In this edition:
- Deputy PM announces funding for housing benefit and winter shelters
- Cogeco announces acquisition of Niagara Regional Broadband Network
- Value of building permits tumbled 14% in December: StatCan
- Call for St. Catharines Farmers Market vendors for 2024 season opens
- Algoma commits to industry leadership to further address workplace harassment
- Minister Hussen announces funding for international youth internships
- Focus on Technology
Deputy PM announces $199M in funding for Canada Housing Benefit and winter shelters
Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government is taking new action to deliver rent support to low-income renters, open more emergency shelter spaces in cities across the country, and make groceries more affordable.
Minister Freeland announced a $99 million national top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit, which helps to make rent more affordable by delivering rent support payments directly to Canadians. Freeland also highlighted the federal government’s commitment of $100 million in emergency winter funding to enable 85 communities across the country to provide more shelter spaces for people experiencing homelessness.
Cogeco announces acquisition of Niagara Regional Broadband Network
Cogeco Communications Inc. announced today that Cogeco Connexion is acquiring Niagara Regional Broadband Network (NRBN), an Internet, telephone and television service provider serving the Niagara Region. The sellers, the City of Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, will both remain minority shareholders in the company. This acquisition will strengthen Cogeco’s presence in the Niagara Region and allow Cogeco to support the continued growth of NRBN.
Algoma commits to industry leadership to further address workplace harassment
Algoma Central Corporation , a leading provider of marine transportation services, today issued their response to the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (“SIU”) report on workplace harassment and bullying within the Canadian marine sector.
“At Algoma, we are dedicated to cultivating a workplace culture founded on principles of respect and inclusion,” an Algoma spokesperson said in a statement. “Recognizing the profound impact that all forms of harassment can have on the well-being of our employees, we prioritize the safety and health of our crews and staff. This commitment has always been, and continues to be, our foremost priority. In recent years, we have enhanced our Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy, reporting procedures, and training. That said, we recognize that more needs to be done.
“There is no place for harassment at Algoma.”
Minister Hussen announces funding for international youth internships
Today in Victoria, during a cross-country tour to highlight International Development Week, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, announced $24.5 million in funding for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP).
For over 25 years, the program has been offering youth living in Canada the opportunity to gain skills and professional experience abroad in the field of international development, allowing them to prepare for future employment or continue their formal education.
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Focus on Finance & Economy
Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem is laying out the limits of monetary policy as he warns the central bank can’t solve problems such as housing affordability with interest rates.
According to prepared remarks Macklem delivered in Montreal Tuesday, he says history shows monetary policy is quite effective at controlling inflation in the medium term.
But the governor says it also has limitations, including an inability to address short-term price fluctuations.
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