Raj Grewal

Your member of parliament for


Brampton East

Raj Grewal

Your member of parliament for


Brampton East

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Government Achievements One Year In

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Here is what we have accomplished since being elected on October 19th 2015:

Families

Implemented the Canada Child Benefit

Under the new Canada Child Benefit, about 300,000 fewer children will be living in poverty in 2016-17 compared with 2014-15, and families benefitting are seeing an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the 2016-17 benefit year.

Youth

Helped students pay for their education

We have increased Canada Student Grant amounts by 50%: from $2,000 to $3,000 per year for students from low-income families; from $800 to $1,200 per year for students from middle-income families; and from $1,200 to $1,800 per year for part-time students.

Invested in innovation at Canada’s post-secondary institutions

We have invested up to $2 billion over the next three years in Canada’s researchers, post-secondary institutions, and innovation networks.

Helped young Canadians find summer work

Last summer, more than twice as many young Canadians were at work compared to last year through the Canada Summer Jobs program. With a record number of new jobs and opportunities created in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and the territories.

Economic

Raised taxes on the rich to cut taxes for the middle-class

We cut taxes for the middle class and raised taxes on the wealthiest one percent of Canadians, which resulted in nearly nine million Canadians having more money on their paycheques starting last January.

Passed Budget 2016 and set the course for sustainable economic growth

Budget 2016 – Growing for the Middle Class – provided immediate help to those who need it most, benefiting Canada’s middle class and those working hard to join it.

Immigration

Welcoming new Canadians and reuniting more families

We are bringing more families together by improving processing times for immigration programs. This means reuniting 14,000 more spouses, partners, and dependent children. We are also committed to providing a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution.

Infrastructure

Made historic investments in infrastructure

We laid out the first phase of our plan, investing nearly $12 billion in new funding for public transit, roads, bridges, ports, clean water, affordable housing, childcare centres, and cultural and recreational facilities – infrastructure that connects people and communities.

Seniors

Strengthened the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

We reached an historic agreement with all nine CPP participating provinces and all territories to make meaningful changes to the CPP; it will allow Canadians to retire with more money in their pockets. The deal will boost how much Canadians will get from their pension – from one quarter of their earnings now, to fully one third. Simply put, there will be more money waiting for Canadians when they retire.

Restored the Age of Eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement

We restored the age of eligibility for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 67 to 65, putting thousands of dollars back in the pockets of Canadians when they become seniors.

Raised the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit

We increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit for single seniors by up to $947 annually starting in July 2016. This increase will help almost 900 000 seniors, will lift 13 000 people out of poverty, and will reduce the depth of poverty for many others.

Veterans

Giving back to veterans

We are restoring critical access to services for veterans by re-opening and staffing offices. We are also opening a new office in Surrey, B.C. and expanding outreach to veterans in the territories. We are also hiring 400 new front-line staff to provide veterans and their families with the support they need, when they need it.

Innovation

Driving industry growth through innovation

We are focussing on investing in people, technology, and partnerships through our Innovation Agenda. We are collaborating with innovation leaders to build a strong Canada that can adapt and prosper in a rapidly changing global economy.

Environment

Ratified Canada’s Paris Agreement

We ratified the Paris Agreement in support of our commitment to be a leader on climate change. Our action will bring the world over the threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.

Invested in clean technology

We will provide over $1 billion over four years; this investment will give Canada access to new markets, reduce pollution, and create well-paying jobs.

Pricing for carbon pollution

We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to support clean growth by introducing pan-Canadian pricing on carbon pollution.

Strengthening environmental assessment processes

We are making sure decisions on major projects are based on science, facts, and evidence, including traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples by creating an expert panel that will review federal environmental assessment processes.

Health

Ensured safe and consistent access to medical assistance in dying

We are giving dying patients who are suffering intolerably a path toward the choice of a medically assisted death.

More

Welcoming more than 30,000 Syrians refugees to Canada

We were able to identify, screen, approve and relocate 32,437 people in need. We reunited families, offered a place of refuge – and a new home.

Launched a national Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

We have allocated $54 million over two years toward the costs of a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Improved access to support for Canadian workers in need

We have taken measures to ensure that Canadian workers can better access Employment Insurance (EI) when they need it.

Reinstated the Long-Form Census to ensure reliable data

We have reinstated the Long Form Census, ensuring decisions and policy-making are evidence-based and best serve the needs of all Canadians.

Eliminated all fees associated with the Access to Information process

We have eliminated all fees associated with access to information requests – apart from the $5 application charge.

Created a new, non-partisan, merit-based process to advise the Prime Minister on Senate appointments.

An Independent Advisory Board provides advice to the Prime Minister, guided by public, merit-based criteria, in order to identify Canadians who would make a significant contribution to the work of the Senate.

Introduced a new Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointments process

Under the new process, an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board has been given the task of identifying suitable candidates who are jurists of the highest caliber, functionally bilingual, and representative of the diversity of our great country.