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) has adopted a client-centric approach to program and service delivery. The CRA:
• appointed a Chief Service Officer to lead the CRA’s service transformation
• created an external advisory panel on service design and delivery
• improved telephone service by migrating the business, benefits, and income tax enquiries call centres to the new Hosted Contact Centre Service platform
• extended the hours of operation of its Individual Enquiries Telephone Service for the duration of the tax filing season
• applied resources to enhance outreach and support participation in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), increasing the number of individuals helped
• introduced the "tell us once" approach in November 2017, so Canada Pension Plan recipients can update their banking information by enabling sharing of Direct Deposit information between Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and CRA
• enabled individuals to pay their taxes at any Canada Post retail outlet
• informs businesses when mail is undeliverable and asks them to update their information
• expanded the Liaison Officer service, helping small unincorporated businesses understand their tax obligations
• launched CRA BizApp, a mobile web app for small businesses and sole proprietors
• redesigned My Account, to allow users to quickly view their tax and benefit information and easily update their personal information
• merged online mail and account alerts for individuals into a single service simply referred to as email notifications
• conducted the 2018 Serving You Better consultations, which encouraged small and medium businesses and accountants to share their feedback on how the CRA could improve its services
• opened three new Northern Service Centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit on February 11, 2019
• conducted public opinion research with Indigenous communities to identify challenges related to tax filing and applying for benefits
• invested $34 million over five years to hire additional staff to process adjustments to T1 returns post-filing more quickly, reducing frustration for taxpayers and ensuring that vulnerable Canadians do not encounter unnecessary delays in calculating the credits and benefits to which they are entitled
• launched File My Return, which lets eligible Canadians file their income tax and benefit returns through an automated phone service
• undertook a comprehensive review of the CRA’s service model, which led to a Budget 2019 announcement that resources will be reallocated internally to improve service delivery for Canadians.
• published assignment and processing timeframes for objections, and new service standards for objections and taxpayer relief requests
• pursues its established plans and applies resources to resolve objections in a more timely manner
• enabled the online submission of the Disability Tax Credit Certificate, and supporting documents, as of February 2019, in My Account or Represent a Client
• established the Dedicated Telephone Service (DTS) as a pilot program to provide smaller income tax providers with better access to the resources they need to help solve their complex tax problems.
• expanded the DTS pilot project to all small and medium-sized income tax service providers across Canada (those in firms with 50 partners or less). In Budget 2019, the government announced on-going funding ($3.8 million per year) to make the program permanent, improving service for the millions of Canadians who work with tax service providers each year

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Invest additional resources to crack down on tax evaders and work with international partners to combat tax avoidance.

Completed - fully met
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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) continues to crack down on tax evasion and avoidance in order to ensure a fairer tax system. The CRA:
• targets non-compliance in the highest-risk areas, such as wealthy individuals with offshore accounts. The number of offshore audits has doubled since 2014
• reviews large money transfers between Canada and eight countries of concern (transactions worth over $177 billion that merited closer scrutiny were identified as of March 31, 2018)
• focuses on non-compliance in the underground economy by implementing the 2018-2021 Underground Economy Strategy
• aggressively pursues those who promote tax avoidance schemes (in 2017-2018, the CRA imposed approximately $48 million in penalties on these third parties).

CRA’s audit programs identified a total of $13.6 billion in fiscal impact during 2017-2018, an increase of more than $1 billion from the previous year. Of this, $7.9 billion was identified by international, large business and offshore audit teams.

The CRA also continues combatting tax evasion and money laundering through criminal investigations, and collaboration with domestic partners such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada as well as international partners. For example, in February 2019, the CRA executed search warrants in the greater Montréal and Toronto areas, proceeded with restraint orders of proceeds of crime and laid tax evasion charges as part of a joint criminal investigation with the RCMP targeting a money laundering and tax evasion scheme. To date, the estimated value of assets seized and restrained totals more than $32.8 million.

Canada is one of more than 75 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 large multinational enterprises.

The CRA published a series of studies on Canada's tax gap to inform the public on non-compliance and to deliver on the government’s commitment to transparency. The CRA is now one of the leaders in tax gap estimation amongst OECD countries.

Budget 2019 further strengthens the CRA’s ability to combat tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance by investing more than $150 million in additional funding over five years, allowing the CRA to fund new initiatives and extend existing programs, including by:
• hiring additional auditors, conducting outreach and building technical expertise to target non-compliance associated with cryptocurrency transactions and the digital economy
• creating a new data quality examination team to ensure proper withholding, remitting and reporting of income earned by non-residents
• extending programs aimed at combatting offshore non-compliance
• establishing real estate audit teams.

To help the CRA stay ahead of non-compliance schemes driven by the use of new, advanced technologies, Budget 2019 proposes to invest more than $65 million over five years to improve the CRA’s information technology systems, including replacing legacy systems, so that the infrastructure used to fight tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance continues to evolve.

In addition, Budget 2019 announced plans for incremental legislative change that would tighten some tax loopholes to combat tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - modified

Environment and Climate Change

Develop a Canadian energy strategy with provinces and territories.

Completed - modified
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Federal, provincial and territorial clean growth strategies support efforts to achieve long-term energy efficiency, greater inclusion of clean energy and innovative technologies in Canada’s energy future, to facilitate market access, and to reduce diesel use in remote and off-grid communities.

Federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers took joint action under the provincial/territorial-led Canadian Energy Strategy. The strategy promoted energy efficiency, developed new energy technology and innovations, identified priority energy infrastructure, and advanced international energy collaboration. These initiatives complemented the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, helping 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 in accelerating clean growth strategies, and enhancing the energy sector’s competitiveness.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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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In February 2018, the government proposed the creation of the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER), a new and modern federal energy regulator that has the independence and the accountability essential to overseeing 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 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Environment and Climate Change

Develop a North American clean energy and environment agreement.

Completed - fully met
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The clean energy and environment agreement between Canada, U.S., and Mexico led to continued collaboration on energy security, clean energy innovation and the environment, including clean air and water.

The North American Leaders' Summit in June 2016 released an Action Plan for a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership. It announced ambitious targets to advance clean and secure energy, reduce 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 confirmed the importance of close collaboration on energy security, clean energy innovation and the environment, including clean air and water. Canada continues to advance these priorities, including work 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 her 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 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met
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The government has completed its review of Canada Post in order to provide Canadians the services they expect from Canada Post at a reasonable price and also ensure Canada Post is able to effectively adapt to changes in technology and consumer preferences.

The Canada Post Review produced public reports from an Independent Task Force and from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

The government completed the Canada Post Review in January 2018 and announced a service-focused vision for renewal, which included concrete measures to make delivery more accessible, and to stop converting door-to-door service into community mailboxes.

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 government has appointed a new Chair and eight other members to Canada Post’s Board of Directors as well as a new President and CEO.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Safety and Security

Renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

Actions taken, progress made

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 is enhancing the world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s coasts and ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents.

Two emergency offshore towing vessels to assist in towing vessels in distress off the Pacific coast are now in service. A contract was awarded to buy emergency tow kits for Coast Guard vessels and equipment caches across Canada.

Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the government is renewing Canada's federal fleet.

Construction is underway on all three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs), the first of which is expected to be delivered in summer 2019. Four of 20 new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats have been delivered to help keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe. Delivery of the fifth and sixth SAR lifeboats is expected by summer 2019.

The government decided to re-sequence the construction of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV). Seaspan will complete the construction on the first of two Navy Joint Support Ships (JSS) prior to commencing construction on the Coast Guard’s OOSV. This sequencing change will build on the progress that is currently underway on the first JSS and allow time between construction of the first and second JSS to incorporate “lessons learned.” Construction of the OOSV is expected to commence in late 2020 and is expected to be delivered in 2024.

The government acquired three medium commercial icebreakers to provide interim icebreaking capability for the Canadian Coast Guard while existing ships are removed from service for repairs and until replacement vessels are delivered under the NSS. Additionally, in February 2019, the government began the process to acquire a light icebreaker to support interim operational requirements. In April 2019, a $7.2 million contract was awarded for the dry-dock refit of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, Canada's largest icebreaker. The scheduled refit will ensure the Coast Guard continues to provide critical icebreaking and other marine services effectively.

The government is also investing to: repair and modernize many of the Coast Guard's vessels with new technology and towing equipment, enhance collaboration between the Coast Guard and Indigenous communities, and harness cutting edge science and technology to understand ocean currents, real-time shipping movements and threat monitoring.

The government hosted a series of four regional workshops to advance the development of National Repair, Refit and Maintenance and Small Vessel Construction program strategies. In November 2018, a Federal Marine Procurement Outlook session provided industry with the status and proposed disposition of action items heard in the regional workshops. The results of these workshops are improving and streamlining the procurement processes.

In May 2019, the government announced that, as part of the NSS, it would renew Canada's federal fleet by providing up to 18 new large ships, which would be built in Canadian shipyards. These new vessels will help the Coast Guard continue to deliver its important services for Canadians. Canada’s partners for large ship construction under the NSS, Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in British Columbia, will build the new ships. Irving Shipbuilding will build two new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships which will be adapted for the Coast Guard to perform a range of critical missions, including Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization patrols. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will build up to 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels to support a variety of missions, including light icebreaking, environmental response, and offshore search and rescue. Total funding for the 18 new large ships is $15.7 billion, which represents early estimates of project budgets. The government also committed $2 billion to conduct refits and vessel life extension work on the existing Coast Guard fleet until the new ships are delivered. To support future shipbuilding requirements, a competitive process will be launched to identify a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the NSS in the coming months.

The NSS also continues to generate significant economic benefits across the country. As of December 31, 2018, the government has awarded more than $9.75-billion of National Shipbuilding Strategy-related contracts across the country. Contracts awarded to date through the NSS will contribute an estimated $10.9 billion of gross domestic product, and create or maintain more than 10,000 jobs in the Canadian economy annually until 2022. NSS shipyards also continue to engage with small and medium Canadian enterprises to award 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 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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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Better Buying, the government’s plan to make procurement processes easier, faster and more accessible for suppliers and buyers, was launched in early March. The plan also outlines how the government is using procurement to contribute to socio-economic benefits for Canadians, increase competition in our procurements, foster innovation in Canada, and help address important issues like climate change.

The government is making its procurement processes simpler and faster. Suppliers across Canada have easier access to bidding opportunities and are given a second opportunity to comply with the mandatory requirements of bid solicitations.

Budget 2018 announced $196.8 million over five years to establish a new electronic procurement solution platform to make government procurement simpler, faster, and more accessible.

The government is striving to increase bidder diversity. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) participated in 1,165 outreach events across Canada, reaching more than 30,000 individuals, to promote doing business with the Government of Canada.

PSPC launched a number of pilots to increase participation of small and diverse suppliers with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses owned or led by women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous people. These efforts complement initiatives undertaken to better leverage public procurement to support socio-economic goals including improved community and environmental benefits.

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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 is reviewing its service standards to better meet the needs of Canadians. To date, the government has:
• implemented improved service standards for new clients applying for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability benefits
• completed a Service Delivery Review for Veterans Affairs Canada to improve delivery of its benefits and services
• re-opened nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices and opened one new office, for a total of ten offices
• implemented auto-enrollment for Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits
• implemented an integrated OAS/GIS application, allowing Canadians to apply to both OAS and GIS at the same time
• added new capacity for call centres handling inquiries related to Employment Insurance (EI) and the Canada Revenue Agency
• ensured more Canadians could file their taxes online for all Canada Revenue Agency administered programs.

In 2017-18, the government consulted with Canadians on service standards reviews for EI, OAS and CPP.

The reviews found that the current service standards meet Canadians’ expectations, but the information should be easier to find and read. These findings are informing future work on service standards.

In addition to departmental web sites informing clients of their service standards, the government also created a service inventory of data collection on Open.Canada.ca providing a more consolidated view of services, their standards and related performance results.

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101 Original mandate letters - 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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Advertising campaigns with budgets greater than $500,000 undergo independent, mandatory reviews under an interim process established in May 2016 to 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 undertaken an audit of the non-partisan advertising oversight mechanism. The report was tabled on May 7, 2019, and included five recommendations for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. In the response, the Secretariat agreed with all recommendations, indicating they will be addressed between May and December 2019.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Improve the use of evidence in program evaluation.

Completed - fully met
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The government established a new Policy on Results in July 2016 that aims to improve how its institutions measure, evaluate, and report results. The policy also seeks to improve how departments and agencies gather and use evidence to inform decisions. As of December 2018, all departments have fully adopted the new policy. A Central Performance Impact and Assessment Unit to undertake performance evaluations on an ongoing basis was established in 2018.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Make government data available digitally.

Completed - fully met
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The government improved the Open government portal, Open.canada.ca, by adding content from across the government and by simplifying the search process for users. The government also added the Open by Default Pilot section to the portal, giving Canadians early access to draft and working documents from participating departments. The number of participating federal entities increased from 45 in 2014 to 66 as of May 2019. Since December 2017, more than 30,000 new data sets were published, and accessed hundreds of thousands of times. The government continues to make new data sets available on open.canada.ca while strengthening the quality, accessibility, and searchability of open data that are relevant to Canadians and to stakeholders in civil society, private sector, media, and academia. During this same period over 600,000 proactive disclosure records have been added to open.canada.ca by 169 federal government institutions

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. The government has also repeatedly been recognized internationally as leaders on open government by the Open Government Partnership. Canada was elected to the steering committee of the Open Government Partnership in 2017 and assumed the role of lead government chair in 2018.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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 is committed to building a culture of respect for, and within, the federal public service. During the 2018 round of collective bargaining, the government as the Employer engaged with all bargaining agents who served notice to bargain. The government continues to bargain in good faith with public sector unions and remains committed to negotiating collective agreements that are fair for public servants, and serve to attract, retain, motivate and renew the workforce required to deliver results to Canadians.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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 work of ensuring Parliament and federal workplaces are free from sexual harassment and violence is never complete until it stops. In October 2018, new legislation was passed that replaces the current patchwork of laws and policies on harassment and violence with a comprehensive legislative and policy framework to prevent harassment and violence, respond to it when it occurs and support affected employees.

Led by the government’s efforts, additional changes in the House of Commons include:
• information on harassment is now provided to parliamentary employees, including interns and volunteers
• 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
• the classroom training on harassment is now mandatory for Members of Parliament
• training sessions for senior and junior staff in ministerial offices were created and attended by staff in all ministers’ offices.

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60 Original mandate letters - 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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Transport Canada is further strengthening the safety of Canada’s rail transportation system by investing in:
• infrastructure improvements to existing rail lines and crossings
• safety-related research and innovative development
• public education and awareness initiatives
• grants to encourage the closure of unsafe crossings

Since November 2015 the government has supported 796 projects across Canada to reduce injuries and fatalities. In addition, the government is collaborating with local communities on ways 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 phased out legacy DOT-111 tank cars (jacketed and unjacketed) in crude oil service. The removal of other types of tank cars in crude oil service is being accelerated. To assist municipalities with emergency planning, risk assessment and to help train first responders, the government issued Protective Direction 36 in April 2016. It provides jurisdictions with access to comprehensive information about dangerous goods from the railways, including information that they can make publicly available. The government is developing regulations to implement its amendments to the Railway Safety Act.

On April 11, 2019, the Minister of Transport publically released the government’s response to the 2018 Railway Safety Act Review recommendations. The Minister of Transport accepted the report’s 16 recommendations, which will help address persistent rail safety issues and position Canada’s rail transportation system to meet the challenges of the next decade. The government is already taking actions to address certain rail safety issues that are also consistent with the recommendations. For example, as part of its fatigue management strategy, on December 20, 2018, the Minister of Transport issued a Ministerial Order instructing railway companies to revise the Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees to ensure they reflect the latest fatigue science and fatigue management practices. The Railway companies must submit their proposals by May 19, 2019, and address such elements as length of a duty period, split shifts, minimum rest period, advance notice of work schedules and fatigue management plans.

The Transportation Modernization Act, which received Royal Assent in spring 2018, provided the ability for the government to introduce regulations mandating locomotive voice and video recorders. The regulations were published in Canada Gazette I in May 2019 and will further strengthen the safety of Canada’s rail transportation system by providing critical information that will improve our understanding of the events leading up to an accident, as well as to help prevent future accidents.

Budget 2019 provides $229 million in funding for continued improvements to rail safety and the safe transportation of dangerous goods. This includes up to four more years of funding for grade crossings infrastructure, technology and research projects, as well as projects to increase rail safety awareness under the Rail Safety Improvement Program.

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101 Original mandate letters - 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
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The Transportation Modernization Act received Royal Assent in May 2018, after government consultations with grain sector stakeholders on rail transportation and the Canada Transportation Act Review. The new Act advances 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 also modernizes the Maximum Revenue Entitlement for Western grain to encourage more investments in hopper cars, and adds soybeans to the list of eligible crops. The government has also renewed the western Grain Monitoring Program for three years.

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

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101 Original mandate letters - 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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The government introduced the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act prohibiting 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, which complements the Oceans Protection Plan, proposes strong penalty provisions for contravention that could reach up to $5 million.

The proposed legislation is currently before the Senate for review.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Restore the long-form census.

Completed - fully met
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Canada and its economy depend on knowing about itself, that communities, governments, businesses and other organizations have 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 per cent. 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 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Reinforce Statistics Canada's independence.

Completed - fully met
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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 reinforces 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 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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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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The government announced its innovation agenda in Budget 2017 - the Innovation and Skills Plan - which will:
• more than double the number of Canadians potentially eligible for employment support and skills training programs to as many as 1.4 million per year
• expand programs to support up to 10,000 work-integrated learning placements each year
• provide more affordable and accessible broadband services for low-income Canadians and Canadians in remote communities through investments in broadband infrastructure and low-income support programs
• encourage the development of assistive technologies that make it easier for persons with disabilities to participate in the digital economy
• expand access to venture capital financing
• support five superclusters to promote innovation opportunities in high-growth industries.

To support a streamlined approach to business innovation programming, programs are being delivered under the Innovation Canada umbrella. This single window platform has seen more than 850,000 visits to the website since its launch in January 2018. Through the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS), more than 525 firms have been supported to scale up. Since its launch in July 2017, the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) has announced 43 projects totaling $1.2 billion in contributions, leveraging a total investment of $15.3 billion in Canada. Five successful Innovation Superclusters have been announced. Since its launch in December 2017, Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) has launched 42 challenges identified by 14 departments for which proposed innovative solutions are required. These challenges generated nearly 715 proposals from innovative, Canadian small businesses. Departments and agencies have set aside approximately $55 million to fund the development of solutions that respond to these challenges. Since its launch in January 2018, the Clean Growth Hub has served over 930 clients to advance clean technology projects in Canada. The Hub's team of experts from across government helps companies and researchers pursuing clean technology projects identify the federal programs and supports most relevant to their needs.

Budget 2019 proposed a further $100 million over four years for the SIF to support the activities of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, leveraging private sector co-investments. By developing ground-breaking clean tech and emission-lowering solutions through collaboration, the Network will support economic growth, will create good, well-paying jobs, and will lead to cleaner energy production from source to end use.

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Completed - fully met

Exports and Investment

Implement a new Trade and Investment Strategy

Completed - fully met
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The government is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada's economic brand through the Invest in Canada Agency. On November 30, 2018, Canada, the United States, and Mexico signed the new Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Parties will now undertake their domestic process towards ratification and implementation of the CUSMA.

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 of Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 10 other countries in the Pacific region. The fifth round of negotiations toward a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur member states and Canada took place in March 2019. Round 7 of negotiations towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) also took place in October.

Since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to 2,040 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 $376 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.

On November 21, 2018, the government, through the Fall Economic Statement, proposed to launch an Export Diversification Strategy with a target of increasing Canada's overseas exports by 50 per cent by 2025. In total, the Strategy will invest $1.1 billion over the next six years, starting in 2018-19, to help Canadian businesses access new markets. The Strategy will focus on three key components: investing in infrastructure to support trade, providing Canadian businesses with resources to execute their export plans and enhancing trade services for Canadian exporters.

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Exports and Investment

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

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

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In Budget 2018 the government committed to work with key sectors, including the auto sector, to evaluate the potential economic impacts of trade agreements, and ensure these key sectors remained strong and competitive. The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership came into force in December 2018.

The Strategic Innovation Fund, the Invest in Canada Agency, and the Global Skills Strategy enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry. These initiatives 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 others. Such investments foster innovation, create and secure thousands of long-term jobs in manufacturing and research and development, and position Canada as a leader in the development of the "car of the future."

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Jobs and Innovation

Increase high-speed broadband coverage, including in rural communities, and keep Canada at the leading edge of the digital economy.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Greater availability and affordability for high-speed internet in rural and remote areas of Canada gives Canadians more opportunity to participate in the economy, democracy and connected way of life.

In Budget 2019, the government announced targets for 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses to access to speeds of at least 50/10 Megabits per second (Mbps) by 2026, and 100 per cent by 2030, no matter where they are located in the country. Investments of $5 to $6 billion were announced including a new $1.7 billion Universal Broadband Fund and complementary investments from partners like the Canada Infrastructure Bank and the private sector.

The government will build on existing collaboration with private sector partners, provinces and territories, municipalities, public institutions, Indigenous communities, and non-profit organizations to maximize benefits for Canadians. This includes supporting the deployment of advanced wireless services, accelerating investment incentives to make it more attractive for service providers to invest in broadband, and leveraging investments from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s $750 million Broadband Fund.

Budget 2019 builds on the ongoing success of the $500 million Connect to Innovate program. As of April 2019, 174 projects representing an investment of $454 million and targeting more than 900 communities (more than tripling the initial target of 300 - which includes 190 Indigenous communities) have been announced.

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Jobs and Innovation

Create a Chief Science Officer.

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Following an open, transparent and merit-based process, the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, was appointed by the government on September 26, 2017. As the Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer helps to improve dissemination and use of independent scientific information and strengthened evidence-based policy-making within government. Dr. Nemer also advises the government on ensuring 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 reports to the Prime Minister and Minister of Science. The first annual report of the Chief Science Advisor was published on March 11, 2019.

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

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Government scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and the role of scientific information and empirical evidence has been strengthened in government decision making. The government updated its Communications Policy to ensure government scientists are free to speak in an official capacity on subjects on which they have expertise. Collective agreements covering 15,000 government scientists now enshrine this provision.

Canada’s Chief Science Advisor led the development of a model science integrity policy in response to the commitments made under the 2016 Memorandum of Agreement between Treasury Board and Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. The majority of science-based departments and agencies implemented their departmental integrity policies in December 2018.

The government reinstated the mandatory long-form census. The University and College Academic Staff System survey provides accurate information about Canada’s research community.

To promote the use of scientific information and evidence-based decision-making, the government updated the guide on preparing Memoranda to Cabinet. The Chief Science Advisor advises the government to ensure scientific evidence is considered when making decisions.

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.

So far, four organizations have moved to create a departmental science advisor position, and the first incumbents at the Canadian Space Agency and National Research Council are now in place.

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Jobs and Innovation

Establish new Canada Research Chairs in sustainable technologies.

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New Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) have been appointed to further research in clean and sustainable technology.

Budget 2016 identified $20 million over eight years starting in 2018 for the creation in 2019 of two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) in fields related to clean and sustainable technology.

A competition was launched in 2016, with eight new Chairs announced in April 2019. Three institutions were awarded Chairs in fields related to clean and sustainable technology: Concordia University (Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities), the University of British Columbia (Forest Bioproducts) and the University of Manitoba (Arctic Sea Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling, and Climate Change).

To address the gender imbalance in CERC, this competition required institutions to include detailed equity plans and recruitment strategies that promote the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the CERC program. As a result, of the eight new Chairs, five were awarded to women.

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Strengthen support for fundamental research to support new discoveries.

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The government has taken steps to modernize research infrastructure at post-secondary institutions, appoint new research Chairs in areas of strategic priority, and enhance capacity for granting councils to support fundamental research.

Since 2016, the government has funded 300 projects through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to modernize research and training facilities on campuses across Canada. These investments support key discovery research and facilitate the expansion of ongoing research efforts.

Through Budget 2016, the government set aside $20 million to fund two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs in the areas of clean and sustainable technologies; three chairs in these areas were ultimately awarded in 2019.

In 2017, the government announced the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy to develop centres of expertise in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton. The centres train and attract key talent in this emerging area of fundamental research.

The government has also taken action in response to the vast majority of the recommendations of the 2017 report of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) was established in fall 2017 to achieve greater harmonization and coordination of the granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Work is also progressing to establish a new Council on Science and Innovation that will report to the Ministers of ISED and of Science and Sport.

Budget 2018 provided an historic $4 billion in new investments in science. This included $1.7 billion over five years and ongoing funding to support researchers through Canada's granting agencies and research institutes. Of this, $925 million over five years ($235 million annually ongoing) was provided for fundamental research through the granting agencies and $210 million over five years ($50 million annually ongoing) has enabled the creation of 285 new Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions and the provision of a new $20,000 annual research stipend for first term Tier 2 chairs .

Budget 2018 also announced new funding to support research that is interdisciplinary, international, fast-breaking and higher-risk. Launched in December 2018, the New Frontiers in Research Fund's inaugural call offering proof-of-concept Exploration awards exclusively to early-career researchers offered 150 awards in March 2019. As of May 2019, new calls under the Fund’s Exploration, Transformation and International streams are being developed. Once fully ramped up, the Fund will have an annual budget of $130 million.

Equity and diversity is a major focus for the government. Budget 2018 proposed $3.8 million to identify new ways of doing research with Indigenous communities; $15 million for the granting agencies for programs that improve equity and diversity outcomes in academia; and $6 million for surveys to collect improved researcher data on underrepresented groups.

Budget 2018 also proposed over $1.3 billion for investments in the laboratories, equipment and infrastructure researchers rely on every day. This includes $763 million over five years starting in 2018-19 to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, including $160 million to provide additional support through the Foundation's Major Science Initiatives fund. Budget 2018 also proposed $572.5 million over five years ($52 million annually ongoing) 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.

Building on these significant achievements, Budget 2019 announced additional funding in support of fundamental research including $114M over 5 years, starting in 2019–20, with $26.5M per year ongoing, to the granting agencies to create 500 more master’s level scholarship awards annually and 167 more three-year doctoral scholarship awards annually through the Canada Graduate Scholarship program, and renewal of funding for Genome Canada and TRIUMF. Budget 2019 also proposed $37.4 million over five years and $8.6 million per year ongoing, to expand paid parental leave coverage from six months to 12 months for students and postdoctoral fellows who receive federal granting agency funding.

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Align business support programs across governments.

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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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In January 2018, the government established the Innovation Canada digital platform as a one-stop-shop, to quickly match businesses with the best fitting programs and services from across federal, provincial and territorial governments. Since its launch, there have been over 850,000 visits and 1,600 average daily visits.

The government launched the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) in 2016 to provide businesses with better access and streamlined services. Growth-oriented firms have access to a dedicated advisor, a customized plan of 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 $440 million in funding, over 4,500 programs and services, and have been provided with 360 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.

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Exports and Investment

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

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On May 21, 2019, the government launched the new federal tourism strategy, entitled Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy was built on three pillars:
1) Build Tourism in Canada's Communities
2) Attract Investment to the Visitor Economy
3) A renewed Focus on Public-Private Collaboration.

The government is working to increase the number of international tourists to Canada by 30 per cent by 2021. This goal includes doubling the number of visitors from China by the same year and positioning Canada as a top-10 destination by 2025.

Spending by international visitors to Canada reached $22.1 billion in 2018, representing an increase of 2.9 per cent over 2017. Canada set a new record high for tourist arrivals in 2018 of 21.1 million. The New York Times, Lonely Planet and Condé Nast have all recognized Canada as a top international destination to visit in 2017. In 2018, Canada saw an increase in tourism from the United States (1.4 per cent) and China (6.1 per cent) over 2017.

The Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018 was an opportunity to increase visitation from China, which is supported by the opening of new Visa Application Centres in China. Budget 2018 allocated $3.6 million in funding to support activities such as hosting the closing ceremony for the Canada China Year of Tourism and working closely with Canadian businesses as they prepare to welcome an increased number of tourists from China.

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Reduce the administrative burden on small business.

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

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The government launched the Innovation Canada website in January 2018 as a one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs. The website is able to quickly match users with the federal, provincial, or territorial programs and services to best help them innovate, create jobs and grow Canada's economy.

The Business Number (BN) is a key component of digital identity for business, and its adoption across the government enables more seamless service delivery, including sign-on once, tell-us-once service integration across governments and personalized digital experience. Federally, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) continues to drive the use of the BN by all departments as the standard identifier for business clients across the government. Nineteen ISED business-facing services are using the BN, and 19 other departments access business identity information through the real time BN web validation service.

ISED is improving service to Canadian businesses through digital transformation. New technologies enable a seamless service experience that significantly reduces burden.

The 2018 Fall Economic Statement included proposals to introduce an Annual Modernization Bill, create an External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness, launch a Centre for Regulatory Innovation, and enact policy changes and regulatory measures that respond to recommendations from the business community.

Budget 2019 proposed measures across the government to minimize regulatory burden. These include plans to begin work announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement to introduce the Annual Modernization Bill and to establish the External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness. Budget 2019 also announced funding to implement regulatory road maps in three high-growth sectors, as well as funding for the Treasury Board Secretariat to support harmonization of interprovincial and international regulations. The regulatory roadmaps will be implemented in the agri-food and aquaculture, health and bio-sciences, and transportation and infrastructure sectors.

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Healthy Canadians

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

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Adult Canadians suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions and whose death is reasonably foreseeable are now able to easily and effectively access medical assistance in dying if they so choose. 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 reports to consider in more detail three particularly complex types of requests for MAID. These include requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition. Independent expert panels, organized by the Council of Canadian Academies, conducted these reviews and produced three reports, which were tabled in Parliament in December 2018. The government is carefully reviewing these reports, which will help inform debate on the issue of medical assistance in dying among Canadians and decision-makers. As of April 2017, Health Canada has been providing interim public reporting on the use of MAID across Canada, and the final interim report will be completed in spring 2019. Health Canada has also finalized the regulations that will establish a permanent monitoring regime, which came 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.

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Legal positions taken by the government are consistent with government commitments, the Charter and Canadian values. The government reviewed all appeals in which it was involved and ended those that were inconsistent. It established the Cabinet Committee on Litigation Management and the Deputy Minister Committee on Litigation Management to provide strategic advice on how to advance and resolve litigation involving the government. An agreement in principle was negotiated for many of those affected by the Sixties Scoop to resolve multiple class actions.

The Ross, Roy and Satalic class action, seeking compensation for the historic federal policies and practices that targeted, investigated and discharged LGBTQ2 members of the federal public service, was resolved. A settlement agreement was reached, which includes measures to support individual compensation reconciliation, and recognition, as well as initiatives to promote collective reconciliation and remembrance. The Prime Minister delivered a formal apology and reiterated the government’s commitment to address systemic discrimination against LGBTQ2 people.

The Merlo and Davidson class action, concerning allegations of gender and sexual-orientation- based harassment and discrimination within the RCMP was settled. As part of the settlement, the government has agreed to provide for change initiatives to address workplace harassment in the RCMP and compensation for the victims who experienced gender or sexual orientation based harassment and/or discrimination while working in the RCMP.

The government passed Bill C-51, to amend the Department of Justice Act. For every government bill, the Minister of Justice now has a statutory duty to table in Parliament a statement that sets out the Bill's potential effects on the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Charter.

Additionally, the Attorney General has published the Principles guiding the Attorney General of Canada in Charter litigation. The six Principles are: constitutionalism and the rule of law; the principle of parliamentary democracy; adjudication; continuity; consistent application of the Charter; and access to justice. These principles in service of the public interest, guide the Attorney General’s conduct in litigation involving the Charter cases.

The Attorney General also published the Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples, which holds the government accountable in all litigation involving Indigenous peoples to ensure that the government’s commitment to reconciliation remains a primary focus even where litigation is ongoing.

The yearly publication of the Litigation Year in Review since 2016 has promoted openness and transparency with respect to litigation positions taken by the Attorney General of Canada.

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

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Consistent with its commitment for greater transparency, accountability and diversity, in August 2016, the government announced a new, open and transparent process for making appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada. The process now involves: an open application process, the establishment of an Independent Advisory Board to assess all applications and prepare a shortlist of candidates, the requirement of functional bilingualism as an essential qualification for all shortlisted candidates, and 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, followed by Justice Sheilah L. Martin in December 2017.

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Safety and Security

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

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Result anticipated: 

Greater protections for complainants and survivors of sexual assault and domestic assault.

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In March 2018, the government tabled legislation that improves efficiencies in the criminal justice system and reduces court delays. This legislation strengthens responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). These reforms, currently before the Senate, would:
• impose a reverse onus at bail for an 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 are elevated forms 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 December2018, government legislation came into force that clarified and strengthened the sexual assault provisions in the Criminal Code. These provisions:
• clarify that an unconscious person, or a person who is 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 worthy of belief
• provide that a complainant has a right to legal representation in rape shield proceedings
• create a regime to determine whether an accused can introduce at trial a complainant's private records that are in their possession.

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

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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 meet the needs of Canada’s innovators. The government introduced a reduction of the small business tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 10 per cent as of January 2018 and to 9 per cent as of January 2019. In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed three immediate changes to Canada’s tax system to enhance business confidence in Canada: allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing or processing of goods; allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of specified clean energy equipment to spur new investments and the adoption of advanced clean technologies in the Canadian economy; and introducing the Accelerated Investment Incentive.

Budget 2019 proposed to repeal the use of taxable income as a factor in determining a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC)’s annual expenditure limit for the purpose of the enhanced Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. As a result, small CCPCs with taxable capital of up to $10 million will benefit from unreduced access to the enhanced refundable SR&ED credit regardless of their taxable income. This change will provide a more predictable phase-out of the enhanced SR&ED credit rate, which will more effectively support growing small and medium-sized firms as they scale up.

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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.

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Discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression is illegal in Canada. 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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The Paris Agreement entered into force in November 2016 and the government 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. Developed with provinces and territories in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, and informed by input from Canadians across the country, the PCF 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.

Canada also ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in November 2017, which will phase down powerful greenhouse gases. Canada was instrumental in achieving the required number of ratifications at the Montreal Protocol meeting, allowing the Kigali Amendment to come into force in January 2019. In November 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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Improve protection and stewardship of our freshwater resources.

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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 is working to ensure sustainable water management. The government is protecting the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg Basin and the St. Lawrence River by improving water quality, increasing conservation activities, addressing threats posed by invasive species, and improving collaboration with Indigenous peoples. As announced in Budget 2017, the government is investing $44.84 million to protect Great Lakes water quality, and $25.7 million for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

The government is collaborating with the United States to protect shared waters through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and has also established a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to help provinces, territories and municipalities make immediate repairs to water and wastewater infrastructure.

Updated Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations were published in May 2018 following extensive consultations. The amendments come into force between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2021. These regulations set out limits for certain harmful substances, prohibit the discharge of effluent that is acutely lethal to rainbow trout, and specify the requirements for sampling, reporting and monitoring environmental effects of effluent.

Consultations have been initiated to modernize the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations to provide greater environmental protection and improve regulatory certainty for the pulp and paper sector. The government is also developing regulations for effluents from coal mines and from oil sands in order to reduce threats to fish, fish habitat, and human health by improving the management of harmful substances in coal mine effluent. In 2020, proposed regulations will be published in Canada Gazette Part I for public comment.

Changes proposed to the impact assessment regime will also support improved protection for freshwater areas.

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Enhance protection of Canada's endangered species.

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Species at risk are protected.

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The government is addressing the backlog of 149 terrestrial species eligible for listing under the Species at Risk Act. Since February 2017, final listing decisions were made for 120 of these species and proposed listing decisions were published for another 6 species. As of April 2019, 181 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. Measures identified in these action plans will support species at risk recovery in Parks Canada places.

In Budget 2018, the government invested $1.3 billion over five years to support Canada’s biodiversity and protect species at risk.

This investment includes $500 million to create a $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not for-profit, provincial, territorial and other 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.

The federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, has agreed to the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. This new approach will shift from a single-species approach to conservation to one that focuses on multiple species and ecosystems. A national set of priority places, species, and sectors and threats was affirmed in December 2018, with joint work planning initiated in January 2019 with provinces and territories and other partners to advance multi-stakeholder conservation planning and implement action on-the-ground, with the support of the Canada Nature Fund. For example, a multi-pronged approach is underway for the conservation of boreal caribou through the negotiation and implementation of conservation agreements with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities. The approach also includes grants and contributions funding to support on-the-ground conservation action by various partners.

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

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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 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 have been adopted. Updated ozone standards are expected to be approved by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) in summer 2019. A new State-of-the-Air Report was launched at the CCME in November 2017 to inform Canadians about air quality and air pollution. The government has also established national emissions standards to reduce air pollutants from industrial sources in the following sectors: iron and steel; aluminum; potash; pulp and paper; iron ore pellets; base metals smelting; cement; and from the following equipment: stationary spark-ignition engines; non-utility boilers and heaters; stationary combustion turbines.

In December 2018, Canada published two 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 12.8 megatonnes in 2030.

Equivalency agreements that would stand down the federal regulations in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have recently been published. These will reduce regulatory duplication while providing the same level of environmental protection.

In March 2019, the government published the proposed Off Road Compression-Ignition (Mobile and Stationary) and Large Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations. The proposed Regulations would repeal and replace the current Off-Road Compression-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations and introduce new emission standards and requirements aligned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standards for Large spark-ignition engines and Stationary compression-ignition engines.

In April 2019, the government published the Regulations Amending the Contaminated Fuel Regulations. These amendments exempt contaminated fuels in transit from the prohibition on imports and exports of contaminated fuels.

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Review Canada's environmental assessment processes.

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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 legislation in February 2018 to 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 and knowledge of Indigenous peoples, provides certainty to businesses, and will protect 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. The legislation is currently before the Senate for review.

The government also announced in 2018 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.

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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.

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The government has developed Canada's National Parks system, as well as managed and expanded National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries.

The Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area (NWA) was formally designated a NWA in June 2018 to conserve 1.2 million hectares for sea birds in the Pacific Ocean. Important prairie habitat in southwest Saskatchewan will be conserved with the transfer of the Govenlock Community Pasture to Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2019.

In October 2018, the federal government and the Dehcho First Nation and the Tlicho government announced the signing of an establishment agreement for the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area in the Northwest Territories to protect over 1.4 million hectares of habitat for boreal caribou. The federal government also announced $5.2 million over 5 years to support establishment and management of the area.

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 Territory Métis Nation are close to completion. In Budget 2019, the government proposed to introduce amendments to the Canada National Parks Act to take steps to legally establish the Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. Negotiations between the federal government, British Columbia and the Syilx/Okanagan Nation are underway on a proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan, and Parks Canada has completed public and stakeholder consultation on this proposal and results have been published. Parks Canada has contacted Manitoba to re-engage on a proposed national park in the Manitoba Lowlands. As part of the expansion of National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, the government is working closely with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and stakeholders to secure new protected areas by the end of 2020.

At the Nature Champions Summit in Montreal in April 2019 the federal government announced its intention to designate Isle Haute as a National Wildlife Area. This historic island in the Bay of Fundy is important habitat for wildlife including migratory birds and species at risk. An announcement was also made to create three new National Wildlife Areas from 27 islands in the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal. These initiatives will contribute to the conservation of nature in Canada.

A comprehensive plan is being developed to conserve at least 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland water through networks of protected and conserved areas by 2020. In February 2019, the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative, co-chaired by the federal government, released One with Nature: A Renewed Approach to Land and Freshwater Conservation in Canada, which presents pan-Canadian opportunities jointly developed by federal, provincial and territorial governments to support progress towards achieving the terrestrial and inland water components of Canada Target 1 (the first of Canada’s 19 biodiversity goals and targets). The One with Nature report was informed by recommendations from a National Advisory Panel and an Indigenous Circle of Experts.

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

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Parks Canada services have been developed and record numbers of Canadians are experiencing our National Parks.

In 2017-18 more than 27 million visitors were welcomed to Canada’s heritage places administered by Parks Canada, including more than 16.8 million visitors to national parks – a 9 per cent increase from visitation to national parks in 2016-17. The government has taken steps to make sites administered by Parks Canada more accessible and to improve overall visitor experiences. The government is investing approximately $3.6 billion over five years, including $364 million announced in Budget 2017 to renew infrastructure assets.

Parks Canada is delivering almost 1,000 separate infrastructure projects across the country, and has invested $2.4 billion. The balance of funds is allocated to improve existing built assets under Parks Canada’s care across the country. Budget 2019 announced funding of up to $143 million and $224 million in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively, to support capital assets in Canada's national parks, conservation areas and historic sites. This investment will support the restoration or replacement of deteriorating assets so that Canadians can continue to enjoy Canada's heritage places.

In September 2018 the government announced an investment of $30 million to enhance and maintain the Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail), improving its safety, accessibility, and sustainability. Since its 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 January 2018 Parks Canada entered into a four-year contribution agreement with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada with the goal of enhancing and growing authentic Indigenous experiences in regions across the country.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the government offered free admission to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas in 2017, as well as free passage through lock systems on all national historic canals. More than 8.5 million Discovery Passes were distributed to Canadians and people from 160 countries. Parks Canada welcomed over 27.2 million visitors in 2017, an 11 per cent increase from 2016. Starting in 2018, admission for children under 18 is free at national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Parks Canada also continues 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.

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

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

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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 Canada National Parks Act requires that the maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity, through the protection of natural resources and natural processes is the first priority of the Minister when considering all aspects of the management of parks. The government is vigilant in 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 a rigorous environmental assessment process for development proposals. Together, these ensure compliance with park-wide ecological objectives and the maintenance of ecological integrity, while limiting development.

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 sites. These include campaigns to help visitors plan their stay and how to be safe in natural areas and initiatives for visitors to use public transit and shuttles in the mountain parks. Successfully diverting traffic and the use of vehicles at Parks Canada places enhances visitor experience and also reduces the demands placed on existing infrastructure, thereby limiting future potential infrastructure development.

Parks Canada continues to work in collaboration with Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, Destination Canada, and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada to support tourism opportunities and promotion across the country, helping to grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs. In 2017-18 the economic activity generated from Parks Canada’s organizational spending and spending by visitors in tourism and other sectors contributed an estimated $4.0 billion towards Canada’s gross domestic product, supported approximately 40,000 jobs, and generated an estimated $532 million in tax revenues.

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

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Legislation passed in June 2017 expands the size of the Rouge National Urban Park and guides how the park will be managed. This Act strengthens ecological protections and will ensure that ecological integrity is the top 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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Environment and Climate Change

Renew the commitment to protect the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

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The government renewed 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.

In Budget 2017, the government invested in the protection of Canada’s freshwater resources, including $44.84 million for Great Lakes water quality, and $25.7 million for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. The government also invested $43.8 million to protect against aquatic invasive species in Canadian waters. The Asian Carp Program allows the government to improve early detection and to 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.

A program on freshwater aquatic invasive species was implemented in Quebec in 2018 to complement the marine species monitoring that is already taking place in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence and which, in partnership with the Government of Quebec funds the detection and prevention of invasive aquatic species introductions in the province. In addition, in partnership with the Government of Quebec, the government has initiated a study to improve understanding of the distribution and population dynamics of tench (an invasive fish) in order to develop a mitigation strategy in the St. Lawrence and Richelieu rivers.

The government is increasing outreach to assist Canadians with properly reporting invasive species. In June 2017, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced continued investment in the conservation 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. In November 2018, the government launched a new mobile app for Ontario's recreational fishers to help keep invasive species out of Ontario waters and protect aquatic species at risk in the Great Lakes. In March 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada released the Socio-Economic Risk Assessment Of The Presence Of Grass Carp In The Great Lakes Basin to supplement the bi-National Ecological Risk Assessment released in 2017. This study will be used to inform management and policy decisions across the Great Lakes basin to prevent the spread and establishment of Grass Carp.

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Examine the implications of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems.

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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 Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) significantly enhances Arctic research on the impacts of climate change in the Arctic. The government is investing in the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program to identify climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, develop adaptation tools, and improve ocean forecasting in vulnerable coastal regions. This program supports ocean chemistry monitoring, fisheries vulnerability assessments and predictive modelling activities in the Arctic. As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the government is working with Indigenous and coastal communities to collect baseline environmental information at six sites, including one in the Arctic.

The government concluded international agreements to strengthen Arctic scientific cooperation, and signed the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean in October 2018. Once ratified by all parties, this agreement will include a joint program of scientific research and monitoring to improve understanding of the Central Arctic Ocean ecosystems. The government 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 has committed to work together with northern partners to better understand the “Last Ice Area,” the only region in the high Arctic expected to retain summer sea ice until 2050.

To support ongoing scientific research in the High Arctic, Budget 2019 proposes up to $21.8 million over five years, starting in 2019, for the Eureka Weather Station on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut. This investment will support critical repairs and necessary upgrades to the station’s systems such as the aircraft runway, sewage, ventilation and plumbing and will help ensure continued safe operations of the site for weather and climate forecasting and as a key hub for Arctic research and government military operations.

Budget 2019 also proposes up to $10 million for the Polar Continental Shelf Program which provides critical logistics support—such as coordinating air charters and supplying field equipment—to Canadian researchers seeking to advance our understanding of the North.

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

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The government is focusing its development assistance on closing gaps and barriers faced by women and girls around the world and achieving the sustainable development goals. This commitment is reflected in the Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local women’s organizations in 30 countries and regions, and the Her Voice, Her Choice to address sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The Feminist International Assistance Policy announced in 2017 commits to directing 50 per cent of Canada's annual bilateral international development assistance to sub-Saharan African countries by 2021-2022 and ensuring that 95 per cent of bilateral international development assistance integrates or targets gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In April 2019, the government published a new policy document, "A Feminist Approach: Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action," to guide Canada’s actions to increase the gender-responsiveness of our humanitarian action.

To strengthen the impact of the policy, including through more innovative approaches to international assistance, Budget 2018 announced an investment of $3.5 billion. In May 2018, Canada launched a call to action to the private sector and philanthropists to catalyze new investments in support of gender equality and women’s rights in developing countries and 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. G7 leaders announced $3.8 billion to support the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, of which Canada will invest $400 million.

Budget 2019 announced an additional $700 million for the International Assistance Envelope in 2023-24, in order to support the implementation of Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy.

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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.

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After a year of consultations with over 15,000 people in 65 countries, the government released its Feminist International Assistance Policy in June 2017. To strengthen the impact of the policy, including through more innovative approaches to international assistance, Budget 2018 announced an investment of $3.5 billion, and Budget 2019 announced an additional $700 million to support its implementation.

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

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Canada's commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at home and abroad helps to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

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Budget 2018 highlighted the government's commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at home and abroad. The Government of Canada supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is committed to working with its national and international partners to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world, that leaves no one behind. In April 2018, the government announced the development of a national strategy to further action on SDGs across the country, and launched the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Web portal to invite Canadians to share their stories of how they are advancing the SDGs. In July 2018, Canada delivered its first VNR to the United Nations, reporting highlights of Canada’s efforts and success over the past three years, underlining challenges that remain, and outlining Canada’s way forward on the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

To support monitoring and reporting, Statistics Canada launched the Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub in May 2018, a one-stop online resource for information and statistics that allow Canadians to monitor progress on the 2030 goals and targets. An SDG Unit was established within Employment and Social Development Canada to act as a focal point for the government’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. A Call for Proposals for the SDG Funding Program was launched in May 2019 to leverage the work of stakeholders to deliver improved outcomes for Canadians with the aim of leaving no one behind. Through its international assistance, Canada is also supporting its development partners to achieve the SDGs.

To further accelerate Canada’s progress in achieving the 2030 Agenda, the government is leading the development of a whole-of-society National Strategy, which will create a common vision for Canada’s path forward and set the foundation for future actions on the SDGs. From March to May 2019, the government launched a consultation process to engage Canadians on the development of a 2030 Agenda National Strategy. Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, the private sector and other levels of government, were invited to contribute their ideas to help shape the development of Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy.

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy aligns with the 2030 Agenda and SDGs to ensure that investments are coordinated with the rest of the international community. At the G7 Summit in June 2018, 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 remove 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 for education of women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. 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.

To continue Canada’s efforts as a global leader dedicated to making progress on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls around the world, and to reinforce the commitment to reduce global poverty, Budget 2019 announced support for the implementation of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy through the International Assistance Envelope by investing an additional $700 million in 2023–24.

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

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Since 2017, the government has been focusing on closing key gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. This includes facilitating access to contraceptives and safe, legal abortion, and a focus on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) including child-, early- and forced-marriage and female genital mutilation and cutting.

In March 2017, the government announced $650 million over three years, to close gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, doubling Canada’s existing investments.

Full, free and voluntary access to modern contraceptives as part of a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services is essential to supporting women to gain control over their bodies and lives. Canada’s funding of $42.6 million to family planning activities in 2017-2018 made it possible for:
• 1.4 million women and couples to receive contraceptive services and supplies
• 387,000 unintended pregnancies to be averted including 187,000 unplanned births
• 147,000 induced abortions, averting 108,000 unsafe abortions
• 1,100 maternal deaths to be averted.

Canada 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 continues to promote sexual and reproductive health rights through 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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Support innovative, evidence-based approaches to development assistance.

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Guided by the Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada is providing more integrated and responsive assistance, supporting innovation and research, providing better reporting on results, supporting diverse and 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 its International Policy Ideas Challenge (IPIC), an annual program in which early career and graduate researchers in Canada are selected to conduct and present innovative research on foreign policy, international trade and international development issues.

In 2017, the government launched the Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation initiative (SMO initiative), to attract new and diverse partners and encourage innovation in international development.

In May 2018, the government launched the Partnership for Gender Equality to catalyze new investments to support the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries by the philanthropic community, the investing community, the private sector and civil society.

Under Canada’s 2018 G7 presidency, the G7 Development Ministers agreed on the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact. G7 leaders also signed on 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.

The government is reporting to Canadians on each of the action areas of the Feminist International Assistance Policy. The government continues to engage with the International Development Innovation Alliance, the OECD Development Assistance Committee and Canadian society to learn about and share good practices on innovative evidence-based approaches in development assistance.

Budget 2018 announced up to $2 billion in new resources and up to $1.5 billion over five years to the International Assistance Innovation Program and the Sovereign Loans Program in support of Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy. The government also began reporting the planned annual level of the International Assistance Envelope in 2018. Budget 2019 announced an additional $700 million for the International Assistance Envelope in 2023-24.

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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In 2015, the government has committed $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. The disbursement of these funds began in 2016. To date, contributions include:
• $300 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
• $250 million to establish the Blended Climate Finance Program at the International Finance Corporation
• $200 million to the Asian Development Bank
• $150 million in support of renewable energy in Africa
• $40 million for the African Risk Capacity Agency
• $39 million to help build the resilience of farming households in Senegal
• $17.2 million to support sustainable energy and economic growth in Burkina Faso.

In February 2018, Canada committed $20 million to support women in Haiti and another $15 million to reinforce national systems to better manage and respond to natural disasters there. Canada also recently pledged $100 million to support reconstruction and climate resilience initiatives across the Caribbean.

Canada is providing $16.2 million to support Climate Resilience and Green Infrastructure project in Peru, and $6 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization for forest management and increased sustainable economic growth 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.

At the G7 Summit in June 2018, Canada committed $162 million under the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities. As part of its G7 presidency, Canada also announced $60 million in funding for Small-Island Developing States (SIDS).

At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in November 2018, the Prime Minister committed $10 million to the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience.

Canada is joining the InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions, launched at the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference.

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Canada in the World

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

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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 maintains a strong commitment to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) and uses it as an important platform to engage the international community on priority areas. On gender equality, Canada plays an active role in the implementation of La Francophonie's Gender Equality Strategy for the Promotion of Equality Between Women and Men. Canada has also played an active role in the promotion of women and youth empowerment and in the development of La Francophonie’s Action Plan on Women's Economic Empowerment. In May 2018, Canada supported the organization, by the IOF and the University of Ottawa, of an international conference on conflict prevention and human security. The conference aimed to develop a roadmap to update existing Francophonie tools and instruments to address conflict prevention and human security in Francophonie member countries. Canada played a leading role in the development and adoption at the 2018 Yerevan Summit of the first IOF transparency consolidation policy. Canada advocates in support of enhanced governance and transparency measures to further strengthen the Organisation's administrative and financial governance practices. In March 2019, Canada's leadership was recognized by the Secretary General and IOF members following the appointment of Canadian Catherine Cano as a Director of the IOF. Ms. Cano will manage the administrative and financial affairs as well as the implementation of the programming and decisions adopted by the Heads of State and government during Francophonie summits

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Resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria.

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The government surpassed its target while ensuring national security, medical, and resettlement requirements were met. 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.

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

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The government increased the number of entry applications it accepts through its Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program.

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Give additional points under the Express Entry system to applicants who have Canadian siblings.

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Changes to Canada’s Express Entry Program were implemented in June 2017. Candidates with Canadian siblings, and those who have strong language skills in French, are awarded additional points.

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

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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 came into force on October 24, 2017.

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Bring forward a proposal regarding permanent residency for new spouses entering Canada.

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The government repealed conditional permanent residence so that sponsored spouses and partners are no longer required to live with their sponsor for two years in order to maintain their permanent resident status. Sponsored spouses and partners who have already obtained permanent residence no longer have to remain with an abusive sponsor for fear of losing their immigration status.

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Government Services and Operations

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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The government has successfully implemented initiatives to reduce processing times in several programs and a client service strategy to enhance the client experience:
• As of February 2019, 84 per cent of Citizenship Grants were processed in 12 months or less. This meets our service standard of 80 per cent of cases being processed in 12 months or less.
• As of March 31, 2019, the legacy inventory for spousal sponsorship applications (applications received before December 2016) has been reduced from 75,000 to 1,836 persons.
• As of March 31, 2019, 75 per cent of new spousal sponsorship applications were processed in 12 months or less.
• Client service enhancements include ongoing improvements to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website and other self-serve tools, and implementing the call-back functionality at the IRCC Client Support Centre.

Budget 2019 committed an additional $42.9 million over two years to increase the number of IRCC call centre staff so that enquiries can be responded to more quickly. Budget 2019 also committed to invest $78.6 million over two years to ensure that resources are in place to process the high global demand for Canadian visitor visas, work and study permits.

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Restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides health benefits to 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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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.

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The designated country of origin (DCO) framework, introduced in 2012, limited access for some refugee claimants to certain supports and avenues of recourse, on the basis of their country of origin.

Since that time, several Federal Court decisions have struck down provisions of the DCO policy, including limits on access to appeal, as inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As of July 2015, claimants from DCO countries have had access to an appeal at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. In May 2019, the government removed all 42 countries from the DCO list, effectively ending the DCO policy framework.

There is no longer a need to establish an expert panel because the government has determined that no countries will be placed on the DCO list.

The government continues to make investments to increase the capacity of the asylum system, enhance the integrity of Canada's border and shorten wait times at the IRB.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan (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 plan is a key part of the government's commitment to redefine its relationship with Indigenous peoples and to engage in a meaningful and productive partnership with Indigenous communities. The government endorsed the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Plan with 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, 2018. 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.

On April 3rd, 2019, the Prime Minister, the President Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Cabinet ministers, and Inuit leaders issued the Pikialasorsuaq Joint Leaders Statement expressing their commitment to work in partnership together, and with the Governments of Denmark and Kalaalliit Nunaat (Greenland), to develop a path forward for advancing the sustainable marine management and environmental protection of the Pikialasorsuaq region, and to facilitate mobility for Inuit of the region. The Pikialasorsuaq – an open-water area surrounded by ice in northern Baffin Bay, between Nunavut and Greenland - has supported Inuit of the region for millennia; as a food source through harvesting, and as a travel route connecting Inuit communities.

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Canada in the World

Facilitate the temporary entry of low risk travellers and lift the visa requirement for Mexico.

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In December 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 in November 2016 for visa-exempt foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens) boarding their flight to Canada. In May 2017, Canada expanded eTA to Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania. The visa requirement for Bulgaria and Romania was fully lifted in December 2017. Additionally, in June 2018, Canada lifted the visa requirement for the United Arab Emirates.

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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.

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In June 2017, legislation repealed unfair elements of the Citizenship Act that had applied only to Canadians with dual or multiple citizenships and allowed the government to strip them of their Canadian citizenship. The new legislation 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.

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The government changed the Express Entry system to award more points to international students who have studied in Canada, making it easier for them to become permanent residents after completing their studies. As well, in October 2017, legislative changes introduced by the government came into force, providing greater flexibility for international students who want to become Canadian citizens.

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Environment and Climate Change

Restore funding to support federal ocean science and monitoring programs.

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The government restored funding for federal ocean science and monitoring programs. In April 2016, $197 million was committed to fund ocean and freshwater science activities that help us better understand aquatic ecosystems and support evidence-based management decisions.

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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.

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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’s internal processes now ensure that decision-making is based on scientific information and advice. With guidance from the Chief Science Advisor, the government is developing a plan to implement the precautionary approach policy for all major fish stocks.

Through the Whales Initiative, $167.4 million was invested to better protect, preserve and recover endangered whales species in Canada. This included funding for research to help the government better understand the factors affecting the health of these whales, which helps address threats arising from human activities. For example, the government announced Fisheries Management Mitigation Measures in February 2019 for the North Atlantic Right Whale.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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The government provided its third and final status update in October 2018 showing that all 75 recommendations from the Cohen Commission had been acted on.

The government continues to engage with scientific experts and stakeholders to further act 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 the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan (WSP IP) in October 2018, along with the 2018 Cohen Response Status Update. The WSP IP sets out how the government is working to restore and maintain salmon stock, and highlights measures for sustainable aquaculture.

The first Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan Annual Report (2018-19) was released in April 2019.

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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.

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In May 2016, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver 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 in May 2018. It supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax, coordinating maritime search and rescue operations in waters surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Healthy Canadians

Sign new Health Accord with the provinces and territories.

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The government reached agreement with provinces and territories on collective priorities, supported by federal investments over ten years, to ensure health care systems continue to respond to the needs of Canadians in the area of home and community care and mental health and addictions services.

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 government committed federal investments of $544 million to increase the accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs, and to enhance innovation in the delivery of health services.

In August 2017, federal, provincial and territorial governments agreed on a Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities. This statement identifies the key priorities for federal investments as set out in Budget 2017 and includes 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.

In June 2018, federal, provincial and territorial health ministers endorsed a set of common indicators, developed under the leadership of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 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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Healthy Canadians

Increase rates of vaccination.

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

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The federal government, working together with the provinces and territories, updated the national vaccination coverage goals and vaccine preventable disease reduction targets. The federal government also enhanced its Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey to better estimate vaccination coverage and understand Canadians' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs related to the vaccination of children. Statistics Canada released high-level results in March 2019 and the Public Health Agency of Canada is undertaking more detailed analysis of results. The Immunization Partnership Fund (2016-2021) is focused on improving vaccine access and uptake. As of April 2019, 20 projects have been approved for funding and 5 projects have been completed.

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Healthy Canadians

Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products.

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The government introduced new plain packaging requirements for tobacco products to reduce the appeal of tobacco use. The Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) were published in Canada Gazette, Part II, on May 1, 2019. The regulations help reduce the appeal of tobacco products and are an important part of the government’s strategy to protect Canadians from tobacco-related death and disease.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Promote the celebration of Canada 150.

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

More than 31 million people participated in Canada 150 events that brought Canadians together, emphasized the connection all Canadians share as a northern people, and underscored Canada 150’s four major themes - diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, and youth. 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.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore and increase funding for CBC/Radio-Canada.

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Significant funding increases to CBC/Radio-Canada are resulting in the creation of new, high-quality content across all platforms.

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 high-quality content, including local content, across all platforms; and digital transformation, including enhancing existing services and developing the next generation of digital talent.

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

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A new independent and merit-based appointment process has been established for selecting the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors. The government has appointed an independent and non-partisan advisory committee to recommend to the Minister of Canadian Heritage qualified candidates for appointments to CBC/Radio-Canada. Published, merit-based criteria guide the advisory committee as it identifies Canadians who would make significant contributions to the work of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Double investment in the Canada Council for the Arts.

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The government invested $550 million in the Canada Council for the Arts to foster the development of the arts in Canada.

The government’s annual investment in the Canada Council for the Arts is doubling over the next five years, growing local economies and creating good middle-class jobs. 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.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board.

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Investments in Canada's film industry are helping create growth and jobs in the creative industries.

The government made new investments in Canadian arts and culture. Budget 2016 announced $22 million for Telefilm Canada to fund and promote programs dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. In 2016, the government also provided the National Film Board of Canada with $13.5 million, over five years, to create social issue documentaries, animation, and digital content. The government has provided an additional $7.5 million in funding to Telefilm Canada for 2019-20.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore PromArt and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs.

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Canada's Creative Export Strategy is helping to raise awareness of Canadian excellence in arts and culture, and is leading to greater international demand for Canadian creators and more jobs in the creative industries.

The government announced the Creative Export Strategy in June 2018, following the Fall 2017 announcement of the investment of $125 million over five years in its implementation. 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, and based on former PromArt and Trade Routes, the strategy provides cultural programs to help artists and creative industries kick-start or promote their creative offerings abroad.

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Strong Middle Class

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

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Government investments have created more jobs for young Canadians in the heritage sector.

Investments of $15.55 million in Budgets 2016 and 2017 are creating more than 1,600 new employment opportunities over four years (2016-2020) for youth in the heritage sector. Through Budget 2016, the government invested $1.5 million in new funding for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. This created 150 additional internships for young graduates in 2016-2017, which was five times more Young Canada Works internships for youth in heritage organizations in Canada. Through Budget 2017, the government is further investing $14.05 million over three years in Young Canada Works in Heritage programming. These new funds created 1,508 more jobs for Canadian youth in Canadian museums and related heritage organizations.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

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A new Official Languages plan was developed and will be implemented to support English and French linguistic minorities across Canada.

In March 2018, the government announced its 2018-2023 Action Plan for Official Languages: Investing in our Future. The Action Plan includes a new investment of almost $500 million to support official-language minority communities across the country and promote bilingualism of Canadians. The plan took effect on April 1, 2018 and is being gradually implemented over 2018-19.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

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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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Through Canadian Heritage, the government consulted with industry on e-learning tools for Canadians. The Action Plan for Official Languages confirmed the Budget 2018 funding for a web-based application. The architecture and the information technology requirements have been developed and are under review to ensure that the proposed solution is responsive to identified needs and objectives.

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Fair and Open Government

Restore a modern Court Challenges Program.

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A modernized Court Challenges Program provides increased protection for human rights and official language rights.

The government reinstated a modernized Court Challenges Program to strengthen and promote human rights and Canada's two official languages. The program provides financial support to individuals or groups in Canada to access the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance. The University of Ottawa has been selected to manage the modernized program. Two panels, responsible for official language rights and human rights, will assess funding applications to the Court Challenges Program for court cases of national significance and will allocate resources.

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Strong Middle Class

Balance the budget in 2019/20.

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In Budget 2019, the government reported to Canadians that it did not forecast a balanced budget in 2019/20, confirming that this commitment will not be pursued within this mandate. Instead, the government will move forward with a fiscally responsible plan to grow Canada’s economy for the long term. Over the last four years, the government has made investments to kick-start the economy, support the middle class and address the long-term challenges that were limiting Canada's potential. Budget 2019 continues that approach with new investments to support workers to gain skills, strengthen income security of seniors, bolster the health of Canadians and improve housing.

Under the government’s economic plan, Canadians have created over 1 million new jobs – driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than 40 years. Today, Canada remains among the leaders for economic growth in the G7, and consumer confidence remains elevated.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Lead preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

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

Canadian athletes excelled during the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nearly 15 per cent 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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Healthy Canadians

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

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The government has supported and continues to support greater links between our elite athletes and young Canadians. 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 in 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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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 require a full Gender Based Analysis Plus (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 continues to improve the quality of analysis through training tools and videos. To ensure that gender remains a key consideration for future governments, as announced in Budget 2018, the government passed the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act, which makes gender-based analysis a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

Budget 2019 announced $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019 to ensure robust administrative data collection and reporting practices with respect to GBA+ information. This will achieve greater consistency and comparability over time and across programs and improve the inclusiveness of government programs.

The government has continued to enrich the quality of GBA+ since the first Gender Statement in 2017. To strengthen the consistency and comparability of GBA+, a common set of information was collected for all budget proposals, and enhanced GBA+ training was given to public servants developing and analyzing them.

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

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In 2016, the government put in place an open, transparent and merit-based approach to selecting candidates for some 1500 federal Governor in Council (GIC) appointments to ensure greater representation of Canada's gender diversity. Over time, this will close gaps in the representation of women in GIC positions. Since late 2015, women represented more than half of appointments made under this new process and the overall representation of women serving as GIC appointees has increased by 14 percentage points and is now at 48 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.

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

Introduced in April 2019, Pension for Life provides a comprehensive package that reintroduces lifelong monthly payments for pain and suffering, implements a recognition benefit, and consolidates six existing income-related financial benefits.

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Government Services and Operations

Expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance to better support Veterans.

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The government replaced the outdated Permanent Impairment Allowance in April 2017 with the Career Impact Allowance. This measure provides broader eligibility and more generous benefit amounts for Veterans whose careers are most seriously impacted by service-related illness or injury. The benefit amount that a Veteran receives depends on the unique circumstances of each case.

As of April 2019, the Career Impact Allowance is was consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit announced under Pension for Life.

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

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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 made significant investments to supply more money to Veterans with disabilities primarily resulting from military service. For example, in October 2016 the Earnings Loss Benefit (ELB) eligibility was increased from 75 to 90 per cent 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 it is determined that they have a diminished earning capacity. As of June 30, 2017, a total of 12,461 Veterans have received an increase or are now receiving benefits since changes to the ELB were made.

In April 2019, the ELB was consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit introduced as part of the Pension for Life initiative. All eligible Veterans will continue to receive 90 per cent of their pre-release salary, indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) during rehabilitation and for life if they are found to have a diminished earning capacity.

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

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

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Improve career and vocational assistance for Veterans.

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The government has introduced new initiatives to support Veterans’ transition to the labour market. As of April 30, 2019, 813 medically released Veterans have been hired as permanent employees into the federal public service through the Veterans Hiring Act (VHA). Under this legislation, current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces are given priority within public service hiring processes.

Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Community Employment Benefits (CEB) reporting initiative is expected to increase employment opportunities for a broader array of Canadians, including Veterans. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) will monitor data as it becomes available.

From April 2018, eligible Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, their spouses or common-law partners and survivors can apply for modern Career Transition Services. These are delivered by career-support professionals familiar with 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.

In April 2018, the Veterans' Education and Training Benefit was introduced to support veterans in successfully transitioning from military to civilian life, achieve their education and future post-military employment goals, and better position them to be more competitive in the civilian workforce. Budget 2019 proposes to amend legislation to expand eligibility for the Education and Training Benefit, so that members of the Supplementary Reserve can access the Benefit.

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

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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 support can access services in a timely manner.

The government’s Service Delivery Review is shaping efforts to reduce complexity and strengthen partnerships between Veterans Affairs and National Defence.

The government has introduced Guided Support which provides a point of contact for Veterans with moderate to low needs, along with a new screening tool that will more effectively triage clients. This ensures that Veterans are provided the right level of support by the right provider at the right time.

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

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

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

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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 announced the creation of a Centre of Excellence focusing on the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the prevention, assessment and treatment of PTSD and related mental health conditions for Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members.

Budget 2019 announced the creation of a second Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain. Working closely with Veterans, partners and experts in the field, the Centre will help ensure that Veterans’ chronic pain realities are reflected in research on chronic pain treatment as well as help pilot innovative therapies and enhance treatment options. To support the centre, Budget 2019 announced $20.1 million over five years, starting in 2019, and $5 million per year ongoing.

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

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

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End the time limit for surviving spouses applying for vocational rehabilitation and assistance services.

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In April 2018 the government enhanced support for survivors, spouses and common-law partners by eliminating the current one-year time limit on applying 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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Increase the Veteran survivor's pension amount from 50% to 70%.

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Effective April 1, 2019, eligible surviving spouses and orphans will receive enhanced financial security when they need it most, as part of the Pension for Life initiative. Support for eligible surviving spouses and orphans will increase from 50 to 70 per cent of the Veteran’s post-age-65 Income Replacement Benefit (IRB) amount. This measure improves and simplifies the delivery of benefits.

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

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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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Budget 2019 announced $150 million over 5 years starting in 2019 to create a new Veterans Survivors Fund. With these funds, the government will work with the community to identify impacted survivors, process their claims and ensure survivors have the financial support they need. Additional details on this measure will be announced in the coming months.

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

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The government enhanced the Funeral and Burial Program in October 2016 so that more families can qualify for financial support for the funeral and burial of a recently deceased Veteran. The program is delivered by the Last Post Fund Corporation. 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, and this amount is indexed annually.

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

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In June 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 with the goal of reducing radicalization to violence in Canada. 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. In December 2018, the government launched Canada’s National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence, which outlines the government’s approach to countering radicalization to violence by preventing and disengaging individuals from violent ideologies.

In February 2019, the government launched the National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence. By engaging with communities to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedies occur, the Expert Committee will contribute to the already robust measures the government has in place to safeguard national security and keep Canadians safe from terrorism.

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Safety and Security

Protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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Canada’s whole-of-government response to threats to Canada’s democracy is centred on four pillars of action: enhancing citizen preparedness; improving organizational readiness; combatting foreign interference; and, expecting social media platforms to act. In April 2019, the Ministers of National Defence and Democratic Institutions introduced the Communications Security Establishment’s 2019 Update: Cyber Threats to Canada’s Democratic Process report to inform Canadians about the cyber threat activity undertaken by foreign adversaries to interfere in democratic processes around the world. This assessment aligns with the government’s measures to protect Canada's 2019 General Election from cyber and non-cyber threats.

Since 2017, a number of safeguards to strengthen Canada’s cyber security and prosperity in the digital age have been put in place. Budget 2018 committed funding of $507.7 million over five years to deliver the National Cyber Security Strategy, the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (operational as of October 2018), and the creation of a National Cybercrime Coordination Unit to be launched by the RCMP. In December 2018, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released a National Cyber Threat Assessment detailing the current cyber threat environment facing Canada and Canadians.

Budget 2019 builds on these investments and proposes an additional $144.9 million over five years to protect Canada’s critical cyber systems, and $30.2 million over five years to implement a number of new measures to further strengthen and safeguard Canada’s democratic institutions.

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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 continues to examine how to further reduce gun violence and has developed effective firearms measures that prioritize public safety while ensuring law-abiding Canadians are not unduly impacted. To support this objective, the government established a 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.The recent passage of critical legislation to amend the Firearms Act prioritizes public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners. It will allow for better background checks, best practices in commercial record keeping, safe transportation and impartial classifications.

In November 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 to help interrupt the flow of smuggled and trafficked firearms at the border while 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 share information and best practices across the country, and to help ensure that the new federal funding is invested to the best advantage. As part of its commitment to keep communities safe, the government launched an engagement process in October 2018 to help inform policy, regulations and legislation to reduce violent crime involving firearms. In April 2019, as a result of this process, the government announced the release of the engagement summary report: Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault-Style Firearms.

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Safety and Security

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

Completed - modified
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To ensure that the families of public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty are appropriately compensated, the government announced the creation of a tax-free Community Heroes Benefit in March 2017. 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 in April 2018 and is administered by a third-party service provider. Grants will be awarded to eligible families in this calendar year. The third-party service provider’s website became fully operational on December 20, 2018. Grant payments to eligible families have already begun.

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Safety and Security

Restore funding to provinces and territories to support Heavy Urban Search and Rescue teams.

Completed - fully met
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To strengthen search and rescue capacity across Canada and help to save lives, the government restored $15.5 million previously cut from the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue taskforces in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and across Manitoba in 2017. 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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In January 2019, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for emergency management released the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada: Toward a Resilient 2030. The first-ever shared FPT vision for emergency management supports a whole-of-society approach and outlines key priority areas that will strengthen Canada's ability to better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Budget 2019 proposes to invest $151.2 million over five years to improve emergency management in Canada, including in Indigenous communities. This will improve Canada’s ability to predict and respond to threats and enhance understanding of the risks posed by natural disasters as well as help to assess the condition and resilience of critical infrastructure.

Budget 2019 also proposes to provide $5.0 million over five years to develop all-hazard awareness-raising activities that are targeted to at-risk audiences (e.g., seniors, recent immigrants, Indigenous peoples) in addition to $260 million over two years to support provincial and territorial disaster relief and recovery efforts through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements Program.

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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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The RCMP is developing two training courses to be delivered to RCMP employees over a three-year period, starting in 2019. The courses are: “Developing Cultural Awareness and Humility” and “Using a Trauma-Informed Approach.” They will improve capacity across the RCMP to effectively respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in a gender- and culturally sensitive manner. This includes violence against Indigenous women and girls. All training material will be examined using the Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) tool.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Toll-free Samuel De Champlain Bridge opened by December 2018.

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The Champlain Bridge in Montreal is vital to its daily users and plays an important role in the Canadian economy. The government’s priority is to deliver a quality, toll-free Samuel De 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 2019. The current bridge is safe and continuously monitored in real time.

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Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met
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Since April 2017, there is a new Prime Minister’s Question Period (PMQP) on Wednesdays in which the Prime Minister has committed to respond to questions. This provides opposition members the opportunity to directly ask the Prime Minister questions. The Prime Minister has participated in more than 30 PMQPs, responding to over 1,300 questions in total as the Prime Minister also participates in Question Period on other days of the week. In addition, Ministers have participated in Senate Question Period 57 times in this Parliament.

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Fair and Open Government

Promote free votes and limit the circumstances in which Liberal Members of Parliament will be required to vote with the government.

Completed - fully met
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Since forming government, all House of Commons votes have been free votes for Liberal Members of Parliament with the exception of platform commitments, matters of confidence, protections guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or procedure. Members of the government caucus have stronger, more independent voices and can better represent their constituents in Ottawa.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Fair and Open Government

End the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation.

Completed - fully met
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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 Speaker now has the power to split bills for the purposes of voting (except for budget implementation bills that contain provisions announced in a Budget presentation or in the Budget documents), allowing Members of Parliament to vote for some parts of a bill and against other parts should they choose. The government must now justify in writing to the House of Commons reasons for having prorogued Parliament.

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Fair and Open Government

Make government accounting and financial reporting more consistent, transparent and understandable to Canadians.

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Under changes to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, the estimates are now published later in the year to ensure Canadians have more information about how their tax dollars are spent. The changes make the government more accountable and make financial reporting more relevant, transparent, and easier to understand. This means Canadians learn how the money announced in a budget is actually spent. The government’s spending is reported and updated regularly online.

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Fair and Open Government

Improve reporting to Parliament.

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The government simplified Part III of the Estimates (i.e., Departmental Plans and Departmental Results Reports). The government also changed the Standing Orders to better ensure consistency across the Budget, Estimates and Public Accounts, and to provide greater clarity in voting on appropriations.

Recent GC InfoBase updates include:
• 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 organized by the source report (e.g., Public Accounts, Main Estimates, Departmental Plans, etc.).

These changes help parliamentarians and all Canadians better examine government spending and allow for the timely flow of funding outlined in Budget plans.

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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 properly funded.

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In December 2018, the government expanded the Chief Electoral Officer’s ability to conduct public education campaigns to inform Canadians about the electoral process and about their right to vote. In June 2017, the government introduced legislation to give the Information Commissioner the power to release documents following an investigation of a complaint, to enhance transparency for Canadians. Also in June 2017, new legislation was passed to make the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) an independent agent of Parliament with its own office and budget.

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Fair and Open Government

Ensure that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is properly funded and independent of the government.

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In June 2017, Parliament passed new legislation to make the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) a truly independent Agent of Parliament. The legislation provides the PBO with the ability to request funds from the Speakers of the House and Senate in order to carry out their important work. The PBO now has greater access to information within federal government departments, agencies, and Crown Corporations. The appointment of the PBO is for a term of seven years and he or she can be removed only with cause, subject to the approval of all parliamentarians. Because the PBO reports to Parliament and not to the government, Canadians can be assured they have a credible, non-partisan, and objective source of information on how their taxpayer dollars are spent. The PBO also has the power to cost political parties’ electoral platforms in a non-partisan manner. Starting with this year’s federal election, this means Canadians will have more information when they vote about a political party’s promises.

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Fair and Open Government

Strengthen Parliamentary committees so that they can better scrutinize legislation.

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The government has worked to ensure that committees have more funding, hold more meetings, hear from more witnesses, and complete more reports. The government has also ensured the practice of electing committee chairs by secret ballot continues, which means committee chairs maintain their independence from the government. The government also made parliamentary secretaries non-voting members of committees. This means a parliamentary secretary cannot vote on a committee which falls within their minister's mandate, thereby making committees freer and more independent.

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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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In June 2017, the government introduced legislation requiring that the expenses of all parliamentarians be disclosed on a quarterly basis. This information is available online at the Parliament of Canada’s website in an accessible, easy-to-read format.

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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 government now schedules votes immediately following Question Period rather than later in the evening when possible, and the House sitting calendar is tabled prior to the summer adjournment. This means Members of Parliament and parliamentary employees are able to better plan their family and childcare commitments. The House of Commons now also provides more flexible childcare services and makes high chairs available in parliamentary cafeterias. In the newly opened West Block of Parliament, there is now a family room which includes a nursing chair, a crib, and a diaper-changing table. This means better work-life balance for parents who run for office and serve as Members of Parliament. Changes were also made to travel policies so Members of Parliament can spend more time with their families. Parliament also passed new legislation to allow Parliamentarians to take maternity and parental leave. In November 2018, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons participated in the Women MPs of the World conference in London, UK, to share best practices and showcase Canada’s leadership on how to advance gender equality and inclusiveness in parliaments across the world.

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Exports and Investment

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

Completed - fully met
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The government announced a $1.26 billion five-year Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to attract and support new high-quality business investments, including for agri-food value added processors in 2017. In December 2018, a new stream was initiated under SIF for national scale initiatives in digital technology applications in the agriculture and agri-food sector. In addition, Budget 2019 proposes to allocate $100 million over five years, beginning in 2019–20, from the Strategic Innovation Fund, to support innovation in the food processing sector.

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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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The government has been formally consulting with Canadians and stakeholders to develop A Food Policy for Canada. This policy aims to address challenges faced by Canadians, such as 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 and six regional roundtables were held in 2017. An online survey received 45,000 responses. Other grassroots engagements with Canadians were led by Members of Parliament and stakeholder groups. The government issued a “What We Heard” report on all these consultations in September 2018. The feedback received from Canadians and stakeholders is informing the development of A Food Policy for Canada, in which Budget 2019 proposes to invest $134.4 million over five years. The policy will establish four areas for near-term action:
1) Help Canadian Communities Access Healthy Food
2) Make Canadian Food the Top Choice at Home and Abroad
3) Support Food Security in Northern and Indigenous Communities
4) Reduce Food Waste.

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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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Since 2016, the government has been working on the DNA analysis, data capture and imaging of specimens from its biological collections, completing the digitization of nearly six million specimens. Budget 2017 announced $70 million to support agricultural discovery science and innovation, with a focus on addressing emerging priorities such as climate change, and soil and water conservation. Of this 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. This is an integrated approach that brings farmers, scientists and other stakeholders together to develop, test, and monitor new practices and technologies on farms. The result will be practical technologies and sustainable farming practices that are quickly adopted by Canadian farmers.

The remaining $16 million of the Budget 2017 investment is earmarked for collaborative federal research projects focused on priority areas affecting the agriculture sector, such as environmental issues.

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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. Trade missions to Mexico, China, Japan, India, South Korea, the European Union and the United States to promote agri-food have taken place. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) entered into force in December 2018 to improve market access for Canadian agriculture exports in key markets in the Asia-Pacific. The bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) received royal assent in May 2019, and the government signed the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in November 2018. Budget 2019 proposes up to $3.9 billion in support for supply-managed farmers to help address impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and CPTPP. Support will be offered to sustain the incomes of eligible dairy, poultry, and egg farmers, by making available up to $2.4 billion. Of this amount, $250 million has already been provided to support dairy farmers as a result of CETA. Assistance will also be offered to protect the value of investments made by farmers in supply-managed sectors, through a Quota Value Guarantee Program that will protect against reduction in quota value when the quota is sold.

The government is implementing CETA to expand opportunities for Canadian agri-food products with 94 per cent of EU agricultural tariff lines now duty-free. China is also a priority market for the Canadian agricultural sector. Canada has negotiated new market access in China for Canadian beef and pork exporters. The Government of Canada is working with China to address trade irritants while supporting the competitiveness of the Canadian agricultural sector. Canada will also 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.

The government continues to strongly defend the interests of its agricultural industries, including supply management, with all trading partners. Canadian exports of agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood to all countries in 2017 rose to $66.2 billion, an almost $2-billion increase from 2017 exports.

The government proposes to invest an additional $25 million over the next five years to enhance federal capacity to address situations where Canadian agricultural producers may be restricted from selling goods in international markets.

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Government Services and Operations

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

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The government has implemented 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.

The government launched the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in April 2018. It’s a $3 billion partnership with $2 billion in federal, provincial and territorial cost-shared initiatives, and $1 billion in federal investments in six federal programs: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

The government has finalized bilateral negotiations with provinces and territories on the $2 billion in cost-shared initiatives, which are announced as they become available.

The Business Risk Management (BRM) Programs Review was completed and the Review’s Expert Panel delivered its recommendations on the future direction of BRM to ministers of agriculture at their annual conference in Vancouver in July 2018. Federal, provincial, and territorial governments are collaboratively addressing the Review’s recommendations to ensure BRM programs work, and industry is engaged throughout the process. Changes to BRM programs agreed upon under the Partnership were in place for 2018.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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In April 2018 the government launched the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to support an agriculture and agri-food sector that is strong, innovative and resilient. The government finalized bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on CAP that include programming on environment and climate change.

The government supports innovation and on-farm action on soil, water and climate change through: the Agricultural Clean Technology Program; the 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. This investment will be used to hire and equip more than 70 science professionals, support collaborative research, and launch a new Living Laboratories Initiative to develop, test and monitor new practices and technologies on farms with a focus on climate change and the environment.

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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 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.

The government is working on 56 major equipment projects to help support or upgrade capabilities.

In accordance with Strong, Secure, Engaged, measures 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. A number of new improvements have already been implemented and the government continues to find and implement further efficiencies.

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Safety and Security

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

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Under Strong, Secure, Engaged, the annual budget for the Department of National Defence will grow, on a cash basis, from $18.9 billion in 2017-18 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Funding will be available whenever the department needs it through the usual parliamentary approval process. With this fiscal framework in place, the government will continue to assess and monitor the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces to ensure that they are well-equipped, well-supported and have the resources required to succeed.

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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, 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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Safety and Security

Conduct an open and transparent defence strategy review.

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In June 2017, the government launched Canada’s new defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. This followed extensive external consultations with the Canadian public, Parliamentarians, defence experts, and allies and partners. The policy allocates 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 policy, the government is building an even stronger military and is delivering 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 Canada's sovereignty and keep Canadians safe.

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As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, the government is investing in new space capabilities; prioritizing Arctic Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in defence research and innovation; and collaborating with select Arctic partners to increase surveillance and monitoring of the broader Arctic region.

The Department of National Defence is investing in surveillance solutions that will support Canada's ability to exercise sovereignty in the North. They include RADARSAT Constellation Mission and Polar Epsilon 2, Defence Enhanced Surveillance of Space Program, Enhanced Satellite Communications Project – Polar, and Tactical Narrow Band Satellite Communications.

Canada is collaborating with the US on the Binational Northern Approaches Surveillance Analysis of Alternatives for an innovative technological solution to early warning and to improve Arctic surveillance and control.

The first of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol vessels will be at initial operating capacity in summer 2020 and the Canadian Army has begun the process to acquire tracked semi-amphibious vehicles optimized for use in the Arctic environment.

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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 toward ongoing goal

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 defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—affirms that the government will not tolerate gender-based violence or workplace harassment. It also reaffirms the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) commitment to complete the full implementation of the 10 recommendations of the 2015 Deschamps Report through Operation HONOUR, which is the CAF’s mission to eliminate sexual misconduct in the military. In February 2019, the CAF released its fourth progress report on Operation HONOUR, outlining work completed to date and indicating areas where the CAF will refine or intensify its efforts.

Since 2015, the CAF has completed significant foundational work to address sexual misconduct. It has enhanced victim support through an independent Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC), which offers support 24/7. The CAF has also increased awareness and understanding of sexual misconduct, developed and delivered training at all levels of the organization, sought the opinions of personnel through internally and externally administered (Statistics Canada) surveys, and improved reporting mechanisms and investigation capacity and expertise.

The November 2018 Report of the Auditor General identified a number of areas for improvement. In response, the CAF is working with external stakeholders and experts to ensure long-term cultural change including:
• expanding the role and mandate of the SMRC, to make it the authoritative voice on victim support and advocacy
• developing an integrated, national victim support strategy to ensure victims have access to the most effective and appropriate support possible
• developing a case management service, paired with a performance management measurement framework to help monitor and improve support services
• adjusting its approach to ensure that those affected by sexual misconduct have more control over the reporting process and decisions that will impact them.

In April 2019, the CAF released a suite of products to define sexual misconduct, clarify direction and processes, ensure commanding officers have the guidance they need to respond appropriately, and support victims when incidents are reported. This represents an important step towards addressing the Auditor General’s observations and implementing the ten recommendations in the 2015 Deschamps Report.

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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.

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The government has repealed the 2012 changes to Employment Insurance (EI) so that unemployed Canadians have better benefits and more opportunities for good quality jobs.

In 2016, the government reversed Employment Insurance (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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Strong Middle Class

Reduce Employment Insurance (EI) premiums.

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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.

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (EI Commission) assumed responsibility, for the first time, for setting the annual EI premium rate, beginning with the 2017 premium rate. The rate was lowered from $1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2016 to $1.66 for 2018, reflecting important new supports for Canadian families and changing economic conditions.

The 2019 EI premium rate has decreased to $1.62 in view of strong economic conditions and projections. 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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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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The government has made many improvements to the Employment Insurance (EI) program over the last few years to respond to the needs of workers and employers and reflect the diversity of needs across the country.

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.

The government listened to Parliamentarians, stakeholders and experts on how to further modernize EI. In Budget 2018, the government introduced a permanent successor strategy to the EI Working While on Claim pilot. Budget 2018 announced that the Working While on Claim provisions would 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 announced changes to better assist workers in seasonal industries who experience a gap in income support.

Budget 2019 proposes a new Canada Training Benefit to help Canadians get the skills they need to find and keep good jobs, including a new EI Training Support Benefit for income support during training.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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Canadian workers in the same economic region are now treated equally in the Employment Insurance (EI) system.

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

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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Canadians are now able to access Employment Insurance (EI) benefits more quickly.

In 2017, the government reduced the Employment Insurance (EI) waiting period from two weeks to one week. With this measure, claimants are now eligible to receive benefits one week sooner. 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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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 its Innovation and Skills Plan, the government 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.

For example, the Skills Boost initiative introduced 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 also provides greater flexibility for Canadians on Employment Insurance (EI) to get new certificates or training without fear of losing their benefits.

The government 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 Canadians. This includes additional investments in the labour market transfer agreements with provinces and territories, which include Labour Market Development Agreements and new Workforce Development Agreements, over six years, which began in 2017.

In Budget 2019, the government proposed to establish a new Canada Training Benefit to help working Canadians plan for and get the training they need to keep skills relevant and in-demand in a changing world. The benefit includes a Canada Training Credit, a new Employment Insurance Training Support Benefit, new leave provisions and an Employment Insurance Premium Rebate for Small Businesses.

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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 funded Labour Market Development Agreements and Canada Job Fund Agreements in 2016; investments in jobs and skills training delivered by provinces and territories.

Through Budget 2017, the government announced $2.7 billion in additional federal investments to provinces and territories over six years (which started in 2017-2018) 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 programming under the Labour Market Development Agreements.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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The government has established a program to support union-based training centres that provide Canadians with the skills that are needed by employers.

The government consulted with labour, industry and other stakeholders. The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) was launched in July 2017. Projects have started and most are aimed specifically at increasing the participation and success of women and Indigenous Peoples in the trades.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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
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Recent graduates earning less than $25,000 are now able to delay repayment of their Canada Student Loans until they are more financially secure.

Effective November 2016, thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) were 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 raise awareness, an additional 29,000 Canadians will be able to delay payment (an increase of approximately 11 per cent), and many more will have lower payments until they can afford to pay back their debts.

Budget 2019 proposes to lower interest rates on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans, and to amend the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, so that student loans will not accumulate any interest during the six-month non–repayment period (the “grace period”) after a student loan borrower leaves school.

Budget 2019 also proposes to increase supports for vulnerable student loan borrowers, including students with disabilities. In 2020-2021, the government will implement interest-free and payment-free leave for borrowers taking temporary leave from their studies for medical or parental reasons.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Increase take up rates of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) and the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) 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 2018, 149,532 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 1.2 million. The CLB take-up rate in 2018 was 38.3 per cent, up from 36.5 per cent in 2017. The number of low and middle- income families saving in RESPs has increased from 980,000 in 2015 to 1.13 million in 2018.

The government is exploring approaches to increase awareness and take-up of the CLB. Of note, a Call for Concepts was launched in November 2017 and 12 projects aiming at facilitating access to the CLB for hard-to-reach populations and Indigenous Peoples are now being funded. The findings from these projects will help inform additional efforts that the government could undertake to increase take-up of the CLB.

The government is making it easier for parents to open a registered education savings plan (RESP). The Canada Education Savings Act was amended in 2017, allowing 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 collaborated with 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 can request contact by a participating RESP promoter of their choice to learn more about the process to open a Registered Education Savings Plan for an eligible child.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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
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Changes to the Canada Student Loans Program have been made in order to increase participation of low and middle income students, with accommodations for any province or territory that does not wish to participate.

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 the program.

Budget 2019 proposes to increase compensation to provinces and territories by $20 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, with $4 million per year ongoing. This increased funding will compensate provinces and territories for their costs stemming from Budget 2019’s proposed changes to improve the accessibility of student financial assistance.

The government is committed to respecting existing arrangements for compensation with the provinces or territories that do not participate. The three non-participating jurisdictions (QC, NWT and NU) received $456.7 million in Alternative Payments in January 2019, an increase of 69 per cent since 2017; the increase is primarily due to enhancements made in Budget 2016 and 2017.

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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 enhanced support for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for 2017 through 2019, to help an additional 4,600 Indigenous students attending post-secondary education. This funding was an interim step while the government undertook a review of federal support for Indigenous post-secondary students and developed student-centered solutions to improve access and attainment. Completed in the fall of 2018, the results of this review are being used by Indigenous Services Canada and its partners to develop distinctions-based post-secondary education strategies that respond to the different post-secondary education priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners.

Changes have been made to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, and the University and College Entrance Preparation Program that reflect early engagement with the Assembly of First Nations and consistency 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
• providing greater flexibility for students who wish to pursue more than one certificate or degree program.

Since the 2017-2018 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 are exempt from making a fixed student contribution; they will be eligible for more grant and loan funding; and they will have access to the full suite of CSLP supports to help with the costs of PSE. Under amendments to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act which came into force in August 2018, students who are registered under the Indian Act but do not have Canadian citizenship can access the CSLP.

Budget 2019 proposed a number of investments so that Indigenous students have better access to post-secondary education, and more support to succeed during their studies. This includes support for:
• First Nations communities by investing $327.5 million over five years to renew and expand funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program while the government engages with First Nations on the development of long-term First Nations-led post-secondary education models
• an Inuit-led post-secondary education strategy through an investment of $125.5 million over ten years, and $21.8 million per year ongoing
• a Métis Nation-led post-secondary education strategy consisting of financial assistance for Métis Nations students through an investment of $362.0 million over ten years, and $40.0 million per year ongoing.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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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In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the government made significant investments in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Since 2016, more than 220,000 youth have found good quality jobs or improved their skills through YES. For instance, the number of jobs supported under Canada Summer Jobs increased from approximately 34,500 in 2015 to just over 70,000 in 2018. 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 provided an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018, 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 subsequent years.

In Budget 2019, the government proposes an additional $49.5 million over five years, starting in 2019, to launch a modernized YES informed by the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and extensive engagement with youth, service delivery organizations and other stakeholders. The modernized YES will embrace a “no wrong door” approach so that all young people have access to the supports they need, including enhanced supports for young people facing serious barriers to joining and staying in the workforce. This investment will support work placements, build partnerships with stakeholders, test pilot programs for hiring youth and improve program evaluation. It will also support the ongoing development of the Youth Digital Gateway—an online, interactive, user-friendly platform to help youth access federal supports, that is focused on outcome-based results.

To encourage more young people to consider training and work in the skilled trades, the government proposes to provide Skills Canada—a national organization dedicated to encouraging young people to consider careers in the skilled trades and technology—with $40 million over four years, starting in 2020–21, and $10 million per year ongoing. This investment will enable Skills Canada to continue to encourage and support a coordinated approach to promoting skilled trades and technologies to young people through skills competitions and by providing resources to better equip them for careers in the skilled trades. The government will also promote apprenticeships in skilled trades and technology as viable career paths through a new Apprenticeship Campaign.

The government created 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 Program is creating 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 Program to create up to 1,000 student work placements in the cyber security sector. The government also 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 are creating close to 60,000 placements over five years. In addition, the government invested in the PromoScience program, which will support STEM learning activities for youth.

Budget 2019 announced an expansion of the Student Work Placement program to give students outside of STEM – such as the arts, humanities and social sciences - access to work-integrated learning opportunities. Budget 2019 announced investments of $631.2 million over five years, starting in 2019 to support up to 20,000 new work placements per year for post-secondary students across Canada, in any recognized field of study by 2022. This will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities during their studies, connecting them to potential employers, linking employers to post-secondary educational institutions, creating a talent pipeline for Canadian businesses.

In addition, Budget 2019 is committing another $150 million over 4 years, starting in 2020 to support partnerships with innovative businesses to create up to 20,000 more work-integrated opportunities per year.

To support the Business Higher Education Roundtable in creating an additional 44,000 work-integrated learning opportunities, Budget 2019 also provides the organization with $17 million over 3 years starting in 2019-20.

Together, these efforts will help create 84,000 new student work-integrated learning opportunities by 2024.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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 created 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 (SWP) Program is creating 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 Program 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 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 are creating close to 60,000 placements over five years. In addition, the government invested in the PromoScience program, which will support STEM learning activities for youth.

Budget 2019 announced an expansion of the Student Work Placement program to give students outside of STEM – such as the arts, humanities and social sciences - access to work-integrated learning opportunities. Budget 2019 announced investments of $631.2 M over five years, starting in 2019-2020, to support up to 20,000 new work placements per year for post-secondary students across Canada, in all disciplines by 2021-22.This new funding will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities during their studies connecting them to potential employers and creating a talent pipeline for Canadian businesses.

In addition, Budget 2019 is committing another $150M over 4 years, starting in 2020-21 to support partnerships with innovative businesses to create up to a further 20,000 work-integrated opportunities per year.

To support the Business Higher Education Roundtable in creating an additional 44,000 work-integrated learning opportunities, Budget 2019 also provides the organization with $17M over 3 years starting in 2019-20.

Together, these efforts will, over time, help create 84,000 new student work-integrated learning opportunities by 2023-24.

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Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs.

Completed - fully met
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Announced in Budget 2018, a Skilled Trades and Awareness and Readiness program (STAR) encourages Canadians - particularly groups facing barriers such as women, Indigenous Peoples, newcomers, youth, and persons with disabilities - to explore the trades, gain work experience, make informed career choices and develop the skills they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trades. Approximately 5,000 Canadians over four to five years are expected to benefit from the new Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program. Funding started with $6 million in 2018–19 and $10 million per year ongoing thereafter, as announced in Budget 2018.

Projects began between November 2018 and March 2019, involving Indigenous organizations, trades, industry, as well as colleges.

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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, as well as the main challenges faced by employers in hiring youth. The panel delivered its final report in June 2017, which included recommendations on helping young Canadians succeed in the labour market. The panel's report is informing the renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Through Budget 2017, the government invested an additional $395.5 million over three years for the YES. Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments helped more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; created 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and provided over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

Through Budget 2018, the government provided an additional $448.5 million over five years to the YES. This funding supports 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, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.

In Budget 2019, the government proposes to invest an additional $49.5 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to launch a modernized Youth Employment Strategy informed by the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and extensive engagement with youth, service delivery organizations and other stakeholders. The modernized YES will embrace a “no wrong door” approach so that all young people have access to the supports they need, including enhanced supports for young people facing more serious barriers to joining and staying in the workforce. This investment will support work placements, build partnerships with stakeholders, test pilot programs for hiring youth and improve program evaluation. It will also support the ongoing development of the Youth Digital Gateway—an online, interactive, user-friendly platform to help youth access federal supports, that is focused on outcome-based results.

A renewed Youth Employment Strategy is expected to be announced in Spring 2019.

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101 February 1, 2017
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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 consultations and policy research and analysis on fair wages policies and is now considering options moving forward.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Amend the Canada Labour Code to allow workers to formally request flexible work arrangements.

Completed - fully met
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As announced in Budget 2017, the government has made changes to the Canada Labour Code 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. Further changes were made to provide 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. Bereavement leave has also been made more flexible.

Legislation to implement these changes received Royal Assent in December 2017 and will come into force once the necessary regulations are in place.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Actions taken, progress made​

Sustainable Infrastructure

Determine an appropriate apprenticeship target for federal infrastructure projects.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Infrastructure Canada (INFC) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) are working together to determine an appropriate target apprentices to be employed as part of federal infrastructure projects. In the Integrated Bilateral Agreements (IBAs) with provinces and territories for infrastructure projects, INFC will be collecting data on the project hours worked by apprentices through the Community Employment Benefit (CEB) initiative. INFC is collaborating with provinces and territories to determine appropriate project-level targets according to regional needs and local labour market dynamics.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Jobs and Innovation

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

Completed - fully met
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The government created more opportunities for co-op and work-integrated learning for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business programs. The $73 million Student Work Placement (SWP) Program is creating 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 2022.

Under Canada's National Cyber Security Strategy, Budget 2018 included $8.3 million in additional funding for the Student Work Placement Program to support the creation of up to 1,000 student work placements in the cyber security sector. The government made 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 are creating close to 60,000 placements over five years. In addition, the government invested in the PromoScience program, which will support STEM learning activities for youth.

Budget 2019 announced investments of $631.2 million over five years, starting in 2019-2020, to support up to 20,000 new work placements per year for post-secondary students across Canada, in all disciplines by 2021-22. This new funding will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities during their studies connecting them to potential employers and creating a talent pipeline for Canadian businesses.

In addition, Budget 2019 is committing $150 million over 4 years, starting in 2020-21, to support partnerships with innovative businesses to create up to a further 20,000 work-integrated opportunities per year.

To support the Business Higher Education Roundtable in creating an additional 44,000 work-integrated learning opportunities, Budget 2019 also provides the organization with $17 million over 3 years starting in 2019-20.

Together, these efforts will, over time, help create 84,000 new student work-integrated learning opportunities by 2023-24.

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100 Original mandate letters - 2015
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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 to grow Canada's economy, create well-paying middle class jobs, and address global challenges. The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders released its final report in October 2018 recommending actions to reduce barriers that limit women's participation in business. The government completed negotiations toward a Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), signed in November 2018. Canada continues to advocate against protectionist policies and for maintaining an open market. In cases where the US has imposed unfair duties (e.g., steel and aluminum, softwood lumber, paper products), Canada is forcefully challenging such duties under international disputes-settlement processes, and has responded to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with dollar–for-dollar tariffs on certain US goods. The government also regularly engages with the US to respond to global security issues, for example by co-hosting the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula and participating alongside the US in a multinational operation to enforce UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Canada and the US 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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Exports and Investment

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

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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Canada's preclearance implementing legislation received Royal Assent in December 2017 and the Entry/Exit implementing legislation received Royal Assent in December 2018. These two pieces of legislation are crucial to ensure security and facilitate movement at the border. Canada and the United States are working together to accelerate the completion of preclearance at airports in additional cities, and to expand this program under the Land, Rail, Marine and Air Preclearance Agreement (LRMA). 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.

Budget 2019 announced $332 million over five years to support effective border management and enforcement, and to modernize border operations. This funding will facilitate the safe and timely flow of people, goods and services at the border.

In May 2019, the government introduced Bill C-98, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and the Canada Border Services Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which proposes to establish an independent review function of the CBSA. By ensuring that people have an independent, trusted review body to go to when they have comments or complaints about experiences with the CBSA, Bill C-98 will ensure that the public can continue to expect consistent, fair and equal treatment when receiving services at the border.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Canada in the World

Prepare for the North American Leaders Summit in Canada.

Completed - fully met
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The leaders of the three countries discussed 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.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Canada in the World

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

Completed - fully met
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The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, International Development, and National Defence work together on an integrated and comprehensive international approach. Canada's Feminist Foreign Policy, its Defence Policy, and its Feminist International Assistance Policy are aligned and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The government has put in place a whole-of-government approach to address the crisis in Iraq and Syria, and is contributing to the multinational North-Atlantic Treaty Organization's battlegroup in Latvia. In addition, the government has established the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program as Canada’s principal platform to provide policy leadership on peace and stabilization operations, and deliver conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding initiatives in fragile and conflict-affected states.

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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Canadian diplomatic activities advance Canadian interests and values abroad.

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The government is active in multilateral fora and international institutions to advance Canadian foreign policy interests and values. Canadian-led initiatives secured widespread support in UN fora—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.

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 in October 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 to monitor human rights in Yemen and in March 2019 was part of two groups that advanced resolutions in Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.

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 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit by making Canada the leading country supporting NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia.

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 to build a more peaceful and secure world and to realize 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. In June 2018, G7 Leaders issued the Joint Communiqué and the Charlevoix Commitments, which include a commitment to establish a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen coordination to identify and respond to emerging threats. Budget 2019 provides $2.1 million over three years, starting in 2019, to support Canada's commitment to the RRM.

Canada and the EU co-hosted a meeting of women foreign ministers in Montréal in September 2018, to discuss democracy, human rights and global peace and security. The meeting also advanced discussions on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Canada was the first member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) to request a policy on transparency consolidation to increase the OIF’s effectiveness in pursuing objectives and accountability for public funds, and actively contributed to its drafting. Canada is monitoring the OIF’s implementation of this policy.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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Canada meaningfully advances international solutions to climate change.

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The government is leading efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to engage Indigenous peoples and to advance gender-responsive policy development and women's participation. The government 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. Climate change was regularly addressed in the themes of Canada’s G7 presidency. The G7 discussed the importance of the Paris Agreement and 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 invested $162 million to support these goals. Canada also announced: $100 million for Climate Risk Insurance coverage in climate-vulnerable countries; $60 million for Small Island Developing States for clean energy systems and infrastructure, energy access for women and girls, and training and employment for women in sustainable technology sectors; and, $2 million to support developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change.

In advocating for the Paris Climate Agreement, Canada participates in 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 have committed to collaborate on energy innovation. Canada co-hosted a Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action with China and the European Union and plays a leadership role in this new forum.

In November 2017, Canada hosted the Montreal Protocol Conference, where parties agreed to adopt the Kigali Amendment to reduce hydrofluorocarbons. Canada and the United Kingdom jointly announced the creation of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, to accelerate the global phase-out of unabated coal-fired electricity. Canada attended the Bonn Climate Conference in November 2017 and the One Planet Summit in December 2017. 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. Through its participation in the Arctic Council, Canada continues to highlight the serious impacts of climate change on the North.

The government is implementing the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, 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.

At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in November 2018, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to fight climate change and help Pacific Island Forum leaders adapt. Canada also announced $10 million for the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience to assist the region to adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity, and improve ocean and fisheries health.

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Canada in the World

Accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Canada implements the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Legislation to accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The legislation strengthens Canada’s export control regime and provides greater transparency and accountability in public reporting. Draft ATT regulations were pre- published in the Canada Gazette Part I on March 16, 2019 for a 30 day consultation period. Final approvals for these regulations will be sought after the consultation period closes. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will seek Cabinet approval to both bring Bill C-47 and the ATT regulations into force and to deposit Canada’s Instrument of Accession to the Arms Trade Treaty with the United Nations. Once all legislation and regulations are in place, Canada will officially accede to the ATT.

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Strong Middle Class

Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by 10%.

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Nearly 900,000 low income, single seniors have greater financial security due to increases in the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

In July 2016, the Government of Canada increased the GIS by up to $947 per year for the most vulnerable single seniors. This has improved financial security for nearly 900,000 seniors—approximately 70 per cent of whom are women—and lifted an estimated 57,000 people out of poverty.

Budget 2019 proposes to further improve the economic security of low-income seniors by enhancing the GIS earnings exemption to allow working seniors to keep more of what they earn. This exemption would also be extended to self-employed seniors.

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Develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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Fewer Canadians living in poverty.

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In August 2018, the government released Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. 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 is 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 poverty reduction targets based on Canada’s Official Poverty Line: a 20 per cent reduction in poverty by 2020 and a 50 per cent reduction in poverty by 2030, which, relative to 2015 levels, will lead to the lowest poverty rate in Canada's history.

As a result of a number of investments such as the income-boosting effects of the Canada Child Benefit and the increase to the top-up to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single seniors, the government has achieved its targeted 20 per cent reduction of poverty three years ahead of time, lifting over 825,000 Canadians out of poverty in 2017, including 278,000 children, compared to 2015.

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 April 8, 2019, the government tabled in the House of Commons the Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1, which includes a proposed Poverty Reduction Act. If passed, the Poverty Reduction Act would entrench Canada’s Official Poverty Line, the targets and the National Advisory Council on Poverty into law.

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Strong Middle Class

Create a housing strategy.

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Hundreds of thousands more Canadians have access to affordable housing.

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In November 22, 2017 the government announced a 10-year, $40 billion investment through Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy (NHS) that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need, giving more Canadians a place to call home. The NHS aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent; reduce or eliminate housing needs for 530,000 households; create 100,000 new housing units; repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units; and protect 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live.

Through new initiatives like the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, the Federal Lands Initiative and the Canada Community Housing Initiative, the NHS will create a new generation of housing that is sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, and mixed-use. It will build housing that is fully integrated into the community—close to transit, close to work, and close to public services.

In Budget 2019, the government proposes new legislation to require the maintenance of an NHS that prioritizes the housing needs of the most vulnerable, with regular reporting to Parliament on progress toward the strategy’s goals and outcomes.

Expanded and reformed federal homelessness programming, a new Canada Housing Benefit, and a human rights-based approach to housing will ensure that the NHS prioritizes the most vulnerable Canadians, including women and children fleeing domestic violence, Indigenous peoples, seniors, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, racialized communities, veterans and young adults. The National Housing Co-Investment Fund was launched to help build 60,000 new units and repair or renew 240,000 existing units of affordable and community housing through contributions and low- cost loans.

A new multilateral Housing Partnership Framework was endorsed in April 2018 by federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for housing (except Québec), setting the foundation for a long-term shared vision for housing. Under the framework, more than $7.7 billion in new federal funding over the next decade will flow to provinces and territories through bilateral agreements to support the stock of community housing and address regional priorities. As of April 18, 2019, ten provinces and territories have signed bilateral agreements.

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Strong Middle Class

Implement the middle class tax cut.

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The government has reduced the 22 percent federal personal income tax rate to 20.5 per cent to benefit millions of middle class Canadians.

The middle-class tax cut came into effect on January 1, 2016. More than nine million Canadians are benefiting 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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Cut taxes for small businesses.

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Tax rates are now lower for small businesses.

The government has lowered taxes for small businesses so they can invest in new equipment, grow, and create jobs. The small business tax rate was reduced to 10 per cent from 10.5 per cent, effective January 1, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019. For small businesses, this will mean up to $7,500 in federal tax savings each year, compared to 2017.

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Strong Middle Class

Cancel income splitting, while retaining income splitting of pensions for seniors.

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Income splitting for couples with children under 18 has been cancelled, allowing for an increase in child benefits.

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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Strong Middle Class

Enhance the Canada Pension Plan to provide more income security to retired Canadians.

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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.

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 began 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.

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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 to build transformational infrastructure that creates good, well-paying middle-class jobs and supports economic growth and prosperity for years to come.

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Environment and Climate Change

Develop proposals to limit Exploration Expenses tax deduction to unsuccessful projects.

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Budget 2017 included changes that allow the costs of drilling discovery wells to be deducted gradually over time as development expenses, rather than require them to be 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.

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

To help Canadian companies grow, the government restored the Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) Tax Credit to 15 per cent 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.

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Teachers and early childhood educators are able to buy necessary supplies to help kids learn.

The government introduced the refundable Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit for the 2016 and subsequent tax years, providing a benefit to teachers and early childhood educators to help cover the cost of school supplies.

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Enhance the Northern Residents Deduction to help with the high cost of living.

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The government has increased the Northern Residents Deduction to help approximately 225,000 Canadians with the high cost of living in northern and isolated communities.

Effective January 2016, the government increased the maximum daily residency deduction from $16.50 to $22 per day for residents in the Northern Zone and from $8.25 to $11 per day for residents in the Intermediate Zone. This measure will return about $260 million to the pockets of Canadians in northern and isolated communities over the 2015-16 to 2020-21 period.

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Repeal the Federal Balanced Budget Act.

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Parliament repealed this Act, effective June 2016.

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Exports and Investment

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

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All economically significant parts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA) are now in force. These include 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, and Budget 2019 offers up to $3.9 billion in support of these programs. The government is also working with the Atlantic provinces to support Canada's seafood sector in capitalizing on new opportunities in the European market. Under CETA, 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 done so. Canadian companies are already benefitting from CETA. In the first year that CETA has been in force, Canadian merchandise exports to the EU increased 4.5 per cent, compared to the same period a year earlier. If precious stones and metals are excluded, Canadian exports rose 12.9 per cent over this period.

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Exports and Investment

Negotiate and sign modernized agreements with Israel and Chile.

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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). The modernized CIFTA includes chapters on trade and gender, small and medium-sized enterprises and corporate social responsibility. It includes further tariff reductions and eliminations for agricultural and agri-food products. The agreement is undergoing the domestic ratification process in both countries.

In June 2017, Canada and Chile signed Amending Agreements to modernize the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and by February 5, 2019, the new agreement was in force in both countries. The modernized CCFTA includes a chapter dedicated to trade and gender—a first for Canada or any G20 nation. The updated agreement also provides better mechanisms to address technical barriers to trade, adds progressive elements to the existing investment chapter, and amends the existing government procurement chapter.

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Exports and Investment

Establish the Invest in Canada Agency.

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The government launched the Invest in Canada Agency in March 2018. This agency helps bring together all levels of government to provide seamless service to global investors navigating Canada’s investment landscape. The government is also increasing the number of investment-focused trade commissioners across key global markets.

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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.

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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 bilateral trade and investment. The government is engaged in exploratory discussions for a possible Free Trade Agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 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 a 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 Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (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 Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) entered into force on December 30, 2018. Canada is also engaged in negotiations for a free trade agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance, and between Canada and Mercosur. 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.

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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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Through the Invest in Canada Agency, the government is promoting Canada and encouraging global investment. The government has added 25 investment-focused trade commissioners to the Trade Commissioner Service. 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 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, made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to over 1545 small and medium enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 110 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 $376 million in exports to new markets. The Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) program provides support to communities to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment. In 2018, ICCI allocated $3.5 million to 240 projects from 88 communities to attract job-creating investment. For the 2019 calendar year, 85 applications have been approved for a total of $5.3 million. Budget 2017 announced $950 million for 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 (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. Budget 2018 provided up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia.

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Exports and Investment

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

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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 in March 2018 to increase cooperation among provinces, territories and municipalities to bolster trade promotion. The agency provides 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, makes it easier for large investors in Canada to bring in highly skilled global talent, while supporting well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians. Canadian companies 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 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 2019 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.

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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 invested $4.28 billion over five years to support infrastructure development in First Nations communities on reserves to improve quality of life. Budget 2017 built on this momentum, with additional investments of $4 billion over ten years starting in 2018 to build and improve housing and other community infrastructure in First Nations and Inuit communities. Since the Budget 2016 announcement, close to $2.72 billion of targeted funds have been invested towards 3,797 on-reserve community infrastructure projects, 2,146 of which are complete. These projects include water treatment systems, housing, schools, health facilities, cultural and recreational facilities, energy, sustainability and connectivity infrastructure, fundamental community infrastructure including roads and bridges, structural mitigation against natural disasters, fire protection, as well as waste management on reserves and transformational change to support self-determination for First Nations communities. Some key results include:

Education: The government is supporting the enhancement of the quality of language and cultural programs, and empowering communities to establish First Nations- planned and -led education systems. Since April 2016, more than $364.8 million of targeted funding has been invested to support 174 school-related projects. This includes 73 new school infrastructure projects (15 of which are completed), 85 renovations and upgrades (31 of which are completed), and 16 feasibility studies and supporting projects.

Water and Wastewater: In Budget 2016, the government announced, as part of the $4.28 billion to support infrastructure on reserves, $1.83 billion of significant new funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021. As of December 31, 2018, more than $980.5 million of targeted funding has been invested since Budget 2016 to support 505 projects in 582 First Nations communities to strengthen on-reserve water infrastructure. In January 2018, 250 drinking water systems were added to the number of systems being reported on by the government. Taking this expansion into account, there are currently only 58 long-term drinking water advisories in effect, a decrease from 105 in November 2015. Since November 2015, a total of 85 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted, while 39 have been added.

Budget 2017 provided $49.1 million over three years, starting in 2018, for clean and safe drinking water on reserve. Budget 2018 builds on prior investments and reaffirms the government's commitment by providing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018-2019, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve. Budget 2019 proposes to invest an additional $739 million over five years, and $184.9 million per year ongoing, for urgent repairs to vulnerable water systems, and operations and maintenance, including for water operator training and support programs.

Housing: 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 a result of the combined investments of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada, the government is also currently building and renovating/retrofitting 16,122 housing units and lots, of which 67 per cent (10,733) have been completed. With respect to Inuit housing, 189 new housing units were built between 2016 and 2018. In addition, a co-developed Inuit Nunangat Housing Strategy was released on April 3, 2019.

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. First Nations leadership endorsed a draft strategy in December 2018.
•$400 million over 10 years to support the Inuit Nunangat Housing Strategy 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.

Health: Investments have been made in 207 First Nations infrastructure projects to design, replace, expand, or renovate health facilities as well as facilities hosting Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) Programming. Currently, 176 (85 per cent) of these projects are complete. The apparent decrease in the number of projects from December to now is a result of changes to how projects are defined. Multiple projects that are associated with a single facility are now being counted as a single project, making the results more meaningful.

Other Essential Infrastructure: Other essential infrastructure includes cultural and recreational facilities; energy, sustainability and connectivity infrastructure; fundamental community infrastructure (including roads and bridges, structural mitigation against natural disasters and fire protection); as well as solid waste management on reserves. To support other essential infrastructure on reserves, the government is investing $1.29 billion until 2026-2027. Since Budget 2016, $589.2 million of targeted funds has been invested to support 1,329 essential infrastructure projects, 782 of which have been completed. Of the 1,329 projects, 704, representing $144.4 million, support solid waste management projects on reserves across Canada through the First Nations Solid Waste Management Initiative.

Transformation: The government committed $55 million, from 2018 to 2023, for asset management, engagement and proof-of-concept development for models for the transfer of infrastructure service delivery, and the creation and implementation of the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative for rural and urban First Nations, Inuit, Métis people, on and off reserves. These investments lay the foundation for a long-term investment strategy in First Nation community infrastructure to build healthy, safe and prosperous communities. It’s about building a new partnership, committing to reconciliation and working in collaboration to support First Nations communities across Canada. Since December 2018, close to $700,000 has been invested to enable First Nations communities to increase capacity building and readiness.

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Implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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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, involving 25 federal departments or agencies. Progress has been made on implementing over 60 per cent of the Calls to Action under federal or shared purview. Five Calls to Action are fully implemented, 43 are well underway and 28 others are in early planning stages.

In May 2016 the government announced Canada’s unequivocal support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which directly relates to Calls to Action 43 and 44. The government is 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) supports ongoing efforts to advance and fully implement the Calls to Action.

Budget 2019 announced investments to advance and support:
• implementing Jordan’s Principle (Call to Action 3)
• Indigenous post-secondary education (Call to Action 11)
• Inuit child-care, health and social services (Call to Action 21)
• establishing a National Council for Reconciliation (Calls to Action 53-56)
• Indigenous youth programs (Call to Action 66)
• locating and honouring missing residential school children who died or went missing while attending Indian Residential Schools (Call to Action 72)
• establishing a National day of Truth and Reconciliation (Call to Action 80).

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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.

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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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In August 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. A Cabinet Committee on Reconciliation was formed. It strengthens the relationship with Indigenous peoples and advances 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 builds 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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Indigenous peoples

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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Budget 2016 committed a $2.6 billion increase for First Nations K-12 education and an additional $1.47 billion (Budgets 2014 and 2016) for education infrastructure. These investments are improving 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.

In April 2019, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) implemented a new co-developed policy framework for First Nations elementary and secondary education. The new framework includes new formula-based regional models for First Nations education, which will provide provincially comparable base funding, plus expanded support for language and culture programming and full-time kindergarten for children aged four and five at on-reserve schools. 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.

Indigenous Services Canada will continue to support multiple pathways for First-Nation-led initiatives to strengthen First -Nation -control of First Nation education. First Nations school boards and new Regional Education Agreements (REAs) are examples of these transformative models. These agreements identify collaborative education service delivery strategies, set up the basis for the development of regional results frameworks, and outline how the Government of Canada can best support First Nations schools, students, communities, and education organizations in ensuring that First Nations students receive a high quality, linguistically and culturally appropriate education that improves outcomes.

In 2019-20, ISC and First Nation partners will build on the success of recent transformative agreements. For example, the Manitoba First Nations School System began operating in July 2017, and students in this system began receiving education programs designed, delivered and run by First Nations with funding comparable to provincial school boards with enhancements that meet their specific needs. As of April 2018, 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations are self-governing in the area of education, in the first agreement 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 began operations in July 2018. The Department conducted extensive discussions with the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the province of British Columbia to renew the 2012 Tripartite Education Framework agreement, with a renewed Agreement completed and signed in 2018-2019. Collectively, these agreements deliver services to over 180 First Nations in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Indigenous Services Canada is engaged in discussions to establish similar initiatives in other regions of the country. Negotiations with the following partners are well advanced and nearing completion: Sunchild First Nation (Alberta), Athabasca Dene First Nation (Alberta), Lac La Ronge Indian Band (Saskatchewan) and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (Saskatchewan).

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves public transit.

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The government committed $28.7 billion to public transit projects over the next 10 years through Budgets 2016 and 2017 so that Canadians can spend less time in traffic and have greater access to modern public transit.

Over 1,222 public transit projects have been approved to date under the Investing in Canada Plan. These projects are expanding transit systems across the country and transforming 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 3,632 new buses (including 400 paratransit vehicles) and rehabilitated or enhanced 4,931 others (including 72 paratransit vehicles).

Larger projects to improve access to public transit, such as Toronto's Regional Express Rail, Calgary's Green Line light rail and Ottawa's stage 2 light rail, are expected to reduce congestion, improve mobility and safety, and provide economic benefits while reducing harmful emissions.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves social infrastructure.

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The government made significant and long-term investments in social infrastructure across Canada through Budgets 2016 and 2017, so that more Canadians will have access to affordable housing, child care, and cultural and recreational infrastructure.

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, with the goal of mitigating housing needs for 530,000 households 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.

An investment of $77 million over ten years, starting in 2018-2019, has expanded the activities of the Enabling Accessibility Fund by supporting an estimated 1,970 additional projects so people of all abilities have better access and can participate more fully in their communities and workplaces.

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 developed a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care with Indigenous partners, which reflects 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 investment of $168.2 million dollars over two years in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment. Budget 2017 announced further investments of $300 million in cultural infrastructure over 10 years starting in 2018.

Through the Development of Official Language Communities program at Canadian Heritage, the government is investing $80 million over 10 years starting in 2018 to support the construction of community educational infrastructure in official-language-minority communities. The government will also 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.

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Through Budget 2016 and 2017, the government 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.

Infrastructure Canada has adopted a Climate Lens as a funding requirement under its new programs to help applicants to better understand how 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 funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021 and invested $776 million to fund 468 projects to strengthen those systems.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank will make at least $5 billion available for green infrastructure projects. National “green” programs, totaling $2.8 billion, will support priorities identified in the Pan-Canadian Framework. This funding includes investments of over $180 million in charging stations and alternative fuel infrastructure to support greater deployment of zero-emission vehicles.

The government launched the $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in May 2018. The resilience of Canadian communities is strengthened through DMAF investments in large-scale infrastructure projects to better manage risks associated with natural hazards such as floods, wildfires and droughts. Announcements of approved projects began in March 2019 and are expected to continue through late spring 2019. As of May 10, 2019, the government has announced 26 projects under DMAF with $993 million in total federal contributions. In addition, the government is providing $9.2 billion to provinces and territories through the Integrated Bilateral Agreements for green infrastructure. Natural infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under both the DMAF and the green stream of the Integrated Bilateral Agreements.

The Arctic Energy Fund will provide $400 million through the Rural and Northern Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, to support energy security in the territories.

The government announced the Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative in 2017. It will provide up to $16.35 million from 2017 to 2022 to help those responsible for federal transportation assets to 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 to provide $6.9 million from 2018 to 2021 for research, development and collaborative activities supporting the resilience of northern transportation systems.

In Budget 2019, the government announced plans to invest $1.01 billion in 2019 to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings. These investments will be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through the Green Municipal Fund, through three initiatives: Collaboration on Community Climate Action ($350 million), Community EcoEfficiency Acceleration ($300 million), and Sustainable Affordable Housing Innovation ($300 million).

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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 established the $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 launched the first call for proposals under the NTCF in July 2017. More than $800 million has been announced for 39 projects to resolve bottlenecks across the country.

The government launched a second call for proposals under the NTCF in November 2018 specifically targeting projects in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This call will allocate funding from the $400 million envelope dedicated to addressing the unique transportation priorities in the territorial North.

Under the new Export Diversification Strategy launched in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, approximately $755 million in remaining NTCF funding over the next five years will support projects that will strengthen ports and trade corridors to help diversify Canada’s trade with overseas markets. In January 2019, the government launched the continuous NTCF call for proposals for trade diversification projects, which will remain open until the remaining funding is committed, to support projects that will bolster export opportunities for Canadian businesses.

To improve and expand infrastructure in the northern regions of Canada, Budget 2019 proposes to increase the allocation of the NTCF to Arctic and northern regions by up to $400 million over eight years, starting in 2020–21, bringing the total allocation to these regions to $800 million. This will help build new roads and other vital connections to and between Arctic and northern communities.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Establish bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on infrastructure investments.

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Infrastructure plays a central role in building strong communities, creating jobs and growing the economy, and agreements with all provinces and territories have been established to 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.

In Budget 2017, the government established a plan to sign bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to provide infrastructure funding to key priority areas. Over $33 billion was 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 included a climate lens assessment and a new Community Employment Benefit requirement into these agreements.

Through the National Housing Strategy, the government is reducing or eliminating housing needs for 530,000 households by building or 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 by 2020. Bilateral agreements on child care 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.

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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 school students in those provinces. The organizations also work with universities in their respective provinces to develop treaty curricula that will be mandatory for every university student.

The government 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 of 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.

The Government of Canada is contributing $3 million per year, from 2017-18 to 2019-20, 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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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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In April 2017, the Prime Minister and the Métis Nation signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord in establishing a permanent bilateral mechanism to co-develop policy on shared priorities. The Canada Métis Nation Accord reflects Canada’s commitment to work with the Métis Nation to fulfill the vision of self-determination. In October 2017 and March 2018, the President of the Métis National Council (MNC) and its Governing Members’ Presidents met with federal Ministers to discuss progress and strategic direction for first year Accord priorities. In June 2018, the Prime Minister met with the President of the Métis National Council and the Governing Members’ Presidents at the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit. Together, they reviewed progress made during the first year of the Accord and confirmed priorities for 2019. 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. For example, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of a Canada-Métis Nation Child and Family Services Accord has been co-developed and signed on December 13, 2018, with the Métis National Council to guide the development of a ten-year Accord.

Progress in these priority areas was confirmed in Budget 2018, which invested $500 million over 10 years to support a Métis Nation housing strategy, $10 million in 2018–2019 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. Sub-Accords between Canada and the Métis Nation have been signing in some of these areas including: Indigenous Skills Employment and Training in June 2018, housing in July 2018, and Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare in March 2018.

Further funding for Permanent Bilateral Mechanism priority areas was announced in Budget 2019. Specifically: $362 million over 10 years to support a Métis Nation-led post-secondary education strategy; $30 million to recognize the contribution of Métis veterans to the country’s Second World War efforts and to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of all Métis veterans; $50 million over five years to enhance the funding of the Métis Capital Corporations to support the start-up and expansion of Métis small and medium-sized enterprises, and to further encourage investments in Indigenous-led businesses; and, access to the $100 million Indigenous Growth Fund that will be established by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association. In addition, support for a distinctions-based approach to Indigenous language revitalization projects was also announced with $333.7 million over five years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages, including Michif, the traditional language spoken by Métis Peoples.

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 (MSGC). Canada has signed Framework Agreements with the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) (November 2016), Métis Nation of Alberta (November 2017), Métis Nation of Ontario (December 2017), the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (July 2018), the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (February 2018), Métis Nation of British Columbia (July 2018), and the Métis Settlements General Council (December 2018).

In 2018, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations held seven distinct engagement sessions with Métis groups to listen to ideas in order to make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government. Métis representatives also attended the two technical engagement sessions held by senior officials. In 2019, Canada began engaging with Métis groups to inform the development of an approach that will replace the outdated Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and the Inherent Right Policy.

On February 28, 2019, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. The Bill is the product of co-development with Indigenous partners, including the Métis, and it seeks to affirm Indigenous peoples' inherent right to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services.

During the summer and fall of 2018, the Government of Canada actively engaged with national, regional, and community organizations, with representatives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as Treaty Nations, self-governing First Nations, provinces and territories, experts and those with lived experience. Over 65 engagement sessions were held with nearly 2,000 participants. These sessions were part of the co-development of a legislative approach that sets the stage for comprehensive reform of Indigenous child and family services. Specifically, in August 2018, the Government of Canada had a policy session to discuss child and family services with the Métis National Council’s Child and Family Services Reform Working Group following an engagement session.

In the fall of 2018, engagement also occurred through a Reference Group with representation from the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, and the Government of Canada. The Reference Group recommended the development of high-level federal legislation that would both affirm the inherent right of Indigenous peoples and also include broad principles to guide the delivery of Indigenous child and family services. In-person engagement sessions were also conducted with Indigenous partners and provincial and territorial representatives on the proposed content of the Bill in January 2019.

Canada provided $1 million in funding to the Métis National Council to support their consultation efforts towards culturally appropriate child and family services reform.

The Government of Canada is working with Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (Women of the Métis Nation) to ensure that the perspectives of grassroots Métis Women are included in co-development of programs and policies. The government is exploring opportunities to strengthen the relationship with Métis to support the development of a distinctions based GBA+ toolkit and the provision of a Métis GBA+ lens to all work undertaken through the Permanent Bilateral Mechanism.

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Fair and Open Government

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

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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. Since July 2016, Canadians can apply, for the first time ever, to be considered for appointment to the Senate through an open online application process. To date, 49 non-partisan appointments to the Senate have been made under the new process and now the 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 the application period open year-round, retaining submitted applications for two years, and allowing third parties to nominate potential candidates.

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Fair and Open Government

Establish a special parliamentary committee to consult on electoral reform.

Not being pursued
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A Special Committee to consult on electoral reform, which included all five parties represented in the House of Commons, was established in June 2016 and presented its final report in December 2016. The Minister of Democratic Institutions also consulted Members of Parliament of all parties, and oversaw an engagement process with 360,000 Canadians through mydemocracy.ca. No clear preference for a new electoral system emerged from the extensive consultation with Canadians. The government will not proceed with electoral reform.

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Fair and Open Government

Make the Commissioner of Canada Elections more independent.

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In December 2018, the Elections Modernization Act received Royal Assent. This legislation enhances the independence of the Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE) by transferring the CCE from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to Elections Canada.

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Fair and Open Government

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

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In October 2018, the Minister of Democratic Institutions announced the creation of an independent Leaders' Debates Commission, mandated to organize two leaders' debates - one in each official language - for the 2019 federal general election.

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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.

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The Elections Modernization Act establishes spending limits for political parties and third parties during a pre-election period that would start on June 30th in the year of a fixed-date election and end when the election writ is issued. The legislation also modernizes the electoral system to make it more accessible, transparent and secure.

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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.

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In 2016, the government launched a public consultation process on clarifying the rules of charities’ political activities. A consultation panel reviewed the submissions and made recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue in March 2017.

Since those recommendations, the government has:
• introduced Bill C-86, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, and which removed the quantitative limits on charities’ political activities in the ITA
• issued draft guidance for public consultation in January 2019 to explain how the CRA will administer these new rules
• suspended all actions on the remaining audits and objections of the Political Activities Audit Program until such time as the government officially responded to the Panel Report.

On March 7, 2019, the Minister of National Revenue responded to the Report, giving a description of the actions taken by the government to address each of the four recommendations, and lifted the suspension on the remaining audits and objections stating that the new rules would apply retroactively to those audits and objections. The government is also establishing a permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector to provide recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue and Commissioner of the CRA on important and emerging issues facing the sector.

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Environment and Climate Change

Make strategic investments in the clean technology sector.

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The government has made strategic investments in the clean technology sector, helping to spur growth, create more employment opportunities and increase the number of high-growth companies in Canada.

Since 2016, the government has committed more than $2.3 billion to the Innovation and Skills Plan and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The government is supporting clean technology companies through the $155 million Clean Growth Program, the $75 million Impact Canada Clean Tech Challenges, the $25 million Agricultural Clean Technology Program.

To date, five planned innovative clean tech challenges have been launched under the Impact Canada initiative:
• the Women in Clean Tech Challenge aims to help level the playing field for Canadian women entrepreneurs in the area of clean technology
• the Sky’s the Limit Challenge is seeking a breakthrough on green aviation fuels
• the Power Forward Challenge is a collaboration with the UK to design better power grids
• the Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative which complements other diesel reduction efforts
• the Crush It! Challenge is seeking efficiencies in mining technologies for rock crushing.

The government also enhanced financial support to the clean technology industry through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. The 2018 Fall Economic Statement further increased the venture capital available to clean technology firms by $50 million under the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative.

In addition, supports are being put in place to help companies access and grow in global markets. Export Development Canada has started the Cleantech Co-investment Program and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Services has launched a new International Business Development Strategy.

The new Clean Growth Hub, a whole-of-government focal point supporting clean technology producers and users, has served over 1,060 clients since January 2018, enabling connections to federal programs and services to support companies and projects at all phases of the innovation spectrum. The Clean Growth Hub is also improving coordination between programs as well as tracking and reporting on clean technology outcomes.

Budget 2019 proposes to provide $100 million over four years, starting in 2019, to develop ground-breaking clean tech and emission-lowering solutions.

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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 expanded this tax treatment to geothermal projects and expenses. Budget 2018 extended the accelerated capital cost allowance for five years to property acquired before 2025. In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed that specified clean energy equipment be eligible for immediate expensing – i.e., that such equipment be eligible for a full tax write-off the year it is put in use in the business. The government will continue to work towards making Canada the world's most competitive tax jurisdiction for clean technology.

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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 to defending Canada and Canadian sovereignty - especially in the northern skies. It is vital to Canada’s partnership with the United States, and the responsibility to protect the continent. It is also required to enable Canada to fulfill its international commitments as an engaged and active member of NATO.

In December 2017, the government launched an open and transparent competition to acquire 88 advanced fighter jets to replace Canada’s current fighter aircraft. A Future Fighter Industry Day followed to provide information on the planned procurement process and timelines, project scope, high-level operational objectives, the approach to maintenance and repair, and potential economic benefits. In February 2018, the government published a list of eligible suppliers invited to submit proposals under the competition to replace the fighter fleet.

Two rounds of supplier engagement were held to share and collect detailed information to support finalization of the procurement strategy and development of the solicitation documents. In October 2018, a Draft Request for Proposal was released to eligible suppliers for their review and feedback. A third round of engagement was held in February 2019 to discuss the feedback and inform an amended Request for Proposal. The Formal Supplier Engagement Phase will continue until the final Request for Proposal is released.

To meet immediate needs, in November 2018, the government signed a procurement agreement with Australia for 18 F/A-18 fighter aircraft and up to seven additional non-flyable aircraft for spare parts and training aids. These additional aircraft will help ensure a consistent number of flight hours until the arrival of a new fleet. The first two Australian aircraft arrived in Canada in February 2019, and the remaining aircraft will arrive at regular intervals until the end of 2021.

In November 2018, the Auditor General released a report on Canada’s fighter force highlighting that an enduring solution to the Canadian Armed Force’s fighter capability will only be achieved when Canada has procured a fighter fleet and increased the number of skilled technicians and pilots. The government is taking steps to address both of these requirements.

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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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Committed to ensuring the public is served in their official language of choice, the government conducted the first review of the Official Languages Regulations in over 25 years, and introduced amendments in October 2018 regarding communications with and services to the public. Currently, 86.5 per cent 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 of at least 90 per cent in 2020.

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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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The government began to modernize and expand the scope of the Access to Information Act. Phase I proposed reforms would eliminate all fees except for application fees, and confirms the “open by default” principle. Legislation introduced in June 2017 proposed requirements for the proactive publication of a broad range of information and applies to more than 240 government federal institutions, as well as the Prime Minister's Office, ministers' offices and administrative bodies that support Parliament and the courts. The proposed legislation also provides the Information Commissioner with the power to make binding orders to government institutions, including for the release of records. A review of the Act is required every five years to ensure that it remains current and improves transparency for Canadians. The first of these reviews would be initiated within one year of the legislation coming into force. The legislation has been referred back to the House of Commons.

Further measures to improve Canadians’ access to information are included in Canada’s 2018-2020 National Action Plan on Open Government, published in December 2018. These measures include engaging all sectors of Canadian society including Indigenous organizations and representatives in a broad review of the Access to Information Act that examines:
• the extent of coverage of the Act including the range of institutions that are subject to the Act
• ways to improve timeliness of responses to requests
• the regime of exemptions and exclusions
• appropriate protections for information relating to Indigenous people and governance
• how technologies could be used to improve the functioning of the system and service to the user.

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Strong Middle Class

Conduct a review of tax expenditures.

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The tax system is simpler and fairer.

The comprehensive review of tax expenditures conducted in 2016 has resulted in the elimination of measures that were found to be ineffective and inefficient. For example, the government has replaced poorly targeted transit tax credits with direct long-term investments in public transit, and replaced tax credits for textbooks with measures to improve the affordability of post-secondary education for low- and middle-income families. The review also identified opportunities to crack down on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, and reduce tax benefits that disproportionately helped the wealthiest Canadians. The review also led to measures that made existing tax relief for individuals and families more effective and accessible, including measures to improve tax relief for caregivers, students, and persons with disabilities.

As reported in Budget 2019, over the four-year period ending in 2018–19, the tax expenditure review resulted in savings of $3.9 billion to reinvest in better government programs and services, and will lead to estimated savings of more than $3 billion annually starting in 2019–20.

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Safety and Security

Improve marine safety.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadians are kept safe and Canada's coasts are protected through evidence-based emergency preparedness and response.

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The government has announced over $800 million for marine safety, including $130 million in science funding for partnerships, improved knowledge, and development of new technologies to help mitigate and prevent marine incidents such as oil spills. Partnerships with Indigenous groups is a pillar of the Oceans Protection Plan, and to date, 401 engagement sessions/workshops have been held with Indigenous groups.

In June 2018, the government and 14 First Nations in British Columbia signed an agreement for a coordinated and efficient approach to the protection of oceans off the Pacific North Coast.

Since 2017, seven Oceans Protection Plan Pacific (OPP) Dialogue Forums have been held in British Columbia. The Forums are an opportunity for First Nations, industry, NGOs, municipalities, and provincial authorities, to discuss initiatives and topics related to marine safety and the environment. The recent Spring 2019 Dialogue was attended by more than 80 Indigenous groups and stakeholders.

Legislation
The government conducted an extensive independent review of the Pilotage Act. The Review’s final report has been publicly available since May 22, 2018. Informed by the report, amendments to the Pilotage Act were introduced in Parliament as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1 (Bill C-97). These amendments will modernize the Pilotage Act and enhance safety, efficiency and transparency of Canada’s marine pilotage system.

Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act were approved by Parliament in 2018. They enhance marine environmental protection and marine safety by:
• strengthening the protection of marine environments, including at-risk whale populations, from the impacts of routine shipping and navigation activities
• clarifying and strengthening the Canadian Coast Guard’s authorities to support a more proactive, rapid, and effective response to spills from ships
• modernizing the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, including enabling unlimited compensation to be provided to responders and victims of oil spills from ships.

Wrecked or Abandoned Vessels
The government introduced the Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act (Bill C-64) in October 2017 to enhance federal authorities and strengthen vessel owner responsibility and liability including the costs of vessel clean-up. The Bill was approved on February 28, 2019, and is anticipated to come into force in the summer of 2019.

The government has supported the assessment or removal of over 132 abandoned or wrecked vessels under Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program. It has also provided over $1 million for research on environmentally-friendly vessel recycling and design as well as education initiatives to raise awareness for vessel owners. Under the Small Craft Harbours Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program, 23 vessels have been removed from federally owned small craft harbours across the country and funding was secured to gain legal possession of an additional 11 vessels to assist in their future removal.

Protecting Whales
The government’s $167.4 million Whales Initiative protects and supports the recovery of endangered whale populations across Canada. A further investment of $61.5 million was made to protect Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) in 2018. Recommendations from Technical Working Groups (TWGs) for immediate 2019 measures to address key threats to SRKW from fishing and transportation activities were made and consulted on with stakeholders. TWGs will continue their work on recommendations for longer-term measures, including risks from contaminants. In February 2019, the government announced its third year of measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in the Gulf of St-Lawrence.

Better Information on Marine Traffic and Safer Navigation
On March 8, 2019, the government announced that Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) had been awarded up to $2.5 million to develop, host and maintain a new maritime awareness information system in Canada under the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness (EMSA) initiative. Representatives from 10 Indigenous organizations across Canada evaluated solutions demonstrated by companies vying to develop the system. The new Canadian system launched on May 6, 2019, with 10 Indigenous organizations testing it and providing feedback during a one-year pilot project.

In 2017, following extensive consultations, specific High Risk Marine Areas were identified. As a result, five new weather buoys will be moored on the East and West Coasts to provide mariners with enhanced forecast information.

Preservation and Restoration of Marine Ecosystems
The Coastal Restoration Fund helps rehabilitate some of Canada's most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems. The fund is providing $75 million over five years to support coastal habitat restoration projects at the local and community level along Canada’s coasts. At present the program has allocated funding to 40 projects on all three coasts worth over $55 million. The last public call for proposals for the remaining $13.6 million closed December 27, 2018. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently assessing and prioritizing projects.

Emergency Preparedness and Response
The government is modernizing the Coast Guard’s suite of emergency response assets and equipment. Transport Canada is also modernizing its emergency response capacity and has trained more than 2,148 people in the internationally recognized Incident Command System to ensure emergency response effectiveness.

The Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot project provides funding to coastal Indigenous communities to help them purchase search and rescue-capable boats and related equipment to support involvement in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 2018-19, a total of $2,730,000 was provided to 12 coastal communities, from coast to coast to coast.

In November 2018, six new RADAR installations for monitoring marine traffic on the West Coast were announced. These installations will increase coverage range, enhancing the ability to monitor vessel traffic which contributes to ensuring safer movement of vessels in the waters off southern British Columbia.

The government continues to work on modern data management and geospatial mapping to assist responding organizations during preparedness, readiness and response activities. To fill data gaps and contribute to several objectives of the Oceans Protection Plan such as Regional Response Planning, the government, in collaboration with multiple First Nations on their traditional territories, conducts research and monitoring to collect baseline data on the northern coast of British Columbia.

Since January 2018, Environmental Emergency Officers, Wildlife Emergency Response Coordinators and Enforcement Officers have been operating across the country.

Stronger Evidence Base
On March 18, 2019, the government announced major investments, under the Oceans Protection Plan, in scientific research to protect waters under Canadian jurisdiction from oil spills. Six international organizations will receive more than $4.1 million for research projects to help improve protocols and decision-making to minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills. These projects are part of the $45.5 million Multi-Partner Oil Spill Research Initiative to leverage collaboration among oil spill experts in Canada and abroad.

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Review the changes to the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act.

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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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Following significant consultations, the government introduced legislation, C-68 and C-69 to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act in February 2018.

The government is investing 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 both pieces of proposed legislation to the Senate for review. The two Bills (C-68 and C-69) passed the Second Reading in the Senate in December 2018, and have been referred to their respective Senate Standing Committees.

The Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans began its study of Bill C-68 in April 2019. The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources began its study of Bill C-69 in April 2019.

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Indigenous peoples

Promote economic development and create jobs for Indigenous peoples.

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

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The government engages with national Indigenous organizations to discuss economic development and opportunities for better service delivery models at the community level. The government coordinates federal efforts to ensure program alignment among federal departments and agencies.

Budget 2019 proposes key measures to support Indigenous entrepreneurship, including:
• Establishing an Indigenous Growth Fund. The Fund would be managed by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), and would allow all Aboriginal Financial Institutions to support more Indigenous entrepreneurs and projects that are more ambitious. The government proposes to provide $100 million for the Fund.
• Providing $17 million over three years, starting in 2020–21, to expand the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program, which provides a range of services and supports that promote the growth of a strong Indigenous business sector in Canada.
• Providing $50 million to Métis Capital Corporations (MCCs) to support start-up and expansion of Métis enterprises.
• Providing $78.9 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, with $15.8 million per year ongoing, to support Indigenous entrepreneurs and economic development. This investment, through the Community Opportunity Readiness Program, will help First Nations and Inuit communities build business plans, and provide funding to expand existing Indigenous-led businesses, and launch new Indigenous-led start-ups.
• Providing $3 million over five years for Futurpreneur Canada to provide targeted support to Indigenous entrepreneurs. This would allow Futurpreneur Canada to engage up to 7,250 Indigenous youth through outreach, access to business support tools and training as well as support up to 175 additional Indigenous businesses.
• Providing $58.5 million over two years, starting in 2019–20, to create a Canadian Experiences Fund. The Fund would support Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or expand tourism-related infrastructure—such as accommodations or local attractions—or new tourism products or experiences. These pan-Canadian investments would focus on five categories: tourism in rural and remote communities, Indigenous tourism, winter tourism, inclusiveness, specifically for the LGBTQ2 community, and farm-to-table tourism, which is also known as culinary tourism.

Budget 2018 invested $2 billion over five years, and $408.2 million per year ongoing, to create an Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program, which replaced the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) on April 1, 2019. The government has engaged with Indigenous partners on the co-development of the implementation of the new ISET Program, creating four distinctions-based labour market strategies to serve First Nations, Metis Nation, Inuit, Metis Nation, and Urban/Non-affiliated Indigenous people to respond to the specific needs of communities.

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, First Nations can access long-term financing to undertake economic development projects in their communities ; the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program and the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program are strengthened; Canada's Indigenous tourism industry is growing; and Indigenous labour market programs are improving through the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program , the successor to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. In addition, the government increased funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, which will help 4,600 First Nation students over a two-year period.

The Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business helps Indigenous business access procurement opportunities within the federal government, which purchases approximately $16 billion worth of goods and services every year. A modern federal approach to Indigenous procurement will grow Indigenous businesses and contribute to positive socio-economic outcomes in communities.

The government provides project-based funding to increase business and economic development strategies for Indigenous participation in the economy. 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 implement the National Aboriginal Tourism Strategy.

The government provides annual funding and works closely with partners to enhance access to capital for Indigenous entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses.

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

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In December 2015, the Government of Canada, with all provinces and territories, launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Commissioners of the Inquiry were 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 released its interim report on November 1, 2017.

In response to the interim report, the government is investing an additional $21.3 million over three years beginning in 2018-2019 to expand access to mental health, emotional and cultural supports for families and survivors. The government is also establishing a commemoration fund, funding organizations with expertise in law enforcement and policing to lead a review of police policies and practices concerning relations with Indigenous peoples, and supporting a new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit with additional funding.

On March 6, 2018, the Commission requested an extension until December 31, 2020 as many legitimate concerns from families and stakeholders had been raised about the Inquiry's progress. The Government of Canada granted the Inquiry an extension until April 30, 2019. Subsequently, the deadline for receipt of the report was extended to May 30, 2019.

On June 3, 2019, the National Inquiry presented its Final Report, Reclaiming Power and Place. The Commission will wind down operations by June 30, 2019.

As part of the Inquiry’s Truth Gathering Process, Justice Canada submitted on behalf of relevant federal departments and agencies an overview of how each institution is addressing the underlying causes of violence and increase safety for Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ2S, and gender non-binary individuals.

Justice Canada received an additional $5.4 million 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 and 2020. The government also established a commemoration fund, administered by the Department for Women and Gender Equality, to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S and gender non-binary individuals, and is working with Indigenous organizations to put forward a range of actions to help address violence against Indigenous women and girls.

In December 2018, the government provided $38 million in additional funding to support the Inquiry during its extension to assist with operational needs and provide short term aftercare to families and survivors who testify. This brought the total funding for the Inquiry to $92 million.

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

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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 is investing to increase access to justice for Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness and to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system, as victims and offenders. The government is increasing access to legal aid and providing long-term and stable funding to the Indigenous Justice Program 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.

Investments in the Indigenous Courtwork Program ensure Indigenous people have the representation and services they need to navigate the criminal justice system. The government supports community-based specialized services for Indigenous victims of crime and Family Information Liaison Units for families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The government has proposed Criminal Code reforms, including to the bail system to require consideration of the circumstances of Indigenous accused and to promote release at the earliest opportunity and with only conditions that are reasonably necessary. It also includes reforms to the jury selection process to make it more inclusive and fair (Bill C-75).

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

Budget 2018 supports the mental health needs of federal inmates, with a focus on women in federal correctional facilities. The government is emphasizing offender mental health information during the sentencing decision-making process. In October 2018, the government introduced legislation to strengthen the federal correctional system and align 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.

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

The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. The Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis across Canada. The objectives of the Act are to better protect Canadian youth, to keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime, and to protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to legal cannabis. The Act 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. The advice flowed from 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. A regulatory framework for the legal sale of edibles cannabis, cannabis extracts and topicals is in development and is expected to be in force by October 2019. On December 20, 2018, Health Canada launched a 60-day public consultation on the proposed regulations governing the production and sale of additional cannabis products.

Companion legislation to strengthen impaired driving laws (Bill C-46) includes three new offences for having a prohibited concentration of drugs (including THC) in the blood within two hours of driving.

In March 2019, the government introduced Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis which proposes to allow Canadians previously convicted of simple cannabis possession to apply for a pardon (also known as a record suspension), and waives both the fee and the wait period.

A national Cannabis Tracking System to track high-level movements of cannabis through the supply chain is now operational. The Cannabis Tracking System prevents 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 accepts proposals from community-based and Indigenous organizations for specific public education and awareness projects related to cannabis. More than $100 million is budgeted over six years for investments in cannabis public education, awareness and surveillance.

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Safety and Security

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

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

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Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters) was passed by the House of Commons and is currently before the Senate. After consultations with Canadians on national security laws and policies, the government introduced this legislation 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.

The government also enhanced the Passenger Protect Program, including the development of a rigorous centralized screening model and a redress mechanism for legitimate air travellers who are affected by the program. The enhanced program helps 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.

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Result anticipated: 

Phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, consistent with Canada’s commitment with the G20 countries, building a strong, clean economy and preserving the planet for generations to come.

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Efforts to reform fossil fuel subsidies have resulted in the phase-out or rationalization of eight tax expenditures, which are being introduced gradually to allow the industry to adapt. Actions taken include:
• rationalizing the tax treatment of expenses for successful oil and gas exploratory drilling (announced in Budget 2017 and to be completed by 2021)
• phasing out a tax preference that allows small oil and gas companies to reclassify certain development expenses as more favorably treated exploration expenses (announced in Budget 2017 and to be completed in 2020)
• announcing that the accelerated capital cost allowance for liquefied natural gas facilities would expire as scheduled in 2025 (announced in Budget 2016).

To ensure Canada continues to show leadership in eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced a consultation on the government’s draft framework to review non-tax measures. To inform that consultation, the Minister released the department’s draft assessment framework for inefficient non-tax fossil fuel subsidies as well as the initial results of applying that framework to federal government measures. The consultation invites comment from all Canadians and will be open until June 30, 2019.

Canada will continue to review measures that could be considered inefficient fossil fuel subsidies with a view to reforming them as necessary. As part of that work, Canada and Argentina committed to undergo peer reviews of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies under the G20 process. This report will be made public once the peer review is finalized.

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

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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 per cent of Canada's marine and coastal areas by 2017. The government is on track to achieve the 10 per cent target by 2020, with 8.27 per cent of Canada’s ocean conserved as of April 25, 2019.

In November 2016, the government announced the designation of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area (MPA).This was followed by additional progress:
• The designation of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs MPA in February 2017
• The announcement, in May 2017, of the Large Offshore Pacific Area of Interest off the coast of British Columbia, with the intention of making it one of Canada's largest MPAs by 2020
• The designation of St. Anns Bank MPA in June 2017
• An agreement, in August 2017, by the federal government, Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association 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 September 2017, Canada signed a statement of intent with the Nunatsiavut government, committing to work together on marine planning in Labrador's offshore area
• The development of 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
• In December 2017, the establishment of seven new marine refuges off the coasts of Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, contributing an additional 145,598 square km of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts
• In March 2018, 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
• An agreement-in-principle, signed in October 2018 by the federal government and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, covering agreed-upon elements of the required Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga and stating that both parties intend to work with the Government of Nunavut to initiate feasibility assessments for new protected areas in the High Arctic Basin, part of the “Last Ice Area”
• The publication of the Scott Islands Protected marine Area Regulations in June 2018, and a shortly thereafter, 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 announced, in September 2018, its intent to voluntarily release nearly 50,000 square km of exploratory oil and gas permits off the coast of British Columbia
• A national advisory panel offered recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on protection standards for federal MPAs. The panel used the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as well as Indigenous approaches for guidance and released its final report in October 2018
• The signature of a memorandum of understanding in March 2019 between the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association to assess the feasibility of establishing marine protected areas in Canada’s High Arctic Basin, known as Tuvaijuittuq in Inuktitut (which means “the ice never melts”)
• In March 2019, the government announced a new Marine Protected Area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area is the first project carried out under the Canada-Quebec Collaborative Agreement to establish a Marine Protected Area network in Quebec, and it is intended to encourage productivity and diversity of fisheries resources as well as the recovery of marine species at risk
• In addition, the government allocated funding towards exploring the protection of the High Arctic with Indigenous and northern partners

On April 25, 2019, the government announced the establishment of the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected area located south-west of Newfoundland and Labrador which will protect many critical habitats, areas of high biodiversity and biological productivity, and endangered and threatened marine species, including the northern wolffish and the leatherback turtle.

Also on April 25, 2019, at the Nature Champions Summit, the Minister of Fisheries, Ocean and the Coast Guard responded to the National Advisory Panel on MPA Standards and announced new protection standards for federal MPAs and other effective conservation measures (OECMs), such as marine refuges. The government has adopted a new protection standard in all new federal MPAs by prohibiting oil and gas activities, mining, dumping and bottom trawling. Bottom trawling for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial purposes or for scientific research purposes may be allowed where this activity does not pose a risk to the MPA’s conservation objectives. Existing MPAs that allow these industrial activities will be reviewed during their five-year management review cycle. The government has adopted a new protection standard to OECMs, such as marine refuges, which is to implement a risk-based approach for all activities to ensure any risks they pose to the site’s conservation objectives are avoided or mitigated.

In June 2016, the government tabled Bill C-55 proposing amendments to the Oceans Act to create a new authority to establish an interim protection MPA through a Ministerial Order power, enshrine the precautionary principle and modernize enforcement officer powers and fines provisions. Bill C-55 also sought amendments to the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to allow for orders prohibiting oil and gas activities in designated Oceans Act MPAs. Bill C-55 received Royal Assent in May 2019.

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Canada in the World

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

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

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The government’s Feminist Foreign Policy includes the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the Feminist International Assistance Policy, and Canada’s Inclusive Approach to Trade. Through this policy suite, the government seeks to protect and enable inclusive governance, human rights, gender equality, democracy, and respect for diversity around the world. The government has shown leadership in this domain by:
• establishing gender equality as a priority and theme of Canada’s G7 Presidency, where it created the Gender Equality Advisory Council. Gender equality and women’s empowerment were integrated across all activities and initiatives of Canada’s G7 Presidency. Canada hosted, with the EU, the first formal meeting of women foreign ministers to address the challenges in global relations today.
• adopting the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA) and amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act to take direct action in responding to cases of human rights violations and acts of corruption globally in 2017. The government has imposed targeted sanctions on 70 individuals under the JVCFOA from Russia, Venezuela, South Sudan, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia.
• establishing the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise(CORE) – with a mandate to address alleged human rights abuses arising from the operations of Canadian companies abroad.
• committing alongside 40 other states to advocate for equal respect, protection, and promotion of the human rights of LGBTI persons. As co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC), Canada co-hosted a global conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development in Vancouver in August 2018. Canada works with ERC partners to coordinate efforts in countries where LGBTI persons face acute risks. In February 2019, the government announced $30 million to focus on the rights of LGBTI persons.
• initiating joint statements and resolutions related to inclusion and respect for human rights. Canada advocates at the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, and Organization of American States, as well as in other multilateral fora. Recently, a Canadian-led resolution on the elimination of violence against women and girls was co-sponsored by 77 countries and adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. In February 2019, the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs held a Special Session on the Power of Inclusion and the Benefits of Diversity.
• creating the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) at the Charlevoix Summit in June 2018 under the theme of Defending Democracies from Foreign Threats. Budget 2019 provided $2.1 million over three years, starting in 2019, to support Canada's commitment to the RRM.
• launching the Partnership for Gender Equality in May 2018. This $300 million initiative catalyzes new investments from the philanthropic community, the investing community and the private sector to support the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries.
• committing to the meaningful inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in Canada’s international development efforts. At the July 2018 Global Disability Summit, the Minister of International Development committed to host the next Global Action on Disability Network meeting in Ottawa in 2019.

In January 2019, Canada announced $10 million dollars to launch the Mashreq Gender Facility (a first of its kind), which will help Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon improve women’s participation rate in their economic development.

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Work on development financing issues.

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To support increased international investment with the goal of reducing poverty and improving economic development in developing countries, the government established the Development Finance Institute Canada which opened for business in early 2018 under the name “FinDev Canada.” FinDev Canada works with developing countries to support women's economic empowerment and gender equality, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

FinDev’s first two transactions were a $10 million (USD) investment with M-KOPA, a Kenya-based solar energy provider, and a $20 million (USD) commitment to Climate Investor One’s (CIO) Construction Equity Fund to support the transition to renewable energy in emerging markets.

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 to establish an International Assistance Innovation Program and a pilot Sovereign Loans Program.

In May 2018, the Minister of International Development launched a Call to Action for the Partnership for Gender Equality. A series of targeted engagements sought expert advice on the creation of a new partnership between the government, 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 Ministers of International Development and Finance co-hosted the G7 meeting of development and finance Ministers 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.

In September 2018, the Prime Minister announced at the UN that Canada would 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.

Canada’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York has been named one of the co-facilitators of the 7th High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development.

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Strong Middle Class

Develop and implement a Youth Service Program.

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Service opportunities give young Canadians the chance to gain valuable work and life experience, build on what they have learned through their formal education, and give back to their communities in meaningful ways.

To encourage and support more service opportunities, in January 2018, the government launched the design phase of the Canada Service Corps, a youth service initiative. Since that time, the government has been meeting with and listening to young people—from across the country and from different backgrounds and circumstances—to better understand what service means to them. In May 2019, the Prime Minister and Minister of Youth launched the signature phase of the Canada Service Corps.

Based on the extensive consultations and feedback received to date, Budget 2019 proposes to invest up to an additional $314.8 million over five years, starting in 2019, with $83.8 million per year ongoing, to make the Canada Service Corps Canada’s signature national youth service program. This investment will support:
• Up to 15,000 annual volunteer service placements by 2023–24
• 1,000 annual individual grants for self-directed service projects
• New incentives and program supports to address barriers to participation in volunteer service programs
• A new digital platform—seamlessly integrated with the government’s new Youth Digital Gateway.

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Healthy Canadians

Raise awareness on concussion treatment.

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The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport and a suite of harmonized Return-to-school and Return-to sport protocols have been released, and online training for health professionals has been launched.

Budget 2016 made investments to harmonize pan-Canadian 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.

The government funded the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) for a national awareness campaign. SIRC worked collaboratively with national sport organizations on 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 and others are working toward adopting the guideline or updating their own protocols. Parachute Canada also developed concussion resources for schools, including a detailed Return-to-School Strategy and an accredited online concussion course for medical professionals.

The government also partnered with the private sector to launch two 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.

Additionally, Budget 2019 announced $6 million per year ongoing, to enable Canadian sports organizations to promote accessible, ethical, equitable and safe sports.

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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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Nutrition North Canada helps alleviate the high cost of food in 116 isolated northern communities by providing a subsidy on perishable nutritious food.

The government engaged with Northerners, retailers, airlines, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous groups, and other government departments on ways the program could be more responsive to the needs of Northerners, and launched an Indigenous Working Group to co-develop options.

In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement the government proposed an investment of $62.6 million over five years, and $10.4 million ongoing for Nutrition North Canada “to ensure that northern families have access to affordable, healthy food, including local food.”

In December 2018, the government announced significant improvements to the program. These improvements include: a fully revised subsidized foods list focusing on northern staples and family-friendly items; a new highest-level subsidy rate specifically for milk, frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, infant formula, and infant food; and, an increase to the two current subsidy rates to help further lower the cost of perishable, nutritious food. The government also announced the creation of a new Harvesters Support Grant, and an Inuit-Crown Food Security working group. The grant is being co-developed with the Nutrition North Canada Indigenous Working Group and the Inuit-Crown Food Security Working Group, and will support subsistence harvesting in eligible communities, increasing access to local country/traditional food and reducing the cost for harvesting activities. The working group will focus on food security and work towards a sustainable food system in Inuit Nunangat. The current Indigenous working group will continue its work ensuring that the unique interests, priorities and circumstances of First Nations and Métis are acknowledged, affirmed, and implemented.

Budget 2019 proposes to provide the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) $ 15 million, over five years, starting in 2019, for a Northern Isolated Community Initiatives Fund to support community-led projects for local and Indigenous food production systems.

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Healthy Canadians

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

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To ensure Canada's public safety personnel have better access to support for post-traumatic stress, the government announced the release of Supporting Canada’s Public Safety Personnel: An Action Plan on Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in April 2019.

The Action Plan was developed based on consultations with the public safety organizations (police, firefighters, paramedics), other levels of government, academia, union representatives, mental health professionals and non-governmental organizations. The plan will support research, prevention, early intervention, stigma-reduction, care and treatment for all types of public safety personnel, all across the country.

Funding is now in place ($20 million) to support a new national research consortium between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment to address the incidence of post-traumatic stress injuries among public safety officers. Additional funding is also is in place to develop an Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy pilot to provide greater access to care and treatment for public safety officers and for a longitudinal study of the mental health of RCMP new recruits.

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Indigenous peoples

Co-develop an Indigenous Languages Act.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

An Indigenous Languages Act co-developed with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council (on behalf of the Métis Nation) that preserves, promotes, and revitalizes Indigenous languages in Canada, resulting in more people speaking Indigenous languages.

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In December 2016 the Prime Minister announced that the government would enact an Indigenous Languages Act. The legislation would be co-developed with Indigenous peoples, with the goal of ensuring the reclamation, revitalization, strengthening and maintenance of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit languages in Canada.
In June 2017, Canadian Heritage, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis Nation Council (on behalf of the Métis Nation) launched the co-development of Indigenous languages legislation and agreed on a collaborative engagement process. Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, was introduced in the House of Commons in February 2019.

Budget 2019 earmarked $333.7 million over five years and $115.7 million ongoing to implement the act, to promote and revitalize Indigenous languages.

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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 invested in shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence to ensure that no one fleeing domestic violence would be left without a place to go. As of March 31, 2018, this funding has supported over 3,200 projects and assisted more than 5,800 households. Also in Budget 2016, the government provided funding to renovate, construct and support shelters serving victims of family violence in First Nation communities. Five communities were identified for the construction of new shelters: the new Manitoba shelter opened in November 2018; the shelters in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are tentatively scheduled to open in May 2019 and the shelters in Ontario and Quebec are anticipated to become operational in June.

Announced in 2017, the National Housing Strategy funds 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 per cent of all strategy investments to support projects that specifically target women and girls. Legislation on Human Rights Based Approach to Housing, including the Federal Housing Advocate and National Housing Council, was tabled in Parliament on April 8, 2019 as part of Bill C-97 Budget Implementation Act, 2019.

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Government Services and Operations

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

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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 simpler and more streamlined client-processes for the transition to post-military life. It focuses on 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.

Budget 2019 provides $135.1 million over six years, to make the transition process simpler and seamless. The funding provided will help:
• expand access to support provided by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Transition Group to ensure that members of the CAF—not just those who are ill and injured—benefit from personalized support services
• enhance training available on transitioning to civilian life, to improve CAF members’ knowledge of programs, benefits and available services
• launch a screening tool to help identify members at risk of a difficult transition and proactively inform them about the services and benefits that may help them most
• improve services to departing members by making benefit application and information sharing between Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence simpler and more streamlined
• launch a Member’s Transition Task List, available through a member’s My VAC Account, to help them better navigate the process from beginning to end.

In addition, the government will amend legislation to expand eligibility for the Education and Training Benefit, so that members of the Supplementary Reserve can access it. The Education and Training Benefit provides veterans with up to $80,000 for education.

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Healthy Canadians

Develop a suicide prevention strategy for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Veterans.

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Canada’s 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. 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 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. It is 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 Veterans community. The effectiveness of clinical interventions, training, education and other supports and services will be studied to assess progress in preventing suicide.

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Safety and Security

Create a committee of Parliamentarians to review national security.

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In June 2017, new legislation was passed to create the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) to ensure that Parliamentarians have the information they need so that Canada's national security framework and activities are effective and rights, freedoms and Canadian values are protected.

This means publicly elected officials now have access to classified information and a mandate to scrutinize the national security and intelligence activities of departments and agencies, aligning Canada with allies like the United Kingdom and the United States. The Committee's broad government-wide mandate to scrutinize any national security matter will help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, as well as protect and uphold the personal freedoms of all Canadians. The NSICOP has completed three reviews, and tabled two reports in Parliament, including an annual report.

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Canada in the World

End Canada's combat mission in Iraq and Syria and refocus Canada's efforts on training and humanitarian support.

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In February 2016, Canada ceased conducting strikes by CF-18 fighter jets on Daesh targets. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are contributing to the multinational efforts to degrade and defeat Daesh through increased contributions to the training of Iraq Security Forces, and to humanitarian and stabilization support. In Budget 2019, the government committed $442 million to renew Operation IMPACT, Canada’s military contribution to peace and security in the region. Up to 850 CAF personnel are assigned to Operation IMPACT.

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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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The government’s new approach to peace support operations was announced by the Prime Minister at the UN Peacekeeping conference in November 2017. Canada is taking a leadership role in:
The Vancouver Principles, which are focused on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the context of UN peacekeeping operations. As of May 2019, 85 countries have endorsed the principles. Canada is helping to strengthen the capacity of the African Union, as well as military and police forces in Somalia and the DRC Democratic Republic of the Congo, to protect children in conflict situations. Canada has pledged $1.25 million through UNICEF to provide training, to help improve policies and procedures, and to deploy two Child Protection Advisors to the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
The Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, a pilot project that is developing and testing innovative approaches to increase the meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peace operations. As of March 2019, Canada has provided $15 million to the UN to establish the Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations, which will deliver financial assistance and incentives primarily to troop- and police-contributing countries. $7.7 million has been provided to the UN's Department of Peace Operations and select UN missions to support the creation of receptive environments for women peacekeepers. Further, bilateral technical assistance and training partnerships have been established with Ghana and Zambia. Canada is providing financial contributions to a barrier assessment process to be undertaken by the Ghana Armed Forces and Zambia Police Service that will provide robust and actionable data as the foundation of our partnerships.
A range of Smart Pledges and military capabilities aimed at leveraging Canadian expertise, contributing high-end capabilities to UN peace support operations, and supporting broader UN reform efforts. In keeping with this approach, the Canadian Armed Forces’ Air Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was deployed in August 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Negotiations with the UN to deliver on Canada’s next pledge — the provision of tactical airlift support — are at an advanced stage.

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Strong Middle Class

Ensure that Employment Insurance (EI) contributions are only used to fund EI programs.

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The Employment Insurance (EI) program is more sustainable, ensuring the program is available to Canadians when they need it.

The government ensures that Employment Insurance (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 in 2018, a period over which the government has made significant enhancements to EI benefits and programs funded by the EI Operating Account.

The 2019 EI premium rate has decreased further to $1.62, reflecting strong economic conditions and projections, as well as additional new supports for Canadian families. This is 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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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 create the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program, replacing the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) on April 1, 2019. The new program is based on extensive engagement on how the ASETS structure and policy could be redesigned and improved. The government invested to meet the growing demand from Indigenous Peoples for skills development and job training. Engagement is underway with Indigenous partners on the co-development of the implementation of the ISET Program. Four distinctions-based labour market strategies to serve First Nations, Metis Nation, Inuit and Urban/Non-affiliated Indigenous people have been created.

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Strong Middle Class

Provide a 12-month break on Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for firms that hire younger workers into permanent positions.

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Research conducted by the Department of Finance indicated that providing a 12-month Employment Insurance (EI) premium break for firms who hire young people was not the most effective or efficient use of public resources to create jobs for young people.

Budgets 2016 and 2017 invested significantly in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES), doubling the Canada Summer Jobs program to nearly 70,000 summer job opportunities. Since 2016, more than 220,000 youth have found good quality jobs or improved their skills through YES.
Budget 2016 also 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 to improve job opportunities for vulnerable youth. The Expert Panel provided input into Budget 2018 spending, whereby the government provided an additional $448.5 million over five years starting in 2018 for a modernized Strategy. This funding also extends commitments made in 2016 to nearly double the number of Canada Summer Jobs for summer 2019 with up to 70,000 job opportunities for youth.

Budget 2019 proposes to provide a further $49.5 million over five years, starting in 2019–20 to launch the modernized YES, putting into place a “no wrong door” approach to ensure that all youth have access to the supports they need to succeed in the workforce. Moreover, Budget 2019 is proposing to invest $798.2 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, to create up to 40,000 additional on-the-job learning, or work-integrated learning opportunities per year available to students in all disciplines across Canada, and work with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, which will create an additional up to 44,000 work placements, for a total of 84,000 new placements by 2023-24.

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Strong Middle Class

Provide more generous and flexible leave for caregivers.

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Caregivers of critically ill or injured Canadians now receive greater support.

Effective December 2017, the new Family Caregiver benefit for adults helps 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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In response to recommendations from the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group, the government proposed through its 2018 Fall Economic Statement to make available up to $755 million over the next 10 years for a repayable Social Finance Fund and to allocate $50 million for Investment and Readiness grants and contributions over two years, from 2019 to 2021.

Budget 2019 made an additional $50 million investment from the Social Finance Fund in the newly proposed Indigenous Growth Fund, and committed a minimum of $100 million of the Social Finance Fund towards projects that support greater gender equality. As a result of these investments, community organizations can access financing to create jobs and address important issues in their communities, and new opportunities to invest in community organizations will be created.

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Strong Middle Class

Introduce the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

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

The government introduced the tax-free, income-tested CCB in Budget 2016. The CCB provides about 3.7 million recipients with about $24 billion in payments annually. The CCB has contributed to higher incomes for families with children and reduced the number of children living in poverty. Statistics Canada data indicates that in 2017 there were 278,000 fewer children living in poverty compared to 2015. In the 2017 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced that the CCB would 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 the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and provided $17.3 million over three years to improve 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.

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There are more high-quality, affordable child care spaces.

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 signed three-year bilateral agreements that outline the unique early learning and child care needs and the funding allocation for each jurisdiction. Through transfers to provinces and territories of $1.2 Billion, beginning in 2017-18 for three years, the federal government is supporting the creation of up to 40,000 affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low and modest income families by March 31, 2020.

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 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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Through significant investments, the government has lifted the two per cent cap on annual funding increases. With over $16.8 billion of funding for Indigenous priorities over the last three budgets, and a further $4.5 billion over five years proposed in Budget 2019, the government has demonstrated its commitment to establishing a new fiscal relationship with Indigenous Peoples that provides sufficient, predictable and sustained funding. By 2021-2022, total federal government spending on Indigenous programs will have increased from over $11 billion in 2015-2016 to over $17 billion—an increase of 50 per cent.

The government continues to advance a renewed fiscal relationship through two parallel initiatives.

The first is with the Assembly of First Nations which resulted in a co-developed report entitled "A New Approach: Co-development of a New Fiscal Relationship between Canada and First Nation," in December 2017. In response to the report, the Minister of Indigenous Services committed to work with First Nation partners on a number of proposals, including: the creation of ten-year-grants for qualified First Nations, with the goal of providing them to 100 First Nations by April 2019; replacing the Default Prevention and Management Policy; and establishing an advisory committee to support ongoing co-development. Eighty-six communities have signed on to the grant and more are expected as a result of the Budget 2019 announcement to introduce an annual escalator to address key cost drivers. Budget 2019 also provided $48 million over two years to support First Nations in greatest need in meeting core governance costs while the government completes a collaborative review of governance funding programs. In addition, the AFN-ISC Joint Advisory Committee on Fiscal Relations has met monthly since it was created in October 2018 and is on track to provide recommendations to the Minister of Indigenous Services and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on the new fiscal relationship.

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 developing a new policy framework for the provision of federal financial support to self-government through the Collaborative Self-Government Fiscal Policy Development Process. A co-developed draft policy proposal was completed in December 2017 and was endorsed by the government. Through Budget 2018, the government committed $189.2 million in 2018 to implement fiscal policy reforms that have been co-developed with self-governing Indigenous Peoples, supporting key priorities such as the closing of socio-economic gaps, infrastructure, data collection and governance.

So that Indigenous governments have the fiscal capacity to govern their people, communities, land and resources effectively, Budget 2019 proposes to invest in a new co-developed collaborative self-government fiscal policy including:
• a new approach for governance funding
• a new life-cycle funding model for the maintenance and replacement of community infrastructure
• an interim approach to land and resource management responsibilities.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Develop a National Disabilities Act.

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The Accessible Canada Act promotes equality of opportunity and increases inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

Building on the extensive nine-month, in-person and online consultation with Canadians, the government introduced, in June 2018, the most significant federal disability rights legislation in over 30 years. The Accessible Canada Act is a cornerstone of the government’s plan to build a more inclusive Canada and creates the framework to transform how the federal government and federally regulated sectors address barriers to accessibility that exist in the banking, transportation, and telecommunications sectors, and as well as, in federal departments and agencies. The government is providing funding of approximately $290 million over six years to further the objectives of the legislation.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Ensure any unspent infrastructure funds are transferred to municipalities.

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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 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 June 30, 2019 will be transferred to the GTF.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

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

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With investments made in Budgets 2016 and 2017, the government developed the Investing in Canada Plan, a 12-year plan that invests over $180 billion across Canada in public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, rural and northern communities’ infrastructure, and trade and transportation infrastructure. Agreements with all provinces and territories have been established to 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.

Bilateral infrastructure agreements were signed with all provinces and territories, and include agreements to report on benefits to communities. The government also signed an agreement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to deliver an asset management program that supports municipalities in making informed infrastructure investment decisions.

In partnership with Statistics Canada and other stakeholders, the government launched Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey to better track, collect, use and share data on Canadian infrastructure. The government can also track comparable data on infrastructure usage and demand across jurisdictions, as well as track the state and performance of public infrastructure across asset classes.

The Infrastructure Economic Accounts launched in September 2018. These measures will help the government maximize value for taxpayer dollars and report back to Canadians on outcomes achieved. In addition, the government announced the new Canadian Centre on Transportation Data and the new Transportation Data and Information Hub in April 2018.

In Budget 2019, the government announced an investment of $60 million in 2018–19 in FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Capacity Fund to help small communities get skills training on how to inventory, grow and maintain infrastructure assets over five years.

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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.

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Result anticipated: 

More Canadians receive the tax benefits and credits to which they are entitled, including vulnerable Canadians and Indigenous people on-reserve.

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The government has taken a number of steps to ensure that Canadians receive the tax benefits and credits to which they are entitled, including vulnerable Canadians and Indigenous people on-reserve.

Since October 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued over 765,000 letters to Canadians with a positive message about potential benefit eligibility to promote filing. Over the years, the CRA opted for a more targeted approach and experimented with different mail-outs. This included a visual colour product and a letter in Inuktitut sent to recipients in Nunavut. As a result of these mailings, a total of 97,492 returns were filed and over $32.7 million in tax refund payments and $78.9 million in credits and benefits were paid to Canadians.

The CRA is undertaking other initiatives to ensure that all Canadians are receiving the benefits they are entitled to, by:
• proactively promoting the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in Indigenous communities. Between April 2018 and February 2019, the CRA-Service Canada Indigenous outreach partnership conducted 704 in-person visits to Indigenous communities across the country to promote the CCB and other benefits. These community visits included 414 Service Canada visits, 80 CRA visits, and 210 joint Service Canada-CRA visits
• making it easier for Canadians to file their income tax and benefit returns
• investing Budget 2018 funding to proactively reach out to those individuals and vulnerable groups who may be eligible to, but are not receiving tax benefits and to promote the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) through in-person community visits. Budget funds are also being invested to increase support for CVITP-participating organizations and to extend this support year-round to enhance access to free tax preparation services
• opening three new Northern Service Centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit in February 2019. The CRA employees based in these new centres will expand the activities of the Outreach Program, the CVITP, and the Liaison Officer service in the territories.

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Government Services and Operations

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

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In order to simplify the process for low-income Canadians to file their taxes when their financial situation has not changed much, the government invested in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and Outreach Programs through Budget 2016 and Budget 2018. Budget 2018 provided additional funding to:
• increase awareness among Canadians of the benefits and credits to which they are entitled
• increase the number of individuals helped by CVITP-participating organizations and volunteers
• provide additional support to organizations to hold free tax clinics year-round
• conduct more outreach activities to vulnerable populations.

For the 2018 tax season, the number of organizations and volunteers increased by 9 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively. Last year, more than 17,700 CVITP volunteers and 3,100 organizations prepared over 785,000 income tax and benefit returns, helping over 703,000 people access over $1.7 billion in refunds, credits and benefits.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also provides the File my Return service for Canadians with a low or a fixed income whose situation remains 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. Since the start of the 2018 tax filing season, File my Return was used over 47,000 times.

Three new Northern Service Centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit are now open (announced February 11, 2019). The CRA employees based in these new centres will expand the activities of the Outreach Program, the CVITP, and the Liaison Officer service in the territories.

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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.

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has implemented measures in order to increase the number of Canadians who file their taxes online and to make filing online simple, easy and convenient for all CRA administered programs.

For the 2018 tax filing season, 87.6 per cent of income tax returns were filed online, an increase of nearly 750,000 taxpayers over the previous tax year. The secure online portals were logged into over 71 million times in 2018.

As of May 2019:
• Auto-fill My Return was used over 10 million times
• Express Notice of Assessment was used over 500,000 times
• File My Return was used 64,000 times
• ReFILE was used over 123,000 times.

The CRA has introduced other initiatives to encourage digital filing, such as:
• Corporation Income Tax Return T2 Auto-fill service, which has seen 262,893 logins between its introduction in October 2017 until February 2019. With the T2 Attach-a-doc service, corporations can also attach certain supporting documentation digitally to their return, with 25,259 documents having been attached during this time period.
• In May 2018, a new service was introduced to My Business Account that allows business owners and authorized representatives to create their own filing and balance confirmation letters online. Since implementation of this new service, 56,346 automated requests for this letter have been processed.

In September 2018, the Minister of National Revenue announced a joint digital services plan between the CRA and Tax-Filer Empowerment Canada 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.

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The government simplified the correspondence the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sends to Canadians, making it easier to read and understand, by streamlining and simplifying the look of notices, statements and letters. Examples include the Notice of Assessment, Benefits Notices, and GST/HST credit notices. The External Administrative Correspondence project began in 2015 and as of February 2019, 97 per cent of the correspondence the CRA sends to Canadians has been transformed to the new easy-to-read format.

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Fair and Open Government

Enhance transparency in the political fundraising system for Cabinet members, party leaders and leadership candidates.

Completed - fully met
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In May 2017 the government introduced legislation to significantly enhance transparency in the political fundraising system. This legislation came into force in December 2018, and applies to Cabinet members, party leaders and leadership candidates. It gives Canadians more information than ever before about who is going to fundraisers, when and where they are happening, and the amount required to attend.

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Strong Middle Class

Update the Canada Labour Code to address unpaid internships.

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Effective December 2017, the government eliminated 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 ensures standard labour protections apply, such as maximum hours of work, weekly days of rest and general holidays. Legislation to implement these changes received Royal Assent in December 2017 and will come into force once enabling regulations are in place.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Increase the labour force participation of women and underrepresented groups.

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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 introduced several initiatives to help Canadians with the factors they must consider when making decisions about pursuing work or going back to school. These initiatives include:
• increasing the number of high-quality, affordable child care spaces (up to 40,000 over the next three years)
• introducing flexible work arrangements
• making parental leave more flexible
• expanding 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.

The government also increased the number of work experience opportunities for young Canadians through the Youth Employment Strategy, and 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.
To improve employment outcomes for persons with intellectual disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $12 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to the Canadian Association for Community Living, in partnership with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance for the Ready, Willing and Able program. The funding will be provided through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

Budget 2018 proposed a new Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit to support greater gender equality in the home and in the workplace. The benefit provides additional weeks of “use it or lose it” EI parental benefits, when both parents agree to share parental leave.
Other initiatives include the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, a loans program and employment supports for newcomers and the introduction of Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. To encourage key groups facing barriers to enter and succeed in the trades, in 2018 the government launched the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women, the Women in Construction Fund and the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program.

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Strong Middle Class

Develop initiatives to equip Canadians with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and assist workers before they become 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 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. Government investments in training, education and work experiences focus 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 has significantly increased investment in labour market transfer agreements with provinces and territories and expanded 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.

Budget 2019 provides $5.0 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to Employment and Social Development Canada to develop a strategy and improve capacity to better measure, monitor and address gender disparity and promote access of under-represented groups across skills programming. This will build on work already underway to improve the quality and accessibility of labour market information, in partnership with Statistics Canada and the Labour Market Information Council.

Budget 2019 reaffirmed the government’s commitment the Future Skills initiative, to help Canadians prepare for the future of work by exploring major trends and testing innovative approaches. Future Skills is the cornerstone of the government’s plans to build a resilient, advanced and confident workforce that reflects our rapidly evolving world.

In February 2019, the government announced the membership of the Future Skills Council along with the partnership of organizations selected to operate Canada’s new Future Skills Centre.

The Future Skills Council will advise on emerging skills and workforce trends of national and regional significance and the Future Skills Centre will develop, test and rigorously measure new approaches to skills assessment and development.

Budget 2019 also proposes the Canada Training Benefit, a new personalized, portable tool to help all Canadians get the skills they need to find and keep good jobs. The Canada Training Benefit would give workers money for training, provide income support during training, and offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Introduce proactive pay equity legislation for federally-regulated workers.

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With the December 2018 passing of the Pay Equity Act, the government delivered on its commitment to introduce proactive pay equity legislation for federally regulated workers, which will replace the current complaint-based approach to pay equity in the federal jurisdiction with a proactive system. The Pay Equity Act will ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value.

In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced $26.6 million over six years, and $5.8 million per year ongoing, to support the new Pay Equity Commissioner and the new Pay Equity Unit within the Canadian Human Rights Commission, to implement and administer the proactive pay equity legislation for the federally regulated public and private sectors.

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Strong Middle Class

Restore a fair and balanced approach to organized labour.

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A fair and balanced labour policy is now in place.

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

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Healthy Canadians

Implement Canada's ban on 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. The government brought into force changes to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in July 2017 to lower the exposure limit to as close to zero as possible for airborne chrysotile asbestos. These changes protect federally regulated employees at risk.

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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 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. The Pay Equity Act was introduced through Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No.2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The Act will contribute to enhancing fairness in the workplace by ensuring men and women in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices receive equal pay for work of equal value. The Act is expected to contribute to reducing the portion of the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces that is due to the undervaluation of work traditionally performed by women. In addition, the government will provide Canadians with more information on the wage gaps of employers in the federally regulated private sector. Building on the government’s commitment to close the gender wage gap through Pay Transparency measures announced in Budget 2018, Budget 2019 announced an amendment to the Employment Equity Act.

Other measures to reduce the gender wage gap and encourage greater participation of women in the workforce are underway, including:
• 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
• the piloting of a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women and a new Parental Sharing EI Benefit

As part of the Investing in Canada Plan, Budget 2018 provided $10 million for a new Women in Construction Fund.

Measures to support the creation of more work-integrated learning opportunities, and to attract more women to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) business programs, and entrepreneurship include:
• expanded eligibility for Canada Student Grants for part-time students and students with dependent children
• co-ops for post-secondary students
• a Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
• the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

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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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The government is committed to international peace and security, to addressing global security threats, and to defending our continent.

Canada's 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.

As G7 President in 2018, Canada led the development and implementation of the Toronto Commitments, which address risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and protect democracies from foreign actors seeking to undermine democratic institutions and processes. Canada also chaired the 31-country Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (WMD). In this role, Canada spearheaded a comprehensive review of the GP’s efforts to address threats posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, with a view to ensuring that the GP remains well-placed to combat WMD-related terrorism and proliferation around the world. Canada also prioritized international collaboration and matchmaking amongst GP partner governments, international organizations and NGOs to promote greater coherence and impact.

Through the Weapons Threat Reduction Program, Canada undertook projects totaling more than $70 million in fiscal year 2018-19 to address the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction in fulfillment of its commitments to the GP to combat WMD. In addition, Canada chaired the G7 Roma Lyon Group on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism (RLG) which was tasked with implementing the “Toronto Commitments” on managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers.

Canada actively participates in meetings of the G7 Non-Proliferation Directors Group, the G7 Nuclear Safety and Security Group and the Global Partnership Working Group and the G7 RLG to continuously strengthen the linkages between non-proliferation policy and programming. Canada is also coordinating closely with France (current holder of the G7 presidency) and the US (incoming 2020 presidency) to ensure follow-through on strategic priorities set under Canada’s presidency.

Canada is a NATO Framework Nation for the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Latvia. In July 2018, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s eFP was extended until March 2023.

Canadian maritime patrol aircraft and HMCS Calgary participated in a multinational initiative to counter North Korea's maritime sanctions evasion, with a particular focus on ship-to-ship transfers. The government has committed $8.6 million since April 2018 towards programs designed to counter North Korea's illicit networks and sanction evasion tactics.

Canada is also committed to confronting international security concerns using autonomous sanctions. To that end, Canada imposes targeted autonomous sanctions under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA) and the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) including against countries such as Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Myanmar.

In February 2019, the consensus report of the Canada-chaired High-level Fissile Material Cut-off treaty (FMCT) Expert Preparatory Group was transmitted by the Secretary-General of the UN to the Conference on Disarmament for consideration. Canada actively advocates for the start of FMCT negotiations as a critical element to bringing an end to nuclear proliferation and as a necessary precursor to nuclear disarmament.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Canada and the United States benefit from a secure and effective cross-border energy infrastructure.

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The February 13, 2017 Joint Statement from the President of the United States and the Prime Minister highlighted the collaboration of the two countries on the environment and on energy security and infrastructure. The government supports 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 US State Department has issued presidential permits for the construction of these projects. North American energy ministerial meetings held in November 2017 and March 2019 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. At the March 2019 meeting, the three Ministers agreed to develop an action plan to increase collaboration and identified areas of focus, including facilitating cross-border energy infrastructure.

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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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The Prime Minister and the President of the United States issued a joint statement in February 2017 confirming close collaboration in clean energy innovation; in the environment, particularly along our border and at the Great Lakes; and on the quality of our air and water. Canada remains committed to implementing its commitments under the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership. Currently, Canada's focus has shifted from federal to state level in the US. In November 2017, Canada, Mexico and the state-driven U.S. Climate Alliance launched the North American Climate Leadership Dialogue to address clean technology, clean power and carbon pricing initiatives. Canada continues to advance these priorities and progress continues on the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. A North American Energy Ministerial meeting took place in March 2019. The three Ministers agreed to develop an action plan to increase collaboration and identified areas of focus, including clean energy and renewables, and R&D and innovation.

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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 on issues in the common interest. In November 2018, the government signed the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which includes a chapter establishing a committee 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. In February 2018, the North American foreign ministers meeting discussed a range of topics including North American regional competitiveness, energy cooperation, and women’s entrepreneurship.

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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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The government advances Canada’s foreign policy priorities at the United Nations; the African Union; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the Commonwealth; the G7; the G20; the International Organization of La Francophonie; the Arctic Council; 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 Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and its Development Assistance Committee, the World Trade Organization, and the World Health Organization. The government signed and provisionally applied the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (CETA), signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), 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, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the Maghreb through high-level engagements, including 320 visits by members of the government and by the Governor General, who undertook a state visit to three West African countries, and to Rwanda for the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Canada and France signed the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence, which calls for the creation of an international study group that will be mandated to become the global reference on artificial intelligence.

At the G7 Summit in 2018, 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 further endorsed the Oceans Plastics Charter. 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 joint foreign ministers' and security meeting in April 2018, G7 ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation and share information, including on defending democracy and on managing risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. At the meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Dinard (France), on April 5-6, 2019, Canada and other G7 counterparts agreed to a communiqué and three G7 Dinard Declarations outlining joint actions to defend democracy; to combat cyber threats; to address trafficking in persons; to counter terrorism and violent radicalization, including racism, discrimination, and anti-Muslim sentiment; and, to support women’s role in peace processes. 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 September 2018, which provided an opportunity to harness their perspectives on the challenges facing global relations today, particularly with respect to advancing gender equality.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has taken a leadership role in the defence of Ukraine, notably within the OSCE and NATO, thus strengthening relationships with Ukraine, the Baltic States, and the EU. In November 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) under the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). Concrete deliverables were agreed in the areas of: Canadian participation in EU Election Observer Missions; follow-up to the Women Foreign Ministers Meeting co-hosted by the two Ministers in September 2018 in Montreal; Inuit mobility between Canada and Greenland; efforts to reduce black carbon in the Arctic; and an Ocean Partnership.

The Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom continue discussions to ensure a seamless transition of Canada-UK relations post-Brexit.

In November 2018, the third Canada-China Annual Leaders Dialogue was held between the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of China.

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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 has taken a leadership role in multilateral institutions by reaffirming its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and leading NATO's multinational battlegroup in Latvia.

In 2018, Canada held the G7 presidency and hosted G7 partners for ministerial meetings throughout the year, in addition to the Leaders' Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, in June 2018.

In March 2018, Canada announced that it was deploying an Air Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali for a period of 12 months to help build durable peace, development and prosperity in that country. The Task Force became operational in August 2018.

Canada is seeking a non-permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council for 2020-2021.

Several Canadians have recently been appointed to senior positons in the UN. For example, Canadian Kim Prost was elected to a nine-year term as a judge on the International Criminal Court in December 2017. An action plan for international staffing will ensure that more Canadians secure positions of influence in multilateral institutions.

Canada is taking a leadership role supporting:
● the Vancouver Principles – focused on ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the context of UN peacekeeping operations
● the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations – a pilot project to increase the meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peace operations.
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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 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.

Canada currently leads NATO's multinational Latvia battlegroup, strengthening transatlantic security and reaffirming Canada's commitment to the Transatlantic Alliance. In August 2018, Canada deployed an Air Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali to help build durable peace, development and prosperity in the country. In November 2018, Canada assumed command of the NATO Mission in Iraq for one year and deployed 250 troops in support of that effort.

Since 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces, with the support of Global Affairs Canada, have been providing military training and capacity building to the Ukrainian Armed Forces through Operation UNIFIER, supporting Ukraine in its efforts to maintain its sovereignty and security. In Budget 2019, the government announced $105.6 million over three years, to renew the operation through military contributions and to support broader efforts on defence and security sector reforms in Ukraine.

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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, the An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children) protects children's health by prohibiting the advertising of foods and beverages that meet certain nutrient criteria to children under 13 years of age. Health Canada is developing regulations to implement the proposed restrictions under Bill S-228. The bill passed third reading in the House of Commons in September 2018.

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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 took effect in September 2018.

On February 10, 2018, Health Canada pre-published proposed regulations that would require a symbol on the front of packaged foods that are high in sodium, sugars, and/or saturated fat. 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. Health Canada published a report in July 2018 showing that most Canadians are still consuming too much sodium, despite industry’s efforts to reduce sodium levels in foods. The government will continue to work with stakeholders to identify additional ways to further reduce sodium in foods.

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Healthy Canadians

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

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The government has made nutrition information on food labels (revised Nutrition facts Table and List of Ingredients) more useful to Canadians, which allows them to make well informed food choices.

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, food labels have been updated, making nutrition information easier to understand. This includes making serving sizes more consistent, 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.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Implement Canada's new immigration levels plans.

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Preliminary admissions data indicate that Canada welcomed 321,121 permanent residents in 2018, exceeding the target of 310,000 while remaining within the approved range. This increase in immigration contributed to economic growth, family reunification and the government’s humanitarian commitments. The 2019-2021 multi-year immigration levels plan validates the 2019 target of 330,800, and sets admissions targets of 341,000 and 350,000 in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The government is reducing application backlogs, improving the speed at which applications are processed, and putting greater focus on attracting highly skilled global talent.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

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The government is helping immigrants better prepare for a new life in Canada through a number of enhancements to the Settlement Program. These include the streamlining of pre-arrival services and the launch of a pilot to support visible minority newcomer women in accessing the Canadian labour market.

The government finalized a shared national vision with provinces and stakeholders; is co-planning with the provinces and territories to better support client needs; and signed Federal-Provincial-Territorial memoranda of understanding to strengthen collaboration.

A rigorous outcomes measurement approach is being implemented, including the annual Settlement Client Outcomes Survey and Newcomer Outcomes Survey. Through increased data and analytical capacity, the design of the Settlement Program is increasingly evidence-based and effective in achieving the shared national vision for settlement and integration.

The recently launched National Call for Proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs along with a separate intake process for Settlement indirect services will ensure that investments are targeted to meet the needs of both newcomer clients and the communities in which they settle.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Continue to welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

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Preliminary admissions data from 2018 indicate that Canada welcomed 45,764 refugees and protected persons, exceeding the target of 43,000. Canada has a proud history of providing protection to the world's most vulnerable groups. The government is committed to helping refugees settle, integrate, and succeed in Canada. Over the course of its mandate, the government has welcomed refugees from countries around the world and offered a safe haven to persons fleeing conflict or persecution. From January 2015 to 2018, Canada admitted 61,957 Syrian refugees and an overall total of 121,784 resettled refugees. The commitment to resettle 1,200 survivors of Daesh has been surpassed by more than 200 survivors. The government is also resettling up to 100 White Helmet volunteers and their families. The 2019 immigration levels plan increases the target of 43,000 refugees and protected persons to 46,450. This figure remains among the highest in Canadian history, and doubles the number of refugees that were welcomed in 2015 and preceding years. Budget 2018 committed to resettling an additional 1,000 vulnerable women and girls from various conflict zones around the world.

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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 undertaken a review of Canada's visa policy framework to ensure a robust, evidence-based approach for making decisions regarding a country’s visa requirement. The government is also reviewing policies for managing foreign nationals transiting through Canadian airports, to ensure they continue to meet Canada’s economic needs while prioritizing the security of Canadians.

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Indigenous peoples

Make changes to the Oath of Canadian Citizenship to reflect the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Updated Oath of Canadian Citizenship, Citizenship Study Guide and Knowledge Test that reflect Canadian and Indigenous history.

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The government has been working with national Indigenous organizations and other stakeholders to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations to incorporate the recognition of treaties with Indigenous peoples into the Oath of Canadian Citizenship, the citizenship study guide, and knowledge test to reflect a more inclusive history of Indigenous peoples, and their rights. The government introduced legislation to modify the Oath on May 28, 2019.

Changes to the citizenship guide will be reflected in a revised citizenship knowledge test.

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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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As part of Canada's inclusive approach to trade, the government continues to consult broadly and advocate for stronger provisions on: the environment and labour, gender equality and women's economic empowerment, trade and Indigenous peoples, small and medium-sized enterprises and the right to regulate in the public interest. Canada's inclusive approach to trade ensures that the benefits of trade and investment are more widely shared. This approach also ensures that levels of environmental and labour protection are upheld and that a country’s environmental and labour laws and obligations are enforced in the context of trade and investment. 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 (CIFTA). 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. In parallel to the signing of the CPTPP, Canada, Chile and New Zealand issued a Joint Declaration confirming their commitment to ensure that international trade policy is more inclusive and that the benefits of international trade are more widely shared.

The government continues to advance inclusivity in trade through bilateral and multilateral engagement, and plays a leadership role in international fora. Canada's implementation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98 affirming the fundamental right to bargain collectively is one example of this approach. Canada has now ratified all eight of the ILO Core Conventions. 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 and Inclusive Trade and Investment were also signed with Kosovo in March 2018 and Moldova in June 2018.

In October 2018, Canada convened a meeting of 12 WTO member countries at the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform (now known as the "Ottawa Group"), to identify enhancements and improvements to the WTO over the short-, medium- and long-terms. The Ottawa Group met again at the World Economic Forum in January 2019, and launched an open-ended process open to all WTO Members to improve the operation and transparency of WTO committees.

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Exports and Investment

Promote trade and investment with established markets such as Japan.

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The government promotes Canada-Japan trade through multilateral engagement with provinces, territories and municipalities. Visits by the Prime Minister, key ministers, and provincial premiers showcase trade and investment potential in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, agriculture, life sciences and clean tech. Between April 2016 and March 2017, the Trade Commissioner Service in Japan facilitated more than $850 million in Japanese investment stock in Canada, creating more than 450 jobs. Canada and Japan, along with four other countries, brought the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) into force in December 2018.

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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 encourages global investment in Canada and promotes Canada through the Invest in Canada Agency; the expansion of the Trade Commissioner Service, to increase Canadian presence in strategic markets abroad; and changes to the Investment Canada Act. Changes to the Act are leading to greater transparency in guidelines for national security reviews, and the threshold for review under the Act increased to transactions of $1 billion as of 2017. The government is also developing a comprehensive Progressive Trade Strategy to enhance 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; 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.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) facilitated 101 investment projects in Canada worth $2.25 billion and created 2,979 jobs. The TCS also facilitated 159 investor visits to Canada to pursue specific investment projects. Between April 2018 and February 2019, TCS facilitated 130 projects worth $41.9 billion, over 10,780 new jobs and 196 site selection visits. LNG Canada, announced in October 2018, accounts for approximately 96 per cent ($40 billion) of the dollar value, representing the largest ever single foreign direct investment in Canada.

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Exports and Investment

Ensure alignment between Canada's export and innovation strategies.

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The government launched an 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 make it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need. The government is aligning the Export Diversification Strategy and the Innovation and Skills Plan to: focus on free-trade-agreement promotion; support exporters and grow global firms by Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs; strengthen investment attraction; and support a progressive trade policy agenda.

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Exports and Investment

Implement and expand Canada's Free Trade Agreements globally.

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 twelve EU Member States. The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force in August 2017. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) entered into force on December 30, 2018. On September 30, 2018, the government completed negotiations toward a Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which was signed on November 30, 2018. Canada is also negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), the latest round having taken place in October 2018. Canada continues to engage China and India on expanding bilateral trade and investment and is working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-ASEAN FTA. Canada and Israel signed the modernized CIFTA Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) agreement on May 28, 2018 and the bill was introduced in Parliament in October 2018. The modernized Canada-Chile FTA (CCFTA), which includes a chapter on Trade and Gender, entered into force on February 5, 2019. Canada and Mercosur launched FTA negotiations on March 9, 2018. The fifth round was held March 25-29, 2019 in Ottawa.

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Strong Middle Class

Improve Canadian competitiveness, create jobs and generate economic growth.

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Result anticipated: 

Trade and investment boosts Canadian economic growth.

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Canadian goods and services exports reached $176.6 billion in Q4 2018, up 5.1 per cent compared to Q4 2017. The unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent as of March 2019 (seasonally adjusted), unchanged from the same month a year earlier. There were 18.9 million Canadians employed as of March 2019 (seasonally adjusted), up nearly 331,500 from the same month a year earlier. GDP in Q4 2018 increased 0.4 per cent (annualized) over the previous quarter.

The government launched an ambitious Innovation and Skills Plan to make Canada a centre of innovation, create well-paying, middle class jobs, and help more Canadians adapt to the changing economy. The plan expands skills training, drives investments in six high-growth sectors of the Canadian economy, and makes it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need.

With funding from Budget 2018 the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) will provide ongoing support to Canadian technology companies in the U.S; the Business Women in Trade program had its first trade mission to Europe and Japan; the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise was appointed in April 2019; and with new resources to develop bilateral relations with China and promote trade between Canada, China and Asia, new CTAs in four Asian technology hubs (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo) are being launched. With a $50 million investment over five years, announced in June 2018, the government is helping Canadian companies to be more competitive by diversifying their markets and working in partnership with business associations.

In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced $17 million in new funding over five years to expand the successful Canadian Technology Accelerator in global technology hubs, such as Delhi, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. This funding provides Canadian technology firms with support, connections, and guidance in-market. Also announced in the FES, the government will invest $100 million over six years to reinforce the CanExport program and related Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) funding programs, helping more Canadian businesses reach overseas markets.

In Budget 2019, the government proposes to invest $147.9 million over five years, and $8.0 million per year ongoing for a new International Education Strategy that will help Canadian post-secondary students gain the skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and to promote the merits of Canadian education to attract top-tier foreign students to Canada.

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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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The defence policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – reaffirms Canada’s responsibilities as a contributing partner to NATO. Canada has increased its contributions to NATO as a testament to its steadfast commitment to the Alliance.

Since 2016, Canada has provided leadership to NATO’s Deterrence and Defence posture, most notably as the Framework Nation for NATO’s enhance Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia, which sees 540 Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed on a rotational basis. The government extended the mandate for this operation in July 2018 at a cost of $514 million. Under Operation REASSURANCE, Canada performs air surveillance, air policing, training, and maritime operations in support of NATO.

In 2018, Canada rejoined the NATO Airborne Warning and Control Systems program, committing between $17 and $20 million per year and up to 25 personnel.

Canada takes a leadership role in NATO activities, programs, and decision-making, including at the 2018 Brussels Heads of State and Government Summit. Also, in close coordination with NATO Allies, Canada has continued its support to Ukraine, including filling senior positions in the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine. Budget 2019 confirmed the government’s plan to renew Operation UNIFIER until March 31, 2022. Canada will invest up to $99.6 million in new funding, starting in 2019-20, to continue its support of this military training and capacity building mission.

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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 Canadian Rangers are critical to effective military surveillance and provide a federal presence in sparsely populated northern, coastal, and isolated areas of Canada. Members come from diverse backgrounds and are recruited for their unique survival skills and extensive knowledge of the land. In April 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces launched a comprehensive review of the Canadian Rangers organization and structure. The first four new patrols were established in 2018. Concurrently, 30 additional positions were allocated to Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Headquarters units to better support the Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Ranger administration and training. The government is in the final stages of consultation with select communities to increase the number of Canadian Rangers patrols by 2022.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Review collection of gender statistics to evaluate programs and policies.

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The government has taken steps to increase the amount of data disaggregated by gender that are available from Statistics Canada, allowing more informed decision-making.

In 2018 the government introduced a new Gender Results Framework (GRF), a whole-of-government tool that articulates Canada’s gender equality goals and outlines relevant indicators to measure progress towards gender equality. The GRF guides future decision-making to maximize the impact of federal policies, programs and initiatives on gender equality, and to allow progress to be monitored and measured. On March 19, 2019, concurrently with Budget 2019, the Department for Women and Gender Equality launched the GRF Portal, an up-to-date source of data and research relevant to the indicators included in the GRF.

In parallel, the government has improved the availability and use of gender disaggregated data. Investments in research and data collection initiatives ensure access to a broad set of indicators to track progress on achieving gender equality objectives. In September 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, Budget 2019 committed $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019–20 to the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to work with departments receiving Budget 2019 funding to ensure GBA+ data is collected and reported for all initiatives. TBS will develop standard frameworks and tools for collecting and reporting GBA+ disaggregated data with guidance from Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality. This will achieve greater consistency and comparability over time and across programs in the aim of improving the inclusiveness of Government of Canada programs.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Integrate gender-based questions and content into government consultations.

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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 consultations allows for a more complete and comprehensive reflection of how women, men, and non-binary Canadians may experience policies, programs and initiatives.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Host a national Gender-Based Analysis roundtable in 2018.

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The GBA+ Forum took place in November 2018 in Ottawa. The forum strengthened awareness of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), its potential use by governments, and opportunities for improvement. The forum facilitated a national dialogue between more than 1000 participants on the importance of integrating GBA+ in the development of public policies, programs and initiatives. It provided an opportunity for leaders in GBA+ to discuss strategies to strengthen analytical capacity across Canada, and to share results and best practices.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

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The government is taking steps to make sure comprehensive GBA+ is incorporated into all future budgets, and in this manner improving public policy. The quality and scope of GBA+ in federal budgets is being enhanced through consultation with experts and key stakeholders during the pre-budget consultations process. In December 2018, the government passed the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act to ensure that the federal government’s budgetary and financial management decisions consider gender equality and diversity, and that GBA+ is incorporated into all budgets. In Budget 2018, GBA+ was performed for every single budget measure and GBA+ information was included for the main budget measures. Budget 2019 moves even further, reflecting concerted efforts to incorporate GBA+ in the policy development process and provide a comprehensive summary of GBA+ analyses on budget items in the Gender Report.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

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Major government reports include Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) considerations, improving their policy recommendations.

Budget 2017 included the government’s first-ever Gender Statement, a high-level review of the ways in which policies affect women and men differently. Budget 2018, integrated considerations of gender impacts at each step of the budgeting process, and introduced a new Gender Results Framework (GRF). The GRF includes goals and indicators that guide the government’s decisions and measure Canada’s progress in achieving greater gender equality. In Budget 2018, no budget decision was taken without being informed by Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). To help achieve the government's goal of gender equality, all measures and investments in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement were informed by GBA+ and the government's GRF. Budget 2019 went even further to incorporate GBA+ by providing a comprehensive summary of GBA+ in a Gender Report on Budget 2019.

The government has provided guidance to departments and agencies on incorporating GBA+ into their Departmental Results Frameworks and Departmental Plans and, continues to examine how best to extend GBA+ to other key reports.

In addition, Budget 2019 committed $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019–20 to the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to work with departments receiving Budget 2019 funding to ensure GBA+ data is collected and reported for all initiatives. TBS will develop standard frameworks and tools for collecting and reporting GBA+ disaggregated data with guidance from Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality. This will achieve greater consistency and comparability over time and across programs in the aim of improving the inclusiveness of Government of Canada programs.

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Fair and Open Government

Modernize the Communications Policy of the government to reflect the modern digital environment.

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The government’s communications policy now ensures that the government engages in coordinated activities that are timely, clear, cost-effective, in both official languages, accessible and non-partisan. In addition, the policy ensures government communications are clearly branded, both in Canada and abroad.

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Fair and Open Government

Take a more modern approach to comptrollership.

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The government launched a renewed financial management policy in April 2017. The Treasury Board Secretariat engaged key stakeholders through information sessions, and developed guidelines to help federal organizations ensure that financial resources are well-managed.

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Government Services and Operations

Ensure that a fixed percentage of funds is devoted to experimenting with new approaches to challenges and measure the impact of programs.

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 new approaches, measuring impact and delivering better results to Canadians. In December 2016, federal deputy ministers were given guidance on 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.

The Impact Canada Initiative uses outcomes-based funding experiments, innovative financing approaches and new partnership models to achieve better results for Canadians. The Federal, Provincial and Territorial Declaration on Public Sector innovation calls for more experimentation within programs. The government launched Innovative Solutions Canada to match businesses offering early stage prototypes with departments in need of new products or services.

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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. A pilot project to better estimate future costing requirements for major procurement projects played a critical role in the development of the new defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged.

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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.

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In April 2016, the government committed $197 million to enhance ocean and freshwater science activities. The government signed a contribution agreement with the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) in June 2016 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.

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Safety and Security

Implement a strategy against gender violence.

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In June 2017, the government launched It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. This strategy takes a whole-of-government approach to preventing gender-based violence (GBV), supporting survivors and their families, and promoting responsive justice and legal systems. Key elements of the Strategy have now been implemented.

In December 2018, the Gender Based Violence Knowledge Centre online platform was launched to combine federal resources, fill gaps in evidence and data, support federal coordination and accountability for the strategy, and connect service providers with researchers and policy makers.

The government has invested over $200 million in new programs to implement, test and potentially scale up promising approaches to prevent GBV. These focus on child maltreatment, teen dating violence, bullying and cyberbullying. They also test promising practices to address gaps in support for diverse and underserved groups of survivors in Canada; enhance capacity to combat online child sexual exploitation; increase access to sexual assault services for military personnel and their families; develop and deliver cultural competency training for federal law enforcement officers; enhance the settlement program; to equip allied health professionals to provide appropriate care to victims; and support members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families affected by violence.

Budget 2018 also supported efforts to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality. Building on investments announced in Budget 2018 to establish a National Human Trafficking Hotline, Budget 2019 announced the government’s intention to develop a new whole-of-government strategy to combat human trafficking. Budget 2019 proposes to invest a further $22.24 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to combat child sexual exploitation online. Both of these initiatives are in addition to the strategy announced in 2017.

In April 2018 Statistics Canada launched a national survey to collect data on GBV, the first such survey in Canada. Data collection on this survey was completed on December 31, 2018. Results are anticipated for Fall 2019. In February 2019, Statistics Canada launched a second survey on GBV aimed at filling in knowledge gaps on the specific experiences of postsecondary students in the provinces.

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Jobs and Innovation

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

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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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The government is focused on helping small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export and grow, provide Canadians with quality goods and services, and create job opportunities that strengthen communities across the country and grow the middle class. 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 (SIF), launched in July 2017, is designed to attract and support new high-quality business investments in all industries and sectors across Canada. Through SIF, the government is investing in projects to help SMEs grow.
• 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 $450 million available through the Business Development Bank of Canada for late-stage venture capital funding for Canadian firms looking to grow, expand and compete globally.
• The Innovation Canada digital platform was launched in January 2018 and provides companies with simplified and customized access to the business innovation support programs most appropriate for their sector, stage of growth and innovation support needs.

The 2018 Fall Economic Statement proposed $1.1 billion in investments over six years through an Export Diversification Strategy, to encourage and support SMEs in exporting and taking advantage of new market opportunities opened up through free trade agreements. The strategy focuses on investing in infrastructure, providing businesses with resources to execute their export plans and enhancing trade services. A $10 million investment over 3 years starting in 2019 will raise awareness of export supports available SMEs and support export capacity building.

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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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Since it was launched by the government in 2016, the Atlantic Growth Strategy has pursued an ambitious vision to grow Atlantic Canada's economy. The strategy targets innovation, trade and investment, skills and 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 a key platform for growing Canadian businesses and advancing the Innovation and Skills Plan across all regions of Canada.

Starting in 2018, the government is providing more than $500 million over five years to regional development agencies to foster economic growth, including regionally tailored funding for 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, for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
• $920 million over six years, starting in 2018–19, for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

In April 2018, the government unveiled a regional economic development strategy for Northern Ontario centered on supporting innovation, growing companies, building stronger communities and ensuring communities have the necessary skills for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Public engagement on a growth strategy for Western Canada was completed in November 2018 and a What We Heard summary report of the engagements was released in April 2019. The whole-of-government Western Canada Growth Strategy that builds on the engagements and on work with federal partners is scheduled to be released in June. Also in November 2018, the government launched its Federal Strategy on Innovation and Growth for the Quebec Regions, focused on innovation and clean tech, growth and exports, entrepreneurial talent, and growth in all regions of Quebec. In April 2019, the government made public a report reflecting the key messages received during its engagement with territorial, municipal and Indigenous governments, industry, Indigenous communities and organizations, and academia towards the development of a Pan-Territorial Growth Strategy. To maximize the impact of its new investments and best support the needs of Southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario’s Senior Executives hosted a series of 20 roundtables in 19 communities, across rural (12) and urban (8) southern Ontario in March and April, and also hosted an online engagement platform to solicit feedback from key stakeholders across the region. A report is now being prepared on this work to inform Agency activities going forward.

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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 discussions, Canadians shared their views on improving the Criminal Justice System. This followed a program of broad engagement with justice system partners, and stakeholders from diverse perspectives and various sectors. Complementary 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.

In December 2018, the Criminal Code was modernized by removing outdated provisions and clarifying and strengthening sexual assault laws. In March 2018, the government tabled legislation to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system and address court delays and to reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous people and vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system, including those with addictions and mental illness. These proposed reforms are currently before the Senate.

Budgets 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 to 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 is also offered through the Indigenous Justice Programs to 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.

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In December 2017, the government eliminated the Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee for some families seeking to hire foreign caregivers so those in need of assistance can meet their family caregiving responsibilities. Families with an annual income of less than $150,000 seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide child care, and families seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide care for persons with high medical needs are no longer required to pay this processing fee.

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Strong Middle Class

Promote good quality jobs by developing the Global Skills Strategy.

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Building on the success of the Global Talent Stream pilot, originally launched in June 2017, Budget 2019 announced $35.2 million over five years, beginning in 2019–20, with $7.4 million per year ongoing, to make the Global Talent Stream a permanent program. This will ensure that employers will continue to receive expedited access to the global talent they need while also delivering lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market.

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Government Services and Operations

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

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

The government’s Service Strategy includes a commitment to create a single online window for all government services. Canadians would be able to access:
• simplified tax filing options
• expanded online management of border taxes and duties
• new tools to manage student loans
• services for Veterans through their MY VAC Account
• a faster, more streamlined process for businesses to submit records and employment information.

The government also established the Canadian Digital Service (CDS) to make it faster and easier for Canadians to access benefits and services online.

Since 2017, the government has made significant progress on an “omni-channel” approach to service delivery, going beyond a single window to offer services to Canadians anywhere, anytime, and on any device. With the support of provincial, territorial, municipal and private sector partners, a pilot is being launched where a digital identity from another jurisdiction will be used to verify identity and grant access to federal services. To make it easy for government departments to share data with each other and the outside world in a modern, secure, and unified way, the government is developing a Canadian Digital Exchange Platform (CDXP) that will form the foundation for real-time information sharing.

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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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Budget 2016 invested $73 million, to significantly increase the capacity of the Employment Insurance (EI) Call Centre network and improve its service accessibility. Budget 2018 provided an additional $127.7 million over three years to further improve accessibility and deliver timely and accurate information EI to Canadians.

The government launched the EI Service Quality Review in May 2016, asking Canadians and stakeholders how EI service delivery on the phone, online and in person could be improved. Service Canada used this input to review EI service standards, which was completed in March 2018.

In 2017 the government consulted with Canadians as part of reviews of the EI, Old Age Security (OAS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) service standards. The reviews found that current service standards meet Canadian’s expectations, but that information should be easier to find and read. The government is currently making the necessary changes so Canadians are able to easily find and understand the service standards.

Budget 2019 provided funding to migrate Employment and Social Development Canada’s call centres, including the EI Specialized Call Centre, from outdated IT platforms to the Hosted Contact Centre Solution. This will help to ensure faster and better quality service to Canadians.

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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 acted to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, guided 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. Improvements included ending the four year cumulative duration rule; increasing the requirement of employers to recruit Canadians typically under-represented in the workforce; extending the low-wage cap for seasonal employment, and expanding pathways to permanent residency so that eligible newcomers are able to more fully contribute to Canadian society. In March 2019, the government further expanded pathways to permanent residency by allocating an additional 2,000 nominations under the Provincial Nominee Program, which will provide more opportunities for existing workers at the intermediate skill level to transition to permanent residence, and help to address worker vulnerability.

Budget 2017 confirmed permanent funding for the compliance inspection regime and for work with key stakeholders to enhance existing labour market development strategies.

Funding was also provided to the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association to help migrant workers become better informed about their rights as workers in Canada. Budget 2018 provided $194.1 million over five years, beginning in 2018, and $33.19 million per year ongoing, to ensure that the rights of temporary foreign workers in Canada are protected and enforced as part of the Program’s robust employer compliance regime.
Budget 2018 also committed $3.4 million over two years, beginning in 2018 for a pilot Migrant Worker Support Network for temporary foreign workers dealing with potential mistreatment or abuse. The pilot was launched in British Columbia in October 2018, and supports migrant workers in understanding and exercising their rights. It also supports employers in understanding and meeting TFW Program conditions and requirements.

Budget 2019 announced $35.2 million over five years, beginning in 2019, and $7.4 million per year ongoing, to make the Global Talent Stream pilot a permanent program. This will ensure that employers continue to receive expedited access to the talent they need while supporting the Canadian labour market.

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29 February 1, 2017
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Make meetings of the Board of Internal Economy open by default.

Completed - fully met
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In June 2017, the government passed new legislation to ensure the Board of Internal Economy, the multi-party body of parliamentarians which regulates the internal affairs of the House of Commons, now automatically holds its meetings in public. For years, the Board operated in secrecy, deciding how taxpayer dollars were spent on the administration of the House of Commons. The meetings are now open by default, meaning they are public unless it is necessary to deal with particular items in private, as outlined in the Parliament of Canada Act. This means greater parliamentary transparency and accountability, and increased public awareness of the inner-workings of Parliament. So far, the Board has held 13 open meetings in this Parliament.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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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.

In Budget 2016, the government increased Canada Student Grants (CSGs) by 50 per cent and expanded eligibility. About 400,000 students from low- and middle-income families now receive more assistance in the form of grants that do not have to be repaid.

The government also increased thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) so that no graduate will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they earn at least $25,000 per year. The number of borrowers using RAP has increased from 276,000 to over 305,000.

Budget 2017 made CSGs for students with dependent children and for part-time students available to higher income thresholds, helping an additional 13,000 and 10,000 students respectively. A three-year pilot project for adult learners is increasing their eligibility and providing an estimated 43,000 students an additional $1,600 in grant support. Canadians on Employment Insurance can also now get new certificates or training without fear of losing their benefits.

Building on Budget 2016 and Budget 2017 investments, Budget 2019 proposes lower interest rates for Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans, and a new interest-free grace period after a student loan borrower leaves school.

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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 to make sure that the indexation of Old Age Security benefits reflects the increases in the cost of living faced by seniors.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

100 Original mandate letters - 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
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The age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) has been returned to 65 and provides greater financial security for Canada's most vulnerable seniors.

The government cancelled the planned increase in age of eligibility for Old Age Security, so that eligibility is maintained at age 65. This will help ensure that Canadian seniors enjoy a secure and dignified retirement.

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101 Original mandate letters - 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 increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and engaged with provinces and territories to ensure that low-income seniors who receive provincial or territorial income supplements fully benefit from the increase. The government will continue to seek new opportunities to work together to support Canada's most vulnerable seniors. Budget 2019 also includes an enhancement to the GIS earnings exemption to provide increased take-home pay for low-income and self-employed seniors.

The next federal-provincial-territorial Seniors Forum meeting is scheduled for May 2019. During this meeting, ministers will discuss three reports: the Report on the Core Housing Needs of Seniors, the Report on Community Supports for Aging in Community, and the Report on the Impact of Public Policy on the Labour Force Participation of Older Workers.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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Increased rental supports are reducing the cost of housing for seniors and enabling them to age in place, and an increased supply of affordable housing units is specifically targeted towards seniors.

Budget 2016 provided a two year, $200.7 million investment to increase affordable housing for seniors and improve their housing conditions. Delivered by provinces and territories through the Investment in Affordable Housing, this investment was expected to benefit more than 5,000 low-income senior households, and exceeded expectations by benefiting 6,247 senior households.

Building on this investment, the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, launched in 2018 and delivered as part of Canada’s National Housing Strategy, (NHS), has a target to build an additional 7,000 new affordable housing units for seniors.

The NHS is a 10-year, $40-billion plan to give more Canadians a place to call home. The NHS targets over the next 10 years include reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent, reducing or eliminating housing need for 530,000 households, creating 100,000 new housing units, repairing and renewing more than 300,000 housing units, and protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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Affordable housing remains accessible to Canadians who need it during the transition past the expiry of operating agreements.

Budget 2016 announced $30 million over two years, starting in 2016, to help federally-administered community housing providers preserve affordability for low income households as operating agreements end. Support was provided on a transitional basis until March 2018, and has been extended until March 2020 under phase 1 of the new Federal Community Housing Initiative. The Federal Community Housing Initiative is a $500 million 10-year initiative under the National Housing Strategy to protect tenants living in federally-administered community housing and maintain the 55,000 units. As of December 2018, affordability support for 15,000 community housing units, which would have otherwise expired, has been maintained. Phase 2 of the strategy will establish a new rental assistance program to protect affordability for low-income tenants in federal community housing, starting in April 2020.

Also under the National Housing Strategy, the government will provide $4.3 Billion to provinces and territories to protect and build a sustainable community-based housing sector through the new Canada Community Housing Initiative. This initiative is expected to maintain affordability for approximately 330,000 households in community housing nationally and expand community housing by 50,000 units. This federal funding will flow to provinces and territories through bilateral agreements. As at March 19, 2019, seven provinces and territories had signed bilateral agreements under the new multilateral Housing Partnership Framework.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Invest in Housing First to reduce homelessness.

Completed - fully met
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The government has set a target to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent by 2027-28 compared to 2016 levels.

In November 2017 the government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy (NHS) which aims to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness by half.

As part of the NHS, 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 (2016-2018) for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. By 2022, this will nearly double the investments made in 2015. These investment are expected to reduce the number of Canadians who are chronically homeless by as much as 50 per cent compared to 2016 levels.

The government consulted with stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners on improving 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. 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 in May 2018.

In April 2019, the government launched the redesigned federal homelessness program 'Reaching Home' in partnership with communities, which replaces the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

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Strong Middle Class

Remove all GST on new capital investments in affordable rental housing.

Not being pursued
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The government concluded, based on research and evidence, that there were more effective ways than GST rebates to encourage the construction of affordable rental housing. The government has instead invested directly in the construction and renovation of affordable housing.

Budget 2016 introduced 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 through various initiatives to help build, renew and repair Canada’s affordable housing and ensure Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs.

Through the National Housing Strategy, launched in November 2017, the government is stimulating the construction of affordable rental housing and 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 affordable housing integrated with supports and services, the government created a $15.9 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund. This 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. Added to the fund are the Affordable Rental Innovation Fund and the new Rental Construction Financing Initiative. This latter 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 $1.25 billion in low-cost loans over the next three years.

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Strong Middle Class

Modernize the Home Buyers' Plan.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadians are better able to manage the costs of buying a home.

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To provide first-time home buyers with greater access to their RRSPs to purchase or build a home, Budget 2019 proposes to increase the Home Buyers Plan (HBP) withdrawal limit to $35,000 from $25,000. As a result, a couple will potentially be able to withdraw $70,000 from their RRSPs to purchase a first home.

Special rules under the HBP facilitate the acquisition of a home that is more accessible or better suited for the personal needs and care of an individual who is eligible for the disability tax credit, even if the first-time homebuyer requirement is not met. For these cases, the rules will also be modified to provide the same $35,000 withdrawal limit.

Budget 2019 proposes to extend access to the HBP to help Canadians maintain homeownership after the breakdown of a marriage or common-law partnership, even if they do not meet the first-time home buyer requirement.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met
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Increased available land is available to build new affordable housing and increase housing supply where it is needed.

As of February 28, 2019, the Federal Lands Initiative has made available six properties to create affordable housing units. The Federal Lands Initiative makes surplus federal lands and buildings available to housing providers at a discounted cost (for as little as no cost) for new affordable housing.

Over the next 10 years, up to $200 million is available to subsidize the transfer of federal lands to eligible participants to encourage the development of sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, mixed-use developments and communities. As part of this initiative, funding for renovations and remediation of land and buildings may be available to make transactions viable.

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Strong Middle Class

Review prices in high-priced housing markets and consider all policy tools that could keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Federal policy tools are employed to help keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians.

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To help make homeownership more affordable for first-time home buyers, Budget 2019 introduces the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive. The Incentive would allow eligible first-time home buyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage to apply to finance a portion of their home purchase through a shared equity mortgage with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). CMHC would provide up to $1.25 billion over three years (starting in 2019–20) to eligible home buyers. It is expected that approximately 100,000 first-time home buyers would be able to benefit from the Incentive over the next three years.

To provide more affordable rental options for middle class Canadians, Budget 2019 provides an additional $10 billion over nine years in financing through the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, extending the program until 2027–28. With this increase, the program would support 42,500 new units across Canada, particularly in areas of low rental supply.

To help municipalities grow housing supply and help Canadians searching for an affordable place to call home, Budget 2019 also proposes to provide $300 million to launch a new Housing Supply Challenge. The challenge will invite municipalities and other stakeholder groups across Canada to propose new ways to break down barriers that limit the creation of new housing.

The government has also committed to work with British Columbia to establish an Expert Panel on the Future of Housing Supply and Affordability. The expert panel will consult with stakeholders to identify and evaluate measures to increase the supply of housing in British Columbia to meet demand. CMHC will invest $4 million over two years to support the Panel’s work, and $5 million over two years for state-of-the-art housing supply modelling and related data collection.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Bring forward a proposal to prevent mortgage fraud.

Completed - fully met
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Buying a home is often the single largest investment Canadian families will make in their lifetime. To protect this investment and help keep the real estate market accessible and fair, Budget 2019 includes measures to tackle tax non-compliance and money laundering in the housing market. These include:
• Creating four new dedicated real estate audit teams at the Canada Revenue Agency to monitor transactions in the real estate sector. These teams will focus on high-risk areas, notably in British Columbia and Ontario.
• Strengthening the enforcement framework by improving monitoring of private sector partners and collaborating with government leads in order to deter financial crime in real estate, including mortgage fraud and money laundering.
• Exploring opportunities to improve data sharing on real estate purchases between the federal government and British Columbia to inform enforcement efforts on tax compliance and anti-money laundering. As part of this initiative, the government will provide up to $1 million to Statistics Canada starting in 2019-20 to conduct a comprehensive federal data needs assessment to further streamline data sharing and monitoring of purchases of Canadian real estate.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Use the best data available to make decisions on housing.

Completed - fully met
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Better data and analysis of the housing market is available to inform policy decisions so that the government can help Canadians secure good housing.

The government improved housing data through investments in Budget 2017. The government has created the Canadian Housing Statistics Program (a national property-level database), the Canadian Housing Survey, the Social and Affordable Housing Rental Structure Survey, and made important changes to the Canadian Income Survey. These efforts are providing more accurate and complete data on housing markets for all Canadians and provided evidence that increasing the supply of housing is the most effective way to address affordability in the long run.

Based on improved data and evidence, the government announced in Budget 2019 initiatives to increase the supply of housing: the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, an expanded Rental Construction Financing Initiative, and a Housing Supply Challenge through the Impact Canada Initiative.

CMHC will further enhance data and analytical capability by investing $5 million over two years for state-of-the-art housing supply modelling and related data collection. This will support the recently announced Expert Panel on the Future of Housing Supply and Affordability, jointly established by the government and the Province of British Columbia.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Raise taxes on the top 1% of earners.

Completed - fully met
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The tax system is fairer, with high income Canadians paying their share.

In 2016, the government raised taxes on the wealthiest 1 per cent of Canadians -- those earning more than $200,000 a year – so that it could cut taxes for the middle class. Specifically, the government introduced a new top personal income tax rate of 33 per cent, an increase from 29 per cent. In 2019, due to inflation adjustments, the top 33-per-cent rate applies to individual taxable incomes above $210,371.

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Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met
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The Elections Modernization Act improves the integrity of the electoral system by repealing provisions in the previous Fair Elections Act that made it harder for Canadians to vote. 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 voters participate in the electoral process by pre-registering youth aged 14-17 so they can more easily vote when they turn 18.

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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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Budget 2018 included the results of the horizontal review on innovation and clean technology.

A horizontal review on fixed assets is expected to be completed in 2019-20.

Budget 2019 announced the conclusion of the following reviews undertaken during the mandate: the Canada Revenue Agency Service Model; Professional Services, Travel and Advertising Reductions; Transport Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Health Canada; Canada Border Services Agency; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Regulatory Review; and a Skills Review.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Provide more flexible parental leave.

Completed - fully met
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Parents who want to spend more time at home with their children have the option of doing so with protected Employment Insurance parental benefits.

The government created more flexible maternity and parental leave benefits through Budget 2017. 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.

To support greater gender equality in the home and in the workplace, the government introduced a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit to provide an additional five or eight weeks of benefits. These extra weeks are available to parents of children born or placed with them for the purpose of adoption on or after March 17, 2019, as long as they share parental benefits.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure the successful integration of refugees into Canadian society.

Completed - fully met
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The government continues to strengthen settlement and resettlement services to refugees and newcomers to improve the participation of newcomers in social, cultural, civic, and economic aspects of life in Canada.

Resettled refugees are provided immediate and essential services to support their resettlement and integration through the government’s Resettlement Assistance Program. They also have access to settlement and integration services available to all permanent residents and protected persons, to support their success in settling in Canada.

Evidence and information gathered on the use of settlement and resettlement services by refugee groups support the development of priorities for resettlement initiatives and ensure the needs of vulnerable newcomers are being met through interim programming as needed. Every year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada conducts the Settlement Client Outcomes Survey, and the Newcomer Outcomes Survey. In addition, the results of the upcoming departmental Syrian Refugees Outcomes Report (representing almost half of the refugees admitted into Canada since 2015) show continual improvement in integration outcomes. Evidence has shown that Syrian refugee integration outcomes have been improving since arrival in Canada, including many settlement outcomes showing positive trends (e.g., sense of belonging, labour market participation, and language usage).

Informed by survey results and extensive national consultations with partners and stakeholders, the government has structured the 2019 National Call for Proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs to identify the key priority areas that will be addressed through new or renewed services that result from the call. While the successful integration of refugees requires ongoing attention, the anticipated government investments from the Calls for Proposals are expected to place an increased focus on the needs of vulnerable newcomer populations in the coming years.

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101 February 1, 2017
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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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Health Canada is reducing barriers to blood and plasma donation for men who have sex with men by funding research that will help inform relevant policy changes. In April 2019, 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 one year to three months. This change was based on scientific evidence submitted by the blood operators.

Budget 2019 proposes to provide $2.4 million over three years, starting in 2019, for research specific to reducing barriers to the donation of blood plasma, which supports crucial treatment for patients with immunodeficiency, leukemia and a wide range of other illnesses. The funding will inform feasibility assessments and testing new donation approaches for donation in consultation with key stakeholders, including the LGBTQ2+ community and patients who depend on plasma.

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101 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Facilitate collaboration on an organ and tissue donation and transplantation system that gives Canadians timely and effective 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, governments in Canada has worked collaboratively to improve the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant system. This includes better collaboration, public education and use of best practices to increase donations and ultimately increase the supply of organs and tissue available to Canadians who need them. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2,930 lifesaving transplants were performed in Canada in 2017. There were 4,333 patients on organ waitlists at the end of 2017, and 242 patients died in 20176 while waiting for a transplant. Health Canada facilitated a process with Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and members of the Provincial/Territorial Blood Liaison Committee to identify and explore how to make greater progress on governance and oversight, integration, coordination and system performance. Eight multi-stakeholder working groups are underway, and collaboration on system improvement is ongoing.

Budget 2019 proposes an investment of $36.5 million over five years, starting in 2019, with $5 million per year ongoing, to develop a pan-Canadian data and performance system for organ donation and transplantation, in collaboration with provincial and territorial partners. This will improve consistency and quality in data, allowing more donors and recipients to be matched.

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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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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. This includes bringing together over 225 stakeholders, including people who use drugs and people with chronic pain, at a two-day Opioid Symposium in September 2018 hosted by the Minister of Health.

Budget 2017 committed $100 million over five years to support the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy including the opioid response. Through this funding, the federal government improved access to treatment options, increased culturally appropriate services in First Nations communities and supported development of guidelines for prescribing and for treating problematic opioid use.

Budget 2018 committed a further $231.4 million over five years for additional measures to help address the opioid crisis. Through this funding, the federal government provided $150 million matched by provinces and territories for multi-year projects that improve access to evidence-based treatment services under the Emergency Treatment Fund. The federal government also launched a national public education campaign to reduce the stigma associated with problematic substance use.

In October 2018, the government 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. In March 2019, nine semi-finalists were selected by a judging panel established for this Challenge. Health Canada is in the process of signing contribution agreements that will award each semi-finalist a prize of $25,000 to further develop their prototypes.

In addition, Health Canada has established a Canadian Pain Task Force that will collaborate with key stakeholders across Canada to identify and disseminate information about best practices in the prevention and management of chronic pain.

Despite the bold actions already taken by the federal government, the impact of some of these efforts will take time and the opioid crisis continues to escalate. This is why Budget 2019 proposed to provide additional funding of $30.5 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, with $1 million in ongoing funding, for targeted measures to address persistent gaps in harm reduction and treatment, specifically to support efforts to expand access to a safe supply of prescription opioids, as well as increase access to opioid overdose response training and to naloxone in underserved communities.

The government recognizes the opioid crisis is ongoing and will continue to necessitate urgent, large-scale action to save lives.

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

Completed - fully met
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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 April 10, 2019, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released two publications related to the national opioid crisis including:
• the eighth National report on apparent opioid-related deaths with new national data for January to September 2018 and updated data from January 2016 to September 2018
• the fourth report on suspected opioid-related overdoses reported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from nine provinces and territories.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information, in collaboration with PHAC, released updates to 2016 and 2017 data on hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to opioid poisoning.

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10 October 4, 2017
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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 review its processes, mechanisms and tools to ensure a timely and effective response to public health emergencies. It is anticipated that this review will be completed in Spring 2019.

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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 government funded the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University to update the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. The updated Guideline was published in May 2017. 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. In June 2018, the Minister of Health announced measures addressing 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. In December 2018, Health Canada published a summary of the feedback received on the Notice of Intent and continues to engage with provinces, territories and stakeholders.

Canada's Food and Drug Regulations now require that a warning sticker and patient information handout be provided to patients, at the time of sale, with all prescription opioids that appear in Part A of the “List of Opioids.” These requirements came into force in October 2018. Also as of October 2018, Health Canada requires that all materials regarding opioid products that companies intend to provide to health care professionals are pre-cleared, ensuring the materials to be disseminated are evidence-based, balanced and compliant with Health Canada's advertising regulatory framework.

In March 2019, the Minister of Health proposed additional restrictions on the marketing and advertising of Class B opioid products provided to health care professionals. This would restrict all such advertising materials to statements that have been authorized by Health Canada in the Product Monograph.

Health Canada continues to work with manufacturers to update the labelling of prescription opioid products to include enhanced information about their risks for prescribers and patients.

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Healthy Canadians

Ensure communities can introduce effective opioid treatments and programs.

Completed - fully met
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The government has reduced barriers to accessing opioid treatments and programs that are effective in reducing harm by providing emergency funding to PTs and introducing legislative and regulatory changes to facilitate access to naloxone, a life-saving overdose reversal drug, and to medications that are effective in treating opioid use disorder.

Effective treatment is the key to moving people from using drugs to recovery. Budget 2018 provided 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 all provinces and territories.

The government has made naloxone more widely available and is expediting approval of the nasal spray version. The government also published regulations allowing the import of drugs for opioid use disorder treatments not yet approved in Canada. For example, the Minister of Health has announced the removal of barriers to accessing diacetylmorphine (prescription-grade heroin) and methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Health Canada also authorized, in April and November 2018, two new drug products for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

On September 5, 2018, Health Canada issued two section 56 exemptions to provide 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 remove the barriers to establishing nurse-led community-based treatment models.

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Healthy Canadians

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

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The government has taken steps to promote the Canada Health Act, helping to ensure that Canadians have reasonable access to medically necessary physician and hospital services without financial barriers, including extra-billing and user fees.

In August 2018, following discussions with provinces and territories, the Minister of Health sent a letter to all provincial and territorial ministers of health formalizing three new Canada Health Act initiatives:
• the Diagnostic Services Policy, which confirms the longstanding federal position that medically necessary diagnostic services are insured services, regardless of the venue where the services are delivered
• the Reimbursement Policy, which provides the federal Minister of Health the discretion to provide a reimbursement should a province or territory be subject to a deduction due to extra-billing or user charges. This reimbursement will be subject to terms and conditions including that the province or territory come into compliance with the Act within a specified timeframe
• strengthened reporting, which ensures that Health Canada has the information required to accurately assess compliance with the Act, as well as to increase transparency for Canadians on the administration of the Act.

The most recent Canada Health Act Annual Report explains in detail how these initiatives are being implemented and provides information on how provinces and territories have fulfilled the requirements of the Act. The Canada Health Act Annual Report is developed in collaboration with the provincial and territorial governments and is tabled in Parliament each year by the Minister of Health.

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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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Through the newly created 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 organizations.

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. Budget 2017 announced an investment of $828 million over 5 years to support the delivery of health services and improve a range of health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit. The government is working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to co-develop distinctions-based, self-determined and nation-to-nation approaches for health transformation.

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, and $149 million per year ongoing. 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 or agreements to advance these processes confirm shared priorities.

The historic British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement transferred operational control of health programs and services to the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). The Government of Canada has invested an additional $10 million to support a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Mental Health and Wellness signed in July 2018 with the Province of British Columbia and British Columbia First Nations who matched resources.

In the North, Budget 2018 identified investments of $27.5 million over five years for 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 per cent of active TB cases by 2025. The federal government provided $500,000 to the Government of Nunatsiavut to be used in TB elimination activities and is providing ongoing surge capacity including nurses, epidemiologists, and administrative support for the TB outbreak. The government also purchased rapid TB diagnostic technology and facilitated timely access to rifapentine, an antibiotic used in the treatment of latent TB.

In Budget 2019, the government committed to supporting the construction and ongoing operation of a treatment facility in Nunavut as well as an investment of $50 million over 10 years, starting in 2019, with $5 million per year ongoing, to support ITK’s Inuit-specific approach to address suicide in Inuit communities.

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Government Services and Operations

Help Veterans gain skills to successfully transition to the civilian workforce.

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Since April 2018, eligible Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, their spouses or common-law partners and survivors have been able to apply for a new, modernized set of career transition services. These services are delivered consistently across Canada 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 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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Government Services and Operations

Implement the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, paid directly to Veterans' caregivers.

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A new Caregiver Recognition Benefit, replacing the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit, was introduced in April 2018. This benefit provides a 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 Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.

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Government Services and Operations

Implement the new Veteran Emergency Fund and Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.

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Since April 2018, the Veterans Emergency Fund (VEF) has been providing emergency financial support to Veterans, their families and survivors when their well-being is at risk due to an urgent and unexpected situation. At $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 long-term needs and options.

The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is another of the many enhanced programs and services in Budget 2017 that focus on supporting innovative solutions for Veterans and their families. The fund supports research and fosters innovation across the public, private and academic fields to make a real difference in the lives of Veterans and their 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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Government Services and Operations

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 to reduce overlap and administrative burden, and to ensure a positive client experience for Veterans as they transition to civilian life and as their needs change throughout their lives. The government launched a three-year communications and outreach strategy to inform Veterans and their families of the range of supports and services available to them.

Introduced in April 2019, the government's Pension for Life plan for Veterans reintroduces lifelong monthly payments for pain and suffering with the Pain and Suffering Compensation, implements a new recognition benefit through the Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation, and simplifies Veterans Affairs Canada’s financial support programs by consolidating six financial benefits with the Income Replacement Benefit (IRB). The new IRB consolidates the Earnings Loss Benefit, Extended Earnings Loss Benefit, Retirement Income Security Benefit, Supplementary Retirement Benefit, Career Impact Allowance and Career Impact Allowance Supplement. Veterans, survivors and orphans will only have to complete one application form instead of up to six.

VAC will continue to monitor the implementation of the Income Replacement Benefit to ensure that the benefit is achieving its intended outcomes and is achieving a simplified client experience.

Additional milestones for continual client service improvement are part of the ongoing commitment to reducing complexity and strengthening partnerships between National Defence and Veterans Affairs, and the commitment to 'One Veteran, One Standard'.

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Government Services and Operations

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 government is committed to stabilizing pay, and ensuring that public servants are paid accurately and on time, understanding there are no quick fixes.

The Clerk of the Privy Council Office instructed all Deputy Ministers to take a personal interest in seeing that employees are supported; they should not feel that they are facing these difficulties alone.

Budget 2019 proposes to invest an additional $523.3 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, to ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing payroll errors. This is in addition to $21.7 million provided in 2018-19 to address urgent pay administration pressures (partially sourced from existing departmental funds). The government is also working with experts, unions and technology providers on a new HR-to-Pay system.

The government is implementing an integrated plan with recommendations from the Office of Auditor General of Canada and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, to stabilize the pay system so that transactions are processed quickly and accurately. As part of this plan, Pay Pods group together compensation employees assigned to specific departments or agencies to process new transactions first, then work on the outstanding transactions in an employee’s pay file. This new approach results in a more comprehensive resolution of an employee’s pay file, leading to a reduction in backlogged cases.

As of March 4th, 2019, Pay Pods have been implemented for 34 departments and agencies, representing approximately 150,000 employees. The government also announced enhancements to the Client Contact Centre, where staff now have access to a variety of tools to provide more real-time, accurate information to public servants. Progress towards reducing the number of outstanding pay transactions continues.

Since January 2018, the queue has decreased by over 200,000 transactions. At the same time, a historic number of collective agreements have been processed, providing approximately $1.8 billion in retroactive payments to employees.

Progress is reported regularly through the monthly public Dashboard, the Pay Bulletin and other online content to ensure transparency and accountability.

In support of the stabilization efforts, PSPC is using a variety of procurement vehicles to access private sector expertise. The sourcing strategy aims to engage with the broader private sector community in order to leverage innovative strategies to help stabilize the pay system.

To foster a culture more agile and open to change management, an HR-to-Pay Change Leadership Committee has been implemented with key stakeholders from Pay Centre and non-Pay Centre organizations to support the implementation of a Change Management Framework which aims to achieve increased timeliness and reduced data errors, in support of accurate and timely pay for employees. Among its first activities is the launch of the HR-to-Pay Playbook, an instruction manual detailing departmental best practices for more efficient HR processes and operational and strategic decision guides based on data.

Concurrently, in August 2018, the Treasury Board Secretariat announced steps to move away from Phoenix and develop a pay system to meet the needs of employees while functioning within the complexity of the federal government’s human resources and pay structure. The government is seeking potential vendors.

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Fair and Open Government

Increase the diversity of bidders on government contracts.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

The diversity of bidders and contractors will increase, including participation by businesses owned by women and Indigenous peoples.

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Supporting participation of small and medium enterprises in federal procurement
Better Buying, the government’s plan to make procurement processes easier, faster and more accessible for suppliers and buyers, was launched in early March. The plan also outlines how Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is using procurement to support under-represented groups.

PSPC is promoting the increased participation of bidders in federal contracts, particularly those businesses owned or led by women, persons with disabilities and persons from visible minorities.

PSPC is conducting social procurement pilots to identify under-represented suppliers and social enterprises. For example, there are now two pilots for catering and hospitality services in the National Capital Region and the Atlantic Region. Guidelines and policies are also being developed on social procurement.

Opportunities for Indigenous businesses
The government is providing Indigenous businesses with increased opportunities to participate in federal contracts. To stimulate Indigenous economic development, specific requirements to benefit Indigenous Peoples and businesses are being applied. For example, the contract for the administration of the Canada Student Loans Program stipulated that a portion of the services must be delivered by an Indigenous sub-contractor.

In collaboration with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, PSPC is also encouraging departments that procure more than $1 million annually to increase the value of contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses. Departments have been asked to target an Indigenous procurement objective of 5 per cent within 5 years.

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Fair and Open Government

Develop better tools to hold contractors accountable, particularly in large scale procurements.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Suppliers will be accountable for their contractual performance, which is expected to improve procurement results.

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Better Buying, the government’s plan to make procurement processes easier, faster and more accessible for suppliers and buyers, was launched in early March. The plan also outlines how Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is developing new tools to track and manage vendor performance.

PSPC is consulting on its draft Vendor Performance Management (VPM) Policy. This policy includes input from other government departments and agencies as well as from select members of the VPM Supplier Advisory Sub-Committee. PSPC has initiated discussions within the government and with industry on pilots of the VPM, which are expected to begin in summer 2019. Shared Services Canada is also moving forward with pilots.

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101 October 4, 2017
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Fair and Open Government

Publish clear metrics on the competitiveness, cost and timeliness of procurement.

Completed - fully met
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Public Services and Procurement Canada publishes metrics on competitiveness, cost and timeliness in the annual Departmental Plans and Departmental Results Reports, as well as in its annual “Our Services, Standards and Results” report. Performance Indicators have been established for the 2018-19 Departmental Results Framework.

The department is also developing a Data Analytics Strategy which will optimize the access and use of data, and improve methodologies, analytics capacity and skills. This, along with the new electronic procurement solution, will contribute to better metrics.

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Fair and Open Government

Make more government data available to vendors participating in procurement bidding to encourage better bids.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Vendors and government decision makers have access to modern analytics to better understand Government of Canada procurement. This will help vendors decide when and how to compete in order to encourage more and better bids.

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Information on contracts over $10,000 is available on the government’s Open Government Portal. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is publishing procurement data with additional detail, allowing Canadians to better understand what is being purchased and how expenditures move through the procurement cycle. PSPC is developing a Data Analytics Strategy to improve the contract data provided to suppliers and decision makers, and will implement it in 2019. The government's goal of making procurement simpler, faster and accessible will encourage better bids, and increase visibility and transparency of procurement processes.

Better Buying, the government’s plan to make procurement processes easier, faster and more accessible for suppliers and buyers, was launched in early March. The plan also outlines how PSPC is implementing an electronic procurement solution to replace the current, costly, paper-based system, which is more than 20 years old.

This web-based interactive contract management solution will: make it easier for suppliers to sell, improve data quality, reduce the administrative burden for suppliers, and increase opportunities for small and medium enterprises. The EPS will be incrementally implemented within PSPC beginning in late 2019.

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Fair and Open Government

Ensure prompt payment of contractors and sub-contractors.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Barriers to accessing government contracts are reduced and small and medium enterprises require less working capital (cash flow) to do business with the Government of Canada because they get paid more quickly for work they've done.

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The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, strengthening the middle class and helping those working hard to join it. As part of this commitment, action is underway on multiple fronts to ensure that construction contractors and subcontractors who do business with the federal government are paid promptly.

On April 8, 2019, prompt payment legislation was tabled for first reading in the House of Commons. The government has listened to the construction industry’s concerns and the new legislation is the fruit of a successful collaboration with key industry stakeholders.

The new legislation will help ensure that payments flow down the construction supply chain promptly and will contribute to the federal government’s objective of achieving best value on its construction projects.

PSPC is adopting an electronic procurement solution (EPS). This web-based supplier relationship management element will: allow for automated billing, quicker payment, improve data quality and auditing, and will reduce the administrative burden for suppliers and buyers. The EPS will be incrementally implemented within PSPC beginning in late 2019.

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Government Services and Operations

Improve the delivery of information technology within the government, including the renewal of Shared Services Canada.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

An agile, reliable and secure information technology platform to support the delivery of digital services to Canadians.

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Shared Services Canada (SSC) received advice from many sources to improve the delivery of information technology within the government. In 2016 and 2017, SSC completed broad-based consultations with industry, Canadians and federal departments on managing the government's information technology assets and services. SSC commissioned an independent review from Gartner Canada Co., which included numerous recommendations for improvements, while confirming that a shared services model for information technology is the right one for the government.

Budget 2018 provided SSC with $2.2 billion in funding over six years, with $349.8 million ongoing to improve the management and provision of the IT infrastructure and services within government. This funding signals a “reset” in how SSC is positioned to enable the government’s Digital Vision, and will be used to build a modern, reliable and secure digital platform.

To shape a more inclusive federal government, and support the implementation of the Accessible Canada Act, Budget 2019 proposed the allocation of $13.7 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, with $2.9 million per year ongoing, to SSC to support efforts to increase accessibility in federal government workplaces.

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Government Services and Operations

Ensure the timely and orderly transition of Parliamentary operations during the renewal of the Parliamentary precinct.

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The government has made significant progress in restoring and modernizing the Parliamentary Precinct for current and future generations of Canadians, and to provide Parliament with the accommodations it needs to operate effectively and safely in a modern, connected and sustainable world. In 2018, the government officially and operationally handed over the Senate of Canada Building and the West Block to the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons, respectively.

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Indigenous peoples

Develop a vision for a national space for Indigenous peoples at 100 Wellington.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Creating a space for Indigenous peoples directly across from Parliament Hill will symbolize a turning point in Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples. This location will provide a concrete marker of the importance of Indigenous peoples to this country's past, present, and future.

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The government is working with National Representative Organizations and the Algonquin to finalize the development of a short term use of the Indigenous Peoples’ Space at 100 Wellington. For the long-term use, there is ongoing collaboration on the development of an approach for governance, engagement, and final design for the space.

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Government Services and Operations

Enhance the quality and capacity of services provided by the Translation Bureau, and promote the economic vitality of Canada's translation and interpretation community.

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The Government of Canada has access to high quality linguistic services that enable it to operate and to serve Canadians in both official languages.

The government is improving the quality of services provided by the Translation Bureau, strengthening the Bureau’s relationships with professional associations, universities and clients, ensuring effective resource management and planning, and guaranteeing that linguistic tools satisfy the needs of employees to better serve Canadians in both official languages.

The Translation Bureau has identified a series of measures to improve quality, including a new Supply Arrangement for Translation Services, which has been in effect since August 2018 and places greater emphasis on quality over price. It also developed an open contracting process for conference interpretation focused on quality, in collaboration with the interpretation industry. This process was launched on buyandsell.gc.ca on February 15, 2019.

In addition, the Translation Bureau continues to work closely with clients, universities, associations and the language industry to ensure the vitality of language professions. More than 150 students were hired in 2018-2019 and the Bureau remains committed to hiring over 50 students per year over the next 4 years to train the next generation of language specialists. The Bureau has also embraced innovation, artificial intelligence and leading-edge practices.

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Jobs and Innovation

Develop the vision for the new federal science infrastructure.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

A modern science infrastructure that fosters collaboration to achieve policy goals and protects the safety and security and health of Canadians.

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In Budget 2018, the government announced $2.8 billion over five years as part of an ambitious plan to renew federal laboratories.

In Budget 2019, the government set aside more than $10 billion for science and research for the men and women who power it. The plan is part of a long-term, whole of government initiative that will strengthen federal science in Canada. This initiative aims to ensure our federal labs are collaborative, accessible and more environmentally friendly, enabling federal scientists to produce the best results for Canadians.

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Jobs and Innovation

Use work on accessibility as a catalyst for new ideas and business strategies through technology and design.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadians with disabilities are participating more in the digital economy with the help of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies.

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The Accessible Technology Program is helping to fill the gap in the development of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies that enable persons with disabilities to more fully participate in society. The program helps remove barriers to Internet access and other digital services for Canadians with disabilities, helps them gain the digital skills they need for good jobs, and enables them to fully participate in the digital economy.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Monitor federal allocations to improve public transit accessibility, and create reporting obligations on these expenditures.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Improved reliability, efficiency, safety and accessibility of public transit systems in Canada.

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To improve public transit systems across Canada and make them more accessible, Budget 2016 announced immediate federal investments of up to $3.4 billion in public transit through a Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. These investments helped improve commutes, cut air pollution, strengthen communities and grow Canada's economy. Public Transit Infrastructure funding supported the rehabilitation of public transit systems, the planning of future system improvements and expansions, enhanced asset management, and system optimization and modernization.

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Indigenous peoples

Promote culturally relevant sport for Indigenous youth.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Increased and sustained participation of Indigenous children and youth in culturally relevant sport programming. In addition, sport programming is used to reduce the gap between Indigenous communities and the rest of Canada in areas of social development.

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Budget 2017 invested $18.9 million over five years and $5.5 million every four years thereafter to support Indigenous youth and sport. This included:
• $800,000 to the Aboriginal Sport Circle to lead Indigenous sport development, as well as funding for the provinces and territories to promote culturally relevant sport programming in Indigenous communities
• $3.5 million for the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto in July 2017
• $4.85 million to 11 national organizations to pilot physical activity and sport projects in 61 First Nation communities across the country.

A total of 6,145 First Nation students, 595 parents/community members, 364 on-reserve teachers, and 212 Elders participated in the pilot projects. The results of the most successful pilots are being used to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples through sport.

Through Budget 2018, the government will invest $47.5 million over five years, and $9.5 million per year ongoing, to expand the use of sports for social development in more than 300 Indigenous communities. The government is working closely with the Aboriginal Sport Circle and National Indigenous Organizations to design the program to deliver these funds.

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Healthy Canadians

Better support Canadian athletes through the Athlete Assistance Program.

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The government is providing greater financial support to high-performance Canadian athletes, helping them to focus on training for world class performances.

The government is investing $5 million per year in the Athlete Assistance Program. This investment represents an 18 per cent increase over existing funding levels, and will be distributed in the following way: $4.25 million for the living and training allowance, $250,000 for tuition support and $500,000 for supplementary support. This program will directly assist approximately 1,900 athletes across Canada and enable them to continue their academic or working careers while training intensively in pursuit of world class performance.

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Dissolve Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and create a new Department of Indigenous Services and a new Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to better serve Indigenous peoples.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Improved delivery and quality of day-to-day services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. An improved nation-to-nation relationship and greater self-determination for Indigenous peoples who rightfully want and need to control service delivery for their own people.

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The Government of Canada created the Department of Indigenous Services Canada in December 2017. The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations has been mandated to lead consultations on the structure of two new departments.

An Order-in-Council was adopted to designate Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) as a department. A Memorandum of Understanding between Health Canada and ISC was signed to ensure the seamless continuity of internal services to First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), which previously formed part of Health Canada. As of April 1, 2018, employees who worked in Internal Services at Health Canada supporting the FNIHB officially became employees of ISC. This is an important step in the transformation towards a stronger service culture within ISC’s service to, and empowerment of, Indigenous peoples.

As announced in the 2019 Budget, the government introduced legislation as part of the Budget Implementation Act to effect the formal creation of Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Furthermore, the Budget announced in funding to support the stand-up of the two departments to be formally created.

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Lead a whole-of-government approach to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with Indigenous people.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

A renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on co-developed policies that support strong and effective nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships that consider and respond to the unique realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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The Government of Canada has established permanent bilateral mechanisms with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation leaders to identify joint priorities, co-develop policy and monitor progress. These new mechanisms were announced in December 2016, as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and entail yearly high level meetings, including with the Prime Minister and key Cabinet Ministers.

On February 9, 2017, the Prime Minister and Inuit leaders signed a declaration to create the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, demonstrating the shared commitment to a renewed Inuit-Crown relationship between Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Government of Canada. The first Métis Nation-Crown Summit took place on April 13, 2017, where the Prime Minister and the President of the Métis National Council and its Governing Members signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord. On June 12, 2017, the Prime Minister and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the first Assembly of First Nations-Crown meeting. Since the creation of the Permanent Bilateral Mechanisms, regular meetings at the Ministerial and senior officials level have helped guide the substantive work underway in the co-developed joint priorities. Both the Inuit-Crown and Metis-Crown mechanisms have now had their second annual meeting with the Prime Minister, and preparations are underway for the second Prime Minister meeting with Assembly of First Nations to identify Year Two priorities. Results from the Permanent Bilateral Mechanisms process were reflected in distinctions based investments in Budget 2018 in areas such as Health, Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care, Indigenous skills and Employment Training Strategy, and First Nations' policing.

A second successful Canada – Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by 24 Indigenous leaders, was held in January 2019.

In 2018, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and senior officials held over 100 engagement sessions with close to 1700 participants to listen to ideas about how to make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government. Canada has heard that there is a broad consensus among partners that some policies – namely the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and the Inherent Right Policy – are in need of reform. In 2019, Canada will continue to engage with Indigenous peoples to replace these outdated policies.

Through Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions, the government is working with Indigenous groups to co-develop mandates that better address their needs and priorities. These discussions also provide a forum for the government to support the reconstitution of Indigenous nations, self-determination, and self-government. There are over 75 discussions underway representing over 390 communities and a population of approximately 760,000 people.

Budget 2018 invested $74.9 million over five years, with $15.5 million per year ongoing, to provide ongoing support to these policy co-development fora.

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Indigenous peoples

Include Indigenous representatives in a meaningful way in Canada's federal-provincial-territorial dialogues.

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

A consensus based approach to meaningful and collaborative engagement with Indigenous representatives in federal-provincial-territorial dialogues.

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Indigenous organizations have been active participants in ongoing federal-provincial-territorial (F/P/T) dialogues in policy areas that matter most to Indigenous peoples, including justice and public safety, health, culture and heritage, sport and recreation, and early learning and childcare. Indigenous representatives continue to be involved in F/P/T dialogue on a bilateral and multi-lateral basis. In October 2017, national Indigenous organizations met with first ministers to discuss the reconciliation agenda and measures to promote the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in an economic growth agenda. In January 2018, Indigenous leaders met with F/P/T ministers responsible for Child and Family Services to discuss a plan for addressing the critical challenges faced by Indigenous children in care.

In November 2018, the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, together with the leaders of Metis Nation, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, announced that the government will move forward with co-developed federal legislation on Indigenous child and family services with Indigenous and provincial-territorial partners. In November 2018, a conference call was held by the Minister of Indigenous Services, with provincial and territorial Ministers to discuss federal options for the Indigenous child and family services legislation. This discussion also included the participation of leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council. In December 2018, leaders of national Indigenous Organizations again met with First Ministers to discuss continued economic growth and prosperity for Indigenous peoples.

Joint Gathering 2019 was co-hosted in Vancouver in January by the BC First Nations Leadership Council and the BC Region of Indigenous Services Canada. The 2019 Joint Gathering brought together federal government officials and 502 delegates representing 158 First Nations in BC, 8 Child and Family Services agencies and 15 Tribal Councils and treaty organizations to discuss emerging issues, build relationships, promote partnerships, and foster leadership for a sustainable future.

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101 October 4, 2017
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Canada in the World

Develop a new Arctic Policy and a shared Arctic Leadership model for the government's work in the North.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Strong, self-reliant people and communities working together for a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable Arctic region at home and abroad, while expressing Canada’s enduring Arctic sovereignty.

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After public consultation, the government entered into co-development with territorial, Indigenous, and provincial partners on a new Arctic and Northern Policy Framework. The framework would replace Canada’s Northern Strategy and the Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy, and is intended to identify shared priorities, goals, and objectives in Canada’s Arctic and North, through 2030. As of December 2018, a draft was validated by co-development partners with the aim of launching the policy statement phase of the Framework by summer 2019. An engagement tour to support validation of the Framework was held from January to February 2019, and further validation with partners continued until the end of April.

Budget 2019 acknowledges that the government will continue to work with partners to finalize the framework, and announced new funding of:
• $1 million over 2 years to establish a task force to study post-secondary education in Canada’s Arctic and northern regions
• $26 million over 5 years for the construction of a new campus science building in support of Yukon College’s transition to Yukon University
• $13 million over 5 years for the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning to support the delivery of culturally appropriate and community developed curricula and enhance access to and success in higher education for Indigenous and northern students
• $18 million over 3 years to support planning by the Government of the Northwest Territories for the proposed Taltson hydroelectricity expansion project
• $34 million over 5 years to enhance Canada’s global Arctic leadership by strengthening Canada’s engagement in the Arctic Council, creating a permanent secretariat, increasing the participation of northerners in Arctic research activities, and providing northern youth with international learning opportunities.

Budget 2019 also commits to support the construction and ongoing operation of an addictions treatment facility in Nunavut, and that this proposed investment would be accompanied by contributions from the government, Nunavut and Inuit partners.

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Indigenous peoples

Advance devolution in Nunavut in collaboration with the government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Greater control for Nunavut over their lands and resources, leading to increased investment and economic growth, more job opportunities and lower unemployment, and increased revenues for the Government of Nunavut. Devolution will also contribute to the broader goal of reconciliation and will be a key result under a new Arctic Policy Framework.

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A draft of the Nunavut Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) was initialed on May 5, 2019 by the Chief Federal Negotiator and the Negotiators of the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. On May 6, 2019, section 35 consultations started with 13 Indigenous groups on the impact of the AIP on their Aboriginal or treaty rights in Nunavut. The consultations are ongoing.

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Indigenous peoples

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

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

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Since 2015, the Government of Canada has been advancing the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights through Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussions and the co-development of policy approaches that lead to greater self-determination. On December 4, 2018 at an Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, the Prime Minister committed to replacing the outdated Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and Inherent Right Policy with a new policy reflective of a rights recognition approach. The new approach will be based on the innovative approaches to the recognition and implementation of rights adopted in recent years.

In British Columbia, the government is working in partnership with British Columbia and the First Nations Summit to implement the proposals in the report on the Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and Expedite Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia, endorsed by the principals to the British Columbia treaty process in May 2016. To demonstrate their commitment to transformative change beyond the multilateral engagement process, the principals signed the *Principals’ Accord on Transforming Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia in December 2018. The accord signals that the Crown and First Nations are committed to removing impediments to treaty negotiations in British Columbia and affirms an approach based on recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights, rather than extinguishment. In addition, negotiations under the British Columbia Treaty Process continue to move forward, with Sto:lo, Ktunaxa and Metlakatla recently signing memoranda of understanding moving these discussions to the final negotiation stage of the British Columbia treaty process.

Budget 2018 ended the practice of funding comprehensive claims negotiations with loans and replaced them with non-repayable contributions going forward. Budget 2019 builds on this by proposing up to $1.4 billion over seven years to forgive comprehensive land claim negotiation loan debt and to reimburse Indigenous groups with concluded comprehensive land claims who have repaid their negotiation loan debt. Work is currently underway to implement this commitment.

Through Budget 2018, the government has provided support to begin the implementation of new fiscal policy reforms that have been co-developed with self-governing Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This funding will be used to support key priorities, including the closing of socio-economic gaps, infrastructure, data collection and governance.

Additionally, in Budget 2018, the government also proposes to invest $51.4 million over the next two years to continue the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables. Canada is currently engaged in various self-determination discussions with over 390 Indigenous communities across the country. Some key examples of progress are outlined below.

On December 14, 2017, Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Act, received Royal Assent, marking the first self-government agreement in Ontario with 23 Anishinabek First Nations. The Agreement, which came into effect on April 1 2018, recognizes Anishinabek law-making powers and authority over K-12 education on reserve and a new education system grounded in Anishinabek culture and language. The Ontario Ministry of Education fully supports this Agreement and has a complementary arrangement in place to ensure that all Ontario students can benefit from this transformative education model.

On March 29, 2018 Bill C-70 received Royal Assent giving effect to the Agreement on Cree Nation Governance between the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Government of Canada thereby advancing Self-Determination for approximately 18,000 Indigenous people in nine Cree communities in North-West Quebec.

On December 5, 2018 an Education Agreement-in-Principle was signed with Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The Agreement-in-Principle paves the way for continued negotiations for First Nations' control and law-making authority over education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in their communities. Promoting Indigenous culture and language will be central to the new, Nishnawbe Aski Nation First Nations education system, to be created under the final agreement.

On January 16, 2019, the Govern