Creating jobs and prosperity for middle-class Canadians:
What we’ve done:
Investing $25 million over the next five years in new FedNor funding for Northern Ontario to support communities, businesses, and First Nations in that region.
Passed C-4, restoring fairness, balance, and stability to labour relations by repealing legislation by the previous government that undermined and weakened labour rights in our country.
Expanded the Canada Pension Plan to help Canadians achieve their goal of a secure and stable retirement.
Helping new workers, such as young Canadians and recent immigrants, access employment insurance benefits while they search for employment by eliminating the higher EI eligibility requirements that were introduced by the previous government.
Reduced waiting times for EI benefits from two weeks to one week.
Starting next year, Canadians looking for work can return to school to get the training they need to find a new job—without fear of losing the EI benefits they need to support themselves and their families.
Implemented that Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that will give Canada free trade access to more than 40 countries with nearly 1.2 billion of the world’s wealthiest consumers.
Promoting greater inclusion and diversity at workplaces by piloting name-blind recruitment techniques in the federal public service.
Growing job opportunities with our investments in the arts and culture sector, which employed over 630,000 Canadians and contributed over $54 billion to Canada’s economy in 2014, according to Statistics Canada.
Enhancing opportunities for Canadians to find available jobs through improvements to Job Bank, increasing the obligation on employers to recruit for Canadians before applying for temporary foreign workers.
Support Canadians in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas who were affected by the northern wildfires by providing aid through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, matching donations in support of the Canadian Red Cross’s Fort McMurray relief effort, and taking steps to strengthen fire prevention programs.
Providing lumber producers and workers with funding to help expand overseas markets, reduce layoffs, and help workers upgrade their skills and transition to new opportunities.
Continuing our work to modernize the National Energy Board to make sure decisions on major resource projects are made efficiently, and in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners and Indigenous Peoples. This will protect the environment, develop sustainable resources, and create tens of thousands of jobs for Canadians.
Created over 38,500 jobs, by approving the NOVA Gas pipeline, Line 3 replacement project, Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, Arnaud Apatite Mine, Woodfibre LNG, Pacific Northwest LNG, and Ridley Island Propane Terminal.
Launched the new investment hub to bring in more international investment, which accounts for 12% of all Canadian jobs and 30% of all manufacturing jobs.
Investing $25 million over the next five years to implement the Western Diversification program that will increase support for small and medium-sized enterprises become more innovative, productive, and export-oriented.
Passed Bill C-7 that gives RCMP members the right to unionize for the first time.
There’s still more to do:
Giving the choice to families to extend EI parental benefits to 18 months will give more choice to decide what works best for them.
Providing some employees the ability to request flexible work arrangements to work on a different schedule or from home so that Canadians can strike a balance between their jobs and their family.
Working with the United States, Canada’s closest ally and most important economic and security partner, to create jobs and stimulate economic growth between our two countries.
Ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency proactively contacts Canadians who are entitled to, but are not receiving tax benefits.
Ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency offers to complete returns for lower-income or fixed-income Canadians whose financial situation is unchanged year-to-year.
Providing assistance to Canadians who wish to file their taxes using no paper forms.
Creating jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it by modernizing Canada’s free trade deal with Israel.
Implementing a modern Fair Wages Policy.
Reducing the wage gap between men and women.
Making progress toward better representation of women in jobs where they have been traditionally underrepresented, such as in the skilled trades.
Taking action to ensure that federal workplaces are free from harassment and sexual violence.
Developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy that will find innovative solutions to supporting communities most in need and create an inclusive and prosperous Canada.
Fixing the pay system for public servants to ensure that they are paid accurately and promptly for the highly valued work they do on behalf of Canadians.
Establishing the Canada Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing for new municipal infrastructure projects in our priority investments area.
Enhancing tax-free compensation benefits to support the families of public safety officers who fall in the line of duty.
Developing, based on extensive consultations, a national action plan on post-traumatic stress disorder, which disproportionately affects public safety officers.
Working on a two-way trade investment with China, India and other emerging economies to create good paying, middle-class jobs, expand opportunities for Canadian exports, and increase goods for Canadian consumers.
Developing new regulations that prohibit asbestos and products containing asbestos by 2018.