CPWA Ottawa Report

May 16, 2022

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The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent May 30.

Latest News


CPWA President Meets with House Environment Committee Chair


On May 11, CPWA President Rylan Wadsworth and APWA Director of Canadian Government Affairs Anne Jackson met with the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Quebec) to discuss the Committee’s upcoming study on freshwater and CPWA’s intention to submit a brief addressing emerging contaminants, the impacts of climate change on freshwater and water infrastructure, and foreign policy related issues such as Buy American.

Conservative Party Holds First Official Debate of Leadership Race


On May 11, the first official debate of the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) leadership race was held in Edmonton among the six declared candidates:
  • Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ontario)
  • Conservative MP Scott Aitchison (Parry Sound—Muskoka, Ontario)
  • Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis (Haldimand—Norfolk, Ontario)
  • Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest
  • Independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber
  • Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown
The candidates will meet again on May 25 in Montreal for a French-language debate and have until June 3 to sign up new party members for the vote. The party’s convention to select their new permanent leader will be held on September 10, 2022. The location has not yet been announced.


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, Referred to House Finance Committee


On May 10, Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures completed Second Reading in the House of Commons and was referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.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.


Bill C-8, Economic and Fiscal Update Implementation Act, 2021, Passed by House of Commons


On May 4, Bill C-8, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic and fiscal update tabled in Parliament on December 14, 2021 and other measures, was passed by the House of Commons. On May 10 the Bill completed Second Reading in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance. The Bill would implement certain provisions of the Economic and Fiscal Update 2021, including:
  • introduces a new refundable tax credit for eligible businesses on qualifying ventilation expenses made to improve air quality.
  • provides for a six-year limitation or prescription period for the recovery of amounts owing with respect to a loan provided under the Canada Emergency Business Account program established by Export Development Canada.
  • authorizes payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purpose of supporting ventilation improvement projects in schools.
  • authorizes payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purpose of supporting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) proof-of-vaccination initiatives.
  • authorizes the Minister of Health to make payments of up to $1.‍72 billion out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in relation to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests.
  • amends the Employment Insurance Act to specify the maximum number of weeks for which benefits may be paid in a benefit period to certain seasonal workers.

Committee Activities


House Transport Committee Presents Report on Canada Infrastructure Bank


On May 2, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities presented to the House of Commons its Report 3: The Canada Infrastructure Bank The report includes 1 recommendation:
  • That the Government of Canada abolish the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
The Government is not obligated (and is unlikely) to accept the report’s recommendation. The Liberal Party, Bloc Québécois, and NDP all appended supplementary opinions to the report.

Departmental Updates


Natural Resources Minister Launches Request for Project Proposals for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program


On May 5, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson officially launched a request for proposals (RFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). ZEVIP will result in an expansion of zero-emission vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen refuelling stations in public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and vehicle fleets. Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through conditionally repayable contribution agreements of up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding per type of infrastructure, up to a maximum of $5 million, per project. This RFP will close on August 11, 2022.