As the federal government turns its attention to rebuilding Canada’s economy, Engineers Canada has submitted its recommendations to government for Canada’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, engineers across Canada have played an important role in supporting frontline workers, whether through the design and production of personal protective equipment or the development of diagnostic tools to effectively screen large populations. Likewise, engineers will undoubtedly play an important role in Canada’s immediate, short-, and long-term economic recovery.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) launched a study on the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Engineers Canada submitted a written brief to the Standing Committee with four recommendations:
- That the federal government kick-start the economy through the acceleration of projects promised in the Investing in Canada Plan and other federal-provincial legacy programs from recent years into the next two or three years in order to create jobs.
- That the federal government invest in research and development, and innovation in Canada, which will support the technology sector, a key driver of Canada’s economic competitiveness.
- That the federal government continue to invest in green infrastructure to not only benefit the economy, but also deliver on Canada’s climate commitments.
- That the federal government continue to support diversity and inclusion initiatives in infrastructure projects.
Read more about Engineers Canada’s recommendations in their written brief submitted to the Standing Committee.
Engineers Canada also recently published an Issue Statement outlining engineers’ roles in Canada’s post-COVID economic recovery, including these recommendations.