Minister Morneau Opens the First Meeting of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

May 16, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada has an ambitious plan to revitalize the Canadian economy. It is a plan based on the notion that when you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone.

Today, the Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, met with the government’s new Advisory Council on Economic Growth to help develop a strong Growth Strategy that will directly benefit the middle class—and those working hard to join it.

The Council has brought together fourteen of the best minds—armed with global perspective and wide-ranging experience—to tackle the pressing challenges faced by Canadians. These bright women and men will bring forward bold ideas to make sure that our children and grandchildren inherit a Canada more prosperous and sustainable than the one we know today.

The Council has been tasked with finding solutions to a number of key challenges facing Canada, including:

  • How to transform innovative ideas into high-value goods and services that will help Canadians and Canadian businesses;
  • How to ensure that the historic investments in infrastructure make it easier for Canadians to get to work on time or get their products to market; and
  • What things can be done—today—so that Canadians can take advantage of the job opportunities of tomorrow.

The networks, insights, and talents of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth will be vital to the government’s efforts to ensure that Canadians can look forward to good, well-paying jobs, a cleaner environment, and thriving communities.


“Our government is open to innovative new ideas, and we know partnerships and collaboration are the key to our current and future success. Through the Advisory Council, we’ve brought together some of the best minds who bring a global perspective and wide-ranging experience that will help shape the government’s approach to creating long-term growth and an economy that works for the middle class, and those working hard to join it.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

  • The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of International Trade, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour all attended this inaugural meeting of the Council.
  • The Council’s work is part of a whole-of-government approach, and its efforts will be complementary to consultations being led by other departments.

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Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

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