City of Calgary
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Economic Update / Cabinet Retreat
Next week will be significant for the Trudeau government, as the PM hosts a two-day virtual cabinet retreat, focusing on how to keep Canadians safe, bolster the economy and deal with potential future waves of COVID-19. Systemic racism and discrimination will also be discussed.
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release a fiscal and economic “snapshot,” reporting on where the economy currently stands, how the Canadian response compares to other countries and what to expect in the approaching months.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that 92 infrastructure projects in BC – totalling about $150 million – will proceed under the Investing in Canada plan.
Union Training and Innovation Funding
As part of annual funding, Trudeau announced that the federal government will invest $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program. This investment will provide support and training to Canadians to help them find “good, well-paying jobs.”
New COVID-19 Modelling
The Prime Minister advised that updated COVID-19 modelling will be released this afternoon by senior public health officials. He noted that “things are continuing to move in the right direction,” and that the numbers are declining although there are still some hot spots.
Prime Minister Trudeau noted that applications for the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are now available through Canada’s large banks. Eligibility was broadened last month to include sole proprietors, farmers and businesses who use contractors or pay themselves through dividends.
Armed Forces in Long-Term Care Homes
Trudeau announced that members of the Red Cross will replace the Canadian Armed Forces still supporting long-term care homes in Quebec. $100 million previously given to the Red Cross will allow 900 workers to support long-term care homes until September 15, deploying 150 people on July 6 and the remaining 750 on July 29. While members of the CAF are still in one long-term care home in Ontario, Trudeau expects their departure in the coming days.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the federal government is launching the Canada Student Service Grant to give post-secondary students or recent grads who volunteer in their communities grants of between $1,000 and $5,000. The amount of the grant will be based on the number of hours worked between June 18 and September 18. More information can be found on the government site through the I Want to Help portal.
The government will also invest $40 million to create 5,000 Mitacs internships at the post-secondary level. The new funding will allow the national research organization to extend programs for undergrads and in professional programs such as law, business or medicine.
In addition to these measures, Trudeau announced investments in Canada Summer Jobs to add 10,000 placements for students between 15 and 30 years old, and 20,000 placements for university-level students through the Student Work Placement Program.
In April, the federal government launched a competition to fund research to stop and contain the spread of COVID-19. The prime minister announced 139 research teams will be supported across the country, representing an investment of almost $110 million.
Cutting Red Tape to Stimulate the Economy
I am happy to share that our government is continuing to act on its promise to reduce red tape for Albertans. Bill 22, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, clears the way for businesses to operate more efficiently and freely as we prepare for the reopening of our province’s economy. Bill 22 proposes changes across six different ministries, working to promote job creation and support economic growth by removing unnecessary burdens imposed on Albertans and businesses. By addressing the red tape in our province, government will be able to free up the economy and help get Albertans back to work sooner.
Increasing Protection for Commercial Tenants
Our government is introducing additional protections for businesses to help them recover from the effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis, continuing Alberta’s leading pandemic response. Bill 23, or the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, proposes legislation to safeguard businesses from eviction. The bill, which would also prevent landlords from raising rent and charging late fees and penalties on missed rent for the period between March 17 and August 31, will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. Small businesses are at the heart of our community, and these proposed measures will help them reopen.
Input wanted on infrastructure planning
Albertans are invited to provide input to help develop the Alberta Infrastructure Act, as well as government’s 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan.
Responses from the online survey will assist government in developing the Alberta Infrastructure Act, which will outline how government will plan for and prioritize capital spending. Input collected will also help inform development of a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan, which will guide government’s approach to long-term planning for all types of infrastructure, including schools, universities, health, roads, and infrastructure critical to support natural resource development.
Albertans can visit http://alberta.ca until Aug. 10 to share their feedback.
Fair Deal report
Our government released the findings of Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel. More than 40,000 Albertans participated in the Fair Deal Panel engagement, providing input on ideas that could give the province a stronger role within Canada, increase control in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and advance our province’s vital economic interests.
The panel’s report to government contains 25 separate recommendations that address the frustrations that many Albertans expressed through town halls and online surveys. Recommendations addressed a wide scope of issues, including reforming the Fiscal Stabilization Program, establishing a provincial chief firearms office and holding a referendum on equalization payments.
You can find the full report and our government’s response at https://www.alberta.ca/fair-deal-panel.aspx