Liberal Platform Analysis
What the New Government Means for Consulting Engineering
Many of the commitments of the new Liberal government will affect ACEC member firms and their clients, providing both opportunities and challenges. Although the Liberals will have to make some compromises on account of the Conservative-controlled Senate, their House of Commons majority will allow them to accomplish a great deal of their platform – if they are held accountable.
To that end, ACEC will be monitoring and advocating on the commitments of the Liberal platform. The commitments listed below are relevant to ACEC member firms and/or their clients. These are followed by lower profile issues that are nevertheless of interest to ACEC member firms. Issues are titled as they appear in the Liberal party platform.
Transit Funding Commitment
The Liberal party has promised to invest in public transit by providing an additional $20 Billion over the next decade, which quadruples the current investment. They promise that this will be “long-term, predictable federal funding” for provinces, territories and municipalities.
Greener Communities Commitment
The Liberal party has committed to invest $20 Billion over the next decade in Canada’s sustainable infrastructure. This includes investments in “local water and wastewater facilities; clean energy; climate resilient infrastructure, including flood mitigation systems; and infrastructure to protect against changing weather.”...
Reforms to the New Building Canada Fund Commitment
The Liberal Party has committed to make some reforms to the New Building Canada Fund. They promise to make the NBCF “more focused and more transparent”. The Liberal Party also remarks...
Canada’s North Commitment
The Liberal party has committed to help northern residents with the high cost of living by increasing the residency tax deduction by 33%. They have also committed to invest in social and green infrastructure by prioritizing investment in affordable housing and climate change preparedness. The Liberals claim this will...
Environmental Assessment Commitment
The Liberal party has committed to review Canada’s environmental assessment process and introduce a new process as a result of that review. The new process will: a) “restore robust oversight”, b) ensure decisions are evidence-based and serve the public interest, and c) require project advocates to choose...
Keeping our commitment to communities
The Liberal party has committed not to let funding lapse. The idea is that every dollar committed by the government will eventually be invested in communities, whether or not that dollar is spent within the fiscal year. The Liberal party has committed to do this...
Canada Infrastructure Bank Commitment
The Liberal party recognizes that lack of capital can present a significant barrier to municipalities and provinces in terms of infrastructure spending. Because they lack capital, they are unable to provide ‘matched funding’ and often cannot make use of federal funding. The Liberal party has promised to establish...
Making Decisions Commitment
The Liberal party has committed to making evidence-based decisions, releasing information about the decision making process, and trying and measuring new approaches to existing problems in order to encourage accountability and innovation. They also emphasize that they will invest in programs of “good value”.
International Students and Temporary Residents Commitment
The Liberal party has promised to give international students and temporary residents “credit” for time already spent in Canada. They will also change the Canadian Experience Class in order to reduce barriers to immigration.