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January 2019

2019-01-09 – Child Care

  • The federal government is on track to deliver on the creation of up to 40,000 new affordable child care spaces across the country, announcing more than one-third of the target was achieved in 2017–18. Link: https://bit.ly/2sjLvvK

2019-01-11 – Immigration

  • The federal government launches a new intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents. Link: https://bit.ly/2RmyVur

2019-01-14 – Indigenous, Research, Education, Reconciliation

  • The federal government announces 116 new grants to support interdisciplinary Indigenous research to help advance understanding of reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Link: https://bit.ly/2U2Fyiu

2019-01-15 – Health

2019-01-17 – Seniors, Aging, Health

  • The federal government announces a $3.5-million investment in the new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle. The hub will help bring innovative health technologies related to aging to market. Link: https://bit.ly/2HMwFrX

2019-01-21 – Indigenous, First Nations, Education

  • New policy and funding approach for First Nations K to 12 education is announced, in response to First Nations advocacy to better meet the needs of students, improve education outcomes and strengthen First Nations control of First Nations education. Link: https://bit.ly/2sF1gNS

2019-01-22 – Disabilities, Accessibility, Support

  • The federal government announces financial support for close to 400 organizations across Canada through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2R5spDl

2019-01-24 – Immigrants, Communities, Economy

  • The federal government announces the creation of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a five-year federal immigration pilot aimed at testing new, community-driven approaches to address the diverse labour market needs of smaller communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2RPW74D

December 2018

2018-12-03 – Gender, Women, Violence, Support

  • The federal government announces more than $50 million in funding for nearly 60 projects to support survivors of gender-based violence and their families in communities across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2KU5vxl

2018-12-03 – Women, Employment, Economy

  • To increase women’s entrepreneurship and advance their economic participation, the federal government is investing $9 million over 3 years in the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). Link: https://bit.ly/2RwZ0mz

2018-12-03 – Environment

  • The federal government announces an investment of $175 million for projects that help meet Canada’s biodiversity target 1 of protecting 17% of land and inland water by 2020. Link: https://bit.ly/2QBI9lu

2018-12-05 – Immigrant, Women, Economy, Employment

  • The federal government announces the launch of a 3-year pilot project that aims to improve the employment and career advancement of visible minority newcomer women in Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2SxLVtb

2018-12-10 – Gender, Violence, Support

  • The federal government launches the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre and announces up to $5 million in funding for research projects on gender-based violence and gender equality. Link: https://bit.ly/2AzSuVy

2018-12-13 – Indigenous, Environment

  • The federal government announces the creation of the Indigenous Peoples Focal Point at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to promote global Indigenous knowledge on climate change. Link: https://bit.ly/2rPLuiK

2018-12-13 – Indigenous, Economy

  • Indigenous Services Canada announces legislative amendments that enhance First Nations access to socio-economic benefits through the First Nations Fiscal Management Act. Link: https://bit.ly/2CWz0w9

2018-12-20 – Employment, Aging, Health, Disability, Support, Accessibility, Inclusivity

  • The federal government announces an investment of $11.9 million over 5 years to support partnerships led by researchers across the country that will seek solutions to the physical, mental health and aging-related barriers that prevent Canadians from participating in the workforce. Link: https://bit.ly/2QPlJOE

November 2018

2018-11-01 – Women, Equity, Employment

  • The federal government announces funding to address systemic barriers faced by vulnerable and marginalized women trying to find jobs. Link: https://bit.ly/2QaIw6T

2018-11-05 – Children, Youth, Education

  • The federal government announces funding of $1,271,000 to Families Canada for its Early Childhood Development Science to Practice: Knowledge Mobilization project. Link: https://bit.ly/2zEMHxu

2018-11-05 – Women, Politics

  • The federal government announces $547,300 in funding for a project led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that will encourage and support more women to seek municipal office. Link: https://bit.ly/2QzA290

2018-11-14 – Indigenous, Recognition, Reconciliation

  • The federal government, the Sawridge First Nation and the Kapawe’no First Nation announce that they have taken a key step forward on a path of relationship renewal and reconciliation by signing a memorandum of understanding on advancing self-determination. Link: https://bit.ly/2rdY5fo

2018-11-15 – Indigenous, Communities

  • A new federal program, Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities, will provide funding to repair, renovate or replace policing facilities owned by First Nation and Inuit communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2DX69IV

2018-11-19 – Dementia, Caregivers, Support

  • The federal government launches the Dementia Community Investment fund to support community-based projects that address the challenges of dementia. Link: https://bit.ly/2ALXPsj

2018-11-28 – Economy

  • The federal government announces a $755-million investment that will launch Canada’s first Social Finance Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2Ua0dlB

2018-11-29 – LGBTQ, Health

  • The federal government announces a $7.1-million investment over five years to support community-based initiatives to prevent HIV and hepatitis C among gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men in Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2BOV4Z1

2018-11-30 – Indigenous, Children, Youth

  • The federal government together with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation leaders announce that co-developed legislation will be introduced on Indigenous child and family services in early 2019. Link: https://bit.ly/2rgtNbD

2018-11-30 – Military, Employment

  • A new Military Spousal Employment Network is launched that complements the Military Spouse Employment Initiative. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q25pcE

October 2018

2018-10-03 – Women, Equity, Equality, Politics

  • The federal government announces funding for a project that will empower the next generation of women leaders and increase women’s participation in politics with a view to creating more gender-balanced governments. Link: https://bit.ly/2QbE6c5

2018-10-03 – Support, Sexual Violence

  • The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) releases its second Annual Report, summarizing the SMRC’s increased activities and services that have been designed to provide improved victim support. Link: https://bit.ly/2OiWayZ

2018-10-05 – Child Care

  • The federal government invests in early learning and child care, which will facilitate the provision of approximately 40,000 new subsidized child care spaces across the country. Link: https://bit.ly/2PBjXyZ

2018-10-11 – Mental Health

  • Canada participated at the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit, where leaders, policy-makers, innovators and experts from around the world shared research and practices that contribute to reducing stigma and improving mental health conditions. Link: https://bit.ly/2Dflx3L

2018-10-15 – Equality, Equity, Women, Indigenous, Support

  • The federal government announces funding to support women’s and Indigenous organizations working to advance gender equality. Link: https://bit.ly/2yMmVaj

2018-10-17 – Health

  • Canada legalizes and regulates cannabis and commits more than $100 million over six years for cannabis public education, awareness and surveillance. Link: https://bit.ly/2D2MHe5

2018-10-22 – Health, Support, Disability

  • The federal government announces more than $10 million in funding for a national information network on autism. Link: https://bit.ly/2JeThhN

2018-10-19 – Women, Economy

  • The federal government announces the launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, which will invest $20 million over two years to facilitate women-owned and women-led businesses to grow and reach export markets. Link: https://bit.ly/2AkjSHI

2018-10-19 – Finances, Economy

  • The Department of Finance Canada releases the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2017–18, which provides an overview of the government’s spending and revenue performance. Link: https://bit.ly/2ApkCeJ

2018-10-22 – Veterans, Families, Support

  • A total of $3 million in funding is distributed to 21 Canadian organizations to support Canadian Veterans and their families. Link: https://bit.ly/2CV5c3q

2018-10-23 – Mental Health, Support

  • Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer releases the annual report on the state of public health in Canada. The report provides a snapshot of the health status of Canadians and explores problematic substance use in youth with a focus on prevention. Link: https://bit.ly/2yMt6v4

September 2018

2018-09-06 – Support, Research

  • The federal government announces it has invested more than $34 million to support PhD and post-doctoral students working in fields such as astronomy, health care and food security. Link: https://bit.ly/2N0jcPq

2018-09-06 – Indigenous, First Nations, Health

  • The federal government will invest nearly $68 million over three years to support First Nations-led health transformation. Link: https://bit.ly/2OjK2Cf

2018-09-07 – Indigenous, Communities

  • The federal government announces $20 million in funding for eligible Indigenous groups seeking to develop the governance structures and institutions necessary for them to rebuild their nations or rights-bearing collectives and find their own path to self-determination. Link: https://bit.ly/2OsEtkE

2018-09-10 – Indigenous, Inuit, Child Care

  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and Indigenous Services Canada announce the development of a new Inuit-specific Child First Initiative, and interim measures to support Inuit children. Link: https://bit.ly/2NdkfXF

2018-09-11 – Veterans

  • National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada introduce the new Veteran’s Service Card. Link: https://bit.ly/2N90jKg

2018-09-11 – Families, Economy

  • The Finance Minister unveils a new summary report, Real Progress for Canada’s Middle Class. Link: https://bit.ly/2P3CqR9

2018-09-14 – Indigenous, Employment

  • The federal government announces the Indigenous Workplace Learning Model pilot, which will help Indigenous people to improve their essential skills and to prepare for jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Link: https://bit.ly/2Neqyu6

2018-09-17 – Indigenous, Child Care

  • The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council and the federal government release the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. Link: https://bit.ly/2OxWSJQ

2018-09-21 – Violence, Research

  • The federal government announces its support for researchers who are studying online hate speech and its connection to radicalization to violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2ItpZvJ

2018-09-22 – Indigenous, Métis, Child Care

  • The federal government and the Métis National Council and Governing Members release the Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Framework. Link: https://bit.ly/2OnIqHE

2018-09-22 – Indigenous, Métis, Reconciliation

  • The Manitoba Metis Federation and the federal government announce a joint action plan on advancing reconciliation. In order to support the three-part plan, Canada will provide $154.3 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation. Link: https://bit.ly/2Iv6piE

2018-09-23 – Gender, Equality

  • Canada marks the first-ever Gender Equality Week – a new opportunity every year to celebrate Canada’s progress on advancing gender equality, reflect on the work that remains and recognize the countless benefits of gender equality for people of all genders. Link: https://bit.ly/2zJCXTj

2018-09-25 – Diversity, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal government announces the launch of a new funding initiative to help strengthen mental health supports for Black youth, their families and their communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2QY6kHZ

2018-09-27 – Parental Leave, Families, EI Benefits, Employment, Support

  • A new measure, starting in March 2019, will provide an additional five weeks of Employment Insurance parental benefits when parents – including adoptive and same-sex parents – agree to share parental benefits, or an additional eight weeks for those who choose the extended parental benefit option. Link: https://bit.ly/2RfFlaT

2018-09-28 – Women, Economy

  • The federal government announces the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund. The up to $85-million investment will help organizations address the barriers and challenges that women entrepreneurs face and deliver improved support and programs for women-owned and -led businesses. Link: https://bit.ly/2QoKiNC

2018-09-28 – Children, Violence, Justice, Support

  • The federal government launches the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime, replacing the former Parents of Murdered or Missing Children. Improvements made to the benefit are now in effect. Link: https://bit.ly/2DMppue

August 2018

2018-08-03 – Youth, Students, Economy, Employment

  • The federal government announces it will provide more than 1,200 paid internships to underemployed post-secondary graduates. Link: https://bit.ly/2MeqBdD

2018-08-13 – Health, Support, Research

  • The Minister of Health announces an investment of $378 million in more than 400 research projects across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2NGfFlM

2018-08-20 – Immigrants, Families

  • The federal government announces that it will accept up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents in 2019. This is four times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014. Link: https://bit.ly/2OUebEP

2018-08-20 – Children, Youth, Families, Support

  • The federal government announces that the Canada Child Benefit has been increased to keep up with the cost of living two years ahead of schedule. Link: https://bit.ly/2N8i8Ix

2018-08-21 – Low Income, Poverty, Family Finances, Support

  • The federal government launches Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, which targets a 20% reduction in poverty by 2020 and a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030. Link: https://bit.ly/2PpG9t0

2018-08-21 – Indigenous, Children, Families, Well-Being

  • Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services receives $4.2 million in funding from the federal government. Link: https://bit.ly/2CanjUf

2018-08-30 – Inclusivity, Gender, Diversity

  • Employment Insurance (EI) applicants now have an additional, non-binary gender “X” option when ‎applying for EI benefits. Link: https://bit.ly/2LP9IBb

2018-08-30 – Employment

  • The federal government publishes the What We Heard Report on the results of consultations on modernizing federal labour standards to better reflect the realities of the 21st-century workplace. Link: https://bit.ly/2wFC9vI

2018-08-31 – Employment, Inclusivity, Community

  • The federal government announces the release of Inclusive Innovation: New Ideas and New Partnerships for Stronger Communities. The report includes 12 recommendations proposing ways that social innovation and social finance could be incorporated into a comprehensive strategy to build more inclusive and prosperous communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2wycPru

July 2018

2018-07-03 – Seniors

  • The federal government announces an increase to the Old Age Security Benefit (OAS) to help Canadian seniors with the rising cost of living. Link: https://bit.ly/2OgL660

2018-07-03 – Mental Health, Care

  • A Canadian first: The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) will measure access to mental health and addictions services and to home and community care. Over the next 10 years, CIHI will work with federal, provincial and territorial governments to report annually to the Canadian public on these indicators. Link: https://bit.ly/2MqBMMu

2018-07-11 – Indigenous, Support

  • The federal government announces more than $350,000 in funding for the non-profit organization Kina8at to allow it to continue offering language camps. This support is provided through Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative. Link: https://bit.ly/2vrpIUR

2018-07-17 – Indigenous, Economy

  • The federal government invests close to $300,000 for families and businesses in the Temagami First Nation. Link: https://bit.ly/2KyW7gV

2018-07-30 – Indigenous, Women, Economy

  • The federal government announces more than $4.3 million in funding for projects that advance Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2ORvI1d

June 2018

2018-06-01 – Indigenous, Culture

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage launches intensive community-based engagement sessions that will be held across Canada over the summer to support the co-development of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages legislation. The input gathered during the summer will inform the drafting of legislation to be introduced in the Parliament. Link: https://bit.ly/2JzQsdX

2018-06-04 – Military Families, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal government announces improved access to mental health services for military families, including the development of virtual psychoeducational resources and the introduction of virtual counselling services. Link: https://bit.ly/2xJTWpC

2018-06-11 – Homelessness, Housing, Support

  • The federal government announces strategy to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years. The $40-billion plan, Reaching Home, is part of the country’s first-ever National Housing Strategy and includes up to 100,000 new housing units and 300,000 repaired or renewed housing units. Link: https://bit.ly/2HGJZJ5

2018-06-13 – Employment, Education, Support

  • The federal government announces plan to help unemployed Canadians return to school by launching new Employment Insurance (EI) flexibilities. Eligible people can apply to keep their EI benefits when they take a full-time course or training program at an approved institution starting August 5, 2018. Link: https://bit.ly/2KL3VQO

2018-06-18 – Children, Support

  • The federal government announces that starting on July 20, 2018, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be raised to keep up with the cost of living. The CCB will now have a maximum annual benefit of $6,496 per child under age 6 and $5,481 per child age 6 through 17. Link: https://bit.ly/2I04tgi

2018-06-25 – Indigenous, Youth, Education

  • The federal government invests in a research project to develop and improve education outcomes and learning supports for Indigenous youth across Canada and around the world. Findings of the research will contribute to the global UNESCO research project “Reorienting Education and Training Systems to Improve the Lives of Indigenous Youth.” Link: https://bit.ly/2KL8wCv

2018-06-25 – Violence, Youth, Health

  • The federal government announces $550,000 in funding for the Supporting Educators’ Capacity to Prevent Dating Violence and Promote Healthy Relationships through a Gender-Based Lens program. The program will help teens develop skills to establish healthy relationships and educate them about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships so as to prevent dating violence among teens. Link: https://bit.ly/2K6DpSm

2018-06-27 – Diversity, Multiculturalism

  • The federal government announces three new funding streams to help strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives across the country. The government is investing a total of $51.9 million over three years, which includes $21 million in new funding for community-led projects, events and capacity-building initiatives. Link: https://bit.ly/2yXsvcD

2018-06-29 – Diversity, Support, Demographics, Youth

  • The federal government launches a new funding initiative to address the significant and unique challenges faced by the Black Canadian community. The initiative will fund projects that respond to key concerns of Black Canadians to help address issues faced by Black youth that affect their full and equitable participation in Canadian society. Link: https://bit.ly/2KjII0H

May 2018

2018-05-04 – Women, Family Finances

  • Minister Monsef announces $10 million in funding for projects that address the root causes of economic insecurity for women in communities across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbFN53

2018-05-04 – Immigration, Education

  • The federal government announces an investment of almost $812,000 over two years into a project that will help internationally trained health care professionals have their credentials and experience recognized in Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2NqudGA

2018-05-07 – Military Families, Veterans, Health, Mental Health

  • The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group partners with Veterans Affairs Canada to establish the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions. The Centre of Excellence will work to advance mental health, research and support to improve treatment for Veterans across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2InUTYJ

2018-05-08 – Indigenous, Health, Mental Health

  • Indigenous Services Canada announces that the 24/7 First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line has expanded to include mental wellness counselling and crisis intervention through access to online chat. Link: https://bit.ly/2IPt5bX

2018-05-11 – Military Families, Veterans

  • The federal government increases support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) across Canada, including access to transition programs, referral services and intervention supports. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOK94i

2018-05-17 – Equality, LGBTQ, LGBTI

  • Canada joins the Global Equality Fund as a donor Partner, with its contribution designated specifically to provide emergency assistance to LGBTI persons under threat of violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2IWIoje

2018-05-25 – Children, Violence, Justice, Support

  • Employment and Social Development Canada announces changes aimed at enhancing support for families experiencing the death or disappearance of a child. The existing program (PMMC) will be renamed the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime and extended to include more families and provide working parents with greater flexibility in accessing and utilizing this benefit. Changes to the program include: increasing the weekly grant amount from $350 to $450; changing the age limit of the young victim from under 18 to under 25; extending the period in which recipients can receive the grant from 52 to 104 weeks; allowing grant recipients to work up to 50% of their regular work week (up to 20 hours per week); and eliminating the requirement that parents, whose child is aged under 14, attest that their child was not a willing party to the crime. Link: https://bit.ly/2gCsKxm

2018-05-24 – Indigenous, Justice, Violence, Gender

  • Status of Women Canada launches the Indigenous Women’s Circle to address systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact Indigenous women and girls. Link: https://bit.ly/2y8QViW

2018-05-22 – Justice, Law, Divorce

  • The federal government announces changes to the Divorce Act aimed at strengthening the Canadian family justice system by making it more accessible and efficient. The bill’s key objectives are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence and help reduce child poverty. Link: https://bit.ly/2LhOZa5




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January 2019

2019-01-04 – Immigrants, Women, Employment

  • New pilot has been launched to address multiple barriers to success in the job market for newcomer women in Calgary. Link: https://bit.ly/2Wxa7Pc

2019-01-09 – Disabilities, Accessibility, Support

  • An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities came into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and enacted the first increase to Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) benefits since 2012. Link: https://bit.ly/2Wvm2Nv

2019-01-18 – Indigenous, Education

  • The Alberta government launches an initiative to help bring First Nations, Métis and Inuit history into classrooms across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2RsP5xG

2019-01-18 – Veterans, Mental Health, Support

  • New service centre has opened to connect area veterans with mental and physical health supports, including help with housing and employment searches. Link: https://bit.ly/2G2dyIU

2019-01-23 – Indigenous, Education, Languages

  • The Alberta government invests $1 million into Calgary’s first-ever Indigenous Languages Resource Centre. The funding will support the acquisition of language resources, as well as programming that preserves Indigenous culture and heritage. Link: https://bit.ly/2DMFgaf

2019-01-26 – Community, Diversity, Inclusivity

  • Organizations across the province will receive community grants from the Alberta government to combat racial discrimination, foster acceptance and promote diversity and inclusion. Link: https://bit.ly/2RRZec4

December 2018

2018-12-14 – Education, Youth

  • A new curriculum that is the first of its kind has been rewritten for Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. Link: https://bit.ly/2QuFg6C

2018-12-18 – Housing, Homelessness, Women

  • The Alberta and federal governments provide housing help for women experiencing homelessness. Link: https://bit.ly/2FcPgdT

2018-12-20 – Language, Demographics

  • The Alberta government launches a new French Policy 2018–21 Action Plan that includes new and enhanced French-language services and programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2Se2Q4i

November 2018

2018-11-09 – Justice, Support

  • The Alberta government increases its investments in a five-point plan to strengthen support for victims of crime across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2EbL8vc

2018-11-15 – Indigenous, Language, Education

  • The Alberta government invests in a new program that will bring Indigenous language education into classrooms across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2EaUHui

2018-11-15 – Indigenous, Youth, Reconciliation, Support

  • Alberta becomes the first province to implement Jordan’s Principle, which will help First Nations children access supports and services. Link: https://bit.ly/2PiGYTc

2018-11-20 – Education, Accessibility

  • The Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-secondary Education passes, protecting students from unfair tuition spikes. Link: https://bit.ly/2KNO8hw

2018-11-27 – Women, Support

  • The Alberta government allocates $1 million in new funding for the Status of Women Community Grant Program, which aids community-based projects that support women and girls across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2rktSeC

October 2018

2018-10-01 – Disability, Employment

  • The Alberta government invests in new jobs and expands training and supports as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month. Link: https://bit.ly/2Jy5r5I

2018-10-11 – Justice, Low Income, Support

  • The Alberta government increases support by $70 million for legal aid to ensure that low-income and vulnerable Albertans can access the justice system. Link: https://bit.ly/2yJ7Iqu

2018-10-18 – Violence, Community, Support

  • The Alberta government dedicates $5.5 million in funding for organizations that work to prevent family and sexual violence, promote healthy relationships and create inclusive communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2JwqEg9

2018-10-19 – Justice, Support, Violence, Indigenous

  • The Alberta government announces an additional $4.5 million in available money from the Victims of Crime Fund, which will go toward five key areas: police-based victim services units, support for domestic violence survivors, support for victims in court, restorative justice initiatives and an expansion of outreach services for Indigenous victims. Link: https://bit.ly/2AE6Btp

2018-10-25 – Diversity, Inclusivity

  • The Alberta government proclaims the first Islamic Heritage Month to officially recognize and celebrate the contributions of the province’s diverse Islamic communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2EXv29q

September 2018

2018-09-20 – Seniors, Communities

  • The Alberta government has made available new program funding to help seniors live healthy, engaged lives. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qnbdt7

2018-09-26 – Students, Health

  • Alberta’s school nutrition program expands to feed more than 30,000 students a daily nutritious meal. Link: https://bit.ly/2NYrLep

2018-09-28 – Economy, Employment, Wages

August 2018

2018-08-07 – Women, Economy, Violence

  • The Alberta government provides $850,000 to non-profit organizations to kick-start or expand innovative projects that empower women in leadership roles, increase economic security for their families and prevent gender-based violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q6xqMO

2018-08-22 – Immigrants, Economy, Support

  • New supports and resources have been made available to immigrants who are starting a small business in Alberta. Link: https://bit.ly/2wCmVIb

July 2018

2018-07-03 – Diversity, Inclusivity

  • The Alberta government announces a new $2-million Anti-Racism Community Grant Program to support initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. Link: https://bit.ly/2vOB0l8

2018-07-16 – Accessibility, Disability, Diversity

  • The Alberta government introduces new user-friendly Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) application forms and guides to make it easier for Albertans with disabilities to obtain support. Improvements include a clearer, shorter application form that uses plain language and is tailored to relate to an applicant’s situation. Link: https://bit.ly/2vqFbo1

2018-07-20 – Indigenous, Economy

  • The Alberta government provides funding to a new tourism association that will help Indigenous entrepreneurs and their communities start tourism businesses, create jobs and offer visitors an authentic experience. Link: https://bit.ly/2vqGaVf

2018-07-21 – Disability, Inclusivity

  • The Alberta government declares July 21, 2018 as Global Day of Inclusion, joining worldwide celebrations of the success and contribution of people with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2ONIaz3

June 2018

2018-06-08 – LGBTQ, Demographics, Diversity, Inclusion

  • Albertans are now able to choose Female, Male or “X” on their driver’s licences, ID cards and vital statistics records, such as birth certificates and death certificates. Link: https://bit.ly/2Jww4uQ

2018-06-14 – Indigenous, Education, Child Care, Culture

  • New $25-a-day child care centres across Alberta now offer Indigenous-focused programming, including traditional drumming, storytelling and lessons in Michif, Blackfoot and Cree. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOqp0F

2018-06-15 – Indigenous, Education

  • The Alberta government implements a new training program for public service employees, in which participants will learn about Indigenous histories, residential schools, treaties and contemporary issues, and how they can apply what they learn to their work. Link: https://bit.ly/2tPhV2f

2018-06-26 – Indigenous, Education, Child Care

  • The new Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework will help Children’s Services staff gain a better understanding of the systemic challenges and barriers Indigenous people face. The framework will ensure leaders, managers, supervisors, caseworkers, policy analysts and administrative professionals all have awareness and cultural understanding to serve Indigenous children, youth and families in Alberta. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kz3wAC

2018-06-27 – Economy, Employment

  • The federal and Alberta governments sign agreements that will provide the province with more than $1.7 billion over six years to invest in Albertan workers. These agreements represent an increase in funding of nearly $500 million over the period compared with previous funding levels and will benefit about 124,000 more Albertan workers than before. Link: https://bit.ly/2lQ2ouG

2018-06-28 – Children, Youth, Mental Health, Indigenous, Support

  • The Alberta government releases the action plan “A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow” to improve services, address funding on reserves and increase supports for children, youth and families. Link: https://bit.ly/2u55r5M

2018-06-28 – Housing, Indigenous

  • The Alberta government launches the province’s first Indigenous-owned housing program to build affordable homes directly designed and owned by Indigenous governments and organizations. Link: https://bit.ly/2IW8Auk

2018-06-29 – Refugees, Immigrants

  • Refugee claimants can now apply and test for a driver’s licence for a one-year term while they wait for the federal government to process their claim, making it easier to support their families and build a new life in Alberta. Link: https://bit.ly/2KuqN7H

May 2018

2018-05-07 – Mental Health, Students, Support

  • New $5-million provincial grant will be used to hire staff and build new school-based community mental health programs. More than 100,000 students at schools across Alberta will receive these school-based mental health resources. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbfqfF

2018-05-07 – Violence

  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General releases guide that provides police officers with up-to-date information about sexual violence. This new tool outlines investigative procedures that will lead to more reliable evidence-gathering while respecting the effect that trauma can have on a survivor’s physical, psychological and emotional well-being. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUT50N

2018-05-28 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Reparation

  • Historic land deal signed with the Métis Nation: The Alberta government sells a 3.7-hectare (9.17-acre) parcel of land to the Métis Nation of Alberta Association Fort McMurray Local Council 1935. Link: https://bit.ly/2KvHyPU

2018-05-30 – Child Care, Military Families

  • Military families in Edmonton and Cold Lake now have more affordable child care options – the Alberta government is investing in 183 $25-a-day child care spaces on the two Canadian Forces bases. Link: https://bit.ly/2tTl0yl

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British Columbia

January 2019

2019-01-17 – Communities

  • As part of its rural development mandate, the B.C. government provides over $600,000 in project development grants to support rural communities throughout the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2Gfs3Io

2019-01-29 – Child Care

  • The B.C. government announces families across the province now have access to 426 new licensed in-home child care spaces that have been created through the Childcare BC Start-Up Grant Program. Link: https://bit.ly/2HI7oz7

2019-01-30 – Immigrants, Women, Employment

  • New pilot launches to address multiple barriers to success in the job market for newcomer women in Vancouver. Link: https://bit.ly/2G3MfxC

December 2018

2018-12-03 – Diversity, Disability, Inclusivity, Accessibility

  • Sixteen accessibility projects throughout B.C. will benefit from $500,000 in provincial funding that focuses on promoting greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2Faxed3

2018-12-06 – Indigenous, Education

  • The B.C. government introduces a new education curriculum ensuring more teachers are trained to bring Indigenous perspectives into classrooms. Link: https://bit.ly/2VyCo7K

2018-12-07 – Education, Students Support

  • The B.C. government announces an additional $175-million investment to support students in the K–12 public education system. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qt512u

2018-12-08 – Women, Violence, Support

  • The B.C. government announces grants totalling $175,000 to enhance programs that support survivors of gender-based violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2C2paXY

2018-12-12 – Communities

  • Communities throughout B.C. will receive approximately $2 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to support emergency social services. Link: https://bit.ly/2LTAcmR

2018-12-12 – Language, Demographics

  • A new agreement between Canada and B.C. means French-speaking British Columbians will have improved access to programs and provincial services in French. Link: https://bit.ly/2AzHvvl

2018-12-14 – Indigenous, Reconciliation

  • The B.C. and federal governments join Lake Babine Nation in collaboratively working toward a long-term reconciliation agreement. Link: https://bit.ly/2CTFFHk

2018-12-21 – Housing, Homelessness

  • The B.C. government opens additional shelters and provides funding for emergency housing solutions to help people experiencing homelessness during the winter. Link: https://bit.ly/2SG448G

November 2018

2018-11-02 – Indigenous, Child Care

  • The B.C. government will invest $3.6 million over three years to support new early learning and child care planning and navigator positions to help address the specific needs of Indigenous children, families and communities throughout the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2QsqZq8

2018-11-02 – Gender, Inclusivity

  • British Columbians who do not identify as male or female now have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card. Link: https://bit.ly/2FIHf23

2018-11-08 – Seniors, Disabilities, Care

  • People throughout the province (including patients, families, seniors and people with disabilities) will benefit from new legislation that takes aim at improving working conditions for health and social-sector employees. Link: https://bit.ly/2JN2Jt7

2018-11-09 – Child Care

  • The B.C. government moves forward with 53 prototype projects around the province to deliver child care that will cost families a maximum of $200 per month per child. Link: https://bit.ly/2TSOgR9

2018-11-13 – Housing

  • The B.C. government moves forward with more than 4,900 new affordable mixed-income rental homes as part of the Building BC: Community Housing Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2B2YdUK

2018-11-15 – Disabilities, Employment, Accessibility

  • A new contract that equips people with adaptive technology will open up employment opportunities for people with disabilities and help them thrive in the workplace. Link: https://bit.ly/2FoAHWe

2018-11-16 – Gender, Support

  • Reconstructive gender-affirming surgeries will become more widely accessible for trans communities in B.C. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qs3j5a

2018-11-24 – Indigenous, Housing

  • More than 1,100 new affordable homes in 26 communities throughout B.C. will become accessible to Indigenous peoples on- and off-reserve. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qk4VxZ

2018-11-26 – Community, Support

  • Not-for-profit organizations that provide important community services, such as search and rescue, mobile health and child care, will benefit from capital project funding to buy and upgrade community facilities, infrastructure and equipment. Link: https://bit.ly/2DOM4UY

October 2018

2018-10-11 – Language, Demographics

  • The B.C. government announces an investment of $250,000 for four community projects to improve French-language services for francophones in the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2yN2kCH

2018-10-12 – Indigenous, Children

  • Canada, British Columbia and the Wet’suwet’en sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that provides a culturally appropriate approach to child and family wellness that supports the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s vision for self-determination and better health outcomes. Link: https://bit.ly/2qnczZO

2018-10-13 – Indigenous

  • Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association and the federal and B.C. governments have signed an agreement that supports new and innovative approaches to modern treaty negotiations in B.C. and advances them to the final phase of treaty negotiations. Link: https://bit.ly/2PwYozE

2018-10-18 – Students, Community

  • B.C. students will benefit from enhanced access to extracurricular activities through the Community Gaming Grants program. Link: https://bit.ly/2EWt1un

September 2018

2018-09-05 – Child Care

  • The B.C. government is investing $136 million to support quality child care, and its new Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy will help support early childhood educators. Link: https://bit.ly/2Iwykys

2018-09-06 – Health, Support

  • The B.C. and federal governments are investing more than $71.7 million in innovative treatment options for people with substance use disorders. Link: https://bit.ly/2N8KkHn

2018-09-06 – Child Care, Support

  • The B.C. government announces the launch of its new Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) that will help 60,000 more families with child care expenses, four times the number of families that benefited from the previous child care subsidy. Link: https://bit.ly/2NYWhVu

2018-09-09 – Seniors, Communities

  • Seniors’ ability to live active, safe, socially engaged and independent lives in their communities is being enhanced by $500,000 in age-friendly grants to local governments. Link: https://bit.ly/2Rlxs42

2018-09-11 – Child Care

  • B.C. municipalities and regional districts can now access nearly $17 million in funding to plan and build licensed child care spaces that will best meet the needs of local families. Link: https://bit.ly/2QhdNAE

2018-09-12 – Communities

  • The B.C. and federal governments launch two new infrastructure programs that will build up communities in every part of B.C. – the Community, Culture and Recreation fund, and the Rural and Northern Communities fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2zJZCyP

2018-09-21 – Health, Care

  • The B.C. and federal governments sign a bilateral agreement outlining investments of approximately $656 million over five years to improve access to home and community care and mental health and addiction services. Link: https://bit.ly/2y4E8dZ

2018-09-25 – Seniors, Health, Care

  • The B.C. government announces a $240-million investment over three years to increase the quality of care for seniors. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q4rfIk

August 2018

2018-08-02 – Housing, Homelessness

  • The B.C. government has launched the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund, which will provide $1.2 billion over 10 years to build and operate 2,500 units of supportive housing for people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Link: https://bit.ly/2LRf7I0

2018-08-02 – Indigenous, Support, Well-Being

  • A new training service is being offered to help social service providers, social workers and health care workers gain the skills required to support clients struggling with emotional and intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2oAa31t

2018-08-03 – Indigenous, Recognition, Reconciliation

  • British Columbia and the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance have signed a government-to-government agreement that establishes a new relationship based on respect and recognition of rights. Link: https://bit.ly/2oAsS4B

2018-08-10 – Care, Caregivers, Seniors

  • $2.6 million in provincial funding announced to purchase equipment to support people living and working in residential care homes throughout B.C. Link: https://bit.ly/2oC4U8Y

2018-08-20 – Youth, Students, Employment

  • The federal government announces that Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provided close to $3.5 million to B.C. small businesses for over 2,100 new jobs for youth. Link: https://bit.ly/2LSgfLD

2018-08-30 – Low Income, Seniors, Housing, Support

  • Low-income families and seniors in B.C., who are paying rent in the private market, will receive additional funding from the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2NEJ7s8

July 2018

2018-07-06 – Child Care, Support

  • B.C. families will benefit from the creation of 22,000 new licensed child care spaces. The new spaces will be created through a $221-million investment in the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2m26m3b

2018-07-12 – Family Finances, Economy, Employment

  • The B.C. government releases What We Heard About Poverty in B.C., a report that will guide government as it introduces poverty reduction legislation in fall 2018 and develops B.C.’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. Link: https://bit.ly/2vjEzAD

2018-07-18 – Students, Children, Education

  • The B.C. government provides students with access to online training opportunities to become early childhood educators. Link: https://bit.ly/2MkInbd

2018-07-23 – Students, Employment

  • The B.C. government announces opportunities for post-secondary students to take part in co-op and other work-integrated learning opportunities. The province will be allocating almost $1.9 million in funding to all of B.C.’s 25 public universities, colleges and institutes. Link: https://bit.ly/2LIJRM3

2018-07-25– Indigenous, Reconciliation, Recognition

  • The federal and Métis Nation of B.C. governments sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on reconciliation – an important step to renew and strengthen their government-to-government relationship. Link: https://bit.ly/2vP5oMg

2018-07-26– Housing

  • Over 2,000 new supportive homes in 22 communities around British Columbia will provide support to those experiencing homelessness. Link: https://bit.ly/2OddZjr

June 2018

2018-06-07 – Indigenous, Child Care, Youth

  • The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and the B.C. government sign an agreement to transfer child welfare authority to MNBC. Main objectives of the joint commitment include reducing the number of Métis children and youth in government care and supporting family preservation. Link: https://bit.ly/2KIZ9mM

2018-06-08 – Youth, Support

  • The B.C. government renews contributions to the Youth Futures Education Fund to help former youth in care with expenses while they attend school, helping to reduce the financial burden of living expenses, including textbooks, food and rent. Link: https://bit.ly/2lWqBPL

2018-06-08 – Seniors, Health, Education, Support

  • The Ministry of Health contributes $1.4 million to support elder abuse awareness and prevention. Link: https://bit.ly/2NqA8vl

2018-06-13 – Education, Communities

  • The B.C. government increases leadership development funding for more than 3,500 education leaders, to meet the rapidly changing needs of students and communities throughout the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2u4227v

2018-06-14 – Child Care

  • Funding available under the expanded and enhanced Childcare BC Maintenance Fund triples to $1.2 million in 2018–2019. This funding allows child care providers to repair or replace items relating to the maintenance of their facility, in order to meet licensing standards. Link: https://bit.ly/2u5IDmm

2018-06-14 – Accessibility, Disability, Education, Employment

  • Students with disabilities enrolled at public post-secondary institutions will be given supports to succeed in their studies and train for a range of in-demand careers. The post-secondary institutions will receive one-time funding of $75,000 to develop or build upon programs that support students with cognitive, mental health or physical disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2IPg55X

2018-06-15 – Education, Economy, Employment

  • The B.C. government announces funding for school districts throughout the province, which will receive $3.5 million this year to buy new equipment to upgrade trades classrooms and workshops. Link: https://bit.ly/2zc9vqS

2018-06-15 – Demographics, Health

  • The B.C. government provides $1.5 million to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) to support men in B.C. to live healthier lives. Link: https://bit.ly/2u06B3x

2018-06-18 – Indigenous, Housing

  • The B.C. government announces $550 million in funding over the next 10 years to build and operate new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve. This makes B.C. the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2KQk8AI

2018-06-18 – Caregiving, Seniors

  • The B.C. government announces $75-million investment to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones. Link: https://bit.ly/2t8siO4

2018-06-20 – Child Care

  • The B.C. government to invest $750,000 in a grant program per year, over the next three years, to help create new child care spaces. Eligible unlicensed child care providers can now apply for financial assistance to become licensed family or in-home multi-age child care providers. Link: https://bit.ly/2z9gwIL

2018-06-28 – Indigenous, Communities, Support

  • Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and the Justice Institute of British Columbia provide emergency and social services training for First Nations communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUSD2D

2018-06-28 – Communities, Support

  • The B.C. government to support local governments throughout B.C. to meet their community’s needs, and provide basic services. Included are varied infrastructure projects, such as water and sewer upgrades, police resources and staffing, and public safety programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2KNfVOv

2018-06-29 – Economy, Employment

  • The federal and B.C. governments sign agreements that will provide the province with more than $2.5 billion over six years to invest in their workers. These agreements represent an increase in funding of more than $250 million over the period, compared with previous funding levels. Link: https://bit.ly/2KOnGUq

May 2018

2018-05-05 – Indigenous, Justice

  • Canada, B.C., Lheidli T’enneh initial treaty: Negotiators for the federal government, the B.C. government and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation initial the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty in Prince George. Link: https://bit.ly/2u3ErDS

2018-05-06 – Health, Seniors, Caregiving, Care

  • Ministry of Health provides the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with $2.7 million to connect more people, families, and caregivers affected by dementia to community supports and services. Link: https://bit.ly/2tTkDUb

2018-05-09 – Youth, Health, Well-being, Support

  • Two organizations – Take a Hike Foundation and Right To Play – that help at-risk students improve their physical and mental well-being will each receive grants of $150,000 from the B.C. government. Link: https://bit.ly/2MKup22

2018-05-16 – Economy, Education

  • The B.C. government announces investment in tech-based research and advanced training opportunities in all parts of the province to help spark B.C. innovation, economic growth and new jobs. Over $102.6 million will go toward funding 75 post-secondary research projects in B.C., through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). Link: https://bit.ly/2L6aEC9

2018-05-17 – Indigenous, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal government, the B.C. government and the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) are establishing a new approach to improve First Nation mental health wellness outcomes in B.C. As part of this new agreement, Canada, B.C. and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will each invest $10 million over two years for a total funding commitment of $30 million. Link: https://bit.ly/2u6jGrb

2018-05-18 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Inclusion

  • The six Tŝilhqot’in community names within the Tŝilhqot’in Nation have been adopted as official names within the B.C. government. The communities will now be correctly recognized as: Tl’esqox – also known as Tooseyè ʔEsdilagh – also known as Alexandria; Yuneŝit’in – also known as Stone; Tl’etinqox – also known as Anaham; Tŝi Deldel – also known as Redstone and Alexis Creek Indian Band; and Xeni Gwet’in – also known as Nemiah Valley. The Tŝilhqot’in names will now appear on provincial government resources, maps and databases. Link: https://bit.ly/2u0tt1G

2018-05-18 – Child Care, Family Finances

  • The B.C. government invests an additional $3 million over the next three years – on top of its annual funding of $1.6 million – to boost the monthly subsidy amount available to eligible young parents to up to $1,500 a month per child. To be eligible for the Young Parent Program (YPP), parents must be under the age of 24 years, have had their child on or before their 20th birthday and meet the eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy program. Link: https://bit.ly/2KQYYT2

2018-05-23 – Health, Mental Health, Support

  • The B.C. government partners with Last Door Recovery Society as part of an ongoing public education campaign regarding drug and alcohol addiction. The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions will provide $50,000 in funding. Link: https://bit.ly/2Nra0jO

2018-05-23 – Community, Resilience, Culture

  • The B.C. government announces a $535,000 pilot program designed to enhance community engagement and strengthen resilience through arts and culture organizations in 55 communities around the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2lREPS0

2018-05-24 – Health, Care

  • The B.C. government launches new primary health-care strategy to deliver faster and improved access to health care for British Columbians in all parts of the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2KO6s9q

2018-05-24 – Indigenous, Education, Care

  • Indigenous children under 6 years of age, and their families, will benefit from a $30-million expansion of Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) programs that provide culturally based inclusive child care and early learning, family bonding and prevention services. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kuulqs

2018-05-25 – Women, Housing, Violence, Support

  • The B.C. government announces a $734-million investment over the next 10 years to build and operate new housing units for women fleeing violence. This includes transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-term housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2IS4y5O

2018-05-29 – Indigenous, Disability, Accessibility

  • British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), Canada’s first and only stand-alone organization serving Indigenous peoples with disabilities, receives $180,000 to expand its navigation supports for Indigenous peoples with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2MIoFWs

2018-05-30 – Disability, Accessibility

  • The B.C. government announces $500,000 in funding to support projects that will improve accessibility throughout the province. The funding will be distributed through a series of grants administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). Link: https://bit.ly/2KJyZAb

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January 2019

2019-01-07 – Indigenous, Women, Children, Care

  • The Manitoba government announces its first Social Impact Bond. The two-year pilot project, Restoring the Sacred Bond, will match doulas with Indigenous mothers who are at risk of having their infant apprehended into the child welfare system. Link: https://bit.ly/2TyMZyd

2019-01-15 – Mental Health, Youth

  • The Manitoba government and Bell Let’s Talk partner on $1-million funding to the Strongest Families Institute to expand mental health services for children, youth and their families. Link: https://bit.ly/2MMnFC5

2019-01-24 – Education

  • The Manitoba government announces that funding for public elementary and secondary education will increase by $6.6 million for the 2019–20 school year to a total in excess of $1.329 billion. Link: https://bit.ly/2UD6JAv

December 2018

2018-12-03 – Youth, Students, Education, Employment

  • The Manitoba government launches a new online Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course to prepare youth for entering the job market. Link: https://bit.ly/2TuGP1i

2018-12-06 – Women, Violence, Gender

  • The Manitoba government creates a new cabinet committee to address gender-based violence and to better integrate government services. Link: https://bit.ly/2VCrTA3

2018-12-11 – Communities

  • The Manitoba government provides $950,000 in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2TAecjs

2018-12-13 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Communities

  • The Manitoba government announces funding for Circles for Reconciliation, a project that aims to foster relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Link: https://bit.ly/2RdQooQ

November 2018

2018-11-14 – Indigenous, Women, Child Care, Economy, Support

  • New federal investment will strengthen the economic security and prosperity of Métis women in Manitoba by addressing the lack of accessible childcare programs and other barriers to economic prosperity. Link: https://bit.ly/2FJgOtj

2018-11-16 – Indigenous, Students, Education, Support, Infrastructure

  • First Nations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada announce a $248-million investment for new school infrastructure in four First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. Link: https://bit.ly/2Sg3LRp

October 2018

2018-10-31 – Community

  • The Manitoba government announces investments in crime prevention and community outreach programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2SCyusT

September 2018

2018-09-07 – Indigenous, Care, Health

  • The federal government announces an investment of $100 million over the next five years for the construction of the Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence. The fully integrated health facility will provide emergency, in-patient and diagnostic community-based programs and services. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qmx1ox

2018-09-25 – Health, Care

  • The Manitoba government will upgrade health-care facilities across the province by investing approximately $9.7 million in 13 new projects. Link: https://bit.ly/2Nb4rVb

2018-09-28 – Economy, Employment, Wages

August 2018

2018-08-09 – Sexual Harassment, Workplace, Equality

  • The Manitoba government releases two reports looking into sexual harassment, harassment and respectful workplace policies and procedures in the civil service. Link: https://bit.ly/2N9T0kN

2018-08-16 – Community, Support

  • The Manitoba government announces $3.7 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations. Link: https://bit.ly/2oA3IDe

July 2018

2018-07-17– Economy, Women

  • The Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba Inc. will receive $328,750 in federal funding for their project, “Building Gender Parity in Manitoba’s ICT Sector.” The project aims to help improve women’s economic security in Manitoba. Link: https://bit.ly/2nirlQ3

2018-07-19– Community

  • The Manitoba government announces that they will be providing more than $848,000 in grants to community development projects across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2nlOgdk

June 2018

2018-06-06 – Child Care

  • The Manitoba government provides $424,000 toward a new pilot project at Winnipeg’s Child Protection Centre (CPC), to increase the number of medical and specialized assessments for children who are newly apprehended or at risk of coming into care of Child and Family Services. Link: https://bit.ly/2MJaQr1

2018-06-15 – Youth, Employment

  • The Manitoba government invests nearly $400,000 in a program to help students and youth gain employment skills and experience. Link: https://bit.ly/2KsSvSp

May 2018

2018-05-02 – Indigenous, Youth, Family Finances, Students, Support

  • The Manitoba government announces changes to the Manitoba Student Aid and Manitoba Bursary that will help more low-income and Indigenous students access funding. More than $8.6 million in new support will be available for students. Link: https://bit.ly/2KNnVPB

2018-05-14 – Mental Health, Support

  • The Manitoba government launches new mental health and addictions strategic plan, outlining a path to enhancing access to quality services, increasing co-ordination through community mobilization hubs and improving use of technology to ensure a seamless continuum of services. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOdU5e

2018-05-18 – Education, Health, Children

  • The Manitoba government provides free access for students and professionals across Manitoba to online learning resources on prenatal and child development. Link: https://bit.ly/2u4GAiG

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New Brunswick

January 2019

2019-01-15 – Disability, Accessibility, Education

  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development expands free access to its online training for parents of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. Link: https://bit.ly/2Rx9YYl

December 2018

2018-12-05 – Children, Youth, Students, Health

  • The New Brunswick government updates its public school nutrition policy to promote healthier food environments. Link: https://bit.ly/2BSHWCg

2018-12-11 – Education, Youth, Children

  • The New Brunswick government announces a $60.2-million investment in education and early childhood development. Link: https://bit.ly/2C5LaRO

November 2018

2018-11-28 – Community

  • The New Brunswick government announces more than $75 million in community funding and equalization grants. Link: https://bit.ly/2AxnEMz

2018-11-29 – Housing, Support

  • The Department of Social Development announces funding to help establish temporary shelters for those in need of safe, secure housing during the winter months. Link: https://bit.ly/2KUhLhq

October 2018

2018-10-11 – Youth, Refugees

  • The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate issues a report entitled Defending Child Rights for Refugees and Newcomers. Link: https://bit.ly/2ETqAZe

September 2018

2018-09-06 – Sexual Harassment

  • The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission releases the updated Guideline on Sexual Harassment as part of its ongoing mandate to promote human rights through educational resources and programs designed to eliminate discriminatory practices. Link: https://bit.ly/2MfMYdS

August 2018

2018-08-09 – Education

  • The New Brunswick government has invested more than $150,000 in two literacy programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2vF4jHI

2018-08-14 – Sexual Violence

  • The New Brunswick government announces an investment of $1.425 million over the next two years to begin the implementation of a comprehensive sexual violence framework, growing to $1.6 million annually in 2020–21. Link: https://bit.ly/2Pfbgat

2018-08-15 – Support

  • The federal and New Brunswick governments will invest more than $7 million in innovative treatment options for people who engage in problematic substance use. Link: https://bit.ly/2oA2cAT

2018-08-15 – Violence, Support, Employment

  • The New Brunswick government has introduced regulations providing paid leave for individuals who experience domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2LW6jAy

2018-08-16 – Seniors, Inclusivity, Community

  • The New Brunswick government has named six new communities that have been designated as “age-friendly”. Link: https://bit.ly/2oAaE3d

2018-08-16 – Violence, Harassment, Workplace

  • Regulatory changes to address violence and harassment in the workplace come into force April 1, 2019, giving time for employers to complete any necessary risk assessments and put the necessary policies and procedures into place. Link: https://bit.ly/2MlwKEM

2018-08-23 – Women, Economy, Employment, Equality, Violence

  • The federal government announces funding for a project in New Brunswick to support the economic security of women who have experienced domestic violence, by providing opportunities for sustainable employment. Link: https://bit.ly/2NIrlo6

July 2018

2018-07-01– Seniors, Families

  • The New Brunswick government releases a new booklet containing information about grandparents’ rights and resources pertaining to their grandchildren. Link: https://bit.ly/2ngFwoS

2018-07-05– Housing

  • The federal and New Brunswick governments sign a 10-year agreement to provide long-term funding for affordable housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2MQyVvY

2018-07-09– Families, Support, Violence

  • The federal and New Brunswick governments are contributing a combined $1.5 million toward construction of a family crisis resource centre that will support New Brunswickers who are experiencing emotional difficulties and are victims of family violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2OdEjtG

2018-07-13– Indigenous, Education, Inclusivity

  • The New Brunswick government is working with the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick to host a Wolastoqey cultural immersion camp for teachers. The camp aims to provide teachers with new perspectives and experiences that they can take back to the classroom. Link: https://bit.ly/2OkKvQU

2018-07-17– Military, Families

  • The New Brunswick government partners with the Department of National Defence on a pilot project to help military families settle into new communities when they are posted to the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2vqevnk

2018-07-31– Mental Health, Support

  • In partnership with the Horizon Health Network. New Brunswick Public Library card holders now have access to therapeutic and self-help books. Link: https://bit.ly/2KCrQh7

June 2018

2018-06-22 – Indigenous, Education

  • The New Brunswick government announces $1.5 million in funding for experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students over the next three years. Link: https://bit.ly/2u3glsN

2018-06-25 – Seniors, Demographics

  • The federal and New Brunswick governments launch a $75-million Healthy Seniors Pilot Project, which will focus on applied research initiatives to be carried out over the next three years. The project aims to improve understanding of the effects of aging and improve the aging experience for seniors and their loved ones. Link: https://bit.ly/2KlEVMC

2018-06-27 – Youth, Demographics, Caregiving, Support

May 2018

2018-05-28 – Caregivers, Seniors, Disability, Support

  • New benefit is announced for people who provide informal care to help seniors and people living with a disability remain independent. The non-taxable monthly benefit is available only to an eligible primary informal caregiver of a Social Development client receiving in-home services through the Long-Term Care or Disability Support Services programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2IXfMuP

2018-05-31 – Women, Equality, Support

  • The New Brunswick government doubles funding for the New Brunswick’s Women’s Council. The additional resources are intended to increase the council’s capacity to conduct research and publicize data on matters of importance to women’s equality. Link: https://bit.ly/2NkDC2l

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Newfoundland and Labrador

January 2019

2019-01-09 – Immigrants, Women, Employment

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces support for the YWCA to deliver a Newcomer Women’s Leadership and Employment Mentorship Project. Link: https://bit.ly/2t2OTvm

2019-01-16 – Violence, Employment

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces improvements to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including provisions to address workplace harassment and worker-on-worker violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2HfccMf

December 2018

2018-12-10 – Youth, Students, Education, Employment

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government launches a new online Young Worker Occupational Health and Safety certificate course to better prepare young workers as they enter the workforce. Link: https://bit.ly/2PuBt3H

2018-12-11 – Demographics, Aging

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces an investment of $200,000 to support a new Aging Research Centre. Link: https://bit.ly/2C6daWx

November 2018

No updates for November 2018.

October 2018

2018-10-01 – Women, Youth, Gender, Violence, Justice

  • The Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls releases a progress report that highlights collective efforts to prevent and address violence against women and girls while identifying next steps for positive action. Link: https://bit.ly/2znKNjW

2018-10-01 – Care, Community, Support

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduces a new and improved financial assessment process for the long-term care and community support services system. Link: https://bit.ly/2NeSHkL

2018-10-12 – Mental Health, Support

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government, in partnership with the Strongest Families Institute, launches a new e-mental health program designed to support young adults ages 18–30 with anxiety. Link: https://bit.ly/2QaspSX

2018-10-15 – Refugees, Immigration, Diversity, Inclusivity

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces funding for projects to support newcomers to the province through the Newfoundland and Labrador Settlement and Integration Program. Link: https://bit.ly/2SBcSgw

September 2018

2018-09-10 – Communities

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces that the federal government will provide more than $555 million in funding over the next decade for community infrastructure projects. Link: https://bit.ly/2MZntTe

2018-09-26 – Children, Youth

  • The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate releases the 2017–18 Status Report on Recommendations. Link: https://bit.ly/2DHboOm

August 2018

2018-08-03 – Employment, Economy

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government and the federal government have signed agreements that will see Canada provide the province with more than $900 million over six years to invest in their workers. This increase means an estimated 13,000 more workers in Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit over the six years. Link: https://bit.ly/2vy2xaC

2018-08-13 – Military, Veterans, Families, Support

  • Military Family Resource Centres across Newfoundland and Labrador will receive a combined $15,000. Link: https://bit.ly/2PvIsdq

July 2018

No updates for July 2018.

June 2018

2018-06-01 – Employment, Equality, Gender

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s newly strengthened and modernized Harassment-Free Workplace Policy for core government employees is now in effect. Key elements of the policy include mandatory training focused on prevention, 90-day timeline for all harassment investigations and an updated definition of sexual harassment to include gender-based harassment. Link: https://bit.ly/2J8ewkE

2018-06-27 – Economy, Employment

  • The governments of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunatsiavut invest more than $900,000 for two projects in Labrador, including an innovative social enterprise and an economic development conference to promote products and services in Labrador. Link: https://bit.ly/2MISzdl

2018-06-28 – Support

  • The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador sign a bilateral agreement of more than $4 million to fund innovative treatment options for problematic substance use. Link: https://bit.ly/2lUjFD6

May 2018

2018-05-15 – Children, Youth, Families

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduces legislation that promotes the safety and well-being of children and youth. The new Children, Youth and Families Act will replace the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act. The new act builds on the principles of the previous act and is child and youth-centred, family-focused and culturally responsive. Link: https://bit.ly/2tPYjuT

2018-05-24 – Education, Children, Youth

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces that over the next five years, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will provide $40,000 in funding annually for a K–6 Mathematics Bursary Program. Link: https://bit.ly/2tSfxaU

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Northwest Territories

January 2019

No updates for January 2019.

December 2018

No updates for December 2018.

November 2018

2018-11-09 – Disabilities, Support

  • The NWT government releases its Disability Action Plan, which identifies key activities the government is doing to improve support for NWT residents with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2zvoMk5

2018-11-20 – Economy

  • The NWT government invests close to $18 million in economic development in the North. Link: https://bit.ly/2r8POJz

October 2018

2018-10-09 – Indigenous, Employment, Economy

  • The NWT government introduces initiatives that will make it easier for Indigenous northerners to access training and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Link: https://bit.ly/2yIUV7C

2018-10-17 – Children, Youth, Well-being

  • The annual report presenting statistics and highlighting trends in the delivery of child and family services across the Northwest Territories is released. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qac2Wo

2018-10-18 – Mental Health, Support

  • The strategic framework titled “Mind and Spirit: Promoting Mental Health and Addictions Recovery in the Northwest Territories” is released. Link: https://bit.ly/2yOgQdr

2018-10-25 – Disability, Accessibility

  • The NWT government releases their action plan that supports outcomes that are person- and family-centred; supports inclusion and accessibility; promotes and supports awareness, education and training; and ensures timely coordination, evaluation and reporting. Link: https://bit.ly/2Dfzcb3

September 2018

2018-09-26 – Indigenous, Economy

  • A new agreement will see as much as $257,000 invested annually in Indigenous tourism businesses in the Northwest Territories. Link: https://bit.ly/2NXWGr9

August 2018

2018-08-01 – Women, Indigenous, Support, Economy, Employment

  • The federal government announces funding for projects to facilitate Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity in the Northwest Territories. Link: https://bit.ly/2LRCYaC

2018-08-29 – Mental Health, Well-Being

  • The new Mental Health Act has been announced, which will work to modernize mental health care in the Northwest Territories to better protect the rights, safety and well-being of individuals living with mental illness. Link: https://bit.ly/2NI9fme

July 2018

No updates for July 2018.

June 2018

No updates for June 2018.

May 2018

No updates for May 2018.


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Nova Scotia

January 2019

2019-01-17 – Communities

  • The Nova Scotia government announces 16 recipients of the Age Friendly Community Grant program. Link: https://bit.ly/2MNRPES

2019-01-18 – Housing, Support

  • The Good Neighbour Energy Fund becomes available again for the winter to provide financial assistance to low-income Nova Scotians needing help with emergency home heating. Link: https://bit.ly/2S5l0Jz

2019-01-16 – Justice

  • The federal and Nova Scotia governments announce funding for the creation of the Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia, to better help Nova Scotians access the legal system. Link: https://bit.ly/2UcaNrg

December 2018

2018-12-03 – Communities, Accessibility

  • The Nova Scotia government announces funding for community projects working to improve accessibility. Link: https://bit.ly/2H0yxwY

2018-12-03 – Violence, Gender

  • The federal and provincial governments partner with Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian organizations to develop new supports for survivors of gender-based violence and their families. Link: https://bit.ly/2AKjVwj

2018-12-05 – Support, Employment, Families, Violence

  • The Nova Scotia government announces changes to employment codes to better support families, including increased accessibility to parental leave and protected leave for employees experiencing domestic violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2QFE9jN

2018-12-14 – Demographics, Aging

  • Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population progress report is released. Link: https://bit.ly/2VAHSPd

2018-12-18 – Families, Caregiving, Children

  • The Nova Scotia government announces a new program to support grandparents and other family members who care for children separated from their parents. Link: https://bit.ly/2TxD77d

November 2018

2018-11-07 – Seniors, Care

  • The Nova Scotia government launches a new program to help older Nova Scotians live in their homes longer. Link: https://bit.ly/2riaoHr

2018-11-08 – Health

  • The Nova Scotia government launches a five-year action plan to increase physical activity among the province’s population. Link: https://bit.ly/2Ubjao0

2018-11-08 – Child Care, Children

  • Ten pre-primary locations across the province pilot a new, on-site, before-and-after program for pre-primary children, focused on physical activity and outdoor play. Link: https://bit.ly/2PR0PNu

2018-11-19 – Indigenous, Children, Child Care, Education

  • The Nova Scotia and federal governments announce investment to deliver more training opportunities to Mi’kmaw early childhood educators. Link: https://bit.ly/2Fx5YGz

2018-11-29 – Violence, Support

  • Police officers in Nova Scotia are receiving enhanced domestic violence training so they can respond more effectively to incidents of intimate partner violence and abuse. Link: https://bit.ly/2RrbR9H

October 2018

2018-10-03 – Education, Disability, Accessibility, Support

  • The Nova Scotia government hires inclusive education supports across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2P5KxRu

2018-10-03 – Employment, Mental Health, Support

  • The Office of Workplace Mental Health officially opens, where confidential navigation services will assist employees and managers to access mental health wellness resources and supports. Link: https://bit.ly/2QacQKU

2018-10-16 – Disability, Accessibility

  • The Nova Scotia government announces funding for businesses investing in improvements to their establishments to make them more accessible to persons with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2CX4Edr

2018-10-17 – Mental Health, Employment, Support

  • The Nova Scotia government improves access to workers’ compensation benefits for front-line and emergency response workers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Link: https://bit.ly/2RtaZ49

2018-10-19 – Care

  • A new electronic system enhances quality of care in long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia. Link: https://bit.ly/2CUHeVS

September 2018

2018-09-11 – Child Care

  • The Nova Scotia government introduces amendments to the Day Care Act to ensure families continue to have access to safe and high-quality care in family home child care programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2DLFAbg

2018-09-11 – 2SLGBTIQ+, Equality

  • Legislation is introduced that prohibits the use of discriminatory and harmful therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people who identify as 2SLGBTIQ+. Link: https://bit.ly/2x2t5SK

2018-09-13 – Employment, Parental Leave, Caregiving

  • The Nova Scotia government makes changes to the Labour Standards Code to provide employees with more time to support and care for their families. Link: https://bit.ly/2NhNAVV

2018-09-17 – Youth, Students, Health, Support

2018-09-19 – 2SLGBTQIA+, Gender

  • A new gender identity option, X, is now available for birth certificates, which will allow people who don’t identify exclusively as male or female to more accurately reflect their gender identity. Link: https://bit.ly/2y7lAJR

2018-09-20 – Seniors, Support, Low Income

  • The Nova Scotia government announces changes to the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Rebate Act that will help more low-income seniors access the program. Link: https://bit.ly/2DKriHH

2018-09-21 – Accessibility

  • The Nova Scotia government releases their implementation strategy for achieving accessibility in education, buildings and shared spaces. Link: https://bit.ly/2xPDRMq

August 2018

2018-08-29 – Students, Youth, Employment

  • Students looking to gain work experience and explore careers within their community, have been provided with more opportunities through the new Career Rising program. Link: https://bit.ly/2PZiUGt

2018-08-30 – Health Care, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal and Nova Scotia governments have signed an agreement to improve health care services in the province, with investments in a range of initiatives to improve home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services. Link: https://bit.ly/2CagWA4

July 2018

2018-07-04 – Community, Culture

  • The Nova Scotia government announces investment in 31 projects under the $1.5 million Culture Innovation Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2LQpAs9

2018-07-11 – Indigenous, Inclusivity

  • Support for Indigenous Languages in Nova Scotia: the federal government announces $100,000 in funding to Mi’kmaw-Kina’matnewey through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Link: https://bit.ly/2ngFFIW

2018-07-11 – Seniors, Community

  • The Nova Scotia government opens call for applications for the Age-Friendly Communities Grant program. The grant supports projects that promote healthy, active living and make communities better places for Nova Scotians as they age. Link: https://bit.ly/2vF53M6

2018-07-13 – Economy, Employment

  • The federal and Nova Scotia governments sign agreements that will see Canada provide Nova Scotia with more than $700 million over six years to invest in Nova Scotia’s workers. Link: https://bit.ly/2LY2qQs

2018-07-13 – Housing, Family Finances

  • Housing Nova Scotia invests $18 million to create up to 1,500 new affordable housing opportunities through rent supplements over the next three years to help low-income individuals, families and seniors. Link: https://bit.ly/2vCVYn3

2018-07-19 – Family Finances, Support

  • The Nova Scotia government introduces the new Personal Items Allowance, which will support people temporarily living in homeless shelters and transition houses. Link: https://bit.ly/2OHD5YK

2018-07-24 – Education, Employment

  • Opportunities in early childhood education program expand, with provincial investment of $1.45 million. Link: https://bit.ly/2AJMSe3

June 2018

2018-06-27 – Housing, Disability

  • The Nova Scotia government announces its commitment to develop eight community-based homes over two years for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2u5JPpQ

2018-06-27 – Youth, Education, Inclusion

  • Students, children and families to benefit from more supports and services come September, when more inclusive education support specialists enter the classroom and 130 new pre-primary classes open. Link: http://bit.ly/2ISjS2G

May 2018

2018-05-04 – Communities, Communications

  • Residents in 64 rural and remote communities will get high-speed Internet access facilitated by a $26.4-million investment. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbJYOh

2018-05-16 – Disability, Accessibility, Employment, Support

  • Grants up to $50,000 awarded to 34 organizations to increase recreation, employment and day programming for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2lRFRNS

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January 2019

No updates for January 2019.

December 2018

No updates for December 2018.

November 2018

2018-11-30 – Language, Business, Indigenous

  • The Nunavut government announces Private Sector Inuktut Support Program grants that can be used toward translations of marketing materials and Inuktut advertisements or to cover the costs of language training for staff in customer service. Link: https://bit.ly/2SlKCxA

October 2018

2018-10-31 – Culture, Community

  • The Nunavut government announces funding for projects that promote, protect or preserve and revitalize the culture, language, arts and heritage of Nunavut. Link: https://bit.ly/2Pz8Vu6

September 2018

2018-09-04 – Education

  • The Nunavut government announces that they will be holding territory-wide public consultations on education, from September to December 2018. Link: https://bit.ly/2zJEUis

August 2018

2018-08-15 – Education

  • Adult Basic Education funding in Nunavut has been renewed for three more years. Link: https://bit.ly/2wDld9b

July 2018

No updates for July 2018.

June 2018

No updates for June 2018.

May 2018

No updates for May 2018.


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January 2019

2019-01-17 – Students, Accessibility

  • Students at every publicly assisted college and university will see their tuition rates go down by 10% in a first-ever province-wide tuition reduction. Link: https://bit.ly/2FzH9Js

2019-01-23 – Mental Health, Care

  • The Ontario government announces funding to support a comprehensive and connected mental health care system. Link: https://bit.ly/2FT4t49

2019-01-29 – Indigenous, Employment, Economy, Communities

  • The Ontario government announces $27.5 million in funding for programs that support economic development for Indigenous people. The programs support training, job creation community infrastructure and consultation capacity in communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2UCo4tF

December 2018

2018-12-10 – Health, Care

  • The Ontario government announces the building of 198 new hospice beds across the province to support compassionate end-of-life care. Link: https://bit.ly/2QNGqta

2018-12-14 – Women, Violence, Gender, Support

  • The Ontario government invests $1.5 million to improve supports in rural and remote communities for women who are victims of violence and sexual exploitation. Link: https://bit.ly/2QWSPuT

2018-12-19 – Health

  • The Ontario government announces the first wave of direct mental health and addictions funding, which includes adding more than 50 new mental health beds at 12 hospitals across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2LoKjj8

November 2018

2018-11-15 – Finances, Economy

  • The Ontario government releases the 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, outlining the government’s plan to help people make ends meet. Link: https://bit.ly/2DjXC2x

2018-11-20 – Violence, Women, Indigenous, Children, Support

  • The Ontario government announces $11.5 million in additional funding to better support shelter workers serving women and children affected by violence. Close to one-third of this funding is for Indigenous centres providing supports to Indigenous women and children. Link: https://bit.ly/2PL049w

2018-11-22 – Employment

2018-11-23 – Demographics, Language

  • The Ontario government announces three new policy directions for Franco-Ontarians. Link: https://bit.ly/2Ra0QcR

2018-11-26 – Children, Youth, Indigenous, Care

  • The Ontario government pledges commitment to improve care in the child protection system. Link: https://bit.ly/2FJTjQK

2018-11-29 – Environment

  • The Ontario government releases an environment plan to protect the air, land and water and reduce litter and waste while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Link: https://bit.ly/2ADc6Yq

October 2018

No updates for October 2018.

September 2018

2018-09-20 – Transportation

  • The Ontario government announces the largest GO train service increase in five years. Link: https://bit.ly/2Ny3CuW

August 2018

2018-08-31 – Family Finances, Low Income

  • The Ontario government announces that the Basic Income research project will be terminated at the end of the fiscal year. Link: https://bit.ly/2Pzb6u2

July 2018

No updates for July 2018.

June 2018

No updates for June 2018.

May 2018

2018-05-01 – Health, Disability, Health Care

  • The Ontario government to improve health care for adults with developmental disabilities through new supports for primary care providers, including family doctors. Link: https://bit.ly/2MLgglq

2018-05-03 – Mental Health, Youth, Well-being

  • The Ontario government invests in six new youth wellness hubs to help more youth access mental health and addictions services. Link: https://bit.ly/2joHktM

2018-05-04 – Indigenous, Care, Health

  • The Ontario government to create nearly 500 new long-term care beds for Indigenous community members across the province. These beds will deliver culturally appropriate care for Indigenous peoples, reduce wait times and meet the demands of an aging population. Link: https://bit.ly/2Np282d

2018-05-04 – Youth, Students, Employment, Disability

  • The Ontario government supports new initiative to help advance employment opportunities for students with disabilities. The initiative will develop accessible, innovative resources for students with disabilities, including: support and mentorship for entrepreneurial development; employment support, including connecting students to employers; and one-on-one coaching and mentoring for students. Link: https://bit.ly/2IRO3a7

2018-05-08 – Health, Care, Support

  • The Ontario government passes the Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018, which invests money toward health care, child care, home care and mental health. Link: https://bit.ly/2KGVR0p

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Prince Edward Island

January 2019

No updates for January 2019.

December 2018

2018-12-27 – Employment

  • Changes to employment standards take effect, including extended parental leave from 12 months to 18 months and extended compassionate care leave from 8 weeks to 28 weeks. Link: https://bit.ly/2s42FNB

November 2018

2018-11-07 – Education, Health, Students

  • A new health curriculum resource will be made available to Island health classrooms to help teachers engage youth in important sexual health education discussions. Link: https://bit.ly/2E2hOap

2018-11-07 – Seniors, Care

  • The P.E.I. government adds 100 new long-term care beds across the province to help more seniors access the care they need in their communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2BGJBKT

2018-11-08 – Housing

  • The P.E.I. government announces investments in new housing initiatives to ensure all Islanders have access to safe, accessible and affordable housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2ABGNgv

2018-11-15 – Sexual Violence, Support

  • The P.E.I. government announces more than $216,000 in additional funding for the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) to increase access to free specialized therapeutic services for those Islanders needing this support. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q4TPNS

2018-11-21 – Child Care

  • New funding has been made available to expand home-based early learning and child care programs across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2reLHf4

2018-11-27 – Mental Health, Support

  • A province-wide investment in mental health and addictions infrastructure will modernize the system to deliver more accessible and better integrated care across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2QpENSj

2018-11-27 – Women, Violence, Support

  • The P.E.I. government will provide funding to community organizations for innovative projects that enhance awareness, education and action toward preventing violence against Island women. Link: https://bit.ly/2G1sXKr

2018-11-30 – Gender, Inclusion

  • The P.E.I. government adds two new non-binary gender options to driver’s licenses of “gender not listed” and “prefer not to say,” which join the existing “male” and “female” options. The selection will appear on the licence as X, blank, M and F, respectively. Link: https://bit.ly/2ALL7d8

October 2018

2018-10-03 – Students, Youth, Education

  • The P.E.I. government invests $700,000 to hire new early literacy coaches, purchase classroom resources and hire specially trained teachers to help young children learn to write. Link: https://bit.ly/2CVZ6zN

2018-10-09 – Housing, Support

  • The P.E.I. government announces the availability of down payment assistance for first-time home buyers. Link: https://bit.ly/2P2m27R

2018-10-12 – Child Care

  • The P.E.I. government increases their child care subsidy to help families pay for child care services. Link: https://bit.ly/2yLlt7Z

September 2018

2018-09-19 – Child Care

  • The P.E.I. government outlines progress made within early learning and child care. Link: https://bit.ly/2DJJEsD

August 2018

2018-08-29 – Students, Well-Being, Support

  • New resources, including school psychology services, will be available to students across P.E.I. Link: https://bit.ly/2CcLtxf

July 2018

2018-07-12 – Education, Students, Youth, Accessibility

  • P.E.I. offers summer language program to help new English as a second language (EAL) students boost their language skills before entering school in fall. Link: https://bit.ly/2Om8W0l

2018-07-12 – Disability, Accessibility

  • Islanders living with disabilities now have more and better assistance from the P.E.I. government. Link: https://bit.ly/2AVluJY

2018-07-23 – Housing

2018-07-25 – Women, Economy, Employment

  • New federal funding allocated to help improve women’s economic security in P.E.I. Link: https://bit.ly/2KAoo6C

June 2018

2018-06-18 – Community, Well-being, Health

  • The P.E.I. government makes funding available to community-led wellness initiatives – up to $5,000 per project – that address pillars of the government’s Wellness Strategy, such as being physically active, healthy eating and mental health promotion. Link: http://bit.ly/2zcgRKU

2018-06-26 – Community, Seniors, Well-being, Health

  • Applications for provincial government funding offered to organizations and communities that work to improve the lives of Island seniors, with up to $5,000 available per project. Link: http://bit.ly/2ISRM7j

May 2018

2018-05-24 – Caregivers, Seniors, Demographics, Health, Support

  • The P.E.I. government releases the first-ever “Promoting Wellness, Preserving Health: A Provincial Action Plan for Seniors, Near Seniors, and Caregivers,” which will be enacted over the next three years. The plan’s priority pillars are to: develop and implement “Home First” age-in-place initiatives; incorporate an age-friendly approach to communities, housing, workforce, and health care facilities; address ageism and support active aging; and support upstream endeavours that address the social determinants of health. Link: https://bit.ly/2KIyeYo

2018-05-25 – Mental Health, Well-Being, Support

  • The Department of Health and Wellness, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, creates the Building Blocks of Hope – A Suicide Prevention Strategy for Prince Edward Island. The strategy’s three “building blocks of hope” are hearing, helping and healing. Link: https://bit.ly/2KOvTYF

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January 2019

No updates for January 2019.

December 2018

2018-12-10 – Child Care, Education

  • The Quebec government announces the creation of nearly 1,700 new subsidized educational child care spaces. Link: https://bit.ly/2C9NcjC

2018-12-12 – Employment, Accessibility, Support

  • The Quebec government announces an investment of nearly $1.5 billion by 2023 to help people with severe employment constraints. Link: https://bit.ly/2LVWEf0

2018-12-21 – Indigenous, Support

2018-12-21 – Health, Care

  • The Quebec government announces measures to improve access to palliative care and end-of-life care. Link: https://bit.ly/2SOJlzu

November 2018

No updates for November 2018.

October 2018

2018-10-15 – Marriage, Civil Unions

  • The Quebec government implements new regulations for marriage and civil union celebrations. Link: https://bit.ly/2AGowQh

2018-10-22 – Equity, Economy, Employment, Women

September 2018

2018-09-11 – Youth

August 2018

2018-08-09 – Indigenous, Culture, Support

2018-08-09 – Public Policy

  • The Quebec government joins the Public Policy Forum, a pan-Canadian organization that supports excellence in public sector governance in the country. Link: https://bit.ly/2wEAHe6

2018-08-10 – Domestic Violence

  • The Quebec government has launched a new $600 million action plan on domestic violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2NahAlA

2018-08-13 – Youth, Support, Mental Health

  • New mental health resources, called the Open Air Project, have been made available for youth ages 12 to 25. Link: https://bit.ly/2oBrBKN

2018-08-20 – Food, Accessibility

  • A new $6.3-million technical and financial partnership has been agreed to between the Quebec government and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Link: https://bit.ly/2Q41o47

2018-08-21 – Disability, Employment, Economy, Inclusion

  • The Quebec government announces that it is investing $10 million in the employment integration of people with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q41BEr

2018-08-21 – Education, Community

  • More than $5 million has been earmarked to support educational projects across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2LVqmiG

July 2018

2018-07-12 – Community

  • The Quebec government invests more than $158 million to improve sports and recreation infrastructures for families. Link: https://bit.ly/2Mrfr1j

2018-07-18 – Child Care, Family Finances, Support

  • The Quebec government announces free access to subsidized child care services for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as of August 1, 2018. Link: https://bit.ly/2KzHsBX

2018-07-20 – Justice

  • The Quebec government launches the call for proposals for the financial assistance program to promote access to justice for 2018–2019. Link: https://bit.ly/2MovM6R

2018-07-25 – Immigrants, Inclusivity, Support

  • Quebec grants more than $1.1 million to the Social Centre for Immigrant Aid to welcome and integrate immigrants. Link: https://bit.ly/2Muujf9

June 2018

2018-06-04 – Youth, Education

  • The Quebec government unveils a series of measures to support the education and educational success of students in preschool and elementary education, with investments totaling nearly $130 million over five years. Link: http://bit.ly/2z9HXCx

2018-06-08 – Indigenous, Seniors

  • The Quebec government introduces five new measures, and $300,000 in funding, to improve the quality of life for Indigenous seniors. The measures underpin three specific areas of the Action Plan: improving services, developing the empowerment of individuals and communities, and fostering consultation and research. Link: http://bit.ly/2Nq0764

2018-06-12 – Housing

  • Bill 401 is introduced, which aims to better protect new homebuyers and co-owners. Link: http://bit.ly/2KwPlx3

2018-06-18 – Community, Economy, Well-being

  • The Quebec government announces $50.7 million investment to gradually increase funding (from now to 2022–2023) for community organizations that contribute to defending the social and economic rights of Quebecers. Link: http://bit.ly/2KOLN8N

2018-06-20 – Disability, Care, Support

  • The Quebec government eases eligibility criteria for the supplement for handicapped children requiring exceptional care needs, providing financial support to more families. Link: http://bit.ly/2lPwa2y

2018-06-22 – Youth, Health, Education

  • The Quebec government announces nearly $50 million in funding over five years for school boards to provide nutritious breakfast to students in disadvantaged elementary schools. Link: http://bit.ly/2No2i9W

2018-06-22 – Violence, Employment, Support

  • The Quebec government grants $6 million over the next three years to counter psychological and sexual harassment in the workplace. Link: http://bit.ly/2u1ARtZ

2018-06-27 – Employment, Well-being

  • In pursuit of its goal of improving the quality of life of families, the Quebec government announces two new programs that will promote family–work–study balance as well as a pilot project to improve the provision of daycare activities for workers and parent-students with atypical schedules. Link: http://bit.ly/2MJd0qD

2018-06-28 – Youth, Education, Equality, Accessibility

  • The Quebec government announces $29.3 million investment over five years to implement measures that will promote equal opportunities for all children, including access to educational child care services for children from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds. Link: http://bit.ly/2zbQcxM

May 2018

2018-05-03 – Education

  • Nearly $1 million invested toward professional development and innovation in education projects. Link: https://bit.ly/2MP05Dv

2018-05-07 – LGBTQ

  • The Quebec government provides $475,000 to research chair on homophobia at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to renew its mandate for the next five years. Link: https://bit.ly/2KvEQd3

2018-05-09 – Mobility, Disability, Accessibility, Inclusion

  • Paratransit subsidy program: The Quebec government renews and improves assistance for services for people with reduced mobility, with an increase of more than $11 million to the 2017 budget. Link: https://bit.ly/2ISRux3

2018-05-11 – Child Care, Education

  • The Quebec government announces launch of new online platform for continuing education and development for home child-care providers. Link: https://bit.ly/2tXm7wM

2018-05-15 – Education, Child Care

  • More than $40 million to be invested over five years toward consolidating practices in the educational child-care network. Link: https://bit.ly/2tSoIrI

2018-05-17 – Seniors, Home Care, Support

  • New certificate of studies is developed, with an investment of $4 million toward private assistance program for seniors. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUTWyK

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January 2019

2019-01-16 – Agriculture

  • The federal and Saskatchewan governments announce $12 million in funding for 44 crop-related research projects throughout the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2SlW2Fa

December 2018

2018-12-05 – Mental Health

  • A new mental health training program that will better equip physicians to assess and treat mental health conditions in children and youth across Saskatchewan has launched. Link: https://bit.ly/2C6gOOP

2018-12-07 – Child Care

  • The Saskatchewan government announces the allocation of nearly 150 additional child care centre spaces across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2C5CJpr

November 2018

2018-11-02 – Education, Indigenous

  • A new Treaty resource will be introduced into Kindergarten to Grade 9 classrooms across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2KJMvBn

2018-11-23 – Children, Education, Disabilities

  • New early learning pilot program opens for preschool-aged children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing or connected to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Link: https://bit.ly/2TWsADz

October 2018

2018-10-01 – Employment, Inclusivity

  • The Saskatchewan government launches government-wide Respect in the Workplace (a first in Canada) training for employees to support healthy and inclusive workplaces. Link: https://bit.ly/2PyduF2

2018-10-26 – Violence, Support

  • The federal and Saskatchewan governments, in partnership with Southwest Crisis Services Inc., announce investments to upgrade emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2zmmbZ1

2018-10-30 – Care, Support

  • The Saskatchewan government invests an additional $1.2 million annually to expand the Home Care Individualized Funding option. Link: https://bit.ly/2Rts9P7

September 2018

2018-09-11 – Indigenous, First Nations, Child, Family, Support

  • The federal government announces a $50-million investment in child and family services, and a $6.2-million investment in health transformation with Saskatoon Tribal Council. Link: https://bit.ly/2CP80k6

2018-09-13 – Mental Health, Veterans

  • Veterans Affairs Canada expands access to mental health services in Saskatoon. Link: https://bit.ly/2Qntiat

2018-09-24 – Health, Women

  • The Saskatchewan government announces $600,000 in annual funding to help improve health outcomes for pregnant women living with HIV and substance abuse issues. Link: https://bit.ly/2y70J9C

2018-09-28 – Economy, Employment, Wages

August 2018

2018-08-15 – Child Care

  • The Saskatchewan government has allocated more than 400 child care centre spaces. Link: https://bit.ly/2Q2BYUm

July 2018

2018-07-18– Education, Support

  • The Saskatchewan government introduces additional grants for adult learners enrolling in post-secondary education. Link: https://bit.ly/2vK6I33

2018-07-27– Disability, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Support

  • The Saskatchewan government announces a new early learning pilot program for preschool-aged children who are deaf and hard of hearing, or are connected to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, will open in fall 2018. Link: https://bit.ly/2M9Wsv5

2018-07-30– Housing

  • With a combined investment of $6.7 million, the federal and Saskatchewan governments will deliver more affordable housing solutions for households in greatest need across the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2Okhpkv

June 2018

2018-06-15– Economy, Employment

  • Saskatchewan’s minimum wage set to increase on October 1, 2018 to $11.06 an hour from $10.96 an hour. Link: http://bit.ly/2tUlXq5

2018-06-26 – Housing, Violence, Women, Support

  • The federal and Saskatchewan governments collaborate to improve housing options for victims of domestic violence. With a combined investment of more than $4.2 million through the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP), funding will support 14 projects in nine Saskatchewan communities. Link: http://bit.ly/2MKfxAS

May 2018

2018-05-03 – Family Finances, Child Care

  • Program provides alternative for updating child support. Parents will be able to update their child support amounts with a faster and less costly way through the newly launched Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service. Link: https://bit.ly/2sMwF0D

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January 2019

No updates for January 2019.

December 2018

2018-12-10 – Seniors, Care, Health, Support

  • The Yukon government launches a new reablement and respite program to help aging seniors regain or maintain their ability to remain in their homes and communities instead of moving into long-term care. Link: https://bit.ly/2RhQZWo

2018-12-11 – Language, Demographics

  • The Yukon government announces a contract for a new school and community spaces that will support the success of French first-language high school students and the territory’s francophone community. Link: https://bit.ly/2H1ixef

2018-12-21 – Communities

  • Twenty community projects that bring economic, social and cultural benefits to Yukoners receive over $700,000 in support from the Yukon government’s Community Development Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2TBk6AK

November 2018

No updates for  November 2018.

October 2018

2018-10-16 – Women, Indigenous, Support

  • The federal and Yukon governments announce joint funding that will support three Indigenous women’s organizations in Yukon. Link: https://bit.ly/2CSUQB3

2018-10-25 – Housing, Homelessness, Support

  • Yukon Housing Corporation’s rent supplement program will increase by $200,000, with $100,000 dedicated to rent subsidies for Yukoners experiencing homelessness. Link: https://bit.ly/2DgoEZm

September 2018

2018-09-04 – Child Care

2018-09-21 – Indigenous, Women

  • Five community-based projects to help prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls receive a total of $148,000 in funding from the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2P02wVd

2018-09-10 – Communities

  • The Yukon and federal governments announce joint funding of more than $16 million through the Small Communities Fund for three infrastructure projects across the territory. Link: https://bit.ly/2NeWcaS

August 2018

2018-08-22 – Sexual Violence, Support

  • New federal funding will improve women’s access to Yukon’s legal system in cases of sexual assault. Link: https://bit.ly/2BDMo9M

2018-08-31 – Community, Support

  • Organizations from across Yukon are receiving more than $748,000 in funding for community projects through the Community Development Fund. Link: https://bit.ly/2PAAvnh

July 2018

2018-07-04– Community, Support

  • The Yukon government provides $1.4 million in funding to the province’s sport and recreation groups. Link: https://bit.ly/2KAIdus

2018-07-25– Health, Care

  • The federal government invests $30 million to support health care services in Yukon. Link: https://bit.ly/2vxcgij

2018-07-30– Violence, Support

  • Eight community-led projects focused on crime prevention receive $121,768 in funding from the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust. Link: https://bit.ly/2MoJA13

June 2018

2018-06-19 – Families, Children

  • Funded by $299,000 from the federal government’s Canadian Family Justice Fund, a Family Mediation pilot project comes to Yukon – an alternative to court that will help parents resolve child-related matters. Link: http://bit.ly/2IWd5oI

2018-06-20 – Disability, Support

  • The Yukon government launches a new initiative aimed at providing more support to families and individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. New staff dedicated to helping Yukoners navigate the health, social and education systems now available. Link: http://bit.ly/2lStiC0

May 2018

2018-05-08 – Mental Health, Support

  • The Yukon government launches new Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services branch. Link: https://bit.ly/2NsAtNI

2018-05-17 – Labour, Family Finances, Economy

  • New agreement with the federal government will see up to $7.4 million in programming and funding over five years to continue the development of Yukon’s farms, markets, community gardens and food processing and distribution infrastructure. Link: https://bit.ly/2KKTbhP

2018-05-23 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Reparation

  • The Chiefs of Selkirk First Nation and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, together with Minister Pauline Frost, officially signed off on the management plan for the Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area. The First Nation and territorial governments announced the formal establishment and legal protection of the Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area for present and future generations. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kv2erk

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