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Policy Wins

Our Success = Your Gain

We exist to ensure Canadian businesses have access to the people, customers, infrastructure, capital and technology needed to compete and win in domestic and global markets.

We are proud that we were able to influence the government to implement public policy improvements or commit financing to the benefit of Canadian business.

These wins will enable businesses to create jobs for Canadians, expand their markets, increase their productivity and generate the wealth needed to support the families, schools and social programs in their communities.

 

Access to People

Wins for Business

  • $125 million for the Labour Market Development Agreements and $50 million for the Canada Job Fund Agreements. These provide a range of training and employment programs.
  • $85.4 million over five years to support union-based apprenticeship training.
  • $73 million over four years, starting in 2016-17, for the Post-secondary Industry Partnership and Cooperative Placement Initiative to support new co-op placements and work-integrated learning opportunities for young Canadians, with a focus on high-demand fields, such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business.
  • Under its Global Skills Strategy for Canada, the government will create a two-week standard for visa processing at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and to work towards a two-week standard for a new, streamlined labour market analysis process with Employment and Social Development Canada in order to speed the process of attracting skilled workers that can contribute to Canada’s labour market.
  • The introduction of a new work permit exemption for any short-duration work terms of less than 30 days per year, which will also assist businesses wishing to fill short-term positions without having to resort to a costly application processes.
  • The government approved changes to the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to allow an employer in any seasonal industry to bring in an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers, provided the word period is less than 180 days.
  • The reinstatement of the tax credit for labour-sponsored funds to “support economic growth and help Canadians save for their retirement.” Labour-sponsored funds support the start-up and development of innovative businesses and the creation of well-paying jobs.
  • The government approved changes to the Express Entry system that streamline the application process for talented workers and students who already have experience living in Canada. The change from requiring permanent job offers to recognizing contracts of one year or longer reflects the changing realities of the job market and the many high-wage, high-technology industries that favour more discrete, contract-based employment.

 

Access to Customers

Wins for Business

  • The signing of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe, which will allow Canadian businesses to profit from lower tariffs and gain preferential access to the world’s largest importing market for goods. The CETA will inject over $12 billion of new revenue into the Canadian economy, equivalent to 80,000 new jobs.
  • Canada’s Premiers reached an agreement-in-principle on a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which will improve the flow of goods across internal borders, reduce bureaucratic red tape and allow workers to move more freely across the country.
  • The government approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. These projects will diversify our international energy markets and create jobs and important economic benefits for our country.
  • The government signaled a renewed ambition for free trade initiatives in the Pacific, announcing exploratory free trade talks with China and launching a free trade feasibility study with ASEAN.
  • The government lifted its broad ban on financial services, exports and imports with Iran, opening an additional market to Canadian companies.
  • We’re expecting a “win” on the CanExport Program for SMEs doing business in foreign markets.

 

Access to Infrastructure

Wins for Business

  • $3.4 billion over three years to upgrade and improve public transit systems across Canada.
  • $5 billion over five years for investments in water, wastewater and green infrastructure projects.
  • $3.3 million over three years to Transport Canada to support Via Rail’s proposal to create a dedicated passenger rail service in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor.
  • The government committed to Phase 2 of Canada’s Infrastructure Plan, which will deliver the fast, efficient trade corridors that allow Canadian exporters to benefit fully from international trade.

 

Access to Capital

Wins for Business

  • The government will review the tax system with a view of eliminating poorly targeted and inefficient tax measures.

 

Access to Technology

Wins for Business

  • The government launched public consultations in June to help shape its Innovation Agenda—a bold new plan to redesign how it supports innovation. 
  • $1 billion in funding over the next four years to support clean technology in the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and agriculture sectors.
  • $2 billion over two years to establish the Low Carbon Economy Fund, which will assist provinces and territories with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance rates will be expanded for a variety of clean energy technologies, including electrical energy storage and electric vehicle charging
  • $14.2 million to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and $16.5 million to the National Energy Board and Natural Resources Canada to improve consultations and environmental assessment processes.
  • $2 billion over three years, starting in 2016-2017, for a new Post-secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to enhance and modernize research and commercialization facilities on Canadian campuses as well as industry-relevant training facilities at colleges and polytechnic institutions.
  • The government will work with stakeholders to develop a performance measurement framework for business accelerators and incubators in Canada. This framework will enable organizations to benchmark their performance and drive improvement, help companies choose their best options for support and assist governments at all levels in increasing the effectiveness of public investments in this area.
  • $50 million for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.

 

Other Wins for Business

  • $50 million investment in Destination Canada over the next two years to improve the marketing of Canada as a tourist destination.
  • The federal government and representatives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples have agreed on a path forward on reconciliation as outlined in the Prime Minister’s statement. Our members believe Canada’s businesses have a role to play in reconciliation and have been asking for clarity from the federal government on its expectations of them.