2020 Ottawa Report Newsletters

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.

December 14, 2020

  • Closure of Canada-U.S. Border Extended
  • Deputy Prime Minister Releases Fall Economic Update
  • Deputy Prime Minister Introduces Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020
  • House Finance Committee Continues Study of Pre-Budget Consultations
  • Health Canada Authorizes First COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Releases Guidance on Initial COVID-19 Vaccine(s) Doses
  • Deputy Prime Minister Announces Canada Emergency Business Account Expansion
  • Disability Inclusion and Industry Ministers to Explore Improving Accessibility Requirements for Buildings
  • Indigenous Services Minister Announces New Investments for Clean Drinking Water in First Nations Communities
  • CPWA Obtains Additional Details about National Infrastructure Assessment Initiative
  • Economic Stimulus Plan Anticipated

November 30, 2020

  • Closure of Canada-U.S. Border Extended
  • FCM Releases Recommendations for Post-COVID Economic Recovery
  • Bill C-9 Receives Royal Assent
  • Environment Minister Introduces Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act
  • House Finance Committee Launches Study of Pre-Budget Consultations
  • Senate Committee Leaders Selected
  • Public Safety and Social Development Ministers Announce Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation
  • Canada Revenue Agency Opens Applications for Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
  • Industry Minister Announces Launch of Consultation on Licence-Exempt Spectrum
  • Agriculture Minister Launches Food Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Canadian Centre for Cyber Security Releases the Canadian National Cyber Threat Assessment 2020
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces National Infrastructure Assessment Initiative
  • Finance Minister to Deliver Fall Economic Update

November 16, 2020

  • Prime Minister Announces New Investment in Broadband Infrastructure
  • Three Big City Mayors Offer Their View on the Future of Municipalities
  • Canadian Common Ground Alliance Releases 2019 Damage Information Reporting Tool Report
  • Deputy Prime Minister Introduces COVID-19 Relief Bill
  • Senate Finance Committee Leaders Selected – Other Committees Yet to Meet
  • Senate Finance Committee Undertakes Pre-Study of Bill C-9
  • Extension of Canada-U.S. Border Closure Expected

November 2, 2020

  • Liberals Win Ontario By-Elections
  • Closure of Canada-U.S. Border Extended
  • Senate Adopts Hybrid Sitting Motion
  • Government Survives Votes of Confidence
  • House Environment Committee Launches Study on Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces New CEO of Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Deputy Prime Minister Speaks about Government’s Plan for Strong Economic Recovery
  • Infrastructure Minister Speaks about Federal Support to Municipalities
  • Statistics Canada Releases Initial Core Public Infrastructure Survey Data
  • Transport Minister Announces Call for Proposals for Arctic and Northern Transportation Infrastructure Projects
  • Small Business Minister Announces Support for Small Businesses
  • Date for Fall Economic Update Not Yet Set
  • Additional COVID-19 Relief Bill Expected Soon

October 19, 2020

  • Deputy Prime Minister Announces New, Targeted Support for Businesses
  • Speech from the Throne Adopted
  • House of Commons Committee Leaders Elected
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Launches Online Tool Kit for Workplaces
  • Government Opens Applications for New Benefits
  • Environment and Climate Change Minister Announces Zero Plastic Waste Plan Next Steps
  • Accessibility Standards Canada Releases First Annual Report
  • Extension of Canada-U.S. Border Closure Uncertain
  • By-Elections in Ontario to Proceed October 26

October 5, 2020

  • Prime Minister Announces Canada Infrastructure Bank Growth Plan
  • Annamie Paul Elected New Green Party Leader
  • COVID-19 Response Measures Act Receives Royal Assent
  • Speech from the Throne Vote

September 28, 2020

  • Governor General Delivers Speech from the Throne
  • Throne Speech Infrastructure Initiatives
  • Finance Minister Proposes Extending Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
  • Employment Minister Announces Temporary Employment Insurance Measures
  • House of Commons Agrees to Hybrid House of Commons with Remote Voting until December 11
  • Employment Minister Introduces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
  • House Committees to be Reconstituted by October 6
  • New Mandate Letters Anticipated
  • Throne Speech Promises Fall Economic Update

September 21, 2020

  • Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended
  • Prime Minister Announces Next Steps for Safe Restart Agreement
  • Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole Announces Conservative Shadow Cabinet
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Extended One Month
  • Canada Emergency Business Account Extended to October
  • Transport Minister Announces Investments to Improve Railway Safety
  • Transport Canada Releases 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Infrastructure Minister Launches Canada Healthy Communities Initiative Call for Applications
  • Accessibility Standards Canada Launches First Public Consultation
  • Labour Minister Announces Changes to Federal Labour Standards for Work-Integrated Learning
  • Speech from the Throne and Vote of Confidence
  • Voting for Green Party Leadership Contest Opens September 26
  • Prime Minister Announces By-Elections
  • Fall Economic Update

August 24, 2020

  • MP Erin O’Toole Elected New Conservative Party Leader
  • Parliament Prorogued
  • Prime Minister Trudeau Announces Changes to Ministry
  • Parliamentary Committees Dissolved
  • Government Extends Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for Furloughed Employees
  • Government Announces Changes to Employment Insurance (EI) Program
  • Online Course Provides Guidance on Returning to Work Safely
  • Speech from the Throne and Vote of Confidence

August 17, 2020

  • Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended
  • Parliamentary Budget Officer Releases Legislative Costing Note on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
  • Pending Non-Confidence Vote in the Government of Canada
  • New Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Parliament adopts Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures
  • CPWA Submits Pre-Budget Priorities to House Finance Committee
  • House Committees Continue Ethics Investigation
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces $31 Billion Canada Healthy Communities Initiative
  • Indigenous Services Minister Announces Additional Funding for Indigenous Communities
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces Expansion of Infrastructure Program
  • New Conservative Party Leader to be Announced August 23

July 27, 2020

  • Prime Minister Announces Safe Restart Agreement
  • Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended
  • House Passes Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures
  • Finance Minister Testifies Before House Finance Committee
  • House Affairs Committee Delivers Report on Potential Rules for a Hybrid House of Commons
  • Infrastructure Minister Announces Funding Under Safe Restart Agreement
  • Environment Minister Announces Funding Under Safe Restart Agreement
  • Public Services Minister Announces Essential Services Contingency Reserve
  • House Finance Committee Pre-Budget Consultations Due August 7

July 13, 2020

  • Finance Minister Presents Economic and Fiscal Snapshot
  • Prime Minister Holds Virtual Cabinet Retreat
  • CUSMA Becomes Law
  • Government Extends Mandatory Requirements Under the Quarantine Act
  • Finance Minister Announces Extension of Rent Relief Program
  • Senate Social Affairs Committee Releases Preliminary Report on Federal Response to COVID-19
  • House Remote Voting App Could Be Ready in September
  • Canadian Construction Association Testifies Before House Government Operations Committee
  • Government and Federation of Canadian Municipalities Launch Municipal Energy Roadmap
  • Employment Minister Announces Union Training and Innovation Program
  • House Finance Committee Pre-Budget Consultations Due August 7

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