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June 25th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Canada is my home. The Netherlands is my birthplace. I am an immigrant. Proud of where I was born, proud to be a Canadian.

I did not take the journey to citizenship lightly. I believe I have a responsibility to ensure future generations have equal opportunities to advance in life. My journey as a politician is predicated on a simple belief that each generation should provide a better outcome for the generation that follows. I believe in dignity, opportunity, and inclusion.  I was taught the values of hard work and the importance of community.  And I learned early on how charity can impact one’s life.

Our government’s programs supporting families, seniors and students and our commitment to the green economy are policies reflecting the dynamics of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.  From mining critical minerals, to building batteries, cars, buses, and charging stations, Canadian workers are attracting investment and creating even better jobs and careers. We have invested heavily in the technology of the future and are positioning ourselves to be leaders in the emerging green economy These incentives will help Canadian businesses grow, create good, middle-class jobs, and help our communities prosper.

Shelter is one of humanities most basic needs. We need to build more homes, faster. From concept to construction, we need to increase the pace of homebuilding to get Canadians into homes that meet their needs at prices they can afford.  And while it is true that immigration has contributed to the housing crisis, we cannot lose sight of the fact that immigration is essential to our future well being, one defined by an aging population.  Immigration has been instrumental in building Canada, and we must continue to welcome those who wish to contribute to building our nation.

Our path to greatness as a nation must be one built on inclusion, equity, and equality for all, with respect for our differences. I see a country willing to address the tragic relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people.  I see a country that recognizes the future will be defined by the strength of our ethnic diversity, our compassion, and our collective imagination.

Congratulating students in Newmarket-Aurora

As the 2023-24 school year wraps up for many K-12 students, college and university students, teachers, and parents, I’d like to extend a sincere congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to reach the end of the year.

To the class of 2024, whether you are graduating from high school, college, or university — congratulations! I wish you all the best of luck in your next steps for the future.

Have a wonderful summer.

New cohort opening for the Canadian Dental Care Plan

This Thursday, June 27th, eligible individuals with a valid disability tax credit certificate, as well as eligible youth under 18, can apply for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP).

To be considered eligible for the CDCP, you must:

  • not have access to dental insurance, including through employment benefits, a professional or student organization, pension benefits, or coverage purchased by you or a family member.
  • have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes.
  • have filed your tax return for the previous year.

Since access to services began on May 1st, more than 200,000 seniors have received care and more than 11,100 dental care professionals have signed up to participate. The CDCP covers services like cleanings, fillings, X-rays, dentures, and more — so you pay less out of pocket for healthy teeth.

By 2025, all remaining age groups will be covered, making sure 9 million Canadians get affordable dental care. To sign up, eligible Canadians can apply online, visit any Service Canada centre, or call 1-833-537-4342.

Bill C-50, the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act

A net-zero emissions economy represents significant opportunities for Canadians — to secure and create good, well-paying jobs, to grow our industries and to lead the world with the resources and technologies it will need for generations to come.

One year ago, our government tabled Bill C-50, the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, which will facilitate and promote the creation of sustainable jobs and support workers and communities in Canada as the world advances toward a net-zero future. It will put workers and communities at the centre of federal policy and decision-making by establishing a framework for accountability, a governance structure, and engagement mechanisms to guide effective federal action.

Last week, the Bill successfully passed its third reading in the Senate and is now awaiting royal assent. I am proud to see this bill move through the House and the Senate to ensure that Canada remains committed to our net-zero and climate goals.

Banning replacement workers

The Government of Canada believes in free and fair collective bargaining. The use of replacement workers can distract from negotiations, prolong disputes, and damage labour relations for years to come.

To combat this, our government tabled Bill C-58 last November, which outlined our plan to ban the use of replacement workers in federally regulated workplaces during a strike or lockout. It would also make important changes to improve the maintenance of activities process.

This bill received unanimous consent from all parties in the House for all three readings and has recently passed through the Senate. Once royal assent is received, Bill C-58 will improve labour relations, protect workers’ rights, limit interruptions to collective bargaining, and provide greater stability to Canadians during federal labour disputes.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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