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July 9th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

NACCA Scholarships

On the weekend I attended and delivered remarks at the NACCA Class of 2024 Scholarship & Award Ceremony. This scholarship program is another outstanding example of how NACCA (Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association) is providing outstanding leadership in Newmarket.  Students entering their first year of post-secondary education are eligible.  I really appreciate that this includes apprenticeship or trade programs. Students eligible for the award have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated community service with a goal to break down barriers and build inclusive spaces.

Recognizing accomplishments and celebrating success helps contribute to stronger, healthier communities.  Celebrating the success of young people, speaks to a better future for all.

I want to acknowledge the remarkable work of NACCA and Jerisha Grant-Hall. Under Jerisha Grant Hall’s leadership NACCA continues to be a powerful voice in our community, and there is no question our community continues to grow as a better place to live. To everyone associated with NACCA, thank you for the work you do.

Each of the students receiving the scholarship are being given a gift – one earned through hard work and academic excellence. I have no doubt you will find your seat at the table, nor do I doubt your ability to make a difference. Congratulations to all.

Supporting the transition to zero-emission vehicles

Public transit is key to creating sustainable economic growth and more inclusive communities. By shifting public transit away from fossil fuel engines, towards zero-emission alterative, our government is presenting opportunities for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Last week, I was honoured to join the Prime Minister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of York, Wayne Emmerson, and several colleagues to announce a federal investment of $76million to help York Region build an electric bus fleet and reach net-zero by2050. This investment is provided through the Zero Emission Transit Fund (ZETF)and is expected to reduce emissions by approximately 15,982 tonnes annually once in service — the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off our roads.

The ZETF provides support to public transit and school bus operators across Canada who are electrifying their fleets and also delivers on our commitment to purchase 5,000 zero-emission buses. Through the Fund, cities like Toronto and Calgary have received millions of dollars to purchase and deploy zero-emission public transit buses and related infrastructure.

This investment in York Region is a historic step forward in maintaining sustainable transit systems that offers a clean, reliable, and affordable transit options to the more than 1.25 million people who call York Region home.

By investing in public transit, we are building stronger, fairer communities across the country— especially for Millennial and Gen Z Canadians, who rely on public transit to get to work, school, and home.

Implementing Budget 2024

In April, we tabled Budget 2024, our government’s plan to build a Canada that works better for every generation — where younger generations can get ahead, where their hard work pays off, and where they can buy or rent their own home. Following this, we tabled Bill C-49, the Budget Implementation Act, 2024, No.1., which advances several of our key priorities in the Budget.

Measures adopted in the Bill to help make homes more affordable include:

  • Enhancing the Home Buyers’ Plan to help first-time home buyers at a time when saving for a down payment is more and more difficult.
  • Cracking down on short-term rentals to unlock more homes for Canadians to live in.
  • Banning foreign buyers of Canadian homes for an additional two years to ensure homes are used for Canadians to live in.

Measures adopted to strengthen Canada’s social safety net include:

  • Launching the new National School Food Program as early as the 2024-2025 school year to help 400,000 more kids get the nutrition they need.
  • Advancing the delivery of the new Canada Disability Benefit to provide financial support to persons with disabilities, with payments starting in 2025.
  • Making it easier to save for your child’s education by introducing automatic enrollment in the Canada Learning Bond.
  • Implementing the Canada Health Transfer 5 per cent growth guarantee to help provinces and territories deliver better universal public health care.
  • Expanding the Canada Student Loan Forgiveness Program to pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, midwives, early educators, teachers, social workers, personal support workers, physiotherapists, and psychologists who choose to work in rural and remote communities.

Measures adopted to help make life more affordable for Canadians include:

  • Making it easier to find better deals on the internet, home phone, and cell phone plans by making it easier for Canadians to renew or switch between plans.
  • Cracking down on auto theft by providing law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools they need to protect Canadians.
  • Doing more to protect vulnerable consumers by strengthening enforcement against criminal rates of interest.
  • Doubling the Volunteer Firefighters and Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit from $3,000 to $6,000.
  • Enhancing the Canadian journalism labour tax credit to ensure that, as the media market changes, journalists are fairly compensated.

Measures adopted to grow the economy in a way that’s shared by all include:

  • Delivering two more major economic investment tax credits:
    • the 30 per cent Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit; and,
    • the up to 40 per cent Clean Hydrogen investment tax credit.
  • Launching the $5 billion Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program to unlock access to capital for Indigenous communities, create economic opportunities, and ensure Indigenous Peoples share growth in a way that works for them.
  • Launching the Canada Carbon Rebate for Small Businesses to directly return over $2.5 billion in proceeds from the price on pollution to an estimated 600,000 small- and medium-sized businesses.
  • Protecting gig workers by strengthening prohibitions against employee misclassification in federally regulated industries.
  • Establishing a right to disconnect to restore work-life balance for workers in federally regulated industries.

I was proud to see all of these measures become enshrined into law when Bill C-69 received Royal Assent on June 20th, 2024. The adoption of this legislation delivers on our plan to build a Canada that ensures everyone has a fair chance at success.

Upcoming federal benefits being delivered this month

Our government is committed to supporting the well-being of all Canadians, especially low- and middle-income individuals and households. Throughout the year, we deliver a series of monthly and quarterly payments to Canadians from coast to coast to coast to provide support to families and offset the cost of certain taxes.

This month, seven federal benefits will be delivered directly into the pockets of Canadians, including:

  • GST/HST credit
    • On July 5th, eligible individuals and families with low and modest incomes will have received their first quarterly GST/HST tax credit. This credit helps Canadians offset the GST or HST that they pay. To be eligible, you must be at least 19 years old (with certain exceptions) and have filed your 2023 taxes.
    • The amount you receive is based on your adjusted family net income and the number of children under 10 years old that you have registered for the Canada Child Benefit and GST/HST credit.
  • Advanced Canada Workers’ Benefit
    • Canadians who are entitled to receive the Canada Workers’ Benefit will receive up to 50% of their payment on July 12th through the Advanced Canada Workers Benefit.
    • The maximum basic total amount for the Benefit is $1,518 for single individuals who have an adjusted net income of $24,975 or less, and $2,616 for families who make an adjusted net income of $28,494 or less.
    • This amount is gradually reduced if your adjusted net income is between $24,975 and $39,095 for single individuals and between $28,494 and $45,934 for families.
  • Canada Carbon Rebate
    • On July 15th, Canadians who live in a province that use the federal fuel charge system will be receiving their quarterly Canada Carbon Rebate. In Ontario, individuals will receive $140, couples with no children will receive $210, and a family of four will receive $280. This number will increase if you qualify for the rural supplement. To be eligible, you must have submitted your 2023 tax return.
  • Canada Child Benefit
    • On July 19th, eligible families will be receiving their monthly Canada Child Benefit, which aims to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The amount you get depends on your adjusted household income. Find out how much you can get here.
  • Old Age Security
    • On July 29th, eligible Canadians 65 and older will receive their monthly Old Age Security payment, which aims to financially support seniors in Canada. Eligibility and the amount you receive depends on how long you have lived in Canada since the age of 18.
  • Canada Pension Plan
    • On July 29th, Canadians who have qualified will be receiving their Canada Pension Plan payment, which replaces part of your income when you retire. In 2024, the maximum monthly amount you could receive if you start your pension at age 65 is $1,364.
  • Veterans’ Disability Pension
    • Veterans who have a service-related disability and have applied for this benefit will be receiving their monthly payment on July 30th to support their well-being. Learn more about the application process here.

Keep an eye on your bank accounts for these benefits!

Tony Van Bynen

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