Federal Highlight

Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s first Fall Economic Statement (FES) represented the federal government’s second move to shift from short-term COVID relief to a longer-term plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery. The first move was September’s Speech from the Throne and the next in this… Continue Reading Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

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Trudeau Government delivers Speech from the Throne

Trudeau Government delivers Speech from the Throne

The Trudeau government has spent more than two years scrambling to respond to events: SNC-Lavalin, Trump’s tariffs and CUMSA, Chinese hostage diplomacy, Trudeau’s blackface, a new minority Parliament, Iranian missiles, Indigenous blockades, and, the ultimate disruptor, COVID-19. Today’s Throne Speech, read by Governor-General Julie Payette, and an… Continue Reading Trudeau Government delivers Speech from the Throne

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COVID-19: Canada’s Road to Economic Recovery

COVID-19: Canada's Road to Economic Recovery

As the calendar turns to May, some jurisdictions across Canada are starting to slowly loosen public health restrictions to re-open their economies, while others are establishing plans to do so. When COVID-19 set in, federal and provincial governments were required to work together to slow and contain… Continue Reading COVID-19: Canada’s Road to Economic Recovery

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New Federal Supports for Vulnerable Populations

New Federal Supports for Vulnerable Populations

As previously announced, employers will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) on Monday, April 27.  The Canada Revenue Agency will administer the program and expects to process 90 per cent of CEWS applications by May 5th, with direct deposits and cheques sent… Continue Reading New Federal Supports for Vulnerable Populations

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House of Commons Establishes COVID-19 Workplan

House of Commons Establishes COVID-19 Workplan

After an intense weekend of negotiations between the Government and Opposition parties, the House of Commons convened today to debate and vote on how it will conduct itself over the next few weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The crux of the debate surrounded the number of in-person… Continue Reading House of Commons Establishes COVID-19 Workplan

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Government Announces Relief for Oil & Gas and Cultural Sectors

Government Announces Relief for Oil & Gas and Cultural Sectors

The federal government announced its first sector-specific measures as part of its COVID-19 response, including targeted support for the oil and gas sector that is aligned with the Trudeau government’s key priorities: Up to $1.72 billion to clean up orphan and inactive oil and gas wells in… Continue Reading Government Announces Relief for Oil & Gas and Cultural Sectors

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Government Expands Relief for Small Businesses

Government Expands Relief for Small Businesses

Federal Government Expands Relief to Small Businesses as Response Efforts Continue Across Canada COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdown has greatly impacted small businesses across the country. Early announcements from the federal government (and subsequent comments about gaps in federal support raised by stakeholder groups and opposition… Continue Reading Government Expands Relief for Small Businesses

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Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

Since launching the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the federal government has faced specific questions about certain groups of Canadians who might not technically qualify for these benefits but still require assistance. As such, the federal government announced expanded eligibility today for the CERB, including:   Allowing… Continue Reading Expanding CERB and Addressing Long-Term Care

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Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

Federal Update Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new supports for health care, air transportation, business supports and enhancing the Nutrition North Program for communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Looking ahead, the Prime Minister indicated that further adjustments are forthcoming to the federal economic response plan,… Continue Reading Long-Term Care Still Challenging Governments

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Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

Wage Subsidy Legislation Passes The federal government met for a rare emergency sitting on Saturday during the Easter long weekend to unanimously pass legislation bringing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy into law. The Bill passed the House of Commons around 6:00 pm on Saturday. The Senate concluded… Continue Reading Federal Government Passes Wage Subsidy Legislation

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