Thank you, Mr. Chair and member of the committee. I am pleased to join you today in my role as Minister of Small Business and Tourism to speak about our government's work to support Canadian entrepreneurs and SMEs, our tourism industry, and the middle class.
Budget 2017 marks the next step in our plan to support Canada's middle class and those working hard to join it. Through this budget, we are taking ambitious action to support sustainable growth, build prosperous companies, and prepare Canadians for the workforce of tomorrow.
Mr. Chair, innovation has been a priority for our government since day one. It features prominently in budget 2017. We understand that Canada must innovate in order to compete and grow in the global economy. Small and medium-sized businesses, or SMEs, are often the drivers of this innovation. Through budget 2017, we are doing more to support this innovation, in part by making important investments and also by improving our processes to make it easier and simpler for SMEs to work with government.
At the heart of this plan is the creation of Innovation Canada, a one-stop point of contact for Canada's innovators and entrepreneurs. It will be the organization that leads on Canada's economic growth strategies. It will begin by reviewing the government's business innovation programs.
SMEs are critical to driving and shaping innovation. They make up more than 99% of Canadian companies, employ approximately 10.5 million Canadians, and represent about 40% of our GDP. And in many cases, they are the sources of new game-changing innovations.
We believe the Government of Canada can do a better job of supporting these businesses as their first customer. To address that, we are launching the innovative solutions Canada procurement initiative. Under this program, the government will focus its purchasing on innovative made-in-Canada products and services that improve how we deliver services to Canadians while also helping to find cost savings.
In addition to these actions, budget 2017 makes important investments that will help SMEs bring their products to market, scale up, create jobs, and export to the world. For example, we will invest up to $400 million to create a new venture capital catalyst initiative to be administered by the Business Development Bank of Canada, better known as the BDC.
This initiative will provide more late-stage venture capital to Canadian firms looking to grow and expand.
And to do our part in the global fight against climate change, we are investing $1.4 billion to support clean technology firms.
This April in northern Ontario, announced that the work of FedNor and Canada's other regional development agencies will take on new importance in light of the focus on innovation. Every region of the country will have a distinct innovation and skills plan that reflects regional economic realities. These plans will showcase the benefits of each region to investors and provide Canadians across the country with opportunities to develop their skills.
Supporting SMEs will be a key part of these plans. I just returned from the Prairies, where I saw first-hand the great innovative work being done by local SMEs. The same is happening right across the country. I will be working closely with to ensure that the regional development agencies continue to keep SMEs at the core of their work.
To truly seize new opportunities to innovate and grow, SMEs must hire the right people.
Budget 2017 proposes $2.7 billion to help unemployed and underemployed Canadians train for better jobs.
The government is especially committed to the success of Canada's young people. We are providing more than $395 million for additional youth employment and skills development opportunities, and $50 million for coding and digital skills education to help young Canadians prepare for technology jobs.
We will invest $14 million over two years in Futurpreneur Canada, which is doing amazing work providing young business owners with mentors, skills development, learning resources, and start-up financing.
Mr. Chair, women entrepreneurs and women business owners in Canada are under-represented, a problem we share with the U.S. This is a personal priority for me. We know that the number of Canadian women wanting to start a business is among the highest in the world, and yet just 16% of businesses are owned or controlled by women.
As the committee will remember, to help address this, and President Trump announced the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. This important initiative will identify actions to remove barriers to women serving in senior leadership positions and advise on boosting competitiveness for women entrepreneurs.
Beyond this, we are also committed to helping women entrepreneurs and innovators succeed. This includes encouraging procurement from companies led by women and other under-represented groups.
And BDC is doing great work—it has taken steps to become a world-leading financial institution for women entrepreneurs. This includes creating a new $40-million fund for women-led technology firms and investing $10 million to support regional initiatives for women founders.
Mr. Chair, these are exciting times for Canada's tourism sector as well. Last year, we welcomed close to 20 million visitors, over 11% more international tourists than in 2015.
Growing this sector is important. It accounts for 2% of GDP. And it employs more than 1.7 million Canadians, often in good middle-class jobs. Moreover, Canada has much to offer as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. We expect to set a new record this year.
It is time for us to leverage our successes. Last week, at Rendez-vous Canada, I announced a new tourism vision. This ambitious undertaking aims to grow and strengthen Canada's tourism industry while enhancing our country's brand.
We have laid out 20 items that address some of the biggest challenges that require action. These include lifting the visa requirement for Mexican travellers, investing to make Canada a destination of choice for LGBTQ2+ tourists, and gearing up to celebrate the Canada-China year of tourism in 2018, which we expect will dramatically increase the number of Chinese tourists coming to Canada.
Mr. Chair, our vision is reinforced by measures in budget 2017, such as reliable funding for Destination Canada, our national tourism marketing organization, and $8.6 million over four years to help grow Canada's unique and authentic indigenous tourism industry.
I'm pleased to say that we have a fruitful relationship with the provinces and territories too.
In November 2016, I co-chaired a meeting of federal, provincial, and territorial tourism ministers in Iqaluit. We agreed to work together to increase our tourism competitiveness.
Mr. Chair, the government has a clear plan: to support innovation and SMEs, help our tourism industry grow, and make it easier for more hard-working Canadians to join the middle class.
I would like to thank the committee for the opportunity to speak to you today, and I welcome any questions.
It's not a really good start because we can't even get a “yes” or “no” answer to something as simple as that. Anyway, I'll take that as a “yes”.
I want to ask, then, if you do believe campgrounds have an important role in the industry. There is an issue that is very directly and very negatively affecting that particular sector of the industry, and I think it has the potential to affect a lot of other parts of the industry, as well. It's one that your government is really ignoring. We're hearing talking points, but we're getting no answers for the campgrounds as to how you are going to help them.
There is a rule that's being used to target campgrounds, saying that their income is passive. Certainly, there is no doubt that the work involved in campgrounds is anything but passive. Your government's argument is essentially that some small businesses are too small to be small businesses, which is ridiculous.
Recently you, the , and the co-signed a letter to the Canadian Camping and RV Council that states that you recognize the important role that campgrounds play. You also, in that same letter, claim that the rules around active versus passive income haven't changed. However, you are basically telling them, “Too bad, so sad”, and that you're going to continue to target their businesses as being too small to be small businesses.
This was something we recognized as an issue when we were in government, and we began a review of the rules. Your government cancelled that in your first budget. That was after having 12 of 13 submissions say that there was a real problem there and that this needed to be addressed and fixed—obviously, something your government ignored.
Then on August 23, 2016, the CRA, of course, released a new interpretation of the rules, and they're going after campgrounds.
The finance committee, however, in its pre-budget report for this year's budget, recommended:
That the Government of Canada [should] recognize the income earned by campgrounds and storage facilities as “active business income” for the purpose of determining eligibility for the small business deduction.
That's a pretty clear recommendation, and your government ignored it.
Minister, I want to ask you, given all that, how can you claim that these rules haven't changed? How can you actually say you support small businesses when your Liberal government is trying to target some small businesses and put them out of existence?
Again, we're having a difficult time getting a “yes” or “no” answer, Mr. Chair, but we'll take that as a “yes”.
As you mentioned in your opening remarks, you did, of course, release last week a new “tourism vision”. I'll put that in quotations because the “tourism vision” is nothing really but a rehash of the federal tourism strategy our government put in place—and that was certainly something we were proud of.
Having said that, when I look at that vision.... After claiming there was consultation, your government really brought nothing new to the table in that regard. However, the one thing your new vision did do was leave out one of the main priorities of the previous tourism strategy: to foster “an adequate supply of skills and labour to enhance visitor experiences through quality service and hospitality.” That's completely gone.
So, your vision clearly has no plan for “an adequate supply of skills and labour” for the tourism industry. On the very last page, I believe, there is one very small mention of labour. I really want to have you explain to us why you think this should not be an important issue facing the tourism industry and why it's not one of your priorities, because it is a very significant issue facing the industry.
I hope it was a good meeting. I work really closely with Charlotte, who is the head of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, which is also known as TIAC. The TIAC team and Destination Canada work really closely together as well. It really helps us to strengthen the tourism industry.
We recognize the importance of the U.S. market as our number one source for tourists, and that's exactly why we've expanded the marketing efforts through the connecting America program. We also know that a secure, well-functioning border is essential to that experience. When people have a good experience visiting our country, they will keep coming back, and that's why I am working closely with as well. We know that 70% of international tourists come from the United States, and we don't mind seeing that number grow. Overnight trips of air travel from the U.S. have increased 17%, and we would like to see that number continue.
Pre-clearance is something that I believe is essential, not only for the tourism industry and tourists who are travelling, but also for our small and medium-sized businesses, which talk about the red tape and the burden. You are going to be able to have your goods and services pre-cleared prior to hitting the border, which means they do not have to leave your sight. I think that's a great thing.
For the tourists, the minute they are booking their travel or considering coming to visit Canada, they can start their pre-clearance process as well. It takes minutes. It's actually not very complicated. That's when they will know if they can have a really easy go at the border or if it might be a bit of a challenging time, and they can plan for that accordingly. I believe the numbers of people who are getting pre-cleared are quite high.
Thank you very much, Chair. It really is a pleasure for me to be here again. It's a delight to be back and to have an opportunity to speak with my colleagues. I'm pleased to share with the committee the details of our government's plan to create the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow that was outlined in the budget, and I know today we'll be talking about main estimates and supplementary estimates (A) as well.
Our plan will provide a better life for the middle class and those working hard to join it. That's a commitment we made and that's what I will try to reflect in our remarks this morning.
Canada has a stable and growing economy, which is increasingly rare for countries these days. The Bank of Canada's April monetary policy report projects economic growth of 2.5% in 2017.
According to the International Monetary Fund, Canada's economy will be the second-fastest growing among G7 nations for this year and next, and this growth benefits all Canadians. We've seen incredible gains in the number of full-time jobs added to the economy, more than 250,000 good-quality jobs have been added since last fall. This pace of growth did not happen by chance. Our government is making the smart and responsible investments that have resulted in better jobs and opportunities, as I said, for all Canadians.
As part of the innovation and skills plan outlined in budget 2017, our government is investing in research, technology, and commercialization. That's how we'll position Canada as a world leader in innovation. Our focus is really on making sure that Canada is at the leading edge when it comes to innovation.
Our objective is to encourage more business investment in research and development, and to turn more ideas into solutions for the marketplace.
We're also targeting those investments in high-growth areas where Canada is a world leader—and these are included in the budget—for example, advanced manufacturing, agrifood, clean technology, clean resources, the digital economy, and health and biosciences. Canada already has a globally competitive advantage in these sectors, and worldwide demand for the goods and services produced by these sectors is growing rapidly, so there is enormous growth in these areas. That's why in the budget we committed $1.8 billion in new financing for clean technology, because clean tech is a promising area for growth and investment. It's also an area of the economy that will cushion us against the intensifying effects of climate change. This funding will result in more equity, financing, working capital, and project financing for clean tech companies and will enable them to become more export-oriented. It also includes $400 million in recapitalization funding for Sustainable Development Technology Canada, which supports early-stage clean tech companies.
Budget 2017 also includes nearly one billion dollars to accelerate innovation. This investment will support a small number of innovation superclusters. These dense areas of business activity contain large and small companies, universities and colleges, as well as specialized talent and infrastructure.
Business-led superclusters have enormous potential to energize economies as engines of growth. We've seen this globally, and that's how our government will support the start-up and scaling up of Canadian businesses. As these companies grow beyond our borders, they will create well-paying jobs for Canadians, so again, it's about growth and jobs.
Mr. Chair, Canadians are living in a period of enormous change. Technology and automation are rapidly reshaping the job market. These changes require Canadians to reimagine how we prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. That's why our government is making targeted investments in skills training that starts early and continues throughout a person's career. It's about lifelong learning.
As part of this plan, we are giving more Canadians the opportunity to develop digital skills, skills needed for them to succeed today and tomorrow.
Under our government's plan, school-aged children will have the opportunity to learn how to write basic computer programs. They will also be encouraged to take courses in science, technology, engineering, and math.
In addition, our government will provide support for the creation of 10,000 work-integrated learning placements a year. Again, it's really about that culture of lifelong learning. These programs will help university and college students integrate more quickly into the workforce after they graduate.
The innovation and skills plan will also deliver simpler, more coordinated support for the country's innovators and job creators. It's about program simplification: being more client-oriented and being more customer focused. Companies trying to focus on their technology and sales find it far too cumbersome to navigate through a patchwork of government programs to get support. In the budget, we address this issue through the creation of Innovation Canada. This new single-window service will bring all of the government's business innovation programs together.
The objective is to facilitate access to programs for Canadian innovators. To begin, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will create a strategic innovation fund with a value of $1.26 billion.
This new business innovation fund will continue to support the aerospace and automotive sectors, and it will be expanded to support high-growth sectors, such as clean technology, information and communications technology, and agrifood, some of the key areas that I identify in the table set out in our budget. To support this program expansion, the budget proposes to build on the existing funding by providing an additional $200 million. We'll combine these programs and then provide an additional set of resources, up to $200 million.
The fourth element of the innovation and skills plan is strategic investments to grow Canadian companies. For young companies, having government as a first customer has been much more important to them. It's not simply about the size of the contract, but about the strategic value. That early-stage validation by government can change the trajectory of a firm. That's why the budget proposes a new procurement program called “innovative solutions Canada”. It will create more opportunities for business to develop innovations that address the pressing challenges of the government, and this program will provide small and medium-sized businesses with a platform to develop and test new products and new services.
All these initiatives clearly illustrate that the Government of Canada is willing to take risks and bet on new ideas. We're also willing to be a strong partner in their growth. In return, our government will have access to the most innovative products and services.
In addition, the budget proposes the new venture capital catalyst initiative. I know that we've discussed this in the past. This funding will increase the availability of risk capital for Canadian entrepreneurs. This $400 million in private sector funding is very important. It would inject a large infusion of venture capital into the Canadian market.
Finally, Mr. Chair, our innovation and skills plan will strengthen Canada's business framework in support of innovation and growth. For example, we are developing a national strategy on intellectual property. I'm honoured to work with , who understands this subject matter really well.
Having ownership of the ideas and solutions that Canadians create is critical to a knowledge economy. We can do more to ensure that investments in research and development go beyond innovation. They should also lead to innovations that actually benefit people, that benefit Canadians. We need to create a culture that ensures policies and business strategies are developed with intellectual property in mind as part of the business strategy.
We are also modernizing the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, and we're working with the provinces and territories to implement the new Canadian free trade agreement, which will come into force on July 1.
Mr. Chair, our government's investments under the innovation and skills plan ensure that Canada will compete globally for the most talented people, the newest technologies, and the fastest-growing companies. This plan will allow Canada to develop a workforce that can compete based on advanced and specialized skills. It will also encourage Canadians to develop a culture, as I said before, of lifelong learning. It will create stronger public-private partnerships, and it will create well-paid middle-class jobs for Canadians.
I'm also confident that as a result of our government's investments, a new generation of Canadian firms will develop into globally competitive companies—true strong global brands.
Mr. Chair, members of the committee, I will be pleased to answer your questions.
Thank you very much.
Thank you, Minister, for being here today.
I'll try to keep my preambles as short as I possibly can.
One of the things that we've heard consistently is how your plan is to provide a better life for the middle class and those working hard to join it. It seems to be in everything we hear.
On your first comment on the economic outlook, Canada has been doing amazingly well. If we take a look at what happened back in 2008 and 2009 and are realistic about where Canada has gone and how it managed, I think that's really a critical part. All Canadians should be proud of what we have managed to do over the last decade under the circumstances that we were presented with.
You did talk about how you want to look into new areas like clean tech and so on. You want to push dollars, or at least push thinking that way. Of course, one of the concerns....
Our group was down in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago.
I just want to make sure, though, that whatever governments do, they aren't out there picking winners and losers, and they make sure that everybody gets an opportunity. Again, if you look at things like carbon capture and storage that we have out in the west.... We have windmills all over the place as well which, of course, there's a big debate on as to whether or not that is clean technology.
These are the sorts of things we take a look at, and when we look at that, then it begs the question when we are taking a look at the dollars that are being spent for ACOA and Western Economic Diversification. The four Atlantic provinces have a population of 2.4 million. They get $311 million, or 27% of the government's expenditure. Compare that to $199.6 million, 17% for the four western provinces that have a population of 11.5 million.
When you start to take a look at it and you ask what areas actually need the extra help and so on, it doesn't really look at though that's what is happening as far as those departments are concerned, so you start to take a look at it and say, “Are we really picking winners and losers on the tech side, or are we taking a look at places to invest?” And the question is, that are somewhat more political in nature....
I have some other questions, and I'll give you an opportunity to explain just what is happening with investments, whether or not they're being targeted for specific industries, and what the rationale is, especially looking at the economic conditions in western Canada.
That's correct. I think our commitment to the automotive sector has been very clear. As you mentioned, rightfully, we extended the automotive innovation fund, and then we changed the profile to a grant model. Then we saw recent successes with the $41.8 million invested in the Honda facility, which helped secure jobs there and brought close to half a billion dollars' worth of investments there.
I was proud to be with you at the Ford announcement as well, which was very substantial. It had two components to it, which I think are really important for people to understand. One was, obviously, the jobs at the engine plant, but there is also the R and D facility and a lot of the R and D that's taking place as well.
The objective of the new fund, the strategic investment fund, is to be open to all sectors, but that also means the automotive sector has more money to tap into. If there are better projects that they come forward with, if they have R and D, if they can create jobs, if they can increase their footprint in Canada, if they can invest in building the cars of the future and invest in that kind of technology, our door will always remain open. We're actually very engaged with other automakers right now to look for additional investment opportunities.
I can assure you that we're committed to the automotive sector. It contributes $18 billion to our economy. It employs close to half a million Canadians, both directly and indirectly. We're very focused on getting additional investments. That $1.26-billion strategic investment fund will actually allow the automotive sector additional opportunities if it chooses to pursue them. We're very engaged with the sector.
I'm glad you asked that question. I was delighted to be in the Soo with you when I visited, and to have the opportunity to look in particular at all the investments for diversifying the economy there.
Obviously, we were talking about Algoma Steel, and that's such a key employer there. We were talking about the Canada-U.S. relationship because of the proximity to the border, but the investment in clean tech—and the fact that there was such an effort in that area to take advantage of diversifying the economy in clean technology—is a very promising area.
You and I visited a lot of clean tech start-ups, and we had a round table with clean tech companies to talk about their concerns. Because of those conversations, we presented a budget that dealt with those issues, from early-stage commercialization through more investments in Sustainable Development Technology Canada—that's $400 million. Above and beyond that, there is $1.4 billion allocated for working capital—to look at long-term, patient capital—and then, ultimately, through Export Development Canada getting those products outside of the Soo, into the U.S., and more importantly into other international markets as well. That's another promising area.
When it comes to young people, as you know, we're very focused on investing in young people. They're very creative. They're very thoughtful. Early initiatives like those on coding, learning how to develop the skills of solving problems, and digital literacy are very important, as is work-integrated learning.
I mentioned that in my remarks as well. Mitacs is such an important initiative. This will provide meaningful opportunities to young people in post-secondary education, especially in the Soo, to get that work experience. When they have finished their studies and the employer says, “Do you have any experience?”, they can say yes and they can hit the ground running.
I learned the hard way. When I did my studies I didn't have that experience, but then I was part of a co-op program at Windsor and that really opened up a lot of opportunities. I started my career at Ford Motor Company of Canada, so I have a bit of an auto bias, which you heard from the previous set of remarks as well.
It's very promising. We're very focused on the Soo in terms of supporting steel and some of those very important key anchors of job creation, but also focusing on clean tech. There is a lot of opportunity there as well.
As you know, you identify two areas where there's a lot of growth potential and expertise in Canada, artificial intelligence. We have the pioneers who really played a meaningful role in machine learning, Geoffrey Hinton, in Toronto, and Yoshua Bengio, in Montreal. This is an area where Canada has global expertise, and that's why we invested $125 million for a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence initiative in our budget.
You also mentioned robotics. We talked about the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadarm. We have a very strong reputation globally as well when it comes to robotics, so advanced manufacturing is an area that we also highlighted in our budget.
These are key themes that are reflected as priorities for the government, and I know that you're working very closely with companies in your constituency. You are meeting with them, aligning them with some of the key priorities in the budget and determining where those opportunities exist, and I want to commend you for that, particularly with your goal and ambition to scale them up. That is a priority for our government.
We're really good at starting up companies in Canada. We're a start-up nation. It's a point of pride. But we do not want to be a nation where other countries or other companies come and take these businesses abroad. We want to see some of these companies, if they choose to stay in Canada, have the ability to really scale up and grow in Canada and be strong global brands, and that's why Innovation Canada exists. The idea is for you to identify those companies and then they would engage. As I said, it's a single window, and they would have access to all innovation-related programs within government, so rather than going to multiple departments, rather than trying to figure out what to do.... Because remember, these companies are growing and scaling up. They're not trying to figure out government and trying to determine how to navigate through all the programs and opportunities that exist for them, so we're simplifying the process. We're coordinating the process and we have a single window for them.
One of the key elements in that single window is the strategic investment fund, and that's open to large corporations, as we talked about in the automotive sector, for example, but it's also open to companies that really have growth potential as well, and that's an area we are going to be focusing on with them as well.
As you know, the previous government introduced a venture capital action plan program. We looked at that fund-to-fund model. We looked at what worked well and we looked at where we can make improvements.
This program is really designed, again, to be deployed by Business Development Canada. We've had record numbers over the last year, in terms of venture capital investments in Canada. On a per capita basis, we're behind the U.S. and actually, Israel, so it's a point of pride.
Again, we're looking at different models, fund-to-fund, potentially, with the view to continue to maintain and strengthen that position. The idea is to, again, make sure that companies that want to scale and grow up in Canada have access to financing. We focused a lot in our budget on talent, skills, and people, which I think is the most important.
The next key area that companies have identified is financing, so we want to make sure that this deals with some of those gaps that exist within that innovation ecosystem.
Thank you very much, Chair.
I want to switch to an industry that probably is overlooked quite a bit, especially given the punch that we get out of it, and that's the video game, software, and entertainment industry. Value-added high tech is a third of the North American economy. It creates a lot of innovation, even for the health care sector as well.
I just wondered what can we look forward to this year and are there thoughts of expanding the industry? I've advocated for a national auto strategy, but we won't get into that debate right now. Are there thoughts about this particular industry because there are a lot of similarities, in terms of the growth of it, and especially now when we have a low Canadian dollar to our American counterparts, in an industry to attract international employment.
When they hire, for example, one of the software designers for a multi-million dollar project or even smaller ones, they need people who are almost like movie directors. They come in and they create other jobs domestically. There'll be some problems in the United States with that.
I sense an opportunity, for places like Windsor and others, where we can offer a competitive advantage, in terms of companies' low cost of doing business from property standpoints. We look at the emergence of Detroit, for example, but there are other mid-range cities that often get forgotten, like Saskatoon, Halifax, Regina, and Guelph, for example, that are outside of larger areas, so they can offer a good advantage.
I'd like to hear your thoughts about that industry. I'd love to see something like a film tax credit or something specific to that. At any rate, what can we look forward to in that industry, before we perhaps lose it to other policies in the United States?
The committee will now dispose of the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 minus the interim estimates the House agreed to on March 21, 2017.
ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$63,351,960
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$240,222,493
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
CANADIAN NORTHERN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$13,199,586
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$161,268,874
Vote 5—Capital expenditures...........$122,419,635
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$60,966,000
(Votes 1, 5, and 10 agreed to on division)
CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION
Vote 1—Payments to the Commission..........$95,475,770
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
Vote 1—Program expenditures..........$2,802,641
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$356,511,722
Vote 5—Capital expenditures..........$11,234,609
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$2,038,304,873
Vote L15—Payments pursuant to sub-section 14(2) of the Department of Industry Act..........$300,000
Vote L20—Loans pursuant to paragraph 14(1)(a) of the Department of Industry Act..........$500,000
(Votes 1, 5, 10, L15, and L20 agreed to on division)
DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$34,394,598
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$161,523,000
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF CANADA FOR THE REGIONS OF QUEBEC
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$36,755,088
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$262,729,505
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$24,394,707
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$242,198,502
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$349,138,111
Vote 5—Capital expenditures..........$90,392,058
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$353,335,834
(Votes 1, 5, and 10 agreed to on division)
NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$44,692,641
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$24,768,257
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
STANDARDS COUNCIL OF CANADA
Vote 1—Payments to the Council..........$10,706,000
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
Vote 1—Program expenditures..........$405,558,550
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
The Chair: Shall the Chair report these votes to the House?
Some hon. members: Agreed
An hon. member: On division.
The Chair: Shall we end the session, then?
Thank you very much for your promptness to our time. I thought that went really well. Thank you very much.
The meeting is adjourned.