A Stronger and More Resilient Canada: The Speech from the Throne

This is our chance to build a more resilient Canada: a Canada that is healthier and safer, greener and more competitive. A Canada that is more welcoming and more fair.

This is our moment to change the future for the better.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Pulling together
    At the same time, the Government will continue to support Canadians as they take action to keep each other safe.
    Already, people are doing their part by wearing masks. That’s important, and we can build on that commitment. Working with private sector partners, the federal government created the COVID Alert app. Canadians living in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan now have an extra tool to keep themselves and others safe. The Government hopes all the others will sign on so that people in all parts of the country can both do their part and be better protected.
    The Government will also continue to work on getting Canadians the PPE they need.
    This spring, the Government issued a call, and thousands of Canadian businesses and manufacturers responded. From shop floors to companies big and small, Canada’s dynamic businesses met the challenge as their workers stepped up.
    And in less than six months, Canadians are now manufacturing almost all types of PPE. The Government will continue building that domestic capacity, while securing supply chains to keep Canadians safe and create jobs.
    Canadians are pulling together, whether that’s with PPE manufacturing, through the COVID Alert app, or by wearing a mask. In the same way, Canadian researchers and scientists are pitching in to the Team Canada effort with their knowledge and expertise.
    At the same time, the Government will continue to support Canadians as they take action to keep each other safe.
    Already, people are doing their part by wearing masks. That’s important, and we can build on that commitment. Working with private sector partners, the federal government created the COVID Alert app. Canadians living in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan now have an extra tool to keep themselves and others safe. The Government hopes all the others will sign on so that people in all parts of the country can both do their part and be better protected.
    The Government will also continue to work on getting Canadians the PPE they need.
    This spring, the Government issued a call, and thousands of Canadian businesses and manufacturers responded. From shop floors to companies big and small, Canada’s dynamic businesses met the challenge as their workers stepped up.
    And in less than six months, Canadians are now manufacturing almost all types of PPE. The Government will continue building that domestic capacity, while securing supply chains to keep Canadians safe and create jobs.
    Canadians are pulling together, whether that’s with PPE manufacturing, through the COVID Alert app, or by wearing a mask. In the same way, Canadian researchers and scientists are pitching in to the Team Canada effort with their knowledge and expertise.
  • Taking action on extreme risks from climate change

    Climate action will be a cornerstone of our plan to support and create a million jobs across the country.

    This is where the world is going. Global consumers and investors are demanding and rewarding climate action.

    Canadians have the determination and ingenuity to rise to this challenge and global market opportunity.

    We can create good jobs today and a globally competitive economy not just next year, but in 2030, 2040, and beyond.

    Canadians also know climate change threatens our health, way of life, and planet. They want climate action now, and that is what the Government will continue to deliver.

    The Government will immediately bring forward a plan to exceed Canada’s 2030 climate goal. The Government will also legislate Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

    As part of its plan, the Government will:

    • Create thousands of jobs retrofitting homes and buildings, cutting energy costs for Canadian families and businesses;
    • Invest in reducing the impact of climate-related disasters, like floods and wildfires, to make communities safer and more resilient;
    • Help deliver more transit and active transit options;
    • And make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country.

  • Supporting businesses
    As the Government invests in people, it will continue to support job-creating businesses.
    Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities and the backbone of the economy. The Government introduced a range of supports for Canadian businesses, from help with payroll through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to assistance with expenses through interest-free loans.
    COVID-19 has caused businesses across the country, both large and small, to rethink their approaches. Entrepreneurs and owners are looking at more digital options, more creative solutions, and more climate-friendly investments.
    The Government will help businesses adapt for the future and thrive.
    This fall, in addition to extending the wage subsidy, the Government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by:
    – Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs;
    – Improving the Business Credit Availability Program;
    – And introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality, and cultural industries like the performing arts.
    As the Government invests in people, it will continue to support job-creating businesses.
    Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities and the backbone of the economy. The Government introduced a range of supports for Canadian businesses, from help with payroll through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to assistance with expenses through interest-free loans.
    COVID-19 has caused businesses across the country, both large and small, to rethink their approaches. Entrepreneurs and owners are looking at more digital options, more creative solutions, and more climate-friendly investments.
    The Government will help businesses adapt for the future and thrive.
    This fall, in addition to extending the wage subsidy, the Government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by:
    – Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs;
    – Improving the Business Credit Availability Program;
    – And introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality, and cultural industries like the performing arts.
  • Taking action on extreme risks from climate change
    Your federal Liberal government committed in the 2020 Throne Speech to more transit and active transit options as part of our plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2020.
    Climate action will be a cornerstone of our plan to support and create a million jobs across the country.
    This is where the world is going. Global consumers and investors are demanding and rewarding climate action.
    Canadians have the determination and ingenuity to rise to this challenge and global market opportunity.
    We can create good jobs today and a globally competitive economy not just next year, but in 2030, 2040, and beyond.
    Canadians also know climate change threatens our health, way of life, and planet. They want climate action now, and that is what the Government will continue to deliver.
    The Government will immediately bring forward a plan to exceed Canada’s 2030 climate goal. The Government will also legislate Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
    As part of its plan, the Government will:
    – Create thousands of jobs retrofitting homes and buildings, cutting energy costs for Canadian families and businesses;
    – Invest in reducing the impact of climate-related disasters, like floods and wildfires, to make communities safer and more resilient;
    – Help deliver more transit and active transit options;
    – And make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country.
    A good example of adapting to a carbon-neutral future is building zero-emissions vehicles and batteries. Canada has the resources – from nickel to copper – needed for these clean technologies. This – combined with Canadian expertise – is Canada’s competitive edge.
    The Government will launch a new fund to attract investments in making zero-emissions products and cut the corporate tax rate in half for these companies to create jobs and make Canada a world leader in clean technology. The Government will ensure Canada is the most competitive jurisdiction in the world for clean technology companies.
    Additionally, the Government will:
    – Transform how we power our economy and communities by moving forward with the Clean Power Fund, including with projects like the Atlantic Loop that will connect surplus clean power to regions transitioning away from coal;
    – And support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions.
    Canada cannot reach net zero without the know-how of the energy sector, and the innovative ideas of all Canadians, including people in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
    The Government will:
    – Support manufacturing, natural resource, and energy sectors as they work to transform to meet a net zero future, creating good-paying and long-lasting jobs;
    – And recognize farmers, foresters, and ranchers as key partners in the fight against climate change, supporting their efforts to reduce emissions and build resilience.
    The Government will continue its policy of putting a price on pollution, while putting that money back in the pockets of Canadians. It cannot be free to pollute.
    This pandemic has reminded Canadians of the importance of nature. The Government will work with municipalities as part of a new commitment to expand urban parks, so that everyone has access to green space. This will be done while protecting a quarter of Canada’s land and a quarter of Canada’s oceans in five years, and using nature-based solutions to fight climate change, including by planting two billion trees.
    The Government will ban harmful single-use plastics next year and ensure more plastic is recycled. And the Government will also modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
    When the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration was closed by a previous government, Canada lost an important tool to manage its waters. The Government will create a new Canada Water Agency to keep our water safe, clean, and well-managed. The Government will also identify opportunities to build more resilient water and irrigation infrastructure.
    At the same time, the Government will look at continuing to grow Canada’s ocean economy to create opportunities for fishers and coastal communities, while advancing reconciliation and conservation objectives. Investing in the Blue Economy will help Canada prosper.
    Climate action will be a cornerstone of our plan to support and create a million jobs across the country.
    This is where the world is going. Global consumers and investors are demanding and rewarding climate action.
    Canadians have the determination and ingenuity to rise to this challenge and global market opportunity.
    We can create good jobs today and a globally competitive economy not just next year, but in 2030, 2040, and beyond.
    Canadians also know climate change threatens our health, way of life, and planet. They want climate action now, and that is what the Government will continue to deliver.
    The Government will immediately bring forward a plan to exceed Canada’s 2030 climate goal. The Government will also legislate Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
    As part of its plan, the Government will:
    – Create thousands of jobs retrofitting homes and buildings, cutting energy costs for Canadian families and businesses;
    – Invest in reducing the impact of climate-related disasters, like floods and wildfires, to make communities safer and more resilient;
    – Help deliver more transit and active transit options;
    – And make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country.
    A good example of adapting to a carbon-neutral future is building zero-emissions vehicles and batteries. Canada has the resources – from nickel to copper – needed for these clean technologies. This – combined with Canadian expertise – is Canada’s competitive edge.
    The Government will launch a new fund to attract investments in making zero-emissions products and cut the corporate tax rate in half for these companies to create jobs and make Canada a world leader in clean technology. The Government will ensure Canada is the most competitive jurisdiction in the world for clean technology companies.
    Additionally, the Government will:
    – Transform how we power our economy and communities by moving forward with the Clean Power Fund, including with projects like the Atlantic Loop that will connect surplus clean power to regions transitioning away from coal;
    – And support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions.
    Canada cannot reach net zero without the know-how of the energy sector, and the innovative ideas of all Canadians, including people in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
    The Government will:
    – Support manufacturing, natural resource, and energy sectors as they work to transform to meet a net zero future, creating good-paying and long-lasting jobs;
    – And recognize farmers, foresters, and ranchers as key partners in the fight against climate change, supporting their efforts to reduce emissions and build resilience.
    The Government will continue its policy of putting a price on pollution, while putting that money back in the pockets of Canadians. It cannot be free to pollute.
    This pandemic has reminded Canadians of the importance of nature. The Government will work with municipalities as part of a new commitment to expand urban parks, so that everyone has access to green space. This will be done while protecting a quarter of Canada’s land and a quarter of Canada’s oceans in five years, and using nature-based solutions to fight climate change, including by planting two billion trees.
    The Government will ban harmful single-use plastics next year and ensure more plastic is recycled. And the Government will also modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
    When the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration was closed by a previous government, Canada lost an important tool to manage its waters. The Government will create a new Canada Water Agency to keep our water safe, clean, and well-managed. The Government will also identify opportunities to build more resilient water and irrigation infrastructure.
    At the same time, the Government will look at continuing to grow Canada’s ocean economy to create opportunities for fishers and coastal communities, while advancing reconciliation and conservation objectives. Investing in the Blue Economy will help Canada prosper.

    Please let me know your thoughts on this measure from the Throne Speech. I take your feedback very seriously.

Our Government has taken action to support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Introducing a special one-time bonus to the GST Credit (March 2020)
  • Increased the maximum benefit for the Canada Child Benefit by $300 per child for the 2019/2020 benefit year (March 2020)
  • Announced moratorium on Canada Student Loan repayments (March 2020)
MP Turnbull with volunteers and community leaders at a Food Drive for Feed the Need Durham
  • Announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), providing $2000 in cash to eligible Canadians (March 2020)
  • Brought Canadians home, including through use of the Emergency Loan program, providing up to $5,000 to facilitate their safe return (March 2020)
  • Announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), providing up to 75% of workers’ wages for qualifying employers (March 2020)
  • Announced a $1 billion fund to buy personal protective equipment for frontline workers (March 2020)
  • Announced the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), providing $40,000 interest-free loans to small businesses (25% forgiveable if paid back within 2 years) (March 2020)
  • Invested $100 million in Food Banks Canada, and other organizations such as Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and local-level organizations, providing valuable support to community food banks across the country (April 2020)
  • Invested $207.5 million to support women’s shelters, sexual assault shelters, and homeless shelters across Canada (April 2020)
  • Modified the Canada Summer Jobs program to cover 100% of the student’s hours, covering 100% of their wages (April 2020)
  • Announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program to provide rent reductions for April, May, and June — this was later extended to July, August, and September (April 2020)
  • Announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), providing $1250 to eligible students and $2000 for those with a dependent or a disability (April 2020)
I advocated for the further commercial rent assistance and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listened. Our government extended the CECRA and committed to continued support going forward.
  • Announced the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund which is delivered through organizations like the United Way, Community Foundations Canada, and the Red Cross (April 2020)
  • Doubled Canada Student Grants, broadened the eligibility for student financial aid, and enhanced the Canada Student Loans program to ensure more students can pay for education (April 2020)
  • Announced a $1.1 billion investment in a National Medical and Research Strategy to advance vaccine development, production of treatments, and tracking and testing of the virus (April 2020)
  • Recipients of the Canada Child Benefit received an extra $300 per child in May (May 2020)
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility announced, assisting in keeping Canadians employed through bridge financing loans (May 2020)
  • Invested $20 million into the New Horizons for Seniors program, expanding it to benefit more seniors organizations and activities across Canada (May 2020)
  • Announced special one-time tax-free payments of $300 for seniors eligible for OAS with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for GIS (May 2020)
  • Announced the $1 Billion Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to provide businesses with help mitigating financial pressures and to keep paying their employees (May 2020)
  • Announced that General Motors Canada will produce 10 million face masks (May 2020)
  • Announced nearly $500 million to support the Discovery Grants program, supporting Canadian researchers (June 2020)
  • Announced a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to support food producers and keep our supply chains strong (June 2020)
  • Announced 500 green new job and training opportunities for young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) (June 2020)
MP Turnbull signs the wall to congratulate General Motors Canada on their millionth mask
  • Announced that 10,000 additional Canada Summer Jobs were added to the 70,000 already announced (June 2020)
  • By June 28, 2020, the CERB has provided support to 8.16 million individuals across Canada (June 2020)
  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has helped 3 million employees stay in the workforce or return to work (June 2020)
  • Announced the $19 billion Safe Restart Agreement to protect the health of Canadians as we prepare for a potential second wave (July 2020)
  • Launched the COVID Alert App, which protects your privacy while protecting public health (August 2020)
  • Enhancing EI and creating the Canada Recovery Benefit for self-employed workers and those who are not eligible for EI (August 2020)
  • Created the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit for workers unable to return to work because they are sick or because they must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19 (August 2020)
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced $2 billion to support provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund. (August 2020)
  • Announced a new temproary COVID-19 Resilience Stream with over $3 billion available to fund short-term infrastructure projects in communities across Canada (August 2020)