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Minister Moore Speaks About Digital Canada 150: A Plan for Canada's Digital Future Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Apr 07, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Industry Minister James Moore provides more details of Digital Canada 150 while in Calgary

April 7, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – Industry Canada

Industry Minister James Moore spoke today at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy and shared details of the Government of Canada's new Digital Canada 150 (DC150). This ambitious plan is designed to ensure Canadians and Canadian businesses are able to take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age.

DC150 is based on five pillars: Connecting Canadians, Protecting Canadians, Economic Opportunities, Digital Government and Canadian Content. These pillars form the basis of the Government's vision for a more connected Canada that can fully benefit from the digital economy.

Addressing an audience of local business leaders, the Minister provided more details of DC150, including the measures designed to assist Canadian businesses.

As part of the DC150 vision:

  • Over 98 percent of all Canadians will have access to high-speed Internet at 5 megabits per second—a rate that enables e-commerce, high-resolution video, employment opportunities and distance education.
  • Canadians will have confidence their online transactions are secure, their privacy is protected, and their families are safeguarded against cyberbullying and other online threats.
  • Significant new investments will be made to help small and medium-sized businesses adopt digital technologies and to provide digital companies with access to venture capital.
  • Canada will be a leader in the use of digital technologies and open data, making it even easier for Canadians to access government services online.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide $305 million to extend and enhance high-speed Internet services to a target speed of 5 megabits per second for 280,000 Canadian households in rural and remote areas.
  • Canada's world-leading anti-spam law comes into force July 1, 2014, to protect Canadians from malicious online attacks.
  • Through the Business Development Bank of Canada, the government will invest $300 million in venture capital for digital companies and $200 million to support small and medium-sized businesses with digital technology adoption.
  • An additional $40 million will be invested to support up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15 million annually for internships with small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Federal funding for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program will increase to $100 million to help digital entrepreneurs take the next step in developing their businesses.
  • The Government committed $20 million over two years to the Business Innovation Access Program, which supports innovative research and development that translates into products benefiting Canadians by connecting small and medium-sized enterprises with universities, colleges and other research institutions.

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PM ANNOUNCES HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO CREATE A CANADIAN VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Apr 03, 2014 at 01:19 PM

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO BETTER PROTECT VICTIMS OF CRIME AND GIVE THEM A STRONGER VOICE IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history. The Prime Minister was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

During consultations held by the federal Government over the past year, many victims of crime shared stories of their interactions with the criminal justice system. Many participants expressed a desire for victims of crime to be kept better informed and involved at every stage of the justice process, and called for an increased understanding of the needs of victims.

Our Government is delivering on its commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to introduce a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, a commitment reiterated in Budget 2014. The legislation is part of our Government’s Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which focuses on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of our justice system.

Quick Facts

The legislation would create the following statutory rights for victims of crime:

  • Right to information: Victims would have the right to general information about the criminal justice system and available victim services and programs, as well as specific information about the progress of the case, including information relating to the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of the person who harmed them.
  • Right to protection: Victims would have the right to have their security and privacy considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, to have reasonable and necessary measures to protect them from intimidation and retaliation, and to request their identity be protected from public disclosure.
  • Right to participation: Victims would have a right to convey their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice professionals and have them considered at various stages of the criminal justice process, and to present a victim impact statement.
  • Right to restitution: Victims would have the right to have the court consider making a restitution order for all offences for which there are easy-to-calculate financial losses.
  • The Government will provide dedicated funding to support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights through existing resources as well as the allocation of new federal resources.
  • A study released in 2011 by the Department of Justice Canada found that the total cost of crime is an estimated $99.6 billion a year – 83 per cent of which is borne by victims.
  • According to Statistics Canada, nearly 2 million criminal incidents were reported to Canadian police services in 2012.
  • All provinces and territories have legislation for victims of crime and currently manage successful victims’ services programs in their own jurisdictions.

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MP Dykstra welcomes the opportunity to highlight federal government’s commitment to healthcare Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Mar 31, 2014 at 01:58 PM

St. Catharines – In response to a planned “Day of Action” rally on healthcare funding in cities across the country, including here in St. Catharines today, Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra wants to ensure that accurate and complete information be made available about the federal government’s commitment  to improving the healthcare system for all Canadians. That’s why we are investing more in Ontario’s healthcare system than ever before.

“We have lived up to our commitment to increase transfer payments and to ensure our health system is more than adequately funded,” says Dykstra. “I actually would like to commend those who attend today for showing their concern about our healthcare system, as obviously they must be disturbed about the millions upon millions of health care dollars squandered away by the Government of Ontario on the ORNGE and eHealth scandals.”

In 2005-06 health transfers to Ontario were at $7.72 billion. In the fiscal year starting tomorrow, funding will increase to $12.335 billion. That’s a 60% increase since taking government.

Ontario’s funding under the Canada Health Transfer has increased every year since our government was elected in 2006, including this one and will continue to do so through 2016/2017. Unlike the previous government, our government has ensured and will continue to ensure that provinces and territories can provide the healthcare services families need.

We’ve also made changes to ensure that transfers grow in the line with the economy – allowing the program to remain affordable and sustainable. Healthcare funding will increase each year, even when there is no growth, by a minimum of 3%. This should more than meet our province’s healthcare needs – according to the 2013 provincial budget, the provincial health budget has increased by less than 3% in each year since the last provincial election.

In fact, the 2013 Ontario budget shows that federal funding has increased twice as fast as provincial funding. The federal government is paying for a larger share of Ontarians’ healthcare than ever before.

Our government promised to deliver population-based funding and we have kept our word. We increased investment in healthcare at the exact levels which were promised in 2011.

“The federal government has also addressed an outstanding concern related to the Canada Health Transfer. We are now going to be treated the same as Canadians in the rest of the country when it comes to the funding that we receive for the Canada Health Transfer" (Toronto Star – December 19, 2009)
- Dalton McGuinty

Our government has introduced a system that will continue to increase healthcare funding, and has made that funding sustainable for future generations.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper Reiterates Canada's Commitment to Nuclear Security Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Mar 25, 2014 at 02:09 PM

The Hague, Netherlands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support to initiatives that will improve international nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The announcement was made on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 24 to 25, 2014.

Support through Canada’s Global Partnership Program (GPP) will facilitate projects that will enhance the physical security of nuclear facilities and radioactive sources, and combat illicit trafficking in countries in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Select projects will be delivered in partnership with the IAEA and the Canadian nuclear industry.

Delivering on a commitment made at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Harper also announced the ratification of two conventions that will improve nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism: the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Also announced was a joint commitment by Canada and Korea on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540, which focuses on counter-proliferation efforts and enhancing the security of nuclear materials worldwide. To date, more than 30 countries have reaffirmed their shared commitment to concrete initiatives in support of the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540.

Finally, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will host an IAEA International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission by the end of 2015. IPPAS is a peer review mechanism involving expert examination of a country’s nuclear security system.

Quick Facts

  • Canada is a leader in international efforts to combat nuclear terrorism, having invested millions on programming related to nuclear and radiological security since the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea.
  • Established in 2002, Canada’s GPP is the main mechanism through which Canada supports international efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and terrorism.
  • At the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the renewal of Canada’s GPP, building on past initiatives to enhance global WMD security.
  • Canada and Korea continue to be strong advocates for the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540. Canada’s first report was submitted to the 1540 Committee in 2004, with subsequent reports submitted in 2006 and 2008. Canada also submitted a Summary Action Plan to the 1540 Committee in 2010, which outlines Canada’s national and international efforts to implement UNSCR 1540.

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Prime Minister of Canada concludes bilateral visit to the Netherlands Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Mar 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

The Hague, Netherlands

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today concluded a successful two-day bilateral visit to the Netherlands, where he met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The two leaders discussed how to strengthen the bilateral relationship and maximize the commercial benefits that will arise from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. They also exchanged views on Ukraine, other key international security issues, as well as the Nuclear Security Summit, which Prime Minister Rutte is hosting from March 24 to 25, 2014.

The Prime Minister also had an audience with King Willem-Alexander at Noordeinde Palace. The meeting provided an opportunity to celebrate the special friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, which is underpinned by strong social, political and historical ties. 

While in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Harper also had the opportunity to visit the Port of Rotterdam. The largest port in Europe and fourth-largest in the world, the Port of Rotterdam is a natural gateway for Canadian goods into the larger European market.  

Finally, the Prime Minister hosted a question and answer session with Canadian and Dutch business representatives, along with James Moore, Minister of Industry. Minister Moore was in the Netherlands leading a 25-company trade mission from March 23 to 26, with a view to enabling Canadian companies to position themselves early and benefit from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the Netherlands have an excellent bilateral relationship, underpinned by strong people-to-people ties, a rich history of military cooperation, and close links between Canada and the Dutch Royal Family.
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s diplomatic presence in the Netherlands, and 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation, in which Canadian forces played a leading role.
  • In 2013, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the Netherlands totalled $7 billion. During that period, the Netherlands was Canada’s seventh-largest merchandise export market, valued at $3.6 billion.
  • The Netherlands is the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Canada, which totalled $61.4 billion in 2012, representing 9.7 per cent of Canada’s total FDI.
  • Prime Minister Harper last visited the Netherlands in May 2010.

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