Mandate Letter Tracker: Delivering results for Canadians

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

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

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is adopting a client-centric approach to program and service delivery.

Over the last year, the CRA:

• appointed a Chief Service Officer who is leading the CRA’s service transformation
• created an external advisory panel on service to provide advice in service design and delivery from industry experts
• improved telephone service by migrating the business, benefits, and income tax enquiries call centres to the new Hosted Contact Centre Service (HCCS) platform
• has extended the hours of operation of its Individual Enquiries Telephone Service for the duration of the tax filing season. From February 18 to April 30, 2019, telephone agents will be available Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 9 am to 9 pm (local time) weekdays, and from 9 am to 5 pm (local time) on Saturdays (except Easter weekend).
• applied resources to better support the participating organizations in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and implemented an enhanced outreach program, increasing the number of individuals helped through the CVITP
• introduced the "tell us once" approach in November 2017, making it easier for Canada Pension Plan recipients to update their banking information by enabling sharing of Direct Deposit information between ESDC and CRA
• allowed individuals to pay their taxes at any Canada Post retail outlet
• began informing businesses when mail is undeliverable and asking 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, allowing 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 before the 2019 tax filing season on February 11, 2019
• conducted public opinion research with Indigenous communities to identify challenges related to tax filing and benefit application
• 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, a service that lets eligible Canadians file their income tax and benefit return through an automated phone service.
• following Budget 2018’s announcement, the Agency, alongside central agencies, undertook a comprehensive review of the CRA’s service model. As a result of this review, Budget 2019 announced 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.
• following Budget 2019’s announcement, the CRA will pursue its established plans and apply 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.
• The Dedicated Telephone Service (DTS) was established with funding from Budget 2016, which provided $12.7M for the three-year pilot project until December 31, 2019. The goal of the pilot project was to provide smaller income tax providers with better access to the resources they need to help solve their complex tax problems.
• The DTS pilot project was expanded effective January 2, 2019. Formerly limited to service providers with three partners or less, in select provinces, the DTS is now available 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 this well received 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
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Crack down on tax evaders.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The CRA continues to crack down on tax evasion and avoidance through several means, including:
• Targeting non-compliance in the highest-risk areas, such as wealthy individuals with offshore accounts. This has led to the doubling of the number of offshore audits since 2014.
• Reviewing 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.
• Focusing on non-compliance in the underground economy by implementing the 2018-2021 Underground Economy Strategy
• Aggressively pursuing those who promote tax avoidance schemes, and in 2017-2018, imposing 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. This included $7.9 billion that was identified through the CRA's 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 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:

• 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; and
• 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

Result achieved: 

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

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Federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers are taking joint action under the provincial/territorial-led Canadian Energy Strategy. The strategy promotes energy efficiency, develops new energy technology and innovations, identifies priority energy infrastructure, and advances international energy collaboration. These initiatives complement 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
Actions taken, progress made​

Environment and Climate Change

Modernize the National Energy Board.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canada has a modern energy regulator that is more representative of Canada's regions and diversity and has greater expertise to undertake its responsibilities in considering environmental science, the knowledge and perspective of Indigenous peoples, and community development. The new regulator will facilitate more timely project decisions.

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As announced in February 2018, the government is proposing to create the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER), a new and modern federal energy regulator with the required independence and the proper accountability to oversee a strong, safe and sustainable Canadian energy sector in the 21st century. This includes ensuring the new CER is built on modern effective governance, more inclusive engagement, greater Indigenous participation, stronger safety and environmental protection, and more timely project decisions that enhance certainty for industry. The legislation, regulations and policy measures to modernize the National Energy Board are being informed by an Expert Panel report, federal discussion papers, parliamentary studies, and over two years of consultations with Indigenous peoples, industry, provinces and territories, non-government organizations, academia and the public. The proposed legislation is currently before the Senate for review.

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60 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Environment and Climate Change

Develop a North American clean energy and environment agreement.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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

Result achieved: 

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

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

On January 24, 2018, the government completed the Review and announced a service-focused vision for renewal, providing guidance for renewal to the Board of Directors. This vision and guidance included concrete measures to make delivery more accessible, and to stop converting door-to-door service into community mailboxes.

A new Chair of Canada Post's Board of Directors was appointed in December 2017, who received a letter of expectations from the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility in January 2018. Subsequently, the government has announced eight appointments to the Board and on March 1st, 2019, the government appointed a new President and CEO of Canada Post.

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.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Safety and Security

Renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

Enhanced protection and improved safety of Canadians along Canada's coasts.

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Through the Oceans Protection Plan and re-investments in the Canadian Coast Guard, the government has significantly enhanced support to the Coast Guard fleet. Specifically, the government is working to enhance the world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s coasts. It is also committed to ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents. In August 2018, a contract was awarded for a three-year lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to assist in towing vessels in distress off the Pacific coast. Both vessels entered into service in December 2018. Additionally, 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 has started renewing Canada's federal fleet so that needed vessels are delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely and affordable manner.

Construction is underway on all three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (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 of Canada has 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 change in sequence decision will build on the progress that is currently underway on JSS1 and allow time between construction of the first and second JSS to incorporate time for “lessons learned”. Construction of the OOSV is expected to commence in late 2020 and is expected to be delivered in 2024.

On August 10, 2018, the Government of Canada issued a contract to Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers. On August 27, 2018, the vessels arrived in Canada. The vessels will 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. The first medium icebreaker was accepted into service on December 14, 2018. The second and third icebreakers are currently undergoing conversion at Davie, and will enter into service in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Additionally, in February 2019, Canada released a Request for Information to inform a future Request for Proposal process for the acquisition of one light icebreaker to support interim operational requirements.

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

To advance the development of National Repair, Refit and Maintenance and Small Vessel Construction program strategies, Public Services and Procurement Canada hosted a series of four regional workshops (November 2017 – April 2018). In November 2018, a Federal Marine Procurement Outlook session was held to provide industry with the status and proposed disposition of action items heard in the regional workshops. The results of these workshops will be used to identify opportunities to improve and streamline the procurement processes.

The NSS continues to generate significant economic benefits across the country. As of December 31, 2018, the Government of Canada 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 annually in the Canadian economy during the period of 2012-2022. 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
Actions taken, progress made​

Government Services and Operations

Modernize procurement practices.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

The government is also making strides to increase bidder diversity. As of the third quarter of this fiscal year, PSPC participated in a total of 1,165 outreach events across Canada reaching over 30,000 individuals to promote how to do 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.

Better Buying, PSPC’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 using procurement to support under-represented groups and to help address important issues like climate change.

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47 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Government services that better meet the needs of Canadians.

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The Government of Canada is assessing its service standards to ensure that they are comprehensive and meaningful. Among its achievements, the government has:

• implemented new and better service standards for new clients applying for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability benefits;
• completed a Service Delivery Review for Veterans Affairs Canada to help drive wholesale change to delivering services and benefits to Veterans;
• re-opened nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices and opened a new tenth office;
• expanded 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 Canada Revenue Agency; and
• ensured more Canadians could file their taxes online for all Canada Revenue Agency administered programs.

In 2017-18, the government consulted with Canadians as part of reviews of the EI, OAS and CPP service standards.

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

In addition to departmental web sites that inform clients of their service standards, the government also created a service inventory data-set on the Open.Canada.ca to provide 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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In May 2016, an interim process was established so that advertising campaigns with budgets greater than $500,000 undergo independent, mandatory reviews. These reviews ensure the campaigns are non-partisan. The results of these reviews are posted online. Following consultations with parliamentarians and other stakeholders, the government will entrench independent third-party oversight of federal advertising in law. The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has undertaken an audit of the non-partisan advertising oversight mechanism. The report is expected to will be tabled in May 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

Result achieved: 

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

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The government established a new Policy on Results in July 2016 that aims to improve how 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.

Following the announcement in Budget 2018, a Central Performance Impact and Assessment Unit to undertake innovation performance evaluations on an ongoing basis has now been established.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Make government data available digitally.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Digitized government data that are accessible to Canadians.

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The government improved the Open government portal, Open.canada.ca, by adding content from across the Government of Canada and by simplifying the search process for users. The Government of Canada 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 67 as of October 2018. In the last year, 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. The government has repeatedly been recognized internationally as leaders on open government by the Open Government Partnership, which is a multinational organization that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders in order to secure concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote open government. Canada was elected to the steering committee of the Open Government Partnership in 2017 for a 3 year term, and in October 2018, it assumed the role of lead government chair. Budget 2018 also announced an investment of $1 million for Treasury Board Secretariat to support Canada’s co-chairmanship of the Open government Partnership and the organization of an international Summit to take place in Ottawa May 29-31, 2019. Finally, in September 2018 Canada ranked 1st globally (tied with the United Kingdom) on the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Barometer Leaders Edition, which measures progress by 30 leading governments that have made concrete commitments to champion open data.

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

Fair and Open Government

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada is committed to building a culture of respect for, and within, the federal public service. For the 2014 round of bargaining, through good-faith negotiations, the government has reached 26 agreements with bargaining agents, representing over 99% of unionized employees in the core public administration. For the 2018 round of bargaining, the Employer engaged with all bargaining agents who have served notice to bargain. The government will continue to bargain in good faith with public sector unions and remains committed to negotiating collective agreements that are fair for public servants, and that serve to attract, retain, motivate and renew the workforce required to deliver results to Canadians.

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101 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; and
• additionally, training sessions for senior and junior staff in ministerial offices were created and attended by staff in all ministers’ offices.

This means Parliament, the federal government, and federally regulated employers will be leaders in creating a safe and inclusive workplace for Canadians.

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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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The government tabled the final Report of the Railway Safety Act Review in Parliament on May 31, 2018. The statutory review was launched on April 27, 2017, one year earlier than required, to ensure this main piece of legislation governing rail safety in Canada continues to uphold the best interests of Canadians. On July 5, 2018, the Minister of Transport chaired a roundtable with representative stakeholder groups to get early perspectives on the Report and its findings. Transport Canada officials have further engaged stakeholders on the Report, including through a series of four roundtables, which took place in Moncton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto throughout November 2018. Transport Canada is carefully considering the Report’s findings and recommendations, taking appropriate action to further strengthen the safety of Canada’s rail transportation system. The government is investing in infrastructure improvements to existing rail lines and crossings, safety-related research and innovative development, public education and awareness initiatives, as well as providing grants to encourage the closure of unsafe crossings. The government has supported 660 projects across Canada to reduce injuries and fatalities. In addition, collaboration is underway with local communities to improve the sharing of information for emergency responses and to educate the public about railway crossings and infrastructure in their communities. The government has also revised the rules governing the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, introduced a mandatory minimum level of insurance for federal railways and accelerated the timeline to phase out the DOT-111 tank cars (jacketed and unjacketed) in crude oil service by November 1, 2016. There are no longer any legacy DOT 111 tank cars in crude oil service. On November 1, 2018, the department further accelerated the removal of unjacketed CPC 1232 tank cars in crude oil service as well as both jacketed and unjacketed DOT 111 and unjacketed CPC 1232 tank cars that are used to transport a type of dangerous good which requires the use of condensates (a hydrocarbon mixture) to enable transport of heavy crude oil by pipeline or rail. To assist municipalities with emergency planning, risk assessment and to help train first responders, the government issued Protective Direction 36 on April 28, 2016 to provide jurisdictions with access to comprehensive dangerous goods information from railways, including information that they can make publicly available. Now that the Transportation Modernization Act has received Royal Assent, the government will move to develop regulations to implement its amendments to the Railway Safety Act, which will improve rail safety by requiring the mandatory installation of recording instruments on locomotives.

The government has also developed a strategy for addressing fatigue in the rail industry that includes the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Canada Gazette, Part I on November 11, 2017, communicating to Canadians and interested stakeholders its most current policy direction on the management of fatigue in the rail industry. Transport Canada held a Fatigue in Transportation Forum in Montreal on June 27-28, 2018. The forum brought together participants from all modes of transport, stakeholders in the Canadian transportation industry and academic experts on fatigue science to discuss risks and best practices relating to the management of fatigue. On December 20, 2018, Transport Canada instructed railway companies through a Ministerial Order to revise the Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees, to ensure that they reflect the latest fatigue science and fatigue management practices. The railway companies must submit them by May 19, 2019 for the Minister to approve them by the end of June 2019. The Ministerial Order, specifies that railway companies shall revise the Rules to address such elements as length of a duty period, split shifts, minimum rest period, advance notice of work schedules and fatigue management plans.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

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

Result achieved: 

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

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The 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.

Key measures include: new data reporting requirements for railways; a new Long-Haul Interswitching mechanism to provide captive shippers across multiple sectors and regions of Canada with access to a competing railway; a clear definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service; the ability for shippers to seek reciprocal financial penalties in their service agreements with railways; and more accessible and timely remedies for shippers.

The Transportation Modernization Act also modernizes the Maximum Revenue Entitlement for Western grain to encourage more investments in hopper cars, and adds soybeans to the list of eligible crops. Furthermore, the government has renewed the western Grain Monitoring Program for three years.

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101 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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In May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to prohibit oil tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia. Vessels carrying less than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude or persistent oil as cargo will continue to be permitted in the moratorium area to ensure northern communities can receive critical shipments of heating oils and other products. The legislation proposes strong penalty provisions for contravention that could reach up to $5 million. The proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act complements the Oceans Protection Plan. The Bill passed Second Reading in the Senate on December 11, 2018, and is currently being studied by the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.

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Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Restore the long-form census.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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37 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

Reinforce Statistics Canada's independence.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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38 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Jobs and Innovation

Develop and implement an Innovation Agenda.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the government will:

• more than double the number of Canadians potentially eligible for employment support and skills training programs to as many as 1.4 million per year;
• expand programs to support up to 10,000 work integrated learning placements each year;
• provide more affordable and accessible broadband services for low-income Canadians and Canadians in remote communities through investments in broadband infrastructure and low-income support programs;
• encourage the development of assistive technologies that make it easier for persons with disabilities to participate in the digital economy;
• expand access to venture capital financing; and
• support five superclusters that will 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 600,000 visits to the website since its launch in January 2018. Through the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS), more than 470 500 firms have been supported to scale up. Since its launch in July 2017, the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) has announced funding of up to $1.12 billion for 39 projects, leveraging a total investment of $10.75 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 M 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 proposes to provide a further $100 million over four years, starting in 2019–20, to the Strategic Innovation Fund, leveraging private sector co-investments, in order to support the activities of the Clean Resource Innovation Network. 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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Exports and Investment

Implement a new Trade and Investment Strategy

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Result anticipated: 

Double the number of high-growth firms in Canada by 2025; increase Canada's goods and services exports—from natural resources, advanced manufacturing, agri-food and others—by 50% by 2025; increase global investment in Canada; more good-paying, middle class jobs for Canadians.

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The government is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada's economic brand through the 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 1,829 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 90 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 92 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of almost over $375 million in exports to new markets.

Budget 2017 announced $950 million to superclusters in highly innovative industries, and, in February 2018, in cooperation with the private sector and academic partners, the government announced the creation of five superclusters (Digital Technology; Protein Industries; Advanced Manufacturing; Artificial Intelligence; and Ocean) that will create great new opportunities for Canadian companies to innovate, scale up and grow into globally successful firms. To support Canadian firms and increase exports to new markets, Budget 2018 provides up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia, as well as other initiatives to open market opportunities in the region. In June 2018, the government announced it will invest $50 million over five years to help Canadian companies diversify their exports to take advantage of new trade agreements, such as CETA and CPTPP.

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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed on March 8, 2018, and came into force on December 30, 2018. Budget 2018 committed the government to work with key sectors, including the auto sector, to evaluate the potential economic impacts of trade agreements, and ensure these key sectors remain strong and competitive.

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

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Jobs and Innovation

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% of Canadian homes and businesses to access to speeds of at least 50/10 Megabits per second (Mbps) by 2026, and 100% 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 Canadian Infrastructure Bank and the private sector.

As the government moves forward it 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 approach will also include complementary actions such as spectrum policy measures to support the deployment of advanced wireless services, accelerated investment incentives that make it more attractive for service providers to invest in broadband, and leveraging investments from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) $750 million Broadband Fund.

Budget 2019 builds on the ongoing success of the $500 million Connect to Innovate program. As of March 2019, 180 projects have been announced representing an investment of $466.4 million and targeting more than 900 communities - more than tripling the initial target of 300 - which includes 190 Indigenous communities. Further announcements of successful projects are expected to continue into 2019.

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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.

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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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Jobs and Innovation

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 is strengthened in government decision making.

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The government updated its Communications Policy to ensure 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 on ensuring 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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Result anticipated: 

Up to three new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) will be appointed to further research in clean and sustainable technology.

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Budget 2016 identified $20 million over eight years starting in 2018-19 for the creation of two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs in fields related to clean and sustainable technology.

On October 12, 2016, the Minister of Science announced the launch of a competition for these Chairs, in addition to nine others, which will be selected in 2019. In December 2017 the Phase 1 results of the competition were announced. Three institutions were invited to submit nominees 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 University of Manitoba (Arctic Sea Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling, and Climate Change).

To address the CERC gender imbalance, this competition will require institutions to include detailed equity plans and recruitment strategies that promote the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the CERC program.

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Strengthen support for fundamental research to support new discoveries.

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Result anticipated: 

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

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

The government has also set aside $20 million to fund new Canada Excellence Research Chairs in the areas of clean and sustainable technologies (competition ongoing).

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

The report of the expert review panel that led Canada's Fundamental Science Review, an independent review of federal funding for fundamental research at post-secondary institutions, was published in April 2017. A number of actions were taken in 2017 in response to this report, including for example, placing a limit on Tier 1 Canada Research Chair renewals to enhance opportunities for broad pools of qualified candidates and to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion in research, and by launching the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) to achieve greater harmonization and coordination of the granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Budget 2018 proposed a historic investment of $1.7 billion over five years starting in 2018-19 with ongoing funding, to support researchers through Canada's granting councils and research institutes. This includes $925 million for fundamental research through Canada's three granting councils; $231.3 million to increase the Research Support Fund to cover the indirect costs of research; $210 million for the Canada Research Chairs program to attract and retain early-career researchers at post-secondary institutions across the country while increasing diversity; and $275 million to create a new tri-council fund to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and higher risk research. Budget 2018 further proposed $3.8 million to develop a strategic research plan that identifies new ways of doing research with Indigenous communities; $15 million for the granting councils to develop new plans, strategies and targets to ensure improved equity and diversity outcomes for underrepresented groups, including women; and $6 million to support surveys to collect better data on researchers to further advance equity and diversity in Canada's post-secondary research community. Budget 2018 also proposed over $1.3 billion for investments in the laboratories, equipment and infrastructure researchers rely on every day including: $763 million to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, including $160 million for increased support to Canada's nationally important research facilities through the Major Science Initiatives fund; and $572.5 million to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy that will deliver more open and equitable access to advanced computing and big data resources to researchers across Canada.

The additional $925 million for fundamental research announced in Budget 2018 has allowed the granting councils to enhance their grant programs. For example, with the new funding, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has been able to increase the average value of awards under their Discovery Grants program by 20%.

Throughout summer 2018, the CRCC undertook consultations with Canada’s post-secondary research community, which resulted in valuable input about how to improve federal support for fundamental research in Canada, focusing on three areas: the design of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF - this is the re-named tri-council fund announced in Budget 2018); enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion outcomes; and, improving support for early-career researchers. The NFRF was launched in December 2018, with the inaugural round focusing on proof-of-concept Exploration awards to be made exclusively to early-career researchers.

Delivering on the Budget 2018 commitment to better support the next generation of Canadian researchers, Budget 2019 proposed an investment of $114 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, with $26.5 million per year ongoing, to create 500 more annual master's level awards and 167 more three-year doctoral scholarship awards annually through the Canada Graduate Scholarship program (once the doctoral awards are fully ramped up by 2021-22, this funding will support up to 500 doctoral awards per year), and $37.4 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, and $8.6 million per year ongoing, to expand the parental leave coverage from six months to 12 months for students and postdoctoral fellows who receive federal granting agency funding.

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Government Services and Operations

Align business support programs across governments.

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Result anticipated: 

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

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Since 2016, the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) has provided over 500 growth oriented firms access to a dedicated advisor, a customized plan of potential government programs and services to help support their growth, and connections to government programs and services relevant to their needs. To date, AGS clients have accessed over $400 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.

In January 2018, the government established the Innovation Canada digital platform as a one-stop-shop, which quickly matches businesses with the best fitting programs and services from across federal, provincial and territorial governments. Since its launch on January 23rd, 2018, there have been over 600,000 visits and 1,200 average daily visits.

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

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Result anticipated: 

Completion of a new federal Tourism Strategy. 30 per cent overall increase in tourism by 2021, increased tourism from the United States (U.S.) and China, and improved international ranking of Canada as a top tourist destination.

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

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

The Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018 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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Result anticipated: 

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

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

Federally, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) continues to drive the use of the Business Number (BN) by all departments as the standard identifier for business clients across the Government of Canada. Nineteen ISED business-facing services use the Business Number, and 18 other departments access business identity information through the real time BN web validation service. The BN is a key component of digital identity for business, and its adoption across the Government of Canada will enable more seamless service delivery, including sign-on once, tell-us-once service integration across governments and personalized digital experience.

ISED is updating its Service Strategy to reflect the important work being done to improve service to Canadian businesses through digital transformation. New technologies will enable the department to create a seamless service experience in order to significantly reduce burden.

The 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced measures to reduce administrative burden for businesses by modernizing federal regulations and encouraging regulators to consider economic competitiveness when designing and implementing regulations. Specifically, this includes proposals to review existing legislation, 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 also 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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Result achieved: 

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

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On June 17, 2016, medical assistance in dying (MAID) became a reality in Canada following Royal Assent of the federal legal framework, which protects vulnerable persons while providing options to eligible Canadians to make an informed decision about the end of life. In December 2016, as required by the new law, the government initiated independent study reports to consider in more detail three particularly complex types of requests for MAID. These include requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition. Independent expert panels, organized by the Council of Canadian Academies, 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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Result achieved: 

Legal positions taken by the government are consistent with government commitments, the Charter and Canadian values.

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The government reviewed all appeals in which it was involved and ended those that were inconsistent with its commitments, the Charter and Canadian values. 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. Best practices implemented government-wide at the senior executive level and the ongoing work of the Deputy Minister Committee on Litigation Management ensure a continuing review of the government’s litigation strategy and adherence to the government’s commitments, the Charter and Canadian values. 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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Result achieved: 

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

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

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

On December 13, 2018, government legislation came into force that clarified and strengthened the sexual assault provisions in the Criminal Code. The legislation clarifies that an unconscious person, or a person who is otherwise incapacitated, is incapable of consenting; clarifies the defence of mistaken belief to indicate that it cannot be relied upon if there is no evidence upon which the belief was founded; clarifies 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; provides that a complainant has a right to legal representation in rape shield proceedings; and creates a regime to determine whether an accused can introduce a complainant's private records at trial that are in their possession.

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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The government completed a whole-of-government review of business innovation programs to ensure that they are simple and effective and best meet the needs of Canada’s innovators. The review launched in Budget 2017 and results were announced in Budget 2018. The government also introduced a reduction of the small business tax rate from 10.5% to 10% as of January 1, 2018 and to 9% as of January 1, 2019. In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed three immediate changes to Canada’s tax system, in order to enhance business confidence in Canada: 1) allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing or processing of goods; 2) 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 3) introducing the Accelerated Investment Incentive, an accelerated capital cost allowance for businesses of all sizes, across all sectors of the economy, that are making capital investments.

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 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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Result achieved: 

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

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

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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Result achieved: 

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

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The 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.

To support and complement its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Canada co-hosted, along with the European Union and China, two ministerial meetings on climate action that brought together key countries to discuss outstanding climate negotiating issues.

Canada also ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol 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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Result anticipated: 

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

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Through research, assessment and regulation, the Government of Canada is working to ensure sustainable water management. The government has taken action to protect the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg Basin and the St. Lawrence River by improving water quality, increasing conservation activities, addressing threats posed by invasive species, and improving collaboration with Indigenous peoples. As announced in Budget 2017, the government is investing $44.84 million to protect Great Lakes water quality, and $25.7 million for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. As part of its efforts to protect freshwater, Canada has announced funding to support partner-led on-the-ground projects that contribute to the restoration and protection of major freshwater basins across the country such as the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

The government is collaborating with the United States to protect shared waters through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and has also established a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to help provinces, territories and municipalities make immediate repairs to water and wastewater infrastructure. The government has also published updated Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations, and has initiated consultations to modernize the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations and to develop regulations for effluents from coal mines and from oil sands. Work is also underway to enhance the Environmental Assessment process as it relates to freshwater areas.

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Enhance protection of Canada's endangered species.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Species at risk are protected.

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The Government of Canada has developed a three-year plan to address the backlog of 149 terrestrial species eligible for listing under the Species at Risk Act. Since February 2017, final listing decisions were made for 120 of these species and proposed listing decisions were published for another 6 species. The Government of Canada has posted three-year plans (2014-15 to 2016-17) to address the backlog of overdue recovery documents for terrestrial species on the Species at Risk Public Registry. As of March 2019, 180 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.

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

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

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada is implementing a national Air Quality Management System (AQMS) with provinces and territories to improve air quality and protect the health of Canadians and the environment. As part of this system, new ambient air quality standards for sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide were published in the Canada Gazette on October 28 and December 9, 2017 respectively. A review of the existing ambient air quality standards for ozone has been completed. 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, including in the following sectors: iron and steel; aluminum; potash; pulp and paper; iron ore pellets; base metals smelting; cement; and 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.

In March 2019, the Government of Canada published proposed regulations to 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.

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Review Canada's environmental assessment processes.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

The government also announced 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.

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

The proposed legislation is currently before the Senate for review. In December 2018 the Bill was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources following second reading in the Senate. The Standing Committee began hearing from witnesses in February and will travel throughout April to continue to hear from witnesses. The Committee has confirmed that it will provide its report to the Senate by May 9, 2019.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada continues to work to conserve and connect terrestrial areas. A comprehensive plan is being developed to conserve at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water through networks of protected and conserved areas by 2020.

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

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

In February 2019, the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative, co-chaired by the Government of Canada, 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.

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. Negotiations between the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Syilx/Okanagan Nation are actively underway on a proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan, and Parks Canada has opened a public and stakeholder consultation on this proposal. Parks Canada has contacted the Manitoba government to re-engage on a proposed national park in the Manitoba Lowlands. As part of the expansion of National Wildlife Areas (NWA) and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, the government is working closely with Indigenous peoples, Provinces, Territories, and stakeholders to secure new protected areas by the end of 2020.

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

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

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

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Result anticipated: 

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

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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% increase from visitation to national parks in 2016-17. The government has taken steps to make sites more accessible and to improve overall visitor experiences by investing approximately $3.6 billion over five years, including an additional $364 million announced in Budget 2017 to renew infrastructure assets. Parks Canada is delivering almost 1,000 separate infrastructure projects across the country. To date, the Agency has spent $2.3 billion of the $3.6 billion allocated funding. The balance of remaining funds is fully allocated to the continued delivery of the program of work through additional priority projects being undertaken to improve existing built assets under Parks Canada’s care across the country. In Budget 2019, the government reiterated its continuing commitment to investing in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Specifically, Budget 2019 announced funding of up to $143 million and $224 million in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively, for supporting capital assets in Canada's national parks, conservation areas and historic sites. This funding will allow Parks Canada to continue to restore or replace deteriorating assets to ensure that Canadians can continue to enjoy Canada's heritage places.

In September 2018 the government announced a $30 million contribution over four years to enhance and maintain the Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail). This funding will improve trail safety, accessibility, and sustainability. Since completion in 2017, the Trail provides 24,000 km of recreational trails within 30 minutes of about 29 million Canadians. The government is working with Indigenous peoples and stakeholders to improve interpretation and heritage programming and make sites more accessible. In January 2018 Parks Canada entered into a four-year contribution agreement with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) with the goal of enhancing and growing authentic Indigenous experiences in regions across the country.

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

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Result achieved: 

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

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the government 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. Canada 150 programs offered by Parks Canada included the expanded National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canada Day celebrations, the first annual Canada Historic Places Day with more than 60 sites participating, and Parks Canada hosted numerous Canada 150 Signature Projects. 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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Expand Learn to Camp programs.

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Result achieved: 

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

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In 2017, Parks Canada expanded the popular Learn-to Camp Program so that more low- to middle-income families could experience Canada’s outdoors. Throughout the year, Parks Canada hosted 30 overnight Learn-to Camp events as well as over 500 other Learn-to Learn 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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Result anticipated: 

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

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The government is maintaining and restoring ecological integrity within Canada's national parks while continuing to provide meaningful services and experiences to visitors. The government has established strict development limits to ensure ecological integrity in Canada's national parks. Parks Canada has a rigorous environmental assessment process, which applies to 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 places such as 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.

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

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Result achieved: 

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

The government is also increasing outreach to assist Canadians with identifying, responding and properly reporting any invasive species they catch. In June 2017, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced continued investment in the conservation and enhancement of the St. Lawrence River Basin to enhance water quality, protect biodiversity and ensure its sustainable use. The government has also begun two research projects to assess the contribution of organic matter and nutrient inputs and oxygen depletion in the deep waters of the Laurentian Channel. In November 2018, the government launched a new mobile app which will be a valuable tool 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 that was 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The official opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) will significantly enhance Arctic research, including on the impacts of climate change. The Government of Canada is also investing in the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program to conduct the research and monitoring necessary to identify climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, develop adaptation tools, and improve ocean forecasting in vulnerable coastal regions to inform management decisions. This Program has supported ocean chemistry monitoring, fisheries vulnerability assessments and predictive modelling activities in the Arctic. As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the government will be working with Indigenous and coastal communities to collect baseline environmental information at six sites across Canada, including one in the Arctic.

The government has also concluded new international agreements to strengthen Arctic scientific cooperation, including signing the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean in October 2018 which, after ratification by all parties, will include a joint program of research and monitoring to improve understanding of the ecosystems. The Government of Canada participated in the Arctic Science Ministerial in September 2016 and October 2018, helping to advance several joint international research projects. The Canadian Space Agency is collaborating on a US-France mission—Surface Water & Ocean Topography—that will provide the first global survey of earth surface water, ocean surface topography, ocean currents, and measure change over time. In addition, the Government of Canada has committed to work together in collaboration with northern partners to better understand the “Last Ice Area.” This region in the high Arctic is the only region that is expected to retain summer sea ice until 2050.

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

To support ongoing scientific research in the High Arctic, Budget 2019 proposes up to $21.8 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, for the Eureka Weather Station on Ellesmere Island, 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.

In addition, the Polar Continental Shelf Program provides critical logistics support—such as coordinating air charters and supplying field equipment—to Canadian researchers seeking to advance our understanding of the North. Budget 2019 proposes up to $10 million, over two years, starting in 2019–20, to help the Program to respond to growing demand.

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

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Result achieved: 

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

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The Government of Canada 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. Budget 2018 announced up to $2 billion in new resources and $1.5 billion for innovative finance approaches in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy. 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. The Budget also included a commitment to renew Canada's Middle East Strategy with the goal of reducing the vulnerability of conflict-affected populations and bolstering the participation of women in the peace process in Syria and the reconciliation processes in Iraq.

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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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Result achieved: 

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

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After a year of consultations with over 15,000 people in 65 countries, the government released its Feminist International Assistance Policy in June 2017. The government engaged with people online and in person on how Canada's international assistance should be invested and focused.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy is explicitly aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that investments are coordinated with the rest of the international community. Sustainable Development Goal 5—achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls—is at the heart of Canada's approach to implement the SDGs because it will help to drive progress on all other SDGs and to eradicate poverty. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is central to the government's partnership with all civil society organizations to maximize the impact of Canada’s international assistance. Budget 2018 highlighted the government's commitment to the SDGs at home and abroad. In April 2018, the government announced the development of a national strategy that will catalyze action on the SDGs across the country, and launched the Voluntary National Review Web portal to invite Canadians to share their stories of how they are helping to advance the SDGs. In July 2018, Canada delivered its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the United Nations. The VNR report highlights Canada’s efforts and success over the past three years, underlining challenges that remain, and outlines Canada’s way forward on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

At the G7 Summit, leaders made progress against SDG 4 - Quality Education by endorsing the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries to increase opportunities for at least 12 years of safe and quality education for all and to dismantle the barriers to girls’ and women’s quality education. Canada announced funding of $400 million and was joined by the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank, to announce an investment of close to $3.8 billion in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. On September 26, 2018 at the United General Assembly in New York, Canada welcomed an additional contribution of more than $527 million from Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Qatar to help developing countries give every child access to quality education and modern skills training.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Between 2017-2020, the government is focusing on closing key gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, which includes the full range of sexual and reproductive health services (including contraceptives and safe, legal abortion), and 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, Canada 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 abortion.
• 1,100 maternal deaths to be averted.

Canada also joined key global partnerships, such as Family Planning 2020, which will help enable up to 120 million more women and girls to access family planning by 2020, as well as the Ouagadougou Partnership, which will accelerate the use of these services in nine countries in West Africa. Canada will continue to promote sexual and reproductive health rights through its participation in movements such as SheDecides and will host the 2019 Women Deliver 5th Global Conference in Vancouver on June 3-6, 2019.

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Support innovative, evidence-based approaches to development assistance.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Guided by the Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada is providing more integrated and responsive assistance, supporting innovation and research, providing better reporting on results, developing more effective partnerships, and concentrating on those regions of the world where Canada can make the greatest difference in reducing poverty and inequality, particularly for women and girls. The government and its partners are measuring and reporting progress and results, conducting gender-based and human rights-based analyses of programs, and implementing new programming to support innovative partnerships.

In 2017, the government collaborated with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development and the International Development Research Centre to enhance innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to global development research. This initiative included the launch of an online searchable tool of more than 500 Canadian international development researchers from universities, colleges, institutes, think-tanks, and civil society organizations. The government also launched 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 the fall of 2017, the government launched the Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation initiative (SMO initiative), which aims to attract new and diverse partners and encourage innovation in international development.

In May, 2018, the Partnership for Gender Equality was launched. It is an innovative $300 million initiative 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.

The government is collecting data on a set of performance indicators that will be used to report to Canadians on progress achieved in each of the Feminist International Assistance Policy’s action areas. The government continues to engage with the International Development Innovation Alliance, the OECD Development Assistance Committee and Canadian civil society partners to learn about and share good practices on innovative evidence-based approaches in development assistance.

To increase the transparency of Canada's international assistance, the government began publicly reporting the planned annual level of the International Assistance Envelope starting in 2018. To support innovation in Canada’s international assistance, the government will provide up to $1.5 billion over five years to the International Assistance Innovation Program and the Sovereign Loans Program. In April 2018, the government co-hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Economic Forum and the UN on blended finance. At the 2018 G7 Summit, Leaders committed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development to promote economic growth in developing economies and foster greater equality of opportunity within and between countries. G7 Development Ministers also agreed on the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Canada is providing assistance to developing countries that are vulnerable to the destabilizing effects of climate change. The majority of this support is included in the government’s commitment to provide $2.65 billion over five years to help developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, transition to low carbon and climate resilient economies. To date, the government has announced more than $1.2 billion in funding contributions. This includes $300 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries in fighting the adverse effects of climate change, $250 million to establish the Blended Climate Finance Program at the International Finance Corporation, which will reduce barriers to private investment in climate change initiatives globally; $200 million to the Asian Development Bank to catalyze private investments for climate action in Asia and the Pacific, $150 million in support of renewable energy in Africa, $40 million for the African Risk Capacity agency to help developing countries protect themselves against the economic consequences of natural catastrophes (such as droughts caused by climate change), $39 million to help build the resilience of farming households in Senegal, with a particular emphasis on women and young people, and $17.2 million to support sustainable energy and economic growth in Burkina Faso. In February 2018, Canada announced that it would provide $20 million to support women's health and economic opportunities in Haiti through the adoption of clean cookstoves in 150,000 households and another $15 million to reinforce national systems in Haiti to better manage and respond to natural disasters. Canada also recently pledged $100 million to support reconstruction and climate resilience initiatives across the Caribbean over the next five years, $50 million of which will be part of Canada's $2.65 billion climate finance commitment. Canada is providing $16.2 million to support Climate Resilience and Green Infrastructure project that puts specific emphasis on the role of women in managing water resources in Peru, and $6 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization for forest management and increased sustainable economic growth for rural indigenous women and youth in Honduras, two of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Canada's new Development Finance Institute, capitalized with $300 million over five years, will mobilize its resources to promote green economic growth, which in turn will provide access to clean technology and climate-resilient infrastructure to those people most affected by climate change.

At the G7 Summit, Leaders agreed to the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities. The leaders committed to support resilient coasts and communities globally via better adaptation planning, emergency preparedness and recovery, and innovative financing for coastal resilience, and launched a G7 initiative to deploy Earth observation technologies and related applications to scale up capacities for the integrated management of coastal zones in the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world. Canada announced $162 million to preserve the health and resilience of its oceans and coasts. As part of its G7 Presidency, Canada also announced $60 million in funding for Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) to expand energy systems and infrastructure, improve energy access for women and girls, and provide training and employment for women in non-traditional, sustainable technology sectors.

In November 2018, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting hosted by Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister announced $10 million to the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience that will assist the Pacific region to adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity, and improve ocean and fisheries health.

The Prime Minister also announced in November 2018 that Canada will join the InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions, launched at the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, to strengthen disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in developing countries.

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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Canada maintains a strong and sustained commitment to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) and continues to use it as an important platform to engage the international community on priority areas. On gender equality, Canada continues to play an active role in the 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 of an international conference on conflict prevention and human security in Ottawa. The conference, which was organised by the University of Ottawa and the IOF, 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 continues to advocate in support of enhanced governance and transparency measures to further strengthen the Organisation's administrative and financial governance practices. On March 26, 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. As the organization's second in command, 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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria.

Completed - modified

Result achieved: 

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

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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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The government made reuniting families a top priority and doubled the number of parents and grandparents sponsorship applications accepted to 10,000 in 2016. The new cap will be further doubled to 20,000 for 2019.

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The government increased the number of entry applications it accepts through its Parent and Grandparent (PGP) Program. In 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the cap to 17,000 applications. The 2019 cap is 20,000.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

More family reunification.

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

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government repealed the requirement of conditional residency 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, thereby eliminating their fear of losing their immigration status and reducing their vulnerability and dependence.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government has implemented several initiatives to reduce processing times in several programs and a client service strategy to enhance the client experience.

In addition, Budget 2019 proposes an additional investment of $42.9 million over two years to increase the number of IRCC call centre agents so that enquiries from visitors, new Canadians, and others can be responded to more quickly, with a focus on the business lines with the longest delays. Budget 2019 also proposes 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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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Improved access to necessary health care for refugees.

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

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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

The Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection was announced by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 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.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Canada in the World

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Repealed provisions in the Citizenship Act that gave the government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals.

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In June 2017, legislation 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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, regulatory changes introduced by the government came into force, providing greater flexibility for international students who want to become Canadian citizens.

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Environment and Climate Change

Restore funding to support federal ocean science and monitoring programs.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government 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. The government is recruiting 135 new scientific staff and creating a new Partnership Fund to build capacity in the Canadian scientific community. The government is also investing in high-performance lab equipment, procuring new state-of-the-art acoustic and remote sensing technology, and enhancing monitoring activities for various species of marine mammals, fish and invertebrates.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

The Whales Initiative, which made available $167.4 million over five years to better protect, preserve and recover endangered whales species in Canada, included funding for research to help the government better understand the factors affecting the health of these whales. This research informed actions to help address threats arising from human activities. As an example of this, DFO 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In August 2016 and September 2018, the government released its first and second formal responses to the final report of the Cohen Commission. The government provided a 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.

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Safety and Security

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In May 2016, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government has reached agreements with all provinces and territories on collective priorities and 10-year funding to strengthen health care. Budget 2017 confirmed a targeted investment of $11 billion over 10 years to support home and community care, and mental health and addictions services. In addition, the 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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Healthy Canadians

Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Promote the celebration of Canada 150.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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. The Canada 150 Fund supported over six hundred community projects and thirty-eight pan-Canadian Signature projects through non-governmental organizations. Canada 150 enabled the promotion of active living, sport, and athleticism to students and communities across Canada, and it highlighted diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, and youth.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore and increase funding for CBC/Radio-Canada.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government has appointed an independent and non-partisan advisory committee 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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New investments are being made in the form of grants, services and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, as well as through scholarly awards. The government’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.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Increased funding for Canada's film industry, creating growth and jobs in the creative industries.

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The government invested $22 million in Telefilm Canada to fund and promote programs dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. The National Film Board of Canada received $13.5 million to create social issue documentaries, animation, and digital content.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Restore PromArt and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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 kickstart 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

More jobs for young Canadians in the heritage sector.

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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 Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage programming to create 150 additional internships for young graduates in 2016-2017, multiplying by five the number of Young Canada Works internships for youth in heritage organizations in Canada. Through Budget 2017, the government is further investing $14.05 million over three years in Young Canada Works-Heritage programming. These new funds enabled the creation of 1,508 more jobs for Canadian youth in Canadian museums and related heritage organizations: 1,038 summer/short-term jobs through YCW in Heritage Organizations and 470 graduate internships through YCW at Building Careers in Heritage.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

A cross-platform, web-based application will enable adult Canadians to learn and retain – in a way that is flexible, accessible and free – their second official language (English or French).

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Canadian Heritage has conducted consultations with industry to identify possible approaches for providing an e-learning tool for Canadians. Budget 2018 and the announcement on March 28, 2018 of the 2018-2023 Action Plan for Official Languages confirmed the funding for the web-based application. The solution’s architecture and the information technology requirements have been developed. The Government of Canada is currently reviewing all implementation options 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Because of its commitment to strengthening and promoting Canada’s two official languages and human rights, the government reinstated a modernized Court Challenges Program. The program provides financial support to individuals or groups in Canada to access the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance. This way, the courts can help clarify and assert certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada. 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 accordingly.

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Not being pursued

Strong Middle Class

Balance the budget in 2019/20.

Not being pursued

Result anticipated: 

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

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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 has chosen to move forward with a plan that invests to grow Canada’s economy for the long term, in a fiscally responsible way. Over the last four years, the government has made important fiscal 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 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 900,000 new jobs – driving the unemployment rate to its lowest levels in more than 40 years. Today, Canada remains among the leaders for economic growth in the G7, and consumer confidence remains elevated. The current fiscal track shows steady improvements in the government's budgetary position along with a continued decline in the federal debt-to-GDP ratio. The budgetary deficit is on track to fall from 0.9% of GDP in 2017-18 to 0.4% of GDP by 2023-24. The government will maintain this downward debt ratio track and preserve Canada's low-debt advantage for current and future generations.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Lead preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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Healthy Canadians

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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 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 now require a full GBA+ analysis, which includes an analysis of the proposal's impact on diverse groups of people. Budget submissions also require a full GBA+ analysis. The government will continue to improve the quality of the analysis through new training tools and videos. In addition, to ensure that gender remains a key consideration for future governments, as announced in Budget 2018, the government passed the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act, which makes gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal budget-making process.

In addition, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019–20 to the Treasury Board Secretariat to work with departments to ensure robust administrative data collection and reporting practices with respect to gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) information. The Secretariat will draw on the expertise of Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality in developing standardized frameworks and tools for GBA+ disaggregated data collection and reporting. This will achieve greater consistency and comparability over time and across programs in the aim of improving the inclusiveness of Government of Canada programs.

The government’s efforts to enrich the quality of GBA+ have continued since the first Gender Statement in 2017, supported by investments in Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality. Enhanced GBA+ training was given to public servants developing and analyzing budget proposals. To strengthen the consistency and comparability of GBA+, a common set of information was collected for all budget proposals.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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. 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 13 percentage points and is now at 47 per cent.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

As of April 1, 2019, Pension for Life provides a holistic package that reintroduces lifelong monthly pain and suffering payments; implements a new recognition benefit (The Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation); and consolidates six existing income-related financial benefits.

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

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

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

3) In addition to the PSC and APSC recognition benefits, PFL will introduce the Income Replacement Benefit (IRB). The Income Replacement Benefit (IRB) is a monthly benefit designed to provide income support to Veterans who are experiencing barriers to re-establishment due to a health problem resulting primarily from service. As the IRB is designed to replace income, it is an economic benefit and as such is taxable. The benefit is available to Veterans and survivors, for life, and orphans, should they need it. For Veterans who have not yet served a full career in the military, the monthly salary will be increased by 1% every year until the Veteran reaches what would have been 20 years of service or age 60. The IRB replaces six pre-existing benefits (i.e. Earnings Loss, Benefit, Extended Earnings Loss Benefit, Career Impact Allowance, Career Impact Allowance Supplement, Supplementary Retirement Benefit and Retirement Income Security Benefit) with one, simpler benefit. Veterans who wish to join the workforce may also earn up to $20,000 from employment before any reduction will be made to their IRB payment. Additionally, financial support for eligible spouses will increase from 50% to 70% of the Veteran’s post age 65 Income Replacement Benefit, providing them with enhanced financial security when they need it most.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government replaced the outdated Permanent Impairment Allowance with the Career Impact Allowance, effective April 2017. This measure provides broader eligibility to 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.

Effective April 2019, the Career Impact Allowance will be consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit announced under Pension for Life.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Canada's women and men in uniform put their lives at risk to protect the values that Canadians cherish most. In Budget 2016, the government 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 will be consolidated as part of the new Income Replacement Benefit announced under Pension for Life. 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government implemented the new Education and Training Benefit, effective April 2018. 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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Government Services and Operations

Improve career and vocational assistance for Veterans.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government has introduced new initiatives to support Veterans’ transition to the labour market.

• The government is working with provinces and territories as part of infrastructure negotiations to ensure Community Benefits Agreements integrate jobs for Veterans into infrastructure projects.

• Through the Veterans Hiring Act (VHA), which came into effect July 1, 2015, current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces are given priority within public service hiring processes. As of October 31, 2018, 769 medically-released Veterans have been hired as permanent employees into the federal public service through this process.

• As of April 1, 2018, eligible Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, their spouses/common-law partners and survivors can now apply for a new, modernized set of Career Transition Services delivered by career support professionals familiar with the military culture, whenever and wherever needed. These services also ensure that Veterans have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to search for employment in the civilian work force so that they are more likely to gain employment and feel satisfaction in their employment.

• As of April 1, 2018, the Veterans' Education and Training Benefit supports Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life, achieve their education and future post-military employment goals, and better positions 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

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

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

To improve services for Veterans, all Veterans Affairs Canada offices previously closed have been re-opened and resources have been added in new areas not previously served.

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All nine offices previously closed reopened and a new tenth office opened to serve the needs of Veterans in Surrey, BC, 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Budget 2017 announced the creation of the first Centre of Excellence, which focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the prevention, the assessment and the 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 Research. 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 provides $20.1 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, with $5 million per year ongoing.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Military members of Canada’s Armed Forces who leave the service for medical reasons, as well as their families, have had 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Eligible surviving spouses and orphans will receive enhanced financial security when they need it most, as part of the Pension for Life initiative announced in December 2017. From April 1, 2019, support for them 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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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Budget 2019 announced $150 million over 5 years starting in 2019–20 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. The government will announce additional details on this measure in the coming months.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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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Safety and Security

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

Completed - modified

Result achieved: 

Reduced radicalization and greater understanding of how to prevent radicalization.

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On June 26, 2017, the government established the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence to help provide leadership on Canada's response to radicalization to violence, coordinate domestic and international initiatives, and support community outreach. The 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 of Canada’s approach to countering radicalization to violence by preventing and disengaging individuals from violent ideologies.

In February 2019, the Government of Canada 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 of Canada 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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On January 30th, 2019, the Ministers of Democratic Institutions, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and National Defence announced a set of measures to protect Canada's 2019 General Election from cyber and non-cyber threats. This whole-of-government response to threats is centred on four areas of action: enhancing citizen preparedness; improving organizational readiness; combatting foreign interference; and expecting social media platforms to act.

To strengthen Canada’s cyber security and prosperity in the Digital Age, Budget 2018 announced funding of $507.7 million over the next five years to deliver on a new National Cyber Security Strategy that was launched in June 2017. Also announced were initiatives to deliver on this new vision for Canadians, including the creation of a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which became operational on October 1, 2018, and the creation of a National Cybercrime Coordination Unit to be launched by the RCMP. In December 2018, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released a National Cyber Threat Assessment, which details the current cyber threat environment facing Canada and Canadians. An updated report on Cyber Threats to Canada’s Democratic Process is forthcoming in early 2019.

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 is developing effective firearms measures that prioritize public safety while ensuring law-abiding Canadians are not unduly impacted. To support this objective, the government established a more representative Firearms Advisory Committee that includes representation from law enforcement, civilian firearms users, public health advocates, women’s groups, farmers, conservation organizations, and the legal community. The government also reversed a ministerial directive that could have allowed gun manufacturers to determine the classification of their own products under certain conditions.

On November 17, 2017, the government announced up to $327.6 million over five years, and $100 million annually thereafter, in new funding for initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities. As announced in November 2018, the government’s Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence includes investments of $51.5 million for the Canada Border Services Agency and $34.5 million for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that will help interrupt the flow of smuggled and trafficked firearms at the border while also providing additional resources for law enforcement to address gang activity and the criminal use of firearms.

A Summit on Gun and Gang Violence was held in March 2018 to bring together stakeholders to share information on the realities, issues and best practices to combat criminal gun and gang violence. Also in March 2018, the government introduced legislation that prioritizes public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners. It will not recreate a federal long-gun registry. Throughout October 2018 and November 2018, the government led an engagement process, including in-person roundtable discussions across Canada, and online engagement on the topic of handguns and assault weapons. A summary report of the engagement activities will be made public in spring 2019.

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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

Result achieved: 

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

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In March 2017, the government announced the creation of a tax-free community heroes benefit that will support the families of firefighters, police officers and paramedics who died in the line of duty. Through the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders, families of first responders that lose a loved one as a direct result of their duties, will receive a one-time lump sum, tax-free payment of $300,000. The Program took effect on April 1, 2018. On September 7, 2018, Public Safety Canada announced that a third-party service provider had been contracted to administer this initiative. Grants will be awarded to eligible families in this calendar year.

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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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Safety and Security

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In 2017, the government restored $15.5 million previously cut from the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue taskforces in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and across Manitoba. The government is also providing support to build new heavy urban search and rescue capacity in Montreal and Halifax.

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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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On January 25th 2019, Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for emergency management released the Emergency Management (EM) 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 investment 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 Canada’s critical infrastructure.

Budget 2019 also proposes to provide $5.0 million over five years to Public Safety Canada 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 designing and developing two training courses that will be delivered to RCMP employees over a three-year period, starting in 2019-20. The courses: “Developing Cultural Awareness and Humility” and “Using a Trauma-Informed Approach”, will improve capacity across the RCMP to effectively respond to GBV, in a gender and culturally sensitive manner. This includes violence against Indigenous women and girls. All training material will be examined using the GBA+ tool.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Champlain Bridge is vital to its daily users and plays an important role in the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada's priority is to deliver a quality, toll-free 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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Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The Prime Minister and other Cabinet ministers are held to greater account.

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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.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Since 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. As members of the government caucus have stronger, more independent voices, they are better able to represent the voices of their constituents in Ottawa.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

End the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The Standing Orders have been amended to end the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation.

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In June 2017, the House of Commons adopted a government motion that changed the Standing Orders to prevent the improper use of omnibus bills and prorogation. The 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 not reflect their local priorities. The government must now justify in writing to the House of Commons the 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Increased transparency so that parliamentarians and all Canadians can more easily hold the government to account.

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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 passed new legislation to expand the Chief Electoral Officer’s ability to conduct public education campaigns, which did not occur for previous elections. This means Canadians are better educated about the electoral process and are aware of 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. This would further enhance transparency for Canadians. In June 2017, the government passed new legislation to make the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) a truly independent agent of Parliament with its own office and budget. Previously, the PBO was not an independent Agent of Parliament.

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Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is independent and properly funded to conduct non-partisan analyses on behalf of Parliament.

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In June 2017, Parliament passed new legislation introduced by the government to make the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) a truly independent agent of Parliament. Previously, the PBO was not an 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 its 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Parliamentary committees are freer and better equipped to study 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. This means Canadians can be sure their elected Members of Parliament are doing their jobs every day by examining and improving legislation and holding open hearings on important issues. 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 new legislation to codify in law that the expenses of all parliamentarians be disclosed on a quarterly basis because all Canadians deserve to know how their elected officials are spending taxpayers’ money. Canadians can access the information online at the Parliament of Canada’s website in an accessible, easy-to-read format. This means the House of Commons truly is more transparent to the voters who send MPs to Ottawa.

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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

Result achieved: 

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

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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. The Fall Economic Statement 2018 proposed an additional $800 million over five years to SIF. On December 14, 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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In 2017, the government formally consulted with Canadians and stakeholders to support the development of A Food Policy for Canada. This policy is intended to identify a vision and plan to address challenges such as increasing access to safe and nutritious food; improving health and food safety; conserving the soil, water and air; and growing more high-quality food. A national Food Policy Summit was held in June 2017 and six regional roundtables were held in August and September 2017. An online survey was conducted, receiving 45,000 responses, and other grassroots engagements with Canadians were led by Members of Parliament, and stakeholder groups. The government issued a “What We Heard” report on the consultations on September 5, 2018. The consultations provided valuable insights into what matters to Canadians and stakeholders, including support for the development of a food policy that addresses food security, health, environmental protection, and growth of the agriculture and food industry. The feedback received from Canadians and stakeholders is informing the development of A Food Policy for Canada.

Budget 2019 proposes to invest $134.4 million over five years. The Food Policy for Canada will establish four areas for near-term action, including: 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; and 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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Starting in 2016, the government has been working to accelerate the DNA analysis, data capture and imaging of specimens from its biological collections, completing the digitization of nearly six million specimens. In addition, Budget 2017 announced $70 million to further support agricultural discovery science and innovation, with a focus on addressing emerging priorities such as climate change and soil and water conservation. Of this $70 million investment, $44 million is dedicated to hiring the next generation of federal research scientists and science professionals and equipping them with the state-of-the-art tools they need to advance agricultural research, including environmental sampling equipment and analytical instruments.

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

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

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Exports and Investment

Promote Canadian agricultural interests during trade negotiations.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government has made agriculture and agri-food trade a priority in the trade expansion strategy. The Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade Diversification and Agriculture and Agri-Food have completed trade missions to Mexico, China, Japan, India, South Korea, the European Union and the United States promoting agri-food. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) entered into force on December 30, 2018 which will improve market access for Canadian agriculture exports to key markets in the Asia-Pacific. The government also introduced the bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) in Parliament on October 23, 2018, and signed the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) on November 30, 2018. The government has taken every effort to minimize the impact on the supply-managed sectors, but recognizes that the CUSMA may result in production declines in the short term for some producers. The government is committed to full and fair compensation for losses incurred as a result of the agreement. Budget 2019 proposes up to $3.9 billion in support for supply-managed farmers to help address impacts of 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 the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that expands opportunities for Canadian agri-food products with 94% of EU agricultural tariff lines now duty free. Canada has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China on canola and negotiated new market access in China for Canadian beef and pork exporters. Canada will continue to work to resolve regulatory, quota and tariff issues with India to ensure long-term access to the Indian market for Canadian pulse exports (e.g., peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils).

The government will continue to strongly defend the interests of its agricultural industries, including supply management, with all trading partners, for example, with Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance, as well as with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and MERCOSUR and with India in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Canadian exports of agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood to all countries in 2017 rose to $64.6 billion, a $2-billion increase from 2016 exports.

To better engage with international standard-setting bodies and support efforts to meet the government's goal of growing Canada's agri-food exports to $75 billion per year by 2025, 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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; 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 department is currently working on 56 major equipment projects to help support or upgrade capabilities, with a number of minor projects also underway.

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The government will exceed previous funding levels.

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

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Safety and Security

Conduct an open and transparent defence strategy review.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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 realistic funding to projects that will keep the military running efficiently and effectively for years to come, and ensure Canada remains a trusted and capable ally. Through this policy, the government is building an even stronger military and, most importantly, 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 will invest in new space capabilities; prioritize Arctic Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in defence research and innovation; and collaborate with select Arctic partners in order 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 (RADARSAT Constellation Mission and Polar Epsilon 2, Defence Enhanced Surveillance of Space Program, Enhanced Satellite Communications Project – Polar, and Tactical Narrow Band Satellite Communications).

In line with the SSE commitment to collaborate with the US on the development of new technologies to improve Arctic surveillance and control, including the renewal of the North Warning System, Canada will collaborate with the US on the Binational Northern Approaches Surveillance Analysis of Alternatives for an innovative technological solution to early warning.

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 of Canada 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 Deschamps Report through Operation HONOUR, which is the CAF’s mission to eliminate sexual misconduct in the military. On February 26, 2019, the CAF released its fourth progress report on Operation HONOUR. The report outlines in detail the work the CAF has completed to date and indicates 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 by establishing the 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. The Defence Team has responded and 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 us monitor and improve our support services; and
• Adjusting its approach to ensure that those affected by sexual misconduct have more control over the reporting process and decisions that will impact them.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In 2016, the government 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The 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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In 2016, the government reduced the waiting period for EI and made benefits more flexible, easier to access and more generous for workers who need it. For example, the New Entrants and Re-Entrants provision has been eliminated—which set higher eligibility requirements for youth, newcomers and other workers new to the labour market—enabling over 50,000 more Canadians annually to qualify in the event of job loss. In addition, extra weeks of benefits were provided to regions most affected by the commodities downturn and job search responsibilities were simplified.

Over the last year, the government has heard from Parliamentarians, stakeholders and experts as to how to further modernize EI. In Budget 2018, the government introduced a permanent successor strategy to the current EI Working While on Claim pilot that expires in August 2018. In addition, Budget 2018 announced that Working While on Claim provisions will be extended to EI maternity and sickness benefits, so that workers can maintain their connection to the labour force during periods of temporary unemployment. In addition, Budget 2018 proposed to better assist workers in seasonal industries that experience a gap in income support before the start of the next season.

Budget 2019 proposes to introduce 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 to provide income support during training.

The government will continue to look for ways to better serve Canadians as they deal with important life events.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In July 2016, the government 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

Result achieved: 

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

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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 the government's Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government of Canada announced several measures to help more Canadians get the education, skills and work experience they need to succeed today and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

In support of this, the Skills Boost initiative has 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 has also expanded workers' access to skills training and job supports, and is improving access to opportunities for lifelong learning, and increasing work experience opportunities for 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 2017-2018. The agreements have been signed with most jurisdictions. Remaining negotiations are expected to be completed later this fiscal year.

In Budget 2019, the government also proposes to establish a new Canada Training Benefit to help working Canadians get the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. The Canada Training Benefit includes a new Employment Insurance (EI) Training Support Benefit to provide income support when an individual requires time to take off work.

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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 of Canada provided funding to temporarily boost labour market transfer agreements (Labour Market Development Agreements and Canada Job Fund Agreements) in 2016.

Through Budget 2017, the government announced $2.7 billion in additional federal investments that are being provided 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. This change came into effect on April 1, 2018. The Agreements have been signed with most jurisdictions. Remaining negotiations are expected to be completed later this fiscal year. Work continues with provinces and territories to improve and develop more effective training programs and share best practices.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The Government of Canada has consulted with labour, industry and other stakeholders. The 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 in the trades and/or Indigenous Peoples.

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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

Result achieved: 

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

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Effective November 2016, thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) have been increased so that no borrower will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they are earning at least $25,000 per year. Thanks to this change and efforts to increase awareness, an additional 29,000 Canadians will be able to delay payment (an increase of approximately 11 per cent), and many more will have lower payments until they can afford to pay back their debts.

Further, 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.

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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 2017, 142,778 children received the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) for the first time, bringing the total number of children who have ever received the CLB to over 1 million. In 2017, the CLB take-up rate was 36.5%, up from 34.7% in 2016. In addition, 290,410 children received the Canada Education Savings Grants (CESG) for the first time, bringing the total number of children aged 0-17 who have ever received the CESG to 3.69 million.

The Government of Canada is exploring new and innovative approaches to increase awareness and take-up of the CLB. Of note, a Call for Concepts was launched in November 2017. Proposals are being considered for funding under three themes: Support for Indigenous Peoples; Facilitated Access; and Research and Innovation.

Successful applicants have been advised. The findings from these projects will help inform additional efforts that the government could undertake to increase take-up of the CLB.

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

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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Indigenous peoples

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada enhanced support for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, which helped meet the financial needs of 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, to develop student-centered solutions to improve access and attainment. The review of post-secondary education programming was completed in the fall of 2018, and based on the results of this review ISC is working with 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 University and College Entrance Preparation Program that reflect early engagement with the Assembly of First Nations and are consistent with Budget 2016 and Budget 2017 commitments. These changes improve program flexibility by:
• increasing maximum amounts payable to individual students, to better respond to rising tuition costs;
• expanding eligible expenditures to include transcript and application fees;
• allowing students more time to complete their programs of study, by removing or adjusting limitations on duration of financial assistance; and
• providing greater flexibility for students who wish to pursue more than one certificate or degree program.

To support Indigenous students in having greater access to financial support to boost their post-secondary education participation and completion rates, additional efforts have been undertaken. Starting in the 2017-2018 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 (First Nations, including status and non-status Indians, Métis, or Inuit) are exempt from making a fixed student contribution. This exemption means that Indigenous students will be eligible for more grant and loan funding and will have access to the full suite of CSLP supports to help with the costs of PSE. Budget 2017 proposed amendments to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act which came into force on August 1, 2018 so that, starting in the 2018-2019 school year, students who are registered under the Indian Act but do not have Canadian citizenship can access the CSLP.

Budget 2019 proposes a number of investments, starting in 2019–2020, to ensure that Indigenous students have better access to post-secondary education, and more support to ensure that they can 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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Strong Middle Class

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government recognizes the importance of good quality jobs for younger workers. In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the government made significant incremental investments in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Thanks to these investments, the government will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop skills to find work or go back to school, create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians, and over 1,600 new youth job opportunities in the heritage sector. For instance, the number of jobs supported under Canada Summer Jobs increased from approximately 34,500 in 2015 to 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 2018–19, 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.

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 with the aim of ensuring 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.

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 is 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 $17 M 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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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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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

Develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Announced in Budget 2018, the new pre-apprenticeship program was launched with $6 million in 2018-19 and $10 million per year thereafter. The purpose is to encourage 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 needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trades.

Organizations, including colleges, Indigenous organizations, trade organizations, and industry, were asked to submit applications for the new pre-apprenticeship program and projects are starting.

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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, and the main challenges faced by employers in hiring youth. The Panel delivered its final report in June 2017, which included recommendations on how to best help young Canadians succeed in the labour market. The Panel's report will inform ongoing work on the renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Through Budget 2017, the government is investing an additional $395.5 million over three years, starting in 2017–18, for the YES. Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

Through Budget 2018, the government provided 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, 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 with the aim of ensuring 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
Actions taken, progress made​

Strong Middle Class

Implement a modern Fair Wages Policy.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government has completed its policy research analysis, and consultations with external stakeholders on fair wages policies. The government is now considering options for a modernized fair wages policy.

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

Result achieved: 

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

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Budget 2017 aims to give federally regulated workers the right to request flexible work arrangements from their employer, such as flexible start and finish times and the ability to work from home. Changes will also provide federally regulated workers with new unpaid leave for family responsibilities, to participate in traditional Indigenous practices, and to seek care if they are victims of family violence. Changes will also make bereavement leave more flexible.

Legislation to implement these changes was tabled in Parliament on October 27, 2017, as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2, and received Royal Assent on December 14, 2017. The legislation will come into force once enabling regulations are complete.

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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Significant engagement has been undertaken with Infrastructure Canada (INFC) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to determine an appropriate target for apprentices to be employed as part of federal infrastructure projects. In the Integrated Bilateral Agreements (IBAs) with Provinces and Territories (P/Ts), INFC will be collecting data on the project hours worked by apprentices through the Community Employment Benefit (CEB) initiative. The CEB initiative requires P/Ts to report annually on progress against project-level targets, which includes an option for reporting on employment of apprentices for all major infrastructure projects (projects with total eligible costs over a threshold of $10M or $25M depending on the results of negotiations). The CEB is included in integrated Bilateral Agreements signed with all P/Ts.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

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

Jobs and Innovation

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

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100 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 (U.S.) administration, the U.S. Congress and officials at the state and local levels to grow Canada's economy, create well-paying middle class jobs, and address global challenges. Since January 2017, the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, premiers and provincial and territorial ministers have cumulatively undertaken over 530 visits to the U.S. and engagements in Canada and abroad with senior U.S. officials. In February 2017, Canada and the U.S. announced the creation of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders to promote the growth of women-owned enterprises and to further contribute to Canada's overall economic growth and competitiveness. The Council has released its fifth, and final, report on October 29, 2018, recommending actions to reduce barriers that limit women's participation in business. On September 30, 2018, the government completed negotiations toward a Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which was signed on November 30, 2018. Canada continues to advocate against protectionist policies and for maintaining an open market. In cases where the U.S. has imposed unfair duties, Canada is forcefully challenging such duties under international disputes settlement processes (e.g. steel and aluminum, softwood lumber, paper products), and has responded to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with dollar for dollar tariffs on certain U.S. goods. The government also regularly engages with the U.S. to respond to global security issues, such as by co-hosting the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability in the Korean Peninsula and participating alongside the U.S. in a multinational operation to enforce UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Canada and the U.S. are also responding to crises in Venezuela and Myanmar, including by coordinating sanctions against key officials in those countries responsible for human rights abuses, the deterioration of democracy, or acts of significant corruption.

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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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In February 2017, Canada and the United States confirmed their commitment to working together on border security and efficiency. This joint effort includes preclearance and integrated cross-border law enforcement operations, full implementation of the Entry/Exit initiative, increased regulatory cooperation, and the expeditious construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. In addition, both countries committed to establishing preclearance operations for cargo, accelerating the completion of preclearance for additional cities, and continuing to expand this program under the Land, Rail, Marine and Air Preclearance Agreement, once it is ratified. In December 2016, the United States preclearance legislation became law, a step forward for the new agreement with Canada. Canada's preclearance implementing legislation received Royal Assent in December 2017 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. 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 the Canada Border Services Agency 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.

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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

Result achieved: 

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

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

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

Result achieved: 

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

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On behalf of the government, 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, 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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Canada is active in multilateral fora and international institutions to pursue 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 on October 26, 2017. In May 2018, Canada imposed a third round of targeted sanctions against top ranking Venezuelan government officials, bringing the total to 70.

Between February and August of 2018, Canada played a leading role at the Human Rights Council in an expert-led investigation to monitor the human rights situation in Yemen and in March 2019 was part of two groups that advanced resolutions on the situations 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 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 with the goal of building a more peaceful and secure world and to concrete shared commitments on the implementation of international humanitarian law and the advancement of the women, peace and security. G7 security and foreign ministers also committed to addressing international cyber threats, defending democracy against foreign threats and managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. In June 2018, G7 Leaders issued the Joint Communiqué and the Charlevoix Commitments, which include, among others, a commitment to establish a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen coordination to identify and respond to emerging threats. In November 2018, Canada hosted the first meeting of G7 RRM focal points. All G7 members were represented, and the meeting successfully negotiated the Terms of Reference and information/response protocols for the mechanism. Budget 2019 provides Global Affairs Canada with $2.1 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to support Canada's commitment to the RRM.

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

On October 7, 2018, the member States and Governments of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) adopted the Organisation’s first policy on transparency consolidation, which aims to increase the OIFs effectiveness in pursuing its objectives and to ensure that it accounts for the use of public funds. Canada was the first member State to request such a policy and actively contributed to its drafting. Canada will now monitor the OIF’s implementation of this policy.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Canada meaningfully advances international solutions to climate change.

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Canada is leading efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to implement a platform for the engagement of Indigenous peoples and to advance gender-responsive policy development and women's participation. Canada is also delivering on its five-year, $2.65 billion commitment to help developing countries achieve sustained emissions reductions and build resilience against the adverse effects of climate change. This includes providing support to Caribbean countries for disaster reconstruction and resilience and pursuing a focus on climate change adaptation. Climate change was regularly addressed in the themes of Canada’s G7 presidency. The G7 discussed the importance of the Paris Agreement and the goal of the transition to a low-carbon economy. At the G7 Summit in June 2018, leaders agreed to the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities, which promotes sustainable oceans and fisheries, commits to increase the availability and sharing of science and data and supports resilient coasts and coastal communities. Canada announced that it will invest $162 million to support these goals. Canada also announced: $100 million for the expansion of Climate Risk Insurance coverage in climate-vulnerable countries; $60 million in funding for Small Island Developing States for the expansion of and access to clean energy systems and infrastructure, to improve energy access for women and girls and provide training and employment for women in non-traditional, sustainable technology sectors; and, $2 million to support efforts by developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

In addition to advocating for the effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, Canada is engaged in key initiatives aimed at enhancing global ambition on climate change and clean growth, such as Mission Innovation, the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the Global Methane Initiative, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Canada and the United States also issued a joint statement in February 2017 confirming both countries' commitment to collaborate on energy innovation. In September 2017, Canada co-hosted a Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action with China and the European Union to advance the global climate dialogue, and will continue to play a leadership role in this new forum in 2018. Canada also played a leadership role at the second Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action hosted in June 2018.

In November 2017, Canada hosted the 29th the Montreal Protocol Conference, where Parties agreed to adopt the Kigali Amendment to reduce hydrofluorocarbons, a powerful greenhouse gas. Canada's early ratification of the Amendment on November 3, 2017 helped it reach the number of ratifications required to come into force. In addition, Canada and the United Kingdom jointly announced the creation of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which aims to accelerate the global phase-out of unabated coal-fired electricity. Canada was also an active participant in the Bonn Climate Conference in November hosted by Fiji and the One Planet Summit hosted by France in December. In December 2017, Canada and China released a Joint Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth and held the first Ministerial Dialogue on the Environment in Beijing. Canada continues to highlight the serious impacts of climate change on the North through its participation in the Arctic Council.

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

In November 2018, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting hosted by Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister hosted a roundtable with Pacific Islands Forum leaders where Canada’s commitment to fight climate change and help them adapt to the changing climate was reaffirmed. Canada also announced $10 million to the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience that will assist the Pacific 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).

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canada implements the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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Legislation to accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and further strengthen Canada’s export control regime, including by providing greater transparency and accountability in public reporting, received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. Following the coming into force of Bill C-47, the legislative changes to the Export and Import Permits Act along with the additional regulatory changes being proposed, will come into effect. Once all legislation and regulations are in place, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will have to obtain an Order in Council authorizing Canada to accede to the ATT.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Fewer Canadians living in poverty.

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

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

Thanks, in part, to 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 November 6, 2018, Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty was introduced and Second Reading of the Bill occurred on November 30, 2018. The government reaffirms its commitment to move ahead with legislation to entrench Canada’s Official Poverty Line, poverty reduction targets, and the National Advisory Council on Poverty into law.

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Create a housing strategy.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Hundreds of thousands more Canadians have access to affordable housing.

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On November 22, 2017 the government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy (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 sets clear and ambitious goals to reduce chronic homelessness by 50%; 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 to introduce new legislation which will require the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy that prioritizes the housing needs of the most vulnerable, and will require 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 National Housing Strategy 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.

Since announcing the Strategy, many new initiatives have been launched, including the National Housing Co-Investment Fund that is expected 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 federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together toward achieving a long-term shared vision for housing. Under the multilateral Housing Partnership 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 at March 19, 2019, seven provinces and territories have signed bilateral agreements.

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Implement the middle class tax cut.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The middle-class tax cut 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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Strong Middle Class

Cut taxes for small businesses.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Lower tax rates for small businesses.

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The government has reduced 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, compared to 2017, this will mean up to $7,500 in federal tax savings each year.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Canada’s ministers of finance reached a historic agreement on June 20, 2016, to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). In March 2017, all necessary legislative requirements were met by Canada’s nine CPP participating provinces to implement the agreed-upon enhancements. Canada’s finance ministers also agreed to further improvements in December 2017 to increase benefits for parents of young children and persons with disabilities. These CPP enhancements, which 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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Result achieved: 

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

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In June 2017, the government passed legislation to create the Canada Infrastructure Bank, a Crown corporation at arm’s-length from government that leverages the expertise and capital of the private sector.

The Bank supports the transformational infrastructure that Canadian communities need now. It makes strategic investments that focus on projects like green infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and public transit so Canadians can spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

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Result achieved: 

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

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Budget 2017 announced changes that 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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To help Canadian companies grow, the government 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government 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 education educators to help cover the cost of school supplies.

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Strong Middle Class

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

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Result achieved: 

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

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Effective January 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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Strong Middle Class

Repeal the Federal Balanced Budget Act.

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Result achieved: 

The Act has been repealed.

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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).

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

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Exports and Investment

Negotiate and sign modernized agreements with Israel and Chile.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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In May 2018, Canada and Israel signed the modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). Both countries are now undertaking their domestic ratification processes to bring the modernized Agreement info force. The bill to modernize CIFTA was introduced in Parliament on October 23, 2018. The modernized CIFTA includes new inclusive elements, such as a trade and gender chapter, a small and medium-sized enterprises chapter and a broader article on corporate social responsibility. It also includes further tariff reductions and eliminations for agricultural and agri-food products. In June 2017, Canada and Chile signed Amending Agreements to modernize the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and on February 5, 2019, the new agreement entered into force. The modernized CCFTA includes a chapter dedicated to trade and gender—a first for Canada or any G20 nation. The updated agreement will also provide better mechanisms to address technical barriers to trade, add new progressive elements to the existing investment chapter, and amend the existing government procurement chapter.

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Exports and Investment

Establish the Invest in Canada Agency.

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Result achieved: 

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

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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.

Increased foreign investment in Canada connects Canadian industries to global value chains and facilitates the transfer of knowledge and technology, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation, and promoting the prosperity of Canadians. To encourage foreign investment in Canada, 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.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Two-way trade and investment with China, India and other emerging economies, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, is increased, creating good, middle class jobs, expanding opportunities for Canadian exports, and increasing access to goods for Canadian consumers.

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The government continues to engage China on expanding bilateral trade and investment while working to implement the trade and investment commitments that were made by the Prime Minister and the Premier of China in 2016 and 2017. The government is engaged in exploratory discussions for a possible Free Trade Agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 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 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 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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Result anticipated: 

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

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The government is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency and through the addition of 20 new investment-focused trade commissioners to the Trade Commissioner Service, with an additional five in the next year. The government has successfully completed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The government also recently signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 10 countries in the Pacific region and launched negotiations toward a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur member states and Canada. Canada is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, which will upgrade its association with this trading bloc made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The latest round took place in May 2018. Since January 2016, CanExport has provided financial support to over 1400 Small and Medium Enterprise-led projects aimed at diversifying export markets, in a variety of sectors, and reaching over 90 different markets around the world. To date, for every hundred supported projects, participating firms have reported on average some 92 export successes at the time of project completion, for a collective impact of over $376 million in exports to new markets. In 2018, the Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) program, which provides support to communities to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment, allocated $3.5 million to 240 projects from 88 communities to attract job-creating investment. The application process for 2019 ICCI projects closed on October 17, 2018. A total of 97 applicants submitted proposals for over $8.7 million, and 85 applicants were approved for a total of $5.3 million. These projects will be completed from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Budget 2017 announced $950 million to superclusters in highly innovative industries, and in February 2018, in cooperation with the private sector and academic partners, the government announced the creation of five superclusters (Digital Technology; Protein Industries; Advanced Manufacturing; Artificial Intelligence; and Ocean) that will create great new opportunities for Canadian companies to innovate, scale up and export. To support Canadian firms and increase exports to new markets, Budget 2018 provides up to $75 million to build a stronger diplomatic presence and Trade Commissioner Service salesforce in China and Asia, as well as other initiatives to open market opportunities in the region.

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Exports and Investment

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadian businesses export and trade with international partners more easily and with less of an administrative burden, and international investors benefit from faster, clearer and more efficient engagement with government programs.

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The Invest in Canada Agency, launched on March 12, 2018, will increase cooperation between provinces, territories and municipalities to bolster trade promotion by providing companies with a one-stop-shop for investment in Canada thereby reducing complexity and administrative burden for investors. The new Global Skills Strategy, launched in June 2017, will make it easier for companies that are making large investments in Canada to bring in highly skilled global talent, while supporting well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians. Canadian companies will have access to an expedited review process lasting no more than a combined 20 business days from end to end, including reviews conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Canada has worked closely with the United States, as part of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council to facilitate greater alignment of regulatory systems where appropriate. Furthermore, to help Canadian firms unlock growth opportunities through exports, the Trade Commissioner Service will undergo transformative enhancements in the coming year to simplify the client experience, modernize tools, and offer innovative services.

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Indigenous peoples

Improve essential infrastructure for Indigenous communities, including improving housing.

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Result anticipated: 

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

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In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada made an investment of $4.28 billion over five years to support infrastructure development in First Nations communities on reserves to improve their population's quality of life. Budget 2017 built on this momentum, with new, additional investments of $4 billion over ten years starting in 2018-2019 to build and improve housing, and other community infrastructure in First Nation and Inuit communities. As of December 31, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, close to $2.472 billion of targeted funds have been invested towards 3,797 on-reserve community infrastructure projects, 2,146, of which are complete. These investments are building and improving water treatment systems, housing, schools, health facilities and other essential community infrastructure, which includes 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 improving primary and secondary education on reserve by building and renovating school facilities thereby supporting the enhancement of the quality of language and cultural programs and empowering communities to establish First Nations' planned and led education systems. As of December 31, 2018, and since April 2016, more than $364 million of targeted funding has been invested to support 174 school-related projects. This includes 73 new schools (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 significant new funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021. As of December 31, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, more than $980.5 million of targeted funding has been invested to support 505 projects in 582 First Nations communities to strengthen on-reserve water infrastructure. On January 23, 2018, the government added close to 250 drinking water systems to the total number covered by the federal government’s commitment to ensure clean drinking water on public systems on reserves. Taking this expansion into account, as of April 1, 2019, 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 82 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted, while 36 have been added.

Budget 2017 provided $49.1 million over three years, starting in 2018-2019, 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 further supports ongoing efforts to eliminate and prevent long-term drinking water advisories by providing an additional $739 million over five years, beginning in 2019-20, with $184.9 million per year ongoing, funding urgent repairs to vulnerable water systems, and providing water operator training and support programs.

Housing: The Government of Canada is improving on-reserve housing conditions while engaging with First Nations and other partners to co-develop an effective long term strategy. As of December 31, 2018, and since the Budget 2016 announcement, Indigenous Services Canada has invested $547.4 million of targeted funds, resulting in 6,842 housing units and lots under construction, renovation/retrofit, or being serviced or acquired. As a result of the combined investments between the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada, the government is currently building and renovating/retrofitting 16,122 housing units and lots, of which 69% (10,733) have been completed. With respect to Budget 2016 investments in Inuit housing, 183 new housing units were built in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. In addition, a co-developed Inuit Nunangat Housing Strategy was endorsed by Ministers and Inuit Leaders at the November 2018 meeting of the Inuit Crown Partnership Committee.

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: As of December 31, 2018, investments have been made in more than 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%) of these projects are complete. It should be noted that the apparent decrease in the number of projects from December to February 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. This approach is more closely aligned with results that are meaningful to Canadians.

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 of Canada is investing $1.32 billion until 2026-2027. Since Budget 2016, and as of December 31, 2018, $589.2 million of targeted funds has been invested to support 1,329 essential infrastructure projects, 782 of which have been completed. 704 out of the 1,329 projects, representing $144.4 million of targeted funds support solid waste management projects on reserves across Canada through the First Nations Solid Waste Management Initiative. So far, 399 of the 704 projects have been completed.

Transformation: The Government of Canada has committed $55 million, beginning in 2018-2019 until 2022-2023, for transformation efforts which include: asset management, engagement and proof of concept development for models for the transfer of infrastructure service delivery, and the creation and implementation of 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. As of December 31, 2018, close to $700,000 of targeted funds has been invested to enable First Nations communities to increase capacity building and readiness.

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Indigenous peoples

Implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

All Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action are implemented.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 94 Calls to Action, 76 of which fall under federal or shared responsibility with other partners, implicating 25 federal departments or agencies. Progress has been made on implementing over 80 per cent of the Calls to Action under federal or shared purview. Five Calls to Action are fully implemented, 43 are well underway and 28 others are in early planning stages.

Important progress has already been made and will lead to greater and more equitable access to quality education, health care, clean water, housing and employment services for Indigenous peoples. This includes the announcement in May 2016 of Canada’s unequivocal support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which directly relates to Calls to Action number 43 and 44. The Calls to Action are extensive and some require longer-term, transformative change. Many involve multiple parties and require significant consultation and coordination. Taking into account the scope of the task and the wide range of partners involved, it will take time to ensure it is done right, with careful consideration of how best to support ongoing healing. The Government of Canada is also working with other jurisdictions and partners to advance implementation of those 18 Calls to Action outside of the federal purview. The establishment of the National Council for Reconciliation (Calls to Action 53-56) will support ongoing efforts to advance and fully implement the Calls to Action. To this end, on December 14, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the creation of a six member interim board that will provide advice on the establishment of the Council, the scope and scale of its proposed mandate, and will undertake independent engagement. The Interim Board submitted its interim report on May 14, 2018 and their final report on June 12, 2018. The government is examining proposed next steps in response to the report.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

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

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Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed a $2.6 billion increase for First Nations K-12 education and an additional $1.47 billion for education infrastructure. These investments will improve primary and secondary education on reserve by building and renovating school facilities; enhancing the quality of language and cultural programs; increasing special education support; and empowering communities to establish education systems planned and led by First Nations. As part of the K-12 transformation process, we are in the process of co-developing a results framework that will help us measure improvement.

Based on the policy proposal for transforming the Government of Canada’s support for First Nations elementary and secondary education that was co-developed with First Nations, a new policy framework for First Nation elementary and secondary education has been established. Beginning in 2019-2020, ISC will begin implementing a series of new formula-based regional funding models for elementary and secondary education to ensure that students attending First Nations schools are supported by predictable base funding that is more directly comparable to what students enrolled in provincial education systems receive. After signing an agreement with the Government of Canada, the Manitoba First Nations School System officially began operating in July 2017. As of September 2017, students in this school system began receiving education programs that are designed, delivered and run by First Nations with funding that is comparable to provincial school boards with enhancements that meets their specific needs. As of April 1, 2018, 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations are self-governing in the area of education. This education self-governing agreement is the first of its kind in Ontario and the largest in Canada. The government and the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission signed an agreement in spring 2018 to establish the Maskwacîs Cree School System, which will begin operations on July 1, 2018. The 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.

The government is engaged in discussions to establish similar initiatives in other regions of the country. Finally, as noted by the Parliamentary Budget Officer in November 2016, the government's investments in education will, over the next several years, help fill critical and long-standing gaps in how on-reserve schools are funded compared to those under provincial jurisdiction. These investments will ensure that First Nations children get the best possible start in life and see an improvement in educational outcomes.

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves public transit.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Through Budgets 2016 and 2017, the government committed $28.7 billion to public transit projects over the next 10 years.

Over 1,232 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 3,826 new buses (including 427 paratransit vehicles) and rehabilitated or enhanced 4,981 others (including 72 paratransit vehicles).

Larger projects to improve access to public transit are expected to reduce congestion, improve mobility and safety, and provide economic benefits while reducing harmful emissions. These projects include:

• The Regional Express Rail project in the Greater Toronto Area which will save 1.8 billion hours of commuter travel time and $14.7 billion in automobile operating savings over the lifetime of the project;
• Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit route, a project that will provide 400 long-term jobs and improve interconnectivity between hospitals, employment hubs, and community centres; and,
• Stage 2 (OLRT2) of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project will contribute to increasing overall public transit modal share from 22 percent in 2011 to 25 percent by 2048 and produce environmental benefits that will ultimately reduce overall incremental greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 tonnes in the same time period.

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Implement an Infrastructure Strategy that improves social infrastructure.

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Result achieved: 

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

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In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the government made significant and long-term investments in social infrastructure across Canada.

As of March 31, 2018, over 5,700 projects to retrofit or renovate social housing have been approved, helping improve energy and water efficiency in more than 109,000 existing social housing units off- and on-reserve.

The National Housing Strategy re-establishes the federal government as a leader in the area of affordable housing, 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.

The investment of incremental resources in the Enabling Accessibility Fund will support an estimated 1,970 additional projects to enable Canadians with disabilities participate more fully in their communities and in the labour market.

The government is also creating affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low- and modest-income families, with the goal of supporting up to 40,000 new subsidized child care spaces over the next three years. In addition, the government has 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Through Budget 2016 and 2017, the Government of Canada is investing $26.9 billion in Green infrastructure over 12 years, including projects to improve access to clean water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience against the impacts of climate change.

To ensure that investments are made towards more resilient, sustainable communities, Infrastructure Canada has adopted a Climate Lens as a requirement for funding under its new programs. The Climate Lens will help applicants to better understand how their projects will contribute to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks.

Significant investments towards clean water have been made across Canada. For example, the government has invested over $1 billion in 772 drinking water systems as well as $830 million in 655 wastewater systems. In Budget 2016, the government announced significant new funding to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021. With the aim of ending long-term drinking water advisories on reserves by 2021, the government has invested $776 million to fund 468 projects that will significantly strengthen the infrastructure of on-reserve public drinking water systems. As of October 1, 2018 there were 69 advisories in effect.

Through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, at least $5 billion will be available for green infrastructure projects. As well, national “green” programs, totaling $2.8 billion, will be provided to address a number of priorities identified in the Pan-Canadian Framework. This includes investments of over $180 million in charging and alternative fuel infrastructure to support greater deployment of zero-emission vehicles.

On May 17, 2018, the Government of Canada launched the $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The DMAF is designed to strengthen the resilience of Canadian communities through investments in large-scale infrastructure projects to better manage the risk associated with natural hazards such as floods, wildfires and droughts. Announcements of approved projects began in March 2019 and are expected to continue through May 2019. In addition, $9.2 billion is being provided to provinces and territories through the Integrated Bilateral Agreements for green infrastructure. Natural infrastructure projects are eligible under both DMAF and the green stream of the Integrated Bilateral Agreements.

In addition to this, delivered through the Rural and Northern Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program, the Arctic Energy Fund will provide $400 million to support energy security in the territories.

The Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative, announced in 2017, provides up to $16.35 million over a five year period (from 2017/18 to 2021/22) to help those responsible for federal transportation assets obtain information and data, and assess climate change-related factors that may present risks to their infrastructure. In addition, funding for the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative was renewed in fall 2017 providing $6.9 million over a three-year period (from 2018/19 to 2020/21) for research, development and collaborative activities to support the resilience of northern transportation systems to a changing climate.

In Budget 2019, the government announced plans to invest $1.01 billion in 2018–19 to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings. These investments will be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 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 of Canada 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 is tracking transportation flows and will report publicly on how long it takes to get goods to market.
The Government of Canada formally launched the first call for proposals under the NTCF on July 4, 2017. Eligible projects were invited to submit Comprehensive Project Proposals, and the government evaluated 177 complete project proposals, seeking a total of $7.5 billion in NTCF funding. More than $800 million in funding from the NTCF has been announced for 39 projects that will resolve bottlenecks across the country to support trade.

To build on the success of the first national NTCF call for proposals, the government launched a second call for proposals on November 19, 2018 specifically targeting projects in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This call, which closes on March 29, 2019, will allocate funding from the $400 million envelope dedicated to addressing the unique transportation priorities in the territorial North.
The new Export Diversification Strategy launched in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced the acceleration of the approximately $755 million in remaining NTCF funding over the next five years for projects that will strengthen ports and trade corridors to help diversify Canada’s trade with overseas markets. On January 15, 2019, Transport Canada launched a continuous NTCF call for proposals, for trade diversification projects, that will remain open until the remaining funding is committed. Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for funding to support projects that will bolster export opportunities for Canadian businesses and help to diversify Canada’s overseas trade.

To improve and expand infrastructure in the northern regions of Canada, Budget 2019 proposes to increase the allocation of the National Trade Corridors Fund 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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Infrastructure plays a central role in building strong communities, creating jobs and growing the economy.

In Budget 2017, the government 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 provincial school students. The organizations are also working with universities in their respective provinces to develop treaty curricula and courses that will be mandatory for every university student.

The Government of Canada is working with the Council of Ministers of Education to enhance knowledge and awareness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis history and culture across Canada and to enhance the knowledge and awareness of teachers, students and school leaders on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

Further, Budget 2016 invested $275 million in First Nations language and culture over five years until 2020-2021. The Government of Canada is also working with First Nation partners to transform First Nations elementary and secondary education on reserve, which will include new funding formulas that are enhanced with language and culture investments to meet the specific needs of Indigenous students.

Starting in 2017-2018, the Government of Canada is contributing $3 million per year, for three years, to the First Nations University of Canada to develop a National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education. The national centre will serve as an informational resource base for reconciliation, and will focus on the growing needs of students, educators and the various policy and other decision makers involved in Indigenous elementary and secondary education in Canada.

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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 up to $100 million to establish an Indigenous Growth Fund to further encourage investments in Indigenous-led businesses by Aboriginal Financial Institutions, including Métis Capital Corporations. 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 British Columbia (July 2018), and the Métis Settlements General Council (December 2018). Additionally, Canada is negotiating with the Manitoba Métis Federation (June 2018) to develop an agreement to recognize the Manitoba Métis Federation’s legal status, role and jurisdiction as a Métis government and will support the Manitoba Métis Federation’s transition from its current corporate structure to a self-governing Métis government. Canada and the Manitoba Métis Federation have concluded an Interim Fiscal Financing Agreement to transfer $153.4 million dollars to support an Incremental Reconciliation Plan over five years between the parties (December 2018). Other agreements signed include a Consultation Agreement between Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta (July 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 will continue to engage with Métis groups to replace the outdated Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and the Inherent Right Policy.

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Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

An independent advisory board has been established to provide a non-partisan, merit-based process of advice for recommending Senators, resulting in the appointment of 45 independent Senators thus far.

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The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments was established in January 2016 to provide advice to the Prime Minister on candidates for the Senate. 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, 45 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

Result anticipated: 

A special parliamentary committee was established.

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

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Fair and Open Government

Make the Commissioner of Canada Elections more independent.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

A truly independent Commissioner of Canada Elections who can pursue their work free from political or partisan direction.

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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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

A transparent and rules-based legal framework for Canada's charities is in place and charities in Canada are free from political harassment.

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In September 2016, the government launched a consultation process with the charitable sector and the public to assist in clarifying the rules for political activities of charities. A consultation panel reviewed the submissions and presented the Minister of National Revenue with recommendations in late March 2017.

As a first step to respond to the Panel’s recommendations, the government suspended all actions in relation to the remaining audits and objections that were part of the Political Activities Audit Program. Consistent with recommendation no. 3 of the consultation panel, the government introduced in Bill C-86 amendments to the Income Tax Act to remove the quantitative limits on political activities by charities. These amendments received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. On January 21, 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency issued, for public consultation, draft guidance to explain how it expects to administer these new rules.

As announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Update, 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 Canada Revenue Agency on important and emerging issues facing charities and qualified donors on an ongoing basis.

On March 7, 2019, the Minister of National Revenue responded to the Panel’s report, giving a brief description of the actions taken by the government to address each of the report’s four recommendations.

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Environment and Climate Change

Make strategic investments in the clean technology sector.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

The clean technology sector's contribution to Canada's Gross Domestic Product grows, creating more good-paying, middle class jobs and increasing the number of high-growth companies in Canada.

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Since 2016, the Government of Canada has committed more than 2.3 billion to several measures to grow clean technology in Canada as part of the Innovation and Skills Plan and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The government is supporting clean technology companies through several major programs including the $155 million Clean Growth Program, the $75 million Impact Canada Clean Tech Challenges, and the $25 million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. These programs are currently reviewing and/or approving applications.

To date, all five planned innovative clean tech challenges have been launched under the Impact Canada initiative. The Women in Cleantech 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; and the Crush It! Challenge is seeking efficiencies in mining technologies for rock crushing.

The government also enhanced its financing 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.

Finally, the new Clean Growth Hub is a whole-of-government focal point supporting clean technology producers and users which has provided services to over 930 clients in the first 14 months.

Budget 2019 proposes to provide $100 million over four years, starting in 2019–20, to the Strategic Innovation Fund, leveraging private sector co-investments, in order to support the Clean Resource Innovation Network to develop ground-breaking clean tech and emission-lowering solutions through collaboration.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

The clean technology sector's contribution to Canada's Gross Domestic Product grows, creating more good-paying, middle class jobs and increasing the number of high-growth companies in Canada.

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Budget 2016 changed Canadian tax rules to make certain electric vehicle charging stations and electrical energy storage equipment eligible for accelerated capital cost allowance treatment. Budget 2017 introduced further expansions of this tax treatment to geothermal projects and expenses. Budget 2018 extended the accelerated capital cost allowance for five years to property acquired before 2025. 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 a vital contribution to the partnership with Canada’s most important ally, the United States, and the responsibility to protect the continent that is shared. It is also required to enable Canada to fulfill its international commitments as an engaged and active member of NATO.

On December 12, 2017, the government launched an open and transparent competition to acquire 88 advanced fighter jets to replace Canada’s current fighter aircraft. On January 22, 2018, the Government of Canada held a Future Fighter Industry Day 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. On February 22, 2018, the Government of Canada published a list of eligible suppliers that will be invited to submit proposals under the competition to replace Canada’s current fighter fleet.

Two rounds of supplier engagement were held: the first from March 26 to April 13, 2018 and the second from June 11 to July 5, 2018. The purpose of these events was to share and collect detailed information to support finalization of the procurement strategy and development of the solicitation documents.

On October 26, 2018, Canada released a Draft Request for Proposal to eligible suppliers for their review and feedback by December 21, 2018. Inputs have been received from all suppliers and a third round of industry engagement was held February 4 to 15, 2019 to discuss feedback. The Draft Request for Proposal will be amended based on the feedback received and released in late March 2019. A penultimate version will be issued to eligible Suppliers in early May for comment. The Formal Supplier Engagement Phase will continue until the final Request for Proposal is released, anticipated in the spring of 2019.

In order to answer immediate needs, the Government of Canada signed a procurement agreement on November 9, 2018 with Australia for 18 F/A-18 fighter aircraft and up to seven additional non-flyable aircraft for use as spare parts and training aids. These additional aircraft will help to ensure a consistent number of flight hours until the arrival of a new fleet. On February 16, 2019, the first two Australian aircraft arrived in Canada; the remaining aircraft are expected to arrive at regular intervals until the end of 2021.

In November 2018, the Auditor General released a report on Canada’s fighter force, which highlighted that an enduring solution to the CAF’s fighter capability will only be achieved when Canada has both procured a future fighter and increased the number of skilled and experienced technicians and pilots. The Government of Canada 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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The Government of Canada conducted the first review of the Official Languages Regulations in over twenty-five years. The government is committed to ensuring the public is served in their official language of choice. Currently, 86.5% of federal institutions report that oral and written communications in designated bilingual offices ""nearly always"" occur in the official language chosen by the public. The government has set a target to achieve at least 90% in 2020. In October 2018, the government introduced amendments to the Official Languages Regulations. The regulations implement key provisions of Part IV of the Official Languages Act regarding communications with, and services to, the public and are expected to be adopted by June 2019.

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Fair and Open Government

Improve access to information to enhance the openness of government.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Greater government transparency and more information available for Canadians to hold their government to account.

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Following an Interim Directive in May 2016 that eliminated all fees except for the application fee and confirmed the principle of "open by default," the government introduced Phase I reforms to modernize and expand the scope of the Access to Information Act. Legislation introduced in June 2017 proposes new requirements for the proactive publication of a broad range of information and would apply to more than 240 government federal institutions, as well as the Prime Minister's Office, ministers' offices and administrative bodies that support Parliament and the courts. The legislation would also provide the Information Commissioner with the power to make binding orders to government institutions, including for the release of records. A review of the Act would also be required every five years to ensure that it remains current and continues to improve transparency for Canadians. The first of these reviews would be initiated within one year of the legislation coming into force. The legislation is currently before the Senate.

Further measures to improve Canadians’ access to information are included in Canada’s 2018-2020 National Action Plan on Open Government, which was 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; and
• 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

A simpler, fairer tax system.

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In each of its budgets, the government has made improvements to the tax system—many of which have been informed by the wide-ranging review of federal tax expenditures announced in Budget 2016. This comprehensive review 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 significant direct long-term investments in public transit, and replaced tax credits for textbooks with measures to significantly 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. Finally, the review 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, 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 initiatives worth over $800 million, including $130 million in new science funding for partnerships, improved knowledge, and development of new technologies to help mitigate and prevent marine incidents such as oil spills. Partnerships with Indigenous groups is a pillar of the Oceans Protection Plan, and to date, 352 engagement sessions/workshops have been held with multiple Indigenous groups.

On June 21, 2018, 14 Central and North Coast First Nations in British Columbia and the Government of Canada signed an Agreement to support a more coordinated and efficient approach to the governance, management, and protection of oceans in the Pacific North Coast.

Since 2017, six Oceans Protection Plan Pacific Dialogue Forums have been held in British Columbia. The Forums are an opportunity for all sectors, including Indigenous groups, industry, NGOs, municipalities, and provincial authorities, to come together and discuss initiatives and topics related to marine safety and the environment. The recent Fall 2018 Dialogue Forums included topics such as emergency towing improvements, the creation of a new Hazardous and Noxious Substances regime, and vessel anchorages.

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

On December 13, 2018, amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act were approved by Parliament. These amendments will enhance marine environmental protection and marine safety, including:

ŸStrengthening the protection of marine environments, including at-risk whale populations, from the impacts of routine shipping and navigation activities;
ŸClarifying and strengthening the Canadian Coast Guard’s authorities to support a more proactive, rapid, and effective response to spills from ships;
ŸModernizing the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, including enabling unlimited compensation to be provided to responders and victims of oil spills from ships.

As part of the National Strategy to Address Wrecked and 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 has received Royal Assent on February 28, 2019.

In addition, the government has provided financial support for the assessment or removal of over 131 abandoned or wrecked vessels under Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program and Fisheries and Oceans’ Small Craft Harbours Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program. Transport Canada’s program provided over $1 million in funding for research on environmentally-friendly vessel recycling and design along with education initiatives to raise awareness for vessel owners. Under the Small Craft Harbours program, 23 vessels have been removed and disposed of from federally owned harbours across the country. Applications for another 11 vessels have been accepted to assist in their future removal.

The Government of Canada continues its work under the $167.4 million Whales Initiative to protect and support the recovery of endangered whale populations across Canada by addressing key threats to the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), the North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) and the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga. A further investment of $61.5 million was announced in October 2018 to address threats to SRKW. In February 2019, Technical Working Groups, consisting of Indigenous Peoples/First Nations, environmental groups, research organizations, and industry were established to identify immediate 2019 measures, as well as longer-term measures to address key threats to the recovery of the SRKW. The results of the voluntary vessel slowdown and lateral displacement trial implemented in the Salish Sea in Summer 2018 are currently being analyzed and will help inform large commercial vessel underwater noise mitigation measures for Summer 2019. Additionally, on February 7, 2019, the Government announced its third year of measures to protect NARW in the Gulf of St-Lawrence. Given the positive outcome of no known NARW deaths in Canadian waters during the 2018 season, 2019 measures build upon those of 2018 with minor modifications based on consultation with industry and the best available science. The measures will be in place between April 28 and November 15, 2019.

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

The government is modernizing the Coast Guard’s current suite of emergency response assets. Contracts have been awarded for the procurement of environmental response training software, curtain booms, fence booms, a medium-size portable multi-cassette-skimmer package, and a small high-speed sweep system. Transport Canada is also modernizing its emergency response capacity and has trained more than 2,148 people in the internationally recognized Incident Command System to ensure interoperability, role clarity and overall emergency response effectiveness.

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

In November 2018, six new RADAR installations for monitoring marine traffic on the West Coast were announced. These installations will increase the 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 Coastal Restoration Fund helps rehabilitate some of Canada's most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems and is providing $75 million over five years to support coastal habitat restoration projects at the local and community level along Canada’s coasts. During its initial call for proposals the program received 163 expressions of interest requesting over $310 million in funding. At present the program has allocated funding to 39 projects on all three coasts worth over $55 million. The last next public call for proposals for the remaining $13.6 million closed December 27, 2018. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently assessing and prioritizing projects. It is anticipated that the project review will be completed by early winter 2019.

The Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative held a multi stakeholder workshop in February 2019 in collaboration with Indigenous Nations from all three coasts, federal, provincial and territorial governments, marine industry stakeholders, environmental non-government organizations and representatives from various academic institutions. The purpose of the workshop was to share the results of an assessment methodology evaluation, gather input from practitioners across the country and provide an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships and learning.

To enhance the ability to mount an effective science-based federal response that minimizes environmental damage, Environment and Climate Change Canada has, since January 2018, placed three Environmental Emergency Officers on each coast (Pacific and Atlantic) as well as Wildlife Emergency Response Coordinators in four regions in Canada (i.e., Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic). The Department has also put in place two new Enforcement Officers in the Atlantic region and two in the Pacific and Yukon region. These Enforcement Officers will work to ensure compliance with Canada’s Wildlife and environmental protection laws.

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

Environment and Climate Change Canada is continuing work to initiate a modern data management and geospatial mapping solution to improve the availability, accessibility, interoperability and governance of environmental sensitivities data and mapping needed by responding organizations during preparedness, readiness and response activities. Activities underway include stakeholder consultations, the development of a business case, project charter and a project complexity risk assessment.

In order to enhance risk-based planning for and decision-making during an environmental emergency, Environment and Climate Change Canada has continued to collect baseline data on the northern coast of British Columbia. To date, there have been ongoing research and monitoring activities such as: identifying areas of importance, including migration routes, staging areas, and foraging habitats for marine birds via tracking studies and at-sea surveys; assessing the toxicity of oil sands bitumen to birds; and, high-definition shoreline mapping and classification (over 7 000 km of coastal aerial imagery has been collected over the Northern Shelf Bioregion). Seabird species that may be particularly vulnerable to oil have also been identified for priority study. This work is done in collaboration with multiple First Nations on their traditional territories. In addition, to support this work, the Department has put in place two Wildlife Technicians, and one Marine Modeller. The overall results of this work will help fill data gaps and contribute to several objectives of the overall Oceans Protection Plan such as Regional Response Planning.

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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

In June 2018, the House of Commons referred 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 is beginning its study of Bill C-68 in April 2019.

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Indigenous peoples

Promote economic development and create jobs for Indigenous peoples.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government is coordinating federal efforts in its response to this mandate commitment for Indigenous peoples and has identified potential areas of collaboration at both the regional and national levels. This includes ensuring program alignment among federal departments and agencies, including planning to review and respond to community opportunities; fostering economic reconciliation with the private sector; more closely aligning skills training to investment opportunities and organizational readiness; and increasing access to capital. Departments have explored potential policy and expenditure linkages to facilitate success, e.g. Atlantic Growth Strategy and Economic Pathways Partnership. In addition, the government is engaging with national Indigenous organizations to discuss approaches to economic development and collaborating on opportunities to ensure better service delivery models at the community level.

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

Investments in commercial infrastructure, capacity development and partnerships within the federal government, provinces and the private sector are leading to major developments on and off reserve including commercial initiatives. For example, these investments will: help First Nations access long-term financing to undertake economic development projects in their communities ($20M), strengthen the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program and the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program ($100M), grow Canada's Indigenous tourism industry ($8.6M), and improve Indigenous labour market programs through the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program ($2B over five years and $408.2M per year ongoing) which is the successor to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. In addition, the Government of Canada has increased funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, which will help 4,600 First Nation students over a two-year period ($90M).

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

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

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

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Indigenous peoples

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

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

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In December 2015, the Government of Canada, with the governments of all provinces and territories, launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Commissioners 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 was mandated to complete its work by December 31, 2018. The Commission released its interim report on November 1, 2017.

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

On March 6, 2018, the Commission submitted a request to the Government of Canada seeking an extension until December 31, 2020 as many legitimate concerns from families and stakeholders had been raised about the Inquiry's progress. The Government of Canada granted the Inquiry an extension until April 30, 2019 to enable the inquiry to hear from more families and survivors, further examine institutional practices and policies, and undertake the research necessary to inform their recommendations on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Subsequently, the deadline for receipt of the report was extended to May 30, 2019.

The formal release of the Report by the Commission is anticipated at the Closing Ceremonies scheduled for June 3, 2019.

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

An additional $5.4 million was also made available through Justice Canada to extend the Family Information Liaison Units and to support community-based services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls for 2019-2020. The government also established a commemoration fund and provided $10 million to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S and gender non-binary individuals, and is engaging with Indigenous organizations to put forward a range of actions to help address violence against Indigenous women and girls.

In December 2018, the Government of Canada 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Improved services and increased support to make it easier for Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness to navigate the criminal justice system, and reverse the trend of Indigenous overrepresentation in the justice system.

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The Government of Canada has made investments to help ensure that Indigenous peoples and those with mental illness have increased access to justice and to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system, both as victims and offenders. In addition to increasing access to legal aid, the government has also provided long-term and stable funding to the Indigenous Justice Program which provides funding for community-based programs that use culturally relevant restorative justice approaches, in appropriate circumstances, to help address the over-representation of Indigenous peoples as accused, victims and offenders. In addition, the government has made significant investments in the First Nation Policing Program to ensure the safety of First Nations and Inuit communities through culturally relevant policing and investments to ensure that police officers serving these communities work in safe facilities.

It is also investing in the Indigenous Courtwork Program to ensure Indigenous people have the representation and services they need to navigate the criminal justice system. The government is also supporting community-based specialized services for Indigenous victims of crime and Family Information Liaison Units for families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The government is working to further identify strategies that will build on these investments. The government has proposed 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 as well as reforms to the jury selection process to make it more inclusive and fair (Bill C-75).

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

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

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Healthy Canadians

Legalize and strictly regulate cannabis.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The Cannabis Act 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada consulted Canadians on key elements of Canada's national security laws and policies to ensure they are effective at keeping Canadians safe, and equally reflect the rights, values and freedoms of Canadians. In June 2017, the government introduced legislation covering a wide range of measures to enhance Canada’s national security framework, increase accountability through a National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and a new Intelligence Commissioner, and address problematic elements of former Bill C-51 (including revisions to threat reduction measures, amendments to the Criminal Code and the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and revisions to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act), while re-affirming compliance with the Charter. Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters) was passed by the House of Commons and is currently before the Senate.

The government also proposes to enhance the Passenger Protect Program, including the development of a rigorous centralized screening model and a redress mechanism for legitimate air travelers who are affected by the program. The enhanced program would help ensure that privacy and fairness concerns are addressed, while keeping Canadians safe.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Inefficient fossil fuel subsidies can encourage wasteful consumption, impede investment in clean energy sources and undermine efforts to fight the threat of climate change. Canada has committed to rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

To date, Canada’s efforts to reform fossil fuel subsidies have resulted in the phase-out or rationalization of eight tax expenditures, which are being introduced gradually to enable 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); and, announcing that the accelerated capital cost allowance for liquefied natural gas facilities would expire as scheduled in 2025 (announced in Budget 2016).

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 recently 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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In October 2017, the government achieved its commitment to protect 5% of Canada's marine and coastal areas by 2017. In December 2017, seven new marine refuges were established off the coasts of Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, which contributed an additional 145,598 square km of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. The government is on track to achieve the 10% target by 2020, with 7.92% of Canada’s ocean conserved as of March 6, 2019.

In November 2016, the Government of Canada announced the designation of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area (MPA). In February 2017, the government announced the designation of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs MPA. In May 2017, a Large Offshore Pacific Area of Interest off the coast of British Columbia was announced, with the intention of making it one of Canada's largest MPAs by 2020. In June 2017, the government announced the designation of St. Anns Bank MPA. In August 2017, the federal government, Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association together announced an agreement on the final boundary and interim protection of the new Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound -- the largest protected area ever established in Canada. An agreement in principle, signed in October 2018 by the Government of Canada and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, covers agreed-upon elements of the required Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga and states 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.”

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

On March 6, 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.

Additional areas are also being pursued for protection. On March 22, 2018, the government announced the establishment of two new Areas of Interest (Fundian Channel-Browns Bank and Eastern Shore Islands) and a proposed conservation area (Eastern Canyons) in the Scotian Shelf Bioregion.

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

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

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

A National Advisory Panel was established to gather perspectives and offer recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on categories and associated protection standards for federal MPAs, using International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidance as a baseline. The Panel also considered Indigenous approaches and governance with respect to marine conservation, including the evolving concept of Indigenous Protected Areas. The Panel presented its recommendations in a final report to the Minister in September, which was publicly released on October 16, 2018.

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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Government of Canada seeks to protect and enable inclusive governance, human rights, gender equality, democracy, and respect for diversity around the world, under the rubric of its Feminist Foreign Policy, which is a suite of complementary and reinforcing actions and policies including the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the Feminist International Assistance Policy, and Canada’s Inclusive Approach to Trade. Canada recognizes that supporting these fundamental principles is the most effective pathway to building a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world. Canada’s leadership in this domain has been exemplified by, though not limited to, the following:

• Establishing gender equality as a priority and theme of Canada’s G7 Presidency, where it leveraged its partnerships to establish the Gender Equality Advisory Council. The Council’s work ensured that considerations to gender equality and women’s empowerment were integrated across all activities and initiatives of Canada’s G7 Presidency. Canada also leveraged its G7 presidency to co-host, with the EU, the first formal meeting of women foreign ministers, which provided an opportunity to harness the perspectives of women foreign ministers in addressing the challenges facing global relations today.

• Adopting the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA) and amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to take direct action to respond to cases of human rights violations and acts of corruption globally. To that end, Canada has imposed targeted sanctions on 70 individuals under the JVCFOA from Russia, Venezuela, South Sudan, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia.

• 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, committing alongside 40 member states to advocate for equal respect, protection, and promotion of the human rights of LGBTI persons. Canada has worked with ERC partners to coordinate efforts in countries where LGBTI persons face acute risks. In February, 2019, the Minister of International Development announced $30M dedicated development assistance focused on the rights of LGBTI persons.

• Canada’s international advocacy at the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, and Organization of American States, as well as in other multilateral fora, has led to broad endorsement of joint statements and resolutions related to inclusion and respect for human rights. One recent example, 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 on July 5 2018. On February 12, 2019, the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs held a Special Session on the Power of Inclusion and the Benefits of Diversity, as mandated by a June 2018 consensus resolution by the same name that was put forward by Canada and co-sponsored by 11 other Member States.

• Under the theme of Defending Democracies from Foreign Threats, G7 leaders announced the creation of the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) at the Charlevoix Summit in June 2018. The mandate of the RRM is to strengthen coordination, as well as to identify and respond to foreign threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis. The RRM Coordination Unit is housed at Global Affairs Canada and Budget 2019 provided the department with $2.1 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to support Canada's commitment to the RRM.

• In May 2018, the Partnership for Gender Equality was launched. It is an innovative $300 million initiative to catalyze new investments to support the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries from the philanthropic community, the investing community, the private sector and civil society.

• At the July 2018 Global Disability Summit, the Minister of International Development made concrete commitments to ensure the meaningful inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in its international development efforts, and committed to host the next Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network meeting in Ottawa in 2019.

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Work on development financing issues.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The Development Finance Institute Canada opened for business in early 2018 under the brand name “FinDev Canada.” FinDev Canada supports women's economic empowerment and gender equality, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

FinDev’s first transaction, a $10 million (USD) investment with M-KOPA, a Kenya-based solar energy provider, was announced in March 2018. A second one was announced in December 2018, a $20 million (USD) commitment made 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. The department conducted a series of targeted engagements seeking expert advice on the creation of a new partnership between the Government of Canada, the philanthropic community and the private sector to catalyze new investments to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries.

The Minister of International Development and the Minister of Finance co-hosted the first ever G7 meeting of Development and Finance Ministers, to draw on the individual expertise of both ministries to seek out innovative approaches to financing international development. This meeting laid the groundwork for the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development, which promotes economic growth in developing economies and fosters greater equality of opportunity within and between countries.

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

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

Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, has been named one of the co-facilitators of the 7th High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development. The event will take place on Thursday, September 26th, during UNGA high-level week in New York.

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Strong Middle Class

Develop and implement a Youth Service Program.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

More young Canadians engaged in high quality public and community service, and through this service, gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.

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

To encourage and support more service, 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.

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 2019–20, 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Consistent, coordinated Canadian guidelines on concussion in sport and return-to-learn and return-to-play protocols.

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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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In Budget 2016, the government increased funding to expand Nutrition North Canada to isolated northern communities. Nutrition North Canada helps alleviate the high cost of food in 121 isolated northern communities by providing a subsidy on perishable nutritious food. To date, the full benefits of Nutrition North Canada, including nutrition education funding, have been expanded to 37 additional isolated northern communities.

Under the oversight of the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board, throughout 2016 the government engaged with Northerners to collect feedback on how to best update the program. In response to the findings from the public engagement, the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board published the Reflections on the What We Heard Report and hosted a stakeholder meeting with Indigenous organizations, northern retailers and airlines, provincial and territorial governments and other federal government departments in early May 2017. The purpose was to discuss the feedback received during the public engagement and the key areas where many different views as identified by the Advisory Board. Through facilitated group discussions, participants collaborated on ways the program can be more responsive to the needs of Northerners. An Indigenous Working Group was launched at this meeting, including national and regional Indigenous organizations, which was tasked with co-developing options to help Nutrition North Canada work better for Northerners. Co-development work is ongoing, under the oversight of the Advisory Board to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

As of July 2018, Nutrition North Canada falls under the portfolio of the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade. The department will continue to work to update and expand the Nutrition North program, in consultation with northern communities.

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

On December 10, 2018, the government announced significant improvements to the Nutrition North Canada program. As of January 1, 2019, these improvements include: a fully revised subsidized foods list, which includes a focus 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 announcement included the creation of a new Harvesters Support Grant, and an Inuit-Crown Food Security working group. The Harvesters Support Grant will provide funding to regional governments and Indigenous organizations to support subsistence harvesting in eligible communities. The grant is expected to result in increased access to local country/traditional food, reduce the cost for harvesting activities, and is being co-developed with the NNC Indigenous Working Group and the Inuit-Crown Food Security Working Group. The newly created Inuit-Crown 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.

In addition, as part of a National Food Policy, Budget 2019 proposes to provide the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency with $15 million, over five years, starting in 2019–20, to establish a Northern Isolated Community Initiatives Fund. This fund will support community-led projects for local and Indigenous food production systems, and is in addition to the funding announced in December.

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Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canada's public safety officers have better access to support for post-traumatic stress.

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The government is developing a national action plan on post-traumatic stress injuries, which will be evidence-based and will align substantively with the findings of the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, including an emphasis on coordinated research, early intervention, and support and treatment for public safety officers.

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

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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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On December 6, 2016 the Prime Minister announced that the Government of Canada will enact an Indigenous Languages Act, co-developed with Indigenous peoples, with the goal of ensuring the preservation, promotion, and revitalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit languages in Canada. On June 15, 2017, Canadian Heritage, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis Nation Council (on behalf of the Métis Nation) launched the co-development of Indigenous languages legislation and agreed on a collaborative engagement process. Early engagement concluded in February 2018, and intensive engagement was undertaken by Canadian Heritage with the support of the three National Indigenous Organizations throughout summer 2018.

Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, was introduced in the House of Commons on February 5, 2019.

Additionally, Budget 2019 earmarked $333.7 million over the next five years with $115.7 million ongoing for the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act. These investments will serve to preserve, 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 made significant investments to repair and expand the number of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence and ensure that no one fleeing domestic violence is left without a place to go. As of March 31, 2018, this funding has supported over 3,200 projects, to assist more than 5,800 households. In Budget 2016, the government also provided greater funding to renovate, construct and better support shelters serving victims of family violence in First Nation communities. Five communities (in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec) have been identified for the construction of new shelters, and planning and construction activities have begun. The new Manitoba shelter held its grand opening on November 6, 2018, with a statement from the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Shelters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec have indicated the facilities will be open and operational by April 1, 2019. The shelter in Saskatchewan has indicated that, due to delays in construction, the operational date is anticipated to be July or August 2019.

Announced in 2017, the National Housing Strategy will fund projects that support vulnerable Canadians, including homeless women and those fleeing domestic violence. Along with Budget 2016, this funding will support the construction and renewal of at least 7,000 shelter spaces as well as aim for 33% of all investments to support projects that specifically target women and girls. In Budget 2019, the government also proposes to introduce new legislation which will require the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy that prioritizes the housing needs of the most vulnerable, and will require regular reporting to Parliament on progress toward the Strategy’s goals and outcomes.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

A simpler and easier to navigate process for delivering benefits and services to ensure members of Canada's Armed Forces (CAF), Veterans, and their families are well supported and properly prepared for civilian life.

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The Government is developing a roadmap for the delivery of a simpler and more streamlined transition process focused on clients. 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, beginning in 2018–19 to make the process of transitioning to post-service life simpler and seamless. The funding provided will help:

• Expand access to support provided by the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group to ensure that members of the Canadian Armed Forces—not just those who are ill and injured—benefit from personalized support services.
• Enhance training available on transitioning to civilian life, to improve members of the Canadian Armed Forces’ knowledge of programs, benefits and available services.
• Launch a new online Screening Tool to help Veterans Affairs Canada identify members of the Canadian Armed Forces 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 service 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

More Veterans and men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces receive the mental health care they need and suicides are reduced.

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Canada’s new defence policy—Strong, Secure, Engaged—invests in the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and delivers the standard of service and care that current and former members deserve. The policy increases the number of Canada’s military personnel and significantly invests in the health and welfare of those serving in uniform. Under 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’s 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Parliamentarians have the information they need to ensure Canada's national security framework and activities are effective and protect rights and freedoms and Canadian values.

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In June 2017, new legislation was passed to create the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). 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: a special report and its first annual report. There are four upcoming reviews on which work is underway: reviews on foreign interference, diversity and inclusion in the security and intelligence community, the national security and intelligence activities of the Canada Border Services Agency, and the collection, use, retention and sharing of Canadian citizen information by the Department of National Defence and of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Canada in the World

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Canada ceased conducting fighter jet strikes in Iraq and Syria and adopted a more comprehensive approach with increased resources for stabilization, humanitarian assistance, and training.

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In February 2016, Canada ceased conducting strikes by CF-18 fighter jets on Daesh targets and increased contributions to the training of Iraq Security Forces, and to humanitarian and stabilization support. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are contributing many capabilities to the multinational efforts to degrade and defeat Daesh. In Budget 2019, the government committed $442 million to renew Operation IMPACT, Canada’s military contribution to peace and security in the region, until March 31, 2021. 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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Canada has a long and proud history of contributing to peacekeeping operations. Modern conflicts have, nevertheless, called for a rethinking of how we can most effectively promote international peace and security. At the UN peacekeeping conference in Vancouver in November 2017, the Prime Minister unveiled the main elements of Canada’s new approach to peace support operations. Canada is taking a leadership role supporting, among other initiatives, the following:

• The Vancouver Principles – focused on ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the context of UN peacekeeping operations. As of November 2018, 72 countries have already endorsed the principles. To support this effort Canada is helping to strengthen the capacity of the African Union, as well as military and police forces in Somalia and the DRC, to protect children in conflict situations. Canada has pledged $1.25M 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 aims to test approaches to increase the meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peace operations. As of November 2018, a baseline study which describes the barriers faced by uniformed women in UN peace operations has been completed, bilateral technical assistance and training partnerships have been established with Ghana and Zambia, and $7.7M has been provided to the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations and select UN missions to support the creation of receptive environments for women peacekeepers.

• 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, on March 19, 2018, the Government of Canada announced the deployment of an Air Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for a period of 12 months. The Air Task Force became fully operational on August 15, 2018, as part of Canada’s efforts to help set the conditions for durable peace, development, and prosperity in Mali. The Task Force provides urgently needed aeromedical evacuation, transport, and logistics capacity, as well as armed escort and protection.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government 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 support the creation of the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program, which will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). This new program is based on extensive engagement held in 2016 and 2017 with ASETS holders, Indigenous communities and leadership, and other stakeholders to seek feedback on how the ASETS structure and policy could be redesigned and improved. The ISET Program also builds upon previous increased federal investment, whereby approximately 1,700 additional Indigenous Peoples were supported through the ASETS in 2016 compared to 2015. The government also made investments to increase capacity of service providers to meet the growing demand from Indigenous Peoples for skills development and job training and provided an additional $50 million to ASETS in 2017. The government is currently engaging with Indigenous partners on the co-development of the implementation of the ISET Program.

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Strong Middle Class

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

Not being pursued

Result anticipated: 

See below

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Based on research conducted by the Department of Finance, it was determined that this was not the most effective or efficient way of spending public resources to create jobs for young people.

Budgets 2016 and 2017 invested significantly in the Youth Employment Strategy, nearly doubling the Canada Summer Jobs program, which will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work, create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector. In addition, Budget 2016 announced the creation of an Expert Panel on Youth Employment to assess the barriers faced by vulnerable youth in finding and keeping jobs, and to examine innovative practices used by governments, non-governmental organizations and employers to improve job opportunities for vulnerable youth.

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

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Strong Middle Class

Provide more generous and flexible leave for caregivers.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Caregivers of critically ill or injured Canadians receive greater support.

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Effective December 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 August 2018, the Government of Canada made public the recommendations report of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group. In response to Steering Group recommendations, the government proposed through its Fall Economic Statement 2018 to make available up to $755 million over the next 10 years on a cash basis for a repayable Social Finance Fund and to allocate $50 million for Investment and Readiness grants and contributions over two years, 2019–20 and 2020–21.

Budget 2019 introduced additional details on the Social Finance Fund, including a $50 million investment through the Social Finance Fund to be made in the newly proposed Indigenous Growth Fund, and a minimum of $100 million to be allocated towards projects that support greater gender equality. This investment will mean that community organizations can access financing to create jobs and address important issues in their communities. It will also mean that investors of all types will have new opportunities to invest in community organizations solving problems on the front lines.

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Strong Middle Class

Introduce the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government introduced the tax-free, income-tested Canada Child Benefit (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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

More high-quality, affordable child care spaces.

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The Government of Canada is investing in early learning and child care to help Canadian children get the best start in life. Through transfers to provinces and territories, it is supporting the creation of up to 40,000 affordable, high-quality child care spaces for low and modest income families by March 2020. The Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments reached a historic agreement on a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework on June 12, 2017. The government has worked with each province and territory to enter into three-year bilateral agreements that will outline their unique early learning and child care needs to be addressed and the funding allocation for each jurisdiction. Bilateral agreements have now been signed with all jurisdictions.

In addition to bilateral agreements with other levels of government, the government will also dedicate funding towards specific initiatives to support better outcomes for early learning and child care in Canada. Over the next 11 years, this includes:
• $100 million for early learning and child care innovation, which will support new and innovative practices across the country and help to develop more effective services to improve life outcomes for children and their families.
• $95 million to close data gaps in order to better understand what child care looks like in Canada, supporting strong reporting on progress made in implementing the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

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Indigenous peoples

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Increased support for Indigenous communities consistent with needs and population growth rather than a fixed 2% cap; co-developed approaches to reforming funding policies and accountability.

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By 2021-2022, total federal government spending on Indigenous programs will increase from over $11 billion in 2015-2016 to over $15 billion in 2021-2022—an increase of 34% over six years. The Government of Canada has also committed to a new fiscal relationship that is sufficient, sustainable and predictable. The government is advancing a renewed fiscal relationship through two parallel initiatives.

The first is with the Assembly of First Nations which resulted in a co-developed report entitled "A New Approach: Co-development of a New Fiscal Relationship between Canada and First Nation," that was submitted to the National Chief and the Minister of Indigenous Services in December 2017. In response to the report, the Minister committed to work with First Nation partners to move ahead on a number of proposals, including: providing more funding flexibility and predictability to support self-determination with the creation of ten-year-grants for qualified First Nations, with the goal of providing them to 100 First Nations by April 1, 2019; replacing the Default Prevention and Management Policy; and establishing an advisory committee to support ongoing co-development. Indigenous Services Canada offered the 10-year grant to 102 communities, with 82 communities signing on to the grant for April 1, 2019. It is expected that interest in the grant will continue to grow given the Budget 2019 announcement to introduce an annual escalator. and a replacement to the Default Prevention and Management Policy is in process. Work is underway to expand grant eligibility to aggregates, such as Tribal Councils who deliver services to a group of First Nations. To better support First Nations communities, to support strong Indigenous institutions and to advance the new fiscal relationship with First Nations, Budget 2018 provided investments of $188.6 million over five years, starting in 2018–2019. In addition, the AFN-ISC Joint Advisory Committee on Fiscal Relations was created in October 2018 and has met monthly since it was created in October 2018 and is on track to prepare recommendations to the Minister of Indigenous Services and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on key areas of 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 engaged in the Collaborative Self-Government Fiscal Policy Development Process, to develop a new policy framework for the provision of federal financial support to self-government. A co-developed draft policy proposal was completed in December 2017 and was endorsed by the Government of Canada. Through Budget 2018, the government committed $189.2 million in 2018–2019 to begin the implementation of fiscal policy reforms that have been co-developed with self-governing Indigenous Peoples. This funding will support key priorities, including the closing of socio-economic gaps, infrastructure, data collection and governance.

Further, to help ensure 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; and
• an interim approach to land and resource management responsibilities.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Develop a National Disabilities Act.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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Sustainable Infrastructure

Ensure any unspent infrastructure funds are transferred to municipalities.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Ensure infrastructure funding approved by Parliament does not lapse and is invested in municipal infrastructure projects.

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In March 2017, the Government of Canada transferred $30.2 million in potentially lapsing funding from a number of previously established funding programs to municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).

The government has also committed to transfer unused legacy funding to the GTF. For example, any funding under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the 2014 New Building Canada Fund not approved for projects by 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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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.

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 Minister of Transport 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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In October 2017 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) proactively contacted 300,000 Canadians who were potentially eligible for tax benefits but were not receiving them. As a result, a total of 37,934 returns were filed and over $6.98 million in tax refund payments and $32.4 million in credits and benefits were paid to Canadians. The 2018-2019 letter campaign was launched on October 26, 2018 with 205,425 letters sent. Results will be compiled in February 2019 and reported by March 2019.

The CRA has also undertaken other initiatives to ensure that all Canadians are receiving the benefits they are entitled to, including:
• Proactively promoting the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in Indigenous communities. Between April 2018 and February 2019, in-person visits were conducted in 290 Indigenous communities in order to promote the CCB and other benefits; 210 of these communities were visited in partnership with Service Canada.
• Making it easier for Canadians to file their income tax and benefit returns.
• Investing Budget 2018 funding to implement an enhanced outreach program to proactively reach out to those individuals and vulnerable groups who may be eligible to, but 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 the free tax preparation services supported through the CVITP.
• Opened three new Northern Service Centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit on February 11, 2019 to enhance services to individuals and businesses in the territories. 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.

Completed - modified

Result achieved: 

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

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The government has made significant investments 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 their volunteers; provide additional support to organizations to hold free tax clinics year-round; and conduct more outreach activities to vulnerable population segments. For the 2018 tax season, the number of organizations and volunteers increased by 9% and 6.5%, 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
• The program helped Canadians access over $1.7 billion in refunds, credits and benefits.

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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For the 2018 tax filing season, 87.6 per cent of income tax returns were filed online, an increase of nearly 750,000 over the previous tax year.

Since the start of the 2018 tax filing season:
• Auto-fill My Return was used nearly 10 million times,
• Express Notice of Assessment was used over 415,000 times,
• File My Return was used over 47,000 times, and
• ReFILE was used over 123,000 times.
• The secure online portals were logged into over 63 million times in 2017-2018.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has introduced other initiatives to encourage digital filing, such as:

• Corporation Income Tax Return T2 Auto-fill service, which has seen 228,404 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 23,340 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, 53,488 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Correspondence is simplified so that Canadians can better understand information they receive from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), leading to increased client satisfaction and fewer inquiries for routine information.

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The government simplified the correspondence the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sends 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 complies with 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

Result achieved: 

A more transparent political fundraising system is in place that strengthens trust and confidence in Canada's democratic institutions.

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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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101 February 1, 2017
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Strong Middle Class

Update the Canada Labour Code to address unpaid internships.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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

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100 February 1, 2017
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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 of Canada is working with employers, unions, provinces, territories and educational institutions to ensure that Canadians are equipped to adapt to rapidly changing skills requirements and make successful job transitions. There is a particular focus throughout the suite of government investments in training, education and work experiences on addressing the skills needs of those at risk of being left furthest behind, such as Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, newcomers and vulnerable youth.

To ensure Canadian workers have the skills they need to find and keep good quality jobs, the government 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 reaffirmed the government’s commitment to Future Skills. The Future Skills initiative will play a key role in ensuring that the government is able to provide skills development programs that help Canadians prepare for the future of work by exploring major trends shaping the future and testing innovative approaches to prepare Canadians to meet them head-on.

On February 14, 2019, the government announced the membership of the Future Skills Council, and 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. Evidence and results will support changes in skills development services to ensure they are responsive to Canadian needs.

Budget 2019 also proposes to introduce 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 to help pay 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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With the December 2018 passing of the new Pay Equity Act, as well as amendments to related legislation, the government delivered on its commitment to replace the current complaint-based approach to pay equity in the federal jurisdiction with a proactive system. These new authorities represent a dramatic shift in how the right to pay equity is protected in federally regulated workplaces and will come into force on a day to be set by order of the Governor in Council.

In developing a proactive approach to pay equity, the government considered the recommendations of the 2004 Bilson Task Force Report on Pay Equity, the 2016 Report of the House of Commons Special Committee on Pay Equity, lessons from models in Ontario and Quebec, as well as feedback received from employer, employee and advocacy stakeholders during the 2017 Labour Program roundtables on pay equity system design elements.

In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced that it would provide a total of $26.6 million over six years, starting in 2018–19, 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 once it comes into force.

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Strong Middle Class

Restore a fair and balanced approach to organized labour.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

A fair and balanced labour policy.

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In June 2017, Parliament repealed measures enacted by two pieces of legislation 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Canada comprehensively bans asbestos.

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In December 2016, the government announced a set of comprehensive measures to ban asbestos and products containing asbestos by 2018. 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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101 February 1, 2017
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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 of Canada made a commitment to table new, proactive pay equity legislation in federally regulated sectors before the end of 2018, and did so on October 29, 2018. 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 new proactive pay equity regime will contribute to enhancing fairness in the workplace by ensuring men and women in federally regulated sectors receive the same pay for work of equal value. It will also 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 of Canada’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 related to the categories of information reported annually by employers, including salary data.

Other measures underway to reduce the gender wage gap and encourage greater workforce participation among women include investments in early learning and child care, a new Employment Insurance caregiving benefit, the introduction of pay transparency measures for federally regulated employers, a major symposium on women and the workplace, the right to request flexible work arrangements for federally regulated employees and the piloting of a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women and a new Parental Sharing EI Benefit. As part of the Investing in Canada Plan, a new Women in Construction Fund was announced in Budget 2018 to provide $10 million in funding to support women in construction trades.

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

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Canada in the World

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

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

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

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Canada is committed to addressing global security threats, international peace and security concerns and to defending our continent further to contribute towards achieving a more peaceful and prosperous world. Canada’s leadership is exemplified by, among other initiatives, the following:

• 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.

• Under its G7 Presidency in 2018, Canada led the development and implementation of the Toronto Commitments to address risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and to protect democracies from foreign actors seeking to undermine democratic institutions and processes.

• Canada has taken a leadership role to reinforce the collective defence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by serving as a 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.

• Under its G7 Presidency in 2018, Canada 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 programmatic efforts to address threats posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, with a view to ensuring that the Partnership (launched at the G7 Kananaskis Summit in 2002) 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 in order to promote greater coherence and impact.

• Building on the work undertaken during its G7 presidency, Canada actively participates in meetings of the G7 Non-Proliferation Directors Group (NPDG), the G7 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) and the Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG) with the goal of continuously strengthening the linkages between non-proliferation policy and programming. Trilaterally, 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.

• Participation of a Canadian maritime patrol aircraft and HMCS Calgary in a multinational initiative, from September to October 2018, to counter North Korea's maritime sanctions evasion, with a particular focus on ship-to-ship transfers contrary to UNSC resolutions. In parallel, $8.6 million has been committed since April 2018 towards programs designed to counter North Korea's illicit networks and sanctions evasion tactics.

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

• 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 United Nations 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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Collaboration on energy security and infrastructure was included in the February 13, 2017 Joint Statement from the President of the United States and the Prime Minister. Canada continues to support several major cross-border energy infrastructure projects, including: Keystone XL, Line 67, Northern Pass, New England Clean Power Link, and Great Northern Transmission Line. All projects are at different stages of review, investment, or approval. The U.S. State Department has issued presidential permits for the construction of these projects. A North American Energy Ministerial meeting took place in November 2017, and identified further areas for North American collaboration, including the security, resiliency and reliability of shared energy systems; promoting energy trade and economic development; and developing and diversifying energy resources in a responsible manner.

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Environment and Climate Change

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canada-U.S. collaboration leads to a cleaner shared environment and clean energy innovation.

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Canada and the United States issued a joint statement in February 2017 confirming both countries' commitment to collaborate closely in energy innovation, especially in the clean energy sphere; in environmental cooperation, particularly along our border and at the Great Lakes; and to enhance the quality of our air and water. The status of the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership signed in June 2016 with the previous U.S. Administration is uncertain; however, Canada remains committed to implementing its commitments. Currently, Canada's focus has shifted from federal to state level in the U.S. In November 2017, Canada, Mexico and the state-driven U.S. Climate Alliance (a bipartisan coalition of 17 U.S. Governors launched the North American Climate Leadership Dialogue to address clean technology, clean power and carbon pricing initiatives. Canada continues to advance these priorities, in the context of the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by California in September 2018. Progress continues on the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

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101 February 1, 2017
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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 in order to advance issues in the common interest. On November 30, 2018, the government signed the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which includes a new chapter that will establish a committee on competitiveness dedicated to undertaking trilateral cooperative activities to advance North American competitiveness. In addition to trade, North American cooperation continues in key areas such as energy, security, and defence. On February 2, 2018, a North American Foreign Ministers Meeting took place in Mexico City, where the three foreign ministers discussed a range of topics including North American regional competitiveness that touched on the original NAFTA, energy cooperation, and women’s entrepreneurship.

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Canada in the World

Strengthen relationships with key bilateral, regional and multilateral partners.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadian interests and values are promoted through enhanced cooperation with key international partners.

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Canada continues to constructively contribute to multilateral fora to advance its foreign policy priorities, including at the United Nations; the African Union; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the Commonwealth; the 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 Organisation. 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 and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Maghreb through high-level engagements, including 320 visits by the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development, as well as the Governor General, who undertook a state visit to three West African countries. Canada and France signed the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence, which calls for the creation of an international study group on artificial intelligence made up of experts from government, industry, and civil society, and which will be mandated to become the global reference on issues related to artificial intelligence.

At the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Québec, leaders resolved to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all. Leaders agreed to a joint communiqué which included the seven Charlevoix Commitments. Canada, along with France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, further endorsed 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 Foreign and Security Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation and share information, including on defending democracy and on managing risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers. Canada has expanded its networks and relationships with international coalitions and forums such as the Freedom Online Coalition; the Internet Governance Forum; the Inter Parliamentary Union, Women Political Leaders Global Forum, and the Community of Democracies. Canada and the EU also co-chaired a meeting of women foreign ministers in Montreal Canada on September 21-22, 2018, which provided an opportunity to harness the perspectives of women foreign ministers in addressing the challenges facing global relations today, particularly with respect to advancing gender equality. Canada is working with France, who holds the G7 Presidency in 2019, to ensure continuity between presidencies.

Following the Kerch Strait incident, the Minister of Foreign Affairs took a leadership role in the defence of Ukraine, notably within international fora (the OSCE and NATO), thus strengthening relationships with key partners (Ukraine, Baltic States, EU).

On November 6, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted the 2nd annual meeting of 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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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 sought to take a leadership role in multilateral institutions by reaffirming its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and leading NATO's multinational battlegroup in Latvia.

In 2018, Canada held the G7 presidency and hosted G7 partners in Canada for a series of ministerial meetings throughout the year, in addition to the Leaders' Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 8-9, 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 currently 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, among other initiatives:
● 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 that aims to test approaches 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 has also introduced new planning and policy development arrangements to ensure that analysis of military deployments include foreign policy considerations and reflect broader government objectives. Approximately 1,800 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are currently deployed on 18 missions supporting Canada's international priorities.

Canada currently leads NATO's multinational Latvia battlegroup, strengthening transatlantic security and reaffirming Canada's commitment to the Transatlantic Alliance. In August 2018, Canada has also 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 its plan to invest up to $105.6 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to renew Operation UNIFIER. This includes $99.6 million over three years in incremental funding for Canada’s military contribution, and up to $6 million 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 passed third reading in the House of Commons on September 19, 2018. Debate on concurrence with the House amendments to the Bill took place in the Senate on October 18, 2018, November 22, 2018, February 20, 2019, and March 18, 2019, but has not yet concluded. The Bill aims to protect 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.

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Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Industrially produced trans fats are eliminated from food products; the food and restaurant industries systematically reduce sodium levels in the food supply; and consumers are better able to identify foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat, resulting in improved public health.

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The government launched the Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016. As part of this Strategy, a ban on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrial trans-fat, was published in September 2017 and took effect in September 2018. In addition, following the publication in January 2018 of a report evaluating industry's efforts to reduce sodium levels in foods, Health Canada published a report in July 2018 showing that most Canadians, particularly children, teens and males, are still consuming too much sodium.

On February 10, 2018, Health Canada pre-published proposed regulations that would require a symbol on the front of packaged foods that are high in sodium, sugars, and/or saturated fat in Canada Gazette, Part I. This initiative would support sodium reduction by providing consumers with quick and easy guidance to identify foods high in sodium and encouraging manufacturers to lower the sodium content of their foods. In addition, Health Canada completed an online consumer questionnaire and consumer research to help inform the design of the final symbol. The government will continue to work with stakeholders to identify additional ways to further reduce sodium in foods.

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Healthy Canadians

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Canadians have the information, tools and resources to make healthy food choices, improving health outcomes.

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The government launched the Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016, with the goal of making "the healthy choice the easy choice." As part of this Strategy, regulatory amendments were published in December 2016 updating the requirements for nutrition information on food labels, making them easier to understand. This includes making serving sizes more consistent, new information on how to use the Percentage Daily Value, and more information on sugars and food colors in the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Implement Canada's new immigration levels plans.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

310,000 permanent residents are admitted to Canada in 2018, contributing to economic growth, family reunification and the government's humanitarian commitments. Canada enjoys increased economic competitiveness through the attraction of global talent.

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Preliminary admissions data indicate that in 2018 Canada welcomed 321,121 permanent residents, exceeding the target of 310,000 while remaining within the approved range. This increase in immigration contributed to economic growth as well as family reunification and the government’s humanitarian commitments. The 2019-2021 multi-year immigration levels plan maintains the three-year timeframe introduced in fall 2017, validates the 2019 target of 330,800, and sets admissions targets of 341,000 and 350,000 in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The plan will increase the number of permanent residents selected in economic programs, while maintaining a commitment to family reunification and resettlement of refugees. The government is reducing application backlogs, improving the speed at which applications are processed, and putting a greater focus on the attraction of highly skilled global talent. The government will report publicly on 2019 admissions in early 2020.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government is helping immigrants better prepare for a new life in Canada.

Several enhancements include a finalized shared national vision with provinces and stakeholders; co-planning with the provinces and territories to better support client needs; and the completion and signing of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Memorandums of Understanding to strengthen collaboration.

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

The recently launched National Calls for Proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs and the 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, geared toward the best possible outcomes for clients, while effectively and efficiently leveraging resources. The CFP incorporates the principles behind the shared national vision, as well as a greater emphasis on programming that provides demonstrated results, such as combining workplace experience with language training.

In conjunction with several key enhancements to the Settlement Program such as 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 is ensuring high quality settlement services for newcomers to Canada.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Continue to welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

The government continues to welcome refugees from countries around the world and offer persons fleeing conflict and/or persecution a safe haven.

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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 initiated a review of Canada's visa policy framework to ensure it uses a robust, evidence-based approach when making visa decisions. The government is also reviewing policies for managing foreign nationals transiting through Canadian airports to increase Canada's air connections with the rest of the world while prioritizing the security of Canadians.

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Indigenous peoples

Make changes to the Oath of Canadian Citizenship to reflect the Truth and Reconciliation'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 of Canada has been working with national Indigenous organizations to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations to incorporate recognition of treaties with Indigenous peoples into the Oath of Canadian Citizenship, the citizenship study guide and knowledge test to reflect a more inclusive history of Indigenous peoples, and their rights. The government will bring forward legislation to modify the Oath. Changes to the citizenship guide will be reflected in a revised citizenship knowledge test.

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9999 February 1, 2017
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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, as well as on gender equality and women's economic empowerment, trade and Indigenous peoples, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the right to regulate in public interest. Canada's inclusive approach to trade seeks to ensure that the benefits of trade and investment are more widely shared. This approach also seeks to ensure 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 liberalization. The modernized Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) includes a Trade and Gender Chapter, a first for Canada and any G20 country, as does the recently modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), demonstrating Canada’s continued commitment to furthering gender equality and women’s participation in international trade. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) includes provisions on protecting the environment, health and safety, and employment standards. The CETA joint committee recently issued three joint recommendations on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, Trade and Gender, and SMEs. 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. Furthermore, in parallel to the signing of the CPTPP, Canada, Chile and New Zealand issued a Joint Declaration confirming their commitment to work together to ensure that international trade policy is more inclusive and that the benefits of international trade are more widely shared.

The government will continue to develop and advance inclusive approaches to trade through bilateral and multilateral engagement and play a leadership role in international fora. Canada's implementation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98 which entered into force on in June 14 2018 and which affirms the fundamental right to collectively bargaining is one example of this approach. Canada has now ratified all eight of the ILO Core conventions. Also, in December, 2017, Canada played a leadership role in advancing the WTO Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade, endorsed by over 120 WTO members and observers. Declarations on Progressive and Inclusive Trade and Investment were also signed in the context of the Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with Kosovo in March 2018 and Moldova in June 2018.
In support of Canada's commitment to the rules-based order, in October 2018, Canada convened a meeting of 12 WTO member countries at the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform (now known as the "Ottawa Group"), with the view to identifying possible concrete actions to enhance and improve the WTO over the short, medium and long term. The Ottawa Group met again on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos (January 2019), where a key outcome was the launch of an open-ended process open to all WTO Members to improve the ways that WTO committees function, as a tangible way to make a difference in improving the operation and transparency of the WTO.

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Exports and Investment

Promote trade and investment with established markets such as Japan.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Increased two-way trade and investment with Japan, supporting well-paying, middle-class jobs.

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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 is encouraging global investment and promoting Canada through the creation of the Invest in Canada Agency; the expansion of the Trade Commissioner Service, to increase Canadian presence in strategic markets abroad; and the acceleration of changes to the Investment Canada Act. The changes to the Act will lead to greater transparency of the guidelines used for national security reviews, and increase the threshold for review under the Act to transactions of $1 billion or greater as of 2017. The government is also developing a comprehensive Progressive Trade Strategy which will bring forward additional measures to enhance business opportunities for Canadian businesses consistent with innovation, investment and job growth goals. Recent global surveys continue to rank Canada as a top place to do business. For example, the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Canada first in the G20 for doing business over 2017-2021; KPMG has ranked Canada as the most tax competitive country in the G7 with the lowest overall business costs; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canada leads the G20 in research and development (R&D) spending in higher education as share of GDP with the best tax incentives in the G7 and the most educated talent pool among member nations. Canada moved up three places to second in the 2018 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index to its highest ranking in the history of the Index. Thomson Reuters' investment in a new technology hub, General Motors' new automotive software development centre in Markham Ontario focused on autonomous vehicle and connected vehicle technology, NOVA Chemicals (Mubadala) expansion of a new world-scale polyethylene plant in Sarnia, ON, Erwin Hymer’s new manufacturing facility in Cambridge, ON, Tech Mahindra's new centre of excellence in Toronto, ON, and Amazon’s 3,000 job expansion in Vancouver, Coca-Cola's new dairy production facility in Peterborough, ON, and Groupe Bel's new cheese factory in Sorel-Tracy, QC, Samsung and IBM's new AI centres in Montréal, and LG's new AI centre in Toronto are just a few examples of successes to date.

Overall, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) facilitated 101 investment projects to Canada with an estimated value of $2.25 billion and 2,979 jobs created between April 2016 and March 2017. In addition, the TCS facilitated 159 investor visits to Canada to pursue specific investment projects. Between April 2018 and February 2019, TCS reported 77 wins representing a minimum of $41.5 billion and over 7,730 new jobs and facilitated 127 site selection visits. LNG Canada, announced in October 2018, accounts for approximately 96% ($40 billion) of the dollar value, representing largest ever single foreign direct investment in Canada.

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Exports and Investment

Ensure alignment between Canada's export and innovation strategies.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

More Canadian businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, export their products and services.

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The government launched a new Innovation and Skills Plan to: retrain Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow; drive investments in six high-growth sectors of the Canadian economy; and to make it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need. The government will ensure that the upcoming Export Diversification Strategy and the Innovation and Skills Plan will be aligned to: focus on free trade agreement promotion, support exporters and grow global firms by Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs, strengthen investment attraction, and support a progressive trade policy agenda.

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Exports and Investment

Implement and expand Canada's Free Trade Agreements globally.

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), with the latest round having taken place in October 2018. In addition, 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 free trade agreement. Canada and Israel signed the modernized CIFTA Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) agreement on May 28, 2018 and the bill to implement the modernized CIFTA was introduced in Parliament on October 23, 2018. The amended Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), including a chapter on trade and gender, entered into force on February 5, 2019. Canada and Mercosur launched FTA negotiations on March 9, 2018. The fourth round was held December 3-12, in Brasilia.

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Strong Middle Class

Improve Canadian competitiveness, create jobs and generate economic growth.

Actions taken, progress made toward ongoing goal

Result anticipated: 

Trade and investment boosts Canadian economic growth.

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Canadian goods and services exports reached $176.6 billion in Q4 2018, up 5.1% compared to Q4 2017. The unemployment rate was 5.8% 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% (annualized) over the previous quarter.

The government launched a new Innovation and Skills Plan, an ambitious agenda to make Canada a centre of innovation, create well-paying, middle class jobs, and help more Canadians adapt to the changing economy. This plan will expand opportunities for skills training, drive investments in six high-growth sectors of the Canadian economy, and make it easier for businesses and innovators to access the support they need. Budget 2018 provides funding for programs such as the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program and the Business Women in Trade; creates the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise; and allocates resources to develop bilateral relations with China and promote trade between Canada, China and Asia. With the $50 million of investment over five years announced in June 2018, the government will help Canadian companies to be more competitive by diversifying their markets, and working in partnership with business associations. This will include new "export readiness" grants through programs such as CanExport and Global Opportunities for Associations among others.

The government continues to take concrete steps to improve Canadian competitiveness and generate long-term economic growth. In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced $17 million in new funding over the next five years to expand the successful Canadian Technology Accelerator in global technology hubs, such as Delhi, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. This funding will provide Canadian technology firms with support, connections, and guidance in-market.

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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 of 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 over four years. 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 (AWACS) program, committing between $17 and $20 million per year and up to 25 personnel.

Canada also 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 contribute to providing a Government of Canada 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 the year 2022.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Review collection of gender statistics to evaluate programs and policies.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

More data available from Statistics Canada, disaggregated by gender, allowing more informed decision-making.

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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 guide 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 proposes to provide $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019–20 to the Treasury Board Secretariat to work with departments receiving Budget 2019 funding to ensure robust administrative data collection and reporting practices with respect to gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) information for all initiatives. The Secretariat will draw on the expertise of Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality in developing standardized frameworks and tools for GBA+ disaggregated data collection and reporting. 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

All government consultations include gender-based questions and content.

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The government is developing guidelines for departments to ensure all consultations incorporate gender-based questions. Collecting diverse perspectives through these consultations will allow for the assessment of how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary individuals may experience policies, programs and initiatives.

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Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Host a national Gender-Based Analysis roundtable in 2018.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Strengthened awareness of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), its potential use by governments, and opportunities for improvement.

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The GBA+ Forum took place in November 2018 in Ottawa. The forum facilitated a national dialogue among 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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The government continues to improve the quality and scope of GBA+ in federal budgets. This has included consultation with experts and key stakeholders during the pre-budget consultations process and meetings with experts and leaders globally. In December 2018, the government passed the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act, legislation which helps ensure that the federal government’s budgetary and financial management decisions are informed by and take into consideration gender equality and diversity, including ensuring 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+ by measure 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

All major government reports include Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) considerations, improving their policy recommendations.

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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 greater equality, all measures and investments in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement were informed by GBA+ and the government's GRF. Budget 2019 moves even further, reflecting concerted efforts to incorporate GBA+ in the policy development process and provide a comprehensive summary of GBA+ by measure in a comprehensive Gender Report.

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 proposes to provide $1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2019–20 to the Treasury Board Secretariat to work with departments receiving Budget 2019 funding to ensure robust administrative data collection and reporting practices with respect to gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) information for all initiatives. The Secretariat will draw on the expertise of Statistics Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality in developing standardized frameworks and tools for GBA+ disaggregated data collection and reporting. 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Government communications that reflect the 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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Modernized cost analysis for all government programs and legislation.

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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 experimenting with new approaches, measuring impact and delivering better results to Canadians. In December 2016, federal Deputy Ministers were given guidance on experimentation and the use of new and innovative approaches, including user-centered design and outcomes-based funding. In April 2017, the government provided federal departments with new structures that allow departments to distribute grants and contributions more flexibly under the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments.

More recently, the Impact Canada Initiative was launched to use outcomes-based funding experiments, innovative financing approaches and new partnership models to achieve better results for Canadians. The Clerk of the Privy Council also recently endorsed the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Declaration on Public Sector innovation, which calls for more experimentation within programs. The government launched a new procurement initiative, Innovative Solutions Canada, to match businesses offering early stage prototypes with departments in need of new products or services.

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Fair and Open Government

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Modernized costing informs all proposed legislation and programs.

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The government issued new best practices for calculating program costs and commissioned a study to identify gaps in the existing costing approach, which will help inform future decisions. The government is also undertaking a pilot project to better estimate future costing requirements for major procurement projects. This pilot project played a critical role in the development of the new defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. These measures will help make sure solid costing information informs decision-making.

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Environment and Climate Change

Restore annual federal funding for freshwater research and make new investments in Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Restored annual federal funding for freshwater research and monitoring activities to keep Canada's water safe.

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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.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In June 2017, the government launched It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, which takes a whole-of-government approach to 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.

On December 10, 2018 , the Gender Based Violence Knowledge Centre Online platform was launched to align 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.

To date, Canada has invested over $200 million in new programs to implement, test and potentially scale up promising approaches to prevent GBV. This includes child maltreatment, teen dating violence, bullying and cyberbullying. The investment is serving to test promising practices to address gaps in support for diverse and underserved groups of survivors in Canada; to enhance capacity to combat online child sexual exploitation; to increase access to sexual assault services for military personnel and their families; to develop and deliver cultural competency training for federal law enforcement officers; to enhance the settlement program; to equip allied health professionals to provide appropriate care to victims; and to 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 new 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 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.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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Small business owners work hard to provide Canadians with quality goods and services while also creating job opportunities that strengthen communities across the country and grow the middle class.

The government is focused on helping small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export and grow. The government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, introduced in Budget 2017, introduced a suite of initiatives to help Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs grow their companies.

• The Strategic Innovation Fund (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 of Canada is continuing to make investments 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 to increase late-stage venture capital funding for Canadian firms looking to grow, expand and compete globally. The first stream of funding to five funds-of-funds recipients was announced on June 26, 2018. The second stream recipients were announced on November 5, 2018. The call for proposals for the third stream was launched Jan 28, 2019.

• The Innovation Canada digital platform was launched in January 2018 and provides simplified and customized access to the business innovation support programs that are most appropriate for companies depending on their sector, stage of growth and innovation support needs.

These new initiatives complement existing programs such as the Industrial Research Assistance Program and the CanExport Program.

The 2018 Fall Economic Statement proposed $1.1 billion in investments over the next six years through an Export Diversification Strategy, to ensure programs support SMEs to export and take advantage of new market opportunities opened up through free trade agreements. The Strategy will focus on investing in infrastructure, providing businesses with resources to execute their export plans and enhancing trade services. $10 million over 3 years (starting in 2019-20) under ISED will support SMEs' awareness raising of export supports available to them and export capacity building.

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Strong Middle Class

Support regional economic growth strategies.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Inclusive growth and economic diversification in all regions through improved programs and strategies.

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The Atlantic Growth Strategy was launched in 2016 and has set an ambitious vision to grow Atlantic Canada's economy. The strategy targets joint areas of priority including: innovation, trade & investment, skills/immigration, clean growth and infrastructure. The Atlantic Growth Strategy Year 2 Report was released in July 2018. Both levels of government reaffirmed their strong commitment to work together to build on the initiatives that are already producing real results for Atlantic Canadians. The Committee also agreed on the importance of pursuing new, targeted actions to stimulate the region’s economy.

In Budget 2018, the government identified regional development agencies as one of four key platforms which will help to grow Canadian businesses and advance the Innovation and Skills Plan across all regions of Canada (with the other three key platforms being: the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund, and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service).

Starting in 2018–19, the government is providing more than $500 million over five years to regional development agencies to foster economic growth, including regionally tailored funding for women entrepreneurs as part of the new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

The government is also extending core funding of the regional development agencies that is currently time-limited:
• $20 million per year, starting in 2018–19 and ongoing, to the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency;
• $920 million over six years, starting in 2018–19, to renew the funding for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

On April 9 2018, the government unveiled a regional economic development strategy for Northern Ontario that is centered on supporting innovation, growing companies, building stronger communities and ensuring communities have the necessary skills for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Public engagement towards a growth strategy for Western Canada was completed in November 2018. A What We Heard report and the growth strategy will be released in 2019. On November 9 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. On March 29, 2019, the government concluded its consultations with territorial and Indigenous governments, industry, Indigenous communities and organizations, and academia towards the development of a Pan-Territorial Growth Strategy. On February 27, 2019, the government announced it would be holding consultations with business, industry, academia, Indigenous communities and organizations to maximize the impact of new investments and best support the needs of the Southern Ontario region. Roundtables, in urban and rural communities, are underway. Stakeholders are also invited to provide online feedback up until April 30, 2019.

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Safety and Security

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

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

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The government continues to review the criminal justice system, including sentencing reforms, to ensure that it keeps Canadians safe, while also addressing the overrepresentation of vulnerable groups in prisons, including Indigenous people and those with mental illness. Using various platforms, such as in-person meetings and online discussion fora, Canadians had an opportunity to share their views on what can be done to improve the Criminal Justice System. The online public consultation closed on January 31, 2018. A report on the findings of the online consultation will be released in the spring 2019. This follows a program of broad engagement with justice system partners, stakeholders from diverse perspectives and various sectors, for which the report was released on March 22, 2018. Complimentary work was also done in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) to explore how the criminal justice system could work in a more integrated manner with other social systems such as housing, education, and mental health. Four roundtables were held with stakeholders, and 18 articles were published in the digital magazine, Policy Options. A full report on the findings of this engagement was recently published. A final report of the findings and next steps of the criminal justice system review will be available in 2019.
The government has introduced bills that demonstrate respect for the courts and the Charter. On December 13, 2018, government legislation aimed at modernizing the Criminal Code by removing outdated provisions as well as clarifying and strengthening sexual assault laws received Royal Assent. Additionally, in March 2018, the government tabled legislation to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system and address court delays in six key areas: (1) modernize and streamline the bail regime; (2) enhance the approach to administration of justice offences, including for youth; (3) restrict the availability of preliminary inquiries to offences carrying life imprisonment; (4) reclassify some offences to provide greater flexibility and court efficiencies; (5) improve the jury composition and selection process; and, (6) strengthen case management measures and processes for making rules of court. Further, a number of these reforms will assist in reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people and vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system, including those with addictions and mental illness. These proposed reforms are currently before the Senate.

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

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60 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Elimination of the Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers so those in need of assistance can meet their family caregiving responsibilities.

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In December 2017, the government eliminated the Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee for some families seeking to hire foreign caregivers. 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. This change targets support to those most in need of assistance to meet their family caregiving responsibilities.

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101 February 1, 2017
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Promote good quality jobs by developing the Global Skills Strategy.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Shorter processing times and a dedicated service channel for employers seeking to attract highly skilled, in-demand global talent, leading to more investment and job creation in Canada.

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The government launched the Global Talent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in June 2017, for a period of two years. One of the pillars of the government’s Global Skills Strategy, this stream helps eligible innovative companies attract highly-skilled global talent so that they can scale-up, grow, and remain globally competitive while creating good, middle-class jobs in Canada. High-growth Canadian companies and global businesses making large investments in Canada can apply. Companies that apply have to demonstrate that the talent they wish to bring to Canada will provide labour-market benefits for Canadians and that the positions they wish to fill are in high demand. They have access to an expedited review process lasting no more than a combined 20 business days from end to end, including reviews conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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Government Services and Operations

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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In 2016-17, the Government of Canada finalized the Service Strategy. This Strategy includes a commitment to create a single online window for all government services as well as targeted investments to modernize online services for Canadians, including: simplified online tax filing options; expanding the online management of border taxes and duties; new online tools to manage student loans; new online services available to veterans through their MY VAC Account; and 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, simpler and easier for Canadians to access benefits and services online.

Since 2017-18, the government has been working towards an “omni-channel” approach to service delivery, going beyond a single window to offer GC services to Canadians anywhere, anytime and on any device. To date, significant progress has been made on the foundational elements of this approach, which are highlighted in the 2018-2022 Digital Operations Strategic Plan. For example, with the support of provincial, territorial, municipal and private sectors partners, a pilot where a digital identity from another jurisdiction will be used to verify identity and grant access to federal services is being launched and could serve as a model for citizen services moving forward. Additionally, in order to make it easy for government departments to share their data with each other and the outside world in a modern, secure, and unified way, the federal 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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As a result of Budget 2016 investments ($73 million), the EI Call Centre network significantly increased its capacity and improved its service accessibility. Building on these investments, Budget 2018 provided an additional $127.7 million over three years to further improve accessibility and ensure Canadians receive timely and accurate information and assistance with Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

In May 2016, the government launched the EI Service Quality Review (SQR). The SQR sought input from stakeholders and Canadians on ways Service Canada could improve the quality of EI services on the phone, online and in person. The final report provided ten recommendations on how to make EI service delivery more responsive to the needs of Canadians. Service Canada used this input to review EI service standards, which was completed in March 2018.

In 2017-18, the government consulted with Canadians as part of reviews of the EI, Old Age Security (OAS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) service standards. The reviews found that current service standards meet Canadian’s expectations, but that information should be easier to find and read. These findings are informing future work on 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 taken action in a number of areas to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, guided in part by the 2016 recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons' with Disabilities, including 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.

Budget 2017 confirmed permanent funding for the risk-based, TFW Program employer compliance inspection regime, an increase in on-site inspections in sectors with high volumes of vulnerable workers and to support 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 2018–19, and $33.19 million per year ongoing, to ensure the rights of temporary foreign workers in Canada are protected and enforced as part of the Program’s robust employer compliance regime. The funding will support unannounced inspections under the TFW Program, the continued implementation of the International Mobility Program compliance regime, and the ongoing collection of labour market information related to open work permits.

Budget 2018 also committed $3.4 million over two years, beginning in 2018–19, to establish a Migrant Worker Support Network (MWSN) on a pilot basis for temporary foreign workers dealing with potential mistreatment or abuse. The MWSN pilot was launched in British Columbia in October 2018. The Network supports migrant workers in understanding and exercising their rights. It also supports employers in understanding and meeting TFW Program conditions and requirements.

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.

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.

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29 February 1, 2017
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Fair and Open Government

Make meetings of the Board of Internal Economy open by default.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Greater openness, transparency, and accountability in the administration of Parliament.

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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, in this Parliament, the Board has held 13 open meetings.

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
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Strong Middle Class

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

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

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

The government also increased thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan so that no graduate will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they earn at least $25,000 per year. The number of borrowers using RAP has increased from 276,000 to over 305,000 borrowers, or approximately 11 per cent more.

Budget 2017 introduced additional measures under the Skills Boost initiative for 2018-19. Increased eligibility thresholds for CSGs for students with dependent children are helping an additional 13,000 students. Increased eligibility thresholds for part-time students are helping an additional 10,000 students. A three-year pilot project targeted to adult learners is providing an estimated 43,000 students an additional $1,600 in grant support as well as the flexibility to base CSG eligibility on current year’s income. Skills Boost is also providing greater flexibility for Canadians on Employment Insurance (EI) to 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

Result achieved: 

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.

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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 benefit from a secure and dignified retirement.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

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 of Canada implemented the increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and engaged with provinces and territories (PT) to ensure that low-income seniors who receive PT income supplements fully benefit from the increase. The government will continue to seek new opportunities to work together to support Canada's most vulnerable seniors.

The next FPT Seniors Forum meeting is scheduled for May 21 to 22, 2019. During this meeting, Ministers will receive for their approval three deliverables identified in the Forum’s three-year work plan. These will include: 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

Result achieved: 

Reduced housing need for seniors through rental support to reduce the cost of housing and enable seniors to age in place, and increased supply of affordable housing units specifically targeted towards seniors.

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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, has a target to build an additional 7,000 new affordable housing units for seniors.

The National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. NHS targets over the next 10 years, include reducing chronic homelessness by 50%; 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

Result achieved: 

Affordable housing remains accessible to Canadians who need it during the transition through the expiry of current operating agreements.

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Community housing has been the backbone of Canada’s response to housing challenges for more than 60 years and provides an affordable place to live for thousands of Canadians. Federal investments have supported the creation of community housing for low- and modest-income families and individuals. As long-term social housing operating agreements expire, the government will renew its investments to protect low-income households and stabilize the operations of housing providers. The government is deeply committed to ensuring that Canada’s existing community housing stock remains affordable and in good repair well into the future. About 20 per cent of this stock is federally-administered and 80 per cent is administered by the provinces and territories.

Budget 2016 announced $30 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, 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 as part of the new Federal Community Housing Initiative – Phase 1. As of December 31, 2018, affordability support for 15,000 community housing units, which would have otherwise expired, has been maintained.

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. Phase 2 will establish a new rental assistance program to protect affordability for low-income tenants in federal community housing, starting in April 2020.

As part of the National Housing Strategy, the government will also support provinces and territories as they protect and build a sustainable community-based housing sector through the new Canada Community Housing Initiative with $4.3 billion in federal funding. 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 that was endorsed in April 2018 (except by Quebec).

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Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Invest in Housing First to reduce homelessness.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Chronic homelessness is reduced by 50% by 2027-28 compared to 2016 levels.

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On November 22, 2017 the government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. This Strategy is part of a long-term vision to strengthen the middle class and provide affordable housing to Canadians, and lift more Canadians out of poverty. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness, and to reduce chronic homelessness by half.

As part of the National Housing Strategy, the government announced a total investment of $2.2 billion for homelessness over 10 years, building on Budget 2016 incremental funding of $111.8 million over two years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018) for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. By 2021-22, this will nearly double the investments made in 2015-16. These increased investment levels are expected to reduce the number of Canadians who are chronically homeless by as much as 50% compared to 2016 levels.

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

On April 1, 2019, the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development announced the launch of Reaching Home, a redesigned federal homelessness program, 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

Result anticipated: 

See below.

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All Canadians should have a safe and affordable place to call home. The government concluded, based on research and evidence, that there were more effective ways of encouraging the construction of affordable rental housing.

Budget 2016 introduced a targeted approach to stimulate the construction of affordable rental housing by providing funding to establish the Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund and Rental Construction Financing Initiative. Budget 2017 announced the investment of more than $11.2 billion over 11 years in various initiatives that will help build, renew and repair Canada’s affordable housing and make sure Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. The National Housing Strategy, launched on November 22, 2017, includes additional measures to stimulate the construction of affordable rental housing. The Rental Construction Financing Initiative offers $2.5 billion in low-cost loans to support the construction of new rental housing. Budget 2018 proposed expanding this initiative with an additional $1.25B in low-cost loan over the next three years.

Through the National Housing Strategy, the federal government is re-engaging in affordable housing by investing in the growth of livable communities and the resilience of the community housing sector. To ensure existing rental housing is not lost to disrepair and to develop new, high-performing affordable housing integrated with supports and services, the federal government is creating a $15.9-billion federally managed National Housing Co-Investment Fund. The National Housing Co-Investment Fund alone is expected to create up to 60,000 new units of housing and repair up to 240,000 units of existing affordable and community housing. The Fund will consist of nearly $4.7 billion in financial contributions and $11.2 billion in low interest loans. The government’s recently announced Rental Construction Financing Initiative will be integrated into the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, as will the government’s recently created Affordable Rental Innovation Fund. Applications for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund will be accepted starting April 2018.

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Strong Middle Class

Modernize the Home Buyers' Plan.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Canadians impacted by a sudden and significant life change are better able to manage the costs of finding a home or relocating.

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To provide first-time home buyers with greater access to their RRSPs to purchase or build a home, Budget 2019 proposes to increase the 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 apply to 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 also proposes to extend access to the HBP in order 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

Result achieved: 

Increased available land to build new affordable housing and increased housing supply where it is needed.

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As part of the National Housing Strategy, the government launched the new Federal Lands Initiative to make 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.

As of February 28, 2019, the Federal Lands Initiative has made available six properties to create affordable housing units.

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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 unlock new solutions for 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 Housing Supply 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. Infrastructure Canada and CMHC will collaborate on the design of the challenge.

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 that could build on recent investments and initiatives 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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Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Bring forward a proposal to prevent mortgage fraud.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Mortgage fraud is reduced.

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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

Result achieved: 

Better data and understanding of the housing market to inform policy decisions so that the government can help Canadians secure good housing.

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Through investments in Budget 2017 for data collection and analytics, the government is improving housing data to track progress on the National Housing Strategy and to support informed and evidence based policy decisions. Investments have led to the creation of the Canadian Housing Statistics Program (a national property-level data base), the introduction of the Canadian Housing Survey, the Social and Affordable Housing Rental Structure Survey, as well as important changes to the Canadian Income Survey. Additional joint initiatives between Statistics Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), made possible by these investments, contribute to improved analysis of housing markets and conditions. These efforts are providing more accurate and complete data on housing markets for all Canadians.

Budget 2019 announces 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. These measures capitalize on strengthened data on housing need and housing market conditions, as well as evidence that increasing the supply of housing is the most effective way to address affordability in the long run.

Through Budget 2019, 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

Result achieved: 

A fairer tax system where the richest pay their share.

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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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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Fair and Open Government

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

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Barriers are reduced to electoral participation for all Canadians and there is greater integrity in the electoral process.

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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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Launched in Budget 2017, the horizontal review on innovation and clean technology is now complete, with results announced in Budget 2018.

Launched in Budget 2017, the horizontal review on fixed assets, which is being conducted in phases, is expected to be completed in 2019-20.

Budget 2019 announced the results of the following reviews undertaken during the mandate, specifically the review of 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; Skills Review

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101 Original mandate letters - 2015
Completed - fully met

Strong Middle Class

Provide more flexible parental leave.

Completed - fully met

Result achieved: 

Parents who want to spend more time at home with their children have the option of doing so with protected Employment Insurance parental benefits.

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With Budget 2017, the Government of Canada created more flexible maternity and parental leave benefits. The changes allow parents to spread their parental benefit over a longer period of time (18 months), and give mothers the option to begin receiving Employment Insurance maternity benefits up to 12 weeks before their due date – up from eight weeks. The changes took effect December 3rd and give parents more support to spend time with their kids.

Further, to support greater gender equality in the home and in the workplace, Budget 2018 proposed to introduce a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit to provide additional weeks of “use it or lose it” EI parental benefits, when both parents agree to share parental leave. The changes came into force on March 17, 2019.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

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

Diverse and Inclusive Canada

Ensure the successful integration of refugees into Canadian society.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Improved social and economic outcomes for refugees.

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The government is currently reviewing how to deliver settlement and resettlement services in a better, more collaborative way, as well as test innovative approaches, to improve the participation of newcomers in social, cultural, civic, and economic life in Canada.

Resettled refugees are provided immediate and essential services through the Government of Canada’s Resettlement Assistance Program and the Settlement Program, to support their resettlement and integration.

Evidence and information gathered on the use of settlement and resettlement services by refugee groups will support the development of priorities for resettlement initiatives and ensure the needs of vulnerable newcomers are being met through interim programming as needed.

The National Call for Proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs, which opened on February 18, 2019, will also ensure that investments target the specific needs of refugees and newcomers to ensure they integrate successfully and participate in society.

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101 February 1, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

Ensure safety and non-discrimination in blood donation policies.

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

An evidence-based, safe and non-discriminatory approach to ensuring an adequate blood supply.

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A safe and effective blood system is a cornerstone of health care delivery. Health Canada is working towards reducing barriers to blood and plasma donation for men who have sex with men (MSM) by funding research that will help inform relevant policy changes. In June 2016, Health Canada approved a request from Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to reduce the blood donation ineligibility period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year. This change was based on scientific evidence brought forward by the blood operators and brought Canada in line with other global regulators, such as the United States, France, Australia and the Netherlands. At the same time, the Government of Canada provided $3 million to Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to conduct behavioural research and organize an international seminar.

In 2017, the first round of competitions resulted in funding for eleven research projects. The second and final competition resulted in four new research projects which were announced in fall 2018. Results of these research projects are expected to be available between summer 2019 and winter 2020 which will inform further changes that could be undertaken to implement an evidence-based, safe and non-discriminatory approach to donations from men who have sex with men.

In December 2018, Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec filed authorization amendment submissions to Health Canada to change their blood donation deferral policies for MSM from 12 months to 3 months. The review is expected to be completed and a decision returned to the blood operators in April 2019.

To continue to support a safe and non-discriminatory approach to blood donation, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $2.4 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, for additional 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. New funding would inform feasibility assessments and pilot testing of new approaches for donation in consultation with key stakeholders, including the LGBTQ2+ community and patients who depend on plasma.

Mandate letters that include this commitment:

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, the government has worked collaboratively with provinces and territories to improve the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant system in Canada. This includes better collaboration, public education and use of best practices to increase donations and ultimately an increase in the supply of organs and tissue so that Canadians are able to access them when needed. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, a total of 2,835 lifesaving transplants were performed in Canada (including Quebec) in 2016, a 32 per cent increase since 2007. Over the last 10 years, the rate of deceased donation has increased 42 per cent but the rate of living donation has decreased 11%. There were 4,500 patients on organ waitlists at the end of 2016, and 260 patients died in 2016 while waiting for a transplant. Health Canada is facilitating a process with Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the provincial/territorial members of the PT Blood Liaison Committee (PTBLC), led by Saskatchewan, to identify and explore how to make greater progress on governance and oversight, integration, coordination and system performance. Consultations have concluded and the summary findings were shared at a stakeholder meeting in November 2018 at which time priority actions were identified. Eight multi-stakeholder working groups are now developing action plans and will reconvene in February 2019.

To help Canada move to a more coordinated and effective approach to organ donation and transplantation, Budget 2019 proposes to provide Health Canada with $36.5 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, 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 help to improve consistency and quality in data, allowing more donors and recipients to be effectively matched in order to ensure Canadians have timely and effective access to organ transplant care.

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

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made, facing challenges

Result anticipated: 

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

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Problematic opioid use and overdose is an ongoing crisis in Canada, devastating individuals, families and communities. The federal government has been coordinating a whole of government response and working with provincial and territorial counterparts, engaging non-government partners and making significant investments to build the evidence base and take collaborative and comprehensive action across four strategic pillars: prevention, harm reduction, treatment and law enforcement.

Budget 2017 committed $100 million over five years to support the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy including the opioid response. Budget 2018 committed an additional $231.4 million over five years to improve access to treatment, reduce stigma associated with drug use and continue to build the evidence base. The impact of some of these efforts will take time, and it remains troubling that recent data indicate the opioid crisis is ongoing.

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

Moreover, Health Canada held an online consultation between September 5 and December 4, 2018 to deliver on the federal commitment to consult Canadians on the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy. This included four stakeholder workshops held in Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Over 1600 responses were received. The analysis of these responses has been completed, and a “What We Heard” report is in development (to be finalized for spring 2019).

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

Most recently, Budget 2019 proposed to provide additional funding of $30.5 million over 5 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 access to opioid overdose response training and to Naloxone in underserved communities.

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10 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Effective monitoring and reporting of overdoses and deaths related to opioids.

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The government is committed to releasing updated data on a quarterly basis, in collaboration with provinces and territories. The government is also working with provinces and territories to collect additional data on opioid use and harms. On September 18, 2018, the government released data for the first quarter of 2018 on apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada and suspected opioid-related overdoses in seven jurisdictions across Canada based on emergency medical service data.

On December 12, 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released three publications related to the national opioid crisis including:
• the seventh National report on apparent opioid-related deaths with new national data for the first half of 2018 and updated data from January 2016 to March 2018;
• the third report on suspected opioid-related overdoses reported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from nine provinces and territories, and;
• key findings from a special analysis looking at the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on life expectancy at birth in Canada.

In addition, 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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Mandate letters that include this commitment:

10 October 4, 2017
Actions taken, progress made​

Healthy Canadians

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

Actions taken, progress made

Result anticipated: 

Public health emergencies and events are prevented, detected, and responded to effectively.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with Health Portfolio partners and Public Safety Canada to 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 on May 8, 2017. The government is collaborating with provinces and territories through the Problematic Substance Use and Harms Committee t