On March 22nd, our Government tabled the 2017 Budget, upholding our commitment to strengthen and grow the middle class. I am happy to highlight some of the important measures connected to my department—many of which are a direct result of what I heard in extensive consultations with Canadians and stakeholders.
FLEXIBILITY AND SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
Every Canadian family is different when it comes to how they manage work and family responsibilities. Budget 2017 proposes more flexible Employment Insurance (EI) maternity, parental and caregiving benefits to meet these diverse needs.
To help more Canadian families access child care, $7.5 billion over the next 11 years will go towards creating more high-quality and affordable child care spaces across the country. A new national framework will be followed by agreements with provincial and territorial governments. Under the framework, we will be investing $100 million in innovation and $95 million to close the data gap that prevents us from better understanding how child care works in Canada and how it can be improved.
INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES
Budget 2017 invests an additional $11 billion to support a new National Housing Strategy that will help build, renew and repair affordable housing. Through these investments we will:
Homelessness is a reality for too many Canadians and a challenge for many communities. Without a safe, affordable place to call home and raise a family, Canadians feel less secure. Budget 2017 invests an additional $2.1 billion to provide direct support and funding to communities for projects that prevent and reduce homelessness.
IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY
Each year, the Government delivers billions of dollars in direct benefits to Canadians. Budget 2017 invests $12 million towards modernizing our service delivery approach to give Canadians better access to quick, secure, easy-to use options when receiving federal services.
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