How does the federal government impact me?

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The federal government plays a big role in Canadians' lives — from the collection of taxes to the delivery of social services, and from the supervision of international trade to the safeguarding of national security.

What does the federal government do?

The federal government creates laws and manages programs and services that affect the whole country, including National Defence, money, banking, bankruptcy, Aboriginal Affairs, citizenship, shipping, railways, fisheries, interprovincial and international trade, the post office, copyright law, criminal law, penitentiaries, employment insurance, radio and television broadcasting, aviation, pipelines, and telecommunications.

Provincial and territorial governments make decisions on areas of law that directly affect their province or territory including provincial taxes, hospitals, education, marriage, municipalities, transportation within a province, onshore natural resources, and property and civil rights.

Municipal governments receive power from the provincial government to deal with community issues such as city parks, public transportation, waste collection coverage, recycling, water and sewer services, fire prevention, city roads and sidewalks, and licensing and control of pets.

How does the federal government affect your life, your family, and your community?