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April 30th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (Red Dress Day)

Red Dress Day, also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, is a day of remembrance and action to bring attention to the disproportionate and unacceptably high rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals in Canada.

On May 5th each year, families and advocates ask that you wear red to honor the lives of those who have gone missing or been murdered and to Call for Justice and systemic change to end this ongoing crisis. The red dress has become a powerful symbol of the movement, representing the missing women and the need for their voices to be heard, and never forgotten.

Red Dress Day started on May 5, 2010, as an offshoot of a project by Métis artist Jaime Black, with the red dresses meant to draw attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada and United States.

Remember that showing support for Indigenous women on Red Dress Day is just one step in a long journey towards justice and healing. It is important we support Indigenous women and their communities throughout the year.   You can participate in a gathering and vigil being held on The Sharon Temple grounds on May 5th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Southlake Run

On Sunday, April 28 we seized the opportunity to join together in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre.  The Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake provided the opportunity – to run together -or just enjoy a walk with hundreds of community members.

We were collectively doing so to make a difference – to make a positive difference in the future of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Each of us has our own personal reason for joining – gratitude for the care given to a loved one or a recognition that our hospital – our Southlake needs our support to continue to provide leading edge healthcare.

Through the support of Natures Emporium and many more corporate sponsors hundreds of thousands of dollars will be raised and for that we all say thank you. But I believe beyond the money raised, is the message sent to our healthcare workers – a message with love and enthusiasm that we appreciate all that they do to make our community a wonderful place to live.

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.  Over the past two weeks we have been contacting organizations across Newmarket-Aurora to let them know the number of jobs and the dollar amount of their approvals.  Close to 90 organizations have been approved here locally creating 328 positions for the summer with an investment from the government of just over $1.25 million. 

Boosting the EV sector in Canada

From mining critical minerals to building cars and batteries, Canadian businesses and workers are attracting historic investments to help secure and create jobs, grow our economy, and keep our air clean. Since 2020, automotive and battery makers have announced more than $31 billion in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing investments across Canada. They want a reliable partner with world-class talent, and this is exactly what we have to offer.

Last Thursday, I was honoured to join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to welcome Honda Canada’s milestone investment of approximately $15 billion to create Canada’s first comprehensive EV supply chain, located in Ontario. This large-scale project will see four new manufacturing plants in the province, including an innovative and first of its kind for Honda EV assembly plant and a new stand-alone battery manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.

This historic investment in Alliston will create over one thousand well-paying manufacturing jobs in Ontario, as well as thousands of additional direct and indirect jobs throughout Canada. It is a strong vote of confidence in Canada and Ontario’s highly skilled workers, strong economies, and competitive business environments.

Our nations’ auto sector has been an engine of economic growth, driving innovation, and creating good middle-class jobs. As the demand for EVs continue to grow, we will continue to attract even more investment and position our auto, battery manufacturing, and battery material production industries as global leaders across the entire EV supply chain.

Celebrating the diverse Asian communities in Canada

MP Van Bynen celebrating the Spring Festival with members of the 108 Health Promotion Association in Newmarket

May marks Asian Heritage Month, an opportunity for us to reflect on the incredible and important contributions of Asian-Canadians to our nation. Together, we join Asian communities to celebrate this year’s theme: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: Amplifying Asian Canadian Legacy, which represents the strides made and challenges overcome by Asian communities to thrive in Canada over the last two centuries and beyond.

Canada is founded on pillars of inclusivity, multiculturalism, and diversity, and every day, we demonstrate that a nation can be built on shared values. Canada is strong, not in spite of its diversity, but precisely because of it. Newmarket-Aurora is a proud home to thousands of Asian-Canadians from a variety of cultures and backgrounds who continue to enrich our community every day.

During the month of May, we also reaffirm our commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality in workplaces, schools, and communities. We must confront the realities of anti-Asian discrimination and take concrete actions to stand up against it, because hate has no place in Canada.

Our government is committed to combatting all forms of racism and we’re taking action to safeguard the rights and well-being of Asian communities in Canada through initiatives like Canada’s Action Plan on Combatting Hate and Anti-Racism Strategy.

This month, and every month, let’s continue to educate ourselves on the diverse communities in Canada and celebrate the achievements of Asian-Canadians. Happy Asian Heritage Month.

Fairness for younger generations

MP Van Bynen with the 2023 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) students at Rose of Sharon in Newmarket

In Budget 2024, we set out the next step in our economic plan to build a Canada that works better for every generation, where younger generations can get ahead, where their hard work pays off, and where they can buy or rent their own home — where everyone has a fair chance at a good middle class life. 

This plan outlines measures to ensure younger generations, Millennials and Gen Z, have a fair chance to do as well as their parents, or better, and build a good middle-class life. This includes:

  • Extending increased student grants and interest-free loans at an estimated total cost of $1.1 billion this year to help hundreds of thousands of more low- and middle-income students pursue their education.
  • Helping students with the cost of housing by updating the formula that is used by the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program to calculate housing costs when determining financial need, to reflect the cost of housing today.
  • Building more student housing by relaxing eligibility conditions for the removal of GST on new student residences for not-for-profit universities, public colleges, and school authorities.
  • Supporting young entrepreneurs by proposing $60 million for Futurpreneur Canada, which has already helped over 17,700 young entrepreneurs to launch more than 13,900 businesses across the country.
  • Creating more jobs for youth by providing $207.6 million for the Student Work Placement Program to create more work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students.
  • Supporting after-school learning with a proposed investment of $67.5 million to help all Canadian students reach their full potential.

We’re helping to restore fairness for every generation by unlocking access to post-secondary education, investing in the skills of tomorrow, and creating new opportunities for younger Canadians to get the skills they need to get good jobs.

Continuing on the path to reconciliation

MP Van Bynen with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

A fair Canada is one where the government continues to make meaningful progress in the journey of reconciliation by working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples. In Budget 2024, we’re investing in the next steps on the path of reconciliation through measures like:

  • Unlocking pathways to post-secondary education by investing nearly $243 million for the next generation of First Nations university, college, and post-secondary students.
  • the Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program, which will offer up to $5 billion in loan guarantees to unlock access to capital for Indigenous communities, enabling them to share the benefits of natural resource and energy projects in their territories and on their own terms.
  • Boosting Indigenous Economic Opportunity with $388 million to support Indigenous entrepreneurship, Indigenous tourism, unlock new clean energy opportunities, and the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.
  • Ensuring Indigenous people have fair and equal access health care, where they feel safe and heard, no matter where they live, through investments of $1.1 billion.
  • Strengthening access to culturally important foods with investments of over $40 million to support Indigenous People’s access to traditional foods and help eradicate food insecurity.

The federal government continues to prioritize its responsibility to help ensure First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have what they need to grow and succeed on their own terms.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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