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Prime Minister's Office Press Releases

  • Statement by the Prime Minister on the 1,000th day since the egregious downing of Flight PS752
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the 1,000th day since the egregious downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752: “One thousand days ago today, the Iranian regime unlawfully and horrifically shot down passenger Flight PS752, cutting short the lives of the 176 innocent people on board – including 55 Canadians, 30 permanent residents, and a total of 138 people en route to Canada. They were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, educators, and students – and most of all, they were loved. “In the 1,000 days since, people across Canada have mourned their loved ones. As Canadians, we mourn with them. Yesterday, I met with the families of the victims of PS752 to express my deepest condolences. In the wake of this crime, Canada has, and will continue to, support them. We opened new pathways to permanent residency for families of survivors, provided mental health supports, and continue to reaffirm Canada’s steadfast commitment to holding the Iranian regime responsible for its horrific actions. “Canada and its Coordination Group partners are committed to holding Iran accountable, in accordance with international law. At the International Civil Aviation Organization, Canada continues to advance the Safer Skies Initiative and to address gaps in the accident investigation process to make sure this never happens again. We remain relentless in our pursuit of justice for the families of these victims, and we will stop at nothing to ensure the regime is held accountable. “Today, the regime continues to crack down on courageous Iranian women protesting the tragic killing of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s so-called ‘morality police.’ Dozens of protesters have been killed. Once again, the Iranian regime is demonstrating its blatant disregard for human rights and human life. Canada unequivocally stands with the brave women who are marching in the streets of Iran and in the streets of cities right around the world in solidarity. “This unacceptable pattern of gross and systematic human rights violations and brutal murders must end. That’s why yesterday, we imposed new sanctions against Iran by targeting 34 individuals and entities. This includes the Iranian regime’s ‘morality police’ and senior members of the regime, including in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. These sanctions build on our existing sanctions and measures – some of the toughest any country has taken against Iran. They also complement the fact that Canada recognizes Iran as a State supporter of terrorism. “Today, we remember the innocent victims of PS752, and we stand with all those defending human rights here at home and around the world. The Iranian regime will be held accountable for its horrific actions.”
  • Rebuilding after Hurricane Fiona
    Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers are resilient. In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s devastation, thousands are rebuilding their homes and communities, and businesses of all sizes are getting back on their feet. The Government of Canada will continue to respond to the immediate needs of people impacted by the storm and support the long-term recovery of impacted regions and local economies. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the creation of the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund. The Fund will provide up to an additional $300 million over two years, starting this year, to help those impacted by the storm and to support long-term recovery efforts. Building on the government’s ongoing response to Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec, the Fund will support recovery efforts such as: Helping local communities and businesses rebuild and recover more quickly from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona. Restoring the economic activity that local communities depend on by beginning to repair and rebuild critical infrastructure, including fishing wharves and small craft harbours that were damaged or destroyed by the storm. Repairs will ensure that the infrastructure is better able to withstand any future damage. Ensuring the safety of navigation and protecting marine wildlife. The new Fund will provide support for costs that may not be covered by existing federal programs, including the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). Through the DFAA, the federal government covers up to 90 per cent of eligible provincial expenses following a disaster, including providing transportation, emergency food, and shelter, and restoring or replacing uninsurable dwellings and items. Recovering from the widespread impacts of Hurricane Fiona will require a collective effort. The new Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund builds on the support the federal government has already announced, including deploying Canadian Armed Forces members and matching donations made to the Canadian Red Cross. We will keep working in partnership with provincial governments, municipal partners, and local First Nations communities to continue providing additional financial support to rebuild communities and the economy. Quotes “Our thoughts are with all Canadians dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. There is still much work to be done in the days and months ahead to clean up and rebuild, but I know Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers will continue to be there for each other, and so will the Government of Canada. This new Fund, announced today, will help people and local communities move forward on the path to recovery.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “The people of Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec have already done so much to begin recovering from Fiona’s devastation. And now, they need our support to restart their economy. The new Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund, and the existing Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, will provide that much needed support. Together, we will help build back the lives and livelihoods that have been uprooted.” The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance “In tough times, Atlantic Canadians come together. Neighbours are helping neighbours, and crews have been working long hours to clear the debris off our streets and restore power to our homes. Our government is doing everything we can to help. This Fund is welcome news for our region, allowing our wharves, small businesses, and communities to get the financial assistance they need as we build back from Hurricane Fiona and get life back to normal.” The Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship “My heart goes out to all the people in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund will support those areas impacted by the storm through long-term recovery efforts, such as critical infrastructure and fishing wharves to help restore the local economy. As we begin to rebuild our communities, the Government of Canada will continue to be there to support Newfoundlanders in making sure you have a place to return to and call home. Having been on the ground and seen the devastation first-hand, I know how important it is for our local communities to get back on their feet.” The Hon. Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development “Communities across Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec have pulled together in the wake of Hurricane Fiona and our government will be there to help them regain a sense of normality as quickly as possible. As we rebuild, we are committed to making our core infrastructure more resilient so that we can be better prepared for future natural disasters. We will continue working closely with our provincial partners as we help Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers get through this.” The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities “I have seen firsthand the heartbreaking damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, as well as the dedication and resilience of the people of les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and our neighbours in Atlantic Canada. We are helping people by extending GST/HST filing deadlines, and providing relief to impacted businesses and taxpayers, whenever possible. The Canada Revenue Agency strives to put people first, and this continues to be its priority.” The Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue “Islanders are feeling the impacts of Fiona in everything they do and everywhere they go. I’ve seen the destruction that Fiona has brought to our homes, our businesses, and our communities. This $300 million Fund will go a long way to rebuild so much of what we’ve lost, including wharves and other infrastructure, and will help strengthen them to withstand future storms.” The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence “I’ve been hugely concerned about Hurricane Fiona’s impact. The scope of loss for harvesters in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec has been tremendous, including gear loss and damage to small craft harbours. Today’s announcement is an important step in cleaning up the ocean, and starting repairs at affected harbours. We need to make sure these critical pieces of community infrastructure are safe and accessible to the people who rely on them, and to make them more resilient to future extreme weather events.” The Hon. Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard “Hurricane Fiona hit us hard. People displaced, homes and businesses destroyed, memories lost. Newfoundlanders know the days ahead will not be easy. But we will get through this and rebuild.” The Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour “The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has always been there for Atlantic Canadians in times of need. Today, we announce the launch of the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund, an important step that will help Atlantic Canadians in their rebuilding efforts. We remain committed to working closely with businesses of all sizes, organizations, and communities who are dealing with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Fiona.” The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency “We know that for families, businesses, and municipalities, rebuilding after a disaster can seem like an insurmountable task – but we’re here to help relieve some pressure from the communities devastated by Hurricane Fiona. We don’t choose when a disaster will hit, but I know the courage and resilience of the people in Eastern Quebec and the Maritimes, and I know they will prevail. I am proud that the agency I’m overseeing contributes to this recovery fund.” The Hon. Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Quick Facts The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund will be coordinated by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which will work with other federal departments and agencies, such as Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Transport Canada, to determine local needs and allocate funds accordingly. Immediately following Hurricane Fiona’s landfall, the federal government approved a request for federal assistance from the Government of Nova Scotia, and further requests for assistance from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador were also approved shortly after they were received. In response to these requests, the government continues to support provinces with their immediate needs. Since the storm, up to 850 Canadian Armed Forces members have been deployed to remove debris to assist in the restoration of transportation links and the power grid, as well as perform wellness checks in affected communities. The Government of Canada will also provide financial assistance to provincial governments through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). Through the DFAA, the government covers up to 90 per cent of eligible provincial expenses following a disaster, including: Evacuation, transportation, emergency food, shelter, and clothing; Repairs to public buildings and related equipment, roads, and bridges; Restoration or replacement of individuals’ uninsurable dwellings (principal residences only), personal furnishings, appliances, and clothing; and,  Restoration of small businesses and farmsteads, including uninsurable buildings and equipment. On September 25, 2022, the Government of Canada announced a donation-matching program with the Canadian Red Cross to support those impacted by the storm. The government will continue to match donations Canadians and corporations make for the next 30 days from September 25, with the possibility of extension. Residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Fiona should register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 or online at www.redcross.ca/hurricanefiona. Canadians wishing to make a financial donation to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona can do so online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by texting FIONA to 20222 to make a $10 donation. 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  • Statement by the Prime Minister on Yom Kippur
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Kippur: “At sunset today, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will observe the beginning of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. “Yom Kippur, which marks the end of the Ten Days of Awe, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is a time for self-reflection, repentance, and renewal, and an opportunity to look to the year ahead with hope, purpose, and resolve. To honour this holiday, families and loved ones will gather to fast, pray, and seek forgiveness. “For all of us, today is a chance to recognize the important contributions Jewish Canadians have made – and continue to make – to shape a stronger, more resilient, and inclusive country. “On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to Jewish communities here in Canada and abroad celebrating this holy day. “G’mar Chatima Tova.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on the results of the provincial election in Quebec
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the results of the provincial election in Quebec: “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate François Legault and the Coalition Avenir Québec on their re-election. “I look forward to continuing to work with Premier Legault and the Government of Quebec to address issues of importance to Quebecers and all Canadians. This includes fostering the growth of the green economy, fighting climate change, finding solutions to labour shortages, making life more affordable, helping create new affordable housing, investing in infrastructure, and building a clean and prosperous future. “Together, we will make Quebec, which we are so proud of, an even better place to live.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on Women’s History Month
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Women’s History Month: “Throughout our history, women have played an invaluable role in shaping Canada. This October, we mark the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in creating a more fair country, and to recognize the work that still needs to be done. “This year’s theme – She did, so now I can – honours women trailblazers who raised their voices as agents of change in fields where they were under-represented, including the arts, education, and politics, and paved the way for future generations of women and girls to succeed. From women like Rosemary Brown, the first Black woman in Canada to sit in a provincial legislature, who inspired more women to pursue politics, to Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Inuk activist, who identified the link between climate change and human rights, Canada is a better place because of the hard work and determination of these trailblazers. “We have made a lot of progress since the first Women’s History Month 30 years ago. Thanks to the hard work of activists and feminist movements, women in Canada have the right to choose, paid parental leave, and – in federally regulated workplaces – the right to be paid the same as their counterparts. Earlier this year, the employment rate of women aged 25-54 reached a record high, which is spurring economic growth across the country. “We must continue to break down systemic barriers for women. That’s why the Government of Canada is delivering on our promise to build a Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system, which is helping reduce costs for regulated child care this year and will achieve $10-a-day child care on average from coast to coast to coast in the coming years. “We are also dedicated to empowering women and girls around the world, which helps reduce poverty and fosters well-being. By continuing to promote gender equality, including through Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, we will continue to invest in addressing the root causes of inequality, including access to affordable child care and necessary sexual and reproductive health, and help break down barriers for the next 30 years and beyond. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I encourage all Canadians to use the hashtag #WomensHistoryMonth to share and learn more about the women that have shaped, and continue to shape, our country. This month and every month, let’s celebrate the many women making history and building a better Canada for everyone.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on National Seniors Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Seniors Day: “Seniors worked hard all their lives to build a better Canada for today and for future generations. On National Seniors Day, I join all Canadians in honouring seniors and their many contributions to our communities across the country. “Unfortunately, the rising cost of living is hitting many seniors hard. The Government of Canada is putting more money back in the pockets of seniors across the country this year. This past July, we permanently increased the Old Age Security pension for seniors 75 years old and over by 10 per cent – putting more than $800 in the pockets of full pensioners, and increasing benefits for over three million seniors this year. This builds on improvements we have made to the Guaranteed Income Supplement to lift thousands of low-income single seniors out of poverty, and as part of our plan to make life more affordable this year, we are working to put an additional $225, on average, in the pockets of qualifying seniors by doubling the GST tax credit for six months. “Seniors deserve to have a safe and dignified place to call home. Learning from the hard lessons of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has signed agreements with every province and territory to improve long-term care and protect the health and safety of seniors. Earlier this year, we launched the $90 million Age Well at Home initiative to support organizations working to help low-income and vulnerable seniors with everyday tasks such as snow removal, home maintenance, and meal preparation. In addition, through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we provided funding to over 3,000 local projects led by and for seniors that make a difference in communities and help improve seniors’ quality of life. For example, in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, seniors are engaging virtually with elementary school students through the “Senior Connections: Decreasing Loneliness and Isolation through Music and Memory” project. “Canada’s seniors have always been there for us, and we need to be there for them. Today, I invite Canadians of all ages to take a moment to connect with a senior in their lives, be it a relative, a family friend, or a neighbour. Lend them a listening ear, run an errand or a chore to support them, or volunteer at a local seniors’ centre. One small action can make a world of difference.”
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Chile Gabriel Boric
    Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Chile, Gabriel Boric. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Boric acknowledged the strong friendship and ties between their countries. The two leaders reiterated their commitment to continue collaborating on shared priorities, including promoting democracy and human rights, increasing trade, creating economic growth that benefits all, and protecting the environment and oceans. Prime Minister Trudeau conveyed Canada’s support for Chile’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), to ensure the benefits of trade are more widely shared. The CPTPP is intended to advance economic growth that will benefit everyone, and create more opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as Indigenous Peoples. The two leaders agreed to continue working closely together to advance progressive values. Prime Minister Trudeau denounced Russia’s sham referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine and expressed his support for those who are protesting peacefully in Iran, especially women. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Boric looked forward to staying in regular contact. Associated Links Canada-Chile relations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Chile Gabriel Boric Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) UN conference on biodiversity: COP15 in Montréal Statement by the Prime Minister on the results of Russia’s sham referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
    If you need someone to talk to, a National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Hope for Wellness Help Line also offers support to all Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: “Today, we mark the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – an opportunity to come together to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and the ongoing impacts on Survivors, their families and communities, as well as commit to continuing the hard, but necessary work to build a better future for all. “Between 1831 and 1998, at least 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children were forcibly removed from their families and communities to attend residential schools, where they had to abandon their languages, cultures, spiritualities, traditions, and identities. Many experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and thousands never came home. The experiences and intergenerational trauma of these so-called schools continue to live on for Indigenous Peoples across the country every single day. “It is our shared responsibility to confront the legacy of residential schools and the ongoing impacts on Indigenous Peoples, so we can truly move forward together. That is why, last year, Parliament voted unanimously to establish the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more, honour the Survivors of residential schools, their families, and their communities, and remember the many children who never returned home. Reconciliation is not the responsibility of Indigenous Peoples – it is the responsibility of all Canadians. It is our responsibility to continue to listen and to learn. “This past July, His Holiness Pope Francis offered an apology to Survivors, their families, and their communities here in Canada, and recognized the abuses experienced at residential schools that resulted in cultural destruction, loss of life, and ongoing trauma for Indigenous Peoples across the country. It was a step forward in all the work that remains and a reminder that we still have more to do. We will continue to be there to support the painful but necessary work to locate unmarked graves, and to support Survivors as they tell their stories, including through the efforts of the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites, Kimberly Murray, who was appointed this past June. We are also ensuring the appropriate supports are available for communities to heal and commemorate the lives that were lost. “Last month, alongside the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation leadership, Survivors, and members of Indigenous communities, I witnessed the Survivors’ Flag raising on Parliament Hill to honour Survivors and all the lives that have been or continue to be impacted by the residential school system. The flag serves as a reminder of the government’s commitment to Survivors and future generations to never forget what happened at these so-called schools. Over the last year, we updated Canada’s Oath of Citizenship to recognize First Nations, Inuit, and Métis rights, and introduced legislation to establish a National Council for Reconciliation to track and report on the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Through the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, we continue to work with Indigenous Peoples to ensure their human rights are fully recognized, respected, and protected. “On this day, which is also known as Orange Shirt Day, I invite everyone to listen to Survivors and learn more about the history and legacy of the residential school system by participating in a local event or wearing an orange shirt. Let’s take a moment today to participate, learn, and reflect. We all have a role to play on the journey toward reconciliation.”
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
    Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Prime Minister and the President denounced Russia's illegitimate 'referendums' in occupied regions of Ukraine, which are a blatant violation of international law and a further escalation of Russia’s invasion. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Canada does not and will not ever recognize the results of these sham referendums or Russia’s attempted illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories. The leaders also discussed the importance of maintaining strong unity amongst allies in continuing to support Ukraine and impose severe costs on Russia. The Prime Minister commended the President’s leadership in defence of Ukraine and our shared democratic values. The Prime Minister also reiterated Canada’s strong ongoing support for Ukraine, including the continued provision of military assistance. President Zelenskyy thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for Canada’s military, macroeconomic, and humanitarian support to Ukraine. The leaders agreed to continue engaging and mobilizing global leaders in support of Ukraine, and against Russia’s ongoing brutal actions.  Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelenskyy agreed to keep in close and regular contact. Associated Links Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine Canada’s engagement in Ukraine Statement by the Prime Minister on the results of Russia’s sham referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal G7 Leaders’ Statement
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on International Safe Abortion Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on International Safe Abortion Day: “Today, on International Safe Abortion Day, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to upholding a woman’s fundamental right to choose. No one should ever be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy, and the Government of Canada is unequivocal in that pursuit. “Here in Canada, we have had access to safe and legal abortions for almost 35 years thanks to decades of hard-fought activism. Abortion is covered under our universal health care system. But there is still more work to be done to improve accessibility, particularly in rural and remote communities. In May, the Government of Canada announced funding to support civil society organizations, such as Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and the National Abortion Federation Canada, to strengthen access to safe and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services, including by offering financial assistance to cover travel costs for those seeking an abortion and training for health care providers offering abortion services. “Abortions are an essential health service which, when performed following medical guidelines, are safe. Unfortunately, nearly half of all abortions performed worldwide are unsafe and these unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal deaths. Tragic and preventable deaths will continue for as long as women are denied the right to make choices for their own bodies. That’s why we’re helping to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries, with funding to improve access to safe abortions, post-abortion care, and family planning. “Today, we reflect on the progress we have made and the work that still needs to be done to ensure everyone has access to a safe abortion, including standing up to those who want to take us backwards. To those at home and around the world continuing to fight for their safety and their bodily autonomy: know that we will always stand up for your right to choose.”

A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values.