Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I wish each and every one of you happiness, good health and prosperity now and for the new year.
As we look ahead to 2019 and the election in October, it is instructive to look at how hope and hard work has translated into improving the lives of Canada’s middle class and those working to join it.
- Canada Childcare Benefit – This innovative tax-free payment is received by over 17,000 families in Don Valley East. With an average monthly payment of $786, families have received a boost to improve their lives and especially the lives of their children.
- Increased payments to Senior Citizens under OAS and GIS – By returning the eligible age to 65 and increasing the payments to our Seniors, we are helping Senior Citizens to have enough money to live on
- EI changes – The changes we have made to EI ensures that people who have lost a job can go back to school and continue to receive benefits
- Created 500,000 new jobs since 2016 – Our investments in infrastructure have helped create good, well-paying jobs.
- Tax reduction for Small and Medium Enterprises – By reducing the taxes paid by small businesses, we can support and encourage SME to thrive. SME are the engine of our economy and are an important source of job creation
- Canada Summer Jobs – By offering wage subsidies to SME, not for profit organizations and community organizations, the CSJ program has provided over $1.5 million in Don Valley East to hire students over the past 2 years
I look ahead to 2019 with a positive approach to continuing to implement the policies and programs that assist the middle-class and those people working to join it.
2019 will present challenges and I encourage you to volunteer, donate and get involved. We can do better, but we will need your help.