On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government's agenda.
The Throne Speech announced the Government's intent to create 1-million jobs in Canada. The speech also included a number of announcements impacting business and workers:
- The Government will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Summer 2021.
- The Government will eliminate remaining barriers between provinces to full, free internal trade.
- The Government will scale up the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, to provide more paid work experiences next year for young Canadians.
- This fall, the Government will expand the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs; improve the Business Credit Availability Program; and introduce further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality, and cultural industries like the performing arts.
- Over the coming months, the EI system will become the sole delivery mechanism for employment benefits, including for Canadians who did not qualify for EI before the pandemic, including for the self-employed and independent workers for short-term commitments.
The plan also pushes for the creation of a national childcare program and promised targeted support for women and black entrepreneurs.
The Chamber will continue to provide our valuable members with meaningful updates as we receive more information.
VP - Internal Affairs, CTCC
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