Government Builds a Stronger Middle Class

October 27, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is focused on investing in the economy so that it works for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Earlier this week, the Government announced its intention to strengthen the Canada Child Benefit and enhance the Working Income Tax Benefit, putting more money in the pockets of parents, families and low-income workers. The investments the Government has made in people, in communities and in the economy are working. Canada now has the fastest growing economy in the G7 and among the fastest job growth in a decade, giving the Government the ability to reinvest the benefits of that growth back into the middle class.

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced legislation (Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2) in the House of Commons that builds on the Government's commitment to the middle class by legislating the remaining measures from Budget 2017.

The legislation includes measures to give federally regulated workers the right to request more flexible work arrangements from their employer—largely benefiting women, who continue to do the majority of unpaid work at home. Also proposed is legislation to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors that are not part of a formal educational program and to provide labour standard protections for unpaid interns who are part of an educational program.

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"We have an ambitious plan to grow Canada's economy. By strengthening the Canada Child Benefit and the Working Income Tax Benefit, we're investing in the middle class and providing opportunities for those working hard to join it. This second budget implementation bill builds on that work by creating opportunities that unlock the full potential of people and businesses, and position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy. Our plan is working. Our economy is growing. We want all Canadians to see it have an impact on their everyday lives."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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