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February 13th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Shorter wait times, better health care in Ontario

Canadians deserve a health care system that gets them access to health services when and where they need them. That’s why we’re investing nearly $200 billion over the next decade to improve health care delivery across the country. Within this funding, $25 billion is for agreements with provinces and territories to respond to the unique needs of their populations and geography. We’ve already signed landmark agreements to improve health care services in BC, PEI, Nova Scotia and Alberta.

And this past Friday, we announced that we’ll be investing $3.1 billion over the next three years in Ontario to improve health care access and modernize health data systems across the province. This agreement will give families better access to health services – increasing the number of family physicians by 600, nurse practitioners by 600, and registered nurses by 3000 across the province to help increase the health workforce and reduce backlogs It will also improve access to mental health and substance use services for Ontarians, especially youth and in rural areas, and give better access to electronic health records and improve health data systems.

As part of this deal, there are reporting and accountability measures so the province of Ontario shows Ontarians how improvements will happen in their health care system.

By working together with the province of Ontario, this deal will support our health care workers and deliver better health care for Ontarians across the province.

National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft

Last Thursday, the Prime Minister brought together governments, law enforcement, and industry partners for a National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft. 

As a result, we’re taking immediate action by:

  • Investing $53 million to help Canada Border Services Agency conduct more investigations of stolen vehicles, and support collaboration and intelligence-sharing with partners across Canada and internationally.
  • Considering measures to restrict devices used to steal vehicles, such as Flipper Zero.
  • Providing $121 million to help prevent gun and gang violence in Ontario, including organized crime and auto theft, and through the $390- million-dollar Initiative to take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.
  • In addition, we provided $250 million to municipalities and Indigenous communities, to support gun and gang violence prevention and intervention programs for gang members, children, young adults and youth-at-risk through the Building Safer Communities Fund.

Celebrating Lunar New Year

This past Saturday, East Asian communities in Newmarket-Aurora and around the world welcomed the Year of the Dragon by celebrating the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, Seollal, or the Tết Festival.

During this time, people come together with their loved ones to celebrate new beginnings by participating in various festivities like parades, fireworks, family meals, and give children red envelopes containing money as a blessing for another safe and peaceful year.

As we continue to join everyone across the country in welcoming the Year of the Dragon, let us recognize the many contributions Asian Canadians have made, and continue to make, to our country.

I wish everybody who is celebrating a peaceful, prosperous, and joyful new year! 新年快樂! 새해복많이받으세요! Chúc mừng năm mới!

Helping more Canadians save on their energy bills

Whether it’s replacing a drafty window or installing a heat pump, Canadians who upgrade their homes can save hundreds of dollars on their bills, and we’re helping them do that.

Since launching the Canada Greener Homes Gran program three years ago, we’ve helped over 165,000 Canadians upgrade their homes and save an average of $386 per year on their energy bills. 

To build on our previous measures, our government will establish a new phase of the Canada Greener Homes Initiative that will offer supports to Canadians that are more accessible for households with low to median incomes.

This new phase will complement the suite of federal government initiatives available to Canadians to upgrade their homes and reduce their bills, including the Canada Greener Homes Loan and the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program.

Over the next two weeks, applications will be closed as we prepare to transition to the new phase. Canadians who have already applied can be assured that their applications will be processed and continue as normal.

As the program continues, our government expects to help over half a million Canadians upgrade their homes and save on their bills. Stay tuned for updates here.

Supporting low-income renters

We’re taking action to deliver rent support to low-income renters and open more emergency shelter spaces in cities across the country.

Last week, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced a $99 million national top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit, which helps to make rent more affordable by delivering rent support payments.

This top-up brings federal government’s contribution through the Canada Housing Benefit to $325 million in 2023-204, which will flow directly to low-income renters through provincial and territorial rent support programs. By 2027-28, the Canada Housing Benefit will have helped to make rent more affordable for over 300,000 low-income households.

Additionally, we’re providing $100 million in emergency winter funding to enable 85 communities across the country to provide more shelter spaces for people experiencing homelessness.

These measures are just a few examples of how our government is fighting for Canadians everyday, as it delivers its economic plan to build an economy that works for everyone.

Update on the Canadian Dental Care Plan

In 2022, one in four Canadians reported avoiding visiting an oral health professional because of the cost. Oral health is health. Access to oral health care should not be dependent on Canadians’ ability to pay.

Last December, our government launched the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), administered with the support of Sun Life, which will help provide dental care coverage for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents.

The CDCP will provide coverage for services such as:

  • preventive services, including scaling (cleaning), polishing, sealants and fluoride
  • diagnostic services, including examinations and x-rays
  • restorative services, including fillings
  • endodontic services, including root canal treatments
  • prosthodontic services, including complete and partial removable dentures
  • periodontal services, including deep scaling
  • oral surgery services, including extractions

Eligible Canadians are not yet able to see oral care professionals through the CDCP. The first cohort of CDCP clients will be able to start going to an oral health professional for majority of services as of May 2024. Some oral health care services such as crowns, initial placement of partial dentures, and general anesthesia will require prior evaluation, which will be available beginning in November 2024.

Our government will continue to work with oral health providers to ensure a successful roll-out of the CDCP. Learn more here

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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