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.
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.
We have invested up to $2 billion over the next three years in Canada’s researchers, post-secondary institutions, and innovation networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to support clean growth by introducing pan-Canadian pricing on carbon pollution.
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.
We are giving dying patients who are suffering intolerably a path toward the choice of a medically assisted death.
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.
We have allocated $54 million over two years toward the costs of a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
We have taken measures to ensure that Canadian workers can better access Employment Insurance (EI) when they need it.
We have reinstated the Long Form Census, ensuring decisions and policy-making are evidence-based and best serve the needs of all Canadians.
We have eliminated all fees associated with access to information requests – apart from the $5 application charge.
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.
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.
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