2021-01-26

Government announces priorities for action to increase diversity and inclusion in the public service

News release January 26, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat The public service has long made diversity and inclusion a core value and continuously reflects on the treatment of Black Canadians, Indigenous Peoples, and other individuals who face racial discrimination and other barriers in the workplace, and who are often underrepresented at the most senior levels …

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2021-01-26

Minister Ng announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

News release January 26, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program, or HASCAP. As first outlined in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, HASCAP will provide financial support to businesses that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Businesses across …

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2021-01-25

Government launches budget consultations to hear from Canadians

News release January 25, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, launched pre-budget consultations. These discussions allow the government to hear the best ideas from Canadians and experts across the country about …

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2021-01-13

Community Champion: Aurora Food Pantry

Since 1990, the Aurora Food Pantry has provided food assistance to Aurora and North Oak Ridges residents during their toughest times.  As a volunteer-based nonprofit organization with the mission of ensuring no one goes hungry, there’s no doubt that the Aurora Food Pantry plays an essential role in our community.  Volunteers, local organizations, churches, schools and businesses are the backbone of the Aurora Food Pantry. By dedicating their time, sharing …

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2021-01-13

Community Champion: Newmarket Food Pantry

The Newmarket Food Pantry is an organization that provides emergency supply of foods to those in need. Through this work, they also provide supplementary nutritional support to those who cannot meet their dietary needs on their own.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging to every Canadian, but especially to the most vulnerable in our communities. The Newmarket Food Pantry has played a key role in helping make sure that no one has …

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2021-01-08

Statement on Canada’s economic and job recovery

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, issued the following statement today following the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.

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2021-01-08

Government of Canada announces new policy to help former international students live in, work in and continue contributing to Canada

As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to support international students through this challenging time, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that former international students who hold or held a PGWP will have the opportunity to apply for an open work permit.

Applications will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

Details on how to apply will be added to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website on January 27, 2021.

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2021-01-06

COVID-19 testing centre for arriving international travellers launches at Pearson Airport

The Government of Canada continues to advise against non-essential travel and reminds all travellers returning to Canada that contravening the mandatory quarantine can lead to severe penalties.

This new pilot for arriving travellers at Pearson Airport is in addition to the Government of Canada new pre-departure requirement for travellers bound to Canada to demonstrate proof of negative COVID-19 results from a test taken within three days prior to departure.

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2020-12-31

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, is requiring that, effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. This implementation date provides all airlines, both foreign and domestic, adequate time to comply with the new requirements.

he Government of Canada continues to advise against non-essential travel and reminds all travellers returning to Canada that contravening the mandatory quarantine can lead to severe penalties.

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