Government supports economic opportunities for immigrant women in Toronto

May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Status of Women Canada

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Streetsville, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new project to increase economic opportunities for immigrant women in Toronto.

The Working Women Community Centre is receiving $187,422 for its 24-month project to address the barriers faced by foreign-trained professionals, including newcomer mothers. The organization will work with Seneca College and employment partners to develop a strategy to reduce systemic barriers experienced by immigrant women in their careers. The recommendations and best practices that result from the project will be shared with other service providers and programs across the country.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada’s call for proposals entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women.

 

Quick Facts:

  • The Working Women Community Centre is receiving $187,422 for its 24-month project to address barriers faced by foreign-trained professionals, including newcomer mothers.
  • The call for proposals, Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women, supports projects that promote women’s economic prosperity by addressing barriers to success and capitalizing on opportunities.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested over $162 million through Status of Women Canada in support of more than 780 community-based projects across Canada. This includes more than $68 million for projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity.
  • Status of Women Canada launched a new campaign in April 2015 called It Starts with One—Be Her Champion, which challenges leaders in all fields to make a difference in a woman’s life by pledging to be her champion or mentor.

 

Quotes:

“Our Government’s number one priority is to create jobs and opportunities for all Canadians. We are investing in community projects all across the country that will open new doors of opportunity for a wide range of women. We know that when women succeed, Canada succeeds.”

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P. Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

“The Government of Canada is working to ensure that all women have the opportunity to contribute to our economic success. I am proud of our Government’s investment in this project, which will help immigrant women in Toronto succeed and strengthen the local economy.”

Brad Butt, M.P. Member of Parliament for MississaugaStreetsville

“Women who have been trained oversees often face barriers in the workplace that can prevent them from reaching their full potential as professionals. This Government of Canada support will allow us to work with our partners in the community to address these barriers and help these women advance in their careers.”

Marcie Ponte, Executive Director Working Women Community Centre

 

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Eden Food Bank celebrates 25 years with family comedy and variety show

May 19, 2015

Mississauga News

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MISSISSAUGA – The Eden Community Food Bank celebrated its 25th anniversary with some fun and a few laughs at their first ever comedy and variety show on Saturday at the Meadowvale May 19, 2015, Brad presents a certificate on behalf of the Prime Minister to Bill Crawford - Executive Director of the Eden Food Bank - to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.Theatre.

The family-friendly event drew hundreds and kicked off with a midway-style reception in the theatre’s lobby free to former and current food bank users, featuring a prize wheel and raffle, refreshments, popcorn and cotton candy for the kids.

“This is our 25th anniversary year. We’re doing a whole bunch of events to mark 25 years that the food bank has been providing food and other support for families in western Mississauga, and this is one of those events,” said Eden Executive Director Bill Crawford.

“This (event) specifically is for food bank families, so food bank participants have been invited free of charge to come to this event,” he added. “We wanted to do something to include everyone that would be fun for the whole family.”

Entertainment was provided by sketch comedy troupe Something Sketchy, magician Chris Stoltz and musical performances by The Mezzos, Paul Meisner, Sarah Hope and local cover band Time Trip.

“We’re all local Mississauga performers,” said show director and emcee Stephen Froom. “People can expect lots of energy, some good music and hopefully people like the comedy.

“We put on lots of different charity shows, but nothing of this scale. I told Bill (Crawford) that we’d like to put on a show for them sometime, so here we are. It’s a great cause.”

Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt presented Crawford with a certificate of recognition for the food bank’s many years of service to the community.

The Eden Food Bank serves more than 400 families in Western Mississauga year-round and also offers healthy-eating literacy and cooking classes.

“We’re going through some changes right now as an organization. We’re looking ways that we can not only respond to the food needs of hungry families today, but how can help them so they no longer need the food bank tomorrow,” said Crawford.

Eden also held their annual Hunger Awareness Breakfast earlier this week (May 5) to launch their Hunger Awareness Campaign with the goal of raising $20,000 and 10,000 pounds of food.

The event featured food bank users, including a political refugee to Canada and a mother of 10 children, sharing stories of their experiences and how the food bank has helped them in their time of need.

The event also featured videos created by students from Willow Way Public School and St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic School.

“Everyone at the event was asked to pledge to take part in the campaign as the organization works to better support people needing the help of its food bank,” said Eden in a statement.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

May 15, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which will provide significant support for existing community and cultural infrastructure across the country as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. He was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

The program will provide support for the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. Projects under the following categories may be eligible for funding: community centres (including Royal Canadian Legions), cultural centres and museums, parks, recreational trails, libraries, recreational facilities, tourism facilities, docks, cenotaphs and other existing community infrastructure.The program, which is anticipated to support up to 1,800 projects in communities of all sizes across the country, will be delivered nationally through the Government of Canada’s regional economic development agencies. Eligible recipients for funding include provinces, territories, municipalities, regional governments, Aboriginal organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Applicants can submit their application online through their respective regional economic development agency. Extensive consultations with Canadians helped inform the initiative.

Selected projects are expected to be completed by the end of the 2017 construction season to best support Canada 150 celebrations. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will complement the $53 billion invested in infrastructure by our Government through the New Building Canada Plan, which is focused on generating economic growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. The New Building Canada Plan, which is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada’s history, will generate benefits for the province and its citizens for years to come. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will also complement the recently announced Canada 150 Fund, managed by the Department of Canadian Heritage, which will create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.

 

Quick Facts

  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2015.
  • The 150th anniversary of Confederation provides the Government with an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s history, heritage, values and future by reinvesting in community infrastructure across the country, similar to the important infrastructure investments made as part of our nation’s centennial celebrations in 1967 which can still be seen in communities today.
  • Projects that will be supported by the program will be chosen based on assessment criteria including construction-readiness, the extent to which funding is leveraged from other sources and linkages to Canada 150.
  • The program will be delivered nationally through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Western Economic Diversification and Industry Canada (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).
  • The Government of Canada has undertaken many projects to improve infrastructure in Nova Scotia. Since 2006, significant investments under the Building Canada Fund, the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, and the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund have helped the Government of Nova Scotia and its municipalities make infrastructure improvements for the benefit of all Nova Scotians. Municipalities in Nova Scotia have also benefited from funding provided to the province through the federal Gas Tax Fund. Combined with investments under other federal infrastructure programs, Nova Scotia has benefited from over $1.1 billion toward infrastructure improvements across the province.

 

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Successful ACCA Youth Visit to Canadian Parliament

May 13, 2015

New Release by Armenian Canadian Conservative Association

Successful ACCA Youth Visit to Canadian Parliament  

May 13, 2015, Armenian Canadian Conservative Association (ACCA) youths made a successful one-day visit on May 13 to the federal parliament in OttawaToronto, May 14 – Armenian Canadian Conservative Association (ACCA) youths made a successful one-day visit on May 13 to the federal parliament in Ottawa where they met ministers and members of parliament. A number of ACCA board members accompanied the group.    Upon their arrival in the nation’s capital in the morning, they were met by Joe Daniel (Don Valley East) who welcomed the delegation to Parliament Hill and accompanied them on a tour to the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate. The delegation then visited the historic Parliament Liberty and the Peace Tower.    Afterwards, the group had a working lunch at the parliament restaurant meeting Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Harold Albrecht, President of Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group; MP Daniel and Senator Raynell Andreychuk. The ACCA youth group and the politicians had a frank discussion about various current political issues.    Afterwards, the delegation attended the House of Commons Question Period to witness Canadian democracy in action as members of parliament debated the issues of the day. At the conclusion of the Question Period the young people and their senior colleagues met Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Defence and Multiculturalism; Hon Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary for Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; MPs Daniel and Brad Butt (Mississauga-Streetsville) for a one-hour private meeting.    During the meeting, the politicians thanked the youth for visiting Parliament Hill, for their participation in the Canadian political process, the upcoming federal elections, and the contributions of the Canadian-Armenian community to Canada and Canadian civil society.

Government representatives reiterated their commitment to uphold the historical truth of the Armenian Genocide. They reaffirmed that they would stand by the government’s 2006 policy of recognizing the Genocide. Ministers Kenney, Alexander, and MPs Albrecht and Butt briefed the ACCA group on the politicians’ recent visits to Armenia and their positive impressions of the country. They praised Armenia and the Armenian people for their tenacity to overcome the catastrophic consequence of the genocide to go on to establish a modern country. They pledged to enhance Canada Armenian bilateral relations.  The parliamentarians were impressed by the youths engaging approach, their pertinent questions and well-informed opinions. Minister Alexander twitted his impression of the meeting by saying “Great to meet with and answer a few questions from an enthusiastic and engaged group of Armenian Canadian youth and the Armenian Canadian Conservative Association.”  Minister Goodyear was delighted with the visit.  Parliamentary Secretary Menegakis said: “I was pleased to meet with the Armenian Canadian Conservative Association and students in Parliament today.”

The ACCA board expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the federal ministers and the members of parliament for taking the time from their busy schedule to welcome and meet our youth and to make the inaugural trip to Ottawa a great success.

MP Brad Butt Pays Tribute to Fran Rider

May 12, 2015

On May 12, 2015, MP Brad Butt rose in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Mississauga’s Fran Rider. Below is the full text of his Member’s Statement in the House;

Mr. Speaker,

I rise in the House today to pay tribute to Fran Rider who has been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

She is the first person to be inducted as a Builder specifically for her contributions to women’s hockey.

Without Fran, women’s hockey would not be a medal event at the Olympics and there would be no Women’s World Championships.

Fran established the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association headquartered in Mississauga in 1975 and became its first Executive Director.

Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion stated, “in my opinion, she has really put women’s hockey on the map. She is the dynamic leader in women’s hockey – committed with a passion.”

Mr. Speaker I am sure that all members of this House join me in congratulating Fran and the women’s hockey movement in Canada for this very prestigious award and wish for the growth and success of women’s hockey in Canada for many years to come.

 

 

MP Butt welcomes the opening of Samsung Canada’s Headquarters and Showroom

May 7, 2015

Today, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, attended the grand opening of Samsung Canada’s headquarters and showroom. The new showroom puts current and future company innovations on display, enabling guests to get hands-on with Samsung technology.

With the recent signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which is Canada’s first free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, Samsung will benefit from the enhanced market access and investment opportunities.

MP Butt gave remarks at the opening, as follows;

 

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen/bonjour a tous.

What a great honour and privilege it is for me as your local Member of Parliament to be present today for the Official Opening of this incredible facility and to be one of the first to wish you many, many years of success here.

I bring your greetings on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada and offer our most sincere congratulations on the development of this magnificent facility.

I am told that not only have you moved into the transformative new office space and added incredible leadership and talent, Samsung has also launched some of the most innovative new products in the industry, bolstering its brand leadership in ways never before thought possible.

I can see that this new showroom puts current and future company innovations on display, enabling visitors to get hands-on with your technology, including TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers.

You are supporting close to 500 high quality jobs right here in our community and I know you support over 489,000 worldwide. You are generating new economic activity in Canada both for you and your partners as well.

Samsung is a remarkable story. Founded in 1938 by Byung-Chull Lee in Daegu, Korea you started selling dried Korean fish, vegetables and fruit and were3 a pioneer in exporting. In little more than a decade, Samsung – which means “three stars” – would have its own flour mills and confectionary machines and its own manufacturing and sales operations.

And wow – look where you are today. You are a world leader in smart technology, service and support and you have a proud 28 year history right here in the City of Mississauga.

As a Korean based company, you will no doubt be aware of our recent conclusion of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement which is Canada’s first free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region. It will provide enhanced market access and unlock new trade and investment opportunities for both Canadian and Korean businesses.

This agreement will strengthen our trade and investment ties across the Pacific, increase the prosperity of both countries and result in job creation and enhanced opportunities for small, medium and large businesses while helping workers, investors and consumers.

So today is a wonderful day in Mississauga-Streetsville for the entire country. Thank you for this tremendous investment and may I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Merci beaucoup/thank you very much.

 

 

Government creates new jobs for youth in Mississauga-Streetsville

May 7, 2015

Many organizations in my riding are receiving investment to hire young Canadians for the summer. Canada Summer Jobs provided $333,015 in investment to support these students in Mississauga-Streetsville.

Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year. In 2015, the Canada Summer Jobs program is expected to create approximately 35,000 jobs, while helping employers address skills shortages.

Today’s announcement is one example of what the Harper Government is doing to help Canadians.To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.

Quick facts

  • Since 2006-2007, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more than 611,000 young people develop skills, to the benefit of the Canadian economy.
  • The Government of Canada is supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses.
  • The Government of Canada is also encouraging apprenticeship and careers in the skilled trades through grants and tax credits, along with support for training programs.
  • The Universal Child Care Benefit would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totalling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of six, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged six through 17.

 

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The Harper Government extends Universal Child Care Benefit application deadline

May 5, 2015

The Harper Government is extending the application deadline to receive the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) until May 15 so that more families can receive their UCCB cheque in Enhanced UCCB_EN (2)July. The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the extension today and asked for help from the media and the public to encourage families to apply for the benefit.

The majority of families with children, approximately 3.8 million, are known and will automatically receive the enhanced UCCB or be contacted by the Government to confirm their information. However, an estimated200, 000 eligible families are not currently captured by the Government’s UCCB system and may miss out on receiving money that is owed to them unless they apply. In 2015 alone, this represents potentially millions of dollars in unclaimed benefits.

Under the proposed enhancements to the UCCB, families would receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17. The new benefit amounts would be retroactive to January 1, 2015 and be reflected in monthly payments to families in July 2015. The proposed enhancements to the UCCB are expected to more than double the number of families that benefit from 1.6 million to more than 4 million.

If your family is not currently receiving the UCCB, has never received the UCCB, or has never applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit and you still have children under 18 in your care, please go to www.canada.ca/taxsavings to find out how you can apply

Minister O’Toole marks Mental Health Week

May 5, 2015

Thanks to key partners, CAF members, Veterans and their respective families have access to a broad base of mental health services, including access to the 24/7 VAC Assistance Services line

May 4, 2015 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada

 

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today marked the start of Mental Health Week in Canada by highlighting that mental health help is always there for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, Veterans and RCMP members who need it.

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Week encourages people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage others on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. CAF personnel and Veterans are encouraged to join in and to talk about mental health with their colleagues, friends and families.

Veterans and CAF personnel living with mental health conditions need to know that they are not alone. Help is available for those struggling with an operational stress injury (OSI) or any other type of mental health problem. The earlier a Veteran or CAF member seeks help, the sooner his or her recovery can begin.

The Government of Canada recognizes the seriousness of mental illness among Veterans and CAF personnel, as well as its impact on their families, and it remains a top priority for Veterans Affairs Canada, the Department of National Defence and the CAF.

Minister O’Toole has made a number of recent announcements to further support mental health needs, including the expansion of the VAC Assistance Service to provide more short-term psychological counselling services—from 8 to 20 sessions per issue—to Veterans and their families.

On May 7 and 8, 2015, stakeholders in Veterans’ mental health from across the country will convene at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in Ottawa, to develop a Mental Health First Aid curriculum specifically based on the needs of Veterans. VAC is proud to partner with the MHCC and CMHA to deliver the Veteran-specific Mental Health First Aid across the country.

 

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing in new and expanded mental health initiatives for Veterans, serving military members, and their families.
  • The Operational Stress Injury Clinic Network is being expanded and enhanced with the addition of a new Halifax clinic, an expanded clinic in the Toronto area, and a new Montréal satellite.
  • By 2015, the cross-Canada Operational Stress Injury Clinic Network will offer eleven operational stress injury clinics, nine satellites and seven Department of National Defence mental health clinics.

o   New four-year pilot project will expand access to the military family resource centres at seven locations to medically releasing CAF personnel and their families for two years post release.

o   VAC announced a new Mental Health Services for Veterans Action Plan to further improve the continuum of mental health supports and services provided to Veterans and their families.

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Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards: Call for Nominations

May 3, 2015

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Have you ever met a volunteer whose work in the past year had a profound impact on your community?

Now’s your chance to recognize their accomplishments and nominate them for a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award!

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards celebrate the enormous contributions volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses make to their communities.

You can nominate someone in the following national and regional categories.

National:

  • Emerging Leader recognizes new volunteers who help build stronger communities through leadership and have made a positive difference in their community in a short period of time. This award is for those who have volunteered for no more than three years.
  • Lifelong Achievement recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to volunteering and have inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other exceptional achievements through volunteering. This award is for those who have volunteered for a period of at least 20 years.

Regional:

  • Community Leader recognizes individual volunteers or groups of volunteers who have taken a lead role in developing solutions to local challenges.
  • Business Leader recognizes businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their business practices.
  • Social Innovator recognizes not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate innovation in addressing social challenges.

Recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and chose an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Submissions are accepted from April 13 to June 30, 2015.

To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards and submit a nomination today through www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.