This year’s federal budget was introduced as the “middle class” budget and indeed, the Government did provide incentive and monies to “hard-working Canadians.” There were not many surprises: the budget aligns with the Government’s values and commitment to supporting the middle class and to creating opportunities for all Canadians to join it, as well as to enjoy the benefits of the common wealth. As this is clearly an election budget, millions of Canadians will have to decide in the fall whether they support the vision behind it.
But what does the budget hold for CAPE members in the workplace? Going through the budget page by page, CAPE looked for social, fiscal and legislative initiatives and measures most likely to impact its members, focusing on issues such as Phoenix, pensions (public service superannuation), employment equity measures and official languages, among many others. In addition, we tried to see whether the budget would affect any departments where we have members, looking for increased funding for new or existing programs, as well as adverse impacts. Continue reading.