In 2015, Canadians chose our progressive plan for investing in the economy, families, the disadvantaged and the environment. Since then, we have been working hard making strategic investments to build a Canada of which we can all be proud.
All Canadians deserve to have a safe, affordable place where they can feel at home to raise active, healthy children, get an education, find good jobs, and explore new opportunities.
We have made the largest number of housing investments in Canadian history. With Canada’s very first National Housing Strategy, we have injected $40 billion into combating homelessness and improving access to affordable housing across Canada.
Together, we have created more than 800,000 new jobs in Canada, which represents a significant increase in the number of full-time jobs. For example, here in Thérèse-De Blainville, large investments have been made, particularly in the following programs:
- $167,000 for the Carrefour Jeunesse emploi – Skills Link program;
- $333,000 for the Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie Thérèse-De Blainville – careers program;
- More than $1.6 million for 477 jobs – Canada Summer Jobs Program.
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) provided Neopharm Labs with a refundable contribution of about $750,000 to enhance its analytical capability, which led to the creation of more than 25 new jobs.
The company Acier Profilé S.B.B. received $250,000 in financial support for the acquisition and installation of a new computer numerical control machine.
Financial assistance of $372.5 million provided to Bombardier helped save many high-quality jobs in the region.
We established the Canada Child Benefit, which provides more money to 9,780 families in Thérèse-De Blainville, thereby supporting 17,480 children. This amounts to an average of $6,500 per child per year, tax free. This adds up to $52 million distributed across Thérèse-De Blainville each year.
We have approved thousands of projects in Canada, including major highway projects, new community centres and large public transit systems. Our government is making unprecedented investments to build 21st century communities.
For seniors/community living
We have taken concrete measures to support seniors and improve their chances of keeping a good quality of life.
When we were elected in 2015, we kept our promise to restore the eligibility age for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to 65. Here in Thérèse-De Blainville, 5,130 people receive an average of $4,680 a year thanks to the GIS.
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the city of Lorraine received grants totalling $75,000 for the development of projects to promote senior citizen participation in the community. Resto Pop de Sainte-Thérèse received financial support of $460,505 for its efforts to combat homelessness and $16,125 for the “Tous à table” project for seniors and community living. In addition, on the cultural side, Odyscène received $110,000 for the acquisition of specialized equipment and a $30,000 renewable annual grant for the presentation of various shows and events.
For the environment
The Government of Canada is investing in green infrastructure to protect our communities against the challenges of climate change and develop a greener, more efficient economy. In the past three years, we have approved four times more infrastructure projects than the Harper government did in its last term. That means more green projects that create jobs and boost our economy. A clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand.
In Blainville, we are fortunate to have received the first new state-of-the-art weather radar in Quebec. This is a $95 million investment that reflects the Government of Canada’s priorities and vision for protecting the environment and adapting to climate change.
The results that we have achieved reflect the changes that Canadians want and deserve. We know there is a lot more work to be done, and we will continue to invest here to help the middle class grow and provide everyone with a better, more affordable future.