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Historic trade accord strengthens Canada’s economic union

Canadian Free Trade Agreement will boost business opportunities and create more jobs

April 7, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will buy and sell more freely within our own country with the launch of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which will create job opportunities for the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with provincial and territorial counterparts, released the text of the new trade agreement, which takes effect on July 1st, Canada’s 150th anniversary.

By improving the flow of goods, services and investments across provincial and territorial borders, this agreement will give consumers more choice and lower prices, making it easier for Canadians to enjoy the best of what this country has to offer.

The agreement commits all governments to reducing the patchwork of rules and regulations that can stifle growth. Opportunities will increase for businesses of all sizes to innovate and expand at home so that they are better equipped to compete globally.

The agreement will allow licensed professionals with Canadian credentials to work in different parts of the country. Carpenters, welders and plumbers, among others, will benefit from more job opportunities as a result.

This agreement is the result of a strong, collaborative effort among the Government of Canada, the provinces and the territories. The Government of Canada took a lead role in ensuring that the agreement is modern and ambitious enough for Canadian businesses to compete globally.

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“The Canadian Free Trade Agreement will bring real benefits to Canadians. Companies will find it easier and less costly to sell their goods and services across the country, which means Canadians can expect more choice and pay less for what they buy. More open markets and less red tape mean Canadian businesses can grow and compete globally. And as these companies grow, they will create more middle-class jobs for Canadians.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Malton, announces historic Canada Free Trade Agreement that will boost business opportunities and create more jobs on April 7, 2017

Quick Facts

  • The agreement contains a number of historic firsts:
    • It opens up trade within Canada in virtually every sector of the economy, making it the most ambitious trade deal to cover Canada’s home market.
    • It enables Canadian companies operating in regulated professions, such as engineering and architecture, to compete for opportunities to supply their products and services to governments across the country.
    • It enables suppliers to most publicly owned energy utilities to bid for government contracts in many parts of the country, creating a brand new business opportunity worth an estimated $4.7 billion annually.
    • It establishes a process to enhance trade in beer, wine and spirits among provinces and territories.
  • Rules in the Canadian Free Trade Agreement will automatically apply to all of the country’s economic activity unless something is specifically excluded.
  • Trade within Canada represents about one-fifth of Canada’s GDP, or $385 billion annually. It also accounts for nearly 40 percent of all provincial and territorial exports.
  • The Canadian Free Trade Agreement will replace the existing Agreement on Internal Trade, which has been in place since 1995.

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Budget 2017 gives Mississauga-Malton residents a real and fair chance at success

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians.

Today at the Mississauga Board of Trade, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, discussed Budget 2017, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle-class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Minister Bains spoke about how Budget 2017 will:

  • equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. Budget 2017 places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy. And it helps young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.
  • position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy by ensuring that Canadians can access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges, and helps businesses get what they need to grow.
  • strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, universal health care system to meet the needs of Canadian families. Budget 2017 confirms the Government’s historic health agreements with 12 provinces and territories by investing in better home care and mental health initiatives that will help the families who need it most.
  • keep Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, veterans and Indigenous Peoples. The Government also takes an important step toward gender equality with Canada’s first ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for ongoing, open and transparent discussions about the role gender plays in policy development.
  • advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean growth economy by investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, delivers clean air and safe drinking water, and promotes renewable power. Budget 2017 also takes important steps to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.
  • make the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
  • build stronger communities by improving access to early learning, child care and affordable housing. Budget 2017 takes concrete action to improve the quality of life of all Canadians with more cultural and recreational centres, as well as safe and accessible public spaces.

By taking action today—investing in the things that Canadians need to succeed now and well into the future—Budget 2017 will deliver a growing economy that works for every Canadian.

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“Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada’s economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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$750,000 investment in Mississauga telecommunications manufacturer will create more jobs

FedDev Ontario contributes $750,000 to Mississauga company

Maker of ethernet equipment to nearly double its workforce and compete globally

March 3, 2017 – Mississauga, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Canadians working for a Mississauga-based manufacturer of telecommunications products will develop faster, more secure ethernet switches and other network equipment as a result of a $750,000 investment from the Government of Canada.

This investment in iS5 Communications Inc. is expected to create up to 12 skilled jobs – nearly doubling its workforce and allowing the company to develop new products that can be sold globally.

FedDev Ontario’s funding, through the Investing in Business Innovation initiative, was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario and Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton.

iS5 Communications provides mission-critical industrial ethernet products to industries, such as the utilities, defence and transportation sectors. The company produces network equipment that is resistant to extreme temperatures, signal interference and cyber attacks. The resilience of these products allows information and data to be transmitted faster and more securely. iS5 Communications Inc. to be the first of its kind to release a unique cyber security platform and technology to operate reliably in temperatures ranging from -40C to +85C without being affected by frequency interference from other sources.

The Government’s Innovation Agenda aims to make Canada a global centre for innovation – one that drives economic growth by creating better jobs, opportunities and living standards for all Canadians. This investment is an example of that vision in action.

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“Where innovation happens matters because that’s where the best jobs are located. When companies such as iS5 Communications innovate, they create well-paying, middle-class jobs. And those jobs spin off into more good jobs in every community where innovation happens. That’s how innovation leads to a better Canada.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“I am very appreciative of our federal government’s support of Canadian technology companies, which is helping us to thrive and grow as a company. The repayable contribution received from FedDev Ontario will help iS5 Communications Inc. to commercialize our products, including our latest innovation, “Raptor,” and optimize our supply chain to improve our competitiveness in the global market.”

– Clive Dias, President and Chief Executive Officer, iS5 Communications Inc.
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iS5 Communications Inc., founded in 2012, provides telecommunications solutions for the utility, industrial, transportation, defence and surveillance industries to markets all over the world.

FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution of up to $750,000 will attract an addition $1.5 million from accredited members registered with the Canadian Venture Capital Association and the York Angel Investors.

As a result of increased sales and the development of new products, the company will be increasing the number of Ontario based suppliers by 30 percent.

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$2.5 million for Mississauga community infrastructure

The Honourable Navdeep Bains announces significant funding for community infrastructure upgrades in Mississauga

March 3, 2017 – Mississauga, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Children and families in Mississauga will now benefit from safer, more accessible playgrounds and facilities, to play, to meet, explore nature and come together as a community.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario and MP Mississauga-Malton, was at the South Common Community Centre today to announce that the City of Mississauga will receive up to $2.5 million and the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation will receive up to $39,492 under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).

These 29 projects are part of over 350 CIP 150 projects approved in southern Ontario under the program’s second intake. For more details, please see the backgrounder.

With the addition of $44.4 million in supplementary funding announced in Budget 2016, the total CIP 150 allocation for southern Ontario, being delivered by FedDev Ontario, is up to $88.8 million. Over 730 projects have been approved under both intakes.

These projects will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. They will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

 

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“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that all Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see my community of Mississauga benefit from this program.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Member of Parliament Mississauga-Malton, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Innovation and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Council, I want to thank the Government of Canada for investing in our municipality’s promising future. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program helps cities rebuild and improve local playgrounds, trails and public services. These investments enhance the quality of life for families, seniors and all residents. The funding also offers an opportunity for Mississauga to complete projects of historical significance, recognizing Canadian heritage, during the celebrated occasion of Canada 150.”
– Her Worship,  Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga

“The CIP 150 funding is enabling Credit Valley Conservation to significantly improve the visitor experience at our conservation areas. These areas provide opportunities for Canadians to come together to explore, learn, enjoy and appreciate Canada’s incredible natural environment.”
–Jeff Payne,  Director of Corporate Services, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

“Our government’s commitment to improving the parks and playgrounds will bring families and our community together during our nation’s 150th anniversary and beyond.”
– Sven Spengemann, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Lakeshore

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is ensuring residents here in Mississauga–Streetsville, Meadowvale and Lisgar have access to improved community spaces. I am pleased to announce that this has contributed to the Expansion of Trail at Osprey Marsh.”
– Gagan Sikand, Member of Parliament for Mississauga – Streetsville

“With the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Fund (CIP 150), the residents of Mississauga East−Cooksville will see a real significant improvement to our community spaces at Allison’s Park, Brentwood Park, Burnhamdale Park, Syed Jalluddin Park and Cherry Hill Park. Through investments in our communities, we are demonstrating our commitment to create and support sustainable growth, economic opportunity, and prosperity in Canada.”
– Peter Fonseca, Member of  Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville

“With the Canada 150 community infrastructure program, our City of Mississauga will be able to undertake much needed revitalization of our beautiful trails and community centres. These public spaces not only provide space for our city to connect but also have a hand in its economic development. I am especially proud of the projects taking place in Mississauga−Erin Mills such as the revitalization of the South Common Community Centre.”
– Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills

“I’m proud to see the federal government partner with my city to improve our local community for the benefit of residents of Mississauga.”
– Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre

Quick Facts

  • Funding for the City of Mississauga will support projects that include making playgrounds accessible through the installation of suitable swings and wheelchair transfers to play structures. Trails will be repaired and improved and the South Common Community Centre’s customer service desk will be modernized to include safety and accessibility features.
  • The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation will replace 150 metres of boardwalk in the Rattray March Conservation Area, enhancing visitors’ enjoyment of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
  • FedDev Ontario received more than 1,000 applications under Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
  • Over the coming weeks, local announcements for other projects approved through intake two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will be taking place.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a $300-million national program, which is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.
  • Projects were selected based on eligibility requirements and selection criteria as outlined in the program guidelines including: project readiness; project scope; funding leveraged from other sources; and the extent to which projects supported a clean growth economy.

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$32.4 million investment in Brampton public transit infrastructure

Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Brampton

29 new projects across Ontario to benefit from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

Brampton, Ontario, February 10, 2017

The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class, while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future. Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient and affordable transit services that help Canadians to safely get to and from work, school and other activities on time.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation and her Worship Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton, announced six newly approved projects that will benefit Brampton under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $32.4 million.

The list of projects includes significant investments across the City of Brampton. For example, a project to extend the Züm Bovaird transit service along Airport Road will improve mobility, security and reliability on this important transit corridor. Also, a project to expand the Sandalwood Transit Facility will help support the forecasted growth of transit fleet services and improve service reliability. Other projects include the acquisition of 20 replacement buses and three new articulated buses, and the expansion of the automated vehicle monitoring system to most of Brampton’s transit fleet. In addition, the expansion and replacement of transit shelters will improve accessibility and safety for transit users.

In addition to these projects, Minister Bains and Minister Del Duca also announced that 23 public transit projects will benefit 12 other communities across Ontario.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

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“The Government of Canada is working closely with the Government of Ontario and municipalities to invest in important transit initiatives that will strengthen communities across Ontario by growing the middle-class, fostering long-term prosperity and getting Canadians to their daily activities on time and home at the end of the day. The six projects announced today will ensure that Brampton has affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure that meets the needs of Canadians now and for generations to come.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“I’m pleased that the federal government will help Ontario and Brampton with our transit needs. This investment will improve transit in and around Brampton and will benefit the entire community. Ontario is committed to providing accessible, modern transit infrastructure that will manage congestion, reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”
– The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation

“Public transit is essential for those who work, study, and play in Brampton, as evidenced by our increasing ridership numbers. We are grateful to the Federal and Provincial governments for their investments into expanding Brampton Transit’s services, fleet and infrastructure. This announcement comes at a critical time as Brampton sharpens its focus on urban intensification, attracting industries, a university and preparing for increased jobs and commercial expansion.”
– Her Worship Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton

Quick Facts


Minister Navdeep Bains announces just over $32.4 million in funding for six newly approved projects that will benefit Brampton under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

Quick Facts

  • This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
  • The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

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