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July 29, 2014 – Vaughan, Ontario – Department of Finance

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino, Member of Parliament for Vaughan, met with business leaders in Vaughan today to discuss ways the Government and businesses can work together to build a stronger economy.

Feedback from stakeholders and communities across the country helps the Government set policies that will continue to support families, communities and businesses so that all Canadians can benefit from a strong economy as the federal budget returns to balance in 2015.

Key topics discussed at the roundtable included how our Government could further encourage private sector growth, increase competitiveness for Canadian businesses as well as improve Canada's taxation and regulatory systems.

Quick Facts

  • The Harper Government has introduced close to 180 tax relief measures since 2006.
  • An average family of four will pay $3,400 less in taxes in 2014.
  • More than 1 million Canadians have been removed from the tax rolls.
  • Since 2006, Canada’s tax competitiveness and overall business environment have been significantly improved, with the result that Canada now offers the lowest overall tax rate on new business investment in the G-7.


"Our Government has worked hard to make Canada's economy even more competitive and to create jobs, growth and prosperity right across the country. Gathering views from people and business leaders in communities like Vaughan is critical to ensuring that the actions we take in pursuit of these goals are effective and responsive to the needs of Canadians."

- Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance)

"I welcome this discussion with business leaders from Vaughan on how we can work together to ensure a brighter future for all Canadians. By listening to what businesses need in the Greater Toronto Area, our Government is better equipped to help our local community and keep our national economy strong."

- Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Vaughan

Media Contacts

Meagan Murdoch
Office of the Minister of State (Finance)

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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