CPWA Ottawa Report

May 10, 2021

The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent May 31, 2021.

Latest News

CPWA Webinar May 20 - NPWW: Advocating for Public Works
Each year, National Public Works Week (NPWW) presents an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of public works personnel throughout North America. But NPWW is also an advocacy opportunity – a way to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of public works to our communities. In addition, each year the CPWA Board of Directors hosts an awards contest to recognize municipalities in Canada for their NPWW programs and events. Join this webinar with CPWA President Patty Podoborozny and CPWA President-Elect Rylan Wadsworth to learn more about advocacy in Canada and this year’s CPWA NPWW Awards Contest.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
Please RSVP to Anne Jackson

Budget Motion Passes House of Commons
On April 26, the motion to approve in general the budgetary policy of the government passed the House of Commons, as expected, with NDP MPs joining Liberal MPs in support. This motion preceded the introduction of Bill C-30, Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1.


The House of Commons is sitting through Friday, May 14, 2021. The Senate of Canada is sitting through Thursday, May 13, 2021. Both chambers are on break next week and will be back Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Bill C-14 Receives Royal Assent
On May 6, Bill C-14, Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020, received Royal Assent. The bill, introduced by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on December 2, implements COVID-19 support measures included in Finance Minister Freeland’s Fall Economic Statement.

Bill C-12 Referred to House Environment Committee
On May 2, Bill C-12, Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, was adopted by the House of Commons at second reading and referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. The bill, introduced by Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on November 19, would require that national targets for the reduction of GHG emissions in Canada be set, with the objective of attaining net-zero emissions by 2050.

Finance Minister Introduces Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1
On April 30, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures. The bill, which is being debated at Second Reading in the House of Commons, is the Government’s top priority in Parliament.On May 4, the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance launched a pre-study of the bill so that the Senate can proceed quickly once the bill has been passed in the House of Commons and referred to the Senate.

Committee Activities

House Environment Committee Launches Study on Bill C-12
On May 6, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development launched a study on Bill C-12. The Committee will study the bill and decide on possible amendments. The Committee is accepting briefs on the study through May 17, 2021.

House Environment Committee Extends Deadline for Briefs on Freshwater Study
On May 5, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development extended its deadline for accepting briefs on its study on freshwater in Canada. This study will focus on the role of the Government of Canada in protecting and managing freshwater resources across the country. The Committee is accepting briefs on the study through June 11, 2021.

Departmental Updates

Natural Resources Minister Announces Planned National Adaptation Strategy
On May 3, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan announced, as part of the Strengthened Climate Plan released in December, that he will work with his colleagues, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and with the support of the Special Representative for the Prairies, to develop a national climate change adaptation strategy and invest in reducing the impact of climate-related disasters, such as floods and wildfires, to make communities safer and more resilient. The aforementioned departments will work with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous Peoples, and other key partners in the development of the strategy. Once completed, the strategy will establish a shared vision for climate resilience in Canada, identify key priorities for increased collaboration and establish a framework for measuring progress at the national level. This work will help inform where the Government of Canada should best target its policies, programs and investments going forward.