The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, introduced the Liberal government's fourth Federal Budget on Tuesday March 19, 2019. The central theme of this year's budget remains Investing in the Middle Class and preparing for the future.
Federal Budget - Tuesday March 19, 2019
Equality + Growth - Building a Strong Middle Class
- Investing in the Middle Class – To help more families find good places to live,
Budget 2019 introduces the new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive and other
measures to make housing more affordable across the country. With the new
Canada Training Benefit, working Canadians will have the extra help they
need to find and keep good jobs today and tomorrow. And all Canadians
will be healthier and better off with the steps Budget 2019 takes toward
implementing national pharmacare.
- Building a Better Canada – To keep our economy strong and growing, Budget
2019 invests in the infrastructure Canadians and Canadian communities need. Doubling the transfer to municipalities will help get more projects
underway, creating more good, well-paying jobs and making our cities and
towns better places to live. More affordable electricity bills, new support for
zero-emission vehicles, and a new commitment to bring high-speed internet
to every Canadian home and business are all part of building a
- Advancing Reconciliation – Building on the progress achieved to date, the
distinctions-based investments in Budget 2019 will help deliver clean water
and better health care to Indigenous communities, advance selfdetermination
and self-governance, and improve the quality of life for First
Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation people in Canada.
- Delivering Real Change – Canada is a country defined by its values, and is at
its best when everyone has real and fair chance at success. The investments
in Budget 2019 will support artists and veterans; improve Canadians health,
public safety, and access to justice; strengthen Canada’s role in the world;
deliver better government; and make sure our tax system is fair for everyone.
For additional proposed measures please see Budget documents below along with the Thomson Reuters commentary and the in-depth McCarthy Tétrault analysis of Budget 2019.