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February 10, 2014

By the Numbers: Canada's 2014 federal budget

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Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the 2014 federal budget sets the course for a surplus in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Central to this budget are measures to invest in Canada's labour force. Some of the notable measures in the 2014 budget are:

-$14 million over two years and $4.7 million per year ongoing towards the implementation of an Expression of Interest economic immigration system.

-Annually, 26,000 apprentices in Red Seal trades are expected to apply for over $100 million in interest-free loans from the Canada Apprentice Loan.

- $1.3 billion over two years on a cash basis to support additional strategic investments in public infrastructure and transportation services.

-$11 million over two years and $3.5 million per year ongoing to strengthen the Labour Market Opinion process.

-$28 million over two years to the National Energy Board for comprehensive and timely reviews of project applications and to support the Participant Funding Program.

-Renewal of Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, representing $75 million over three years.

-The deficit is projected to decline to $2.9 billion by 2014-15. A surplus of $6.4 billion is expected in 2015-16.

-$40 million over two years to renew the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program

-$11 million over two years and $3.5 million per year ongoing to reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

-$11.8 million over two years and $3.3 million per year ongoing to launch enhanced Job Matching Service.

-$1.5 billion to create new Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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