Billions of dollars will be poured into some key priorities of faith and social justice groups under proposed spending in the federal budget unveiled April 19.

However, exactly how that money will be spent is open to debate, as is the impact it will have on issues such as reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, transitioning Canada to a greener economy, providing child-care support to families, and helping Canadian charities survive the economic devastation of the COVID pandemic.

Along with forecasting a deficit of $354 billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year and $154.7 billion for 2021-22, the minority Liberal government is promising to continue to support Canadians and Canadian businesses financially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that is currently in a third wave across the country.

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