Mandate Letter Tracker: Delivering results for Canadians

See the detail and review the progress of the 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.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is shifting toward a client-centric approach to program and service delivery. Being client-centric means understanding clients’ needs, their behaviours and expectations and adapting to meet those needs. Over the past year, many improvements have been made.

The Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the CRA’s service model. With this review underway, Budget 2018 announced $206 million over five years and $33.6 million in ongoing funding to address commitments to service excellence.

To improve telephone service, the budget proposed 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 improved the accessibility of its telephone services, with 48% of the calls it received during 2017-18 being answered, compared to 36% in 2016-17, as reported in the Auditor General fall 2017 report. The CRA also 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 speaking to an agent. The CRA’s call centres have doubled the rate of answered calls made to the CRA’s Individual Tax Enquiries lines since the 2015 tax-filing season.

The CRA is continually enhancing its Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), and Budget 2018 provides additional funding for further enhancement of the program to increase the number of individuals helped by the CVITP. This program assists vulnerable Canadians with tax filing and access to the benefits they are entitled to. As well, the budget provided funding to support additional year-round tax preparation offered by community organizations, and to conduct more outreach activities to vulnerable population segments including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, seniors, newcomers and refugees, modest-income Canadians, housing insecure individuals and youth.

In November 2017, the CRA introduced the "tell us once" approach, 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.

Individuals can now pay their taxes in person at any Canada Post retail outlet with cash or a debit card by using the personalized quick response (QR) code found on their remittance voucher, or by creating a QR code online.

The CRA is continuously working to improve its services for individuals and businesses. In May 2018, a new service was introduced to inform business clients that mail addressed to them has been returned to the CRA, by sending them a message to their My Business Account. Business owners and authorized representatives will be asked to confirm or update the account’s address information.

The CRA has expanded the Liaison Officer (LO) service, which offers the owners of small unincorporated businesses help to understand their tax obligations.

In October 2017, the CRA launched BizApp, a mobile web app for small businesses and sole proprietors to keep on top of their business accounts securely, anytime and anywhere. Since its launch, small businesses and sole proprietors have logged in more than 8,000 times. As of mid-October, close to 150 payments had been made through pre-authorized debit in the app and this number is anticipated to grow as the service expands in late October 2018 to include the My Payment and QR code payment options.

In October 2018, the CRA launched a redesigned My Account, which makes finding information and transactions with the CRA easier. This is the first step in a multi-year project that will re-engineer My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client into a modern, client-focused digital service.

By launching the 2018 Serving You Better (SYB) consultations with small and medium businesses in September 2018, the Minister of National Revenue reaffirmed the commitment to improving the services offered by the CRA to businesses. The SYB consultations provide a forum for small and medium businesses and accountants to share valuable insights, which the CRA can use to make its programs and services more streamlined and client-focused. During the in-person consultations, small and medium businesses and accountants are invited to provide feedback and recommendations to CRA senior officials in cities across Canada.

In August 2018, the Minister of National Revenue announced that the Agency will open three new northern service centres in the territorial capitals of Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit prior to the 2019 tax filing season. These centres will better support territorial residents, Indigenous communities, and businesses. In addition to maintaining a physical presence throughout the year, the CRA will expand the outreach and the CVITP activities, and the LO service offered to businesses and self-employed individuals. The CRA will also set up dedicated telephone lines to connect territorial residents to CRA agents who are familiar with northern tax matters. Before the start of the 2019 tax season, up to 12 CRA employees will be working in the territorial capitals to deliver these services.

In addition, the CRA is taking steps to improve back-end verification activities for the northern resident deductions, and will recommend regulatory amendments to simplify the lowest return airfare component of those deductions. The Northern Service Improvement Strategy also includes initiatives designed to proactively guide people on how to correctly claim the deduction and, ultimately, minimize the frequency of repeat reviews caused by recurring errors.

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 is using the research findings to develop outreach programs and communications products to help Indigenous Peoples access the benefits and credits available through the tax system, including the non-taxable, Canada child benefit (CCB). Also, in collaboration with Service Canada, the Government proactively promoted the CCB in Indigenous communities to make sure Indigenous families have full access to this important benefit.

The CRA is listening to Canadians, changing how it operates, and improving its services with the goal to be a trusted, helpful and fair world-class tax and benefit administration by putting people first. On October 29, 2018, the CRA announced it would develop a series of consultations with Canadians to better understand their expectations of the Agency and how to meet them. Consultations will be led by the Agency’s new Chief Service Officer (CSO). Appointed in March 2018, the CSO is leading the CRA’s service transformation through an integrated, client-focused approach that spans all CRA activities.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Crack down on tax evaders.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Canada Revenue Agency continues its efforts to effectively limit tax evasion and avoidance, in particular by targeting non-compliance in the highest-risk areas, including wealthy individuals with offshore accounts. These efforts are showing concrete results for Canadians. The Government has identified $13.6 billion in fiscal impact during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, an increase of more than $1 billion from the previous year. This includes $1.6 billion in incremental revenue from federal budget investments against a target of $1.1 billion.

As of March 31, 2018, the Government reviewed all large money transfers between Canada and eight countries of concern—a total of 187,000 transactions worth over $177 billion that merited closer scrutiny. At the close of fiscal 2017-2018, the CRA was conducting more than 1,100 taxpayer audits with offshore links and had 50 ongoing criminal investigations related to offshore financial structures.

The Government is also aggressively going after those who promote tax avoidance schemes, and in 2017-2018 imposed approximately $484 million in penalties on these third parties.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is publishing a series of studies on Canada's tax gap. To do this, a dedicated unit was established to examine different parts of the gap. The CRA is committed to continue estimating the tax gap, while engaging with external experts and interested stakeholders to further work in this area. The CRA has made information relevant to tax gap available to the Parliamentary Budget Officer and to Canadians through the Government of Canada’s Open Data portal.

Canada is one of more than 60 countries taking part in the OECD/G20 Country-by-Country Reporting Initiative, a collaborative approach that allows countries to share revenue and profit information on their large multinational enterprises. This disclosing of worldwide financials helps the CRA better risk assess whether these companies are paying the right amount of tax in each country. The first exchanges of information took place in summer 2018.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - modified

Environment and Climate Change

Develop a Canadian energy strategy with provinces and territories.

Completed - modified

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 provincial/territorial led 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 its emissions reduction target and grow the economy.

In June 2018, the Generation Energy Council Report was released, outlining a vision, pathways and advice on a prosperous and low-carbon future. The Government will build on the work of Generation Energy, to engage provinces and territories to accelerate clean growth strategies, and enhance the energy sector’s competitiveness.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Environment and Climate Change

Modernize the National Energy Board.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The new regulator will facilitate more timely project decisions.

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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. This includes ensuring the new CER is built on modern effective governance, more inclusive engagement, greater Indigenous participation, stronger safety and environmental protection, and more timely project decisions that enhance certainty for industry. The legislation, regulations and policy measures to modernize the National Energy Board are being informed by an Expert Panel report, federal discussion papers, parliamentary studies, and over two years of consultations with Indigenous peoples, industry, provinces and territories, non-government organizations, academia and the public. The proposed legislation is currently before the Senate for review.

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60 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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 the President of the United States and the Prime Minister 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. On September 13, 2018, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Mexican and United States Climate Alliance counterparts announced a North American Climate Leadership Dialogue joint statement committing to continued environment and climate change cooperation.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

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 a service-focused vision for renewal, providing guidance for renewal to the Board of Directors. This vision and guidance included concrete measures to make delivery more accessible, and to stop converting door-to-door service into community mailboxes.

A new Chair of Canada Post's Board of Directors was appointed in December 2017, who received a letter of expectations from the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility in January 2018. Subsequently, the Government has announced eight appointments to the Board.

Canada Post has been reclassified under the Financial Administration Act with the strengthened expectation that it will reinvest all of its profits in service and innovation and steps are underway to address drivers of rural-urban pricing differences. The collective bargaining process has been challenging, and labour has recently taken rotating job action. However, negotiations continue and the new leadership is actively looking to shift relations towards a culture of collaboration and service to Canadians.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Safety and Security

Renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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. Specifically, the Government is working to enhance the world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s coasts. It is also committed to ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents. In August 2018, the Government awarded a contract to increase emergency offshore towing capability off British Columbia's coast. Under the contract, the supplier will provide the Coast Guard with the operation of two emergency towing vessels on the west coast. Included in the contract is training in offshore emergency towing to Coast Guard personnel.

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, the first of which was launched in December 2017. The vessel is undergoing a period of outfitting/build completion and trials. Construction engineering is also underway for the construction of the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, which will follow construction of the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels. In addition, two Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels were delivered in October 2018 to replace vessels operating in the St. Lawrence River, and which were nearing the end of their lifespan. Moreover, the first two of 20 new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats were delivered in late 2017, and an additional two were delivered this fall, to help keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.

On August 10, 2018, the Government of Canada issued a contract to Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the acquisition of three medium commercial icebreakers and a conversion of the first ship. On August 27, 2018, the vessels arrived in Canada and progress is underway on the conversion of the first ship with a view to start operation in December 2018. The vessels will provide interim capability for the Canadian Coast Guard while existing ships are removed from service for repairs, until replacement vessels can be built under the NSS. The schedule of the non-combat program has been adjusted to reflect the progress to date.

The Government is also investing to: repair and modernize many of the Coast Guard's vessels with new technology and towing equipment, enhance 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.

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.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Government Services and Operations

Modernize procurement practices.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 pilots 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Strengthen oversight on government advertising.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Improve the use of evidence in program evaluation.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Make government data available digitally.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 67 as of October 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 on open.canada.ca. 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, and in October 2018 assumed the role of lead government 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 and the organization of an international Summit taking place in Ottawa May 29-31, 2019. Finally, in September 2018 Canada ranked 1st globally (tied with the United Kingdom) on the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Barometer Leaders Edition, which measures progress by 30 leading governments that have made concrete commitments to champion open data.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Bargain in good faith with Canada's public sector unions.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 round of bargaining, through good-faith negotiations, the Government has reached 26 agreements with bargaining agents, representing over 99% of unionized employees in the core public administration. For the 2018 round of bargaining, the Employer engaged with all bargaining agents who have served notice to bargain. The Government will continue to bargain in good faith with public sector unions and remains committed to negotiating collective agreements that are fair for public servants, and that serve to attract, retain, motivate and renew the workforce required to deliver results to Canadians.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that Parliament and federal institutions are free from harassment and sexual violence.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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The Government has taken key steps to address violence and sexual harassment in workplaces under federal jurisdiction:

In June 2018, the Federal Court approved a landmark Final Settlement Agreement (FSA) to the LGBT Purge Class Action that will compensate current and former federal public servants, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who were directly impacted by anti-LGBTQ2 policies and practices. The FSA also includes $15 million for Reconciliation and Memorialization Measures to prevent future discrimination and for reconciliation with LGBTQ2 communities.

Also in June 2018, the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Commons: Sexual Harassment Between Members was updated to change the definition of sexual harassment and improve the complaint and investigation processes.

In September 2018, the Clerk of the Privy Council released a report: “Safe Workspaces: Starting a Dialogue and Taking Action on Harassment in the Public Service” which offers recommendations aimed at preventing harassment, responding to allegations and supporting victims.

In October 2018, new legislation that replaces the current patchwork of laws and policies on violence and harassment in workplaces across the federal jurisdiction and enhances prevention, protection and support when harassment and violence occurs, received Royal Assent. Regulations will be introduced in the near future, and, subject to approval of the regulations, coming into force is anticipated as early as June 2019.

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60 November 12, 2015
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Safety and Security

Reinforce railway safety.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. On July 5, 2018, the Minister chaired a roundtable with representative stakeholder groups to get early perspectives on the Report and its findings. Transport Canada is carefully considering 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 660 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 and CPC 1232 tank cars that transport crude oil. 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 publicly 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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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, and was introduced in the Senate on May 9, 2018. The draft legislation is currently at Second Reading in the Senate.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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Canada and its 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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37 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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38 November 12, 2015
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Jobs and Innovation

Develop and implement an Innovation Agenda.

Actions taken, progress made​

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; and
• support a series of superclusters that will promote innovation opportunities in high-growth industries.

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+).

To support a streamlined approach to business innovation programming, programs are being delivered under the Innovation Canada umbrella. This single window platform saw more than 330,000 visits to the website since its launch in January 2018. Through the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) more than 430 firms have been supported to scale up. The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) has announced 27 projects worth $722 million, leveraging a total investment of $7.1 billion in Canada and 5 successful Innovation Superclusters have been announced. Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) has completed 15 challenges, and has launched 16 new challenges, 7 of which are on plastics-related themes.

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32 November 12, 2015
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Exports and Investment

Implement a new Trade and Investment Strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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% 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. On September 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced the conclusion of negotiations toward a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 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. On March 8, 2018, the Government signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 10 countries in the Pacific region. The third round of negotiations toward a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur member states and Canada took place in September 2018. Round 6 of negotiations towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) also took place in September.

As a concrete example of the Strategy's results, since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to 1,264 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 90 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 92 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of almost over $375 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. In June 2018, the Government announced it will invest $50 million over five years to help Canadian companies diversify their exports to take advantage of new trade agreements, such as CETA and CPTPP.

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Exports and Investment

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Safety and Security

Maintain current National Defence spending levels, including current planned increases.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The Department of National Defence will access the funds through the usual parliamentary approval process.

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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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Jobs and Innovation

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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 July 2018, the government announced the creation of a model science integrity policy, the development of which was led by the CSA. The model policy was created to assist departments and agencies in implementing guidelines in response to the commitments made under the 2016 memorandum of agreement between Treasury Board and Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

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. At the end of September 2018, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada will each establish a Departmental Science Advisor position. These new positions will further grow the network of science advisors across the federal government, which Canada's Chief Science Advisor identified as an important step in strengthening science advice within government.

The Government will continue to ensure decisions are evidence-based, and investment choices are informed by analysis of effectiveness.

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Jobs and Innovation

Establish new Canada Research Chairs in sustainable technologies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Jobs and Innovation

Strengthen support for fundamental research to support new discoveries.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 fundamental research at post-secondary institutions 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 renewals 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; and $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.

The CRCC undertook consultations with Canada’s post-secondary research community during summer 2018, which resulted in valuable input about how to improve federal support for fundamental research in Canada, particularly in three areas of focus: design of the new tri-council fund; enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion outcomes; and, improving support for early career researchers.

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Government Services and Operations

Align business support programs across governments.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 provided over 430 growth oriented firms access to a dedicated advisor, a customized plan of potential government programs and services to help support their growth, and connections to government programs and services relevant to their needs. To date, AGS clients have accessed over $280 million in funding, over 3,200 programs and services, and have been provided with 340 referrals to external programs and services. The AGS is being consolidated with the Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Concierge Service, and the new consolidated program will include 15 new Innovation Advisors to support AGS firms.

In January 2018, the Government established the Innovation Canada digital platform as a one-stop-shop, which quickly matches businesses with the best fitting programs and services from across federal, provincial and territorial governments.

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Exports and Investment

Increase tourism and strengthen the Canadian brand abroad by developing a new federal Tourism Strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Completion of a new federal Tourism Strategy. 30 per cent 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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Government Services and Operations

Reduce the administrative burden on small business.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 11 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, organised 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 been providing interim public reporting on the use of MAID across Canada. Health Canada has also finalized the regulations that will establish a permanent monitoring regime, which comes into force on November 1, 2018.

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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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The legal positions taken by the Government are consistent with Government commitments, the Charter and Canadian values. For instance, counsel for the Attorney General – working in partnership with officials from the former Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – negotiated an agreement in principle for many of those affected by the Sixties Scoop to resolve multiple class actions. The settlement is an acknowledgment of the trauma and harm caused by past government actions, and is the first step in resolving the Sixties Scoop litigation. The Attorney General has published the Litigation Year in Review report which highlights some of the litigation positions the Government of Canada took in the course of 2017.

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Fair and Open Government

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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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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:

• 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;
• require courts to consider whether an accused is charged with an IPV offence when determining whether to release on bail or detain the accused;
• clarify that strangulation, choking and suffocation is an elevated form of assault;
• define “intimate partner” for all Criminal Code purposes and clarify that it includes current or former spouse, common-law partner and dating partner;
• 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,
• 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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Jobs and Innovation

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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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Environment and Climate Change

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

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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 co-hosted, along with the European Union and China, two ministerial meetings on climate action that brought together key countries to discuss outstanding climate negotiating issues. Canada also 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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Environment and Climate Change

Improve protection and stewardship of our freshwater resources.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. As part of its efforts to protect freshwater, Canada has announced funding to support partner-led on-the-ground projects that contribute to the restoration and protection of major freshwater basins across the country such as the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

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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Environment and Climate Change

Enhance protection of Canada's endangered species.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 October 2018, 179 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 is making an historic investment 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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Environment and Climate Change

Work with provinces and territories to set stronger air quality standards.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Environment and Climate Change

Review Canada's environmental assessment processes.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 the 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 proposed legislation is currently before the Senate for review.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

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.

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 (NWA) 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 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.

In October 2018, the Government of Canada jointly announced, with the Dehcho First Nation and the Tlicho Government, the signing of an establishment agreement for the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area in the Northwest Territories, which will protect over 1.4 million hectares of habitat for boreal caribou. Environment and Climate Change Canada is now working to develop federal regulations to enact establishment. It has also announced $5.2M over 5 years in contribution funding to support establishment and management of the area.

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Environment and Climate Change

Develop Parks Canada services so that more Canadians can experience our National Parks.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 over five years, including an additional $364 million announced in Budget 2017 to renew infrastructure assets. In September 2018 the Government announced a $30 million contribution 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. In 2017-18 there were more than 16.8 million visitors to Canada’s National Parks – up 9% from the year before.

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Completed - fully met

Environment and Climate Change

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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Environment and Climate Change

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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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. 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 and Parks Canada is in the process of developing strategies to help grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Environment and Climate Change

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Environment and Climate Change

Protect the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Environment and Climate Change

Examine the implications of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems.

Actions taken, progress made​

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, including signing the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean in October 2018 which, after ratification by all parties, will include a joint program of research and monitoring to improve understanding of the ecosystems. The Government of Canada participated in the Arctic Science Ministerial in September 2016 and October 2018, 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.

Research and monitoring activities in coastal and offshore marine ecosystems are increasing understanding of the changes occurring in Canada’s Arctic as well as understanding of Arctic ecosystems and the impact of climate change on species and habitats.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. 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 90% of bilateral international development assistance, which either integrates or targets gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. To support the implementation of the Feminist International Assistance Policy, Budget 2018 announced up to $2 billion in new resources and $1.5 billion for innovative finance approaches to enhance development impact. This is the largest increase to Canadian International Assistance since 2002. In May 2018, Canada announced the launch of a new partnership to catalyze new investments in support of gender equality and women’s rights in developing countries with philanthropic community, private sector and civil society for which it will contribute up to $300 million. In June 2018, G7 Development Ministers, G7 Finance Ministers and the G7 Leaders agreed to a variety of ambitious declarations on Financing for Development and 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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100 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 that 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. 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. In July, Canada delivered its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the United Nations. The VNR report highlights Canada’s efforts and success over the past three years, underlining challenges that remain, and outlines Canada’s way forward on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

At the G7 Summit, leaders made progress against SDG 4 - Quality Education by endorsing 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. On September 26, 2018 at the United General Assembly in New York, Canada welcomed an additional contribution of more than $527 million from Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Qatar to help developing countries give every child access to quality education and modern skills training.

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Support innovative, evidence-based approaches to development assistance.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The Government 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, the Government launched the Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation initiative (SMO initiative), which aims to attract new and diverse partners 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.

In 2018, the Government is collecting data on a set of performance indicators that will be used to report to Canadians on progress achieved in each of the Feminist International Assistance Policy’s action areas. The Government 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. At the 2018 G7Summit, 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.

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Provide assistance to countries that are vulnerable to the destabilizing effects of climate change.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 $1.2 billion in funding contributions. This includes $300 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries in fighting the adverse effects of climate change, $250 million to establish the Blended Climate Finance Program at the International Finance Corporation, which will reduce barriers to private investment in climate change initiatives globally; $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), $39 million to help build the resilience of farming households in Senegal, with a particular emphasis on women and young people, and $17.2 million to support sustainable energy and economic growth in Burkina Faso. 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, $50 million of which will be part of Canada's $2.65 billion climate finance commitment. 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 announced $162 million to preserve the health and resilience of oceans and coasts. As part of its G7 Presidency, Canada also announced $60 million in funding for Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) to expand energy systems and infrastructure, improve energy access for women and girls and provide training and employment for women in non-traditional, sustainable technology sectors.

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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 continues to play an active role in the development of La Francophonie's gender equality Strategy in the promotion of women and youth empowerment and in the development of La Francophonie’s Action Plan on Women's Economic Empowerment. In May 2018, Canada supported the organisation of an international conference on conflict prevention and human security in Ottawa. The conference, which was organised 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. Canada continues 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.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - modified

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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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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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30 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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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31 November 12, 2015
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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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Government Services and Operations

Improve client service delivery and immigration, refugees and citizenship application processing times.

Actions taken, progress made​

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, IRCC continues to monitor progress against the 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 residence 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. In July 2018, IRCC rolled out forward-looking processing times for five permanent resident lines of business to improve the client experience. The Dedicated Service Channel helps guide companies making significant, job-creating investments in Canada. Enhancements to the asylum system will be informed by the recent findings of the independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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100 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Canada in the World

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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 has been completed, and findings are informing how the Government will reform the asylum system to achieve both efficiency and fairness for all claimants.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

Use good scientific evidence and traditional Indigenous knowledge when making decisions affecting fish stocks and ecosystem management.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Environment and Climate Change

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The new Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan includes measures to restore and maintain salmon stocks, and will be implemented in collaboration with experts, stakeholders and Indigenous peoples.

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In August 2016 and September 2018, the Government released its first and second formal response to the final report of the Cohen Commission. On October 11, 2018, the Government provided a third and final status update showing that all 75 recommendations from the Cohen Commission have been acted on. Many of the recommendations are ongoing, and the Government continues to engage with scientific experts and stakeholders to further action on many of the Commission's recommendations. After extensive engagement with Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the general public, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard released both the 2018 Cohen Response Status Update and the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan on October 11, 2018. This plan sets out how the Government is working to restore and maintain salmon stock and highlights measures for sustainable aquaculture.

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Safety and Security

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 and environmental response services. The base 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, and is supporting the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax in coordinating maritime search and rescue operations in waters surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador.

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101 November 12, 2015
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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. Budget 2017 confirmed a targeted investment of $11 billion over 10 years to support home and community care and mental health and addictions services. In addition, the federal government also committed to federal investments of $544 million which will help to increase the accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs and enhance innovation in the delivery of health services. 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. 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. Agreements have been signed and announced with nine provinces and territories: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Quebec. As these agreements are completed, they are posted publicly here.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has been 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. In June 2018, federal, provincial and territorial Health Ministers endorsed a set of common indicators to measure progress and to report to Canadians on overall improvements in access to home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services. Annual reporting is expected to begin in 2019.

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1 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

Increase rates of vaccination.

Actions taken, progress made​

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, working together with the provinces and territories, updated the national vaccination coverage goals and vaccine preventable disease reduction targets. The new goals and targets were endorsed by all jurisdictions in fall 2017. The Government of Canada also enhanced its Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey to better estimate vaccination coverage and measure vaccine hesitancy. The Survey was launched in fall 2017 and initial reporting is expected in 2019. Since the launch of the Immunization Partnership Fund in 2016, 13 projects have been funded to support innovative projects aimed at increasing vaccination acceptance and uptake in Canada. Six additional projects are expected to be funded in 2018-19.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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Public consultation on the proposed Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) was published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 23, 2018. Feedback on the proposed regulations was accepted until September 6, 2018. All views and evidence submitted will be considered by Health Canada as final regulations are prepared for publication in Canada Gazette, Part II.

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44 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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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100 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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Through Budget 2016, the Government invested $1.5 million in new funding for Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage programming to create 150 additional internships for young graduates in 2016-2017, multiplying by five the number of Young Canada Works internships for youth in heritage organizations in Canada. Through Budget 2017, the Government further invested $14.05 million over three years in funding in Young Canada Works-Heritage programming. These new funds enabled the creation of 1,508 more jobs for Canadian youth in Canadian museums and related heritage organizations: 1,038 summer/short-term jobs through YCW in Heritage Organizations and 470 graduate internships through YCW at Building Careers in Heritage. The combined 2016 and 2017 budget investments in Young Canada Works-Heritage programming are enabling the creation of over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector over four years (2016-2017 to 2019-2020).

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101 November 12, 2015
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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 was developed and will be implemented to support English and French linguistic minorities across Canada.

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On March 28, the 2018-2023 Action Plan for Official Languages: Investing in our Future was announced. 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. The new plan took effect on April 1, 2018. New initiatives will be gradually implemented over 2018-19.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Establish a free, online service for learning and retaining English and French as second languages.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Restore a modern Court Challenges Program.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 have assessed 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 also underway with the University of Ottawa to implement the program.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Exports and Investment

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

The final report of the Economic Strategy Tables was released on September 24, 2018, outlining sector-specific plans for economic growth, including for the agri-food sector, along with signature initiatives endorsed by all six Tables. The Government is reviewing the recommendations.

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15 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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Following the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, 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. In May 2018, over 300 Canadian athletes, guides, and coaches attended events at Rideau Hall and Parliament Hill to celebrate their achievements at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of PyeongChang 2018. The celebrations included a Facebook Live “Team Canada Classroom Champion Chat,” providing youth across Canada with the opportunity to engage with Olympians and Paralympians from Rideau Hall. Athletes, students and the general public at Rideau Hall were also able to try out sports such as Para ice hockey and snowboarding.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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, as announced in Budget 2018, the Government has introduced new GBA+ legislation to make gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 a 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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

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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Government Services and Operations

Improve career and vocational assistance for Veterans.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

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 apply for assistance whenever they are prepared to return to work.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

Increase the Veteran survivor's pension amount from 50% to 70%.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. In September 2018, the Government released an independent report that provides an overview of what the Government heard during its public consultation on countering radicalization to violence.

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Safety and Security

Protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 conducted a public consultation and review of cyber security measures and published a report on the public consultation findings in 2017. To strengthen Canada’s cyber security and prosperity in the Digital Age, Budget 2018 announced funding of $507.7M over the next five years to deliver on a new National Cyber Security Strategy which was launched in June 2017. Also announced in the Budget were some important early initiatives to deliver on this new vision for Canadians, including the creation of a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which became operational on October 1, 2018, and the creation of a National Cybercrime Coordination Unit to be launched by the RCMP. In addition, the Government continues to take proactive, collaborative measures to protect and defend Canada's democratic institutions from cyber threats.

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Safety and Security

Strengthen controls on handguns and assault weapons, and examine a full ban of both.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. As announced in November 2018, the Government’s Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence includes investments of $51.5 million for the Canada Border Services Agency and $34.5 million for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that will help interrupt the flow of smuggled and trafficked firearms at the border while also providing additional resources for law enforcement to address gang activity and the criminal use of firearms.

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. Also in March 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. Throughout October 2018 and November 2018, the Government will lead an engagement process, including in-person roundtable discussions across Canada, and online engagement on the topic of handguns and assault weapons.

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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. On September 7, 2018, Public Safety Canada announced that a third-party service provider had been contracted to administer this initiative. Grants will be awarded to eligible families in this calendar year.

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101 November 12, 2015
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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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All Canadians, regardless of age, gender, location or on-reserve and off-reserve Indigenous status, deserve equal access to tools and resources to build resilience and enhance the readiness of their communities in a climate-impacted future. In recognition of the growing severity and frequency of natural disasters in Canada, like the recent wildfire seasons in British Columbia, the Government is working in collaboration with provinces and territories, and Indigenous peoples to develop a whole-of-society Emergency Management Strategy that will support Canadians and communities impacted by weather-related events and natural disasters.

The Government continues to respond quickly and effectively to support Canadians and communities impacted by weather-related events and natural disasters. 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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 is 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Sustainable Infrastructure

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Government of Canada's priority is to deliver a quality, toll-free new Champlain Bridge as soon as possible without compromising the safety of workers and the public, and ensuring sound management of taxpayers' money. The opening will take place no later than June 30, 2019. The current bridge is safe and continuously monitored in real time.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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Fair and Open Government

Improve reporting to Parliament.

Actions taken, progress made​

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.
In the last year, the GC InfoBase has been updated to provide broader availability of data, graphics, and analytics, including:

• Actual and Planned Spending and Results information in support of the Policy on Results;
• An aggregation of program performance to provide data-driven results narratives at the department and government-wide level;
• A Budget Tracker tool that makes it possible to follow where public funds are going and how they will be spent all the way down to the programs delivering the services;
• A Government at a Glance flow chart to see how government resources flow across different tagging schemes;
• More granular expenditure data at the program level with spending on specific components such as salaries, capital, transfer payments, etc.;
• Open and accessible datasets organised by the source report (e.g., Public Accounts, Main Estimates, Departmental Plans, etc.).

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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Ensure that Agents of Parliament are properly funded and accountable only to Parliament.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Disclose the expenses of all Parliamentarians in detail each quarter.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The Board of Internal Economy made changes to travel policies for Members to promote a family friendly environment and facilitate family reunification. Parliament 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Strong Middle Class

Balance the budget in 2019/20.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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 debt ratio track and preserve Canada's low-debt advantage for current and future generations.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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In 2017, the Government formally consulted with Canadians and stakeholders 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 the 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 engagements with Canadians were led by Members of Parliament, and stakeholder groups. The Government issued a “What We Heard” report on the consultations on September 5, 2018. The consultations provided valuable insights into what matters to Canadians and stakeholders, including support for the development of a food policy that addresses food security, health, environmental protection, and growth of the agriculture and food industry. The feedback received from Canadians and stakeholders is informing the development of A Food Policy for Canada.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Jobs and Innovation

Invest in agricultural research to support discovery science and innovation.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Starting in 2016, the Government has been working to accelerate the DNA analysis, data capture and imaging of specimens from its biological 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. Of this $70 million investment, $44 million is dedicated to hiring the next generation of federal research scientists and science professionals and equipping them with the state-of-the-art tools they need to advance agricultural research, including environmental sampling equipment and analytical instruments.

The Government also launched a new Living Laboratories Initiative, which includes $10 million to support collaborative research projects with external partners. It is an integrated approach that brings farmers, scientists and other stakeholders together to co-develop, test and monitor new practices and technologies on farms. The result will be more practical technologies and sustainable farming practices adopted more quickly by Canadian farmers.

In the same spirit of collaboration, the remaining $16 million of the $70 million is earmarked to fund collaborative federal research projects focused on priority areas affecting the agriculture sector, such as environmental issues.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Exports and Investment

Promote Canadian agricultural interests during trade negotiations.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 Diversification 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, 2018. On October 16, the implementing legislation for the CPTPP (Bill C-79) was adopted by the House of Commons and introduced to the Senate at first reading. The Government is working hard to advance the domestic implementation procedures as expeditiously as possible, with the objective of being among the first group of countries to ratify and bring the agreement into force. The Government also introduced the bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) in Parliament on October 23, 2018, and completed negotiations toward a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on September 30, 2018. The Government has taken every effort to minimize the impact on the supply-managed sectors, but recognizes that the USMCA may result in production declines in the short term for some producers. The Government is committed to full and fair compensation for losses incurred as a result of the agreement. 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). Canada and India have also committed to finalizing an arrangement on pulse fumigation requirements by the end of 2018.

The Government will continue to strongly defend the interests of its agricultural industries, including supply management, with all trading partners, for example, with Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and MERCOSUR and with India in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. 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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101 November 12, 2015
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Government Services and Operations

Assess whether current farm income safety nets meet the needs of Canadian farmers.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The Business Risk Management (BRM) Programs Review has been completed and the Review’s Expert Panel delivered its recommendations on the future direction of BRM to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture at their annual conference in Vancouver in July 2018.

Changes to BRM programs agreed upon under the CAP are in place for the 2018 Program Year, and federal, provincial and territorial governments will work collaboratively to review the Panel's recommendations and develop a path forward to ensure BRM programs work as intended, including industry engagement throughout the process.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 also supports innovation and on-farm action on soil, water and climate change 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 internationally through the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Global Soil Partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 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. This investment will be used to hire and equip around 75 science professionals, support collaborative research, and launch a new Living Laboratories Initiative, that brings together farmers, scientists and other stakeholders to co-develop, test and monitor new practices and technologies on farms. This will help more practical technologies and sustainable farming practices be adopted more quickly by Canadian farmers.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Safety and Security

Ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces have the equipment they need.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Implement a modern Fair Wages Policy.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Firms with contracts with the federal government pay their employees a fair wage.

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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 its NORAD and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commitments.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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 the 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 that Canada's women and men in uniform deserve.

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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are a workplace free from harassment and discrimination.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Canadian Armed Forces (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 CAF 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. A new integrated conflict and complaint management program now provides the Defence Team accessible, responsive, and personalized services. This initiative fosters a trusted and healthy workplace, which attracts talent, enhances operational effectiveness, and supports retention. In November 2017, the Prime Minister issued an apology to LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two spirit) Canadians and the Government of Canada signed an Agreement in Principle with parties to the LGBT Purge Class Action. In June 2018, the Federal Court approved a landmark Final Settlement Agreement (FSA) to the LGBT Purge Class Action that will compensate current and former federal public servants, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who were directly impacted by anti-LGBTQ2 policies and practices. The FSA also includes $15 million for Reconciliation and Memorialization Measures to prevent future discrimination and for reconciliation with LGBTQ2 communities.

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60 November 12, 2015
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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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19.5 November 12, 2015
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 Canada Employment Insurance Commission (EI Commission) assumed responsibility for setting the annual EI premium rate.

On September 13, 2018, the EI Commission announced that the 2019 EI premium rate will decrease to $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings, reflecting strong economic conditions and projections, as well as additional new supports for Canadian families. This will be the lowest EI premium rate since 1980, and for most Canadian workers, the lowest they have paid since entering the workforce.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. In Budget 2018, the Government introduced 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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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20 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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21 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Improve Canadians' access to good quality job training.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 2018-2019, 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 being 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. Remaining negotiations are expected to be completed later this fiscal year.

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26 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Rationalize and expand the intergovernmental agreements that support skills training.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. Remaining negotiations are expected to be completed later this fiscal 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Develop a framework to fund training facilities delivered in partnership with labour unions.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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 (RAP) 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. Thanks to this change and efforts to increase awareness, an additional 29,000 Canadians will be able to delay payment (an increase of approximately 11%), and many more will have lower payments until they can afford to pay back their debts.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 2017, 142,778 children received the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) for the first time, bringing the total number of children who have ever received the CLB to over 1 million. In addition, 290,410 children received the Canada Education Savings Grants (CESG) for the first time, bringing the total number of children aged 0-17 who have ever received the CESG to 3.69 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 Winter 2019. The findings from these projects will help inform additional efforts that the Government will undertake to increase take-up of the CLB to the children of low and middle income families and increase RESP accessibility for all Canadians.

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.

The Government of Canada collaborated with the Province of Ontario to integrate an “Education Savings Referral Service” into ServiceOntario’s online Newborn Registration Service, as announced in Budget 2018. As of March 2018, parents of newborns are able to request to be contacted by a participating RESP promoter of their choice to learn more about and start the process to open an RESP, and request the education savings incentives for an eligible child.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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 worked 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Indigenous peoples

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 which came into force on August 1, 2018 so that, starting in the 2018-19 school year, students who are registered under the Indian Act but do not have Canadian citizenship can access the CSLP.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Strong Middle Class

Increase the number of good quality, permanent jobs for younger workers.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 April 2018, in the context of the G7, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour also 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Increase our investment in the Youth Employment Strategy and improve the strategy's impact.

Actions taken, progress made​

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, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Strong Middle Class

Develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Respond to the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Government Services and Operations

Ensure that the government’s advertising budget better supports Canadian content providers and platforms.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Better support for Canadian content providers and platforms.

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The Government of Canada is developing options that will consider both paid advertising as well as existing programs and initiatives aimed at supporting Canadian content providers and platforms.

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101 August 28, 2018
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Sustainable Infrastructure

Determine an appropriate apprenticeship target for federal infrastructure projects.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Jobs and Innovation

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 investment 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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100 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Exports and Investment

Maintain constructive relations and deepen trade and commerce with the United States.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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. Since January 2017, the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, premiers and provincial and territorial ministers have cumulatively undertaken over 480 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 overall economic growth and competitiveness. The Council released its fifth, and final, report on October 29, 2018, recommending actions to reduce barriers that limit women's participation in business. On September 30, 2018, the Government completed negotiations toward a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 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), and has responded to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with dollar for dollar tariffs on certain U.S. goods. The Government also regularly engages with the U.S. to respond to global security issues, such as by co-hosting the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula and participating alongside the U.S. in a multinational operation to enforce UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Canada and the U.S. are also responding to crises in Venezuela and Myanmar, including by coordinating sanctions against key officials in those countries responsible for human rights abuses, the deterioration of democracy, or acts of significant corruption.

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60 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Exports and Investment

Ensure border security and facilitate the movement of people, goods and services.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 completed Second Reading in the Senate and has been referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (October 23, 2018). These two pieces of legislation are crucial to ensure security and facilitate movement at the border. Construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge is ongoing and it is expected to open by the end of 2024. This critical border connection will speed the flow of secure and legitimate trade between the two countries.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Canada in the World

Ensure a close link between foreign, defence, development and trade policy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 a 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.

Between February and August of 2018, Canada played a leading role at the Human Rights Council in an expert-led investigation into the human rights situation in Yemen. Canada hosted the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver in November 2017, which resulted in a significant number of new funding pledges and advanced the global peacekeeping reform agenda. The Government also played a major role in the NATO Warsaw Summit by making Canada the leading country supporting NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia.

This year, Canada has used its G7 presidency to advance a common agenda based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. In April 2018, Canada hosted the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where ministers agreed to coordinate actions with the goal of building a more peaceful and secure world and to concrete shared commitments on the implementation of international humanitarian law and the advancement of the women, peace and security. G7 security and foreign ministers also committed to addressing international cyber threats, defending democracy against foreign threats and managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. In June 2018, G7 Leaders issued the Joint Communiqué and the Charlevoix Commitments, which include, among others, a commitment to establish a Rapid Response Mechanism to strengthen coordination to identify and respond to emerging threats.

Canada, in partnership with the EU, co-hosted a meeting of women foreign ministers in Montréal on September 21 and 22, 2018, to enhance dialogue and cooperation in support of democracy, human rights and global peace and security. The meeting also advanced discussions on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including women’s equitable inclusion at all levels of decision making.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Environment and Climate Change

Make Canada a leader of international efforts to combat climate change.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 pursuing a focus on climate change adaptation. Climate change was regularly addressed in the themes of Canada’s G7 presidency. The G7 discussed the importance of the Paris Agreement and the goal of the transition to a low-carbon economy. At the G7 Summit in June 2018, leaders agreed to the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities, which promotes sustainable oceans and fisheries, commits to increase the availability and sharing of science and data and supports resilient coasts and coastal communities. Canada announced that it will invest $162 million to support these goals. Canada also announced: $100 million for the expansion of Climate Risk Insurance coverage in climate-vulnerable countries; $60 million in funding for Small Island Developing States for the expansion of and access to clean energy systems and infrastructure, to improve energy access for women and girls and provide training and employment for women in non-traditional, sustainable technology sectors; and, $2 million to support efforts by developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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. Canada also played a leadership role at the second Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action hosted in June 2018.

In November 2017, Canada hosted the 29th the 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 Beijing. 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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Canada in the World

Accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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. 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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Strong Middle Class

Develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Fewer Canadians living in poverty.

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The Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy on August 21, 2018. The Strategy offers a bold vision for Canada as a world leader in the eradication of poverty, and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty. It establishes, for the first time in Canada’s history, an official measure of poverty: Canada's Official Poverty Line, based on the cost of a basket of goods and services that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs and achieve a modest standard of living in communities across the country.

Opportunity for All sets ambitious and concrete poverty reduction targets based on Canada’s Official Poverty Line: a 20% reduction in poverty by 2020 and a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030, which, relative to 2015 levels, will lead to the lowest poverty rate in Canada's history.

The Strategy brings together new investments of $22 billion that the Government has made since 2015 to support the social and economic well-being of all Canadians, including through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), and the Canada Workers’ Benefit (CWB). These actions will help lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, with more expected as the impacts of these and other investments are realized in the years to come.

Through Opportunity for All, a National Advisory Council on Poverty is being put in place to advise the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on poverty reduction and to publicly report annually on the progress being made on poverty reduction in Canada.

On November 6, 2018, Bill C-87, “An Act respecting the reduction of poverty” was introduced and went through its first reading in the House of Commons.

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Strong Middle Class

Create a housing strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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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

Cut taxes for small businesses.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 is reducing taxes for small businesses so they can invest in new equipment, grow and create jobs. The Government has lowered the small business tax rate to 10%, effective January 1, 2018, and intends to reduce it further 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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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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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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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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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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Strong Middle Class

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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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Strong Middle Class

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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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, 12 Member States have ratified the Agreement.

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Exports and Investment

Negotiate and sign modernized agreements with Israel and Chile.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 was the tabling of the treaty in Parliament June 20, 2018. The 21-day tabling period ended on October 22, 2018 and the bill to modernize CIFTA was introduced in Parliament on October 23, 2018. The modernized CIFTA includes new inclusive 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. Chile is expected to ratify soon

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Exports and Investment

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 along with 8 board members and CEO have been appointed.

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Exports and Investment

Promote trade and investment with emerging markets with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, including China and India.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Two-way trade and investment with China, India and other emerging economies, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, 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 expanding bilateral trade and investment while working to implement the trade and investment commitments that were made by the Prime Minister and the Premier 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, the Prime Minister 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-Hong Kong commercial relationship. The Government signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on October 25, 2018, the CPTPP implementing legislation (Bill C-79) received Royal Assent. 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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Exports and Investment

Improve support to companies looking to export and help communities looking to attract investments.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency and through the addition of 20 new investment-focused trade commissioners to the Trade Commissioner Service, with an additional five in the next year. The Government has successfully completed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. 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. Since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to 1,238 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 90 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 92 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of over $375 million in exports to new markets. In 2018, the Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) program, which provides support to communities to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment, allocated $3.5 million to 240 projects from 88 communities to attract job-creating investment. The application process for 2019 ICCI projects closed on October 17, 2018: a total of 97 applicants submitted proposals for over $8.5 million to be adjudicated against a total budget of $4.25 million. 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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Exports and Investment

Reduce administrative burden for investors and companies associated with international trade.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Indigenous peoples

Improve essential infrastructure for Indigenous communities, including improving housing.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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 $4.280 billion over five years to support infrastructure development in communities to improve their population's quality of life. 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 June 30, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, more than $2.25 billion of targeted funds have been allocated towards 3,385 on-reserve community infrastructure projects across all asset classes, 1,882 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; and empowering communities to establish First Nations' planned and led education systems. More than $300 million was invested since in 2016/17 to build/upgrade First Nation schools. This includes 70 new schools and 84 renovated/upgraded schools. As of June 30, 2018, 14 of the 70 new schools have been constructed, and renovations/upgrades on 19 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 30, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, more than $776 million was invested to support 468 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 October 26, 2018, the number of long-term drinking water advisories on public systems in First Nations Communities has declined from 105 to 67. Over this period, 74 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted, while 36 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 co-develop an effective long term strategy. As of June 30, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, 14,107 housing units were under construction, renovation/retrofit or being serviced (5,601 units from ISC, and 8,506 from CMHC). Of these 14,107 units, 71% (9,996 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 June 30, 2018, investments have been made in more than 213 First Nations infrastructure projects to design, replace, expand or renovate health facilities for which 148 (69.4%) of these projects are complete.

Since Budget 2016, and as of June 30, 2018, $95.1 million of targeted funds have been invested to support approximately 653 solid waste management projects on reserves across Canada through the First nations Solid Wasted Management Initiative. So far, 331 projects have been completed.

Budget 2017 provided $49 million over 3 years to address advisories as part of the expanded scope. 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 co-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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Indigenous peoples

Implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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On August 28, 2018, the Prime Minister announced changes to the structure and mandate of Cabinet committees to make them more efficient and responsive to the needs of Canadians, and to reflect recent changes to the Department. Among these changes, a new Cabinet Committee on Reconciliation has been formed to strengthen the relationship with Indigenous peoples and advance the commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. This committee will build on the work previously undertaken by the Working Group of Ministers on the Review of Laws and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples.

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Invest in First Nations education to ensure that First Nations children on reserve receive a quality education.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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; increasing special education support; and empowering communities to establish education systems planned and led by First Nations.

Based on the policy proposal for transforming the Government of Canada’s support for First Nations elementary and secondary education that was co-developed with First Nations, a new policy framework for First Nation elementary and secondary education has been established. 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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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves public transit.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 1,188 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 3,257 new buses and rehabilitated or enhanced 3,742 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; and,

• 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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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves social infrastructure.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 significant and long-term 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 or eliminate housing need for 530,000 households.

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 has co-developed a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care 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, Budget 2016 proposed an additional investment of $168.2 million dollars over two years in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, including $164.8 million in grants and contributions. Out of this amount, $164.3 million 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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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves green infrastructure.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 example, the Government has invested over $1 billion in 772 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 $776 million to fund 468 projects that will significantly strengthen the infrastructure of on-reserve public drinking water systems. As of October 1, 2018 there were 69 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 $6.9 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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Sustainable Infrastructure

Invest in transportation infrastructure that helps get goods to market.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and other Ministers and Members of Parliament have announced $770 million in funding from the NTCF for 37 projects that will resolve bottlenecks across the country to support trade. The Government continues to announce NTCF investments in successful projects.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Sustainable Infrastructure

Establish bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on infrastructure investments.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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.
Integrated bilateral agreements have now been signed with all provinces and territories. The Government of Canada has implemented a climate lens assessment and new Community Employment Benefit requirement into these agreements.

In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government of Canada made investments in public transit, green infrastructure and social infrastructure across Canada. To date, over 1,191 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 households 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 has co-developed a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care 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 772 drinking water systems and over $835 million in 647 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 1,205 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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Indigenous peoples

Incorporate Aboriginal and treaty rights, residential schools and Indigenous contributions into school curricula.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Indigenous peoples

Work with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. For example, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of a Canada-Métis Nation Child and Family Services Accord has been co-developed with the Métis National Council to guide the development of a ten-year Accord.

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 Métis 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 the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (February 2018) and the Métis Nation of British Columbia (July 2018). To date, Canada has received a negotiation mandate with the Manitoba Metis Federation (June 2018) and signed a Framework Agreement with the Métis Nation of Alberta (November 2017), Métis Nation of Ontario (December 2017) and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (February 2018). Memorandums of Understanding have also been reached with the Metis Settlements General Council (December 2017) and the Métis Nation of British Columbia (July 2018). 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. On July 19, 2018, the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta signed a Consultation Agreement setting out an agreed upon consultation process. On September 22, 2018, the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Metis Federation signed a document of mutual understanding to enable the Manitoba Metis Federation to receive funds to invest in areas it has identified to improve the social and economic well-being of the Manitoba Métis Community. This funding will form part of the reconciliation package that the parties are jointly working toward. Secondly, the parties will work towards reaching a self-government agreement in a timely manner that recognizes the Manitoba Metis Federation’s legal status, role and jurisdiction as a Métis government and implements the Manitoba Métis Community’s vision of greater self-determination. Thirdly, the funding will support the Manitoba Metis Federation’s transition from its current corporate structure to a self-governing Métis government.

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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 45 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. Forty 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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22 November 12, 2015
Not being pursued

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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8 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Make the Commissioner of Canada Elections more independent.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Bring forward options to create an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders' debates.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Bring forward options to create an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders' debates.

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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 November 12, 2015
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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. 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. Consistent with recommendation no. 3 of the consultation panel, the Government proposed to amend the Income Tax Act to remove the quantitative limits on political activities by charities. Legislative proposals on this subject were included in Bill C-86, which was introduced in the House of Commons on October 29, 2018. The Government has indicated that it intends to fully respond to the Panel report once this legislation is passed by Parliament.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

Make strategic investments in the clean technology sector.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 more than $2.3 billion 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.

In December 2017, Statistics Canada released new data on clean technology. As per the Environmental and Clean Technology Products Economic Account, in 2016, environmental and clean technology, excluding waste management and electricity production, accounted for 1.3% ($26.7 billion) of Canada’s GDP.

In January 2018, the Clean Growth Hub was officially launched as the Government of Canada’s focal point for clean technology. The Hub is focused on: helping clean technology producers and users identify the federal programs and services most relevant to their needs, coordinating existing federal programs to better support clean technology clients, and tracking results of federal investments in clean technology. To date, the Hub has worked with over 600 clean technology clients.

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 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 clean tech companies grow and access global markets.

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 entrepreneurs in the area of clean technology, and offers six women an opportunity to develop their idea into a marketable world-class clean technology solution and compete for a $1 million prize. The six finalists were selected in September 2018. To date, three additional innovative challenges have been launched as part of the Impact Canada Initiative, including the Crush It! Challenge in the mining sector, the Power Forward Challenge to design better power grids, and the Sky’s the Limit Challenge seeking a breakthrough on green aviation fuels.

The Clean Growth Program, which provides $155M/4 years for the co-funding of clean technology projects with provinces and territories in the areas of Energy, Mining and Forestry, has released semi-finalists. The final project selection is anticipated to take place in Fall 2018.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

Enhance Canada's tax measures to generate and attract more clean technology investments.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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. A second round of supplier engagement meetings with the five suppliers were held from June 11 to July 5, 2018. The purpose of these events was to share and collect detailed information to support finalization of the procurement strategy and development of the solicitation documents. The Formal Supplier Engagement Phase will continue until spring 2019.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that all federal services are delivered in compliance with the Official Languages Act.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. On October 25, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced amendments to the Official Languages Regulations. The regulations implement key provisions of Part IV of the Official Languages Act regarding communications with, and services to, the public.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Improve access to information to enhance the openness of government.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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 textbooks 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Safety and Security

Improve marine safety.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 worth over $800 million, including $130 million in new science funding for partnerships, improved knowledge, and development of new technologies to help mitigate and prevent marine incidents such as oil spills. Engagement with Indigenous groups is a pillar of the Oceans Protection Plan, and to date, 128 workshops have been held with multiple Indigenous groups.

On June 21, 2018, 14 Central and North Coast First Nations in British Columbia and the Government of Canada announced the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection to support the collaborative planning and implementation of marine initiatives and promote a more coordinated and efficient approach to the governance, management, and protection of oceans in the Pacific North Coast.

Following the public release of the Pilotage Act Review’s final report on May 22, 2018, key stakeholders have been engaged both at working level and through a Ministerial roundtable held on July 4, 2018. Transport Canada intends to introduce legislation at the earliest opportunity to enable improvements in the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of Canada’s pilotage system.

The Government introduced proposed legislative changes to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act. These proposed amendments deliver on commitments made under the Oceans Protection Plan to strengthen marine safety and environmental protection, and modernize Canada’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund.

As part of the strategy to address abandoned and wrecked vessels, the Government introduced the Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act in October 2017 (Bill C-64). On October 18, 2018, the Bill passed Second Reading in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications for further study.

The Government has assessed or removed over 100 abandoned and wrecked vessels in Canadian waters through the Abandoned Boats Program and Small Craft Harbours Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal. Additionally, over $1 million in funding is being provided towards public education projects aimed at raising awareness about responsible boat ownership and end-of-life management practices as well as research on environmentally-responsible boat design and recycling of end-of-life boats.

The Government of Canada continues its work under the $167.4 million Whales Initiative with the goal of protecting and supporting the recovery of endangered whale populations across Canada by addressing key threats to Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) and the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga. In partnership with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, a voluntary slowdown of vessels and a lateral displacement trial were executed in the Salish Sea this summer to reduce acoustic disturbance in key foraging areas of Southern Resident Killer Whales. Additionally, measures were taken to reduce the risk of strikes and entanglements of North Atlantic Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. To date in 2018, there have been no known North Atlantic Right Whales deaths in Canadian waters. On October 31, 2018, the government announced additional measures to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales. These include exploring the expansion of vessel slowdowns to further reduce underwater noise in Southern Resident Killer Whales critical habitat, developing agreements with marine industry partners to formalize current voluntary measures to reduce noise, new areas of habitat, investments aimed at protecting and recovering chinook salmon stocks, advancing feasibility work on Southern Resident Killer Whales sanctuaries and expanding vessel monitoring systems. This closely followed tabling of proposed changes to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 to strengthen regulatory authorities to protect the marine environment from the impacts of shipping and navigation.

Recognizing that chemical contaminants are one of the key threats facing Canada’s endangered whale populations, the Government of Canada continues its actions to reduce the presence of chemical contaminants. As such, on October 13, 2018, the Government published a Notice of Intent to amend the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012. The amendments will strengthen controls for two flame retardants and three oil and water repellents, and will prohibit two additional flame retardants should the final scientific risk assessments confirm they are toxic.

The Government is modernizing the Coast Guard’s current suite of emergency response assets, and contracts have been awarded for the procurement of curtain booms, fence booms, a medium-size portable multi-cassette-skimmer package, and a small high-speed sweep system. Transport Canada is also modernizing its emergency response capacity and has trained more than 1,750 people in the internationally recognized Incident Command System to ensure interoperability, role clarity and overall emergency response effectiveness with partners such as the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

In 2018, close to $1 million in funding was announced for four Arctic Indigenous communities to buy search and rescue capable boats and/or equipment to strengthen their participation in marine emergency responses in local waters as members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Coastal Restoration Fund helps rehabilitate some of Canada's most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems and is providing $75 million over five years to support coastal habitat restoration projects at the local and community level along Canada’s coasts. Since its launch, there have been 163 expressions of interest requesting over $310 million in funding submissions during its initial call for proposals. At present the program has allocated funding to 39 projects on all three coasts worth over $55 million. The next public call for proposals for the program’s remaining $13.6 million was launched on November 1, 2018.

In August 2018, a contract was awarded for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to operate in the waters off the Pacific coast. These vessels will conduct emergency towing by assisting vessels in distress. Additionally, a contract was awarded to buy emergency tow kits for Coast Guard vessels and equipment caches across Canada.

To enhance the ability to mount an effective science-based federal response that minimizes environmental damage, Environment and Climate Change Canada has, since January 2018, placed three Environmental Emergency Officers on each coast (Pacific and Atlantic) as well as Wildlife Emergency Response Coordinators in four regions in Canada (i.e., Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic).

In 2017, following discussions and consultation with various stakeholders to determine marine weather information needs/gaps, in addition to considering relevant monitoring rationalization data, Environment and Climate Change Canada identified specific High Risk Marine Areas, which informed the decision to moor up to five new weather buoys in two locations on the West Coast (Southern Georgia Strait and approaching the Port of Metro Vancouver) and two locations on the East Coast (Strait of Canso and Bay of Fundy). These new buoys will help provide mariners with enhanced forecast information.

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Environment and Climate Change

Review the previous government's changes to the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

In June 2018, the House of Commons referred the proposed legislation to the Senate for review.

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Indigenous peoples

Promote economic development and create jobs for Indigenous peoples.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 and has identified potential areas of collaboration at both the regional and national levels. This includes ensuring program alignment among federal departments and agencies, including planning to review and respond to community opportunities; fostering economic reconciliation with the private sector; more closely aligning skills training to investment opportunities and organizational readiness; and increasing access to capital. Departments have 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 example, 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), and improve Indigenous labour market programs through the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program ($2B over five years and $408.2M per year ongoing) which is the successor to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. 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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Indigenous peoples

Undertake an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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. 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 as many legitimate concerns from families and stakeholders have been raised about the Inquiry's progress. The Government of Canada has granted the Inquiry an extension until April 30, 2019 to submit its final report. This enables the inquiry to use the 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. On August 21, 2018, the Inquiry announced the final four public hearings which took place on: September 10-13 (Colonial Violence - Socio-economic, health and wellness impacts; Iqaluit, NU); September 17-21 (Criminal Justice System - oversight and accountability; Quebec City, QC); October 1-5 (Family and Child Welfare - family supports and domestic violence; Winnipeg, MB); and October 15-18 (Sexual Exploitation - human trafficking and sexual violence; St-John's NL).

On October 9, 2018, the Commission announced that final submissions from individuals and groups with official Standing will be heard at events in Calgary on November 26-30, 2018, and in Ottawa on December 10-14, 2018. Justice Canada has now been confirmed to appear on behalf of Canada on December 14.

As part of the National Inquiry’s Truth Gathering Process, the Commission has also requested final written evidence from all Parties with Standing by November 19, 2018. Justice Canada has submitted on behalf of releveant federal departments and agencies an overview of what each institution is currently doing to address the underlying causes of violence and increase safety for Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ2 communities.

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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Indigenous peoples

Improve services to Indigenous people and those with mental illness throughout the criminal justice system.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness have increased access to justice and to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system, both as victims and offenders. In addition to increasing 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 has made significant investments in the First Nation Policing Program to ensure the safety of First Nations and Inuit communities through culturally relevant policing and investments to ensure that police officers serving these communities work in safe facilities.

It is also investing in the Indigenous Courtwork Program to ensure Indigenous people have the representation and services they need to navigate the criminal justice system. The Government is also supporting 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).

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Commissioner has received a public mandate with direction to address the over-representation of Indigenous Peoples, including to re-examine CSC’s governance structure to better integrate Indigenous needs and perspectives, further ensure that Indigenous offenders have timely access to effective, culturally-appropriate interventions developed in collaboration with Indigenous partners, and continue to address the particular needs of Indigenous women within the corrections system.

Budget 2018 proposed to further support the mental health needs of federal inmates, with a focus on women in federal correctional facilities. The Government is also supporting greater emphasis on offender mental health information during the sentencing decision-making process (Bill C-375). On October 16, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced legislation (C-83) which proposes to strengthen the federal correctional system, aligning it with the latest evidence and best practices, by implementing a new correctional interventions model; strengthening health care governance; better supporting victims; and addressing the specific situation of Indigenous offenders.

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Healthy Canadians

Legalize and strictly regulate cannabis.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The government established a strict framework for controlling the legal production, distribution, sale, and possession of Cannabis in Canada.

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The Cannabis Act received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018, and came into force on October 17, 2018. The Act legalizes and regulates cannabis, with the objective of better protecting Canadian youth and keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime. It also makes it a specific criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and creates 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.

Regulations to support the Cannabis Act came into force at the same time as the Act, on October 17, 2018. A regulatory framework for the legal sale of edibles and concentrates is in development and is expected to be in force by October 2019.

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.

A national Cannabis Tracking System to track high-level movements of cannabis through the supply chain is now operational. The Cannabis Tracking System will help prevent legal cannabis from being diverted to the illegal market and illegal cannabis from being introduced into the legal market. Federal license holders and Provinces and Territories are required to report monthly inventory and sales data to Health Canada.

The Government has made significant investments and continues to accept proposals from community-based and Indigenous organizations for projects that respond to specific public education and awareness needs related to cannabis. More than $100 million is budgeted over six years for investments in cannabis public education, awareness and surveillance.

Regulation of cannabis is a process which includes the ongoing objectives of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, keeping profits out of the hands of criminals, responsible usage and protecting public health and safety. For additional information of the government's continuing activities visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis.html.

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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada consulted Canadians on key elements of Canada's national security laws and policies to ensure they are effective at keeping Canadians safe, and equally reflect the rights, values and freedoms of Canadians. In June 2017, the Government introduced legislation covering a wide range of measures to enhance Canada’s national security framework, increase accountability through a National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and a new Intelligence Commissioner, and address problematic elements of former Bill C-51 (including revisions to threat reduction measures, amendments to the Criminal Code and the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and revisions to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act), while 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 also proposes to enhance the Passenger Protect Program, including the development of a rigorous centralized screening model and 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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Environment and Climate Change

Phase out inefficient fossil fuel industry subsidies over the medium-term.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 September 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. In June 2018, the Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations were published and, in September 2018, the Government announced the establishment of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area, Canada’s first marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act. To further support Canada’s marine conservation efforts, Shell Canada also announced, on September 13, 2018, its intent to voluntarily release nearly 50,000 square km of exploratory oil and gas permits off the coast of British Columbia.

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 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. The proposed amendments would also allow for negotiations for the relinquishment of oil and gas rights that overlap Oceans Act MPAs. 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 presented its recommendations in a final report to the Minister in September and was publicly released on October 15, 2018.

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Canada in the World

Advance human rights, gender equality, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity internationally.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 made statements on inclusion and respect for diversity 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) 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 OHCHR focusing 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, the Prime Minister appointed the Honourable Bob Rae as Special Envoy to Myanmar in October 2017. Canada’s response to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar focuses on alleviating the humanitarian crisis, encouraging positive political development, ensuring accountability for the crimes committed, and enhancing international cooperation. Canada has dedicated $300 million of international assistance funding over the next three years to support a coordinated response to the crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. 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 and has 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. Gender equality was one of five themes of Canada’s presidency, and was integrated across all work, themes, activities and outcomes. To support this work, Canada established the Gender Equality Advisory Council. At the 2018 G7 Summit, Leaders recognized that respect for human rights, the rule of law and equality of opportunity are necessary for lasting security and to enable economic growth that works for everyone. Leaders also recognized that gender equality is fundamental for the fulfillment of human rights and took concrete steps to ensure that individuals' human rights are protected offline and online.
Canada leveraged its G7 presidency and partnership with the EU to co-host a meeting of women foreign ministers in Canada on September 21-22, 2018, which provided an opportunity to harness the perspectives of women foreign ministers in addressing the challenges facing global relations today, particularly with respect to advancing gender equality.

The government has also engaged in establishing normative standards for safe orderly and regular migration that are gender sensitive and promote and protect human rights through the negotiation of the Global Compact on Migration

In September 2018, Canada helped secure the adoption of a Lima Group-led resolution at the Human Rights Council on the promotion and protection of human rights in Venezuela. In the same month, Canada also joined other regional partners in referring the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court, based on the possibility that crimes against humanity have been committed.
Canada successfully advocated for integration of gender considerations in the management of natural resources in the work of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the OECD, the World Bank and the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining (IGF).

In August 2018, Canada hosted the ERC’s Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development in Vancouver. The conference brought together delegates from over 85 countries, civil society representatives and multilateral agencies to discuss contemporary issues affecting LGBTI individuals and communities worldwide, and to consider strategies for making further progress in advancing LGBTI human rights and inclusive development. Canada announced up to $1 million in funding to support LGBTI persons in conflict-affected areas and that it would update to its Voices at Risk guidelines for Canadian representatives to support human rights defenders from vulnerable groups such as LGBTI persons, journalists, and women.

Canada has also taken additional measures to voice its opposition to death penalty and torture. In September 2017, Canada joined the Global Alliance to end trade in goods used for death penalty and torture. In October 2018, Canada joined the Friends of the Protocol, coordinated by the World Coalition against the Death Penalty to enhance and strengthen Canada’s advocacy against the death penalty.
At the October 2018 Francophonie Summit, the Prime Minister supported the adoption of the Francophonie Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality, the Rights and the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Canada played an active role in the drafting of this Strategy as well as a document (Appel francophone d'Erevan pour le Vivre ensemble) which calls for the respect of pluralism and diversity. Canada has backed up its diplomatic efforts by supporting human rights and justice activities around the globe.

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Work on development financing issues.

Actions taken, progress made​

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.” FinDev Canada supports women's economic empowerment and gender equality, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

FinDev’s first transaction, an investment with M-KOPA, a Kenya-based solar energy provider, was announced in March 2018. At the G7 meeting in June 2018, FinDev Canada joined with other G7 development finance institutions to support the 2X Challenge, a commitment to collectively mobilize $3 billion dollars by 2020 for investment in business activities that will benefit women 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.

In May 2018, the Minister of International Development launched a series of targeted engagements seeking expert advice on the creation of a new partnership between the Government of Canada, the philanthropic community and the private sector to catalyze new investments to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries. The Minister of International Development also announced that Canada is willing to contribute up to $300 million to such a partnership.

The Minister of International Development and the Minister of Finance co-hosted the first ever G7 meeting of Development and Finance Ministers, to draw on the individual expertise of both ministries to seek out innovative approaches to financing international development. This meeting laid the groundwork for 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.

Canada is also fostering intellectual leadership and broadening the growth in development financing literacy and collaboration by co-leading (with Jamaica) the Group of Friends of SDG Financing at the UN. The Group is a platform to promote solution-oriented ideas for unlocking capital for development.

On September 24, 2018, at the Secretary-General’s High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Prime Minister of Canada announced that Canada will contribute $20 million to the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) to establish Toronto as the centre of its North American operations. The GI Hub will use $5 million of the funding to establish the Global Centre for Infrastructure Excellence, underscoring Canada’s commitment to foster new partnerships for development.

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Strong Middle Class

Develop and implement a Youth Service Program.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 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.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

Develop a coordinated national action plan on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 injuries which will be evidence-based and will align substantively with the findings of the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, including an emphasis on coordinated research, early intervention, and support and treatment for public safety officers.

Budget 2018 proposed funding to support a new national research consortium between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) to address the incidence of post-traumatic stress injuries among public safety officers. The Government also proposed funding to increase support for the mental health needs of RCMP officers, and for Public Safety Canada to work with CIPSRT to develop an internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy pilot as a means of providing greater access to care and treatment for public safety officers.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Expand the network of shelters and transition houses for those fleeing domestic violence.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Government Services and Operations

Reduce complexity and strengthen partnerships between National Defence and Veterans Affairs.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Canada in the World

Renew Canada's commitment to United Nations peace operations.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 work on the Vancouver Principles (which 67 countries have endorsed), the Elsie Initiative, and the pledges of military capabilities. Canada has hosted several high-level Elsie Initiative events to advance design and announce progress, such as on the margins of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 2018), and during UN General Assembly High-Level week (September 2018). A Contact Group of eleven countries has been created to advise Canada on the design and implementation of the Initiative, and to support advocacy efforts in the UN system and more broadly. In September 2018, Canada announced that as part of the Initiative: bilateral technical assistance and training partnerships will be established with Ghana Armed Forces and Zambia Police Service to identify and address the barriers to uniformed women’s meaningful participation in UN peace operations; the Canadian Armed Forces will undergo the same barrier assessment as Ghana and Zambia; support will be provided for the implementation of the Senegalese Armed Forces’ Gender Integration Strategy; and the UN and Canada will collaborate on the design of a fund to accelerate the deployment of trained and qualified women to UN peace operations. Canada has also provided $6.3 million in assistance to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and select UN Missions to improve their ability to support and benefit from women’s increased participation in peace operations. 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.

The Air Task Force became fully operational on August 15, 2018 and is comprised of Chinook helicopters, to provide urgently needed aeromedical evacuation of UN troops, transport, and logistics capacity for the MINUSMA mission, as well as Griffon helicopters to provide armed escort, and military staff officers within the UN command. Moreover, on July 5, 2018, the Government announced the deployment of up to 20 police officers to Mali. 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. In March 2019, the Chief of the Defence Staff will assume, from the United Kingdom, the Chair of the Women, Peace and Security United Nations Chiefs of Defence ‎Network during their conference in New York. Through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Canada is providing over $100 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 world-wide.

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Strong Middle Class

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 break-even rate setting mechanism came into force, ensuring that the EI Operating Account will be balanced over a seven-year horizon. The EI premium rate declined from $1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2016 to $1.66 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2018, a period over which the Government has made significant enhancements to EI benefits and programs funded by the EI Operating Account.

On September 13, 2018, the Canada Employment Commission announced that the 2019 EI premium rate will decrease to $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings, reflecting strong economic conditions and projections, as well as additional new supports for Canadian families. This will be the lowest EI premium rate since 1980, and for most Canadian workers, the lowest they have paid since entering the workforce.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Indigenous peoples

Renew and improve the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Peoples 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 Peoples 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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101 November 12, 2015
Not being pursued

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 the 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. Through Budget 2018, the Government is providing an additional $448.5 million over five years starting in 2018–19, for the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding extends commitments made in 2016 to nearly double the number of Canada Summer Jobs for summer 2019 with up to 70,000 opportunities for youth. In addition, this funding will provide resources to implement a modernized Youth Employment Strategy, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.

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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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 is available to help families care for a critically ill adult. This benefit allows 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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Strong Middle Class

Develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance strategy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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 provides 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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Strong Middle Class

Develop a National Early Learning and Child care 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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Indigenous peoples

Establish a new fiscal relationship with First Nations communities and lift the 2% cap.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. In total, 252 expressions of interest were received from First Nations interested in the ten-year-grant; work has begun in assessing eligibility.

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 was endorsed by the Government of Canada. 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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Develop a National Disabilities Act.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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24 November 12, 2015
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Sustainable Infrastructure

Ensure any unspent infrastructure funds are transferred to municipalities.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Sustainable Infrastructure

Develop a 10-year infrastructure plan, improve governance and promote better data collection and asset management.

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

Infrastructure bilateral agreements have now been signed with all provinces and territories, including agreements to report on benefits to communities. As part of the Plan, the Government has also 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.

The Infrastructure Economic Accounts launched in September 2018. 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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Government Services and Operations

Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency proactively contacts those who are entitled to, but are not receiving, tax benefits.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 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 and continued it in 2017- 2018. In October 2017, the Agency issued 300,000 letters with a positive message to promote filing and ensure that Canadians receive the benefits and credits to which they are entitled. As a result of these mailings, a total of 37,934 returns were filed and over $6.98 million in tax refund payments and $32.4 million in credits and benefits were paid to Canadians. A similar campaign is planned in 2018-2019.

The Government, through the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada, has proactively promoted the Canada child benefit (CCB) in Indigenous communities to make sure Indigenous families have full access to this important benefit. Between September 2016 and March 2018, in-person visits were conducted in over 637 First Nations communities in order to promote the CCB and other benefits. The Government will continue to work to improve these results across all federal benefit programs.

In August 2018, the Minister of National Revenue announced that the Agency will open three new northern service centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit to better support Canadians living in the North, including Indigenous communities. In addition to maintaining a physical presence throughout the year, the Agency will expand the activities of the Outreach Program, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), and the Liaison Officer service offered to businesses and self-employed individuals.

Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to significantly increase the size of the CVITP, which would support more volunteers to help hundreds of thousands more individuals by doing their taxes to ensure access to benefits designed to help them. This expansion will include funding to support additional year-round benefit clinics and more outreach activities to vulnerable population segments including seniors, newcomers and refugees, persons with disabilities, modest-income Canadians, housing insecure individuals, youth, and Indigenous people.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

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

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Budget 2018 provided additional funding to increase the number of individuals helped by the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), which assists vulnerable Canadians with tax filing and access to the benefits they are entitled to. The budget funding also provides additional support to community organizations participating in CVITP to hold tax clinics year-round, and to conduct more outreach activities to vulnerable population segments including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, seniors, newcomers and refugees, modest-income Canadians, housing-insecure individuals and youth. For the 2017 tax year, the Government increased community partnerships for the CVITP by 9%, and through this program, volunteers filed over 786,000 returns on behalf of Canadians.

In August 2018, the Minister of National Revenue announced details of a Northern Service Improvement Strategy. As part of the strategy, to better support Indigenous communities and Canadians living in the Territories, the CRA will expand the activities of the Outreach Program and the CVITP.

The CRA provides the File my Return service 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. Over 47,000 eligible individuals used the new service to file their 2017 tax return.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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In 2017-2018, 87.6% of the income tax filings occurred online. This is an increase of nearly 750,000 Canadians using this method over the prior tax year.

Canadians continue to increase their use of the CRA’s secure online portals. In 2017-2018, Canadians logged into these portals over 63 million times. The Government is currently redesigning CRA's secure portals to enable even more online interactions. Budget 2018 investments will allow the government to update and modernize information technology infrastructure to deliver a more user-friendly, client-centric experience, allowing Canadians to easily find the tax and benefit information they need in order to meet their filing commitments. Being client-centric means understanding clients’ needs, their behaviours and expectations and adapting to meet those needs.

The CRA continues to improve its other online services for individuals and their representatives. These include Auto-fill my return, Express Notice of Assessment, File my Return, and ReFile.

Auto-fill my return helps fill in parts of the individual Income Tax and Benefit Return T1 return with data already available to CRA, making filing online simpler and easier. Since the start of the 2018 tax filing season, the Auto-fill my return service was used over 9.9 million times.

The Express Notice of Assessment service, available in EFILE and NETFILE certified tax preparation software, makes the notice of assessment available right after filing a return. In the 2018 tax filing season, the total number of uses of this service was over 415,000.

File my Return is available for Canadians with a low or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged year-to-year, allowing them 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. In the 2018 tax filing season, over 47,000 Canadians used this service.

The ReFILE service makes it possible for tax preparers to amend their clients' returns electronically. In February 2018, the ReFILE service was expanded to allow individuals to submit online adjustments with certified NETFILE software. During the 2018 tax filing season, ReFILE was used over 123,000 times.

The CRA also continues to improve online services for businesses. The Corporation Income Tax Return T2 Auto-fill service allows business owners and their authorized representatives to download information from the CRA to their certified Corporation Income Tax Return T2 tax preparation software. Since its introduction in October 2017 to August 2018, there have been 87,363 logins to this service.

All corporations filing their Corporation Income Tax Return 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. From the implementation of this service in the Fall of 2017 until the end of August 2018, the CRA has received 12,153 electronic documents attached to the corporation income tax returns.

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. As of September 4, 2018, the CRA processed 28,389 automated 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 September 2018, the Minister of National Revenue announced the signing of a joint digital services collaboration plan between the CRA and Tax-Filer Empowerment Canada, an association of Canada’s leading tax preparation and software firms. The primary goal of this collaboration is to produce and promote innovative, secure, and convenient electronic tax filing services.

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Government Services and Operations

Ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency delivers correspondence and other communications that are straightforward and easy to read.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 has 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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 announced the Government's intention 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 which received Royal Assent December 14, 2017.

The Government has also concluded consultations on proposed updates to the Canada Labour Code to ensure that Canadians enjoy strong labour protections and standards, and is committed to taking action to update federal labour standards.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Increase the labour force participation of women and underrepresented groups.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. 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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60 February 1, 2017
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Introduce proactive pay equity legislation for federally-regulated workers.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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On October 29, 2018, the Government introduced new pay equity legislation, delivering on the commitment to replace the current complaint-based approach to pay equity in federal jurisdiction with a proactive system. The new Pay Equity Act will bring about a dramatic shift in how the right to pay equity is protected in federally regulated workplaces. It will direct employers to take proactive steps to ensure that they are providing equal pay for work of equal value.

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60 February 1, 2017
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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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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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Reduce the wage gap between men and women.

Actions taken, progress made​

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.

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, and did so on October 29, 2018. 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 underway to reduce the gender wage gap and encourage greater workforce participation among women 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 the piloting of a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women.

In addition, a number of measures support the creation of more work-integrated learning opportunities, and seek to attract more women to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and business programs as well as entrepreneurship. These include expanded eligibility for Canada Student Grants for part-time students and students with dependent children, co-ops for post-secondary students, a new Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, and the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 Global Affairs Canada’s WMD 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 and halt proliferation financing activities. Canada is also working with international research institutions to use open-source information to investigate North Korea's weapons of mass destruction production capacity and to gather intelligence on 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 threats, and developing and implementing a range of specific measures and initiatives to mitigate them. From October 17-19, 2018 Canada hosted the second Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG) meeting under the Canadian G7 Presidency, with representatives from 18 countries, 14 international organizations, and 9 NGOs in attendance. 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 continuing to support Colombia’s efforts towards the implementation of the peace process following the signature of the 2016 peace accord with the FARC and their transition to a political party. 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 democracies and strengthen societies’ resilience against foreign actors seeking to undermine democratic institutions and processes through coercive, corrupt, covert or malicious means.

Canada is committed to addressing international peace and security concerns, gross violations of human rights, and significant corruption around the world, including through the use of autonomous sanctions. To that end, Canada has imposed targeted sanctions under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA) and the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) against countries such as Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Myanmar, as well as individuals from countries around the world. In May 2018, Canada increased its contribution to the UN Command on the Korean Peninsula, including the appointment of Deputy Commander, LGen. Wayne Eyre, the first non-U.S. General Officer to hold the post in its 68-year existence.

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 democracies.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Environment and Climate Change

Cooperate with the United States on energy security and energy infrastructure.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 the President of the United States and the Prime Minister. Canada continues to support several major cross-border energy infrastructure projects, including: Keystone XL, 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 the security, resiliency and reliability of shared energy systems; promoting energy trade and economic development; and developing and diversifying energy resources in a responsible manner.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Environment and Climate Change

Advance shared action with the United States on environmental issues and climate change.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 environmental cooperation, particularly along the border and at the Great Lakes; and to enhance the quality of 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 committed 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 17 U.S. Governor launched the North American Climate Leadership Dialogue to address clean technology, clean power and carbon pricing initiatives. Canada continues to advance these priorities, in the context of the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by California in September 2018.

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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Exports and Investment

Strengthen trilateral cooperation with the United States and Mexico to enhance North America's global competitiveness.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 of common interest. On September 30, 2018, the Government completed negotiations toward a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that includes a new chapter that will establish a committee on competitiveness dedicated to undertaking trilateral cooperative activities to advance North American competitiveness. 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 the original NAFTA, energy cooperation, and women’s entrepreneurship.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Canada in the World

Strengthen relationships with key bilateral, regional and multilateral partners.

Actions taken, progress made​

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; the Organization of American States; the World Economic Forum, 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, signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership and the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement, and is negotiating a free trade agreement with MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), and the Pacific Alliance. 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 the 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 in Charlevoix, Québec, Leaders resolved to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all. Leaders agreed to a joint communiqué which included the seven Charlevoix Commitments. 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 Inter Parliamentary Union, Women Political Leaders Global Forum, and the Community of Democracies. Canada and the EU also co-chaired a meeting of women foreign ministers in Canada on September 21-22, 2018, which provided an opportunity to harness the perspectives of women foreign ministers in addressing the challenges facing global relations today, particularly with respect to advancing gender equality. Canada is working with France, who holds the G7 Presidency in 2019, to ensure continuity between presidencies.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Canada in the World

Seek leadership opportunities for Canada and Canadians in multilateral institutions.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 February 1, 2017
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Canada in the World

Ensure that the deployment of the Armed Forces aligns with Canada's interests, our commitments and the government's policy.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 November 2019, Canada will assume command of the NATO Mission in Iraq for one year and will deploy 250 troops in support of that effort.

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101 February 1, 2017
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Healthy Canadians

Introduce restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Bill S-228 passed third reading in the House of Commons on September 19th and has been sent to the Senate to be considered in its amended form. 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 restrictions under Bill S-228. A policy update on Proposed Regulations was posted on May 8, 2018, on Canada.ca.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

Bring in tougher regulations to eliminate trans fats and reduce salt in processed foods.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 took effect in September 2018. In addition, following the publication in January 2018 of a report evaluating industry's efforts to reduce sodium levels in foods, Health Canada published a report in July 2018 showing that most Canadians, particularly children, teens and males, are still consuming too much sodium.

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 I. 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 and consumer research 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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101 November 12, 2015
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Healthy Canadians

Improve food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes.

Actions taken, progress made​

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, sugars and/or saturated fat.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Implement Canada's new immigration levels plans.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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On October 31, the Government tabled the 2019-2021 multi-year immigration levels plan. The new plan maintains the three-year timeframe introduced in fall 2017, validates the target for 2019 (330,800), and sets admissions targets of 341,000 and 350,000 in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The plan 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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101 February 1, 2017
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 February 1, 2017
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Strong Middle Class

Strengthen the protection of workplace pensions.

Actions taken, progress made​

Result anticipated: 

Canadians with privately sponsored pension plans experience enhanced retirement security.

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The Government committed in Budget 2018 to seek feedback from Canadians, including pensioners, employees, companies, and lenders on how to take a whole-of-government, evidenced-based approach towards addressing retirement security issues associated with privately sponsored pension plans.

Targeted stakeholder consultations are anticipated to take place in the fall of 2018. Officials coordinating across several departments have been conducting preparatory work to support the launch of consultations.

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101 August 28, 2018
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Canada in the World

Conduct a review of the visa policy framework.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 February 1, 2017
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Strong Middle Class

Continue to reduce the federal debt-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The federal debt-to-GDP ratio fell by 0.7 percentage points in 2017-18 and is expected to continue to fall over the forecast horizon. The Government will maintain this downward debt ratio track—preserving Canada's low-debt advantage for current and future generations. Canada is among the leaders for economic growth in the G7 since late 2015, the share of working-aged Canadians who are employed is the highest ever 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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101 November 12, 2015
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Exports and Investment

Advance Canada's progressive trade agenda.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the right to regulate in public interest.

The Government will continue to develop and advance inclusive 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 in June 14 2018 and which affirms the fundamental right to collectively bargaining, 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. Declarations on Progressive Trade were signed in the context of the Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with Kosovo in March 2018 and Moldova in June 2018. In support of Canada's commitment to the rules-based order, in October 2018, Canada hosted 12 WTO member countries at the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform, with the view to identify possible concrete actions to enhance and improve the WTO over the short, medium and long term.

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60 February 1, 2017
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Exports and Investment

Promote trade and investment with established markets such as Japan.

Actions taken, progress made​

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). On October 25, 2018, the CPTPP implementing legislation (Bill C-79) received Royal Assent, and the Government is working hard to ensure Canada is among the first group of countries to bring the agreement into force.

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Exports and Investment

Position Canada as a top destination for global investment and promote its economic brand.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 Canada through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency; the expansion of the Trade Commissioner Service, to increase Canadian 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, Coca-Cola's new dairy production facility in Peterborough, ON, and Groupe Bel's new cheese factory in Sorel-Tracy, QC, Samsung's new AI centre in Montréal, and LG's new AI centre in Toronto 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. Between April 2018 and October 2018, TCS reported 49 wins representing approximately $1.27 billion and over 5,840 new jobs and facilitated 61 site selection visits.

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Exports and Investment

Ensure alignment between Canada's export and innovation strategies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 February 1, 2017
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Exports and Investment

Implement and expand Canada's Free Trade Agreements globally.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 the national level by eleven EU Member States. The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force in August 2017. On October 25, 2018, the implementing legislation (Bill C-79) for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) received Royal Assent, and the Government is working hard to ensure that Canada is among the first group of countries to bring the agreement into force. On September 30, 2018, the Government completed negotiations toward a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Canada is also negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay), with the latest round having taken place in October 2018 and the next round scheduled in November 2018. In addition, Canada continues to engage China and ASEAN on expanding bilateral trade and investment 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). Canada and Israel signed the modernized agreement on May 28, 2018 and the bill to implement the modernized CIFTA was introduced in Parliament on October 23, 2018. The amended Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), including a chapter on trade and gender, was ratified by Parliament on December 7, 2017. Chile is expected to ratify soon. Canada and MERCOSUR launched FTA negotiations on March 9, 2018. The third round was held September 17-22, 2018, in Ottawa.

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101 November 12, 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Improve Canadian competiveness, create jobs and generate economic growth.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Trade and investment boosts Canadian economic growth.

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Canadian goods and services exports reached $181.7 billion in Q2, 2018, up 5.1% compared to the same period a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 5.8% as of July 2018, down from 6.3% the same month a year earlier. There were 18.7 million Canadians employed as of July 2018, up nearly 246 thousand from the same month a year earlier. GDP in Q2, 2018 is up by 2.9%.

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 to 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. With the $50 million of investment over five years announced in June 2018, the Government will help Canadian companies to be more competitive by diversifying their markets, and working in partnership with business associations, this will include new "export readiness" grants through programs such as CanExport and Global Opportunities for Associations among others.

The Government continues to take concrete steps to improve Canadian competitiveness and generate long-term economic growth.

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Canada in the World

Maintain Canada's strong commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Review collection of gender statistics to evaluate programs and policies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. On September 26, 2018, Statistics Canada launched a new Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics Hub, the principal component of the Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, which brings together data from a number of Statistics Canada sources. In addition, the Government introduced a new Gender Results Framework—a whole-of-government tool to track and monitor progress on gender equality. To support evidence-based policy, the Government will dedicate $5 million per year to undertake research and data collection in support of the Government’s Gender Results Framework, 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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101 October 4, 2017
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Integrate gender-based questions and content into government consultations.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Host a national Gender-Based Analysis roundtable in 2018.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 underway. The event will take place on November 21-22, 2018 in Ottawa.

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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 has included 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 has introduced new GBA+ legislation to make gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

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60 October 4, 2017
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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure that Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is incorporated into key government reports.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 October 4, 2017
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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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

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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101 November 12, 2015
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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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-centered 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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101 November 12, 2015
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Fair and Open Government

Exercise due diligence regarding costing analysis prepared by departments for all proposed legislation and programs.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
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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 shared.

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Safety and Security

Implement a strategy against gender violence.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 diverse and underserved groups of survivors in Canada. On April 5, 2018 Statistics Canada 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, enhance capacity to combat online 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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Jobs and Innovation

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 first stream of funding to five funds-of-funds was announced on June 26, 2018. The second and final stream recipients were announced on Nov 5, 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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Strong Middle Class

Support regional economic growth strategies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. The Atlantic Growth Strategy Year 2 Report was released in July 2018.

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 9 2018, the Government unveiled a regional economic development strategy for Northern Ontario that is centered on supporting innovation, growing companies, building stronger communities and ensuring communities have the necessary skills for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Public consultations towards a growth strategy for Western Canada was launched in September 2018 and are set to be completed in November, with a “What We Heard” report will be released in December. A growth strategy for Quebec will also be launched this Fall.

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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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 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 online public consultation closed on January 31, 2018. A report on the findings of the online consultation will be released in the fall 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. Complimentary work was also done in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) to explore how the criminal justice system could work in a more integrated manner with other social systems such as housing, education, and mental health. Four roundtables were held with stakeholders, and 18 articles were published in the digital magazine, Policy Options. A full report on the findings of this engagement was recently published. A final report of the findings and next steps of the criminal justice system review will be available in 2019.

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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Strong Middle Class

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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101 February 1, 2017
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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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Government Services and Operations

Develop a strategy that aims to create a single online window for all government services.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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Government Services and Operations

Set transparent service standards for the delivery of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 the 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 proposed to provide $194.1 million over five years, beginning in 2018–19, and $33.19 million per year ongoing, to ensure the rights of temporary foreign workers in Canada are protected and enforced through a robust compliance regime. Funding will support unannounced inspections under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the continued implementation of the International Mobility Program compliance regime, and the ongoing collection of labour market information related to open work permits.

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.

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29 February 1, 2017
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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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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 Budget 2016, the Government increased Canada Student Grants (CSGs) by 50 per cent and eligibility was expanded. Because of these changes, over 400,000 students from low- and middle-income families are now receiving more financial assistance that they do not have to pay back.

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. Thanks to this change and efforts to increase awareness, the number of borrowers using RAP increased from 276,000 to over 305,000 borrowers, an increase of approximately 11 per cent.

Under the Skills Boost initiative, additional measures announced in Budget 2017 were introduced in 2018-19. These include: increased 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 launched a three-year pilot project targeted to adult learners providing an estimated 43,000 students an additional $1,600 in grant support and allowing for 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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3 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Index Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments to a new Seniors' Price Index.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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100 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Strong Middle Class

Coordinate programs to support low income seniors with provinces and territories.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 the most vulnerable seniors and ensure that seniors receive the full benefit of the GIS.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Strong Middle Class

Prioritize affordable housing and seniors' housing as part of the National Housing Strategy.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Provide support to maintain rent-geared-to-income subsidies in existing social housing.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 per cent 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Invest in Housing First to reduce homelessness.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 incremental funding of $111.8 million over two years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018) for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. 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 homeless by as much as 50% compared to 2016 levels.

Over the past year, the Government of Canada consulted with stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners on how to improve the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to better prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada. These consultations were guided by the work of an Advisory Committee comprised of experts, stakeholders and people with lived experience of homelessness, chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary (Housing and Urban Affairs) Adam Vaughan. The Advisory Committee on Homelessness Final Report and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Engagement – What We Heard Report 2018, which contains highlights from the feedback received throughout all engagement activities, were released on May 18, 2018.

On June 11, 2018, the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development announced Reaching Home, a redesigned federal homelessness program, which will replace the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019.

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101 November 12, 2015
Not being pursued

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Strong Middle Class

Modernize the Home Buyers' Plan.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Identify available federal lands that could be repurposed for affordable housing.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 fall 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 10 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. As part of this initiative, starting in 2018-19, funding for renovations and remediation may be available to make transactions viable.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Strong Middle Class

Use the best data available to make decisions on housing.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

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 per cent for individual taxable incomes above $200,000, effective January 1, 2016 (increased from 29 per cent). The Government continues to explore other measures to ensure tax fairness.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Repeal elements of the Fair Elections Act which make it harder for Canadians to vote.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 is before the Senate.

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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Fair and Open Government

Conduct a review of government spending to reduce poorly targeted and inefficient programs.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 November 12, 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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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101 November 12, 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure the successful integration of refugees into Canadian society.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Ensure safety and non-discrimination in blood donation policies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 fall 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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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 per cent increase since 2007. Over the last 10 years, the rate of deceased donation has increased 42 per cent 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. Consultations have concluded and the summary findings will be shared at a stakeholder meeting in November 2018.

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60 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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 an ongoing crisis in Canada, devastating individuals, families and communities. The federal government has been coordinating a whole of government response and working with provincial and territorial counterparts, engaging non-government partners and making significant investments to build the evidence base and take collaborative and comprehensive action across four strategic pillars: prevention, harm reduction, treatment and law enforcement. Budget 2017 committed $100 million over five years to support the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy including the opioid response. Budget 2018 committed an additional $231.4 million over five years to improve access to treatment, reduce stigma associated with drug use and continue to build the evidence base. The impact of some of these efforts will take time, and it remains troubling that recent data indicate the opioid crisis is ongoing.

The Government of Canada is regularly engaging Canadians most impacted by the crisis to inform the response, including people who use or have used drugs, people with chronic pain and their families. In September 2018, the Minister of Health hosted a two-day Opioid Symposium bringing together over 225 policy makers, researchers, clinicians, Indigenous groups, people with lived and living experience, drug policy advocates and law enforcement representatives to discuss challenges and identify additional opportunities to address the crisis. The Minister of Health highlighted federal priorities, such as: to increase access to evidence-based treatments including injectable opioid therapy; to expand access to safer alternatives to the contaminated drug supply; to consult Canadians on the Canada Drugs and Substances Strategy; to engage innovators through an Impact Canada Challenge to improve opioid detection and testing technologies; to establish a task force on chronic pain; and, to reduce stigma associated with drug use.

On October 2, 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Impact Canada Drug Checking Technology Challenge to create a rapid, accurate, easy to use, and low-cost testing device or instrument that can be used with minimal training and preparation work. The goal is to serve people who use drugs and those who support them, to allow them to make decisions that may reduce their risk of overdose and death.

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10 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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 September 18, 2018, the Government released data for the first quarter of 2018 on apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada and suspected opioid-related overdoses in seven jurisdictions across Canada based on emergency medical service data. In addition, the Government published a second special issue of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice journal, including analysis of monitoring and surveillance efforts in Canada.

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10 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Review Canada's framework for dealing with public health emergencies.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Healthy Canadians

Curb opioid misuse by introducing prescribing guidelines, tracking prescriptions at the patient level, and increasing transparency in marketing and promotion of therapies.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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 restrict the marketing of opioids to healthcare professionals. On June 19, 2018, the Minister of Health announced a series of measures to address industry's opioid marketing and advertising practices, including the publication of a notice of intent to restrict marketing and advertising of opioids, and launching consultations with provinces, territories and stakeholders.

Health Canada further consulted stakeholders during the Opioid Symposium in Toronto on September 5, 2018.

Health Canada will continue to engage with provinces, territories and stakeholders in the coming months.

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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Ensure communities can introduce effective opioid treatments and programs.

Actions taken, progress made​

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. Bilateral agreements for the emergency funding have been signed with British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec.

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.

On September 5, 2018, Health Canada issued two section 56 exemptions to authorize nurses with the authority to possess, sell, provide, administer, transport, send and deliver controlled substances while providing primary health care services at community health facilities under certain conditions. These exemptions removed the barriers to establishing nurse-led community-based treatment models.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government is funding the development of a national treatment guideline for an injectable opioid agonist treatment for opioid use disorder and funding research to assess the effectiveness of this treatment for Canadians who have not benefited from other forms of treatment. In addition, the Substance Use and Addictions Program at Health Canada is providing funding for several projects across Canada to improve access to treatment, including in rural and remote areas through provider networks and telehealth models.

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10 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Promote the Canada Health Act to make absolutely clear that extra-billings and user fees are illegal and reporting is improved.

Actions taken, progress made​

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 is moving forward with three new initiatives: The Diagnostic Services Policy is aimed at eliminating patient charges for medically necessary diagnostic services, such as MRI and CT scans. This policy will come into effect in April 2020, to allow time for provinces to align their health care systems with its requirements.

The Reimbursement Policy will provide an incentive for provinces and territories to eliminate patient charges, which result in mandatory deductions under the Canada Health Act. Under this policy, those provinces and territories facing deductions will be eligible to have them reimbursed if they eliminate patient charges in a timely manner. The first deductions eligible for reimbursement will be those that were taken in March 2018.

Strengthened reporting requirements will be phased in to help provide Canadians with a clearer picture of how the public health care insurance plans across all the provinces and territories are operating.

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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Since the creation of the Department of Indigenous Services, the Government continues, in partnership with Indigenous groups, to transform the way to deliver services to Indigenous peoples and transfer the design, planning and management and delivery of these services to Indigenous organisations. The Government's goal is to support increased flexibility and capacity building in Indigenous communities so that they are able to direct and design their own health services and partner more effectively with provincial healthcare systems. 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 support the delivery of health services, Budget 2017 announced an investment of $828 million over 5 years to improve a range of health outcome for First Nations and Inuit. The Government is currently working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to co-develop distinctions-based, self-determined and nation-to-nation approaches for health transformation. For example, as an interim measure in committing to and finalizing the Canada-Métis Nation Accord to Achieve Reconciliation, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on August 21, 2018 between Canada and the Métis Nation, committing to the development of a 10-Year Métis Nation Health Accord.

Renewing the relationship with the Métis Nation based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership, Canada and the Métis National Council signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord to Achieve Reconciliation, on August 21, 2018, committing to the development of a 10-Year Métis Nation Health Accord. Budget 2018 proposed investment of $6 million over five years to support the Métis Nation in gathering health data and developing a health strategy.

Additional investments were announced in Budget 2018, with $1.5 billion over five years, for Indigenous health, starting in 2018–19, and $149 million per year ongoing thereafter. This amount included $498 million, with $97.6 million per year ongoing, to sustain access to critical medical care and services. Budget 2018 identified $235 million to 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 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).

In the North, Budget 2018 identified investments 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. 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 also works closely with the Government of Nunavut in their response to a TB outbreak by investing in the purchase of rapid TB diagnostic technology and facilitating timely access to rifapentine, an antibiotic used in the treatment of latent TB. To help streamline the TB elimination work, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will continue to lead the development of the Inuit TB Elimination Framework, 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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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.

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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 programs 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 fosters 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.

Actions taken, progress made​

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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Ensure public servants are paid accurately and promptly.

Actions taken, progress made, facing 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 as part of an integrated plan, 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 process current transactions first and 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. As of October 2018, Pods were implemented for 24 departments and agencies, representing approximately 104,000 employees. 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 towards 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.

Since January 2018, the backlog has decreased by over 100,000 transactions. At the same time, a historic number of collective agreements have been processed, providing about $1.5 b