country's past, present, and future.

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On June 21, 2017, the Government announced that a new space for Indigenous peoples will be established at 100 Wellington Street in the National Capital Region that reflects the vision of Indigenous peoples and the spirit of reconciliation. To advance this project, an interim working group has been established with representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council and the Government of Canada to recommend next steps to ensure 100 Wellington becomes an inclusive space. Next steps will include identifying the process for comprehensive engagement to ensure that Indigenous peoples shape the future use of the building and are full partners in leading the project.

This multi-year, large-scale project will involve broad consultations with Indigenous peoples on a national scale.

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Healthy Canadians

Implement Canada's ban on asbestos. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Canada comprehensively bans asbestos.

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In December 2016, the Government announced a set of comprehensive measures to ban asbestos and products containing asbestos by 2018. In July 2017, the Government brought into force changes to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to lower the exposure limit to as close to zero as possible for airborne chrysotile asbestos. These changes will protect federally regulated employees at risk.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Reduce the wage gap between men and women. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Fair compensation systems in organizations under federal jurisdiction and a more flexible work environment to reduce the pay gap between women and men.

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Proactive pay equity is expected to contribute to fairness in the workplace by reducing the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces by addressing the undervaluation of work traditionally performed by women.

On October 5, 2016, in its Response to the Special Committee on Pay Equity report titled It’s Time to Act, the Government of Canada made a commitment to table new, proactive pay equity legislation in federally regulated sectors before the end of 2018. Work is underway to achieve this objective.

In addition, Budgets 2016, 2017, and 2018 contain many measures to reduce the gender wage gap and encourage greater workforce participation among women. These measures include investments in early learning and child care, a new Employment Insurance caregiving benefit, a major symposium on women and the workplace, the right to request flexible work arrangements for federally regulated employees and pilot a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. Budget 2018 proposed that historic proactive pay equity legislation be introduced this fall to ensure that on average women and men in federally regulated sectors receive the same pay for work of equal value. According to preliminary estimates, this legislation could improve the gender wage gap from 91.4 cents to 94.1 cents for the core public administration, and from 88.1 cents to 90.7 cents in the federal private sector. In addition, new pay transparency requirements in the federally-regulated sector will provide more information on the pay practices of employers, with specific attention paid to making existing wage gaps more evident.

Other measures include expanding eligibility for Canada Student Grants for part-time students and students with dependent children and supporting the creation of more work-integrated learning opportunities, including co-ops, for post-secondary students and in particular women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and business programs through a new Student Work-Integrated Learning Program and launching the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy which will provide nationally coordinated, regionally tailored support for women entrepreneurs.

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Environment and Climate Change

Cooperate with the United States on energy security and energy infrastructure. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada and the United States benefit from a secure and effective cross-border energy infrastructure.

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Collaboration on energy security and infrastructure was included in the February 13, 2017 Joint Statement from President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau. Canada continues to support several major cross-border energy infrastructure projects, including: Keystone XL, Line 3 and Line 67, Northern Pass, New England Clean Power Link, and Great Northern Transmission Line. All projects are at different stages of review, investment, or approval. The U.S. State Department has issued presidential permits for the construction of these projects. A North American Energy Ministerial meeting took place in November 2017, and identified further areas for North American collaboration, including facilitating cross-border energy infrastructure projects.

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Environment and Climate Change

Advance shared action with the United States on environmental issues and climate change. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada-U.S. collaboration leads to a cleaner shared environment and clean energy innovation.

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Canada and the United States issued a joint statement in February 2017 confirming both countries' commitment to collaborate closely in energy innovation, especially in the clean energy sphere; in energy cooperation, particularly along the border and at the Great Lakes; and to enhance the quality of our air and water. The status of the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership signed in June 2016 with the previous U.S. Administration is uncertain; however, Canada remains commited to implementing its commitments. Currently, Canada's focus has shifted from federal to state level in the U.S. In November 2017, Canada, Mexico and the state-driven U.S. Climate Alliance (a bipartisan coalition of 16 U.S. Governors plus Puerto Rico) launched the North American Climate Leadership Dialogue to address clean technology, clean power and carbon pricing initiatives. Canada will continue to advance these priorities, including by working with Mexico and sub-national governments in the United States in the context of the North American Climate Leaders’ process.

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Exports and Investment

Strengthen trilateral cooperation with the United States and Mexico to enhance North America's global competitiveness. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: North America is strong and competitive in global markets.

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The Government continues to actively engage Mexico and the United States in order to advance issues in our common interest, including through negotiations to modernize North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During trade negotiations, the Government of Canada is committed to creating the most favourable conditions for Canadian businesses to compete internationally. In addition to trade, North American cooperation continues in key areas such as energy, security, and defence. On February 2, 2018, a North American Foreign Ministers Meeting took place in Mexico City, where the three foreign ministers discussed a range of topics including North American regional competitiveness that touched on NAFTA, energy cooperation, and women’s entrepreneurship.

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Canada in the World

Strengthen relationships with key bilateral, regional and multilateral partners. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadian interests and values are promoted through enhanced cooperation with key international partners.

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Canada continues to constructively contribute to multilateral fora to advance its foreign policy priorities, including at the United Nations; the African Union; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the Commonwealth; the International Organization of La Francophonie; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; the Pacific Alliance; the International Syria Support Group; the Lima Group on Venezuela (Canada hosted the October 2017 meeting); the Organization of American States (Canada chaired the OAS Permanent Council in fall 2017); the World Economic Forum and the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, and the World Health Organisation. The Government signed and provisionally applied the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the European Union and signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership and is negotiating a free trade agreement with MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), the Pacific Alliance, and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Government has also strengthened relationships with key bilateral, regional and multilateral partners in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Maghreb through high-level engagements, including 320 visits by the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development. Canada and France signed the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence, which calls for the creation of an international study group on artificial intelligence made up of experts from government, industry, and civil society, and which will be mandated to become the global reference on issues related to artificial intelligence.

At the G7 Summit Leaders resolved to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all. Leaders agreed to a joint communiqué and, through seven Charlevoix Commitments, committed to work together on: equality and economic growth; innovative financing for development; the future of artificial intelligence; ending sexual and gender-based violence, abuse and harassment in digital contexts; quality education for girls, adolescent girls and women in developing countries; healthy oceans, seas and coastal communities; and defending democracy from foreign threats. Canada, along with France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, further endorsed a charter on oceans plastics. Canada welcomed several world leaders and heads of international organizations to the G7 Summit to take part in a special outreach session, which focused on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities. At the Foreign Ministers' meeting in April 2018 G7 Foreign and Security Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation and share information, including on defending democracy and on managing risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. Canada has expanded its networks and relationships with international coalitions and forums such as the Freedom Online Coalition; the Internet Governance Forum; the International Parliamentary Union, Women Political Leaders Global Forum, and the Community of Democracies. Canada and the EU have also announced plans to co-chair a meeting of women foreign ministers in Canada on September 21-22, 2018.

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Seek leadership opportunities for Canada and Canadians in multilateral institutions. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canada and Canadians play a leading role in international organizations.

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Canada is currently seeking a non-permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council for 2020-2021 and is leading one of the four North Atlantic Treaty Organization multinational enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Eastern Europe. An Action Plan for international staffing will ensure that more Canadians secure positions of influence in multilateral institutions. Several Canadians have recently been appointed to senior positons in the UN. Canadian Kim Prost was elected to a nine-year term as a judge on the International Criminal Court in December 2017. Canada holds the G7 presidency and hosted G7 partners in Canada for a series of ministerial meetings throughout 2018, in addition to the Leaders' Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 8-9, 2018.

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Ensure that the deployment of the Armed Forces aligns with Canada's interests, our commitments and the government's policy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces contributes to the achievement of Canada's broader international priorities.

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The Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada established a bi-weekly coordination mechanism to ensure greater policy coherence. The Government has also introduced new planning and policy development arrangements to ensure that analysis of military deployments include foreign policy considerations and reflect broader government objectives. Approximately 1,800 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are currently deployed on 18 missions supporting Canada's international priorities. In April 2018, Canada deployed a maritime reconnaissance aircraft and increased its contribution to UN Command including the deployment of a Canadian senior military figure as the Deputy Commander of UN Command. These deployments supported Canada's foreign policy commitments, including the commitment to a diplomatic solution to the crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

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Healthy Canadians

Introduce restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children is significantly reduced leading to better health outcomes for Canadian children.

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The Government launched the Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016. The Government is working with experts and stakeholders on key issues, including the definition of unhealthy foods and drinks and possible marketing restrictions that should be pursued. During the summer of 2017, Health Canada conducted a public consultation on a proposed policy approach for restricting marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, and published a report summarizing the comments in December 2017. Health Canada is refining its proposed approach based on feedback received during consultations.

Bill S-228 is currently at third reading in the House of Commons. The Bill aims to protect children's health by prohibiting the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. Health Canada is developing regulations to implement the proposed prohibitions under Bill S-228. A policy update on Proposed Regulations was posted on May 8, 2018 on Canada.ca.

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Bring in tougher regulations to eliminate trans fats and reduce salt in processed foods. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Industrially produced trans fats are eliminated from food products; the food and restaurant industries systematically reduce sodium levels in the food supply; and consumers are better able to identify foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat, resulting in improved public health.

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The Government launched the Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016. As part of this Strategy, a ban on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrial trans fat, was published in September 2017 and will take effect in one year. In addition, a report evaluating industry's efforts to reduce sodium levels in foods was published in January 2018.

On February 10, 2018, Health Canada pre-published proposed regulations that would require a symbol on the front of packaged foods that are high in sodium, sugars, and/or saturated fat in Canada Gazette, Part 1. This initiative would support sodium reduction by providing consumers with quick and easy guidance to identify foods high in sodium and encouraging manufacturers to lower the sodium content of their foods. In addition, Health Canada completed an online consumer questionnaire to help inform the design of the final symbol. The Government will continue to work with stakeholders to identify additional ways to further reduce sodium in foods.

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Improve food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians have the information, tools and resources to make healthy food choices, improving health outcomes.

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The Government launched the Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016, with the goal of making "the healthy choice the easy choice." As part of this Strategy, regulatory amendments were published in December 2016 updating the requirements for nutrition information on food labels, making them easier to understand. This includes making serving sizes more consistent, new information on how to use the Percentage Daily Value, and more information on sugars and food colors in the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients. The Front of Package labelling proposal will complement these changes by identifying prepackaged foods that contain high amounts of sodium, sugar and saturated fat.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that all federal services are delivered in compliance with the Official Languages Act. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadians receive federal services and communications in their official language of choice.

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The Government of Canada conducted the first review of the Official Languages Regulations in over twenty-five years. The Government is committed to ensuring the public is served in their official language of choice. Currently, 86.5% of federal institutions report that oral and written communications in designated bilingual offices "nearly always" occur in the official language chosen by the public. The Government has set a target to achieve at least 90% in 2020.

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Implement Canada's new immigration levels plans. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: 310,000 permanent residents are admitted to Canada in 2018, contributing to economic growth, family reunification and the Government's humanitarian commitments. Canada enjoys increased economic competitiveness through the attraction of global talent.

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While the admissions planning range of between 280,000 and 320,000 permanent residents was achieved in 2017, admissions fell short of the 300,000 target by less than 5%.

In November 2017, the Government tabled an immigration levels plan with a target of welcoming 980,000 new permanent residents over the next three years. These targets will increase the number of permanent residents selected in economic programs, while maintaining a commitment to family reunification and resettlement of refugees. The Government is reducing application backlogs, improving the speed at which applications are processed and putting a greater focus on the attraction of highly skilled global talent.

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Canada in the World

Conduct a review of the visa policy framework. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An evidence-based visa policy framework that promotes Canada’s economic, foreign policy and cultural interests at the same time as protecting the safety and security of all Canadians.

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The Government has initiated a review of Canada's visa policy framework to ensure it uses a robust, evidence-based approach when making visa decisions. The Government is also reviewing policies for managing foreign nationals transiting through Canadian airports to increase Canada's air connections with the rest of the world while prioritizing the security of Canadians.

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Exports and Investment

Ensure alignment between Canada's export and innovation strategies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More Canadian businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, export their products and services.

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The Government launched a new Innovation and Skills Plan to: retrain Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow; drive investments in six high-growth sectors of the Canadian economy; and to make it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need. The Government will ensure that the upcoming Trade and Investment Strategy and the Innovation and Skills Plan will be aligned to: focus on free trade agreement promotion, support exporters and grow global firms by Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs, strengthen investment attraction and support a progressive trade policy agenda.

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Exports and Investment

Implement and expand Canada's Free Trade Agreements globally. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Free Trade Agreements increase trade and investment, creating good middle-class jobs.

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The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into provisional application in September 2017 and has thus far been ratified at a national level by 10 EU Member States. The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force in August 2017. On May 22, the Government tabled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) treaty in the House of Parliament, and on June 14, it introduced the CPTPP implementation bill in the House of Commons. The Government has entered into negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to reflect new realities and to integrate progressive approaches to trade and investment. Canada also started negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, with the latest round having taken place in May 2018 and the next round scheduled in July 2018. In addition, Canada continues to engage China on a possible free trade agreement and is working with India to intensify negotiations on a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Canada continues to work closely with Israel to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). Most recently, Canada and Israel signed the modernized agreement on May 28, 2018. In September 2017, Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to launch exploratory discussions on the potential FTA. The amended Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), including a chapter on trade and gender, was ratified by Parliament on December 7, 2017. Canada and MERCOSUR launched FTA negotiations on March 9, 2018. A first round of negotiations took place in Ottawa March 20-23, 2018. The second round was held June 11-15, 2018, in Brasilia, Brazil.

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Strong Middle Class

Improve Canadian competiveness, create jobs and generate economic growth. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Trade and investment boosts Canadian economic growth.

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Canadian merchandise exports between April 2017 and March 2018 reached a value of $546.3 billion, which is a 4.0% increase from the same period the year before. Merchandise imports during this period also increased in value by 5.7%, totaling $567.5 billion. 296,200 more Canadians were employed at the end of March 2018 compared to March of last year. Average GDP at market prices in 2017 was $1.86 trillion, which is an increase of 3.0% compared to 2016. The Government launched a new Innovation and Skills Plan, an ambitious agenda to make Canada a centre of innovation, create well-paying, middle class jobs, and help more Canadians adapt to the changing economy. This plan will expand opportunities for skills training, drive investments in six high-growth sectors of the Canadian economy, and make it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need. Budget 2018 provides funding for programs such as the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program and the Business Women in Trade; creates the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise; and allocates resources to develop bilateral relations with China and promote trade between Canada, China and Asia. The Government is taking further concrete steps to improve Canadian competitiveness and generate long-term economic growth.

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Maintain Canada's strong commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On-going commitment

Result anticipated: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains strong and Canada is a trusted partner in the alliance.

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Canada has substantially increased its commitment to NATO.

Canada will continue its contribution to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) through Operation REASSURANCE until March 2023. It will also continue to lead NATO’s eFP Battlegroup Latvia as the Framework Nation, and will increase the number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Latvia from 455 to 540. Canada’s contribution to NATO under Op REASSURANCE will continue to include air surveillance, air policing, training, and maritime operations.

Further, Canada will assume command of the new NATO Mission in Iraq, focused on training and capacity building of Iraqi Security Forces. This will include the deployment of up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and assets. Canada has committed to command the mission for the first year, beginning in the fall of 2018.

Canada also participated in NATO activities, programs, and decision-making, including the 2018 Brussels Heads of State and Government Summit. Outside the NATO context, but in close coordination with NATO Allies, Canada has continued its support to Ukraine, including renewal of the mandate for Operation UNIFIER (a military training and capacity building mission), until March 31, 2019, as well as filling senior positions in the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

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Safety and Security

Increase the size of the Canadian Rangers. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Canadian Rangers have the numbers, equipment and training needed to do their job properly.

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The Government is in the final stages of determining the resource requirements to increase the capability of the Canadian Rangers. Each Canadian Ranger Patrol Group across the country has had an opportunity to provide input. Canada's new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—commits to following up with related improvements in equipment and training.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Review collection of gender statistics to evaluate programs and policies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More data available from Statistics Canada, disaggregated by gender, allowing more informed decision-making.

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Status of Women Canada and Statistics Canada are developing a plan to improve the availability and use of gender-disaggregated data to inform programs and policies aimed at advancing gender equality. Budgets 2016 and 2017 included many measures to increase access to gender disaggregated data, including investments in the collection of new data related to gender-based violence and the release of existing data through new reports on Women in Canada. Budget 2018 announced $6.7 million in funding over five years, starting in 2018-19 for a new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics to support evidence-based decision-making both in and out of the federal government. In addition, the Government is introducing a new Gender Results Framework—a whole-of-government tool to track and monitor progress on gender equality, and will provide $1.5 million over five years starting in 2018–19 to develop a broader set of indicators to track progress on achieving gender equality objectives.

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Integrate gender-based questions and content into government consultations. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: All government consultations include gender-based questions and content.

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The Government is developing guidelines for departments to ensure all consultations incorporate gender-based questions. Collecting diverse perspectives through these consultations will allow for the assessment of how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary individuals may experience policies, programs and initiatives.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Host a national Gender-Based Analysis roundtable in 2018. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Strengthened awareness of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), its potential use by governments, and opportunities for improvement.

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Planning for this national event is now underway.

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Ensure that Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is incorporated into key government reports. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: All major government reports include Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) considerations, improving their policy recommendations.

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The Government has provided guidance to departments and agencies as to where and how GBA+ should be incorporated into their Results Frameworks and Reports on Results. The Government has also provided guidance to departments in incorporating GBA+ into Departmental Plans for 2018/19. The Government is now examining how best to extend GBA+ to other key reports.

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Fair and Open Government

Modernize the Communications Policy of the Government to reflect the modern digital environment. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Government communications that reflect the digital environment.

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The Government of Canada has transformed the communications policy to foster more coordinated communications within and across government departments through the use of innovative methods. This policy will help ensure the Government engages in activities that are timely, clear, cost-effective, in both official languages, accessible and non-partisan. In addition, the policy will help to ensure government communications are clearly branded, both in Canada and abroad.

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Take a more modern approach to comptrollership. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Modernized cost analysis for all Government programs and legislation.

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The Government has launched a renewed financial management policy in April 2017. The Treasury Board Secretariat engaged key stakeholders through information sessions and developed guidelines to help federal organizations ensure that financial resources are well managed.

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Government Services and Operations

Ensure that a fixed percentage of funds is devoted to experimenting with new approaches to challenges and measure the impact of programs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Innovation and experimentation are part of routine business of government, and new models are identified that improve outcomes for Canadians.

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Ethical and rigorous experimentation is central to the Government’s focus on evidence-based policy-making. By testing program options, departments can generate evidence to learn what works and inform decision-making.

The Government has directed federal agencies and departments to allocate a percentage of program funding towards experimenting with new approaches, measuring impact and delivering better results to Canadians. In December 2016, federal Deputy Ministers were given guidance on experimentation and the use of new and innovative approaches, including user-centred design and outcomes-based funding. In April 2017, the Government provided federal departments with new structures that allow departments to distribute grants and contributions more flexibly under the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments.

More recently, the Impact Canada Initiative was launched to use outcomes-based funding experiments, innovative financing approaches and new partnership models to achieve better results for Canadians. The Clerk of the Privy Council also recently endorsed the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Declaration on Public Sector innovation which calls for more experimentation within programs. The Government launched a new procurement initiative, Innovative Solutions Canada, to match businesses offering early stage prototypes with departments in need of new products or services.

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Exercise due diligence regarding costing analysis prepared by departments for all proposed legislation and programs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Modernized costing informs all proposed legislation and programs.

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The Government issued new best practices for calculating program costs and commissioned a study to identify gaps in the existing costing approach, which will help inform future decisions. The Government is also undertaking a pilot project to better estimate future costing requirements for major procurement projects. This pilot project played a critical role in the development of the new defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. These measures will help make sure solid costing information informs decision-making.

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Environment and Climate Change

Restore annual federal funding for freshwater research and make new investments in Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Restored annual federal funding for freshwater research and monitoring activities to keep our water safe.

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In April 2016, $197 million was committed to enhance ocean and freshwater science activities. In June 2016, the Government signed a contribution agreement with the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), to support freshwater research at the Experimental Lakes Area. The Government is also conducting scientific research and monitoring activities in lakes and rivers, such as Lake Winnipeg and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watersheds. These measures will improve Canada's understanding of freshwater ecosystems and protect the environment we share.

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Strong Middle Class

Support regional economic growth strategies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Inclusive growth and economic diversification in all regions through improved programs and strategies.

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The Atlantic Growth Strategy was launched in 2016 and has set an ambitious vision to grow Atlantic Canada's economy. The strategy targets joint areas of priority including: innovation, trade & investment, skills/immigration, clean growth and infrastructure.

In Budget 2018, the Government identified regional development agencies as one of four key platforms which will help to grow Canadian businesses and advance the Innovation and Skills Plan across all regions of Canada (with the other three key platforms being: the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund, and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service).

Starting in 2018–19, the Government is providing more than $500 million over five years to regional development agencies to foster economic growth, including regionally tailored funding for women entrepreneurs as part of the new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

The Government is also extending core funding of the regional development agencies that is currently time-limited:
• $20 million per year, starting in 2018–19 and ongoing, to the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency;
• $920 million over six years, starting in 2018–19, to renew the funding for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

On April 9th 2018, the Government unveiled a regional economic development strategy for Northern Ontario that is centered on supporting innovation, growing companies and building stronger communities and ensuring communities have the necessary skills for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow.

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Eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Elimination of the Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers so those in need of assistance can meet their family caregiving responsibilities.

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Effective December 8, 2017, the Government eliminated the Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee for families seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide care for persons with high medical needs, and for families with an income of less than $150,000 in annual income seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide child care. These changes will ensure that support is targeted at those most in need of assistance to meet their family caregiving responsibilities.

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Strong Middle Class

Promote good quality jobs by developing the Global Skills Strategy. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Shorter processing times and a dedicated service channel for employers seeking to attract highly skilled, in-demand global talent, leading to more investment and job creation in Canada.

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In June 2017, as part of the Global Skills Strategy, the Government of Canada launched the new Global Talent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker program for a period of two years. This new Stream helps eligible companies attract highly-skilled global talent to scale up and remain globally competitive while creating good, middle class jobs in Canada. High-growth Canadian companies and global businesses making large investments in Canada can apply. Companies that apply have to demonstrate that the talent they wish to bring to Canada will provide labour market benefits for Canadians and that the position is in high-demand. They have access to an expedited review process lasting no more than a combined 20 business days from end to end, including reviews conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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Strong Middle Class

Invest in Housing First to reduce homelessness. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Chronic and episodic homelessness is reduced by as much as 50% compared to current levels.

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On November 22, 2017 the Government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. This Strategy is part of a long-term vision to strengthen the middle class and provide affordable housing to Canadians, and lift more Canadians out of poverty. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness, and to reduce chronic homelessness by half.

As part of the National Housing Strategy, the Government announced a total investment of $2.2 billion for homelessness over 10 years, building on Budget 2016 funding of $111.8 million over two years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018). By 2021-22, this will nearly double the investments made in 2015-16. These increased investment levels are expected to reduce the number of Canadians who are chronically or episodically homeless by as much as 50% compared to current levels. The Government has also been consulting with stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners to redesign the program. These consultations are guided by the work of an Advisory Committee launched on June 22, 2017 and chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. As part of the engagement process, an online consultation inviting Canadians to share their ideas on how to prevent and reduce homelessness took place and closed on September 15, 2017. A What We Heard report was released to the public on May 18, 2018. A redesigned federal response to homelessness will be implemented starting April 1, 2019.

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Fair and Open Government

Make meetings of the Board of Internal Economy open by default. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Improved transparency in the administration of Parliament.

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The House of Commons has adopted changes to ensure that meetings of the Board of Internal Economy are open by default, meaning they will be public unless it is necessary to deal with particular items in-camera, as outlined in the Parliament of Canada Act, or the by-laws of the Board. Unanimous consent of all members present at the meeting would be required should the Board wish to hold a closed meeting on any other issue. These changes will increase parliamentary transparency for Canadians.

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Strong Middle Class

Remove all GST on new capital investments in affordable rental housing. Not being pursued

Result anticipated: See below.

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All Canadians should have a safe and affordable place to call home. The Government concluded, based on research and evidence, that there were more effective ways of encouraging the construction of affordable rental housing. Budget 2016 introduced a targeted approach to stimulate the construction of affordable rental housing by providing funding to establish the Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund and Rental Construction Financing Initiative. Budget 2017 announced the investment of more than $11.2 billion over 11 years in various initiatives that will help build, renew and repair Canada’s affordable housing and make sure Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. The National Housing Strategy, launched on November 22, 2017, includes additional measures to stimulate the construction of affordable rental housing. The Rental Construction Financing Initiative offers $2.5 billion in low-cost loans to support the construction of new rental housing. Budget 2018 proposed expanding this initiative with an additional $1.25B in low-cost loan over the next three years.

Through the National Housing Strategy, the federal government is re-engaging in affordable housing by investing in the growth of livable communities and the resilience of the community housing sector. To ensure existing rental housing is not lost to disrepair and to develop new, high-performing affordable housing integrated with supports and services, the federal government is creating a $15.9-billion federally managed National Housing Co-Investment Fund. The National Housing Co-Investment Fund alone is expected to create up to 60,000 new units of housing and repair up to 240,000 units of existing affordable and community housing. The Fund will consist of nearly $4.7 billion in financial contributions and $11.2 billion in low interest loans. The Government’s recently announced Rental Construction Financing Initiative will be integrated into the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, as will the Government’s recently created Affordable Rental Innovation Fund. Applications for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund will be accepted starting April 2018.

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Strong Middle Class

Modernize the Home Buyers' Plan. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Canadians impacted by a sudden and significant life change are better able to manage the costs of finding a home or relocating.

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In considering this proposal, the Government is examining how best to balance support for Canadians who have had a change of circumstance, such as a divorce or a change in employment, with the need to preserve and maintain retirement savings (e.g. Registered Retirement Savings Plans). To date, the Government has made other changes to provide greater legal support for families facing divorce and training programs to help Canadians transitioning between jobs. The Government has also taken a number of steps to ensure Canada has a regulated and stable housing market, including: improving mortgage financing rules, creating the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund and Rental Construction Financing Initiative, and investing $11.2 billion over the next 11 years to help build, repair and maintain affordable housing across Canada. These measures will help address the challenges of housing affordability faced by Canadians in many large urban centres, encourage the creation of new rental housing construction and re-establish a long-term federal role in housing.

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Strong Middle Class

Identify available federal lands that could be repurposed for affordable housing. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increased available land to build new affordable housing and increased housing supply where it is needed.

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As part of the National Housing Strategy, the Government is launching in the summer of 2018 a new Federal Lands initiative to make surplus federal lands and buildings available at a discounted cost (up to no cost) for new affordable housing. Over the next ten years, up to $200 million in federal lands will be transferred to eligible participants to encourage the development of sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, mixed-use developments and communities.

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Strong Middle Class

Review prices in high-priced housing markets and consider all policy tools that could keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Federal policy tools are employed to help keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians.

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The Government has completed analysis of factors impacting house prices, including identifying important data gaps and strategies to reduce these gaps, informed by consultations with a number of industry, academic, provincial and municipal government stakeholders. A final report, "Examining Escalating House Prices in Large Canadian Cities", providing an analysis of the underlying drivers of house price increases and a set of policy tools to help keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians, was publicly released on February 7, 2018. The release of this final report sets the stage for additional policy discussion and coordination across various levels of government.

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Strong Middle Class

Bring forward a proposal to prevent mortgage fraud. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Mortgage fraud is reduced.

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has developed an Action Plan with measures to mitigate and prevent mortgage fraud, and is engaging industry stakeholders to implement the plan.

As of January 1, 2018, CMHC has joined the Citadel fraud management consortium operated by Equifax. CMHC will participate in the Competition Bureau’s Fraud Prevention Month program with announcements on fraud prevention activities and efforts to raise public awareness of issues related to mortgage fraud. CMHC is also co-sponsoring a fraud prevention conference in Quebec City, hosted by École nationale d’administration publique (ENAC), in September 2018.

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Strong Middle Class

Raise taxes on the top 1% of earners. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: A fairer tax system where the richest pay their share.

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On December 7, 2015, the Government of Canada announced it would create a new top personal income tax rate of 33% for individual taxable incomes above $200,000, effective January 1, 2016 (increased from 29%). The Government continues to explore other measures to ensure tax fairness.

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Fair and Open Government

Conduct a review of government spending to reduce poorly targeted and inefficient programs. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Programs are effective and deliver measurable results for Canadians.

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Launched in Budget 2017, the horizontal review on innovation and clean technology is now complete, with results announced in Budget 2018. The second launched horizontal review on fixed assets is ongoing, which is being conducted in phases and is expected to be completed in 2019-20. The three departmental reviews also announced in Budget 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canada School of Public Service, and Health Canada, are underway and details will be announced when available. As part of Budget 2018, the Government launched a review on the Canada Revenue Agency’s service model to ensure that Canadians interacting with the Agency feel like valued clients, not just taxpayers. Budget 2018 also proposes to undertake a horizontal review of skills programming over the next year to maximize the effectiveness of programs that provide support to Canada’s labour force to ensure workers and students have the information and training needed to meet future challenges and opportunities head on. In addition, Budget 2018 announced a set of targeted reviews over the next three years of regulatory requirements and practices that are bottlenecks to innovation and growth with an initial focus on agri-food and aquaculture, health/bio-sciences, and transportation and infrastructure. Further details about these reviews will be available in the coming months.

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Jobs and Innovation

Develop the vision for the new federal science infrastructure. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A modern science infrastructure that fosters collaboration to achieve policy goals and protects the safety and security and health of Canadians.

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In Budget 2018, the Government announced $2.8 billion over five years as part of an ambitious plan to renew federal laboratories. The Government is launching the first phase of the plan, which will begin the process for the construction of multipurpose, collaborative federal science and technology facilities. This plan will ensure that federal scientists have access to world-class infrastructure, equipment, and computer networks to produce the best results for Canadians.

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Strong Middle Class

Use the best data available to make decisions on housing. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Better data and understanding of the housing market to inform policy decisions so that the Government can help Canadians secure good housing.

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The Government is developing a new Housing Statistics Framework that will be administered by Statistics Canada, and is investing to improve data collection and analytics through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). These investments will help track progress on the National Housing Strategy, better support informed policy decisions, and build on the reintroduction of the mandatory long-form census for 2016, which provides for more accurate collection of data on key things like housing.

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Provide more flexible parental leave. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Parents who want to spend more time at home with their children have the option of doing so with protected Employment Insurance parental benefits.

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With Budget 2017, the Government of Canada created more flexible maternity and parental leave benefits. The changes allow parents to spread their parental benefit over a longer period of time (18 months), and give mothers the option to begin receiving Employment Insurance maternity benefits up to 12 weeks before their due date – up from eight weeks. The changes took effect December 3rd and give parents more support to spend time with their kids.

Further, to support greater gender equality in the home and in the workplace, Budget 2018 proposes to introduce a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit which will provide additional weeks of “use it or lose it” EI parental benefits, when both parents agree to share parental leave.

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Environment and Climate Change

Implement the Pan-Canadian framework, including targeted federal funding and a flexible national carbon pricing policy. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Reduction in Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and progress to Canada's 2030 emission reduction targets as committed to in the Paris Agreement, ensuring that a cleaner, more sustainable world is left for our children and generations to come.

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In December 2016, most First Ministers adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework (PCF) on Clean Growth and Climate Change, with Manitoba announcing its intention to join on February 23, 2018. The Government of Canada is working closely with the provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, and Canadians to implement over 50 measures outlined in the PCF. These actions, supported by significant federal investments announced in Budget 2016 and Budget 2017, will decrease emissions, reduce air pollution, advance technology innovation and increase resilience across the broad range of impacts of climate change.

In December 2017, the first annual report on progress made in implementing the PCF was released. This report highlights significant federal, provincial and territorial accomplishments of the past year under all four pillars of the Framework. In addition, the Government released the Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Framework to clarify key issues relating to the planned regulations.

Under the pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, provinces and territories have the flexibility to implement their own carbon pollution pricing systems to meet the federal benchmark. The Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1, which enacts the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018. The GGPPA establishes the framework for the federal carbon pollution pricing system that will apply in jurisdictions that request it or that do not have a carbon pollution pricing system in place in 2018 that meets the benchmark. The federal system is intended to take effect on January 1, 2019.

In February 2018, Canada published two proposed regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions: one amendment to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030, and the other to set emission performance standards for new natural gas-fired electricity generation and coal boilers converted to run on natural gas.

Canada is also working on a full suite of adaptation programs, codes and standards for climate resilience, a Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, investments of $21.9 billion in green infrastructure funding (including $9.2 billion for bilateral agreements with provinces and territories), establishment of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, and $2 billion for a Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

In addition, the Government of Canada – working in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council – has launched three separate senior-level tables to engage with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation in the implementation of the PCF.

In March 2018, the $500 million Low Carbon Economy Challenge was launched. In April 2018, the final Regulations Respecting Reductions in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (upstream oil and gas sector) were published. In May 2018, the final Regulations Amending the Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations were published.

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Fair and Open Government

Repeal elements of the Fair Elections Act which make it harder for Canadians to vote. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Barriers are reduced to electoral participation for all Canadians and there is greater integrity in the electoral process.

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On April 30, 2018, the Government introduced the Elections Modernization Act(Bill C-76). Among other changes, the legislation proposes improvements to the integrity of the electoral system, and repeal provisions in the previous Fair Elections Act that made it harder for Canadians to vote. The legislation includes the measures that were previously introduced through Bill C-33. Notably, the changes reinstate the Voter Information Card as authorized identification (ID), restore vouching for those without proper ID, expand voting rights to more than one million Canadians living abroad, expand the Chief Electoral Officer’s ability to educate Canadians to improve civic literacy and knowledge and help future young voters participate in the electoral process by pre-registering youth aged 14-17 so they can more easily vote when they turn 18. The legislation has been referred to Committee in the House of Commons.

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Continue to reduce the federal debt-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A federal debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio that continues to go down.

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The Government is committed to building a strong middle class, making investments that lead to economic growth and reducing Canada’s already low debt-to-GDP ratio. In 2016-2017, federal debt was 31.2% of GDP. As shown in Budget 2018, the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to continue falling, from 30.1% in 2018-19 and reaching 28.4% in 2022-23. The Government will maintain this downward debt ratio track—preserving Canada's low-debt advantage for current and future generations. Economic growth is the strongest in the G7, the youth unemployment rate is near the lowest it has ever been, and Canada is maintaining its low-debt advantage. The Government's approach has received praise from organizations including the International Monetary Fund.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Make sure the Infrastructure Bank supports the construction of new, affordable rental housing. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Where relevant, the Canada Infrastructure Bank undertakes complementary projects that support the goals of the National Housing Strategy.

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The Canada Infrastructure Bank was legally established in June 2017 as an arm’s length Crown corporation focused on making and attracting investments in revenue-generating infrastructure projects in the public interest. The Bank is responsible for investments of at least $35 billion over 11 years, focused on public transit, green infrastructure, and trade and transportation projects. In parallel, the Government launched the National Housing Strategy which includes a new National Housing Co-investment Fund which will support initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing and ensure Canadians have greater access to affordable housing that meets their needs. The Bank may undertake projects in the future related to housing, and if so these will complement the National Housing Strategy. But, to avoid duplication, the construction of affordable rental housing is not likely to be part of the Bank's primary mandate.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Continue to welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Government continues to welcome refugees from countries around the world and offer persons fleeing conflict and/or persecution a safe haven. Between January 2015 and December 31, 2017, approximately 51,000 Syrian refugees, and close to 94,000 refugees in total, have been resettled to Canada.

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Refugees welcomed to Canada include resettled persons from the Congo, Eritrea, and survivors of Daesh and their families, including Yazidi refugees. The commitment to resettle 1,200 survivors of Daesh has been met. The 2018 immigration levels plan increases the target of welcoming refugees and protected persons to Canada from 40,000 to 43,000. This figure remains among the highest in Canadian history, and double the number of refugees that were welcomed in 2015 and preceding years.

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Healthy Canadians

Ensure safety and non-discrimination in blood donation policies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An evidence-based, safe and non-discriminatory approach to ensuring an adequate blood supply.

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A safe and effective blood system is a cornerstone of health care delivery. In June 2016, Health Canada approved a request from Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to reduce the blood donation ineligibility period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year. This change was based on scientific evidence brought forward by the blood operators and brought Canada in line with other global regulators, such as the United States, France, Australia and the Netherlands. At the same time, the Government of Canada provided $3 million to Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to conduct behavioural research and organize an international seminar. In 2017, the first round of competitions was undertaken which resulted in funding eleven research projects; the second and final funding competition was announced in February 2018 and research projects will be announced in summer 2018. Results of these research projects are expected to be available between fall 2018 and winter 2020 which will inform further changes that could be undertaken to implement an evidence-based, safe and non-discriminatory approach to donations from men who have sex with men.

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Healthy Canadians

Review Canada's framework for dealing with public health emergencies. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Public health emergencies and events are prevented, detected, and responded to effectively

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with Health Portfolio partners and Public Safety Canada to assess its processes, mechanisms and tools to ensure timely and effective response to public health emergencies.

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Healthy Canadians

Curb opioid misuse by introducing prescribing guidelines, tracking prescriptions at the patient level, and increasing transparency in marketing and promotion of therapies. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: A reduction in inappropriate prescription of opioids, improved tracking of prescriptions, and better management of transitions where opioids are no longer required so as to reduce opioid dependency.

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The Government is working with provinces, territories, and partners to address prescribing practices and prescription monitoring in Canada. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is funding the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse to develop a national guideline for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder. That national guideline was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on March 5, 2018. The Government is collaborating with provinces and territories through the Problematic Substance Use and Harms Committee to share lessons learned and best practices in prescription monitoring.

In January 2018, Health Canada hosted a working session with provinces and territories to develop national standards for prescription monitoring programs.

The Government is also exploring options to increase transparency in the marketing of opioids. On June 19, 2018, the Government announced a series of measures to address industry's opioid marketing and advertising practices. This included the publication of a Notice of Intent to restrict most forms of prescription opioid marketing. Health Canada will continue to engage with provinces and territories, as well as other stakeholders, in the coming months.

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Promote the Canada Health Act to make absolutely clear that extra-billings and user fees are illegal and reporting is improved. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians have access to publicly funded health care, without financial barriers at point of service.

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The Government of Canada continues to engage with provinces and territories to ensure patients are not inappropriately charged for publicly insured services. Under the Canada Health Act, provinces and territories that permit extra-billing and user charges for insured health care services are subject to mandatory dollar-for-dollar deductions from their federal Canada Health Transfer entitlement. To better encourage provinces to re-align their publicly funded health care systems with the Canada Health Act when instances of non-compliance arise, and to recognize when provinces take corrective action, the Government has made legislative amendments to allow Canada Health Transfer deductions to be reimbursed when a province or territory has taken the necessary steps to eliminate extra-billing and user charges. The Government of Canada is also engaged in discussions with provinces and territories on ways to improve reporting on Canada Health Act compliance to Canadians.

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Government Services and Operations

Help Veterans gain skills to successfully transition to the civilian workforce. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: More Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, and their spouses/common-law partners successfully transition to the civilian labour market. The Government hires more veterans into meaningful work.

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As of April 1, 2018, eligible Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, their spouses/common-law partners and survivors are now able to apply for a new, modernized set of career transition services, delivered consistently across Canada. Services are delivered by qualified career support professionals who understand military life and culture. For Veterans and survivors, these career transition services will be available throughout a person's post service working life, meaning they can get help when and where needed.

The Government of Canada also continues to provide access to hiring opportunities in the public service for certain serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are released for medical reasons. Priority for public service jobs is given to these members and Veterans over all other individuals.

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Implement the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, paid directly to Veterans' caregivers. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased recognition and support for caregivers of ill and injured Veterans so that Veterans get better care.

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As of April 1, 2018, the Government of Canada has introduced the new Caregiver Recognition Benefit, replacing the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit. This new benefit provides a generous non-taxable $1,000 monthly benefit payable directly to informal caregivers of Veterans to better recognize and honour the vital role they play in supporting CAF members and Veterans.

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Implement the new Veteran Emergency Fund and Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Improve the quality of life of Veterans and their families.

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As of April 1, 2018, the Veterans Emergency Fund (VEF) provides emergency financial support to Veterans, their families and survivors whose well-being is at risk due to an urgent and unexpected situation ($1 million per year over the next four years). The new fund gives the Government the flexibility to financially assist Veterans and their families quickly and efficiently in times when they most need it, without complicated eligibility requirements and approval processes. The VEF provides short-term relief while the Government works with Veterans and their families to identify any long-term needs and possible solutions.

In addition, the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is one of the many new and enhanced program and services brought forth in Budget 2017, focused on supporting innovative solutions to better support Veterans and their families. This new fund supports research and foster innovation across the public, private and academic fields to make a real difference in the lives of Veterans and families. The fund supports a wide range of projects, such as suicide prevention research, an initiative that helps homeless Veterans find housing, or any innovative projects that contribute to the well-being of Veterans and their families.

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Streamline the suite of benefits, improve transparency and communications, and improve the experience of Veterans as their needs change throughout their lives. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A streamlined, client-centric process that is easier to navigate, provides timely service and helps Veterans transition to civilian life.

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Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is streamlining its suite of benefits with the goal of reducing overlap and administrative burden to ensure a positive client experience for Veterans both as they transition to civilian life and as their needs change throughout their lives. A three-year communications and outreach strategy was launched to ensure that Veterans and their families are well-informed of the range of supports and services available to them. On December 20, 2017, the Government announced its Pension for Life plan which will reintroduce lifelong monthly pain and suffering payments with the Pain and Suffering Compensation, implement a new recognition benefit through the Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation, and the Income Replacement Benefit (IRB) that simplifies VAC’s financial support programs through replacing six existing financial benefits with the new IRB. Specifically, the new IRB will replace the Earnings Loss Benefit; Extended Earnings Loss Benefit, Retirement Income Security Benefit, Supplementary Retirement Benefit, the Career Impact Allowance and Career Impact Allowance Supplement. This will reduce the burden on the Veteran and their Caregivers as there will be one application form where there used to be six.

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Fair and Open Government

Increase the diversity of bidders on government contracts. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The diversity of bidders and contractors will increase, including participation by businesses owned by women and Indigenous peoples.

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In fiscal year 2017-18, the Government participated in over 1,850 outreach events across Canada, including 579 events related to under-represented groups such as women, indigenous and multicultural communities. In all, the Government has engaged with 10,800 individuals belonging to under-represented communities to promote how to do business with the Government of Canada. The diversity of bidders and contractors is expected to increase, a result of the initiatives underway to encourage the participation in federal procurement of currently under-represented groups such as women, Indigenous Peoples and persons with disabilities. PSPC has launched social procurement pilots to increase the participation of small and diverse suppliers. As part of this, there is an increased focus on providing women-owned and Indigenous small and medium-sized businesses with the tools and guidance to compete for government opportunities. The Government's aim to make procurement simpler, faster and accessible will also serve to increase bidder diversity. PSPC developed a common set of definitions for social procurement, and, where feasible, industry consultations now include a focus on supplier diversity. In Budget 2018, the Government set a target to increase the participation of women-owned businesses in federal procurement from 10 percent to at least 15 percent.

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Develop better tools to hold contractors accountable, particularly in large scale procurements. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Suppliers will be accountable for their contractual performance, which is expected to improve procurement results.

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Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) created a Vendor Relationship and Performance Management Office.

Shared Services Canada (SSC) is developing a vendor performance program that aligns with the broader PSPC initiative. SSC has also created a vendor management office responsible for managing the overall strategic relationship with key vendors.

SSC is also developing a vendor performance program that aligns with the broader PSPC initiative supporting accountability and performance standards.

PSPC has conducted an extensive environmental scan of existing vendor performance management practices in Canada and abroad to establish a baseline of best practices. PSPC is developing a draft suite of policy instruments that aligns with the best practices and has begun consulting with key stakeholders, including Government of Canada departments and agencies and industry.

These actions have supported PSPC in leading the development of a Government-wide approach to vendor performance management. PSPC is developing the initiative in close collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders.

A framework for PSPC’s Vendor Relationship and Performance Management regime is being planned for 2018-19.

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Fair and Open Government

Publish clear metrics on the competitiveness, cost and timeliness of procurement. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Government of Canada will make more informed contract decisions based on feedback obtained from comprehensive data and sampling of procurement activities and surveys.

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Metrics on competitiveness, cost and timeliness are published in the annual Departmental Plans and Departmental Results Reports, as well as in Our Services, Standards and Results. A data strategy is being developed to increase the number of metrics available to clients, suppliers and Canadians, including competitiveness, cost and timeliness. PSPC established strong Key Performance Indicators for the 2018-19 Departmental Results Framework.

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Fair and Open Government

Make more government data available to vendors participating in procurement bidding to encourage better bids. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Vendors and government decision makers have access to modern analytics to better understand Government of Canada procurement. This will help vendors decide when and how to compete in order to encourage more and better bids.

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Information on contracts over $10,000 is available on the Government of Canada Open Government Portal. Public Services and Procurement Canada is developing a data strategy to improve the contract data provided to suppliers and decision makers. It is expected that the Government of Canada will begin the implementation of the strategy in fall 2018. The Government's goal of making procurement simpler, faster and accessible will also serve to encourage better bids.

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Ensure prompt payment of contractors and sub-contractors. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Barriers to accessing government contracts are reduced and small and medium enterprises require less working capital (cash flow) to do business with the Government of Canada because they get paid more quickly for work they've done.

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The Government is looking at different approaches to ensure expedited payment to its suppliers. Current initiatives include the launch of a pilot project to pay certain types of invoices within a shorter timeframe than the current 30 days. This will mean that small and medium-sized enterprises will require less working capital (cash flow) to do business with the Government. This initiative will also remove barriers to accessing government contracts.

Independent experts have been contracted to seek input from the construction industry to identify the elements required to develop a robust federal prompt payment regime. The federal government will use the proposed recommendations to inform the development of an effective legislative solution that will direct terms of payment and provide for an adjudication process for federal construction contracts.

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Government Services and Operations

Ensure the timely and orderly transition of Parliamentary operations during the renewal of the Parliamentary precinct. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Government of Canada is restoring and modernizing the Parliamentary Precinct for current and future generations of Canadians, and to provide Parliament with the accommodations it needs to operate effectively and safely in a modern, connected and sustainable world. 

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The transition of parliamentary operations from the Centre Block and the start of its major restoration is a major milestone in this effort. The West Block, Visitor Welcome Centre and Government Conference Centre will be completed by September 2018 and these buildings will be fully operational by the end of 2018. A phased move of operations from the Centre Block will begin in summer of 2018 to support a timely and orderly transition to the new facilities, and enable the restoration of the Centre Block to begin.

A Deputy Minister level committee has been established to provide direction and oversight on a coordinated, timely and orderly transition of operations from the Centre Block to the West Block and Government Conference Centre in 2018. The committee is chaired by Public Services and Procurement Canada, and comprises representatives from the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Protective Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Privy Council Office.

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Indigenous peoples

Dissolve Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and create a new Department of Indigenous Services and a new Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to better serve Indigenous peoples. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved delivery and quality of day-to-day services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. An improved nation-to-nation relationship and greater self-determination for Indigenous peoples who rightfully want and need to control service delivery for their own people.

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The Government of Canada announced the creation of the Department of Indigenous Services Canada in early December 2017. The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs has been mandated to lead consultations on the structure of two new departments.

An Order-in-Council was adopted to designate Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) as a department. A Memorandum of Understanding between Health Canada and ISC was signed to ensure the seamless continuity of internal services to First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), which was previously under Health Canada. As of April 1, 2018, employees who worked in Internal Services at Health Canada supporting the FNIHB are officially employees of ISC. This is an important step in the transformation towards a stronger service culture within ISC’s service to, and empowerment of, Indigenous peoples.

A national engagement led by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs is currently underway which will inform the introduction of legislation concerning the formal establishment of the two new departments.

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Government Services and Operations

Enhance the quality and capacity of services provided by the Translation Bureau, and promote the economic vitality of Canada's translation and interpretation community. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: The Government of Canada has access to high quality linguistic services that enable it to operate and to serve Canadians in both official languages.

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In October 2017, the Government hired a Chief Quality Officer at the Translation Bureau to structure all of the Bureau’s quality initiatives. It remains committed to hiring over 50 students at the Translation Bureau per year over the next 5 years to train the next generation of language specialists. In 2017-2018, more than 150 students were hired. To promote the economic vitality of Canada's translation and interpretation community, the Government has created a new panel to improve collaboration with the interpretation industry and facilitate the implementation of a new procurement tool for conference interpretation. In order to reposition the Translation Bureau as a centre of excellence, the Government is now implementing a new vision which includes various projects that seek to improve quality of services, strengthen relationships with professional associations, universities and clients, ensure effective resource management and planning and guarantee that linguistic tools meet the needs of employees.

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Jobs and Innovation

Use work on accessibility as a catalyst for new ideas and business strategies through technology and design. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians with disabilities are participating more in the digital economy with the help of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies.

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The Accessible Technology Program will help fill the gap in support for the development of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies that enable persons with disabilities to fully participate in society. It will help remove barriers to Internet access and other digital services for Canadians with disabilities, will help them gain the digital skills they need for good jobs, and enable them to fully participate in the digital economy.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Monitor federal allocations to improve public transit accessibility, and create reporting obligations on these expenditures. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved reliability, efficiency, safety and accessibility of public transit systems in Canada.

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Canadian cities have been growing at a rapid rate, but investment in public transit has not kept pace and investments have not always considered accessibility issues. To improve public transit systems across Canada and make them more accessible, Budget 2016 announced immediate federal investments of up to $3.4 billion in public transit, starting in 2016–17 to be provided through a new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. These investments are helping to improve commutes, cut air pollution, strengthen communities and grow Canada's economy. Public Transit Infrastructure funding is being provided to support the rehabilitation of public transit systems, the planning of future system improvements and expansions, enhanced asset management, and system optimization and modernization.

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Healthy Canadians

Better support Canadian athletes through the Athlete Assistance Program. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: High-performance Canadian athletes are better able to focus on training for world class performances due to greater financial support.

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The Government committed to investing an additional $25 million over 5 years through Budget 2017, with $5 million per year ongoing, to the Athlete Assistance Program. This investment represents a 18% increase over existing funding levels. New investments are being distributed in the following way: $4.25 million for the living and training allowance, $250,000 for tuition support and $500,000 for supplementary support. This new investment will directly assist approximately 1,900 athletes across Canada and enable them to continue to combine their sport and academic or working careers while training intensively in pursuit of world-class performance.

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Indigenous peoples

Incorporate Aboriginal and treaty rights, residential schools and Indigenous contributions into school curricula. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: School curricula that is inclusive of Indigenous history and knowledge, resulting in improved knowledge and understanding.

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The Government provides financial support to the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in Saskatchewan and Treaty Relations Commissions of Manitoba to, among other things, provide materials and training to teachers in support of the delivery of K-12 treaty education curricula to all provincial school students. The organizations are also working with universities in their respective provinces to develop treaty curricula and courses that will be mandatory for every university student.

The Government of Canada is working with the Council of Ministers of Education to enhance knowledge and awareness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis history and culture across Canada and to enhance the knowledge and awareness of teachers, students and school leaders on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

Further, Budget 2016 invested $275 million in First Nations language and culture over five years until 2020-2021. The Government of Canada is also working with First Nation partners to transform First Nations elementary and secondary education on reserve, which will include new funding formulas that are enhanced with language and culture investments to meet the specific needs of Indigenous students.

Starting in 2017-2018, the Government of Canada is contributing $3 million per year, for three years, to the First Nations University of Canada to develop a National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education. The national centre will serve as an informational resource base for reconciliation, and will focus on the growing needs of students, educators and the various policy and other decision makers involved in Indigenous elementary and secondary education in Canada.

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Lead a whole-of-government approach to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with Indigenous people. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: A renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on co-developed policies that support strong and effective nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships that consider and respond to the unique realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Three permanent bilateral mechanisms have been created, with the Prime Minister, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council, to jointly set priorities and oversee outcomes. On February 9, 2017, the Prime Minister and Inuit leaders signed a declaration to create the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, demonstrating the shared commitment to a renewed Inuit-Crown relationship between Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Government of Canada. The first Métis Nation-Crown Summit took place on April 13, 2017, where the Prime Minister and the President of the Métis National Council and its Governing Members signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord. On June 12, 2017, the Prime Minister and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the first Assembly of First Nations-Crown meeting. Over the past year, regular meetings at the Ministerial and senior official level have helped guide the substantive work underway in the co-developed joint priorities. As progress continues on the joint priorities, preparations are ongoing to plan the second annual meetings between the Prime Minister and leaders of the National Indigenous Organizations.

A successful Canada-Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by 23 Indigenous Leaders was held on November 1, 2017. At this historic Forum, the Prime Minister committed to holding an annual Forum to discuss progress.

On February 14, 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it will develop in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, a Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework. The contents of the Framework will be determined through national engagement that will continue throughout the summer, with the intention to have the Framework introduced in Fall 2018.

Through Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions, the Government is working with Indigenous people to co-develop mandates that better address their needs and priorities and help advance, in partnership, community-identified priorities. These discussions also provide a forum for the Government to support the reconstitution of Indigenous nations, as well as self-determination and self-government. Over 60 of these discussions are underway with Indigenous communities, representing over 330 communities and a population of approximately 700,000 people.

Budget 2018 proposes to invest $74.9 million over five years, with $15.5 million per year ongoing, to provide ongoing support to these policy co-development forums.

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Canada in the World

Develop a new Arctic Policy and a shared Arctic Leadership model for the government's work in the North. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Strong, resilient Arctic communities, sustainable and diversified Arctic economies and comprehensive Arctic infrastructure. Environmental sustainability and conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

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In November 2017, the Government launched public engagement to support the development of an Arctic Policy Framework for Canada to replace Canada's Northern Strategy and Statement on Foreign Arctic Policy. This Framework is intended to identify a vision and plan to guide federal activities in the region. Public engagement is completed and included roundtables with northern residents and organizations, business, youth, non-governmental organizations and researchers. Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Indigenous partners continue to collaborate on the co-development of domestic and international elements of the framework. As of March 2018, work on a new Arctic Policy Framework proceeded from public engagement to co-development with Territorial, Indigenous, and Provincial partners.

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Include Indigenous representatives in a meaningful way in Canada's federal-provincial-territorial dialogues. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: A consensus based approach to meaningful and collaborative engagement with Indigenous representatives in federal-provincial-territorial dialogues.

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Indigenous organizations have been active participants in ongoing federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) dialogues in policy areas that matter most to Indigenous peoples. These dialogues played a key role in identifying priorities and shaping the path forward in a number of areas, including justice and public safety, health, culture and heritage, sport and recreation, and early learning and childcare. In October 2017, national Indigenous organizations met with First Ministers to discuss measures to promote the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in an economic growth agenda and the connection to the broader reconciliation agenda. In January 2018, Indigenous leaders met with FPT Ministers responsible for Child and Family Services to discuss a plan for addressing the critical challenges being faced regarding Indigenous children in care. In addition, in April 2018, more than 300 Indigenous participants attended the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Forum in Vancouver, BC, which was co-hosted by Canada, BC, and the First Nations Leadership Council.

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Advance devolution in Nunavut in collaboration with the government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Greater control for Nunavut over their lands and resources, leading to increased investment and economic growth, more job opportunities and lower unemployment, and increased revenues for the Government of Nunavut. Devolution will also contribute to the broader goal of reconciliation and will be a key result under a new Arctic Policy Framework.

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On July 9, 2016, the Government appointed a new Chief Federal Negotiator for Nunavut devolution. The Chief Federal Negotiator is meeting on specific issues to build common ground and facilitate the achievement of an Agreement-in-Principle. The Agreement-in-Principle will lead to a devolution agreement which would provide for the transfer of responsibilities for land and resource management to the Government of Nunavut.

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Advance positions in co-operative dispute resolution processes that are consistent with the resolution of past wrongs toward Indigenous peoples. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Resolution of past grievances through collaborative, trusted, mutually respectful processes consistent with the Government's commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship.

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Recent settlement agreements between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples signify progress on this commitment. This includes the Anderson/Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools settlement agreement (September 2016) which has now entered into the phase where the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs' Special Representative is facilitating Healing and Commemoration sessions with former students in their communities. Additionally, on November 30, 2017, the parties signed an agreement in principle as the first step in resolving the Sixties Scoop litigation. The Federal Court approved the proposed settlement on May 11, 2018. On June 20, 2018, the Ontario Superior Court issued its decision approving the terms of the settlement, calling on the parties to delink legal fees. Joint development of the parameters of the Sixties Scoop Foundation is also underway. Canada is participating in judicial dispute resolution discussions to consider an option to resolute the Gottfriedson class action, which respects the experience of day scholars at Indian Residential Schools.

The Government is also advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through symbolic Ministerial statements of posthumous exoneration and/or pardon that address historical incidents of cultural conflict and misunderstanding. A posthumous exoneration stands as an important symbol of the Government of Canada's commitment to reconciliation. For example, on March 26, 2018, the Prime Minister delivered a statement of exoneration on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Tsilhqot’in Nation and the descendants of six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs who led the Tsilhqot’in war effort in 1864 in response to a colonial road crew attempting to build a road through Tsilhqot'in territory without the agreement of the Tsilhqot'in Nation, and were executed in 1864 and 1865.

In addition, the Government is working with the Poundmaker Cree Nation to exonerate Chief Poundmaker who was wrongly convicted for treason against the Crown as one of the leaders of a community that had been involved in armed conflict against the Canadian Expeditionary Force following the looting of Battleford in 1855 (present day Saskatchewan).

Canada is engaged in over 60 Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across the country. These discussions seek to advance, in partnership, community-identified priorities. Several Indigenous groups have entered into discussions in response to or as an alternative to litigation. By entering into these flexible discussions with Canada, groups seek to settle litigation through out of court settlements.

Specific claims are claims made by a First Nation against the Government of Canada which relate to the administration of land and other First Nation assets or alleged breaches of historic treaties. An Assembly of First Nations – Canada Joint Technical Working Group on Specific Claims, which includes representatives from a number of First Nation organizations is currently developing concrete proposals to improve the process for resolving specific claims. The resolution of these historic grievances is key to the recognition of First Nations’ rights, respect and advancing reconciliation.

The Reconciliation Measures workplan is central to the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee because the actions it encompasses are fundamental to a just and lasting reconciliation between Inuit and the Crown.

Further efforts in reconciliation have been made. For example, the Government has been working with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and Inuit Land Claims on the Nanilavut Initiative, which concerns the Government’s role in the past tuberculosis epidemic among Inuit. The Nanilavut Initiative is included in the work plan of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee under the Reconciliation Measures Theme. Discussions are underway with ITK and Inuit Land Claims for the launch of the Nanilavut Initiative.

The Government is also working on the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) Final Report (2013) as a member of the Saimaqatiqiingniq Working Group which provides a space where partners can discuss ways to implement the QTC’s 25 recommendations. Discussions to date have focused on quantifying the size and scope of the recommendations and determining the best way to implement them.

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Ensure the implementation of pre-Confederation, historic, and modern treaties and agreements. On-going commitment

Result anticipated: Strengthened Crown-Indigenous relationships, greater autonomy, and improved social and economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

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Collaborative work with Indigenous partners is ongoing, such as through the Inuit Crown Partnership Committee Permanent Bilateral Mechanism and the annual Canada-Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum (the first forum was chaired by the Prime Minister in November 2017). Issue areas addressed through these fora include: collaborative participation in the formal Implementation Committees that each modern agreement entails; renewing the fiscal relationship with self-governing Indigenous governments, structures of governments, and furthering shared priorities through participation and engagement, and improving treaty implementation. The treaty relationship is maintained through various policies, mechanisms and processes including treaty discussion tables and treaty commissions. A number of historic treaty groups have positioned or re-positioned themselves to engage Canada in discussions toward reinvigorating the treaty relationship and exploring reconciliation-focused approaches to address treaty-related interests. The Government is also supporting the implementation of the Additions to Reserve Policy Directive to ensure Canada meets its historic treaty obligations and to improve access to community lands and resources.

An annual forum with the Prime Minister was committed to at the November 1, 2017, Canada-Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum. The Inuit Crown Partnership Committee has also identified land claims implementation as a priority issue and is pursuing recommendations echoed at the November 1, 2017 forum. First meetings were held in 2017 with the Prime Minister and Indigenous leaders, and these processes are expected to be ongoing. Other ongoing engagement, including with respect to departmental transformation, and with modern treaty and self-governing groups will be essential to positively advancing implementation of treaties and agreements.

Canada and Indigenous governments continue to engage in respectful and collaborative government-to-government discussions at regular meetings dedicated to the effective implementation of modern treaties and self-government agreements, with 50 having taken place to date in 2017-18.

In Québec, the Cree Nation Governance Agreement (signed on July 18, 2017) will modernize existing governance regimes on Cree lands. The implementing Bill on Cree Nation Governance Agreement received Royal Assent on March 29, 2018. This represents another step in implementing Cree self-governance in compliance with the 1975 James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. It will provide the Cree First Nations and the Cree Nation Government with important tools to assume greater autonomy and responsibility in the governance of Cree community lands subject to federal jurisdiction. The Agreement on Cree Nation Governance and the Cree Constitution demonstrate that the Cree Nation Government and the Cree First Nations are mature governments. They are a step towards reconciliation and a respectful nation-to-nation relationship between the Cree and Canada in the spirit of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement.

Additions to Reserves enable Canada to fulfill legal obligations established by Treaty Lands Entitlement, Specific Claims, and other legal agreements. Expanding the reserve land base is also an important mechanism by which First Nations can foster community and economic development. A National Additions to Reserve Advisory Committee made up of Indigenous organizations and stakeholders was created to identify and implement process improvements that will streamline and accelerate the Additions to Reserve process. There have been 111 Additions to Reserve approved in 2017-18, of which 98 represent the fulfillment of legal obligations on the part of the Crown.

In April 2017, Canada obtained a mandate to negotiate Rights Reconciliation Agreements on fisheries and National Parks with the 35 Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Peskotomuhkati Indigenous communities in the Atlantic and Gaspé region of Québec. Rights Reconciliation Agreements seek to implement the historic treaty rights affirmed in 1999 Marshall decision, create new opportunities for economic development, and create operational stability. To achieve success in implementing these Agreements, the Parties are also focusing on building governance capacity at the Nation level.

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Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in full partnership with Indigenous peoples. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Strengthened relationships between the Government and Indigenous peoples, and alignment of federal laws and policies related to Indigenous peoples with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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The Government has created a Working Group of Ministers, chaired by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on the Review of Laws and Policies Related to Indigenous peoples to identify opportunities to amend federal laws and policies to align with the spirit and intent of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(UNDRIP). As of November 2017, Canada is engaged in over 60 Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions, which are an opportunity for the Government to work collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to advance their rights, needs and interests through flexible approaches. These discussions are guided by the spirit and intent of the UNDRIP and by the Principles Respecting the Government of Canada's Relationship with Indigenous peoples. What is heard through these discussions will help inform forthcoming reforms to section-35 related policies to align with a recognition of rights approach and Indigenous self-determination as expressed in the UNDRIP.

The Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions are one of the mechanisms Canada is using to advance implementation of Articles 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the UNDRIP. The Government of Canada is working together with Indigenous groups to strengthen their self-determination as well as advance shared priorities, including nation building and governance. In addition, Canada is implementing our commitment to co-development through the co-development of negotiation mandates for Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions. This reflects Article 18 of the Declaration affirming that Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making about matters affecting their rights through their own representatives.

The Government of Canada is also fulfilling its commitment to implement the UNDRIP by:
• Supporting Private Member’s Bill C-262: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, as a strong first step in the process of implementation. More legislation will be needed in order to fully implement the Declaration in Canada;
• Co-developing Indigenous Languages legislation with national First Nation, Inuit, and Métis leaders;
• Establishing the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls;
• Adopting a set of Principles respecting the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples;
• Undertaking major changes to the machinery of government through the creation of the new Department of Indigenous Services and Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, to be better partners in new, recognition-based, nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relations;
• Working with Indigenous self-governments to review financing policies as a first step to support Indigenous governance, self-sufficiency and economic development;
• Creating new pathways to self-determination in health and education, including concluding significant education agreements, like the Anishnabek Nation Education Agreement, that recognizes Anishnabek control over education for 23 participating First Nations, and the opening of the Manitoba First Nations School System;
• Co-developing amendments to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management and the First Nations Land Management Act with the Lands Advisory Board; and
• Developing a Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework to support the rebuilding of nations; advance self-determination; and, make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government.

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Provide new funding to preserve and enhance Indigenous languages and cultures. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: An Indigenous Languages Act co-created with Indigenous peoples that preserves, promotes, and revitalizes Indigenous languages in Canada, resulting in more people speaking Indigenous languages.

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Budget 2017 invested $89.9 million to support Indigenous languages and cultures. These investments are supporting community-based projects that facilitate communication in, and revitalization of, Indigenous languages and are also helping to digitize Indigenous languages and oral histories.

On December 6, 2016 the Prime Minister announced that the Government of Canada will enact an Indigenous Languages Act, co-developed with Indigenous peoples, with the goal of ensuring the preservation, promotion, and revitalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit languages in Canada. On June 15, 2017, Canadian Heritage, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis Nation Council (on behalf of the Métis Nation) launched the co-development of Indigenous languages legislation and agreed on a collaborative engagement process. Early engagement concluded in February 2018, and intensive engagement is being undertaken by Canadian Heritage with the support of the three National Indigenous Organizations throughout summer 2018.

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Safety and Security

Undertake modernization efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Canadians are kept safer and offenders are held to account, the system shows greater compassion for victims, the needs of vulnerable populations are addressed and the criminal justice system is more efficient.

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On March 29, 2018, the Government tabled legislation to improve efficiencies in the criminal justice system and reduce court delays in six key areas:

o modernize and streamline the bail regime;
o enhance the approach to administration of justice offences, including for youth;
o restrict the availability of preliminary inquiries to offences carrying life imprisonment;
o reclassify some offences to provide greater flexibility and court efficiencies;
o improve the jury composition and selection process; and,
o strengthen case management measures and processes for making rules of court.

A number of these reforms will respond to victims and the needs of vulnerable populations, for instance, by providing better protection for victims of intimate partner violence; preventing victims from having to testify twice; and, by providing that circumstances of the accused, in particular Indigenous accused and accused persons from vulnerable populations, are considered at bail, and in determining how to address a breach of condition.

To enhance access to justice and improve outcomes for a significant number of Canadian families, Budget 2018 proposed to provide $77.2 million over four years, starting in 2019-2020, and $20.8 million per year ongoing to support the creation and expansion of Unified Family Courts in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Further to the funding announced in Budget 2018 to support the creation and expansion of Unified Family Courts in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the necessary amendments to the Judges Act have been included in the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No.1. As a further significant family law initiative, on May 22, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced new legislation (Bill C-78) to make federal family laws more responsive to Canadian families’ needs. The proposed legislation is designed to meet four key objectives:
• promote the best interests of the child;
• address family violence;
• help to reduce child poverty; and
• make Canada’s family justice system more accessible and efficient.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure the successful integration of refugees into Canadian society. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Improved social and economic outcomes for refugees.

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The Government is currently studying how to deliver language training and employment services in a better, more collaborative way, as well as test innovative approaches, to improve the participation of newcomers in social, cultural, civic, and economic life in Canada.

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Government Services and Operations

Implement the Auditor General's recommendations on enhancing mental health service delivery to Veterans. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Veterans have increased awareness of available mental health services so that they know when they can expect care and get it quickly; there is improved performance management in the delivery of mental health services; and all recommendations of the Auditor General's 2014 report have been implemented.

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The Government of Canada has fully implemented the recommendations from the Auditor General's 2014 report on mental health services for Veterans, with the opening of a satellite operational stress injury clinic in Montreal on January 8, 2018. In addition, a new information system has been implemented to better track operational stress injuries and mental health needs among Veterans. This system is intended to address the quality and impact of service, help identify those at risk and provide recommendations for Veterans and their mental health service providers. These and other changes, reinforced by a new performance management framework, will improve the quality and effectiveness of how mental health services and outreach activities are delivered to Veterans. Lastly, Veterans Affairs Canada is continuously communicating about mental health services amongst the Veteran community to ensure those requiring assistance can access it.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Encourage an increase in the number of women in senior positions and on boards in Canada. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More women occupy senior leadership positions in Canada.

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The first gender-balanced federal Cabinet was appointed in 2015. The Government has also adopted an open, transparent and merit-based approach to select candidates for federal appointments which, to date, has selected 53% women for these important roles. In addition, the Government has announced a process to address the underrepresentation of women as Canada Research Chairs, and newly amended legislation, which received Royal Assent on May 1, 2018, will require publicly-traded, federally-incorporated companies to disclose annually information on the diversity makeup of their boards and senior management, as well as their diversity policies (or explain why they do not have one). Budget 2018 announced that the Government will create an annual award for Canadian corporations showing leadership in promoting women, including minority women, to senior management positions and boards of directors.

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Increase women representation where they have been traditionally under-represented, such as in the skilled trades. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: Increase representation of women in professions and sectors traditionally dominated by men, including the skilled trades.

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Budget 2017 investments in the PromoScience Program and FuturPreneur Canada are aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, including women, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields as well as in entrepreneurship. Budget 2018 proposed to allocate approximately $20 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to pilot an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. Under the Grant, women in male-dominated Red Seal trades would receive $3,000 for each of their first two years of training (up to $6,000). Working in partnership with provinces, territories, post-secondary institutions, training providers, unions and employers, the Government will provide $46 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, and $10 million per year thereafter, for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The new program will help Canadians explore the trades, gain work experience, make informed career choices and develop the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trades. To help increase the number of women in the skilled trades, the Women in Construction Fund will be launched in 2018-19 with an investment of $10 million over three years. The Program will build on existing models that have proven to be effective in attracting women to the trades. These models provide supports such as mentoring, coaching and tailored supports that help women to progress through their training and find and retain jobs in the trades.

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Healthy Canadians

New Health Accord advances pan-Canadian collaboration on health innovation. Underway - on track

Result anticipated: More innovation within the health care system, including new digital and mobile technologies to improve results.

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To support health innovation, Budget 2017 confirmed $300 million over five years for Canada Health Infoway to expand e-prescribing and virtual care initiatives. In addition, Budget 2017 committed $53 million over five years, with $15.0 million per year ongoing, to the Canadian Institute for Health Information to address health data gaps, support improved decision-making and strengthen health system performance reporting. Budget 2017 also committed $51 million over three years, starting in 2019-20, with $17 million ongoing, to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement to continue to accelerate innovations in all provinces and territories.

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Government Services and Operations

Increase the value of the Disability Award. Completed - fully met

Result Achieved: Increased the maximum Disability Award to $360,000 and indexed it to inflation so ill or injured Veterans receive better financial support.

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The maximum Disability Award has been increased to a maximum of $360,000 for ill and injured Veterans in recognition of pain and suffering, commensurate with industry benchmarks and indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This provides support to Veterans and their families for an injury or illness resulting from military service. All Veterans who received a Disability Award since 2006 have already or will receive an additional lump-sum payment as a result of these changes.

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Safety and Security

Renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Enhanced protection and improved safety of Canadians along Canada's coasts.

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Through the Oceans Protection Plan and re-investments in the Canadian Coast Guard, the Government has significantly enhanced support to the Coast Guard fleet. The Government is investing to: repair and modernize many of the Coast Guard's vessels with new towing equipment and technology, improve collaborations between the Coast Guard with Indigenous communities, and harness cutting edge science and technology to understand ocean currents, real-time shipping movements and threat monitoring.

Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government has started renewing Canada's federal fleet so that needed vessels are delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely and affordable manner.

Construction is underway on all three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels and two Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels. The first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel was launched in December 2017, and subsequently towed to Victoria where it will undergo a period of outfitting/build completion and trials. Construction engineering is also underway for the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel and the first two of 20 new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats were delivered in late 2017 to help keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe On June 22, 2018, the Government of Canada issued an Advanced Contract Award Notice (ACAN) to Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers. The vessels will provide interim capability for the Canadian Coast Guard, until replacement vessels can be built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The schedule of the non-combat program has been adjusted to reflect the progress to date, and work is underway to minimize projected production slowdowns.

To advance the development of National Repair, Refit and Maintenance and Small Vessel Construction program strategies, Public Services and Procurement Canada hosted a series of four regional workshops (November 2017 – April 2018). The results of these workshops will be used to identify opportunities to improve and streamline the procurement processes.

The NSS continues to generate significant economic benefits across the country. Approximately $1.3 billion of NSS contracts were awarded in 2017. NSS contracts awarded between 2012 and 2017 are estimated to contribute close to $8.9 billion of gross domestic product, and create or maintain almost 8,800 jobs annually during the period of 2012 to 2022 in the Canadian economy. NSS shipyards also continue to engage with small and medium Canadian enterprises by awarding contracts for NSS related projects.

Given the scope and complexity of the construction of vessels, delivering on time and on budget presents implementation challenges that must be closely monitored and managed, which is the purview of the Cabinet Committee on Defence Procurement.

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Ensure the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a true maritime force. Underway - with challenges

Result anticipated: Improved equipment for the men and women in uniform.

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Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government has started renewing Canada's maritime fleet so needed vessels are delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in a timely and affordable manner.

The Canadian Surface Combatant competitive procurement for the warship design and design team is progressing; multiple bids were received in November 2017 and the warship design and design team, selected as a result of the competitive procurement, is expected to be announced in 2018. The interim auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel, the M/V Asterix, entered into service in January 2018 and the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol ship will be launched in summer 2018. In May 2018, the Government of Canada signed a contract for the construction of up to 52 blocks of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships (JSS) at Vancouver Shipyards. Steel was cut for the early blocks of JSS 1 in June 2018. JSS 1 is expected to be delivered in 2022-2023 and JSS 2 is expected in 2023-2024.

To advance the development of National Repair, Refit and Maintenance and Small Vessel Construction program strategies, Public Services and Procurement Canada hosted a series of four Regional Workshops (November 2017 – April 2018). The results of these workshops will be used to identify opportunities to improve and streamline the procurement processes.

The NSS continues to generate significant economic benefits across the country. Approximately $1.3 billion of NSS contracts were awarded in 2017. NSS contracts awarded between 2012 and 2017 are estimated to contribute close to $8.9 billion of gross domestic product, and create or maintain almost 8,800 jobs annually during the period of 2012 to 2022 in the Canadian economy. NSS shipyards also continue to engage with small and medium Canadian enterprises by awarding contracts for NSS related projects.

Given the scope and complexity of the construction of vessels, delivering on time and on budget presents implementation challenges that must be closely monitored and managed, which is the purview of the Cabinet Committee on Defence Procurement.

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