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May 21st Weekly Update

Message From Tony

National Action Plan on Combatting Auto Theft

This past weekend, the Government of Canada  Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Arif Virani, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant, announced the release of the National Action Plan on Combatting Auto Theft.

The Action Plan identifies various measures and initiatives that can be implemented by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments and their partners, in keeping with their respective roles, priorities, and responsibilities. It builds on the National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft, convened by the Government of Canada in February, and recent enforcement actions that have led to the seizure of hundreds of stolen vehicles.

Recognizing the impacts of auto theft, the Government is moving forward with immediate actions that fall within federal authority:

  • Legislative and regulatory changes, including proposed amendments to the Criminal Code.
  • Intelligence/information sharing enhancements between municipal, provincial, federal and international police and customs officials in support of criminal investigations, charges, and prosecutions, building on joint efforts that are already underway.
  • Intervention improvements that will allow more shipping containers to be examined, through increased capacity at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the integration of new targeting tools.

The National Action Plan will be continuously reviewed and updated to be responsive to this evolving criminal trend.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with its partners to make it harder to steal cars; make it harder to move stolen cars to a port; target and prosecute the criminals stealing cars; and recover stolen vehicles in ports and rail yards.

 

Over 300 job opportunities available for youth in Newmarket-Aurora

A key pillar of our government’s plan for youth is a focus on making life more affordable for young Canadians—because when young people have the support they need to thrive, they can contribute to the economy, build a better life for themselves, and play an active role in their communities. We’re restoring generational fairness by creating opportunities for young Canadians to get the skills they need. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) supports this strategy by helping young people to earn money over the summer, while gaining skills and experience.

Through CSJ, organizations and businesses in Newmarket-Aurora received over $1.2 million to create over 320 job opportunities for youth in our community. To learn more about these job opportunities, you can visit the Job Bank website or mobile app. New jobs will continue to be added until July 22, 2024.

Eligible participants must  be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons under refugee protection;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

CSJ prioritizes projects that support youth who face barriers to employment. This includes youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, as well as Black and other racialized youth. By providing all young people with equitable opportunities to develop their skills, CSJ can help them to succeed in the job market.

Canada Summer Jobs is delivered through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) and is part of a wide variety of programs offered by the Government of Canada to help youth gain the skills, education, and work experience they need to successfully transition into the workforce. I encourage you to apply if you are eligible.

Making child care more accessible

MP Van Bynen at Lullaboo Nursery & Childcare Center in Newmarket

Before our government came to the table, parent fees were extremely high, early childhood educator (ECE) wages were low, and there were not enough spaces. Conservative policies left us with a system in crisis. Child care spaces were built were they were profitable, not where need was greatest.

We came forward with $30 billion, and Provinces and Territories have promised to build spaces to meet the needs of families everywhere. Fees are down across Canada, and we have announced 100,000 new spaces in just 2 years. Now, we are back at the table with even more investments to help non-profits build more spaces.

This week, the Prime Minister announced $201.87 million in funding to create more child care spaces and support inclusive child care services across Ontario, especially in underserved communities. This will help Ontario reach our goal of creating 86,000 new child care spaces by 2026. That means:

  • more families with access to affordable child care; 
  • more child care spaces in rural and remote regions; and,
  • more support for communities that face barriers to access.

In Budget 2024, we’re also taking steps to build more child care spaces and infrastructure across Canada. This includes:

  • Launching a new Child Care Expansion Loan Program, which will offer $1 billion in low-cost loans and $60 million in non-repayable grants for child care providers to build new spaces and renovate existing child care centres;
  • Offering student loan forgiveness for rural and remote early childhood educators, to encourage educators to work in smaller communities and help families get the child care they need;
  • Increasing training for early childhood educators to build up the talent needed to expand affordable, high-quality child care; and,
  • Improving child care access for military families.

In just three years, we’ve made incredible progress in building the Canada-wide early learning child care system. Across the country, over 750,000 kids are already benefiting from affordable, high-quality child care — and we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of creating 250,000 new spaces and $10-a-day child care by 2026.

We’re making sure that every Canadian — no matter where you’re from, or how much you make — has access to quality, affordable child care. Because that’s what fairness looks like.

Nominate an individual or group for the Canada Volunteer Awards

Canada’s Volunteer Awards allow the Government to recognize the contributions that volunteers, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, and businesses across the country make to our communities. Submitting a nomination is a great away to recognize volunteers and organizations and to thank them for their hard work.

There are 21 total awards, both at the regional and national levels:

  • Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award (1 national award) for one individual who has volunteered for at least 20 years;
  • Emerging Leader (5 regional awards) for young volunteers aged 18 to 30;
  • Community Leader (5 regional awards) for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • Business Leader (5 regional awards) to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their practices, including promoting and facilitating volunteerism locally, regionally, and/or nationally, as well as, for profit and not-for-profit social enterprises dedicated to creating social, cultural or environmental benefits for their communities; and,
  • Social Innovator (5 regional awards) to recognize not-for-profit organizations, including not-for-profit social enterprises that find and use innovative approaches that address social challenges in their communities.

The five regions are Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and British Columbia and the North. Regional award recipients can identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient can identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.

Nominators may be any person or group with direct knowledge of a nominee’s contribution. They can be submitted online, or if needed, by printing and filling out a paper nomination form and submitting it by mail or email.

Nominations are due by June 12, 2024.

Helping over 50,000 Canadian seniors access dental care

Oral health is an important part of our overall well-being. Access to quality oral health care should not be dependent on Canadians’ ability to pay. Since December 2023, our government has been gradually rolling out the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) for eligible seniors. As of this month, all eligible seniors aged 65 and up can apply for the CDCP online

Since access to services began on May 1st, over 50,000 patients have accessed care through the CDCP and more than 9,000 dental care professionals have now signed up to provide care under the CDCP.

In June 2024, children under 18 and eligible Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will be able to apply for the CDCP. To be eligible, you must not have access to dental insurance, have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000, be a Canadian resident, and have filed your tax return. Learn more about the eligibility requirements here

When booking an appointment before July 8, 2024, CDCP patients should ask their oral health provider if they are signed up to participate in the CDCP. If you do not already have an oral health provider, you can consult Sun Life’s CDCP Provider Search to find a dentist, dental hygienist, denturist, or dental specialist in your community.

Starting July 8, CDCP patients will be able to see any oral health provider of their choiceas long as the provider agrees to direct bill Sun Life for services provided under the plan. Providers will be able to direct bill Sun Life for services provided on a claim-by-claim basis, without formally signing up for the CDCP. Until July 8, 2024, patients can only see oral health care providers who are registered for the CDCP. 

The CDCP is going to help make dental care more affordable for up to nine million Canadians who currently do not have coverage. Participating providers continue to support our collective efforts to ensure that as many Canadians as possible receive the oral health care services they need to stay healthy. 

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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