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February 20th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Investing in Roads

Since 2015, the federal government has been making investments to make our communities even better places to live. This has included, and still includes investments in new highways, roads, and bridge infrastructure. These types of projects are funded through various funding streams, including: the Canada Community Building Fund, the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the National Trade Corridors Fund, and other funding programs designed to help communities become more climate resilient, including allowable expenses related to road relocation.

Your federal government is investing in highway, road, and bridge infrastructure projects needed to connect communities and help you get around easier, safely, and more affordably. Through the Canada Community Building Fund (CCBF), we have invested over $3.3 billion in nearly 8,000 highway, road, and bridge projects across the country. On top of this, we are investing over $850 million for nearly 450 road and highway projects across the country through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

Clean Electricity Grid

Building a clean electricity grid is central to our efforts to fight climate change and build a more prosperous future. All G7 countries, including Canada and the United States, have committed to transitioning to a net-zero electricity grid as a foundational measure to help achieve low-carbon economies by 2050. As the demand for electricity increases over the coming decades, it will be important to ensure that the expanded supply is clean, affordable, and reliable.

Last week, our government released an update on the consultations and on the design options being considered for the final Clean Electricity Regulations. These options address the feedback received during the last six months of extensive consultations with provincial and territorial governments, the Canada Electricity Advisory Council, Indigenous representatives, electricity providers, industry, environmental organizations, and interested Canadians.

Before finalizing the Clean Electricity Regulations later this year, the Government of Canada will continue to engage on these options under consideration with interested stakeholders, including provinces and utilities. Continued collaboration is essential to ensure that the Clean Electricity Regulations deliver significant emissions reductions while supporting reliability and affordability. Comments on the potential changes are welcome until March 15, 2024, and can be submitted by email to ecd-dec@ec.gc.ca.

Celebrating the Spring Festival in Newmarket-Aurora

This past Saturday, I was honoured to join the 108 Health Promotions Associations members, volunteers, friends, and family in celebrating the Spring Festival.

This celebration signifies new beginnings for East Asian and South East Asian communities and brings families and friends together to share traditional meals, exchange gifts, and invite blessings for the year ahead.

This year, we welcome in the Year of the Dragon, which is characterized as a year of strength, energy, action, power, authority, good fortune, nobility, honour, and success. 

The 108 Health Promotions Association is an admirable community organization that supports healthy living for seniors and takes action to address mobility issues, mental health, and promote cultural events year-round.

Happy Spring Festival! 春节快乐!

Putting more money back in Canadians' pockets through the Canada Carbon Rebate

Every three months, the Canada Carbon Rebate puts more money back in your pockets than you pay.

This rebate was created to cut emissions, make big polluters pay, and give that money back to hard-working Canadians — especially lower- and middle-class families. 

In Ontario this year, the Canada Carbon Rebate will give back:

  • $280 quarterly for a family of four;
  • $210 quarterly for a couple with no children; and
  • $140 quarterly for individuals with no children.

For those living in rural areas, our government has proposed doubling the rural top-up to 20 per cent in order to recognize the higher energy needs and limited access to cleaner transportation options.

The Canada Carbon rebate doesn’t just mean we’re keeping the air clean. It means we’re keeping the air clean while ensuring Canadians have extra cash on hand for groceries, rent, and the things that matter. 

Strengthening Canada's health care system

Canadians deserve a health care system that gets them access to health services when they need them, wherever they need them.

That’s why we’re investing nearly $200 billion over the next decade to improve health care delivery across the country, including in Newmarket-Aurora.

So far, we’ve signed 7 landmark agreements to improve health care services in BC, PEI, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, and Ontario. These billion dollar investments will improve health care access for all Canadians and modernize health data systems across the provinces and territories.

I was honoured to join the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, and my fellow Liberal colleagues in announcing our $3.1 billion agreement with the Government of Ontario to increase access to family doctors, reduce wait times, hire more health care workers, and ensure faster care for Canadians, including mental health care.

This funding will add hundreds of new health care workers, expand health care education programs, make it easier for Canadian and internationally trained doctors and health professionals to practice in Ontario, and expand the availability of electronic health information.

Our government will continue to work with provinces and territories to improve health care from coast to coast to coast. All Canadians deserve safe, timely, and accessible health care, no matter where they are.

National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

We made a promise to help women and children fleeing violence – and we’re delivering on that promise.

As of December 15th, 2023, all 13 Provinces and Territories signed onto the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

This Action Plan is a $539.3 million investment over five years to enable provinces and territories to supplement and enhance services and supports within their jurisdictions to prevent GBV and support survivors.

Actions under the National Action Plan must focus on five pillars:

  • Support for victims, survivors, and their families.
  • Prevention of GBV
  • A responsive justice system
  • Implementing Indigenous-led approaches
  • Social infrastructure and enabling environment

This investment is in addition to our government supporting Crisis Hotlines in every province and territory and funding over 1,400 women’s shelters and sexual assault centres.

We need to continue working to end this pervasive issue by supporting survivors, changing attitudes and behaviours that contribute to GBV, and calling on men and boys to be part of the solution.

GBV has devastating impacts on individuals, families, communities, and our society, and we will continue working to end it.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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