Dan Vandal

Dan Vandal

Saint Boniface-Saint Vital constituency report

Dan Vandal is the Liberal MP for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital.

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Welcoming Ukrainians to Manitoba

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Welcoming Ukrainians to Manitoba

Dan Vandal 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

On May 23, colleagues and I welcomed 328 Ukraine nationals to Manitoba. This was the first of three federal charter flights to Canada; the others landed in Montréal on May 29 and in Halifax on June 2.

It was a very emotional time, seeing individuals and families who had travelled for hours and days to find safety within our borders. They received a warm welcome as members of Manitoba’s large Ukrainian community came out to meet them. Saint Boniface – Saint Vital is home to over 13,000 residents with Ukrainian heritage, many of whom have been supporting efforts to welcome refugees of the war in Ukraine.

In order to help Ukrainian refugees, we launched the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) for individuals fleeing Ukraine, which offers safe harbour for up to three years. As of May 25, Canada had approved more than 120,000 applications through CUAET. We have also expanded settlement services until March 31, 2023 for temporary residents under the CUAET. Key services include language training, orientation to life in Canada, and services to access the labour market.

In addition, we have extended temporary status and issued open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are in Canada and cannot go home.

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

(From left) MP Dan Vandal, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, welcomed Ukrainian refugees to Winnipeg on May 23.

Bond makes education affordable

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Bond makes education affordable

Dan Vandal 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022

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.

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022

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.

Making child care affordable

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Making child care affordable

Dan Vandal 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 7, 2022

 

Child care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. The time for a Canada-wide early learning and child care system is now. Our government has successfully signed agreements with nine provinces and all three territories. Last August, we announced an agreement with Manitoba which will ensure that all families in the province have access to high-quality, affordable, and flexible early learning and child care. This means more child-care spaces and more early childhood educators for our province.Manitoba will receive a total of over $1.2 billion in federal funding over five years to significantly improve early learning and child care for children in the province:• Ensuring that Manitoba families have access to regulated child care for an average of $10 a day by 2023;• Increasing the number of child-care spaces in not‐for‐profit centres and homes by 23,000 by 2025-2026, including 1,700 extended hour child care spaces for families requiring child care in the evening and on weekends;• Increasing the number of child-care workers providing regulated child care by 15% by 2025-26• Introducing a wage grid to support the attraction and retention of early childhood educators;• Developing and funding a plan to ensure vulnerable communities have equitable access.This agreement builds on our prior investments in early learning and child care, including our agreement signed in 2018 with Manitoba for $47 million over three years to create 1,400 new and newly-funded spaces. This new, historic investment will drive economic growth, increase women’s participation in the workforce, and offer every child in Manitoba the best start in life. 

Child care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. The time for a Canada-wide early learning and child care system is now. Our government has successfully signed agreements with nine provinces and all three territories. 

Last August, we announced an agreement with Manitoba which will ensure that all families in the province have access to high-quality, affordable, and flexible early learning and child care. This means more child-care spaces and more early childhood educators for our province.

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022

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Dan Vandal tours the new child care centre at Université de Saint-Boniface last summer.

Infrastructure builds communities

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Infrastructure builds communities

Dan Vandal 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

When we think about what builds a community, we first think of people. But there is also the large amount of infrastructure that surrounds it, things such as recreational centres, libraries, sidewalks, pathways, water and wastewater, transit and roads.

The Canada Community-Building Fund, formerly the Gas Tax Fund, provides communities across Manitoba with stable and flexible funding for their infrastructure priorities. This year, our government doubled the amount of funding allocated, which means that Manitoba has received $75.8 million for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and a top-up of more than $72.5 million.

Of this funding, Winnipeg will benefit from $46.4 million and a $44.4 million top-up, for a total of more than $90.8 million to help the City of Winnipeg maintain and improve its infrastructure. Municipalities allocate these funds to carry out infrastructure projects that support the well-being of their residents, and can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects, or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

I am pleased to see the impact that the Canada Community-Building Fund is having in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital. It has helped fund important renovations at Bonivital Pool, major road renewal on streets like Archibald and Dunkirk, and a planned new splash pad at Champlain Community Centre.

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

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A new splash pad is coming to Champlain Community Centre.

A new vision for the Prairies

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A new vision for the Prairies

Dan Vandal 2 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

On Oct. 26, I was sworn in as Canada’s northern affairs minister, as well as minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the first-ever Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan).

The next day, I was sworn in as the member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, a role in which I have had the privilege and honour of serving for the past six years.

PrairiesCan is a new regional development agency, born from the former Western Economic Diversification. It is dedicated solely to the Prairies and is intended to facilitate connections with local businesses and create greater agility to find solutions to the challenges. With more funding and points of service in the Prairies, it will improve access and collaboration between the federal government and businesses, academia, non-profits and other levels of government.

Earlier this month, I participated in the official opening of RRC Polytech’s new centre for innovation, Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, meaning ‘Where the Creator sits/Brings light’ in Anishinaabemowin.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

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MP Dan Vandal joined dignitaries at the official opening of RRC Polytech’s new expansion, Manitou a bi Bii daziigae.

Making your house green

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Making your house green

Dan Vandal 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

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.

Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

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.

Taking care of your mental health

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Taking care of your mental health

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

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

Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

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

Creating opportunities for seniors to connect

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Creating opportunities for seniors to connect

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

While this past year has been a very difficult one for everyone, it has been especially hard on seniors. Many seniors are feeling isolated, and keeping connected and engaged is a challenge.

Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we continue to provide support to seniors across Canada. The NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that empower seniors in their communities and to contribute to improving seniors’ health and well-being.

For example, last year NHSP funded the purchase of iPads at Meadowood Manor on St. Anne’s Road so that residents could stay in touch with family and friends. The supports they usually rely on — like family, friends and many community programs — can’t be there to help them the way they did before the pandemic. These iPads provided them the ability to connect, and their purchase was an example of how we adjusted the NHSP to respond to the new realities seniors are facing due to the pandemic.

Isolation disproportionately impacts seniors. Seniors who are socially isolated make more visits to emergency rooms, use more medication, fall more often and enter residential care sooner. That is why it is so important, now more than ever, to promote and facilitate social participation and inclusion.

Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

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Saint Boniface - Saint Vital MP Dan Vandal meets with seniors at the Southdale Community Centre in January 2020.

Supporting municipal infrastructure

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Supporting municipal infrastructure

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

One of the main reasons I decided to run as for Parliament in 2015 was because I was seeing firsthand how the City of Winnipeg and municipalities across Canada needed strong partners at the provincial and federal levels to help with aging infrastructure.

From pools, community centres and libraries to roads and pathways, infrastructure is at the heart of our communities.

Last month, our government proposed a one-time investment of $2.2 billion that would help address infrastructure priorities in municipalities and Indigenous communities across Canada. The funds would flow through the federal gas tax fund.

This would double the federal government’s regular funding for municipalities in 2020-21 and it would provide much needed funding for communities across Manitoba to help reduce the risk of infrastructure projects being delayed or cancelled. This means that Manitoba municipalities would receive an additional $72.5 million in funding, for a total of $145 million in 2020-2021.

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

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Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Dan Vandal poses outside the recently refurbished Bonivital-Archibald Pool. Renovations at the facility were funded in part by infrastructure funding from the federal government.

Supporting communities with ongoing needs

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Supporting communities with ongoing needs

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

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:

Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

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:

Providing support in challenging times

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Providing support in challenging times

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

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.

A light on the road to recovery

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A light on the road to recovery

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

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.

Helping Manitobans stay as safe as possible

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Helping Manitobans stay as safe as possible

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

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.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

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.

Supporting small businesses is key to recovery

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Supporting small businesses is key to recovery

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Last week was Small Business Week in Canada, a time to recognize and support all the small businesses in Saint Boniface–Saint Vital and across Canada. Choosing to go out on your own to start up and run a small business takes hard work at the best of times — doing so in a global pandemic is an unprecedented challenge.

Small businesses are at the heart of our communities. They add vitality and colour to our neighbourhoods, and they employ our friends and neighbours. They are the lifeblood of our cities and towns across the country. These businesses are built on tenacity, sacrifice, and years of hard work.

Businesses have made incredible sacrifices over these last few months, and they continue to contribute to our communities every day. Small business owners have demonstrated true resilience amid COVID-19, and that is especially true in our community. They have been innovating and adapting their business models or looking to new markets for opportunities for growth.

Now more than ever, they need our support. Saint Boniface – Saint Vital is very fortunate to have a large number of great community-focused small businesses. From the shops on Provencher to the veterinarian in St. Vital, from the restaurant in Southdale to the bike shop on St. Mary’s Road. Whether you live in Island Lakes or Norwood Flats, we all have favourite local spots that need our support.

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

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Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Dan Vandal is pictured here with Helios Restaurant owner Nick Douklias in 2018, a small business serving great Greek food in the community.

Honouring a St. Vital legend

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Honouring a St. Vital legend

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

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.

Supporting our local organizations

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Supporting our local organizations

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 8, 2020

Over the past few months, we’ve seen how important our communities are to our well-being. We’ve been connecting virtually and now, thanks to the efforts of all Manitobans, we are able to start getting together in person to see the people we love and do the activities we are passionate about.

That’s why it is important to support local community infrastructure. Recently, I have been happy to announce funding for local initiatives that help our communities connect and grow.

A central part of our communities is our schools. Making our schools accessible to all is important, and I’m proud to have supported the efforts by the Nordale School Parent Advisory Group and administration with a grant of $35,000 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

Another important hub for our communities are our community centres. They provide welcoming spaces for young and old to laugh, play and meet new friends.

Monday, Jun. 8, 2020

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Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre president Sean Fedorowich (left) and St. Boniface-St. Vital MP Dan Vandal broke ground last year on the centre’s new accessible play park, with the help of kids from the Little Saints Learning Centre. Work is expected to be completed later this year.

Providing support for students this summer

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Providing support for students this summer

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

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;

Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

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;

The measures we are taking, so far

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The measures we are taking, so far

Dan Vandal - Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 4 minute read Monday, Apr. 13, 2020

 

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 dan.vandal@parl.gc.caBe 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.

Monday, Apr. 13, 2020

 

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 dan.vandal@parl.gc.caBe 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.

Helping seniors in our community

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Helping seniors in our community

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

On Jan.21, I joined my colleague Deb Schulte, minister of seniors, at the Southdale Community Centre to announce $24,373 in funding to help the centre make its programs more accessible for seniors with disabilities.

Southdale C.C. is an important hub for our riding, offering programming for residents in Southdale, Island Lakes, Royalwood and Sage Creek. Under the leadership of Patricia Elliot, chair of the Southdale Seniors, Southdale C.C. has extensive programming for seniors, including yoga, strength training, low impact cardio, card games, and social events.

As Tamara Bauknecht, general manager of Southdale C.C. highlighted, it boasts one of the largest seniors groups in Winnipeg. This funding, provided through the federal New Horizons for Seniors program, will enable Southdale to improve accessibility so that even more seniors can access their programming.

The goal of the New Horizons for Seniors program (NHSP) is to support projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion and engagement in all aspects of Canadian society. Over the past few years, several projects in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital have benefitted from NHSP funding, including the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, Vital Seniors of Winnipeg and the Tamil Cultural Society of Manitoba.

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

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Dan Vandal (left) with Tamara Bauknecht, general manager of Southdale C.C.; federal Seniors Minister Deb Schulte; and Patricia Elliot, chair of Southdale Seniors, at the announcemen of an NHSP grant for Southdale C.C.

New year, new role

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New year, new role

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

The past year has certainly been a busy one!

As you may know, I was recently appointed Minister of Northern Affairs. I am honoured and excited to take on this new role. I wanted to write a bit more about how this new role will complement my most important role as your Member of Parliament.

This month, I have travelled to our Northern Territories and to Churchill to meet with local leaders, stakeholders and community members to better understand the issues that are a priority to them. As the new Minister of Northern Affairs, it is important for me to hear from them so that I can ensure that the work we undertake responds to their needs and priorities.

It is similar to the work I do as your MP: in order to be an effective voice for you in the House of Commons and at the Cabinet table, I need to hear from you and meet with you to hear those concerns and suggestions. That’s why it is important for me to continue to attend our community events — from the Breakfasts with Santa to the Canada Day celebrations, each of these allows me to connect with you, the residents of Saint Boniface – Saint Vital.

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

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Dan Vandal meeting with constituents at last year’s annual pancake breakfast.

Investing in health care

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Investing in health care

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 22, 2019

Our aging population’s health care needs are changing the demands on our health care system.

In addition, increasing rates of chronic disease heightens the need to adapt to deliver better care and better outcomes in an innovative, collaborative manner.

We need to strengthen Canada’s universal health care system. That is why, in March 2017, the federal government committed $11 billion over 10 years in new federal investments to improve access to mental health and addiction services, as well as to home and community care across Canada.

On April 16, 2019, the Government of Manitoba signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to receive these funds for home and community care and mental health and addiction services. The agreement provides Manitoba with approximately $182 million in targeted federal funding over five years to improve access to these services. In 2021-22, this agreement will be renewed for the remaining five years. The 10-year commitment provides Manitoba with a $400-million investment from the federal government to improve health care services in the province.

Monday, Jul. 22, 2019

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MP Dan Vandal and Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan visit the Youth BIOLab Jeunesse at the St. Boniface Research Centre.

Linking to our heritage

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Linking to our heritage

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

For hundreds of years, the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers have been a meeting place, an area that has seen much of our city’s history unfold.

Later this month, the new St. Boniface Belvédère will be officially opened. This project has been in the works for quite some time. In fact, when I was the city councilor, I had already started accumulating funding for it.

That is why, in March 2017, I was particularly happy to announce $500,000 in funding from the federal government for the Taché Renewal Project, which includes improvements on the Taché Promenade pathway and the Belvédère.

The Belvédère has transformed the river pathway into a beautiful tourist destination. Overlooking the Red River, there are magnificent views of the Esplanade Riel, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Forks. The Belvédère is also home to wonderful new artwork by local artist Marcel Gosselin.

Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

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MP Dan Vandal visits the new Belvédère Saint-Boniface on Taché Promenade.

Infrastructure dollars flowing to Winnipeg

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Infrastructure dollars flowing to Winnipeg

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

Building strong, healthy, vibrant communities is one of our government’s top priorities. We have made historic investments in infrastructure across the country to create stronger local communities.

From helping to reduce traffic, keeping our families safe, and addressing the challenges of climate change, our investments in infrastructure are setting communities up for success. We depend on our local infrastructure to get us to work, to provide recreation, and to move goods for businesses.

Through Budget 2019, our federal government is investing an additional $2.2 billion to make sure that infrastructure funding gets into the hands of the people willing and able to get projects done–our local and municipal governments.

For the City of Winnipeg, this represents an extra $37.5 million this year to help address many of the important infrastructure projects that are needed. Local roads and bridges, recreational and sport infrastructure, wastewater treatment, disaster mitigation, and brownfield redevelopment are all among eligible categories.

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

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Dan Vandal meets with Mayor Bowman and Winnipeg city councillors. From left: MP MaryAnn Mihychuk, Couns. Janice Lukes and Jeff Browaty, Mayor Bowman, MP Dan Vandal, Couns. Matt Allard, Shawn Dobson, and Cindy Gilroy.

Pricing pollution one part of climate plan

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Pricing pollution one part of climate plan

Dan Vandal — Saint Boniface-Saint Vital MP Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

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.

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

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.