Message From Tony
As we wrap up another parliamentary sitting, we’re staying laser focused on supporting Canadians – on housing to health care and more. We’re building more homes, faster, getting shovels in the ground and unlocking a quarter of a million new homes. Through our Housing Accelerator Fund, we’re changing the way homes get built in Canada. We’re incentivizing cities to cut red tape, end exclusionary zoning, and build more housing, faster. This will prioritize high density development including apartment buildings, fix outdated permitting systems, speed up development, and build more housing near public transit.
Since September, we’ve signed 11 Housing Accelerator Fund agreements in communities across the country – unlocking over 290,000 homes – and we’re just getting started.
We’re also finding innovative ways to build more housing. Last week, Minister Fraser announced the housing design catalogue initiative. Inspired by Canada’s post-war housing design catalogues, this modern solution will provide developers with pre-approved designs to speed up approvals and build more homes, faster. This announcement is another new tool in our tool kit, getting housing designs off the shelf and shovels in the ground.
Our Canadian Dental Care Plan will make sure that Canadians can get the dental care they need without having to worry about the bill. This year, we provided targeted inflation relief to families, cut child care fees to an average of $10-day or less in over half of the provinces and territories, and we continued to build a clean economy with good paying jobs.
Tis The Holiday Season
As the holidays draw near, please remember to support our local businesses. Most of what we need can be found in Newmarket and Aurora, and when we support our local businesses, we build healthier and more vibrant communities.
And as we celebrate, let’s do so with love, kindness, and hope. Let’s continue to recognize those who positively impact our lives and remember to share our gratitude. To our healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers, thank you for all that you do. To the Aurora and Newmarket Chambers of Commerce, our food banks, community organizations, and businesses, your acts of kindness and generosity continue to make a positive difference in the lives of so many.
From my family to yours, may the warmth of community bring you peace, good health, and prosperity.
Our government’s economic plan is about building an economy that works for all Canadians—one that paves the way for stable, well-paying jobs that people can rely on.
Through this plan, we have invested in the middle class, strengthened Canada’s social safety net, and have worked to build an economy where everyone has a genuine and equitable opportunity for success. But we still have more to do.
That is why, as we prepare for Budget 2024 —the next step in our economic plan— we are listening directly to Canadians. The Federal Government of Canada is inviting all Canadians to participate in the Pre-Budget Consultations to learn about what matters most to them.
Canadians can now participate by sharing their ideas and priorities at LetsTalkBudget24.ca until February 9, 2024.
These suggestions will ensure that our government can address the challenges that matter most to Canadians and build an economy that works for everyone.
I encourage everyone to submit their thoughts ahead of Budget 2024.
The First Nations Clean Water Act
Everyone should be able to trust the water that comes out of their taps. That’s why we’ve tabled Bill C-61, the First Nations Clean Water Act, the next step in ensuring First Nations have clean drinking water for generations to come.
This Bill is the result of extensive consultations with First Nations for years and will recognize and affirm their inherent right to self-government in relation to water, source water, drinking water, wastewater, and related infrastructure on, in, and under First Nations lands.
Other key elements of the Bill include:
- Supporting the closing of drinking water and wastewater service gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations communities.
- Committing the federal government to make best efforts to provide adequate and sustainable funding for water services on First Nation lands.
- Minimum national standards for the delivery of drinking water and wastewater services on First Nations lands, based on First Nations choice.
As the number of water systems at risk continue to drop, we are looking into the long-term. That’s what this Bill does. It reaffirms First Nations inherent rights and creates the tools to ensure another generation does not have to grow up without clean water.
Launching the 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline
Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and to those who experience thoughts of suicide. It is essential for Canadians to have timely access to appropriate support – they need to know they are not alone, and that someone is there to help.
People anywhere in Canada can now call or text 9-8-8 to have access to 24/7, bilingual, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate suicide prevention support. The 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Hotline will provide empathy, compassion, and a safe space for Canadians.
Our message to anyone who is struggling across Canada: you are not alone, help is available. With 9-8-8, the goal is to prevent suicide by making it as simple as possible for people to get the help they need in the moments they need it most.
9-8-8 responders are trained to de-escalate crisis situations and will only call 9-1-1 if it is absolutely necessary. Responders will work with individuals and try all other options before calling 9-1-1 and will do everything they can do support the individual.
Mental health care is health care. If you or someone you know is in crisis, I encourage you to call or text 9-8-8. Learn about how you can support someone in crisis here.
Helping to make housing more attainable - and affordable
Our government is adopting new and innovative ways to build high-quality housing, in line with our work to make infrastructure climate resilient, and boost Canada’s housing supply at an unprecedented rate.
In early January 2024, consultations will begin on a housing design catalogue initiative, building on the work already being done to address the challenges facing the housing sector.
This initiative will help accelerate the delivery of homes, explore a potential catalogue to support higher density construction, and will help our government look at ways to support municipalities, provinces, and territories looking to implement their own housing design catalogues.
By working together with various orders of government, private and non-profit sectors, partners, and experts, we can make housing more affordable and more attainable for all Canadians. More information about these consultations will be available in the coming months.