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  1. Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) Darrel Reid, VP Policy and Advocacy Federal Elections Analysis October 21, 2015
  2. Liberal Government 2015: What to watch for 2
  3. Environmental Assessment • Public review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes – National Energy Board • Include an analysis of upstream impacts and the greenhouse gas emissions in federal environmental assessments • Moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast Implications • More environmental red tape • Northern Gateway is dead 3
  4. • Maintain commitment to reducing Canada’s emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 • Create national emissions-reduction targets • Incorporate climate resilience into federal infrastructure programs, and climate impact analysis into federal government contracting • Introduce a national cap-and-trade plan with the goal to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 Implications: • Uncertain – successive Lib and CPC Governments said lots, did little • Will encourage provinces to toughen regime, enact or raise carbon price 4 Climate Change
  5. • Implement a $200 million annual increase in funding for provinces and territories and focus on training for workers not currently eligible for federal training investment • Renew and expand funding by $50 million to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy • $25 million in spending per year in training facilities, partnering with labour unions so that more facilities have the equipment they need to train workers • Implement a $500 million annual increase in funding to the Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces and territories Implications: • More money to access for training 5 Training
  6. • Raise CPP premiums • Reduce the small business income tax rate from 11% to 9% • Increase enforcement resources for the CRA to ensure tax liabilities are collected • Waive Employment Insurance premiums for 12 months for companies that hire young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 into a permanent position between 2016 to 2018 Implications: • Higher employer contributions • Higher administrative burden 6 Taxes
  7. • Work with employers and workers to determine an appropriate apprenticeship ratio for all federal infrastructure projects • Work with provinces, territories and post-secondary institutions to develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs through a commitment of $10 M per year Implications • Possible mandatory apprenticeship ratios? • More funding for pre-apprenticeship 7 Apprenticeship
  8. • Create 40,000 youth jobs (including 5,000 youth green jobs) each year for the next 3 years by investing $300 M more in the renewed Youth Employment Strategy • Double the almost 11,000 Canadians who access Skills Link each year Implications: • More assistance for hiring young workers • Opportunities for accessing marginalized worker groups? 8 Jobs
  9. • Increase federal infrastructure spending from $65 billion to nearly $125 billion over 10 years • More federal support for municipalities applying finance infrastructure projects • Establish the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to provide low- cost financing to build new infrastructure projects • Issue Green Bonds and make green infrastructure projects more attractive to private investors • Invest $500 million in spending over the next 3 years for immediate First Nations education infrastructure Implications: • Significant increase in infrastructure spending across the board – ICI • Much of this will involve transfers to the provinces 9 Infrastructure
  10. • Raise CPP premiums • Enhance the Canada Pension Plan and work with Quebec to similarly enhance the Quebec Pension Plan Implications: • Higher employer pension contributions • Likely that ON will scrap or highly modify its plans for ORPP 10 Pensions
  11. • Support Keystone XL • Conditional support for Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain XL (require environmental, community support) • Northern Gateway is dead • Conditional support for Energy East (require provincial, community support) Implications: • Unclear. The Liberals understand the importance of the energy sector and getting products to market. Will they champion these projects in the face of political opposition? 11 Pipelines
  12. • Increase investment in public transit by nearly $6 billion over the next four years, and almost $20 billion over 10 years Enhance the Canada Pension Plan and work with Quebec to similarly enhance the Quebec Pension Plan Implications: • Noticeable increase in infrastructure spending and transfers to the provinces 12 Public Transit
  13. • Raise EI premiums • Reduce waiting period for Employment Insurance benefits for a worker who loses their job, so they will only be without income for one week, not two (beginning in 2017) • Reverse EI reforms that force unemployed workers to move away from their communities and take lower-paying jobs • Make EI parental leave more flexible by providing parents with the option to receive their benefits in smaller blocks of time over the first 18 months of their child’s life, or take a longer leave (up to 18 months) at a lower benefit level • More flexible and accessible Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefit Implications: • Higher EI costs • Higher administration costs 13 Employment Insurance
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