Ottawa, October 18, 2012

Archived - Harper Government Continues Pro-Growth Agenda With the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today introduced in Parliament Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012. The Act implements key initiatives from Economic Action Plan 2012 to help grow Canada’s economy, fuel job creation and secure Canada’s long-term prosperity.

“With Canada achieving one of the strongest economic performances in the G-7 and over 820,000 net new jobs created since July 2009, our Government is on the right track for the Canadian economy and Canadian families,” said Minister Flaherty. “However, the global economy remains fragile, especially in Europe and the United States. That’s why we remain focused on supporting the economy with our pro-growth Economic Action Plan 2012.”

The proposed Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 will bolster Canada’s economy and help improve communities across Canada with initiatives that build a strong economy and create jobs; support families and communities; promote clean energy and enhance neutrality of the tax system; and respect taxpayers’ dollars.

Build a strong economy and create jobs by:

  • Extending for one year the job-creating Hiring Credit for Small Business, which benefitted nearly 534,000 employers last year
  • Promoting interprovincial trade
  • Improving the legislative framework governing Canada’s financial institutions
  • Facilitating cross-border travel
  • Removing red tape and reducing fees for Canada’s grain farmers
  • Supporting Canada’s commercial aviation sector

Support families and communities by:

  • Improving Registered Disability Savings Plans
  • Helping Canadians save for retirement by implementing the tax framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans
  • Improving the administration of the Canada Pension Plan
  • Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

Promote clean energy and enhance neutrality of the tax system by:

  • Expanding tax relief for investment in clean energy generation equipment
  • Phasing out tax preferences for the mining and oil and gas sectors

Respect taxpayers’ dollars by:

  • Taking landmark action to ensure the pension plans for Members of Parliament, Senators and federal public sector employees are sustainable, financially responsible, and broadly consistent with the pension products offered by other jurisdictions as well as fair relative to those offered in the private sector
  • Closing tax loopholes
  • Eliminating duplication

“Ongoing global economic turbulence and competition from emerging economies mean the Government must act now to build a stronger economy,” said Minister Flaherty. “Delaying needed economic and fiscal reforms would only serve to lead Canada down the same road as the troubled European and U.S. economies.”

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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