Canada’s federal election is on. Here are 9 big social policy hits and misses of the Trudeau government

From the temporary Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit to negotiations for a national childcare plan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government made domestic social policy a major priority.

Why It Matters

A federal election could mean big changes to Canada’s domestic and foreign policy frameworks. Those, in turn, will affect the kind of government assistance Canadians — and communities abroad — receive.

Here comes an election. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially called a federal election over the weekend after months of speculation — a move that could see his party return to majority status or leave government. 

Since his first term in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made some major domestic policy shifts, from passing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation to decriminalizing cannabis possession. Over the next few weeks, Trudeau is expected to campaign on his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing economic recovery efforts. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of some of his government’s biggest social policy achievements — and failures — over the past six years:


The Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit In March 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of CER

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