Federal Government

Government of Canada Releases Budget 2022

Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable. Since the depths of the pandemic recession, the government’s focus on jobs—on keeping Canadians employed and on keeping their employers afloat—has ensured Canada’s economy has made a rapid and […]

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Health Canada Authorizes Use of the Moderna Spikevax (50 Mcg) Covid-19 Vaccine in Children 6 to 11 Years of Age

Today, Health Canada authorized the use of the Moderna Spikevax (50 mcg) COVID-19 vaccine in children 6 to 11 years of age. This is the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this younger age group. Health Canada received an application from Moderna to expand the indication of its Spikevax vaccine on November […]

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Government of Canada Will Remove Pre-Entry Test Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travellers on April 1

Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry […]

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Minister Ng Announces the Next Phase of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, celebrated International Women’s Day by announcing the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, the next phase of the $6-billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. While progress has been made since the launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy in 2018, access to capital, particularly in […]

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New Canada Digital Adoption Program to Help Small Businesses Thrive in the Digital Economy

Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy and the heart of our communities across the country. As small businesses adapt to the digital economy and the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is working to help them continue to grow, thrive, and create good jobs. New Canada Digital Adoption […]

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Backgrounder – The Canada Digital Adoption Program

The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) has been established to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) realize their full potential by adopting digital technologies. Announced in Budget 2021, the $4 billion program is an investment of $1.4 billion in grants and advisory services to SMEs from the Government of Canada and up to $2.6 billion […]

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Government of Canada Lightens Border Measures as Part of Transition of the Pandemic Response

Today, the Government of Canada announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. The ability of the country to transition to a new phase at the border is a result of the actions of tens of millions of Canadians across the country who […]

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Government Extends Expanded Access to Local Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit

The federal government will continue to support Canadian workers and businesses where provincial and territorial public health restrictions, including capacity restrictions, remain in place. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced the federal government’s intention to […]

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Health Canada Authorizes Paxlovid for Patients with Mild to Moderate Covid-19 at High Risk of Developing Serious Disease

Health Canada has authorized the combination of two antiviral drugs, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (brand name PAXLOVIDTM), to treat adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death. The active ingredient nirmatrelvir in PAXLOVIDTM works by stopping the virus from replicating. Until now, authorized medications […]

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Government Extends Loan Forgiveness Repayment Deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program has provided interest-free, partially forgivable loans to nearly 900,000 small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to help them navigate the pandemic and remain resilient. However, the Omicron variant has delayed the recovery for businesses in many parts of the country. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and […]

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