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Federal Budget - Tuesday March 19, 2019

Equality + Growth - Building a Strong Middle Class

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.
  • 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 better country.
  • 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.


Thomson Reuters Budget 2019 Highlights & Analysis

McCarthy Tétrault's 2019 Federal Budget Commentary

2019 Budget Tax Measures

The Budget Plan

Complete Budget Plan



Chapter 1 – Investing in the Middle Class

Chapter 2 – Building a Better Canada

Chapter 3 – Advancing Reconciliation

Chapter 4 – Delivering Real Change

Equality - Gender Statement


Annex 1 – Economic & Fiscal Outlook

Annex 2 – Details of Economic & Fiscal Projections

Annex 3 – Legislative Measures

Annex 4 – Modernizing Canada's Financial Sector

Annex 5 – Government Tax Expenditure and Spending Reviews

News Releases, Pamphlets and Booklets

News Release – March 19, 2019

Backgrounder: Canada Training Benefit

Backgrounder: Housing - Affordable Places to Call Home

Backgrounder: Pharmacare

Backgrounder: A Secure and Dignified Retirement for Canadians

Backgrounder: Advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

Backgrounder: Building a Better Canada

Backgrounder: Building a Clean Economy

The Budget Speech 2019

Youth Book - Investing in Young Canadians

Fiscal Monitor News Release – March 19, 2019