News
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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News
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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News
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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News
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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News
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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News
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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In the HouseNews
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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International
September 21, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a virtual address to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly.

    September 21, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a virtual address to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly.      "This is a…
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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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News
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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News
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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News
September 10, 2020

Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy – Childcare Webinar

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News
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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News
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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COVID-19
September 9, 2020

Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces

Fighting COVID-19 has always been a Team Canada effort and it continues to be one as we move into the recovery phase. Today, our government announced an agreement with the…
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Hedy in the News
September 9, 2020

News 1130 Interview – MP Chiu Appointed as Diversity, Inclusion & Youth Critic

Steveston-Richmond MP named to Conservative diversity file despite anti-LGBTQ past BY SONIA ASLAM, CORMAC MAC SWEENEY AND KATHRYN TINDALE Posted Sep 8, 2020 5:19 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2020 at 7:41 pm…
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Hedy in the News
September 5, 2020

CBC Power & Politics Interview – Overdose Crisis

Thanks for speaking with me on a complex & multiple factorial issue. A safe supply is crucial to reduce overdose deaths from tainted supply and decriminalizing simple possession will remove…
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News
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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News
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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COVID-19
August 27, 2020

Post-Graduation Work Permit Changes

To help international students who would like to study in Canada this fall as they are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to ensure…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

Safe Return to Class Fund

We know the past few months have been especially hard on students who have been physically separated from their friends and classmates, and on parents who have had to juggle…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

#MadeInCanadaProject

An update from the Government of Canada on Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Combat COVID-19: To date, over 6,000 Canadian firms from across the country have offered their expertise…
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COVID-19
August 25, 2020

Support for Mental Health

As part of Canada’s rapid research response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $115 million to support mental health research in relation to COVID-19 through the: Knowledge Synthesis…
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COVID-19
August 20, 2020

New EI Program

Today, the Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits that will better support all Canadians. Our government also announced that in…
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News
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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COVID-19
August 14, 2020

Support for International Students

As Canadian Universities usher in a new school year this fall, the Government of Canada is taking action to support international students through new measures, listed below: International students who…
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International
August 13, 2020

Belarus must uphold international obligations and respect fundamental freedoms in wake of disputed election, OSCE PA President says

COPENHAGEN, 13 August 2020 – Disturbed by reports of excessive force following Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus, including the use of rubber bullets, water cannons, stun grenades and mass arrests,…
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News
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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International
August 3, 2020

Statement on the 45th Anniversary of the Helsinki Act

COPENHAGEN, 1 August 2020 - On the forty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, Present and former Presidents of the OSCE PA issued the following statement: "Forty-five…
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COVID-19
July 31, 2020

Support for Temporary Foreign Workers

Today, the Government of Canada announced additional action to reduce the incidence and impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on farms. With an investment of $58.6 million, our Government is strengthening the…
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Hedy in the News
July 30, 2020

CBC’s On the Coast Interview

Spoke with Gloria Macarenko about local Conservative MP's petition to "review" the government's ban on the harmful practice of conversion therapy. The petition is based on disinformation. It's clear certain…
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Hedy in the News
July 29, 2020

COVID-19 isn’t going to rain on this year’s virtual Vancouver Pride

It’s Pride Week in Vancouver. Parade and festival organizers wisely decided to go virtual this year due to COVID-19… since it’s impossible to maintain physical distance while surrounded by half…
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