Eye on the Hill: Canadians spending more on tourism at home

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An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.

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The House of Commons is currently on its winter break and will resume sitting on Jan. 28. The Senate returns on February 5.

Saturday, Jan. 5:

- Human Resources Minister Diane Finley launched the new Job Alerts system, which provides e-mails with job postings from a variety of sources to subscribers twice a day. Subscribers will also have access to labour market information and other resources designed to help job-seekers find employment faster.

 

Monday, Jan. 7:

- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Shelly Glover held pre-budget consultations with community and business leaders in Saskatoon, discussing ways to sustain Canada’s economic recovery and ensure competitiveness in the future.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 8:

- Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Thomas Boni Yayi, president of the Republic of Benin and chairperson of the African Union, and announced the signing of the Canada-Benin Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. The agreement will be tabled in the House of Commons for 21 sitting days, and will come into force once the Order in Council has been approved by the Governor General of Canada and the ratification process in the Republic of Benin has been completed.

- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Shelly Glover held pre-budget consultations with community and business leaders in Montreal, discussing ways to sustain Canada’s economic recovery and ensure competitiveness in the future.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 9:

- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Shelly Glover held pre-budget consultations with community and business leaders in Thompson, Man., discussing ways to sustain Canada’s economic recovery and ensure competitiveness in the future.

- Statistics Canada released national tourism indicators for third quarter of 2012. Tourism spending in Canada was up one per cent in the third quarter after a 0.1 per cent increase in the second quarter of 2012. A decline in spending by international visitors to Canada was more than offset by higher tourism spending by Canadians at home.

 

Thursday, Jan. 10:

- Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies announced the launch of Canada Summer Jobs 2013. As of Feb. 1, not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses will be able to apply for funding to create summer job opportunities for people from 15 to 30 years of age who are full-time students and plan on returning to their studies in the next school year.

- Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear announced funding to help Maple Leaf Angels Corp. of Toronto connect more angel investors with start-ups in Southern Ontario. The $100,000 investment comes through FedDev Ontario's Investing in Business Innovation initiative.

- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Shelly Glover held pre-budget consultations with community and business leaders in Winnipeg, discussing ways to sustain Canada’s economic recovery and ensure competitiveness in the future.

- Statistics Canada released building permit figures for November 2012. Building permits issued by municipalities were down 17.9 per cent from October, and hit their lowest level since January 2012, coming in at $6.2 billion in November.

- Statistics Canada also released third quarter 2012 results for the Commercial Rents Services Price Index. The Index increased 0.4 per cent in the third quarter after a 0.2 per cent increase in second quarter 2012. Year-over-year, the index was up 1.4 per cent.

 

Friday, Jan. 11:

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced that China has approved four additional Canadian beef facilities for exporting beef to China. The approved facilities include Les Viandes Laroche Inc. (Asbestos, Que.); Ryding Regency Meat Packers Ltd. (Toronto); St. Helen's Meat Packers Ltd. (Toronto); and Canadian Premium Meats Inc. (Lacombe, Alta.). The Chinese market for beef is estimated to be valued at $20 million annually.

- Daryl Kramp, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, announced federal funding to help Belleville-based Gunther Huettlin Manufacturing Inc. install three high-speed production lines and to create 10 new jobs in the area. The repayable contribution of up to $500,000 comes through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Prosperity Initiative. The program is designed to encourage businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario take on projects that will create a more competitive, productive, and diversified economy in the region.

- Phil McColeman, MP for Brant, announced federal funding to help Brantford, Ont. firm GreenMantra Recycling Technologies Ltd. market new industrial wax products and license its production process to European customers. The project is expected to create up to 13 jobs in the region, and up to 45 additional jobs by 2017. The funding is up to $750,000 and comes through FedDev Ontario's Investing in Business Innovation initiative

- Statistics Canada released November 2012 figures for Canadian international merchandise trade. Merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent in November, with exports going down 0.9 per cent. Canada’s trade deficit increased from $552 million in October to $2 billion in November.

Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.

Organizations: House of Commons, Statistics Canada, African Union Maple Leaf Angels Corp. of Toronto International Trade Les Viandes Laroche Gunther Huettlin Manufacturing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario GreenMantra Recycling Technologies

Geographic location: Canada, Republic of Benin, Saskatoon Southern Ontario Montreal Thompson China Toronto Winnipeg Ottawa

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