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Feds tout expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit as questions remain

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on provinces and their employers before they can actually get the extra time off. When the federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules …

Tax haven controversy deals another body blow to Trudeau’s middle class brand

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government’s politically bruised promise to ensure “tax fairness” for the middle class took another beating Monday amid unfolding revelations about the widespread and perfectly legal practice among ultra-wealthy Canadians of harbouring cash in offshore tax havens. Included among the 13.4 million leaked documents, dubbed the “Paradise Papers,” were the names of former Liberal …

Tax, charities rules under scrutiny as Liberals craft social finance strategy

OTTAWA — A group of experts is considering whether a niche should be carved out of the tax system to unlock billions in private cash for a range of programs that could help the homeless get off the street or boost the incomes of Indigenous Peoples. The heads of the advisory group say the issue …

Liberals to delay billions in planned infrastructure spending

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals plan to shift just over $2 billion in planned infrastructure spending to future years, reflecting slower-than-anticipated spending on the file, The Canadian Press has learned. The money won’t come from planned spending in one specific year. Nor will it come from one specific program, but across multiple funds set up …

Indigenous groups look for more funding, flexibility in revamped jobs strategy

OTTAWA—Indigenous leaders are asking the federal government to overhaul an employment program to help a young and growing population train for a first job and move up the corporate ladder. The key messages from consultations on a new Aboriginal skills training strategy provided to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu earlier this year focus on creating separate …

Federal costs to fight lawsuit from moms denied benefits tops $2.5 million

OTTAWA — Federal lawyers have racked up a legal bill of more than $2.36 million fighting a group of women who allegedly were wrongly denied sickness benefits while they were on maternity leave. The costs, revealed in an access to information request filed by The Canadian Press, show the Justice Department added about $300,000 to …

More federal cash for water, sewer systems won’t solve wave of problems: Report

OTTAWA – A new report from a bipartisan think-tank says the federal government should scale back its spending on water and sewage systems in Canadian cities for each community’s financial good. The Ecofiscal Commission report being released today makes the case that the fees homeowners pay for the water running through their taps and down …

Liberals poised to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy

OTTAWA— The federal Liberals’ are sending signals that they are ready to make a right to housing part of its national housing strategy. The declaration appears largely aspirational in nature at this point, as sources with knowledge of the government’s thinking said there won’t be any legislated specifics tied to the promise unlike the detailed …

Garneau, airlines face off over Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau pushed back Thursday against suggestions the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too heavy-handed with airlines, saying the government’s intent is not to pick on air carriers. Garneau told a Commons committee studying the proposal that the government’s goal is to create regulations that are fair to …

Liberals target 60,000 student work placements with funding roll out

  OTTAWA — The federal government is rolling out millions in new spending to help thousands of students heading back to campus find work placements during their studies. The Liberals had promised to spend $73 million over four years on provided work-integrated learning opportunities with the money supposed to start flowing a year ago. The …

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