Original language of petition: English
Helping Canada Build Back Better
From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has demonstrated its commitment to use every tool available to combat the virus and mitigate its economic harm. The Government of Canada has taken, and continues to take, strong and decisive action to protect the health of Canadians as well as support Canadian workers and businesses.
The Government of Canada has made major investments in health care, in procuring medical and personal protective equipment, in income support and paid sick leave, in responding to businesses urgent needs and in keeping Canadians safe, healthy, and solvent through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada’s broad and ambitious suite of measures has been designed to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, bridge Canada’s economy through the effects of widespread lockdowns, and position Canada well for a post-pandemic recovery.
Budget 2021 outlines a plan that will get Canadians back to work and begin improving Canada’s growth potential. The actions in Budget 2021 build upon the commitments made in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement and the Enhanced Climate Plan, which together comprise a recovery plan that will create shared prosperity, improve Canadians’ quality of life, and power our green transformation.
The Government of Canada is acutely aware that certain industries and commodities are critical to the country’s ability to protect the health and safety of Canadians. The Government has promoted a made-in-Canada approach in our purchases of personal protective equipment and other medical equipment and intends to continue to invest in Canadian industries and support Canadian jobs.
Strategic Investments in the Life Sciences
The pandemic has highlighted the need for a revitalized life sciences sector in Canada. As such, the Government has turned to the advice of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutics Task Forces, comprised of Canada’s leading vaccine and immunology experts and industry leaders, to inform strategic decision-making relating to both Canada’s immediate pandemic needs and long-term vision for the Canadian life sciences sector.
On March 20, 2020, the Government of Canada launched a Call to Action to mobilize Canadian manufacturers and businesses to assist Canada in meeting the need for personal protective equipment, medical devices, and associated critical commodities. Since then, over 6,500 companies have offered their expertise and capacity. By leveraging programming, engagement across departments, and collaborating with industry, the Made in Canada Project has successfully secured domestic manufacturing to meet these needs.
Investments in the Canadian life sciences sector not only protect Canadians in the event of a pandemic, but also provide enormous economic benefits associated with growing manufacturing capacity, attracting vaccine developers and connecting Canada's world leading life science researchers and start-ups with opportunities to grow and succeed in Canada.
To this end, the Government of Canada has made a number of strategic investments in domestic capabilities to develop and produce vaccines, therapeutics and drugs in the country. These investments include:
The Government is also actively considering a number of other investments to help round out our capabilities. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canada remains well-positioned to respond to the current pandemic as well as future health emergencies.
Budget 2021 illustrates the Government of Canada’s deep commitment to Canada’s biomanufacturing and life science sector, by investing a total of $2.2 billion over seven years towards growing a vibrant domestic life sciences sector. This support would provide foundational investments to help build Canada’s talent pipeline and research system, and support the growth of Canada life sciences firms, including:
Several other initiatives included in Budget 2021 include targeted support for the life sciences and biomanufacturing sector, including:
Through these and other investments, the Government of Canada remains committed to supporting a strong recovery and a vibrant life sciences sector in Canada.
Additionally, Canada has a strong advanced manufacturing sector, which provides essential goods, such as food products, to both domestic and international markets. Throughout the pandemic, the Government of Canada has worked closely with provincial governments and industry to overcome challenges facing essential sectors, including addressing barriers to international movement of goods and services, supporting rapid testing programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work sites, and supporting a multitude of programs to provide businesses with access to capital.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada is assessing all options to ensure future supply chain security, including in collaboration with likeminded partners. The Government has worked closely with industry in strategizing how to rebuild Canada’s economy together, through forums like the Industry Strategy Council. Government and industry have exemplified a strong partnership over the course of the pandemic, and will continue working together to support Canadians, rebuild the national economy, and secure critical supply chains.
1. Canada’s trade policy is geared toward building economic opportunities for Canadians in all sectors, including in the manufacturing sector. Canada’s network of free trade agreements creates opportunities to expand exports, build resilient and stable supply chains and create jobs for Canadians.
The new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) is a solid foundation for building Canada’s prosperity and has set a valuable example of the benefits of trade liberalization for the rest of the world.
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) presents Canadian businesses with preferential access to, and excellent opportunities for growth, in the EU.
Through the Canada-Korea FTA and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Canada has secured preferential market access to some of our most important trading partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
The recently concluded Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement further adds to our list of free trade agreements which includes key trading partners like Chile, Israel, Colombia and Peru.
The Government is also pursuing new opportunities and agreements to help Canadian businesses gain preferential access to key markets and grow their businesses in the world economy.
Comprehensive free trade agreement negotiations with Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance continue to progress as does the proposed modernization of Canada’s free trade agreement with Ukraine.
We are working to expand the CPTPP through accessions, working toward a trade agreement with India, advancing a possible trade agreement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and exploring a possible trade agreement with Indonesia.
Fostering greater engagement and closer ties with countries, including through free trade agreements, is an effective way of promoting Canadian values, such as human rights, democracy, openness and respect for the rule of law and rules-based international trade.
2. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadian businesses at home and abroad are not unknowingly involved in any supply chains involving forced labour. We remain steadfast in our commitment to increasing supply chain transparency, promoting responsible business conduct, and ensuring that Canadian companies are upholding Canadian values, wherever they may operate. We are encouraging Canadian companies to take steps to maximize the resiliency of their supply chains.
Through Canada’s Trade Diversification Strategy, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is proactively helping Canadian businesses diversify their trade – in terms of where they trade, who trades and how they trade. The TCS is providing clients and stakeholders information on the risks of doing business in China, including the importance of Responsible Business Conduct and international best practices for Canadian companies operating abroad, as well as new risks related to human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and Hong Kong’s National Security Law.
To safeguard Canadian supply chains and prevent Canadian businesses from becoming unknowingly complicit, on January 12, 2021 Canada announced a suite of measures to address extensive human rights violations against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the XUAR in China.
Also, on March 22, 2021, Canada imposed sanctions on 4 Chinese officials and 1 entity under the Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations, based on their participation in gross and systematic human rights violations in the XUAR. These measures were taken in coordination with the United States and the United Kingdom, and in solidarity with the European Union. The Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations impose on listed individuals a prohibition on any transaction (effectively, an asset freeze) by prohibiting persons in Canada, and Canadians outside Canada, from engaging in any activity related to any property of these individuals or providing financial or related services to them. The individuals listed in the schedule to the regulations are also rendered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
These measures are a part of a comprehensive approach to human rights advocacy for Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities facing persecution in China. Canada will continue to call on the People’s Republic of China to respect and protect human rights and to allow for meaningful, unfettered access to the XUAR so that impartial experts can observe and report on the situation first-hand.
Together with likeminded countries, a collective approach to mitigating supply chain risks will help Canada to achieve our overarching human rights objectives – in the XUAR as well as other jurisdictions requiring enhanced due diligence.
Beyond strengthening supply chain integrity, Canada is also ramping up efforts to reinvest in critical supply chains, such as critical minerals, and bio-manufacturing. For instance, on January 9, 2020, Canada and the U.S. finalized the Canada-U.S. Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration. This plan advances our mutual interest in securing supply chains for the critical minerals needed for important manufacturing sectors, including communication technology, aerospace and defence, and clean technology. Furthermore, on February 23, 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden issued a Roadmap for a Renewed Canada-U.S. Partnership, which includes a commitment to strengthen the Canada-U.S. Critical Minerals Action Plan, as well as cooperation under the U.S.-led Energy Resource Governance - a multi-country initiative promoting sound mining sector governance, and secure and resilient supply chains for critical energy minerals.
Additionally, resources will be provided to bolster Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. On December 11, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it will be investing $3 billion over 5 years through the Strategic Innovation Fund’s new Net Zero Accelerator fund to rapidly expedite decarbonization projects with large emitters, scale-up clean technology and accelerate Canada's industrial transformation across all sectors.
3. Canadian parliamentarians enjoy the right to freedom of speech and expression within Canada. Parliament is an independent institution and the Government of Canada is not involved in parliamentary matters, including recommendations for topics of studies for standing or special committees.
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