(SUDBURY) Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class in Sudbury, says Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre.
Budget 2017, announced earlier today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, places Sudbury’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy, and to help young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.
Specifically, the budget provides a further $25 million in core funding for FedNor over the next five years. The increase will boost FedNor’s base budget to $46.13 million a year, reversing years of budget cuts for the federal economic development agency for Northern Ontario.
Lefebvre, along with the Northern Ontario Caucus, lobbied Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, and Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, for an increase in FedNor’s base budget, and the Government was listening, Lefebvre said.
“Last fall, I worked with my colleague Patty Hajdu (Thunder Bay-Superior North) to draft an economic development strategy for Northern Ontario on behalf of Minister Bains,” Lefebvre said. “One of the things we recommended was a substantial budget increase for FedNor, and that was supported by our Northern Ontario Caucus colleagues. I’m very pleased to see that recommendation reflected in the budget today and that our Northern Ontario Strategic Growth Plan is moving forward.”
Other highlights of Budget 2017 include:
- Advancing Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy by investing $21.9 billion in green infrastructure, including initiatives that will support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Funding will flow through three distinct streams: integrated bilateral agreements, the Canada Infrastructure Bank and a series of national programs. Investments will be made in priorities such as clean electricity grid interconnections, electric vehicle charging stations and projects to safely manage wastewater.
- Strengthening Canada’s publicly funded, universal health care system to meet the needs of Canadian families. Budget 2017 confirms the Government’s historic health agreements with 12 provinces and territories by investing in better home care and mental health initiatives that will help the families who need it most.
- As part of a new National Housing Strategy, the Government will invest more than $11.2 billion in a range of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing and help to ensure that Canadians have adequate and affordable housing that meets their needs. This includes $225 million to improve housing conditions for Indigenous Peoples not living on-reserve.
- Advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.
- Making the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
“Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class — the heart of Canada’s and Sudbury’s economy,” Lefebvre said. “It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Sudburians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in our new, innovative economy.”
Paul Lefebvre MP Sudbury