Message From Tony
Business Women’s Network of York Region
Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a meeting with the Business Women’s Network of York Region alongside Minister Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business. I would like to thank Elizabeth Johnston, Founder and President of the Business Women’s Network for making this event possible.
The meeting in Newmarket provided Minister Valdez an opportunity to meet with an organization supporting local women entrepreneurs and small business owners in the York Region, and to learn about their programs, services and mentorship opportunities that support women entrepreneurs and business owners. What a great way to kick start 2024 – celebrating accomplishments– acknowledging incredible contributions to our community all while gaining greater insights into women entrepreneurs and small business owners.
As a community we have benefited from a remarkable entrepreneur spirit – in fact, our history and beginning of this town are woven into a fabric of entrepreneurship. And we have been fortunate in Newmarket to benefit from the remarkable leadership of so many women – at the political level, as business owners and operators to leaders of charitable organizations and Chambers of Commerce.
Minister Valdez is herself a Canadian entrepreneur, a former television personality, and community advocate. She is the first Filipino Canadian woman elected as a Member of Parliament and appointed to Cabinet and is committed to ensuring the diverse voices of her community are heard.
Before entering politics, Minister Valdez owned and operated a small business, and dedicated herself to growing her online business avenues. She was also the host of a television show that shares the stories of entrepreneurs, creators, and artists. Prior to that, she worked in corporate banking for 15 years, where she developed her expertise in change management and strategic initiatives. Drawing on her longstanding advocacy, Minister Valdez also sponsored the National Women’s Entrepreneurship Act in 2022.
Our government has a long history of investments made to support women since 2015, including legislating pay equity, enhancing the Canada Child Benefit, providing special funding to support women entrepreneurs during the pandemic, establishing agreements across the country for provinces and territories to provide $10-a-day child care, and committing over $530 million for a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.
The full and equal participation of women in the economy is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. Studies show that by advancing gender equality and women’s participation in the economy, Canada could add up to $150 billion in GDP. Only 17% of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses are owned by women. Canadian women entrepreneurs are strongly motivated to make a difference in the world, and across the country we see women who are building companies that will make their communities stronger and the future more sustainable.
Climate Action Incentive Payments
Our government knows that a price on pollution is the best way to fight climate change — and we can now see it working.
Through the Climate Action Incentive payments (CAIP), we’re putting the price on pollution directly back into the pockets of Canadians.
Yesterday, the quarterly payments were delivered to families and individuals across the country, which are designed so that the majority of households receive more back than they pay.
For example, this year, a family of four will receive up to $976 in Ontario.
Pricing carbon pollution creates a financial incentive for people and businesses to pollute less. All of the money from the federal carbon tax goes directly back to benefit Canadian families, businesses, farmers, and Indigenous groups — in the same province or territory where it was collected.
Make sure to check your bank accounts to see if you received the CAIP.
Canadian Dental Care Plan
All Canadians deserve safe and affordable access to dental care. That’s why, last month, our government announced the details of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP).
The CDCP will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.
As of right now, eligible seniors aged 77 and above should have or will be receiving invitations to apply in the mail with detailed instructions. Starting February 2024, seniors aged 72-76 will also be receiving their invitations.
The following phases are:
- March 2024: ages 70-71
- May 2024: eligible seniors 65 and above will be able to apply through an online portal.
- June 2024: Persons with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and children under the age of 18.
- 2025: All remaining eligible Canadian residents.
Canadians enrolled in the CDCP will be able to start seeing an oral health provider as early as May 2024. The start date to access oral health care services will vary based on when each group can apply and when employment is completed.
Learn more here.
Black-Led Philanthropic Endowment Fund
Does your Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving non-profit organization fight against anti-Black racism?
Apply for the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund!
In 2021, the Government of Canada provided $200 million to establish this fund to provide Black-led charities and organizations with a long-term and stable source of funding for projects that will support their communities.
Through this round of funding, the Foundation for Black Communities will provide $5.88 million to fund approximately 120 projects that support combatting anti-Black racism or improving social and economic outcomes for Black communities in Canada.
If your organization meets the eligibility criteria, I encourage you to apply today.
The deadline to apply is February 1, 2024.
We want to hear from Canadians about what matters most to them in advance of Budget 2024—the next step in our economic plan.
Until February 9, 2024, Canadians can share their ideas and priorities through our pre-budget consultations.
This includes your priorities on the economy, how we can support your community, and what you think we need to focus on in this fiscal year.
Visit letstalkbudget24.ca to participate.