What we have accomplished …

  • In 2015 we introduced the new Canada Child Benefit that is helping nine out of 10 families receive more money every month for groceries, school supplies, & extracurriculars. In Winnipeg Centre 15,710 children receive this income based benefit. 300,000 children across Canada have been lifted out of poverty. We have the lowest levels of child poverty since measurements started.
  • Boosted the Canada Child Benefit so that it keeps pace with the rising costs of living by making annual increases starting July 2018 – two years ahead of schedule. For a single parent making $35,000, a strengthened CCB will mean $560 more in the 2019-2020 benefit year, tax-free.
  • Cut taxes for nine million middle-class Canadians, with an average savings of $330 each year for single Canadians & $540 each year for couples & raised taxes on the wealthiest one percent.
  • Created the first ever National Housing Strategy, (https://www.placetocallhome.ca/) which will reduce chronic homelessness by 50% (roughly 1500 homeless in Winnipeg, which represents 7% of the Canadian total). This will also remove over 530,000 Canadians from housing need, create 100,000 new housing units, repair & renew more than 300,000 housing units, starting in 2020, and offset rental costs by an average of $2,500 per year with the new Canada Housing Benefit.
  • $46.8M/3 years for Manitoba to create affordable child care to support lower-income, Indigenous, French language & newcomer families as well as underserved communities. It will also help build sector capacity through education, training & skill development.
  • Improving financial security for low-income working Canadians by 2019 by enhancing the Working Income Tax benefit. Families will get up to $2,165 & individuals will receive up to $1,192 a year starting in 2019.
  • Improving access to Employment Insurance by reducing the wait period for benefits from two weeks to one week.
  • Helping Canadians looking for work to return to school to get the training they need to find a new job – without fear of losing the Employment Insurance benefits they need to support themselves & their family.
  • Provided more than 119,000 families of low-income households & over 5,200 First Nations families with much-needed housing renovations & repairs since April 2016.
  • Made over 8,000 homes more affordable with initiatives such as rent subsidies as of November 2017.
  • Increased the funding for Canada Summer Jobs in Winnipeg Centre from $300K to $1.1 million. Worked to ensure that the jobs go to the actual people living in Winnipeg Centre. 349 YOUTH JOBS.
  • Equipping over 900,000 young Canadians with the skills they will need in the future through CanCode, which helps youth from kindergarten to grade 12 develop coding & digital skills for better computer skills.
  • Making post-secondary education more affordable for 46,000 more students with up to $1,000 more per year through the Canada Student Grants & Loans.
  • Increased the threshold for the Repayment Assistance Plan, so graduates don’t need to start repaying their student loans until they find a job & are making at least $25,000 per year.
  • Creating up to 60,000 new student work placements over the next five years, including more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, & business programs.
  • Provided $10 million to Red River College for the Smart Manufacturing Centre, helping to support the next generation of apprentices & tradespeople by providing financial support to unions & other skilled trades organizations to purchase modern equipment materials & testing innovative training methods.