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March 12th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Yesterday, I announced that I will not seek re-election in the next federal election. It has been an honour to serve the constituents of Newmarket-Aurora, and I will continue working hard as your member of Parliament until the next election is called.

After nearly 25 years of public service, I’m shifting my focus to family, and in particular to my wife Roxanne, who has been my greatest supporter. I look forward to more quality time with loved ones.

From councillor in 2000 to Newmarket mayor (2006-2018), and now a two-term MP for Newmarket-Aurora, serving my community has been rewarding. I stood for election in 2019 out of a deep concern for the environment and for future generations, and I’m proud that our government has made this a priority. Facing climate change is essential for our future; we must achieve a balanced, and more compassionate relationship with nature.

Reflecting on our efforts to build a stronger, healthier Canada, I’m proud of our focus on supporting families. Our initiatives, including our flagship childcare support, have significantly relieved financial burdens, enabling more women to contribute to the economy. The Canada Child Benefit has helped lift hundreds of thousands of children from poverty. And our initial dental benefit allowed many children to receive dental care, while our new Canada Dental Plan extends that coverage, and will be including seniors going forward.

Strong families help build healthier communities, and caring, engaged communities support family growth. We are fortunate to live in Newmarket and Aurora, which are wonderful places to call home. I am grateful for the support our government has given to community organizations and even more grateful for the compassion and caring nature of these organizations and the thousands of volunteers who make a positive difference.

To our voters and volunteers, thank you for your encouragement and dedication. Public service is more than a career, it’s a calling, and my commitment to our community doesn’t end with retirement. This is my home, and I am deeply grateful for the help and encouragement I’ve received along the way.

Celebrating International Women's Day in York Region

Last Friday, communities throughout Canada and around the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrating and recognizing the incredible achievements of women and girls everywhere.

I was pleased to join my York Region Liberal colleagues, Minister Ien, and Minister O’Regan in highlighting this year’s theme — Invest in women: Accelerate progress — at MP Leah Taylor Roy’s IWD event to celebrate the role of women in trades.

It was great to join in the discussion and learn more about how women’s increasing involvement in sectors like environmental trades, manufacturing, transportation, and more is a testament to breaking traditional barriers.

We must continue to invest in women’s participation in the skilled trades and continue to work toward gender equality. Thank you for having me.

Budget 2024

Our government is committed to building more homes, faster, making life more affordable, and creating more good jobs. 

This year, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, will table Budget 2024 — the next step in our economic plan — on April 16, 2024. 

Stay tuned to learn how our government is unlocking pathways to a good middle class life for the next generation — because Canada is stronger when everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

Minister O'Regan visits Newmarket to meet with CHATS

In Newmarket, CHATS provides a range of programs and services designed to meet the needs of older adults. CHATS also serves as a naturally occurring retirement community, or a a NORC, which is a key solution to helping seniors age with dignity.

A NORC is a community with a large proportion of residents over 60, but was not specifically planned or designed to meet the needs of seniors living independently in their homes.

I was pleased to welcome Seamus O’Regan, the Minister of Labour and Seniors, to CHATS last week to meet with seniors, and discuss how our government can continue to provide them with more support.

I am proud to support CHATS and the work they do for both seniors and caregivers in our community. Thank you for having us!

Supporting Main Streets throughout Southern Ontario

Small businesses are a vital part of Newmarket-Aurora’s economic prosperity, and our government is committed to making strategic investments so that businesses, organizations, and communities can thrive.

Through the My Main Street (MMS) initiative, two funding streams are being launched to provide support for businesses and organizations across Southern Ontario:

  • The Business Sustainability stream will:
    • assist brick-and-mortar businesses located on main streets across southern Ontario;
    • support productivity enhancements through direct-to-business non-repayable contributions of up to $20,000;
    • be available to businesses that employ between 1 and 50 staff; and
    • provide a solid business case describing how the funding will strengthen their existing capacity and support their growth.
  • The Community Activator stream will:
    • assist community not-for-profit projects focused on high-impact placemaking activities;
    • provide non-repayable contributions of up to $250,000; and
    • support a variety of initiatives, such as events and festivals, community enhancements, and streetscape improvements.

Main streets are crucial to our communities, and through MMS, we’ve supported nearly 4,000 businesses and organizations, over 6,000 jobs, and leveraged over $16 million in additional investment.

Applications for these streams will close on March 31, 2024.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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