CPWA Ottawa Report

May 31, 2021

The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent June 14, 2021.

Latest News

Closure of Canada-U.S. Border Extended
On May 20, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that non-essential travel between the Unites States and Canada will remain restricted until June 21. Officials from the two countries have been in discussions regarding terms and conditions for reopening the border. The Prime Minister has suggested that one of those conditions could be that 75% of Canadians must be vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


The House of Commons is sitting through Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The Senate of Canada is also sitting through Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Bill C-30 Referred to House Finance Committee
On May 27, Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures was adopted at Second Reading and referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, which began its study of the bill on May 11. 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.

Bill C-204 Advances to Third Reading
On May 14, Bill C- 204, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (final disposal of plastic waste), completed Concurrence at Report Stage in the House of Commons and advanced to Third Reading. The bill would prohibit the export of certain types of plastic waste to foreign countries for final disposal.

Committee Activities

House Finance Committee Studying Bill C-30
On May 11, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched a study on Bill C-30. The House of Commons referred the bill to the Committee on May 27.

House Environment Committee Accepting Briefs on Freshwater Study
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development is accepting briefs on its study on freshwater in Canada through June 11, 2021. This study is focused on the role of the Government of Canada in protecting and managing freshwater resources across the country.

Departmental Updates

Agriculture Minister Launches Second Half of $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge
On May 25, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau launched the novel technology streams of Canada's Food Waste Reduction Challenge, an initiative under the Food Policy for Canada. To help spark new ideas and engage diverse perspectives, the Government of Canada launched the $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge in November 2020, calling for innovators to deliver game-changing solutions to this long-standing and complex issue. The Challenge's novel technology streams (Streams C and D) are now open for concept applications with a closing date of August 31, 2021. Up to $6.5 million in prize funding will be awarded to innovators with novel technologies that can extend the life of food or transform food that would otherwise be lost or wasted.

Transport Minister Announces Funding Under Rail Safety Improvement Program
On May 20, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced more than $21 million in funding for new projects under the Rail Safety Improvement Program – Infrastructure, Technology and Research to enhance rail safety in Canada. Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program provides federal funding in the form of grants or contributions to provinces, territories, municipalities, and local governments, road and transit authorities, crown corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations (including academia), Indigenous groups, communities and organizations and individuals to help improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Infrastructure Minister Launches Second Round of Canada Healthy Communities Initiative Funding
On May 14, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna announced the second round of funding for the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31-million investment to build safer spaces and ensure a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible projects, within an overall envelope of $31 million in federal government funding. Local governments and a variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations. Organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and how to apply. Organizations can also register to attend information sessions on the program. The application period for the second round of funding will close on June 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST.