Speech from the Throne Outlines Extended Support

September 23, 2020

Today, her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda.


Among the positive measures in the Throne Speech were:

EI reform and additional measures focussed on reskilling displaced workers to equip them for jobs in sectors of importance to Canada’s growth.

National leadership on childcare funding to enable working women to more fully participate in the workforce.

The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program until next summer, helping Canadians remain connected to their employers as we recover together.

The expansion of liquidity supports such as CEBA and BCAP.

Investments to enable a faster rollout of 5G networks, including in rural and remote areas, to improve services to Canadians and boost productivity.

A promise to breakdown interprovincial trade barriers.

A focussed campaign on recouping the remaining 1 million jobs lost in the pandemic.

A promise to support Canadas hardest-hit sectors such as travel, tourism, hospitality and food services.

The establishment of a taskforce for women in the workforce and support for women entrepreneurship.

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce response to the Speech from the Throne