Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class in North Bay
March 28, 2017 – North Bay, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada
Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government's long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Ginette Petitpas Taylor, alongside Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing – Timiskaming, were in North Bay to highlight Budget 2017, Building a Strong Middle Class, the Government's ambitious agenda to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.
Speaking at a roundtable at the Discovery North Bay Museum with mayors, community leaders, stakeholders and leaders from the Indigenous community, Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor and Mr. Rota discussed how Budget 2017 keeps Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians, at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, veterans and Indigenous Peoples.
Budget 2017 support for northern Ontario includes the following:
- Because rural and northern communities have unique infrastructure needs that require a more targeted approach, the Government will invest $2.0 billion over 11 years to support a broad range of infrastructure projects.
- As committed to in an offer by the Government of Canada, Budget 2017 proposes to invest $6 billion over 10 years for home care and $5 billion over 10 years to support mental health initiatives in provinces and territories that have accepted this federal offer, including Ontario. Over the next 10 years, Ontario's share of this funding represents an additional $4.2 billion for the province:
- $2.3 billion for better home care including addressing critical home care infrastructure requirements; and
- $1.9 billion in support of mental health initiatives.
- Improving access to primary care, mental health services, and home and palliative care, and providing greater support for maternal and child health for First Nations and Inuit through an investment of $828.2 million over five years.
- Supporting trade and transportation corridor projects that will help Canadians get their products to markets across Canada and around the world, through an investment of $10.1 billion over 11 years.
"Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada's economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy."
- Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance
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Office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada