Annex 3 - Legislative Measures
This annex includes a number of measures (other than tax-related measures) that would be implemented through legislation.
Subject of the Measure
Proposed Legislative Action
Shared Equity Mortgage
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would enable CMHC to offer the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive and administer a fund for third-party shared equity mortgage providers.
National Housing Strategy
The Government proposes to introduce new legislation that would require the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy that prioritizes the housing needs of the most vulnerable, and require regular reporting to Parliament on progress toward the Strategy’s goals and outcomes.
Affordable and Accessible Education
The Government proposes changes to Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans that would lower the floating interest rate and the fixed interest rate.
The Government proposes to introduce amendments the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act so that student loans will not accumulate any interest during the six-month non‑repayment period (the “grace period”) after a student loan borrower leaves school.
Economic Security of Low-Income Seniors
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would enhance the Guaranteed Income Supplement earnings exemption.
Enrollment in Canada Pension Plan
The Government proposes to introduce legislative amendments that would proactively enroll Canada Pension Plan contributors who are age 70 or older in 2020 but have not yet applied to receive their retirement benefit.
Protecting Canadians’ Pensions
The Government proposes to introduce legislative amendments to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 that would better protect workplace pensions in the event of corporate insolvency.
Gas Tax Fund
The Government proposes a one-time transfer of $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund to address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nation communities.
The Government proposes to invest $1.01 billion in 2018–19 to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings and to support infrastructure skills training for community.
Price on Pollution
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would allow direct proceeds from the regulatory charge on fossil fuels to be directed towards sectors that may be particularly affected by the carbon pollution price.
Bringing Innovation to Regulations
The Government proposes to introduce legislation to begin its work on an annual modernization bill consisting of legislative amendments to various statutes to help eliminate outdated federal regulations and better keep existing regulations up to date.
New Departments to Support New Relationship with Indigenous People
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would effect the formal creation of two new departments: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada.
Supporting Veterans as they Transition to Post-Service Life
The Government proposes to amend legislation that would expand eligibility for the Education and Training Benefit, so that members of the Supplementary Reserve can access the Benefit.
Protecting Canada’s Critical Infrastructure
The Government intends to propose new legislation and make necessary amendments to existing federal legislation in order to introduce a new critical cyber systems framework.
Enhancing Accountability and Oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Canada Border Services Agency Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and other Acts, as required, that would expand the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission to act as an independent review body for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.
Strengthening the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Government proposes to introduce legislative amendments to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and other Acts, as required, that would establish the Management Board for the RCMP.
Enhancing the Integrity of Canada’s Borders and Asylum System
The Government proposes to introduce legislative amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to better manage, discourage and prevent irregular migration. The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Federal Courts Act to create three new judicial positions to help ensure efficient and timely processing of asylum claimants seeking judicial review.
Protecting People from Unscrupulous Immigration Consultants
The Government proposes to introduce legislation and propose amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Citizenship Act in order to implement measures to help protect newcomers and applicants wishing to obtain the services of legitimate service providers.
Improving Emergency Medical Response in Western Canada
The Government proposes to provide a one-time investment of $65 million in 2018–19 for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) to replace its aging fleet and acquire new emergency ambulance helicopters.
Beneficial Ownership Transparency
The Government proposes amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act to make the beneficial ownership information maintained by federally incorporated corporations more readily available to tax authorities and law enforcement.
Strenghtening Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime
The Government proposes legislative amendments to the Criminal Code and Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act as well as complementary legislative measures to strengthen Canada’s legal framework and support operational capacity of FINTRAC.
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would enable CATSA to transition to an independent, not-for-profit entity and to establish this entity.
The Government proposes amendments to the Parks Canada Agency Act to create a standard, one-year appropriation authority for the Agency to ensure that Canadians continue to enjoy Canada's natural treasures in our national parks, heritage sites, and marine conservation areas and to better manage heritage, tourism, waterway, and highway assets.
New Retail Payments Oversight
The Government proposes to introduce legislation to implement a new retail payments oversight framework, so that retail payment services providers can continue to offer innovation in services, while remaining reliable and safe.
Modernizing the Governance Framework of Payments Canada
The Government proposes to introduce technical amendments to the Canadian Payments Act to modernize the governance framework of Payments Canada.
Updating Federal Financial Sector Statutes
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the federal financial institutions statutes (the Bank Act, Insurance Companies Act and Trust and Loan Companies Act) and related legislation such as the Bank of Canada Act, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act and Payment Clearing and Settlement Act that would ensure that they meet the changing needs of Canadian consumers and businesses.
Amendments will be proposed to: ensure the legislation remains clear and current; modernize the corporate governance framework for federally regulated financial institutions; and add further clarity on how investors, creditors and other participants may be compensated as a result of actions taken by financial sector authorities to sell, wind down or restore to viability a failing bank or financial market infrastructure.
Unclaimed Assets Framework
The Government proposes to introduce legislative amendments to the Bank Act, the Bank of Canada Act, the Trust and Loan Companies Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 to expand the scope of the framework to include foreign denominated bank accounts and unclaimed pension balances from terminated federally regulated pension plans.
The Government reaffirms its commitment to move ahead with poverty reduction legislation.
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would ensure that payments flow down the construction supply chain promptly and to provide for an effective adjudicative mechanism when they do not, thus facilitating the orderly and timely building of federal construction projects on federal property.
Public Sector Pension Plan Sustainability
The Government proposes to introduce legislation that would amend the Public Service Superannuation Act, the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act to increase the surplus limit for the pension plans covering: (i) the Public Service; (ii) the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular Force); and (iii) the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from 10 per cent to 25 per cent of the plans' liabilities.
NAV Canada Indemnity
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act that would indemnify NAV Canada for any liability arising from its support of Canadian Armed Forces operations.
Transportation Appeal Tribunal
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada Act that would ensure clarity around the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada’s jurisdiction in respect of reviews and appeals connected to administrative monetary penalties under the Marine Liability Act.
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Pilotage Act that would support the Oceans Protection Plan by strengthening the governance of Canada’s pilotage authorities, strengthening enforcement provisions, streamlining fee-setting and increasing transparency.
First Nations Access to Land and Land Management
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the First Nations Land Management Act and the Addition of Lands to Reserves and Reserve Creation Act that would streamline the process for Additions to Reserve.
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Canada National Parks Act:
- to alter the boundaries of ski areas in Banff National Park, and
- to take steps to legally establish the Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories.
Amendments to the Employment Equity Act
The Government proposes to introduce amendments to the Employment Equity Act and the Employment Equity Regulations that would introduce pay transparency measures for federally regulated employees in order to reduce wage gaps.
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