When will Canada’s next Foreign Service Office be open?
The new office in the eastern city of Charlottetown is expected to open by mid-February, officials have announced.
The government said it would also hire up to 12 new staff.
The new office, which is expected be open for a few months, will have a focus on “national security, international cooperation and engagement, and the promotion of Canada’s global role in the global economy.”
The first two floors of the new building are being leased out.
The office is expected, like all other new federal departments, to have staff working from home and be staffed by Canadians.
The foreign service will be one of the federal departments that will be cut in the next budget, which will be released in March.
That budget also will be critical in determining the government’s budget priorities and the future of the Canada Child Benefit, which has been a key focus of the Liberals’ mandate.
The federal government’s $11 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 will be $15 billion, with $8.4 billion coming from the federal government.
The shortfall has been blamed on a number of factors, including a $15-billion surplus in the federal budget for the current fiscal year, as well as the decline in oil prices, which have reduced government revenues.