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  1. The Samuel De Champlain Bridge will be illuminated in yellow from sunset to 1 a.m. this evening in solemn commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  2. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, launched a call for applications for new projects that will support public transit systems across Canada. Starting today, applications to the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Active Transportation Fund and the Rural Transit Solutions Fund will be accepted. These funds will help shorten people’s commutes, grow a strong, healthy economy, and fight climate change.
  3. The Government of Canada is investing $37,440 in the Town of Hay River through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). As Canada moves toward a strong recovery, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about key infrastructure and ensure long-term infrastructure performance.
  4. The Government of Canada is investing over $1.45 million in 38 Saskatchewan communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). As Canada moves toward a strong recovery, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about key infrastructure and ensure long-term infrastructure performance.
  5. The Canadian labour market continues to evolve quickly, leaving many workers without the necessary skills to meet on-the-job demands, and many employers struggling to find employees to fill vacancies. To help Canada’s economy recover from the pandemic and build back better, we need to ensure Canadians get the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce. That is why the Government of Canada introduced the Skills for Success program, which helps adult Canadians improve their foundational and transferable skills so they can find high quality employment opportunities.
  6. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal today found that the dumping of oil country tubular goods, originating in or exported from the United Mexico States, has not caused and is not threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry. Anti-dumping duties will therefore not be collected by the Canada Border Services Agency. The complainants in this case were Evraz Inc. NA Canada, of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Welded Tube of Canada Corp., of Concord, Ontario.
  7. Charities and not-for-profits are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic. However, many of them are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of Canadians.
  8. The Government of Canada is investing over $1.6 million in 36 British Columbia communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). As Canada moves toward a strong recovery, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about key infrastructure, and ensure long-term infrastructure performance.
  9. The Government of Canada is investing over $1.68 million in 38 Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). As Canada moves toward a strong recovery, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about key infrastructure, and ensure long-term infrastructure performance.
  10. Women and Gender Equality Canada announced over $8M for 21 projects that improve the health and wellbeing of a diverse group of women and girls, with a focus on eliminating gender-based violence. Further to the Government’s commitment to end gender-based violence, these projects will increase sexual health education, promote gender equality, and address harmful gender norms.
  11. Building healthy life skills through education, prevention, and support for women and children are key to improving gender equality in Canada and addressing the root causes of gender-based violence. By increasing access to knowledge and information, all Canadians are empowered to identify violent and harmful practices, and act on them.
  12. The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, will make an important funding announcement in support of projects across Canada that will support Indigenous women to improve economic participation, increase leadership in various sectors, and prevent and eliminate gender-based violence across Canada.
  13. Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso, will make two virtual announcements regarding support for two community organizations.
  14. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of maintaining a strong public health system to protect the health of Canadians. The Public Health Agency of Canada and its counterparts in provinces, territories, and municipalities across the country play an essential role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases, promoting healthy environments, and leading efforts to gather and analyze data to guide decisions and develop programs. The public health system also provides reliable information to help people make choices and adopt behaviours that will support their health and well-being.
  15. In her 2021 Annual Report, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam outlined her vision to transform public health in Canada. To help achieve this vision and revitalize public systems across the country, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are collaborating to support research initiatives that respond to priorities identified in the CPHO’s report, which were partly informed by a broad national dialogue convened by the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health.
  16. Diversity is Canada’s strength. The Government of Canada celebrates all cultures and all people, and by removing barriers to employment, helps create work environments where every Canadian has a fair and equal chance to reach their full potential.
  17. The Commission has amended Orano Canada Inc.’s uranium mine and mill licence for its McClean Lake Operation, to allow expansion of the JEB Tailings Management Facility.
  18. Federal Procurement Ombudsman Alexander Jeglic published his 2020-2021 Annual Report, which was tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Public Services and Procurement on December 10, 2021. The report provides an overview of the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman’s activities from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  19. Canada’s Procurement Ombudsman will host the Diversifying the Federal Supply Chain Virtual Summit January 26 and 27, 2022.
  20. Canada’s health research community responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic from the time the first cases were identified in late 2019. Over the past two years, researchers across the country have rallied together to create new scientific knowledge and provide critical evidence to guide Canada’s response to the pandemic and keep Canadians safe. As the pandemic evolves, they continue to work on issues facing Canadians and their work is and will continue to help with our recovery from this pandemic. The Government of Canada has supported the research response to the pandemic with investments of nearly $280 million through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  21. The Government of Canada has created the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness, within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), to protect the health of all Canadians by developing and mobilizing health research for pandemic and health emergency preparedness, prevention, response and recovery. The Research Centre will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other key Canadian and international stakeholders to identify priorities, coordinate activities, and make targeted research investments.
  22. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould, along with the Prime Minister of Canada the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, will virtually join Premier of Nova Scotia Tim Houston and Nova Scotia Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Becky Druhan, to make an early learning and child care announcement. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Sean Fraser will also be in attendance.
  23. Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the appointment of five new members to Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee. The National Advisory Committee plays an important role in supporting the Minister by recommending award recipients.
  24. As Canada and countries around the world respond to the pandemic, key sectors in the economy continue to need more workers to build a strong workforce. This is particularly true in Quebec where the province continues to experience long-standing workforce recruitment challenges.
  25. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal today continued its finding made on March 29, 2016, in inquiry NQ-2015-002, concerning the dumping and subsidizing of carbon and alloy steel line pipe from the People’s Republic of China.
  26. Tonight and tomorrow, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will sparkle with blue and golden white lighting from sunset to 1:00 a.m. to welcome the New Year.
  27. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal today found that the dumping of certain small power transformers originating in or exported from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, and the Republic of Korea (excluding those goods exported from the Republic of Korea by IEN Hanchang Co., Ltd) has caused material injury to the domestic industry. It also found that the dumping of these goods, originating in or exported from the Republic of Austria, has not caused injury and is not threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry. Anti-dumping duties will therefore be collected by the Canada Border Services Agency. The complainants in this case were Transformateurs Delta Star Inc. of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Northern Transformer Corporation of Maple, Ontario, and PTI Transformers Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  28. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has completed its national survey for potato wart ahead of schedule, and potato wart was not detected.
  29. The Government of Canada is working to ensure access to information reflects today’s digital world and Canadians’ expectations for accessible, timely, and trustworthy information.
  30. When everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society from the start, we will all benefit as a country. That is why the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps towards a barrier-free Canada.
  31. The Commission has renewed Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ waste nuclear substance licence for its Port Granby Project for a 1-year period.
  32. Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced funding for an improved emergency transportation option for Tsal'alh.
  33. The Government of Canada is investing more than $13.9 million and the Province of British Columbia is contributing more than $5.3 million in four water and wastewater projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Additional contributions of $6.7 million will be made from the municipalities and the Nak’azdli Whut’en.
  34. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced more than $19.2 million in joint funding for four projects in British Columbia to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The projects will upgrade existing wastewater treatment facilities or construct new drinking water facilities to enhance water capacity, comply with provincial standards, improve surface water quality, and protect the surrounding environment.
  35. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the Government of Canada will provide a record $87.6 billion in major transfer funding for provinces and territories in 2022-23. This represents an increase of over $3.7 billion from 2021-22. All provinces and territories will receive a year-over-year increase in total major transfer amounts.
  36. From December 17 to 30, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will be lit in dynamic red, green, and white hues nightly until 1 a.m. to highlight the holiday season.
  37. Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a number of issues facing Canadians in their workplaces. For too long, many Canadians have been forced to choose between going to work sick or paying their bills, while others, particularly health care workers, have experienced or feared intimidation while attempting to provide or access health services. That’s why the Government of Canada took action by introducing Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code, which will provide ten days of paid sick leave to all federally regulated private sector employees and enhance protections for health care workers and those accessing health services. The legislation also amends bereavement leave under Part III of the Canada Labour Code to provide up to eight weeks of leave for employees who lose a child or experience a stillbirth.
  38. On December 17, 2021, Bill C-3, which amends the Criminal Code to enhance protections for health care workers, those who assist them, and those accessing health care services, received Royal Assent.
  39. The Government of Canada has authority to legislate paid sick leave, via Part III of the Canada Labour Code, for the federally regulated private sector. This sector includes about 955,000 employees (or approximately 6% of all Canadian employees) working for 18,500 employers in industries such as banking, telecommunications, broadcasting and inter-provincial and international transportation (including air, rail, maritime and road transportation), for federal Crown corporations, as well as for certain activities on First Nations reserves.
  40. Workers and businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has a plan to support hard-hit sectors, help businesses adapt and thrive, and give Canadians the skills they need to find good jobs as our economy continues to recover.
  41. Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council Project Name: Tourism Workforce Recovery: Helping Restore 100,000s of Jobs and Build Resilience Location: Ottawa, ON Funding Amount: $3,965,209
  42. As Canada recovers from the global pandemic, the Government will continue to support vulnerable, low-income seniors who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  43. Canada’s economic prosperity depends on everyone having a fair chance to succeed. For people employed in minimum-wage jobs trying to support themselves and their families, every dollar makes a difference. Whether it be at the grocery store, in their housing payments or simply making ends meet, affected workers will benefit from increased buying power when the minimum wage rises.
  44. The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, made the following statement today further to the evolving public health situation and the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant:
  45. Today, the Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., met virtually with United States Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.
  46. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young job seekers, with marginalized youth continuing to be among those most disproportionately impacted. Canada’s employers are also facing extraordinary challenges hiring the staff that they need to help recover from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. That is why our government is taking action to ensure that Canadian employers and young people have the supports they need to succeed, which is key to economic recovery.
  47. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, a federal commitment to help young people gain employment information, skills and experience. This program aims to support young people, particularly those from communities facing barriers to employment, as they transition into the labour market.
  48. The Government of Canada continues to take action on all fronts to resolve pay issues related to the Phoenix pay system. As of today, a claims process is available for former employees represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and by bargaining agent signatories of the 2019 damages agreement.
  49. The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which came into force on July 1, 2020, includes progressive and enforceable labour provisions that will help improve working conditions throughout North America and ensure a level playing field for Canadian workers and businesses. As part of this work, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting Mexico’s labour reform by sharing knowledge and resources between governments as well as helping Mexican workers build the capacity to effectively exercise their labour rights.
  50. Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, will be accompanied by her Parliamentary Secretary, Jenna Sudds, to announce the launch of the employer application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2022 program.