Saint Boniface-Saint Vital constituency report
Dan Vandal is the Liberal MP for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital.
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In today’s ever-changing labour market, post-secondary education has never been more important.
Most jobs require some form of training, whether an apprenticeship, trade school, college or university. To build the workforce we need and to give everyone a fair shot at participating in it, education has to be accessible and affordable to all Canadians. That’s why I’m pleased that the Canada Learning Bond is now available to even more students in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital and across Canada.
To help make education more affordable, the Canada Learning Bond provides up to $2,000 per child, deposited directly in a registered education savings plan, with no contribution required. Starting this year, in addition to parents who are saving for their child’s post-secondary education, young people can apply for this fund directly.
As of Jan. 1, 2022, eligible Canadians who were born in 2004 or later, who did not receive the CLB as children, can apply for it themselves when they turn 18, until the day before they turn 21. Approximately two-thirds of children born in 2004 or later are eligible for at least $500 through the CLB, or an average payment of $1,300 per eligible child.
In my last mailing to constituents, I asked what you considered the issue that concerned you the most. Your overwhelming response was climate change.
Did you know that our homes and buildings account for 18 per centof Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions?
Lowering these emissions is equivalent to taking 320,000 cars off the road annually. That’s why our government recently launched the Canada Greener Homes Grant to reimburse homeowners who make upgrades to their homes that reduce the amount of energy their home uses.
Homeowners in Saint Boniface - Saint Vital can receive up to $5,600 as part of the program - up to $5,000 towards eligible upgrades and up to $600 towards the cost of pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluations.
In 2017, our government signed a targeted health agreement with Manitoba that included $181.6 million over 10 years in support of initiatives to address mental health and addictions.
It was important to ensure funding was available to support increasing needs in mental health care close to where you live.
One in three Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetimes. Canadians are reporting an increase in stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness. In fact, almost half of all Canadians have reported that their mental health has worsened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, we launched the Wellness Together Canada portal, which offers free mental health and substance use support and resources to help those suffering. It can be accessed by calling 1-866-585-0445 or wellnesstogether.ca
Over the past year, individuals, businesses and organizations have all had to adjust to the many changes happening due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that there will be long-term impacts and challenges that will continue for the foreseeable future. That is why we created the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI). The CHCI is providing up to $31 million in federal funding to support communities as they deploy new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19.
Although the first phase of applications closed last week, the second phase of applications will open in May. I encourage organizations in Saint Boniface–Saint Vital to apply: non-profits, charities, residents associations, business improvement zones and more. I know that there are many worthy projects that could help improve facilities, programs and services for local residents.
The CHCI is supporting projects under three main themes:
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has been focused on short-, medium- and long-term efforts to help Canadians.
This has meant taking a multi-pronged approach to address immediate needs but also taking measures that will help our economy recover and future pandemic responses.
A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives highlighted the extent of the support provided by the federal government.
It shows that close to $9 out of every $10 spent to fight COVID-19 in Manitoba was provided by the federal government. This includes support for individuals and businesses, as well as COVID-19 related health measures in areas such as hospitals, long-term care homes, personal protective equipment, testing, contact tracing and mental health supports thanks to the Safe Restart Fund.
An important step in the fight against COVID-19 was taken on Dec. 9, with Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. We have been working with the provinces and territories for months on a plan to ensure that vaccine doses can be rolled out quickly.
To ensure that every Canadian will have a safe and effective vaccine available to them and their family, we have secured the most diverse portfolio of vaccines and the most number of doses per capita in the world — putting Canada at the front of the pack to receive the vaccine. The federal government will cover the cost of these vaccines, as well as the supplies needed to administer them. This means that not only will doses be free for Manitobans and all Canadians, provinces and territories won’t have to use their funding to pay for this.
Under the leadership of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the Canadian Armed Forces and the department of national defence are supporting the Public Health Agency of Canada in its co-ordination of COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the country, including in Indigenous communities.
COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed in Canada in a phased manner, which will be determined by the provinces and territories.
With the rising number of cases in Manitoba, my office is getting a lot of calls and emails from constituents worried about how they can keep themselves and their loved ones safe. I am hearing that staying safe means different things for different people.
For health care workers, it means caring for patients and ensuring their safety while worrying about their own health and the health of their families when they return home after an exhausting shift. For seniors, it means worrying about going out to get groceries or accessing care.
For businesses, it means keeping their staff and customers safe but also trying to navigate restrictions and keep their business afloat.
For teachers and school staff, it means cleaning and reminding students of safe practises, while juggling an increasing workload. For families, it means worrying about your job, child care, your family and your loved ones.
On July 22, it was an honour to join in the ceremony celebrating honorary renaming of a section of Sadler Avenue to Bob Holliday Way.
Many people know Bob (Doc) Holliday given his involvement in many community initiatives.
Bob started out as a reporter for the St. Vital Lance before moving on to the Winnipeg Tribune and Winnipeg Sun. His passion for documenting events led him to become involved with the St. Vital Historical Society later in life, where he has helped create the St. Vital Museum located in the old St. Vital fire hall and police station at the junction of St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s roads.
I’ve had the privilege to know Bob for many decades. Early in my boxing career, he was a ring announcer at local boxing matches. He was always willing to give advice — which was always easier for him to say than for me to do.
Normally, at this time of year, students are looking forward to getting valuable job experiences over the summer.
Even though our economy has started reopening, there is still a large amount of uncertainty. Our government has taken steps to try to ease the anxiety for students who depend on summer jobs for much needed income to pay for post-secondary education and to get valuable work experience for their future careers.
These significant new supports for young Canadians and recent graduates include:
• the new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), providing $1,250 per month from May through August for eligible students, and $2,000 for students with dependents or permanent disabilities;
I want to start by saying I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the essential services workers that are ensuring our safety. To all the healthcare workers, pharmacists, police and first responders, grocery store employees, truckers, agricultural workers, early childhood educators, public servants — thank you.These are unprecedented times and our government is working tirelessly to help Canadians get the help they need. Last week, we launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which supports Canadians by providing $2,000 a month to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19. We also announced $100 million for food banks and food organizations, as well as $207.5 million to help people experiencing homelessness and women fleeing gender-based violence.For small and medium-sized businesses, we have launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, extended the work-sharing program, increased access to credit and provided more time to pay income taxes and sales tax remittances. We want to help businesses keep their employees so that, once we get through this, we can get our economy back on track as quickly as possible.Due to the urgency of the situation, these programs were developed within a matter of days and weeks, whereas they would normally take a year or more. To get these programs off the ground, our government set-up criteria to start the application process. However, as we’ve stated often, we are listening and open to changes to make these programs more responsive.With matters changing so quickly, it is likely that the situation has changed since I wrote this article. For the most up-to-date information on the measures our government is taking to keep you safe and to help you through this difficult period, please visit our COVID-19 response website: canada.ca/coronavirus. Please also listen to Manitoba public health authorities’ directives to ensure that you are adhering to additional physical distancing measures taken within our province.As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any of the measures announced in Canada’s Emergency Response Plan, please contact my office at 204-983-3183 or email@example.comBe well, stay safe and stay home if you can. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other
I want to start by saying I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the essential services workers that are ensuring our safety.
To all the healthcare workers, pharmacists, police and first responders, grocery store employees, truckers, agricultural workers, early childhood educators, public servants — thank you.
One of the most practical and affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change is putting a price on carbon pollution.
Countries and states all over the world are pricing pollution — such as the European Union, China and California. Real-world experience confirms that putting a price on pollution works.
Pricing pollution is an environmental measure. We’re taking this approach to encourage businesses and people to save money by polluting less. And when there’s a price in place, this spurs clean innovation and a makes way for the jobs of the future that our kids and grandkids will need.
We know pollution has a cost, and we don’t want to pass that cost on to our kids and grandkids.