$100-million Steel and Aluminum Initiative for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) announced by the Government of Canada.

For more information and more details on program eligibility, click here and here.

A variety of federal programs are available that may assist qualifying business, employees, and stakeholders impacted by Canadian safeguards on global imports of certain steel goods. Click here.

There have been several revisions to the list of products that were initially under tariff as of July 1, 2018. Click here.

For reference, the original July 1, 2018 list of products included under Canadian countermeasures may be found here.

2019 Budget

On March 19, Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced the federal government’s fourth and final budget prior to the election, titled “Investing in the Middle Class”. Budget 2019 earmarks $22.8 billion in new spending with a year-end deficit of $19.8 billion. Read more here.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum announces national strategy for supporting women in the trades.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) announces its road map for the creation of a National Strategy for Women in the Trades in Canada. Informed by more than 350 participants at the 2018 Supporting Women in Trades Conference held in Halifax, the Road Map includes eight (8) concrete action items and areas of focus required to create a national approach to recruiting and retaining women in the skilled trades. Read more.