Ottawa Report

This newsletter is sent out bi-weekly when Parliament is in session to inform our Canadian members about the latest federal legislative and regulatory news which affects public works and public works professionals in Canada. Contact CPWA staff for more information.

June 22, 2020

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer Issues Report on Federal Infrastructure Investments
  • Conservative Leadership Candidates Debate
  • Border closure to non-essential travel with the United States extended to July 21
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) extended to 24 weeks
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications open under expanded eligibility criteria
  • Prime Minister announces launch of mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
  • Karen Hogan appointed new Auditor General
  • Supplementary Estimates – A Vote of Confidence in the Government
  • Bill C-17: In Limbo
  • Procedure and House Affairs Committee recommends extension until July to report on potential rules for a hybrid House of Commons
  • Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Provide Testimony about Spending Priorities
  • Finance Committee launches Pre-Budget Consultations
  • Industry Minister announces Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)
  • Transport Minister announces temperature screening requirement at airports
  • Infrastructure Canada highlights funds delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund
  • Agriculture Minister announces second call for proposals under Local Food Infrastructure Fund
  • Government launches PPE web hub
  • Transport Minister announces expanded face covering requirements for transportation system
  • Employment Minister announces call for proposals under Enabling Accessibility Fund
  • Fiscal Snapshot – July 8

June 1, 2020

  • Funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund accelerated
  • The House of Commons to meet in hybrid form until September
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses open for applications
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) open for applications
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) eligibility criteria expanded
  • Border closure to non-essential travel with the United States extended to June 21
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extended to August 29
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) applications open
  • Government working with provinces and territories to boost wages for essential workers
  • Parliament adopts Bill C-15, An Act respecting Canada Emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019)
  • Parliament adopts Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act
  • House Committees Convening Virtually
  • Infrastructure Minister signals desire to invest in infrastructure to drive post-COVID-19 recovery
  • Finance Committee expected to proceed with Pre-Budget Consultations
  • Procedure and House Affairs Committee continues to study potential rules for a virtual House of Commons

April 27, 2020

  • Prime Minister Announces Additional Measures to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • House of Commons Establishes Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • House Committees Convening Virtually
  • Transport Minister Announces New Travel Measures
  • Canada Revenue Agency Launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Website
  • Covid-19 Support Resources

April 13, 2020

  • House of Commons Studying Virtual Sittings
  • Bill C-14, A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19, Receives Royal Assent
  • Public Safety Minister Releases Guidance on Essential Services
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces Leadership Changes at Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Covid-19 Support Resources

March 30, 2020

  • Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19, Receives Royal Assent
  • 2020 Budget Delayed
  • COVID-19 Support Resources

March 23, 2020

  • House of Commons and Senate Adjourn
  • Prime Minister Announces Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
  • House of Commons and Senate Recalled
  • Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, Receives Royal Assent
  • 2020 Budget Delayed
  • COVID-19 Support Resources

March 9, 2020

  • CPWA Leaders Advocate for Public Works in Ottawa
  • Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States
  • Bill C-215, An Act respecting Canada’s fulfillment of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction obligations
  • Bill C-232, An Act respecting a Climate Emergency Action Framework
  • Ministers Appear Before House Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee
  • House Finance Committee Tables Pre-Budget Report
  • Date of 2020 Federal Budget Still To Be Set

February 24, 2020

  • CPWA Leaders in Ottawa
  • Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States
  • Bill S-206, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood)
  • Bill C-212, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (special benefits)
  • Leaders of House Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee Elected
  • 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations

January 13, 2020

  • CPWA 2020 Public Policy Priorities
  • CPWA Third-Annual Infrastructure Investment and Government Programs Survey
  • 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations
  • Party News
  • House of Commons Returns January 27; Senate February 4

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