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December 12th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Canadian Dental Care Plan

We know that healthcare is essential to the overall wellbeing of Canadians. This year, we announced nearly $200 billion in health care funding over the next decade, including a boost to the Canada Health Transfer to address immediate pressures on the health care system.

Oral health is a vital part of our overall health and well-being. Regular visits to an oral health provider reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, one-third of Canadians are unable to visit an oral health professional because they do not have dental insurance, and one in four Canadians reported avoiding visiting an oral health professional because of the cost.

Yesterday, our government announced the roll-out of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), a public plan and a significant milestone for the health and well-being of people in Canada. Once fully implemented, the CDCP will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an annual family income of less than $90,000. 

To meet anticipated demand and ensure a smooth onboarding process, the CDCP will be rolled out using a phased approach over the coming months, starting with seniors. Applications will first open for seniors aged 87 and above in December 2023, expanding in phases to those aged 77 to 86 in January 2024, followed by those aged 72 to 76 in February 2024, then those aged 70 to 71 in March 2024. Individuals in these age groups who may be eligible will receive letters inviting them to apply, with instructions on how to validate their eligibility and apply by telephone.

In May 2024, applications will shift to an online portal and will open for eligible seniors 65 and older. Persons with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and children under the age of 18 will be able to apply online starting June 2024. All remaining eligible Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 will be able to apply online starting in 2025.

Canadians who are enrolled in the CDCP will be able to start seeing an oral health provider as early as May 2024, starting with seniors. The start date to access oral health care will vary based on when each group can apply, when the application is received and when enrolment is completed. This coverage start date, details of coverage, and member card will be sent by Sun Life, the contracted service provider, in a welcome package.

A wide range of oral health care services will be covered under the CDCP to prevent and treat oral health disease. Examples of these services include preventive care such as scaling (cleaning), polishing, as well as other services such as exams, x-rays, fillings, removable dentures, and root canal treatments. As part of a continuous improvement approach, the CDCP will be reviewed regularly based on data and evidence to ensure it meets the needs of Canadians.

Reflecting on the Legacy of Fire Chief Laing

MP Van Bynen (far left) with Central York Fire Services Chief Ian Laing (far right)

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chief Ian Laing – my condolences to his family and to his family of firefighters.

My relationship with Chief Laing dates back to my time as mayor and has continued to this day, a relationship that I truly treasured. Chief Laing served our community with dedication, pride and an unwavering commitment to excellence. 

I know Chief Laing took great pride in the building and opening of Station 4-5, the first fire station built by CYFS under the joint relationship of Newmarket-Aurora.  But I also know, the Chief took great pride in all of his CYFS people and the community they served.

Chief Laing was the consummate fire fighter – dedicated, proud of his chosen career and absolute in his resolve to provide his community with the absolute best service. I will miss the sparkle in his eyes and the stories told by a gentleman I was proud to call a friend.

Recognizing Lupus Canada's Work in Our Community

Over one in one thousand Canadians are impacted by lupus, but because of its varied symptoms, diagnosis is a time-consuming process that prevent patients from accessing proper, timely, and effective treatment plans.

Lupus Canada aims to create meaningful change and a tangible impact for those living with lupus, their caregivers, and those around them by advancing research, championing advocacy, fostering public awareness, and providing lupus-related education.

I am proud that, through the Community Services Recovery Fund, our government has provided Lupus Canada with over $100,000 to adapt its operations to continue its important mission.

To Lupus Canada, thank you for all that you do.

Apply for Canada Summer Jobs

MP Van Bynen at Rose of Sharon in Newmarket, a recipient of the 2023 Canada Summer Jobs Wage Subsidy

The deadline to apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2024 is January 10, 2024.

When young people have the skills and experience they need to join the workforce, both our communities and economy benefit. That is why, the Government of Canada supports youth and every stage of their journey towards a bright future through initiatives like Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ).

Employers from the not-for-profit sector, the private sector, and the public sector with 50 or fewer full-time employees can now apply for funding through CSJ to hire young Canadians next summer. 

Through this application period, our government is aiming to create 70,000 summer jobs for young Canadians in 2024, with an emphasis on creating jobs for youth facing barriers.

Applications will be assessed by how well they meet the national and local priorities of CSJ 2024.

The National Priorities for CSJ 2024 are

  • Youth with disabilities or with organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities.
  • Youth that are underrepresented in the labour market, including:
  • Black and other racialized youth
  • Indigenous youth
  • 2SLGBTQI+ youth
  • Youth in rural areas, remote communities, or official language minority communities;
  • Jobs that provide exposure or experience to the skilled trades, which may include opportunities in the residential construction sector; and
  • Sustainable jobs that support the protection of the environment or delivering positive environmental outcomes.

The Local Priorities in Newmarket-Aurora for CSJ 2024 are:

  • Delivering healthy environmental outcomes;
  • Supporting community-based organizations;
  • Providing seniors with programs and/or support;
  • Supporting the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector; and,
  • Projects that offer programs with support for persons with disabilities.

I encourage eligible employers to submit applications that support and complement this year’s national and local priorities to have the best chance of success.

You can submit your application online through the Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) portal.

Helping ensure safety through Bill C-48

Working together with provincial and territorial counterparts, our government is making informed decision on issues including violent repeat offenders, interpersonal violence, and firearm offences.

In May of this year, we tabled Bill C-48, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail reform), designed to focus on violent repeat offenders, gun and knife violence, as well as intimate partner violence.

This bill is the product of collaboration with the provinces and territories and has benefited from the input of mayors, police, parliamentarians, as well as Indigenous leadership and the legal community. 

And last week, on December 5, 2023, Bill C-48 received Royal Assent, making targeted reforms to the Criminal Code that will come into effect in the New Year. These reforms will:

  • Create a new reverse onus targeting serious repeat violent offending involving weapons;
  • Expand the list of firearms offences that trigger a reverse onus;
  • Broaden the existing reverse onus regime addressing intimate partner violence;
  • Require courts to consider an accused person’s history of violence when making a bail decision;
  • Require courts to state on the record for any bail decision that they have considered the safety and security of the community in relation to the alleged offense;
  • Require courts to state on the record for any bail decision how they have considered the particular circumstances of Indigenous accused and accused from vulnerable overrepresented populations; and,
  • Outline and reaffirm core principles underpinning the bail system.

You deserve to feel safe and be safe, wherever you live in Canada. Bill C-48 is an important part of our government’s plan to ensure the safety of all Canadians. I am proud of what we achieved by working together.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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