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Changes to the Canadian Ministry

Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act

On July 15, 2013, a new Minister for the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development was sworn in as the Minister of Employment and Social Development.

The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act is being amended to change the name of the Department to the Department of Employment and Social Development, and to reflect the change in the title of the Minister and of the Act.

Canada Student Loan Program

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (assented June 2012) amended the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act (DHRSDA) by replacing Part 6 with provisions dealing with the electronic administration or enforcement of the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Act and the Employment Insurance Act, in addition to any program which is supported by grants and contributions under section 7 of the DHRSDA. Further amending the DHRSDA to expand the Minister’s authority to electronically administer or enforce the Canada Student Loans Program is consistent with Economic Action Plan 2013’s commitment to examine new ways to transform the way the Government of Canada does business to improve service and achieve efficiencies.

This amendment will modernize the delivery of the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) through electronic enhancements in order to improve the process for students and their families, and at the same time realize savings from increased efficiency. The enhancements include electronic signatures (E-signature), electronic verification of identity (cyber authentication) and allowing the transfer of electronic documents (e-documents), all of which are central to the CSLP’s electronic service delivery renewal.

  • Electronic Signatures: students would not be required to mail in their loan agreements with a wet (physical) signature.
  • Cyber Authentication: Students would not be required to present themselves at a Canada Post outlet for identity verification. Instead, authentication would be done electronically using a cyber authentication solution.
  • Electronic Documents: implementing a secure solution to send, receive, manage and store electronic documents. 

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The amendments will facilitate the ability to electronically administer and enforce the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), rather than relying on a cumbersome paper-based process.

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (assented June 2012) amended the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act (DHRSDA) by replacing Part 6 with provisions dealing with the electronic administration and enforcement of the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Act and the Employment Insurance Act, in addition to any program which is supported by grants and contributions under section 7 of the DHRSDA. Further amending the DHRSDA to expand the Minister’s authority to electronically administer and enforce theTFWP is consistent with Economic Action Plan 2013’s commitment to examine new ways to transform the way the Government of Canada does business to improve service and achieve efficiencies.

Furthermore, the amendments will ensure the TFWP can continue to provide effective and efficient services to employers while ensuring the integrity of the labour market opinion (LMO) process. The proposed amendments will allow the department, subject to regulations, to improve online delivery and could support other integrity measures being pursued by the Department by:

  • Eliminating the legal requirement to obtain physical signatures on LMO applications and instead obtain electronic signatures;
  • Eliminating the need to retain and store paper-based copies of LMO applications;
  • Enabling secure online payment for the LMO processing; and
  • Improving the efficiency of the assessment process by preventing employers from submitting incomplete applications and by allowing employers to upload supporting documentation throughout the assessment process.

Salaries Act

These amendments reflect changes to the Ministry announced on July 15, 2013. 

The first amendment updates the Salaries Act to reflect the new legal title of the Minister of Employment and Social Development, to be implemented through the amendments to the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act in Part 3-Division 6. 

The second amendment adds a new Ministerial position (Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs) to the Salaries Act.

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