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March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

A Summary of the Numbers: Canada’s employment numbers for Canada are grim, and no one could have predicted the precipitous drop in employment figures that Statistics Canada revealed for March 2020. Over 1 million Canadians have joined the unemployed ranks in March, bringing the unemployment rate up… Continue Reading March 2020 Jobs Numbers: A Stark New Reality

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Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

A key plank of the federal government’s economic response to COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), received adjustments to address program gaps and opened the program to private sector employers, not-for-profits, and charities. The Prime Minister stated he is hoping to have the program open for… Continue Reading Government Adjusts the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

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Government Unveils COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Details

Government Unveils COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Details

As April begins, more details were released on the federal government’s largest-ever economic program – the running tally for all recovery measures now exceeds $255 billion. Direct supports to Canadians now top $105 billion, with the lion’s share of that spend through two key mechanisms: $71 billion… Continue Reading Government Unveils COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Details

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Federal Government Broadens Access to Wage Subsidy

Federal Government Broadens Access to Wage Subsidy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the broad eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Businesses will be eligible if their revenues have decreased by at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19 The wage subsidy will be available to non-profit organizations and charities, as well as… Continue Reading Federal Government Broadens Access to Wage Subsidy

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Canada Approves COVID-19 Emergency Package

Canada Approves COVID-19 Emergency Package

After negotiations between the government and opposition parties all day Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday, both the House of Commons and Senate have passed the Trudeau government’s emergency financial legislation, Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (CERA). Governor General Julie Payette gave the… Continue Reading Canada Approves COVID-19 Emergency Package

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The Federal COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Federal COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Recognizing the challenges faced by businesses and workers in the face of the COVID-19 response and uncertainty in the global economy, the federal government announced a combined $82 billion support package for the Canadian economy – more than 3% of Canada’s GDP. The latest package includes $27… Continue Reading The Federal COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

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An Overview of the 2019 Economic and Fiscal Update

An Overview of the 2019 Economic and Fiscal Update

By Shiv Ruparell Yesterday, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau presented the federal government’s fall Economic and Fiscal Update, outlining for the first time since the election how the Liberal’s campaign promises stack up against Canada’s fiscal outlook for the next five years. The 2019 update focused on… Continue Reading An Overview of the 2019 Economic and Fiscal Update

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A Review of the 2019 Speech from the Throne

Four years ago, the brand-new Trudeau government offered a Speech from the Throne focused on a tax cut for the middle class and balancing a clean environment with a strong economy. It promised a new relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, while collaborating with the provinces. This time,… Continue Reading A Review of the 2019 Speech from the Throne

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Minority report: Can Trudeau recover?

Minority report: Can Trudeau recover?

By John Duffy  Canada has considerable experience with minority governments. Over the course of 43 elections, our country has had 14 hung parliaments. That’s a big enough selection for some patterns to emerge. By their very nature, minorities are transitional. The entire political system palpably yearns for… Continue Reading Minority report: Can Trudeau recover?

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Forward: A Real Plan for the Middle Class – A Look at the Liberal Party 2019 Platform

Justin Trudeau used the last Sunday of September to release his party’s election platform at the University of Toronto (Mississauga) campus. The document’s focus is on continuing economic growth and ensuring Canadians in the middle-class share in the benefits through government action. In particular, the Liberals focused… Continue Reading Forward: A Real Plan for the Middle Class – A Look at the Liberal Party 2019 Platform

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