In 2006 the newly-elected Conservative government cancelled the national child care program initiated by the previous Liberal administration and replaced it with the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB; a taxable monthly benefit of $100 per child under six years of age). This, they argued, offered “choice” to Canadian parents.
21 February, 2016—The Government of Canada has announced that the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides medical services for refugee claimants, will be fully restored to its pre-2012 levels by April 1, 2016.
The New Veterans Charter (NVC; 2006) significantly reduced the pension entitlement of Canadian veterans of modern conflicts; 21st century Conservative federal budgets cut services to Canadian veterans; the federal government violated the privacy rights of certain veterans. In response, critics, including the first Veterans Ombudsman, and groups such as the Canadian Legion strongly protested the threat to what they argued was a ‘social contract’ between Canada and its serving men and women.
The 2012 Conservative government budget eliminated on-going federal funding for Katimavik. In existence since 1977, this federally-funded service-learning organization offered young people opportunities to work in volunteer community teams across the country to improve social and environmental conditions, while adding to their knowledge of Canada and both of its official languages.
PEARL – the Polar Environment Atmosphere Research Laboratory – is Canada’s northernmost facility carrying out research on atmospheric conditions and on how climate is changing in one of the most sensitive regions of the planet.
Amidst numerous government cuts to groups that campaign on women’s issues, the Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) saw its advocacy and lobbying funding decreased first in 2006, and its entire budget eliminated in 2009.
Despite public opinion polls showing that about 70% of Canadians want CBC/Radio-Canada’s funding to be maintained or increased, the Harper government slashed its budget by more than $150 million (including lost funding for local programming).