Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


#Budget2018: The Highlights

Today, Minister Morneau tabled the 2018 federal budget.

Budget 2018 has a lot to offer the people of Ottawa Centre. It is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to invest in people, communities, and the economy, and provide more opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it. When Canadians have a fair and equal chance to succeed, they do. That’s why #YourBudget2018 is built by and for all Canadians. I look forward to working with all levels of government on these exciting opportunities.

Here are some of the highlights:

Ottawa Public Library

  • $73.3 million over six years for a partnership between Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library.

Funding for this partnership was a campaign commitment of mine and I am thrilled we’ve delivered. This incredible space will showcase artifacts highlighting Canada’s history and cultural heritage and will make a visit to the new central library a richer experience for local residents and visitors to the nation’s capital alike.

Phoenix Pay System

  • $431.4 million over six years to hire additional staff to support the pay system, bringing the number of employees working on pay issues at the Pay Centre and satellite offices to more than 1,500.
  • $16 million over two years to work with experts, federal public sector unions and technology providers on a way forward for a new pay system.

Canada’s public servants deserve to be paid properly and on time for their important work. This budget commits money to the next steps in addressing the existing Phoenix pay challenges.

Science and Innovation

  • More than $1.7 billion over five years to support the next generation of Canadian researchers through Canada’s granting councils and research institutes.
  • Over $1.3 billion over five years for investments in the laboratories, equipment and infrastructure researchers rely on every day.

Budget 2018 includes the single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history. Research expands our basic understanding of the world, generates new ideas, leads to new jobs for our children and grandchildren when they grow up, and helps to build a workforce that is better able to respond to challenges with creativity and confidence. This doesn’t just have economic benefits—it also makes Canada and the world a safer, healthier, better place to live.

The National Capital Commission

  • $55 million over two years in support of critical repair and maintenance work

Enjoying the outdoors is important to the people of Ottawa Centre. When I campaigned in 2015, I called on the NCC to address safety challenges on their pathways and bridges. Budget 2018 has funding to ensure these infrastructure assets continue to remain safe and enjoyable for current and future generations.

The Environment

  • $1.3 billion over five years to conserve our land and inland waters.
  • $500 million to create a new $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not-forprofit, provincial, territorial and other partners.

As Canadians, our quality of life and our present and future prosperity are deeply connected to the environment in which we live—and more than that, the extraordinary beauty of Canada’s nature, parks, and wild spaces are central to our identity as Canadians. This investment in conservation is one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history.

Affordable Housing

  • An increase in the amount of loans provided by the Rental Construction Financing Initiative from $2.5 billion to $3.75 billion over the next three years to encourage a stable supply of affordable rental housing across the country.
  • $113.6 million over five years to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to expand the Rental Construction Financing Initiative.

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. With Ottawa’s growing populations and the rising cost of home ownership  it is making it more challenging to find—and afford—a good place to live. These measures are expected to spur the construction of more than 14,000 new rental units across Canada.


  • bring in a legislated proactive pay equity regime in federally regulated sectors, which would apply to approximately 1.2 million employed individuals.
  • $3 million over five years to implement pay transparency
  • $10 million over five years to connect women with expanded export services and opportunities through the Business Women in International Trade Program

In Canada today, women earn 31 per cent less than men do. The reasons behind the gender wage gap are deep-rooted and complex. Requiring equal pay for work of equal value is an effective way to fix this gap.

Youth and Families

  • $1.2 billion over five years to introduce a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit when both parents agree to share parental leave.

The proposed benefit will be available to eligible two-parent families, including adoptive and same-sex couples, to take at any point following the arrival of their child.Providing additional weeks of benefits will help encourage greater equality when it comes to child care, greater flexibility—particularly for mothers— to return to work sooner, and will also help lead to more equitable hiring practices, reducing conscious and unconscious discrimination by employers.

  • an additional $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy
  • an additional $5.6 billion in support to Canadian families over the 2018 – 2019 to 2022 – 2023 period

In Ottawa Centre, 7,340 families receive an average of over $5,000 from the Canada Child Benefit.


  • $4 million per year ongoing, to the Public Health Agency of Canada to support community-based projects that address the challenges of dementia.

More than 400,000 Canadian seniors live with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Women are disproportionately affected, making up two-thirds of this population. Many women also take on the caregiving responsibilities for family members living with dementia. This new funding will help to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and ensure that caregivers— who are predominantly women—have access to the resources they need, including mental health supports.

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