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MP Brad Butt announces advanced Manufacturing Funding for Therapure Biopharma Inc.

July 23, 2015 Comments off

Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville

AMF Announcement for Therapure Biopharma Inc.

Mississauga, Ontario

July 23, 2015

 

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July 23, 2015, Brad making an announcement at Therepure in Mississauga   July 23, 2015, Brad and Minister Goodyear at Therapure in Mississauga   July 23, 2015, Therepure

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, friends and guests.

Thank you for the warm welcome Minister Goodyear, and thank you for that great introduction.

C’est un grand plaisir d’être avec vous aujourd’hui.

It is truly a great day to be at Therapure Biopharma today.

As Minister Goodyear noted, our Government is dedicated to supporting Canada’s manufacturers and businesses like Therapure.

Investments in advanced manufacturing complement our efforts to create a low-tax environment for business investment, ensuring businesses can expand access to foreign markets, supporting innovation and world-class research, training a highly skilled workforce, and creating business opportunities through government procurement.

Our Government is proud to support innovative companies like Therapure.

And we are not the only ones to notice your success – I know you have received awards of recognition from BioTech Canada in 2012, the Contract Manufacturing Organization in 2013, and the International Alternative Investment Review in 2014.

Your success means success for southern Ontario and Canada.

In this spirit of growth and prosperity, today I am pleased to announce another contribution to this great region.

Ladies and gentlemen, our Government is proud to announce that we are providing Therapure with a $20 million repayable contribution, under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund initiative.

The funding will be used to accelerate the design, development and commercialization of Therapure’s PlasmaCap Expanded Bed Absorption technology. Their technology is a first-in-the-world technology and allows for the separation of blood protein more effectively and faster than anywhere else.

Therapure’s process yields more protein from the same amount of blood and does so faster, and at a lower cost, than other similar processes.

Additionally, Therapure will be marketing and selling a unique ‘turn-key solution’ to global clients allowing them to engage in the separation of blood proteins in places where no such services currently exist.

No other company offers this type of a solution and we’re proud to see a firm in southern Ontario take on this innovative and important project.

This innovative turn-key solution will create opportunities for countries to produce locally, treat more patients with the same amount of blood and reduce health care system costs.

Therapure’s technology will allow clients to more easily separate important blood proteins that are used to treat patients with chronic care conditions, to replenish and maintain blood volumes after a traumatic blood injury or during surgery.

Today’s announcement and Therapure’s work will have a direct impact on our economy.

The project is estimated to create 91 direct jobs over the next four years in addition to jobs that will be created across Therapure’s supply chain.

This is the kind of project I love to talk about because it is through this type of undertaking that we can establish southern Ontario as a world-class cluster for biologics and plasma protein technology.

Additionally, Therapure has committed to support skills development and knowledge sharing within southern Ontario by providing training on biopharma product development and commercialization. This will ensure that experience and knowledge in this field is retained right here in southern Ontario.

Today’s announcement means greater productivity and opportunity for our manufacturers, jobs for our people and prosperity for this province and this country.

Our Government will continue to invest directly in transformative projects like this one, where the return on our investment will benefit taxpayers and the country directly.

I am confident the Advanced Manufacturing Fund will do exactly that for Therapure.

Congratulations again. I am looking forward to seeing the important work being done by Therapure as it takes shape. I wish all of those involved the best of luck and success as you progress.

Today, parents get child care payments from Harper Government

July 20, 2015 Comments off

Lump sum child care benefit of about $500 per child hits parents’ bank accounts and mailboxes, totalling $3 billion in a single day

 

July 20, 2015       Mississauga, ON                       Employment and Social Development Canada

July 17, 2015 Brad making an announcement on the UCCBBrad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, celebrated the first installment of our Government’s boosted Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) today. The newly increased child care benefit pays almost $2000 every year for each child under 6 and $720 for each child aged 6 through 17. With a retroactive payment from January 1, 2015, the Harper Government transferred almost $3 billion to 3.8 million families today—the largest single-day direct payment to families in history.

Starting today, payments of $520 for each child under 6, and $420 for each child aged 6 through 17 will be delivered to families across Canada. That means a family with two kids should receive as much as $1,000 today. Parents can spend this money on anything they choose, including child care services, back-to-school supplies, sports activities and much more, boosting the economy and creating jobs across Canada.

About 3.8 million families will benefit from the boosted UCCB—double the number of families that previously qualified. While the majority of families in Canada are waking up to this welcomed boost to their bank accounts, an estimated 200,000 families may have missed out because they did not apply. Families that are not currently receiving the UCCB, that have never received the UCCB, or that have never applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit and have children under 18 in their care are encouraged to go to www.canada.ca/taxsavings to find out how to apply.

In addition to the boosted UCCB, families recently received nearly $2 billion in tax refunds this spring through the Family Tax Cut. The Family Tax Cut allows couples with children under 18 to split July 17, 2015, Brad and Min. Finley meeting with Streetsville business ownerstheir income and reduce their tax burden by as much as $2,000. Payments to families will also continue under the Child Tax Benefit, which remains unchanged.

Last Friday MP Butt and Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay met with local business owners and residents of Streetsville to talk about the benefits of the UCCB and our Governments new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits plan.

 

Quick Facts

  • Approximately X dollars in UCCB payments sent today to about (X number of) families in the province of (name of province).
  • All families with children will benefit from the new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits Plan, which includes the Family Tax Cut, the increased UCCB, the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.
  • The UCCB has increased to $160 per month from $100 per month for each child under the age of 6, and a new benefit of $60 per month has been introduced for each child aged 6 through 17.
  • Combined with tax relief and other measures for families introduced by the Government of Canada since 2006, a typical family of four can receive up to $6,600 in tax relief and enhanced benefits in 2015.
  • Approximately 1.2 million cheques were sent to families across Canada. The remaining UCCB payments were made via direct deposit, for a total of more than 3.8 million payments.
  • Low- and middle-income families will receive two-thirds of the overall benefits provided by the Government of Canada’s new family measures.
  • The Family Tax Cut will eliminate or significantly reduce the difference in the federal tax payable by a one-earner couple relative to a two-earner couple with a similar family income.

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www.canada.ca/taxsavings

Eid al-Fitr

July 17, 2015 Comments off

Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, which is considered to be the holiest month of the year for Muslims in Canada and around the world.

July 8, 2015, Iftar Dinner with Shaq, Rafiq and SenatorThe month-long fast was a time to focus on spiritual renewal, almsgiving, and strengthening family and community relations.

Eid al-Fitr also provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the contributions of Canada’s diverse Muslim community, numbering approximately one million people.July 8, 2015, Brad at Iftar Dinner with Hassan, Fareeda and Imran

Last week I was pleased to attend an Iftar Dinner at Zad’s Restaurant in Streetsville and in late June I was honoured to co-host an event with Rev. Majed El Shafi in Ottawa celebrating the start of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a special time that encourages humility, charity, family, community and faith, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to mark Iftar with members of the community.

On behalf of all Canadians, I wish everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr health, happiness and success.

Eid Mubarak.

Universal Child Care Benefit: is your family missing out?

July 16, 2015 Comments off

Dear Moms and Dads,

Now that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has balanced the budget, he’s helping families balance theirs.  On July 20th, millions of families across Canada will receive more money in their bank account or mailbox because of our Conservative Government’s boosted Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB).

Parents will now receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and a brand-new $720 every year for each child 6 through 17. If you’ve got kids under 18, you qualify. Period. It doesn’t matterUCCB how much you make or how you choose to care for your kids. Our Conservative Government’s Family Tax Cuts and Benefits put more money in the pockets of 100% of families with kids.

And while the increased payments will be delivered to your account or mailbox starting July 20th, the increases are retroactive to January 1st – over six months ago – that means you will get a lump-sum back payment of about $500 for each child under the age of 18. Thereafter, monthly payments will continue at $160 per child under 6 and $60 for each child 6 through 17. These amounts are in addition to any payments you currently receive under the Child Tax Benefit, which remains unchanged.  Please check to see that you have received your UCCB payment. If not, go to Canada.ca/TaxSavings to apply.

In addition to the boosted UCCB, our Family Tax Cut allows couples with kids to split their incomes to lower their tax bill by as much as $2,000. We are also increasing the daycare tax credit by another $1,000 and doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000.

If you have a child who has never received the UCCB, you must apply. To apply or if you did not get your payment on July 20th, visit Canada.ca/TaxSavings.

MP Butt supports commemorative bench for Jason

July 14, 2015 Comments off

This morning Jason, Ralph Faustino, passed away. Members of our community are asking for help to raise funds for a bench to be placed in Streetsville honouring our friend Jason. Jason was well known in Streetsville and a part of its daily culture as he would use the benches around town and socialize with everyone.

The commemorative bench will include a plaque and any donations above the amount needed for the bench will be donated to the funeral if needed, memorial celebration and warm meals for the group home Jason stayed at for many years.

This morning MP Brad Butt donated towards the bench and is asking local residents to do the same. If you are interested in donating please click HERE.

Government of Canada Highlights Benefits of Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

July 14, 2015 Comments off

On July 14, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations in Meech Lake, Quebec.

CUFTA will provide Canadian exports with improved market access to the Ukrainian market, help address non-tariff barriers and facilitate closer economic relations. In addition, CUFTA will provide Ukrainian exports with improved access to the Canadian market, which is consistent with the Government of Canada’s unwavering commitment to support Ukraine’s democratic transition and economic reforms.

CUFTA will result in the elimination of all Ukrainian tariffs on fish and seafood products, industrial goods, and forestry and wood products. It will also eliminate the vast majority of Ukraine’s agricultural tariffs.

Agriculture and Agri-food

CUFTA will significantly improve market access for Ontario’s agricultural and agri-food products by eliminating or reducing tariffs on 99.9 percent of Canada’s current agricultural exports to Ukraine.

For example, Canadian agriculture exporters will benefit from duty-free access for beef, pulses, grains, canola oil, processed foods and animal feed. Canadian pork producers will benefit from improved access to Ukraine’s market via a large tariff rate quota.

Industrial Goods

Canada’s industrial exports averaged $148.3 million annually from 2011 to 2013. CUFTA will significantly improve market access for Ontario’s industrial products sector by eliminating all tariffs on Canadian industrial exports to Ukraine.

Quick Facts

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Ukraine in early June, his third trip to the country since March 2014. Minister Fast visited Ukraine for a second time on January 25 and 26, 2015.
  • Once CUFTA is fully implemented, Canada and Ukraine will respectively eliminate duties on 99.9 percent and 86 percent of current bilateral trade, benefiting both Canadian and Ukrainian exporters and consumers.
  • Agriculture and agri-food: Canadian producers provide some of the world’s best food and beverages to dinner tables around the globe. The agriculture and agri-food sector employed over 533,000 people in 2014 and accounted for close to 3 percent of Canada’s GDP.
  • Industrial goods: Canada is a leading global producer and exporter of a wide variety of industrial products. In 2014, roughly 1.7 million Canadians were employed by Canada’s industrial sector, which contributed 19.1 percent of Canada’s GDP.
  • Since January 2014, the Government of Canada has pledged nearly $700 million in assistance to Ukraine, including support for economic stabilization, democracy and human rights, humanitarian assistance and security.
  • In 2014, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Ukraine reached $243.8 million.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to creating the best conditions for Canadian companies to help them succeed abroad. The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement is an ambitious and high-quality agreement that will create new market opportunities and predictable stable conditions for businesses and strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership in peace and prosperity.”

– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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Government of Canada strengthens food safety training

June 30, 2015 Comments off

Funding of not-for-profit organization will help make food safer for Canadians

June 30, 2015 – Mississauga, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

June 30, 2015, Brad in Maple Leaf Foods ThinkFood! Centre's kitchenToday, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Member of Parliament Brad Butt announced $850,000 in federal funding for Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership. Safe Food Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing food safety by establishing a consistent set of competencies for all food workers in Canada.

Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership will bring together industry, academia and governments across the country towards building a stronger food safety system that aligns food safety learning and training to the evolving current and future needs of the industry. This will build a solid foundation to ensure continued improvement and coordination of quality of food safety education and training.

Through collaborative approaches to learning, Safe Food Canada will reinforce Canada’s reputation as a world leader in food safety by enhancing compliance with regulations and reducing duplication of efforts and training costs for all parties.

 

Quick Facts

  • Safe Food Canada has the potential to benefit every member of the food safety continuum.June 30, 2015, Brad announcing funding at Maple Leaf Foods ThinkFood! Centre
    • Employers will benefit from better trained recruits and food workers will have the opportunity to identify career paths, take certified courses and enhance their qualifications and mobility within the labour market.
    • Educational institutions will be able to better tailor their programs to labour market needs.
    • Consumers will benefit knowing that food workers have access to more consistent high quality training across the country.
  • Funding for Safe Food Canada came from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Federal Assistance Program (FAP). The objective of the FAP is to support projects and initiatives that advance the Agency’s strategic outcome, specifically promoting science-based regulations and maintaining an effective regulatory framework.
  • Safe Food Canada is closely modelled after its US counterpart, the International Food Protection Training Institute.

 

Quotes

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of learning and training as the foundation to establishing a safety culture in our food sector. Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership, is paving the way for a coast-to-coast common understanding of food safety requirements for food safety workers, which will reinforce Canada’s reputation as a world leader in food safety. ”

Brad Butt

Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville

 

“For several years, industry and regulators in Canada have been expending significant time and money on a wide range of disconnected food protection learning programs and events. Safe Food Canada will be a public-private partnership with the vision and means to become the authoritative resource for a comprehensive, competency-based food protection learning system that will benefit all Canadians.”

Brian Sterling

President and Chief Executive Officer

Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership

 

Associated Links

Safe Food Canada Website

CFIA Food Safety Twitter account

MP Brad Butt speech in the House of Commons on Bill C-59, Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No.1

June 15, 2015 Comments off

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Mr. Speaker,

It gives me great pleasure to rise in the House today and speak at Third Reading on Bill C-59, Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1.

This Act will legislate key elements of Economic Action Plan 2015 which include measures to support jobs and growth, help communities prosper and ensure the security of Canadians.

The Act also includes the measures contained in Bill C-57, the Support for Families Act and Bill C-58, the Support for Veterans and Their Families Act.

Perhaps the most significant part of this Act is that it returns Canada to balanced budget and enshrines in law balanced budget legislation reflecting our Government’s responsible fiscal management policy that is creating jobs and putting more money back into the pockets of Canadians.

A balanced budget allows the Government of Canada to cut taxes further for Canadian families, individuals and businesses.

Mr. Speaker my riding of Mississauga-Streetsville has the second highest number of families with children living at home in all of Canada. That is why our Government’s Family Tax Cut and Benefits Plan really hits home in my community.

Our Government will increase the Universal Child Care Benefit for children 6 and under to $160 per month and extend the benefit for children aged 7-17 by $60 per month. This initiative puts thousands of dollars per year back into families’ pockets in my riding and allows parents to make their choices for their children on how that money will be spent.

It is important to note Mr. Speaker that the increase to the UCCB is retroactive to January 1, 2015 and that the new benefit will start to flow for families this July.

Further, our Government is instituting a family income splitting program that will allow a higher income spouse to, in effect, transfer $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket, effective the 2014 tax year. Some families will save as much as $2,000 a year in total family tax paid – yet another example of how we are putting more money back into the pockets of hard working families.

Economic Action Plan 2015 also increases the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000 effective for the 2015 tax year. The maximum amounts that can be claimed will increase to $8,000 from $7,000 for children under age 7, to $5,000 from $4,000 for children aged 7-16 and to $11,000 from $10,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.

Mr. Speaker, millions of Canadians have taken advantage of the very popular Tax Free Savings Account. TFSAs are an excellent way for Canadians to save – tax free – and have that money available in the future for their personal needs. Many Canadians have maxed out the old $5,500 limit and many would contribute more if allowed. I am very pleased to report that Economic Action Plan 2015 raises the maximum contribution limit to $10,000 effective in 2015 and subsequent years.

Bill C-59 also reduces the minimum withdrawal factors for Registered Retirement Income Funds to permit seniors to preserve more of their retirement savings to better support their retirement income needs.

The Bill also creates the Home Accessibility Tax Credit to assist seniors and disabled Canadians offset renovation costs to make their homes safer and more accessible, so they can live independently and remain in their homes.

Mississauga-Streetsville is home to many seniors who tell me they want to age gracefully in place, remain in their cherished home as long as possible and be able to make modifications to improve their living conditions. The Home Accessibility Tax Credit is welcome news in my community.

Mr. Speaker, Branch 139 of the Royal Canadian Legion in located in the Village of Streetsville. I am a member and visit the Legion regularly to support its initiatives.

I have met with veterans there and I was honoured to present World War II “V” pins to dozens of these brave Canadians.

That is why I am very pleased that Economic Action Plan 2015 ensures that veterans and their families receive the support they need by providing a new Retirement Income Security benefit to moderately and severely disabled veterans, expands access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance for disabled veterans and creates a new tax-free Family Caregiver Relief Benefit to recognize the very important role of caregivers.

This Government values and supports the brave women and men who have served in our Canadian Forces and will ensure that our veterans get the full support they need and deserve.

During pre-budget consultations and meetings that I held, I had the opportunity to meet with groups like ALS Canada, the MS Society and others about the Compassionate Care Benefit provided under the Employment Insurance system.

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-59 will extend Compassionate Care Benefits from the current six weeks of coverage to six months to better support Canadians caring for gravely ill and dying family members. This change will benefit thousands of families across Canada when they need the financial and emotional support the most.

This Bill also implements very important measures for supporting jobs and growth.

Our Government will reduce the small business tax rate to 9% by 2019 – lowering taxes for job-creating small businesses and their owners by $2.7 billion between now and 2019-20.

This is very good news for members of the Streetsville Business Improvement Association and other companies operating in Mississauga-Streetsville. Predictable, lower taxes each and every year is an important signal to the small business community.

We are providing manufacturers with a 10-year accelerated capital cost allowance to encourage productivity-enhancing investments in machinery and equipment. And we are improving access to financing for Canadian small businesses through the Canada Small Business Financing Program.

Recently, I have had the opportunity to announce several investments in Mississauga through the Federal Economic Development Corporation of Southern Ontario. These strategic investments assist leading edge companies grow and expand, create new high wage jobs and contribute to research and innovation.

Bill C-59 also makes new and important investments to ensure the security of Canadians. Along with important new legislation designed to combat terrorism, Economic Action Plan 2015 provides more funds for security and intelligence services and agencies to ensure they have the resources for this ongoing battle against those who wish Canadians harm.

Mr. Speaker, Economic Action Plan 2015 has seen the budget deficit of $55.6 billion at the height of the worldwide economic recession reduced to a projected budget surplus of $1.4 billion for 2015-16. And this without cutting transfers to Provinces or people. In fact Mr. Speaker, our transfer to the Provinces is at an all-time high in the history of our nation.

Mr. Speaker, all Canadians should be thanked for their hard work and support of our Government returning Canada to balanced budgets.

A typical two-earner family of four will receive tax relief and increased benefits of up to $6,600 in 2015 as a result of the actions taken by this Government since coming to office in 2006 and the overall tax burden is now at its lowest level in more than 50 years.

Canada has one of the best economic performances among G-7 countries and we have created more than 1.2 million net new jobs since the depths of the recession.

Mr. Speaker, although there is more to do, Canadians can be proud of the achievements of this Government, the economic and fiscal record and our plans for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

I ask all members of this House to support Bill C-59 so Canada may continue to be strong, proud and free.

 

 

 

 

Government of Canada announces proposed new nutrition labels and tools to promote healthier food choices

June 12, 2015 Comments off

Improved Nutrition Facts table format and clearer labelling of sugar and serving sizes

June 12, 2015                         Toronto, Ontario

 

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, took a major step forward in giving Canadians the information they need to make healthy food choices for themselves and their families by unveiling several initiatives including proposed changes to nutritional labelling regulations.

The proposed labelling changes aim to make it easier for Canadians to read labels and the Nutrition Facts table. Mandating consistent serving sizes will make it easier to compare nutrient contents of similar foods, and make more informed choices when selecting foods for themselves and their families. The ingredient list on the proposed new label would also be easier to read.

The labelling changes respond to comments made by parents, consumers and health organizations and the food industry in earlier consultations held throughout 2014.

The Government of Canada is also breaking new ground in the labelling of sugars on foods. Proposed changes would give Canadians clear information about the sugars contained in the foods they eat. The proposed addition of a percentage daily value for sugar and changes to the way sugars are identified in the list of ingredients will make it easier to understand how much sugar is in a product, whether there is a little or a lot of sugar, and what the source of sugar is.

Minister Ambrose also announced new public education tools, including a My Food Guide mobile application and the Eat Well Plate, to help Canadians apply the dietary guidance of Canada’s Food Guide to build a healthy meal.

The Eat Well Plate will help Canadians visualize food proportions, and encourages them to make half their plate vegetables and fruit. The new My Food Guide mobile application will help Canadians access healthy eating information anytime, anywhere. The My Food Guide app allows individuals to create an easy-to-use customized Canada’s Food Guide and will help them understand Food Guide servings and types of foods to choose for a healthy diet.

Canadians will be consulted on the proposed regulatory changes to the nutrition information on food labels for a 75-day comment period, ending on August 26. These changes are being published in Canada Gazette, Part I on June 13, 2015.

 

Quick Facts

  • This labelling proposal delivers on a commitment made by the Government of Canada during the 2013 Speech from the Throne to consult with Canadians parents and consumers on how to improve the way nutrition information is presented on food labels.
  • Health Canada received feedback from over 10,000 Canadians.
  • This proposal also requires that manufacturers list all food colouring agents by their common name within the ingredient list on the label. This will allow consumers who have sensitivities to specific food colours to avoid those ingredients when shopping for food.
  • A new health claim would also be allowed on pre-packaged fruits and vegetables that would make it easier to let Canadians know about the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.

 

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Government Takes Action to Improve Drug Control

June 11, 2015 Comments off

Proposed changes will better protect the health and safety of Canadians

June 11, 2015             Ottawa, Ontario                Health Canada

 

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along with Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced a series of proposed enhancements to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA); updating Health Canada’s nearly two-decade-old rules for drug control.

The CDSA has two core objectives: protecting public health and maintaining public safety. There are a number of areas where Health Canada inspectors, as well as the police, require updated legal authorities in order to keep up with the evolving drug trade. The new legislation introduced today is designed to address those needs, and to address new drug abuse issues. The proposed changes to the CDSA will equip the Minister of Health and law enforcement officials with better tools to more quickly control dangerous new drugs, combat illegal drug production and distribution, and enable Health Canada inspectors to more effectively ensure compliance in the legitimate controlled substance industry.

This action demonstrates the Government’s commitment to safe and healthy communities by better protecting Canadians against the introduction of new designer drugs marketed to youth, and the ongoing problem of prescription drug abuse.

 

Quick Facts

  • The updated Act would give the Minister of Health modern and effective tools to respond to changes in the illegal drug market, including the authority to quickly control potentially dangerous new drugs.
  • The amendments enhance law enforcement’s ability to dispose of seized goods more efficiently and safely, and strengthen criminal penalties for the illegal possession, production or sale of chemicals or equipment intended for use in the illegal production of a controlled substance.
  • Proposed amendments also respond to the Government’s commitment to address prescription drug abuse by strengthening the ability to inspect, monitor and regulate the movement of controlled substances within the legal supply chain, minimizing the potential for diversion.
  • Amendments will make it easier to dispose of seized material where there is a health or safety risk to those involved resulting in safer environments, efficiencies and cost savings for police.
  • The illicit drug market is innovative, and has created new “designer” drugs that should be subject to the CDSA but are not yet regulated. This new authority will allow the Minister of Health to quickly schedule new substances, allowing for swift action as new drugs appear.
  • New authorities to levy fines will provide inspectors with more flexibility when bringing companies into compliance.
  • This legislation is in keeping with the Government’s National Anti-Drug Strategy which focuses on prevention and access to treatment for those with drug dependencies, while at the same time getting tough on drug dealers and producers who threaten the safety of our youth and communities.
  • This legislation compliments Private Member’s Bill, C-475, introduced by Member of Parliament, John Weston, which brought in stronger powers for precursor chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

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National Anti-Drug Strategy

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canada.ca/drugprevention