The Ruimy Report
March 31st 2017
Starting in January, I began writing a piece for the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows News titled, “The Ruimy Report”. You can find the article online here on The News website, as well as below. I appreciate you taking the time to read The Ruimy Report. Be sure to check back for the April 2017 edition of The Ruimy Report!
This March, our Government introduced Budget 2017, an economic plan that can help empower Canadian families.
Knowing that an investment in youth is an investment in in our future, in Budget 2016, our Government supported young Canadians by creating more opportunities to make the transition into the workforce easier. Budget 2017 builds off this success by investing an additional $395.5 million over the next three years for the Youth Employment Strategy, as well as more co-ops, work-integrated learning and digital skills training.
We saw the success of putting families first in Budget 2016 when thousands of Canadian children were lifted out of poverty. Budget 2017 continues to put families first. A historic $7 billion over 10 years will be invested to increase safe and affordable child care spaces and giving more flexibility to parents who want to join the workforce. After hearing from Canadians that caring for their loved ones is a priority, we created an all-inclusive tax benefit, the Canada Caregiver Credit that will give more to individuals caring for dependent relatives. We also committed $11 billion for home care and mental health initiatives which increases access to services and provides more support for caregivers.
Budget 2017 also include a new National Housing Strategy, a plan I consulted on in our community and advocated strongly for in Ottawa. The allocation of $11.2 billion over the next 11 years will help repair and build new affordable housing units across Canada. In addition, our Government has committed to work with stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners to extend the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to reduce and prevent homelessness across our country.
I look forward to discussing the budget with you in the coming weeks. To learn more about Budget 2017, please visit our website, www.danruimy.ca.
Till, next time, Dan.