Report from Parliament Hill:
Improving prosperity in the North
Bob Nault, MP, Kenora Riding
As Canadians, we are proud to live in such a prosperous country. We are among the fastest growing economies of the G7 countries, and our employment rates continue to improve. Here in the North, we know it is important that each and every person has an equal opportunity to succeed, which is why, as a government, we have continued to focus on growth that benefits everyone and investments that help to reduce poverty. Earlier this month, we launched Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy which aims to reduce poverty by 50 percent by 2030. While the challenge is ambitious, I am confident that it is achievable.
This Poverty Reduction Strategy, the first of its kind in Canada, builds on existing investments to improve the lives of families throughout the country. These include the Canada Child Benefit, the Canada Workers Benefit, the National Housing Strategy and the increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement. In addition, we have also reduced the eligibility age for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits from 67 to 65 which has helped to prevent an additional 100,000 Canadians from falling into poverty.
The Opportunity for All Strategy will fight against poverty on multiple fronts. Not only will it help to address poverty here in the Kenora riding, but it will work to establish Canada as a world leader in poverty reduction. This means that everyone has a role to play, I am certain that Canadians are ready for the challenge because not only is it the right thing to do, it makes our country even stronger and more prosperous.
This strategy is a direct result of engagement with Canadians from across the country. We heard from people who have experienced poverty, community and national-level organizations, Indigenous partners, as well as receiving input from the provinces and territories. After listening to Canadians, a summary of the feedback we gathered during the engagement was released on February 20, 2018, entitled; What We Heard About Poverty So Far. You can read this report on the Employment and Social Development Canada website.
As the House of Commons resumes soon, we are looking to introduce legislation as early as possible. Of course, our work is not yet done, but Opportunity for All is our strategy for making sure that, wherever you live or wherever you come from, you have a real and fair chance at success.
It is our vision for Canada as a world leader in the eradication of poverty: a vision for a Northwestern Ontario, and country, without poverty.
It is also a vision that I believe all Canadians share.