Government of Canada’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class Brings Real Change to Sudbury
August 9, 2016 – Sudbury, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada
The Government of Canada knows that a strong middle class means hard-working Canadians can look forward to a good standard of living throughout their lives and a better future for their children.
The Government’s plan puts people first in making smart, necessary investments to grow the economy today while positioning Canada as a leader of tomorrow. It recognizes that when you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone.
Today at the Northern Water Sports Centre, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, alongside Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, responded to questions from young Canadians in a Facebook Live town hall. The town hall was moderated by the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger.
As one of its first actions, the Government cut taxes for nearly 9 million middle-class Canadians. Single individuals who benefit will see an average tax reduction of $330 every year. Couples who benefit will see an average tax reduction of $540 every year.
Since July 20th, thanks to the new Canada Child Benefit (CCB), nine out of ten families with children have been receiving more in child benefits from their government. On average, those families will receive about $190 a month extra for the 2016-17 benefit year. This new program will lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty. Compared to the child benefit system it replaces, the CCB is simpler, more generous, tax-free, and targeted to those who need it most.
Minister Morneau also highlighted the historic agreement in principle to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Delivering on a commitment to Canadians to help them achieve their goal of a strong, secure, and stable retirement through an enhanced CPP, the Government will boost the income replacement from one quarter to one third of pensionable earnings, and raise the maximum amount of income subject to CPP by 14 per cent to a target of $82,700 by 2025.
Minister Morneau underscored the Government’s commitment to bringing real change to Canadians in every stage of their lives—helping our children, our parents and our grandparents.
“When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. The Government’s plan puts people first and ensures that the middle class and those working hard to join it can thrive, both today and in the future. It puts more money in their pockets to spend on things that matter most to them, whether it’s helping with everyday costs like groceries or providing their children the opportunity to go to summer camp. We know that Canadians work hard and deserve the chance to succeed in every stage of their lives, from childhood to parenthood, to retirement.”
- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
“I’m proud to provide the opportunity for Sudburians to have their voices heard in Ottawa. It was wonderful to welcome Minister Morneau to Sudbury to share how our government is investing in Canadians at every stage of their lives.”
- Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury
“I believe that no matter who you are or where you’re from, in Canada, everyone should get a real and fair chance to succeed. Our government’s investments like the new, tax-free Canada Child Benefit will make a big difference in the lives of the families of Greater Sudbury and Nickel Belt who need it most, making sure that all children have a chance to thrive, learn, and grow.”
- Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt
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Office of the Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada