CPWA Ottawa Report

May 2, 2022

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The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent May 16.

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CPWA Board Holds Meetings in Ottawa


On April 26-27, the CPWA Board of Directors held is Spring Meeting in Ottawa. In addition to its business meeting, the CPWA Board held meetings to discuss CPWA’s 2022 Public Policy Priorities with:
  • MP Bonita Zarrillo (Port Moody—Coquitlam, BC) – NDP Critic for Infrastructure and Communities
  • Office of the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness
    • Christina Rettig – Policy Director
    • Pavan Sapra – Senior Policy Advisor
  • Infrastructure Canada
    • Sean Keenan – Director General, Economic Analysis and Results
    • Francois Levesque – Manager, National Infrastructure Assessment Secretariat
  • Canadian Centre for Climate Services
    • Heather Morrison, Ph.D. – A/Executive Director
    • Zainab Moghal, PhD – Senior Climate Policy Advisor, Outreach and Engagement
    • Casey Clunas – Policy Analyst
  • Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA)
    • Robert Haller – Executive Director

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Tables 2022 Spring Reports


On April 26, the 2022 Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development were tabled in the House of Commons. The Reports include:
Report 4—Funding Climate-Ready Infrastructure—Infrastructure Canada focused on whether Infrastructure Canada designed and implemented a Climate Lens approach to designated projects under selected funding programs, and whether investments under these programs contributed to more resilient, less carbon-intensive, and inclusive infrastructure investments. The Report concludes that Infrastructure Canada has not received complete or reliable information about the expected climate mitigation and resilience benefits of the projects it has funded. The department is planning to invest more than $12 billion in large public projects, including public transit, with a strong emphasis on climate change mitigation and lowered emissions. Two key recommendations:
  • To help ensure that it receives reliable information on the expected climate change benefits of infrastructure projects, Infrastructure Canada should require that information be prepared on the basis of clear, specific, and internationally recognized quality criteria for proponents to use when preparing emission reduction and climate resilience information for their proposed projects.
  • To ensure the efficient management of climate mitigation and resilience outcomes information it receives from project proponents, and to ensure the completeness and reliability of this information, Infrastructure Canada should integrate its information management procedures, and establish effective and efficient data transfer protocols and quality controls as this information is pulled from submissions and transferred in internal systems.

Legislation


The House of Commons is sitting through Friday, May 20, 2022. The Senate of Canada is sitting through Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Bill C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1, Introduced


On April 28, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland introduced Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures. The Bill would implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022, including expanding capital cost allowance deductions to include new clean energy equipment and authorizing payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purpose of addressing transit shortfalls and needs and improving housing supply and affordability. It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Departmental Updates


Canadian Centre for Cyber Security Issues Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on 2021 Top Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities


On April 27, CSE’s Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) joined cyber security partners from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Computer Emergency Response Team New Zealand (CERT NZ), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) in issuing a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) to provide information on the top 15 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) exploited by malicious cyber threat actors in 2021, as well as a secondary list of routinely exploited vulnerabilities that were targeted in that timeframe. All of these CVEs have been previously reported on by the Cyber Centre or its partners, along with mitigations for these vulnerabilities. All organizations are encouraged to take the necessary steps to protect their systems, which includes but is not limited to:
  • Apply necessary fixes, such as operating system, application, and firmware updates as soon as possible or implement vendor-approved workarounds.
  • Enforce multifactor authentication (MFA) for all users.
  • Enforce MFA on all VPN connections or, if unavailable, a strong password.
  • Review, validate, or remove privileged accounts at least once a year, if not more frequently.
  • Utilize the least privilege principle when configuring access controls.
  • Disable unused or unnecessary network ports and protocols, encrypt network traffic, and disable unused network services and devices.
  • Segment networks to limit or block lateral movement.
  • Implement application allow listing.
More information on this joint advisory


Statistics Canada Releases First Tranche of Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey 2020 Data


On April 21, Statistics Canada released Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey: Public transit assets, 2020. The 2020 cycle of Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey was conducted in partnership with Infrastructure Canada. The data cover topics such as stock, condition, performance and asset management strategies. The survey results cover nine asset types (public transit; roads; bridges and tunnels; potable water; storm water; wastewater; solid waste; culture, recreation and sports facilities; and public social and affordable housing). Data are based on responses from approximately 2,260 government organizations.


Environment Minister Announces New National Program for Ecological Corridors


On April 21, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault announced the launch of the National Program for Ecological Corridors. With an investment of $60.6 million over five years, the Parks Canada-led program will support and enable other jurisdictions and organizations to develop better ecological connections between protected and conserved areas. Parks Canada will collaborate with other levels of government and a wide range of partners, experts, and stakeholders to develop criteria and map areas where these corridors would have the greatest positive effects for biodiversity conservation in key areas across Canada. This will include working with Indigenous partners to ensure that the program is informed by Indigenous Knowledge and contributes to reconciliation, through land stewardship and connection opportunities. Parks Canada’s National Program for Ecological Corridors is supported by the historic $2.3 billion investment in Canada’s natural legacy announced in Budget 2021.


Public Safety Canada Opens Let’s Talk Critical Infrastructure Consultations


On April 20, Public Safety Canada opened Let’s Talk Critical Infrastructure consultations to solicit input on what is going well, what needs to be improved, and what the vision for the future of Canada’s critical infrastructure should be. Key areas for discussion:
  • Modernizing the understanding and definition of critical infrastructure
  • Prioritizing the most critical infrastructure
  • Supporting risk management for complex and changing threats
The input gathered through this process will be used to identify priority areas that will help shape a renewed National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure.