Budget 2017 Brings a Real and Fair Chance at Success to the National Capital Region

March 23, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government's long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians.

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was at Algonquin College in Ottawa with students to participate in a Facebook Live discussion on Budget 2017, the Government's ambitious agenda that supports middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transforms our neighbourhoods and communities, and gives every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Minister Morneau spoke about how Budget 2017 encourages a culture of lifelong learning and puts Canada's skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. Budget 2017 will help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy. Budget 2017 will also help young people get the work experience they need to start their careers, and help create job opportunities for graduates in their fields.


"Innovation is changing the world in which we live. New innovative approaches are needed to address skills gaps and support lifelong learning throughout Canadians' working lives. Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada's economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2017 supports Ottawa and the National Capital Region by:
    • Building better communities through investments in world-class infrastructure that will improve public transit and provide Canadians with cleaner water to drink and cleaner air to breathe. 
    • Providing Canadians with better access to affordable housing that meets their needs through the new National Housing Strategy, which will help build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable housing.
    • Helping unemployed and underemployed Canadians get good jobs in the new, innovative economy by significantly boosting federal support through the Labour Market Transfer Agreements. This will mean more opportunities for Canadians to pursue training to upgrade their skills, gain work experience through job creation partnerships, or start a business and become self-employed.

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