This government recognizes the importance of reinvesting in rural and northern communities in order to foster economic growth – Nault
(OTTAWA) February 28, 2018 – The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora Riding) released the following statement regarding the unveiling of Budget 2018:
“This budget illustrates that we remain committed to making the right investments where it matters most: in people and communities, no matter where they may live. By investing strategically, our economy continues to grow, creating more jobs – almost 600,000 since November 2015. Unemployment rates are near the lowest levels we’ve seen in over 40 years and it is my belief that this budget will spur even more economic growth.
“It’s also clear that we remain committed to building a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. By investing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve, we will support initiatives to speed up construction and renovation of affected water systems, which will result in 25 additional projects being completed by 2020 rather than the original timeframe of 2021.
“We will provide $516 million over 10 years, including $500 million to support a Métis Nation housing strategy, as well as additional investments in post-secondary education and support to develop a health strategy.
“Furthermore, we meant what we said about increasing the participation of women in our economy by making Status of Women a full department in the Government of Canada. I was also pleased to see that no budget decision was taken without a Gender-based Analysis. We will also introduce new GBA+ legislation to make gender a permanent part of the federal budget-making process, adding further proof of our commitment to gender equality.
“This government recognizes the importance of reinvesting in rural and northern communities in order to foster economic growth. An additional $28 million over five years will be made to FedNor in order to support the Innovation and Skills Plan, of which $6 million will be allocated to support women entrepreneurs through a regional process. This means more capital invested into economic development initiatives throughout Northern Ontario to support more inclusive growth opportunities.
“I believe that Budget 2018 acknowledges the importance of rural and northern communities by making investments that support our economy, promote prosperity, and secure a stable future for generations to come. It’s a good step in the right direction in building a more prosperous and diverse economy in the Kenora riding and beyond.”
Budget 2018 highlights include:
· $100 million over five years for the Strategic Innovation Fund, with a particular focus on supporting projects that relate to next generation rural broadband.
· Extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for an additional year, until March 31, 2019.
· $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018-19 to the Youth Employment Strategy to support the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program
· $1.2 billion over the next five years, starting in 2018-19, and $334.7 million per year thereafter, to introduce new EI Parental Sharing Benefits to support greater gender equity in the home and in the workplace
· New proactive pay equity legislation which will be included in budget implementation legislation to ensure that employees in federally regulated workplaces receive equal pay for equal work
· $80 million in 2018-19 and $150 million in 2019-20 through federal-provincial Labour Market Development Agreements to help ensure that unemployed seasonal workers have access to support when they need them most.
o In addition, Employment and Social Development Canada will reallocate $10 million from existing departmental resources to provide immediate income support and training to affected workers.
· As part of Budget 2018, the Government will create an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare program
· $248.6 million over three years, starting in 2018-19, will be provided for services, including mental health and emotional supports to survivors and their families for the duration of the Indian Residential School Settlement.
· $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018-19, towards the construction of new water systems and renovate existing ones to ensure that more affected water systems will become functional earlier than 2021.
· $1.5 billion over five years, starting in 2018-19 and $149 million per year on-going to improve critical care and nursing services, enhance culturally appropriate care, addictions services among other initiatives to keep Indigenous families healthy:
· An additional $600 million over three years to support housing on-reserve as a part of a 10-year First Nations Housing Strategy under development with First Nations
· Budget 2018 provides more than $1.4 billion in new funding over six years, starting in 2017-18, for First Nations Child and Family Services
· $516 million over 10 years, including $500 million over 10 years to support a Métis Nation housing strategy;
o $10 million in 2018–19 to support Métis Nation post-secondary education, and $6 million over five years to support the Métis Nation in gathering health data and developing a health strategy.
o Budget 2018 also proposes to invest $325 million to support employment services, skills development and job training.
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