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October 31, 2020

Federal Government Announces 2021-2023 Immigration Plan

October 30, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan today, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets…
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October 27, 2020

Canada Announces Emergency Funding to Support Those Experiencing Homelessness

Updated October 27, 2020 In September 2020, the Honourable Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Ahmed Hussen announced a…
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In the HouseNews
October 22, 2020

Dr. Hedy Fry speaks on Bill C-7: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying)

On October 21st, I spoke in the House of Commons on Bill C-7: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in dying). Bill C-7 would: Remove the requirement…
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COVID-19News
October 22, 2020

Updates to Employment Insurance Fishing Benefits

The Employment Insurance Fishing benefits now allow workers to establish a fishing benefit claim based on earnings in their current qualifying period or earnings used to establish a fishing claim…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 20, 2020

Federal Government Invests $12 Million in New Small Business Fund

Today, during Small Business Week, the Government of Canada, announced an investment of $12 million in the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. Canada United is a national fundraising campaign…
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COVID-19InternationalNews
October 19, 2020

Federal Government announces Canada-U.S. Border will remain closed until November 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – October 19, 2020 – Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement: Canada and the United States have agreed to…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 17, 2020

All Federal COVID-19 Relief Programs for Businesses

Updated October 20th, 2020   Canada United Small Business Relief Fund As we enter the second wave of COVID-19, small businesses continue to need our support. During Small Business Week,…
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October 13, 2020

Federal Government Opens Family Sponsorship for Parents and Grandparents

  Our government is happy to announce the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program to build upon this commitment to family reunification. Family reunification is an important priority…
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COVID-19News
October 12, 2020

Federal Government Announces Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Applications – Now Open

The government has announced Canada that it will be transitioning the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to Employment Insurance (EI). The transition will create the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), it…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 11, 2020

Federal Government Launches New Commercial Rent Subsidy (CERS)

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) This innovative rent subsidy would support struggling businesses, charities, and non-profits by subsidizing their expenses up to a maximum of 65% until December…
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BusinessCOVID-19News
October 9, 2020

Federal Government Announces Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Extension

The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, which would continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire…
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October 7, 2020

Federal Government Will Support Students on Medical or Parental Leave

Today, Minister Qualtrough highlighted a new measure to help student borrowers manage financial burdens they may face when taking temporary medical or parental leave from their studies—including for mental health…
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October 7, 2020

Federal Government Will Ban Single-Use Plastics by the End of 2021

Today, Minister Wilkinson announced next steps in the Government of Canada's plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The plan for which plastic to ban is based on 3…
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InternationalNews
October 6, 2020

OSCE PA President Makes Statement on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

As head of Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA), I share with you the following statement. Nagorno-Karabakh bloodshed must end, says OSCE…
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October 6, 2020

Federal Government Invests in LGBTQ2+ Health Research

CBRC Funded for Chronic Health Surveillance Project Among LGBTQ2+ People in Canada Public Health Agency of Canada Announces $1M in Funding for Community-Based Surveillance of Chronic Diseases Among Sexual and…
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COVID-19News
October 6, 2020

Federal Government Announces COVID-19 Support to Persons with Disabilities

On October 30, 2020, approximately 1.6 million eligible clients will automatically start receiving the one-time payment. This will be the first set of payments from the Government of Canada and…
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October 6, 2020

Federal Government Proposes Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying – Bill C-7

The Government of Canada has reintroduced proposed changes to Canada’s Criminal Code provisions on MAID. The amendments respond to the Superior Court of Quebec’s September 2019 Truchon decision by expanding…
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COVID-19News
October 5, 2020

Federal Government Announces Additional Funding to Fight Gender-based Violence

The Government of Canada has announced an additional $50 million in emergency COVID-19 funding to support women’s shelters and other organizations that support those impacted by gender-based violence (GBV).This is…
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COVID-19News
October 2, 2020

Federal Government Announces Family Reunification Updates

  Today, our government was happy to announce the introduction of processes to support family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students.…
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COVID-19News
September 25, 2020

Federal Government Announces Insurance Help for Canadian Film Industry

The Government of Canada is introducing a temporary support measure to allow the Canadian film industry to get back on its feet. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage,…
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COVID-19In the HouseNews
September 23, 2020

Speech from the Throne 2020

On September 23rd, 2020, the Governor General delivered the Speech from the Throne. This evening, the Prime Minister addressed Canadians about the path forward as we work to protect the…
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BusinessNews
September 20, 2020

Federal Government Invests in BC Tech Companies through BC Fast Pilot Program

National Research Council’s (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and Innovate BC announced over $2 million in R&D funding for 22 new projects in BC through the BC Fast Pilot…
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September 18, 2020

Dr. Hedy Fry Hosts Panel on the Overdose Crisis in Vancouver

Panel discussion on the Overdose Crisis in Vancouver Centre. Thank you to our panelists Dr. Perry Kendall, Epidemiologist Dr. Kate Salters, and Crosstown Clinic's Dr. Scott MacDonald for the informative…
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September 17, 2020

Federal government invests in food security in Vancouver Centre

Vancouver, BC – September 17th, 2020 Today, the Honourable Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced $161,350 to…
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COVID-19News
September 11, 2020

BC Ferries Update

Last week, Transport Canada started notifying ferry operators across Canada that as of September 30, 2020 they were expected to return to the normal operating procedure which requires passengers to…
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September 10, 2020

Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy – Childcare Webinar

https://youtu.be/pAisX73YCpU
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September 10, 2020

NHSP 2020-21

The 2020-2021 application process for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is now open. Please apply by October 20, 2020 at 12 PM PST. About the NHSP: The New…
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September 10, 2020

Black Entrepreneurship Program

Today, the Government of Canada announced Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program to support Black business owners and entrepreneurs and address longstanding systemic barriers to success. This investment of up to…
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August 31, 2020

Statement on the Vancouver Aquarium Pause

The Aquarium and Oceanwise are an institution in Vancouver. Like many tourist attractions, COVID-19 has had a major impact on ticket sales, which has caused their revenue to fall by…
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August 31, 2020

Canada Summer Jobs 2020: Vancouver Centre

Over $1 million in funding in Vancouver Centre was distributed through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) this year. This week I will be featuring some of the 240 students who were…
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August 17, 2020

Vancouver Centre CYC

Vancouver Centre Constituency Youth Council 2020-2021: An opportunity to have your voices heard on policy and issues facing Canada. I am reaching out to you as your local Member of…
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August 6, 2020

Safe Third Country Agreement

The Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States (U.S.) states that refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in,…
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July 26, 2020

Census 2021

The 2021 Census content has been made public through the Canada Gazette. During the last mandate, one of our first actions as Government was to restore the mandatory long-form census.…
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July 24, 2020

Feds fund gender-based violence services in Vancouver

July 24, 2020 – Vancouver, BC Hon. Hedy Fry, MP, Vancouver Centre, on behalf of Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announces $250,000 in support of 10…
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July 20, 2020

African Descent Youth Engagement Forum

On July 17th, I was invited to listen & give feedback to the African Descent Youth Engagement Forum. I heard a diversity of African youth speak eloquently about the challenges…
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July 17, 2020

Strategic Assessment on Climate Change

While we continue to fight COVID-19, we are committed to fighting the other looming threat that is climate change and to build a net-zero economy by 2050 The Strategic Assessment…
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July 9, 2020

Updates to Vaping Regulations

On July 1st, Health Canada’s new labelling requirements for vaping products came into force. These requirements are pursuant to the Vaping Product Labelling and Packaging Regulations and are intended to…
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July 8, 2020

Update on Indigenous Child & Family Services

Yesterday, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, together with Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, participated in a signing ceremony for a Protocol…
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June 19, 2020

Dr. Peter Centre: Emergency Shelter / Urgent Public Health Need Site National Community of Practice HUB

VANCOUVER, BC - The Dr. Peter Centre is creating a Community of Practice Hub for frontline service providers, health care professionals, and policymakers with the goal of building capacity within…
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June 13, 2020

Vancouver Centre Business Call

I chatted with Vij's and Oceanwise about the government assistance programs available to them. Tune in to see how these two Vancouver Centre businesses have benefited from the CEWS and…
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June 9, 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism

Last week, the Prime Minister participated in the ongoing demonstrations, in solidarity with racialized Canadians who are protesting against anti-black racism. At every level of government, we need to work…
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May 26, 2020

Concerning Surge in Anti-Asian Hate Crime

Chinese-Canadians came to Canada over 170 years ago. They helped build our nation. Let's stand together and fight the surge in anti-Asian racism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMwLMcCIxpc
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May 12, 2020

More Support for Seniors

I have been hearing from many seniors who are severely impacted by COVID-19. Many are unable to leave their homes out of fear of compromising their health. They have been…
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May 8, 2020

Global Parliamentary Affairs

This morning, the OSCE PA hosted a webinar on Respecting human rights and maintaining democratic control during states of emergency. Please see their statement below:
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COVID-19News
May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Vancouver Centre

Our government acted quickly when COVID-19 became apparent across Canada, to provide real-time emergency assistance and timely information to Canadians to ensure that you’re healthy and safe. As a physician,…
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May 6, 2020

Threads of Life, Steps for Life Event

https://youtu.be/5BzC3gCK_rM On April 28th, we honoured the #NationalDayofMourning. On May 2nd, Threads for Life planned a #StepsforLife event to raise awareness about the impacts of workplace accidents on families. While…
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May 6, 2020

OSCE PA COVID-19 Intersectionality Statement

https://youtu.be/5Czyj6Kjxv4 As Special Gender Representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, I know that gender inequality is compounded by factors like socio-economic status, LGBTQ2 status, aboriginal &…
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