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Government Initiatives

This section provides information on new and ongoing Government initiatives, programs and services.

Initiatives from previous months may be found within the Government Initiatives Archives.

I'm not getting any younger
Get money now to help you start saving for your child's education or training after high school. A small amount set aside today can make a big difference for your child's future. Find out by visiting our website.

"Start planning for my education"
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that will require all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other secure document when travelling to the United States from within the western hemisphere.

Travelling to the U.S.? No documents? No entry!
Building Canada
Through its unprecedented $33 billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger, safer and better Canada.

Building Canada - Stronger, safer, better
Veterans' Week 2007
Veterans' Week runs from November 5 to 11 in Canada. It is a time to honour and remember those Canadians that have served their country in times of war, military conflict, and peace. Throughout the week, commemorative events and activities will be held in communities across Canada.

Veterans' Week 2007
Speech from the Throne 2007
The Speech from the Throne is an important moment in our country's democratic life. Through the Speech from the Throne, the Government shares its vision with Canadians.

Speech from the Throne 2007 - Strong Leadership. A Better Canada.
Canada Year Book 2007
Canada Year Book 2007 is a handy reference guide that contains fascinating facts and figures, and in-depth analyses of the current state of Canada. For more information or to order you own copy of Canada Year Book, visit the Statistics Canada website.

Canada Year Book 2007
Canada's Food Guide
Eat well with Canada's Food Guide! Learning more about Canada's Food Guide will help you and your family know how much food you need, what types of foods are better for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day.

Eating Well With Canada's Food Guide
Services for People with Disabilities Guide
This guide features more than 60 resources for people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.

Services for People with Disabilities Guide
Keeping Canadians Safe
In 2005 more than 100,000 Canadians ended up in the hospital from injuries that could have been prevented and over 7,000 died. Whether you're at home, on the road or on the water, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Safety is no game. Protect your family.
Make your home and car smoke-free
Close to 800,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke every day. Health Canada is addressing this issue with a national campaign aimed at helping parents create a smoke-free home and car. For information on how to make your home and car smoke-free, visit our Web site.
Make your home and car smoke-free
One-Stop Access
Service Canada gives you easy, one-stop access to Government of Canada programs and services. You can get a Social Insurance Number, find a job, apply for pension benefits, get Employment Insurance, and much more - just call, click or visit.
Service Canada - One-Stop Access
Emergency Preparedness
Is your family prepared for a major emergency like a blackout or severe storm? Find out what should go into an emergency kit. Be prepare for the first 72 hours while emergency workers help those in urgent need. We all have a role to play in preparing for emergencies.

72 Hours - Is Your Family Prepared? - getprepared.ca
Federal Accountability Act
Through the Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan, the Government of Canada is bringing forward specific measures to help strengthen accountability and increase transparency and oversight in government operations. The comprehensive Action Plan includes a proposed Federal Accountability Act, supporting policy and other non-legislative measures, and a draft bill to amend the Access to Information Act.

Federal Accountability Act
Passenger Protect Program
Flying within Canada? All persons who appear 12 years or older must have valid government issued identification. Visit the Passenger Protect web Site for more information.

Passenger Protect
Making Your Organization Bilingual - A guide and practical tools
Canadian Heritage has created a site offering a host of tools and strategies for voluntary and private sector organizations that want to foster a new bilingual corporate culture and for those who would like to improve the services they already offer in Canada's two official languages.

Making Your Organization Bilingual - A guide and practical tools
Foreign Credentials Referral Office
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office provides information, path-finding and referral services to help foreign-trained workers succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office
Québec 2008
In 2008, Québec City turns 400 years old! From Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, Canadians are invited to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the first Canadian city and the cradle of French civilization in North America. Please visit our website for more information on the Government of Canada's participation in Québec 2008. Join in the celebrations!

Québec 2008 - 400