An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
The House of Commons is scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, Sept. 16, with the Senate returning on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
- Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced federal funding for the Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau Inc. for the international and out-of-province commercialization of the 26th Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.
- Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture) Maxime Bernier announced federal funding to help Gestion J.M. Labonté Inc. of Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley, Que., acquire new equipment. The $225,000 repayable contribution comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that the federal government has contracted Nielsen to monitor how much Canadians will actually be saving as a result of tariff eliminations from the 2013 federal budget.
- Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, effective July 31. A new $275 processing fee for each temporary foreign worker position that an employer requests through a Labour Market Opinion. English and French are the only languages that can be identified as a job requirement in advertisements and LMO applications by employers intending to hire temporary foreign workers. Employers will now need to make greater efforts to hire Canadians before they will be eligible to apply to hire temporary foreign workers. Additional questions have been added to all LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs.
Thursday, August 8:
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of L. Yves Fortier as a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
- The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved applications for national mandatory distribution from two television services: AMI TV in French and Nouveau TV5. The CRTC rejected applications for mandatory distribution from the following services: Accents; All Points Bulletin;Canadian Punjabi Network; Described Video Guide;Dolobox TV;EqualiTV; Fusion; Maximum Television Canada;Starlight: The Canadian Movie Channel;Sun News Network;La télévision des ressources naturelles; and Vision TV.
Friday, Aug. 9:
- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird concluded a twelve-day trip to seven countries throughout Latin America, highlighting the importance of the region to Canadian interests.
- Statistics Canada released Labour Force Survey results for July, 2013. Canada lost 39,000 jobs in July, most of which affected young people. The unemployment rate inched up 0.1% to reach 7.2 per cent.
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