Jobs & Recovery

Over the last year and a half, Canada’s unemployment rate has been among the highest in the G-7. Millions of Canadians have lost their jobs, and many of them have struggled for months to find work. The unemployment rate is compounded for young people just entering the workforce as well as for women and racialized Canadians.

Even worse, the Trudeau Government’s painfully slow vaccine roll-out allowed the more dangerous and transmissible COVID variants to spread out of control into a third wave which necessitated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders across Canada. Hundreds of thousands more Canadians lost their jobs as a result.

The number of Canadians who have been unemployed for more than six months is stuck near its highest level ever. More and more people are spending months on end unemployed, making it hard for them toget back on their feet. When people can find jobs, most are part-time.

We’re worried that millions of Canadian workers and small businesses are being left behind. It’s time for a government with a jobs plan that will deliver for all Canadians.

The Liberals, NDP, and Greens don’t have a plan to get Canadians back to work. They’ve given us the worst economy since the Great Depression. Even before the pandemic hit, Canada’s economy had ground to a halt with zero growth at the end of 2019. Billions in investment and thousands of jobs left Canada because of ideological Liberal policies and attacks on job creators. The Liberals, NDP, and Greens have ruined the once-enviable finances of Canada with very little to show for it.

Our top priority is getting as many people back to work in good jobs, in every part of Canada, in every sector, as quickly as possible. We will do whatever it takes to get people working and get the economy back on track. Canada’s Conservatives got us out of the last recession—we’ll get us out of this one, too.

Our plan will also increase long-term economic growth. To create more good jobs and put our govern-ment nances on a stable footing, we can no longer accept the slow growth of the last few years.

Canada’s Conservatives will protect the Canadian social contract. That means jobs and growth in every sector in every part of the country. There are many working Canadians who haven’t kept up with the economic growth and prosperity enjoyed by others for years. Canada’s Conservatives won’t allow areas or sectors to be left behind.

Our detailed plan to get Canadians back to work includes will four major initiatives to create jobs:

  • Canada Job S urge Plan: paying up to 50% of the salary of new hires for six months followingthe end of CEWS.
  • Canada Investment Accelerator: getting companies spending money and creating jobs byproviding a 5% investment tax credit for any capital investment made in 2022 and 2023,with the rst $25,000 to be refundable for small business.
  • Rebuild Main Street Tax Credit: providing a 25% tax credit on amounts of up to $100,000 thatCanadians personally invest in a small business over the next two years, to get money owinginto main street businesses and create jobs.
  • Main Street Business Loan: providing loans of up to $200,000 to help small and mediumbusinesses in hospitality, retail, and tourism get back on their feet, with up to 25% forgiven.17
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The following pages provide details of our plan to create jobs by:

  • Beating COVID-19 through vaccination and testing to fully reopen our economy: The rst stepin getting Canadians back to work and keeping them there is avoiding future lockdowns byprotecting Canadians from a fourth wave.
  • Taking immediate action to help the hardest hit sectors: The downturn has hit sectors likehospitality, tourism, and airlines particularly hard, resulting in a recession that has hurt womenand young people the most. We need to rebuild and get people back to work.
  • Supporting small business: Small business is the engine of our economy. To rebuild, we will needthousands of new small businesses to ll the holes on our main streets.
  • Securing opportunities for women: The COVID crisis has exposed how precarious the positionof women is in the Canadian economy. Long-term prosperity depends on women having thesupport they need to be full participants in Canada’s economy.
  • Making Canada the best place to invest and build a business: The Liberals, NDP, and Greenshave actively driven investment out of Canada, and the results are clear: jobs and investmentare going to the US and China instead of Canada. It’s time for that to change.
  • Building infrastructure to get the economy moving: A modern Canada needs moderninfrastructure: that means connecting all Canadians to high-speed internet and building the transportation infrastructure that brings Canadian goods to market and Canadian workers to work.
  • Unleashing innovation: Canadians are among the most innovative people on earth but, all too often, Canadian innovators move to the U.S. to build their business or sell to foreign investors with the deep pockets to fund growth. It’s time to make Canada the best place in the world to start – and scale – an innovative business.
  • Increasing trade with free nations: Canada is a trading nation. Millions of jobs depend on trade. We need to pursue new trade deals – but we must focus on countries that share our values and treat workers with respect.
  • Creating opportunity in all sectors of the economy: Justin Trudeau has made it clear that he wants to phase out industries that employ millions of Canadians. It’s impossible to understand why Trudeau would choose now, of all times, to make more Canadians unemployed. We can’t just have a recovery for the downtowns of a few big cities. Canada’s Conservatives are focused on a recovery that works for all Canadians.Beating COVID-19 through vaccination and testing, so we can fully reopen our economy.The rst step in getting Canadians back to work is beating COVID-19, and the key to keeping Canadiansback at work is avoiding future lockdowns by protecting Canadians from a fourth wave.Canada’s Conservatives know that the government needs to work with the private sector, that we can’t rely on the Chinese Communist Party, and that we need to see the world as it really is. While we can’trewind the clock and x all of Trudeau’s deadly mistakes, we can ensure that we do everything we can,now, to lead Canada out of this pandemic and reopen our economy.

    We need to be prepared for whatever is next, including the emergence of new variants. As much as we would like it to disappear, it’s likely that COVID will remain with us and almost certain that we will face other pandemic risks. Liberal failures have kept our country and economy shut down while others like

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the US and UK are months ahead of us in reopening. Fighting COVID and similar risks will continue to be vital to rebuilding the economy and will be our top priority.

Canadians will likely need booster shots to protect against COVID-19. We need to be ready for this. Canada’s Conservatives will implement a plan to ensure that Canada has faster and more consistent access to vaccines and that we have rapid access to booster shots to deal with future variants.

We will:

  • Prioritize the signing of contracts for booster shots to ensure that Canadians are protected asquickly as possible against new variants. We cannot afford to repeat Justin Trudeau’s failureswhich left Canadians behind in vaccine procurement.
  • Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies such asProvidence Therapeutics, Sano , Medicago and others.
  • Support the provinces by rapidly making available to them whatever logistical resources theyneed to deliver vaccines and booster shots to Canadians as quickly as possible.Protecting our most vulnerable and keeping our economy open will depend on testing and contacttracing. A year into the pandemic, we are still not using all the tools at our disposal to ght and containoutbreaks. Under Trudeau’s watch, Canada has fallen behind. Canada’s Conservatives will get Canadians ahead.Canada’s Conservatives will implement a national rapid screening program to allow businesses and public institutions to remain open in the face of future variants and protect our country. Trudeau’s failure to keep the variants out of Canada, after having almost a year to prepare, is one of his most profound failures. Conservatives have a plan to reopen and to remain open responsibly.

    We will:

  • Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen new arrivals.Everyone entering Canada (by land as well as by air), irrespective of their vaccination status and whether they are considered an essential worker, will be required to take a rapid test and possibly a PCR test upon arrival.Rapid testing will help screen out cases, while PCR tests will provide a higher level of protection.
  • Accelerate Health Canada approvals for rapid tests approved by the UK, the US, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Taiwan. It is unacceptable that bureaucratic barriers have kept these tests out of the hands of Canadians.
  • Make at-home rapid tests readily available to all Canadians.
  • Immediately provide more rapid tests to provincial governments to allow them to conductscreening, particularly at schools.
  • Develop a clear, evidence-based strategy for re-opening our border with clear timelines andmetrics. We will restore urgency, rationality, and consistency to border regulations.
  • Quickly close the border to travellers from hotspots where new variants are detected.We will not allow new variants into Canada as Trudeau has done through his delays in enacting border measures to protect Canadians.19
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Taking immediate action to help the hardest hit sectors

It’s been a challenging year for Canadians, but the impact of COVID-19 hasn’t been felt equally by all. As much as the Prime Minister may want us to believe that “we’re all in this together,” the reality is that many better off white-collar workers have been able to work from home. Jobs lost by higher-income workers have, for the most part, come back.

For younger and lower-income workers, however, the story is different. Youth unemployment has skyrocketed and stayed high. Lower-income workers – particularly those working in restaurants, hotels, and other service jobs – have been devastated. Women have left the workforce at a much higher rate than men.

To get Canadians back to work, we need to focus on the hardest-hit sectors.

Canada’s Conservatives will launch the Canada Job Surge Plan – paying up to 50% of the salary of net new hires for six months following the end of CEWS.

The government will pay at least 25% of the salary of a net new hire, with the subsidy increasing up to a maximum of 50% based on how long the new hire has been unemployed. The salary maximum will be the same as for CEWS.
This will get Canadians back to work and particularly bene t the long-term unemployed.

To support the hospitality and tourism sectors and help ensure that women and young workers share in the recovery, Canada’s Conservatives will introduce a Dine and Discover Program:

  • Provide a 50% rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in from Monday to Wednesday for one month once it is safe to do so, pumping nearly $1 billion into this sector.
  • Launch the Explore and Support Canada initiative with a 15% tax credit for vacation expensesof up to $1,000 per person for Canadians to vacation in Canada in 2022, helping our tourismsector get back on its feet.
  • Eliminate the Liberal escalator tax on alcohol.Canada’s Conservatives understand that the airline industry is essential for a united Canada, tying our massive country together and connecting us to the world. Under Justin Trudeau, Canada was slow to support its airline industry to survive the downturn.
  • Canada’s Conservatives will help the airline sector rebuild and get Canadian pilots, ightattendants, ground crews, mechanics, and all the other vital airline employees back to work.Support will be conditional on airlines agreeing to provide refunds to customers whose ightsthey cancelled, ending layoffs, restoring regional routes, allowing travel agents to maintain commissions collected for cancelled travel, and banning executive bonuses until the support is repaid.
  • We will also pass legislation implementing strong protection of passengers’ rights based on the EU system. Among other things, this will make it clear that passengers are entitled to full refunds- not vouchers – when an airline cancels a ight and doesn’t offer an alternative.Canadian charities and non-pro ts employ over two million Canadians and do essential work supportingCanadian families. Never has their vital work been more evident than over the last year, as so many Canadians have lost their jobs and needed assistance.20
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To boost charitable donations, Canada’s Conservatives will also increase the disbursement quota for charitable foundations to 7.5% to unlock billions of dollars built up tax-free in foundations and put this money to work to help Canadians.

Supporting Small Business

Small business has borne the brunt of the downturn. Across the country, hard-working women and men have lost their jobs. Entrepreneurs have been forced to close their businesses while watchingmassive competitors like big box stores and online web giants stay open, make record pro ts, and payhuge dividends to their shareholders.

From coast to coast, many main streets are hollowing out and are full of boarded-up storefronts andFor Lease signs. Small businesses are the backbone of the job market, with two-thirds of Canadians working for a small or medium-sized business. We need them to survive in the short term to thrive in the long term.

It’s time to rebuild main street.

Bringing back these jobs and rebuilding main street will take money to reopen and rebuild businesses that have struggled or closed their doors, not knowing if they will ever be able to reopen.

Canada’s Conservatives will give small businesses the support they need to get back on their feet by:

  • Launching the Main Street Business Loan to provide loans of up to $200,000The $60,000 Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan is too small for thousands ofsmall and medium businesses.
    Canada’s Conservatives will immediately offer a loan on similar terms but offering up to
    4 months of pre-pandemic revenue up to a maximum of $200,000We will forgive up to 25% depending on a company’s revenue loss.
  • Making the rst $25,000 of our Canada Investment Accelerator refundable for small business,providing a 5% investment tax credit for any capital investment made in 2022 and 2023.Rebuilding main street will take investment to create new jobs by opening new businesses to ll thegaps left by all those businesses that couldn’t survive Trudeau’s recession and the failure of his business support programs.Canada’s Conservatives will launch the Rebuild Main Street Tax Credit.
  • This will provide a 25% tax credit on amounts of up to $100,000 that Canadians personallyinvest in a small business over the next two years. This will give a strong incentive for Canadiansto invest their money to help entrepreneurs rebuild our country.
  • We will enable middle class investors to participate in the rebound while ensuring that those whowant to open new stores, restaurants, and other small businesses to get Canadians back to work can get the investment they need.21
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Canada’s Conservatives will also ensure that the Government of Canada stands behind Canadian workers. We will:

  • Reform BDC to ensure that its loan programs are accessible to small businesses.This will include broadening BDC’s mandate to have it guarantee a portion of loans that Canada’s banks make to small business, in the same way that CMHC guarantees mortgages.
  • Look for ways to make it easier to start a business and reduce the time that entrepreneurs spend dealing with government when they should be concentrating on their business.
  • Fix the mortgage stress test to stop discriminating against small business owners, contractors and other non-permanent employees including casual workers.Addressing Credit and Debit Card FeesThe last Conservative government introduced the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industryto protect consumers and small businesses. The current government has neglected to update the Code as technology has developed and new issues have emerged. Canada’s Conservatives will strengthen the Code of Conduct to better protect consumers and small businesses from fraud and things like unwarranted chargebacks that can be devastating for them.Reforming the Canada Revenue Agency to Improve Treatment of Middle Class Canadians and Small Business

    Canadians from coast to coast are worried about an unaccountable and overly aggressive Canada Revenue Agency. It seems like every day brings new stories of CRA overreach: denying disability taxcredits to people with diabetes, refusing bene ts to single mothers because CRA is not satis ed withproof of separation, and auditing small businesses for tiny amounts while writing off large amounts owed by multinationals.

    Conservatives will ensure that CRA is responsive to the needs of Canadians, delivers quality service and advice, respects small business, and focuses efforts on wealthy tax evaders and big corporations.

    Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Make the Taxpayer Ombudsman an of cer of Parliament with order-making authority;
  • Measure and report on the tax gap, in detail, by type of taxation and reason for the shortfall(similar to the UK model) so that CRA resources can be allocated where the problems exist;
  • Impose a duty of care (a legal obligation to a reasonable standard) on CRA;
  • Launch a comprehensive review of Canada’s tax system to improve competitiveness, bring downrates and simplify the rules;
  • Revise CRA’s penalties so that rst-time problems or errors receive only minor nes, withincreasing severity for repeat offenders;
  • Create a “welcome to CRA” program and materials for new small businesses; and
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Securing Opportunities for Women

Canada’s Conservatives believe that all Canadians deserve an opportunity to ful ll their full potential,especially women. Canada’s jobs recovery post COVID depends on it.

A recent study by Scotiabank economics estimates that, before COVID, the employment gap between men and women stood at 8% or 500,000 Canadian women. This employment gap has increased because of COVID, as the pandemic has disproportionately impacted sectors with large female workforces.

COVID has reinforced gender inequality. Between February and October 2020, almost 21,000Canadian women left the labour force while nearly 68,000 men joined. Now, more than a year into thepandemic, women who have left the workforce risk an erosion of skills which may further exacerbate the gender wage gap that existed before the pandemic.

Canada’s Conservatives have a comprehensive jobs plan that starts with taking immediate action to help the hardest hit sectors – those where women have suffered disproportionately. Our policies – including our Canada Job Surge Plan and our support for the tourism and hospitality sectors – will get women back to work and help combat gender inequality.

Child Care

Canada’s productivity consistently lags our G20 counterparts. According to the IMF, increasing women’s labour participation in the workforce could increase Canada’s productivity by 4% in the medium term. As the Quebec example has shown, increasing child care affordability increases the number of women who choose to work outside the home.

Canada’s Conservatives will convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of the cost of child care for lower income families. This will increase the support that lower income families receive by thousands of dollars per year and provide more assistance to almost all families.

We will enable more women to choose to participate in the workforce. Canadian families are tired ofLiberal promises and inaction. Our exible and comprehensive approach will help all families right awayand offer extra support to those who need it most.

Job Training to Create Opportunity

Skilled trades in construction, energy and other industries face chronic employee shortages.
The construction industry alone may have as many as 100,000 un lled jobs in ve years as currentemployees retire.

Canadian not-for-pro t organizations like Build a Dream and Women Building Futures have programsespecially designed to encourage women to pursue jobs in the skilled trades through training and mentorship. Canada’s Conservatives will support these initiatives and ensure that women have the training they need to pursue careers in the trades and other areas of the economy through our comprehensive training plan.

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We will ensure that women have the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow by supporting union and similar training programs and encouraging employers to invest in their workers. We will also help bring women and New Canadians into the skilled trades. We will:

• Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for the next three years to help create more places for apprentices.

  • Invest $250 million over two years to create the Canada Job Training Fund. The Fund willprovide grants to organizations including employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, and community organizations for projects that:Give laid-off workers immediate access to training,
    Reach out to traditionally underrepresented groups,
    Support the talent needs of small businesses, and
    Otherwise help workers get the training they need – focussing on areas where there are shortages of skilled workers.
  • Create the Working Canadian Training Loan to provide low interest loans of up to $10,000 topeople who want to upgrade their skills.Supporting Women Building BusinessesA Conservative government will provide funding and support to enable women-led small businesses to thrive. We will also cut red tape to make it easier to get a business off the ground, simplify the business-use-of-home deduction to provide more signi cant tax advantages for people starting businesses fromtheir homes and allow new parents to starthome-based businesses without facing any loss of parental leave income.

    Stamping Out Sexual Harassment

    A safe and respectful workplace free from sexual harassment is essential for women to succeed in the workforce. The recent examples of harassment in the ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces underscorethe dif culties women often face in the workforce.

    The Government of Canada needs to lead by example – starting with the Prime Minister. It is unacceptable that this Prime Minister kept the leader of Canada’s military on the job for years and continued giving him raises when his government was aware of serious, credible accusations of sexual misconduct.

    Canada’s Conservatives will take real action to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces – and the entire federal government – are safe and respectful workplaces. We will start by ensuring that the investigation of sexual misconduct is done by investigators outside the chain of command. It is unacceptable that allegations against a superior need to be reported to someone who reports to that person and may share information with them.

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Supporting Women Who Care for Their Aging Parents

Canada’s Conservatives know that the burden of caring for aging parents falls disproportionately on women and can be a deterrent to women remaining and advancing in the workforce.

We will help the many Canadians who are taking care of their parents and help seniors avoid having to live in Long-Term Care homes by introducing the Canada Seniors Care bene t, paying $200 per monthper household to any Canadian who is living with and taking care of a parent over the age of 70.

We will also take action to x Long-Term Care and help seniors stay in their own homes as part of ourcomprehensive plan to help Canada’s seniors.

Making Canada the best place to invest and build a business

Canadians and Canadian businesses have money to invest, but they are choosing to save it up, put it into real estate, or invest it abroad. The world’s most famous investor – Warren Buffett – pulled his money out of Canada because of political risk – a risk normally reserved for countries like Venezuela.

To create jobs and get Canadians back to work, we need to attract investment. To do that, we need to make Canada a great place to build a business.

To get our economy growing faster and create good, stable jobs, Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Introduce the Canada Investment Accelerator – providing a 5% investment tax creditfor any capital investment made in 2022 and 2023, with the rst $25,000 to berefundable for small business.
  • Ensure a Level Playing Field for Canadian business and real competition – Job creation inCanada is held back when Canadians are blocked from starting and building businesses by unfaircompetition from market-dominant rms – some Canadian but many foreign. Canada’s Conservatives will ensure a level playing eld by:Making foreign tech companies pay their fair share of taxes, including sales tax and a digital services tax representing 3% of the gross revenue in Canada if they don’t paycorporate income tax here; and
    Giving Canada’s competition laws real teeth.Executives of companies that x prices or abuse their dominant positions should go toprison, and companies that abuse their power should be broken up. Canada’s Conservatives do not confuse supporting free markets and supporting consumers with doing favours for big businesses, as the Trudeau Liberals have.

    For too long, Canadian governments have often rubber-stamped mergers that enrich executives while hurting workers and consumers. It’s time for that to change. Canada’s Conservatives will stand up to corporate Canada and reject mergers that substantially reduce competition and lead to layoffs and higher prices.

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• Cut Red Tape – Every year it gets harder to build and grow a business and create jobs because the government puts more and more barriers in the way. It is important to regularly review regulations to eliminate any that are not serving the public interest.

Canada’s Conservatives will:

Appoint a Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction tasked with introducing and passing at least one red tape reduction bill per year, eliminating unneeded or counterproductive red tape.
Create an Of ce of Regulatory Best Practice with business members who evaluate the costs of new regulation.

Form Industry Councils (biotech, retail, etc.) that will provide recommendations on world-leading regulation.
Improving cost-bene t analysis of regulatory proposals by requiring consultation with industry so that regulators understand the true impact and consider lower-impact alternatives to achieve the same result.

Fix the Impact Assessment process that is making it impossible to build major projects
in Canada, based on the bipartisan Senate recommendations, and repeal Trudeau’s Tanker Ban.
Create a Fast Track Certi cation Process that provides a faster path to approval for products that have already been approved in comparable jurisdictions.

• Overhaul the tax system – Canada’s complicated tax system is full of special rules that favour the rich, big corporations and those with connections in Ottawa. Meanwhile, costs and complexity fall on the middle class and small businesses. Canadians cannot keep up with the complexity and cannot afford teams of accountants and lawyers to help them navigate the system. Canada’s Conservatives will:

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to make it simpler and fairer while improving Canada’s competitiveness to spur job creation.

• Break down interprovincial trade barriers – We need to ensure that Canada lives up to theeconomic union rst proposed in Confederation by removing interprovincial trade barriers withthe help and participation of provinces. This will help unlock GDP growth when it is needed the most to recover economically from COVID-19.

It’s time we come together to increase trade and business with our fellow Canadians. Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Convene a First Ministers Meeting on interprovincial trade and provide federal leadership tohelp move negotiations forward;
  • Work with the provinces to increase standardization and mutual recognition of credentials toincrease labour mobility within Canada and smooth the trade in services between provinces;and
  • Introduce an Admitted Free Act clarifying federal intention with respect to interprovincial trade and s.121 of the Constitution to provide modern context for the Supreme Court to consider.26
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Building infrastructure to get the economy moving

Building infrastructure creates jobs in construction, project nance and manufacturing. It also createsmore jobs by helping Canadian businesses get their products to market and helping Canadians get to work or do their jobs from wherever they live. As technology continues to advance, the infrastructure of the future – broadband and 5G – will be increasingly critical to job creation.

Unfortunately, the current government has spent all its time announcing and re-announcing the money it planned to spend but has failed to get shovels in the ground.

It’s time to put Canadians to work and start building the infrastructure our country needs.

Canada’s Conservatives will get Canadians working, putting shovels in the ground. We will:

  • Immediately invest in critical projects that will put Canadians to work, cut commute time, and clean up the environment.
  • Provide more exibility to municipalities and First Nations. Under the Liberal government, cities can only receive funding if they nd a way to describe a project as “green infrastructure.”This is holding up major economic projects like roads and airports and slowing down all projects.
  • Scrap the failed Canada Infrastructure Bank and commit the money sitting unused on its books to infrastructure projects that can strengthen our economy.We will continue already committed projects and return to the successful model used in the last Conservative government of working in partnership with provinces, municipalities, and First Nations to encourage the use of Public-Private Partnerships.
  • Reprioritize the Investing in Canada Plan towards infrastructure projects that would have themaximum bene t for economic recovery.We will target projects that strengthen transit and trade, reduce congestion and gridlock, and advance economic reconciliation with First Nations. We will also reduce bureaucratic red tape in the application process so money can get out the door faster, to where it’s needed.
  • Build digital infrastructure to connect all of Canada to High-Speed Internet by 2025 – As the last 18 months have made abundantly clear, high-speed internet is essential for Canadians to learn, work, and compete. The Trudeau government has moved much too slowly and putin place a cumbersome process with ve different agencies and departments working on thisone critical priority. This is why provinces such as Ontario and Quebec are moving ahead on their own. The pandemic has exposed the digital divide in Canada that must be eliminated as quickly as possible.

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Canada’s Conservatives will accelerate the delivery of broadband from coast to coast to coast. We will:

The Trans-Canada Trail is a national ribbon that connects Canadians to nature, to each other, and to globally recognized tourism destinations such as Niagara Falls and Banff National Park.Development of this Trail will promote tness and mental wellness, which will be critical inthe recovery from COVID-19.

Unleashing Innovation

Canadians are among the most innovative people on earth. This year marks a century since Canadian innovation gave the world insulin, saving millions of lives. We have one of the world’s most talented workforces and towns and cities from coast to coast with an excellent quality of life. Canada has great advantages that should make it the best place on earth to launch – and grow – an innovative business.

And yet, all too often, innovators run into barriers here. Canada’s Conservatives will clear these barriers away, unleashing innovation and creating jobs by investing in world-leading innovation:

Canada’s Conservatives will invest $5 billion over the next ve years to fund programs aimed at makingmajor advances in:

  • Use of hydrogen;
  • Small Modular ReactorsIncluding funding the work being done in Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick on nuclear energy technology and the work being done in Alberta on applying SMR technologyto reduce GHG emissions in the resource sector;
  • Private sector innovation in the space sector;
  • Electric vehicle development and manufacturing, including electric trucks, micro-mobility,batteries, and parts manufacturers; and
  • Pharmaceutical research and production.This investment will be managed by a new Canada Advanced Research Agency headquartered in Calgary, where it will take advantage of Alberta’s highly educated workforce and help diversify the Alberta economy.Cutting taxes on innovation and making Canada a leader in patentsCanada’s Conservatives will make Canada a low tax jurisdiction for innovation and new product development by introducing a “patent box” regime to cut the tax rate in half on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here.

    Recognizing the importance of protecting more Canadian innovation with patents, Canada’sConservatives will cover up to $10,000 of the administrative and legal costs of each of the rst ve patents led by any Canadian small or medium-sized business.

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Accelerate the plan to get rural broadband built.
Speed up the spectrum auction process to get more spectrum into use and apply “use it or lose it” provisions to ensure that spectrum (particularly in rural areas) is actually developed, with auction revenue dedicated to our digital infrastructure plan.
Require that Huawei equipment not be used, to protect national security.

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Improving Canada’s innovation programs so that they help innovators – and Canada

Innovators looking for assistance from the Government of Canada are confronted with a long list of programs with complex requirements and extensive paperwork. Canada’s Conservatives will simplifythese programs and reform them so that they bene t Canada.

We will streamline and accelerate the SR&ED program. This important program is a badly brokenadministrative nightmare that fuels an ecosystem of consultants and advisory rms instead of focusingon research and development. Overall, 25% of SR&ED funding goes to consultants rather thaninnovators. To x it, we will:

  • Move administration from CRA to ISED and have the program administered by the same groupthat administers the IRAP program;
  • Allow ISED to issue a certi cate of allowable deductions which would then be accepted by CRA, saving signi cant compliance paperwork and allowing innovators to focus on innovating instead of lling out forms; and
  • Making it easier for software development to qualify for SR&ED.We will then launch a review of all innovation programs at ISED and across the government to ensurethey are as simple as possible, to remove duplication, and to ensure that all innovation spending bene tsCanada by:
  • Requiring that recipients demonstrate that intellectual property, production, ownership, andpro ts are likely to stay in Canada;
  • Prohibit foreign state-owned entities or those with ties to foreign militaries from receivingfunding;
  • Requiring that all intellectual property developed with the support of the Canadian government be held by a Canadian entity and that recipients agree to pay back the subsidy if they sell the IPto a foreign buyer;
  • Ending the payment of Canadian tax dollars to large foreign tech companies; and
  • Putting any money saved by no longer subsidizing foreign multinationals into increasing SR&EDgenerosity for Canadian small business.Making Canada the best place in the world to nance – and scale – a tech start-upCanada’s Conservatives will make it easier for entrepreneurs to nance an innovative business and raisethe funding necessary to create jobs by:
  • Introducing the use of ow-through shares for tech companies, based on the very successful model that has made Canada a leader in mining nancing but avoiding the cost and complexity of listing on an exchange;
  • Exempt Canadian-controlled start-ups headquartered and with at least 2/3 of their employees in Canada from the current plan to tax stock options.Public company executives should pay their fair share – stock options cannot be a tax loophole for the rich.
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• Create a tax credit for buying from a Canadian start-up.

Canadian innovators used to complain about the challenge of raising venture capital funding here. These days, the world’s top VCs come here to invest because they know how talentedCanadians are. Yet our innovators still face a challenge scaling due to a lack of rst sales toCanadian customers who they can reference to grow their businesses internationally.

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• Direct the Canadian government to nally start buying from innovative Canadian start-ups.

Creating jobs through Free Trade with Free Nations

Canada’s Conservatives believe in the importance of trade agreements to open export markets and create jobs, but we also believe that trade agreements must also respect the interests of Canadian workers and our country’s commitment to human rights, the rule of law, protection of the environment, and respect for Indigenous Peoples.

We do not promote free trade for the sake of free trade but instead believe in engaging international markets to create Canadian jobs, investment, and strategic partnerships.

We will negotiate new agreements with free countries that safeguard workers’ rights and the environment, rebalancing our trade priorities away from countries like China and towards theIndo-Paci c and Africa.

We will create jobs by helping Canadian exporters leverage existing agreements and expand their sales abroad.

And we will ensure that our agreements – both bilateral and multilateral – provide us with the ability to protect and grow the critical industries that we depend on for the safety of Canadians.

Protecting Jobs and National Security

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Reform Canada’s procurement rules to create a vital national interest category that must besourced in Canada;
  • Create a strategy to repatriate and diversify supply chains to move them away from China.
  • Protect Canadian intellectual property with a strengthened Investment Canada Act thatincludes:A presumption against allowing the takeover of Canadian companies by China’s designatedstate-owned entities;
    A reformed “net bene ts” test to better account for the potential effects of a transaction onthe broader innovation ecosystem with a particular focus on protecting intellectual propertyand human capital;

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Automatic review of transactions involving sensitive sectors such as defence, arti cial intelligence, and rare earth minerals; and
A mandatory national security review.

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Creating Jobs Through Expanding Trade with Free Nations

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Pursue a Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom (“CANZUK”) agreement that couldinclude:Free trade and ow of capital investment between the partners;
    Reciprocal freedom to study, live and work for citizens under expanded areas of labourcoordination as agreed upon by all parties;
    Enhanced defence and security partnerships, including defence production agreements toallow for shared procurement; and
    Expanded intelligence cooperation, especially in the areas of cyber-warfare, combatting disinformation, and protecting critical infrastructure.
  • Build deeper ties with India as part of an Indo-Paci c strategy, including:

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  • Leverage Canadian leadership in ntech by working to remove barriers for Canadian rms,provide Canadian regulatory expertise and best practices, support cooperation against illicitnance, and promote nancial inclusion in developing regions.
  • Seek to enlarge the CPTPP deal and pursue setting rules for digital trade through the CPTPP.
  • Advocate for the speedy conclusion of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).
  • Pursue a partnership with Africa’s Continental Free Trade in infrastructure, energy, andtechnology.Creating Jobs by Helping Canadian Companies Expand Export SalesCanada’s Conservatives will:
  • Launch a historic trade promotion effort connecting all aspects of Canadian industries withinternational opportunities.
  • Animate the full potential of the Canada-UK trade deal, encouraging complementary strengthsfor international joint ventures, employing more Canadians, advancing Canadian products andservices, and pursuing robust economic growth.
  • Establish a trade accelerator connecting all sectors of the Canadian economy with EUcommercial opportunities, measuring progress in job creation and long-term economic projects.
  • Assist Canada’s nuclear industry with pursuing sales of Canadian nuclear technology to helpother countries reduce their GHG emissions.
  • Engage countries in the Middle East, including by pursuing opportunities created by a warmEmirati-Israeli peace.Creating opportunity in all sectors of the economyWe can’t just have a recovery for downtown Toronto.

    Canadian workers have suffered for the last ve years from Justin Trudeau’s dislike of certain sectors ofthe economy and the families who depend on them. It’s time for a government that believes Canadian workers – in all industries and regions of the country – deserve to share in the recovery.

    Canada’s Conservatives will create opportunity in all sectors of the economy through our plan to create jobs in industries neglected by the Trudeau Liberals.

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Energy

Canada’s Conservatives recognize the massive contributions that the energy sector and its workers make to our country. Unlike Justin Trudeau, who wants to phase out the sector and its jobs, we will support the energy sector as a critical part of our economy.

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Eliminate the unfairness of Trudeau’s Bill C-69. We will x the Impact Assessment processcreated by Bill C-69, basing our changes on the bipartisan recommendations made by theSenate Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources.Over the last six years, billions of dollars of investment have left Canada.
    We know that Canadian energy companies compete for investment with projects worldwide, in countries with much lower environmental, labour, and human rights standards than ours. Canadians are rightly proud of these standards, which make our energy sector a world leader in ESG policy. They should be an asset in attracting job-creating investment, but investors will continue to stay away without a predictable and consistent Impact Assessment process.
    We need an assessment process that upholds best-in-class environmental standards and sets clear expectations and timelines for environmental reviews so that investors have thecon dence and certainty they need to commit to major projects in our country.
    We will remove political interference from the review process and set clear timelines so that investors get a timely yes or no.
    Taking climate change seriously includes not letting critical GHG-reducing projects be held up by red tape and lengthy reviews. We will fast-track review of emissions-reducing projects to get shovels in the ground.
  • End the Ban on Shipping Traf c on the North Coast of British Columbia. Justin Trudeauarbitrarily banned the export of Canadian oil from British Columbia’s coast against the expressed wishes of many local communities and Indigenous groups.Perversely, the ban applies only to Canadian oil, so Justin Trudeau has tied the hands of our industry while Alaskan crude continues to be shipped through Canadian waters and tankers bringing foreign oil continue to come and go in our east coast waters.
    We will end this political targeting of the Western Canadian energy industry, repeal C-48, and improve access to international markets.
  • Work with First Nations and other Indigenous groups to ensure they are partners in prosperity and the development of our natural resources by creating a Canadian Indigenous Enterprise Corporation.

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green hydrogen – in Canada and builds our export capacity.

Hydrogen holds the potential to create thousands of good new energy jobs across Western Canada.

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• Ensuring adequate pipeline capacity by

Getting Trans Mountain built – despite Justin Trudeau’s rhetoric, the construction of the pipeline has faced numerous delays. We will get it built.
Ensuring that Canada does not lose the critical capacity provided by Line 3 and Line 5, the loss of which would cause energy shortages in Ontario, increase the cost of energy, and cost Canadian jobs.

Make pipelines that bring Canadian oil to export markets a priority

Unlike Justin Trudeau, who rolled over in the face of US cancellation of the project notonce but twice, rst under President Obama and then again under President Biden,Canada’s Conservatives understand that the Keystone XL pipeline is important for our national economy.

• Canadians deserve a government that will ght for their interests, which is whyCanada’s Conservatives will make increasing energy export opportunities a diplomatic priority in our dealings with the U.S. Government.

  • Encourage Indigenous communities and resource development companies to work togetherTo promote mutually bene cial conversations between Indigenous communities and resource project proponents, we will provide $10 million per year to organizations that fostercollaboration and encourage partnerships between these two groups.
  • Implement a federal LNG Export StrategyCanada is blessed with abundant supplies of clean and affordable natural gas and the clean electricity required to create the cleanest LNG in the world. With much of the world still reliant on coal-generated electricity, we should be boosting exports to grow our economy and contribute to a cleaner world. Projects like LNG Canada create jobs for Canadians whilebene ting the world.
  • Pass a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act to prevent protestors from blocking key infrastructureLast year’s rail blockades demonstrated the importance – and vulnerability – of the infrastructure that ties our country together. Canada’s Conservatives will amend s. 431.2
    of the Criminal Code to create an offence of interference with an infrastructure facility or a public transportation system punishable by either summary conviction or indictment, depending upon the severity of the offence. Peaceful protest is a fundamental right in Canada, but respect for the rule of law means that illegal blockades that shut down critical infrastructure, threaten access to vital supplies, or endanger lives cannot be tolerated.
  • Introduce a tax credit to rapidly accelerate the deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage technology in the energy sector and in important industries that have few alternatives to burning fossil fuels, like fertilizer and chemical production.The Liberals believe that we can only reduce our emissions by “phasing out” entire industries and the jobs that provide a secure living for hundreds of thousands of Canadian families. Conservatives appreciate that we can’t build a greener future if Canadians don’t have jobs.
  • Support Newfoundland and Labrador’s Offshore Oil Industry by investing $1.5 billion in anoffshore rebound fund to spur the continued growth of the offshore oil industry, creating jobs in a sector that is critical to the province’s future.33
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Mining

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Fix the Impact Assessment process created by Bill C-69, basing our changes on the bipartisanrecommendations made by the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources.This will ensure that mining projects are held to world-leading environmental standards and that communities have a chance to be heard while not causing unnecessary delays in providing approvals for important projects to go ahead, particularly those involving the mining of critical minerals.
  • Implement a Critical Minerals Strategy to take advantage of Canada’s abundant resources of the minerals needed to power our clean energy future – creating jobs, supporting the Indigenous economy, contributing to a cleaner environment, and reducing global reliance on critical minerals from China.

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  • Support new Initiatives to recover critical minerals from historical mine wastes while remediating the long-term environmental liabilities.
  • Work to secure greater access to markets for our mining exports, including uranium exports to responsible countries for use in civilian programs to curb emissions and empower economic development.
  • Adopt a pan-Canadian low carbon aluminum purchasing policy.AgricultureCanada’s farmers not only feed our cities but also supply good food to the world. With the global population growing and getting richer, the need for trusted food sources will only get larger. We have an opportunity to boost exports and jobs in the agricultural sector if we get this right. COVID-19 has also demonstrated the vital importance of a strong agricultural industry to maintain our supply chains and ensure the food security of Canadians.Canada’s Conservatives will:
  • Respect and defend supply management for our dairy and poultry farms and ensure thatfarming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting the sectorand that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations.
  • Open new markets for our livestock, grain, and oilseed producers in our free tradenegotiations.
  • Within our rst 100 days in of ce, nalize compensation program for supply managedprocessors under CPTPP and CETA and negotiate a compensation package for farmersand processors impacted by CUSMA.
  • Work with the US Administration to remove the CUSMA limits on Canadian exports ofpowdered milk to third-party countries and establish reciprocal norms to ensure that ourquality standards are respected.
  • Work with the provinces to adopt a grocery supply code to deal with retailers’ abusive pricingand contracting practices against farmers, producers, and processors.Certain grocery retail giants have imposed special fees and nes on suppliers.
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  • Protect family farms by ending unfair tax treatmentThe Trudeau Liberals de ed Parliament by delaying the implementation of Bill C-208, despite it passing with broad support, and clearly plan to repeal it if they win a majority.We will ensure that the sale of a family farm to a family member is not taxed at a higher rate than a sale to a stranger.
  • Improve payment security for farmers and food processors by creating a statutory deemed trust for suppliers of perishable produce in bankruptcy and harmonize our regime with that of the US to regain reciprocal protection under the U.S. Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
  • Work towards greater harmonization of farm product regulations with our trading partners, especially the United States.
  • Ensure our farm safety net programs are predictable, bankable, and manageable.
  • Implement a plan to tackle rural crime and ensure that farm families feel safe.
  • Amend existing laws to allow livestock owners to use local abattoirs, reducing both stress to theanimals and the production of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from transportation to distant facilities and make permanent the temporary measures that allowed provincial authorities
    to enable collaboration across provinces to use their provincial abattoirs for products that would move across provincial borders.
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  • Work with provinces, industry and the CBSA to develop a national strategy to deal with a possible outbreak of African swine fever.
  • Reform Business Risk Management programs, particularly AgriInvest and AgriRecovery.
  • Bring agricultural stakeholders together for a summit-like meeting with the Minister ofAgriculture to develop a way forward on insurance programs like AgriStability
  • Modernize the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain CommissionTo support farmers, we will make sure that the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) align with modern agricultural practices, global
    market requirements, and the needs of our farmers.
    Agriculture has changed drastically in recent decades. Unfortunately, the regulation of agriculture in Canada has not always kept up with the market. We will bring the CGA and CGC in line with today’s standards in consultation with farmers.
  • Implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour StrategyTo better support farmers and food processors, we will help make sure they have access to the workers they need. Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic powerhouse with a global reputation for safe, high-quality products. Many parts of this sector, however, are hampered by chronic labour shortages across all skill levels. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food will develop a strategy for dealing with these labour shortages in close consultation with industry.
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    ninto Canada to work on Canadian farms.
    Develop a long-term strategy to attract skilled workers to the meat processingsector, which is currently facing a 30,000 worker de cit that is putting Canada’ssupply chains at risk and harming our long-term competitiveness.
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Forestry

Canada’s forestry industry has struggled in recent years, but as an essential industry providing products that have been in high demand during the pandemic, they have been given some breathing room. However, the problems facing the industry before 2020 have not gone away, so we must capitalize on this moment. Canada’s Conservatives see massive potential for the future of the forestry industry if

we take advantage of this moment to act strategically. Forestry is well-placed to be an importantcontributor to the ght against climate change. Land management, sequestration of carbon intolong-lived wood products, and bioenergy are all pathways for this important industry to make adifference. However, if we are to realize these bene ts, we must also ensure that the primary businessis healthy.

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Resolve the Softwood Lumber Dispute with the United StatesTo ensure that our forestry workers are protected and treated fairly, we will work with the USgovernment to nd a solution to this continuing dispute that Justin Trudeau has ignored.Canadian lumber producers are paying tariffs of over 20 percent on exports to the US, costingthe industry millions of dollars and shuttering mills across the country.
  • Establish a Task Force on the Woodland CaribouTo protect the woodland caribou while ensuring that the forestry sector remains strong, we will establish a task force to work collaboratively with provinces and local communities to propose solutions sensitive to local expertise and management.
  • Protect our Forests from PestsForest pests are expected to become increasingly problematic due to climate change. To control the species that pose a substantial threat to forest health, we will increase funding to control pest species in national parks and federal lands.
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• Develop a Forestry Future Strategy

We will work with Provinces, Territories, and industry stakeholders to develop a visionfor the future of forestry that includes pathways to helping ght climate change andthe development of new wood technology and bioproducts.

Fisheries

Conservation and Community
Canada’s shing communities feel beset by crisis. Many critical stocks are in trouble, new con icts arearising, and many whose livelihoods are made on the water are feeling ignored and excluded. Resource users, whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous, commercial, or recreational, are feeling frustrated.
They want to leave well-managed, sustainable sheries to future generations, yet they are now moredivided than ever and fearful for their future. There is no reason for this. What is needed now is unity
in a common purpose: restoring and maintaining healthy stocks that support commercial, recreational,and cultural sheries. A Conservative government will restore calm and con dence to Canada’s sheriessector by respecting the importance of all resource users and putting conservation rst. To do this, wewill:

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  • Prioritize stock assessments, stock recovery planning and enforcement of science-based catch limits because these have been shown to be the most important predictors ofwell-managed sheries. We will also ensure that stock recovery plans incorporate climatechange risks.
  • Strengthen the role of advisory bodies in sheries management to enhance cooperation between resource users and ensure that commercial, recreational, and cultural shers can all have con dence in management decisions.
  • Work collaboratively with Indigenous rights-holders and commercial harvesters to developmanagement plans which ful ll the rights recognized in the Marshall decisions, protect the sustainability of our sheries, and ensure that coastal communities can continue to thrive.
  • Improve the Marine Protected Area (MPA) designation processes by:Ensuring that MPAs are focused on contributing to the sustainability of critical stocks; Restoring meaningful public consultation to the MPA process; and
    Exploring the feasibility of new models, such as dynamic MPAs, that will improve climate change resiliency.
  • Work with stakeholders, First Nations, and regional jurisdictions to implement ecosystem-basedsheries management, including control of abundant predator populations which impactcommercial and SARA-listed species.
  • Update and strengthen DFO’s national aquatic invasive species program and ensure that the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations are being implemented.
  • Address illegal, unreported and unregulated shing, seafood fraud and ghost gear.
  • Restore community-based conservation initiatives like the Recreational Fisheries ConservationPartnerships Program, provide more support for hatcheries, and support public conservationeducation initiatives.
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• Work with governments and communities in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and the InuvialuitSettlement Region to develop community-based marine sheries, which will help create employment and ght local and regional food insecurity.

For communities across Inuit Nunangat, oceans are an essential lifeline and source of food.

Small Craft Harbours
Coastal communities rely on the Small Craft Harbours Program to maintain more than 10,000 commercial

wharves in Canada. While they are found in all parts of the country, they are especially central to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Although these wharves are vital pieces of community infrastructure that support jobs and economic opportunity, there has been no increase in permanent funding for years.

A Conservative government will provide sustainable funding for small craft harbours by doubling annual funding.

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Paci c Salmon Strategy

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The iconic Paci c salmon species are part of the fabric of life for communities throughout BritishColumbia and are an essential part of BC’s marine and freshwater ecosystems. While some stocks are robust, many are under threat. This has consequences for Indigenous peoples, coastal communities,and commercial and recreational shers, as well as to the health of BC’s rivers and streams and toendangered populations like the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Building on the commitments already outlined above, we will develop a Paci c Salmon Strategy focusedon making measurable progress toward restoring at-risk stocks. This will include:

  • Enforcing a strict timeline for the completion of stock assessments;
  • Prioritizing funding for community-led habitat restoration or other projects that supportat-risk stocks;
  • Ensuring the Salmonid Enhancement Program is suf ciently resourced to support at-riskstocks;
  • Increasing support for and engagement with Indigenous- and community-led hatchery andenhancement projects;
  • Implementing mass-marking programs at BC sh hatcheries and allowing mark-selectiveharvest of salmon in BC’s sport shery, protecting sensitive sh populations while maintainingthe health of BC’s public shery;
  • Creating a pinniped management plan that will address threats to at-risk stocks in a balancedway; and
  • Identifying the likelihood of future threats due to climate change.AquacultureThe Conservative Party supports the sustainable development and growth of Canada’s world-leading aquaculture sector due to its ability to provide a solid economic base in coastal communities, create stable, long-term employment, and contribute to Canadian food security while succeeding as a leading Canadian export to global markets.Internationally, aquaculture is widely seen as an essential source of protein and a key component ofimproving global food security. Many shell sh and n sh species are grown throughout Canada, andmany First Nations have pursued aquaculture as a business that can support their communities and provide meaningful work for their members.

    However, we also understand that salmon farming on Canada’s West Coast has been controversial andthat local communities are confused and torn by con icting studies and claims. Further, we know thatdecisions made here could have ripple effects on the East Coast as well.

    Conservatives will not take an ideological position on this issue. We want the aquaculture industry tosucceed, but it is a simple fact that this sector can only grow as long as Canadians can have con dencein our ability to protect wild salmon. Therefore, any decisions related to salmon aquaculture must be based on robust science, guided by conservation, and be respectful of the communities and families that rely on these jobs.

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To accomplish this, a Conservative government will:

  • Maintain the decision to remove salmon farms from the Discovery Islands, but model thetransition after the process that has been undertaken in the Broughton Archipelago to bemore respectful of local First Nations, communities, and workers;
  • Assign responsibility for the management and sustainable growth of the sector to adepartment other than DFO so that DFO can be solely focused on enforcement;
  • Create a modern Aquaculture Act that can help restore public con dence;
  • Ensure the roles of DFO and the CFIA are clearly de ned in the National Aquatic AnimalHealth Program and adequately resourced;
  • Strengthen monitoring requirements for salmon farms;
  • Develop, in consultation with industry, First Nations, communities and other stakeholders,a comprehensive Salmon Aquaculture Management Strategy that addresses both the risksand opportunities of this sector; and
  • Develop a tax incentive program for the development and adoption of technologies thatreduce contact between wild and farmed salmon.ManufacturingThe scramble to secure everything from PPE to vaccines has been a stark reminder of the importance of domestic manufacturing capacity. When we outsource jobs – particularly to countries we can’t rely on in an emergency – we put the health and safety of Canadians at risk.

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  • Only pursue free trade agreements with free countries that respect workers’ rights andmaintain high environmental standards.
  • Bring manufacturing of critical equipment like PPE and pharmaceuticals back to Canada byensuring that government and government-funded procurement of these essential productsfavours Canadian producers.
  • Rebuild our domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity.Defence IndustriesFrom the software that forms the heart of our warships to rapidly deployable eld hospitals, Canadianworkers are world leaders at developing technology and equipment for our armed forces and those of our allies.Canada’s Conservatives will:
  • Identify our key defence industry capabilities and invest in them; and
  • Re-evaluate the risk management measures in defence contracts that shift risk andtherefore control to contractors at the expense of selecting Canadian components.

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