On April 19th, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland presented Budget 2021, highlighting the federal government’s plans to invest in Canadians and our economy as we continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a recovery plan for job creation, growth, and resilience. Whether it be supporting families, taking strong climate action, extending pandemic related supports, or investing in healthcare, these investments will make a real and tangible difference in people’s lives, giving Canadians every opportunity to live meaningful lives.
The pandemic has laid bare the social inequalities that continue to exist in our country. We know that for our economy to prosper and thrive, we must support and uplift our most vulnerable. While the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, it has disproportionately affected low-wage workers, young people, women, and racialized Canadians. It has also hit businesses particularly hard, with some trying to find unique ways to thrive and grow, but many struggling to survive.
Budget 2021 proposes support for Canadians in the short, medium, and long term. This is especially important as we fight to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19 and as we seek to bounce back. Targeted support for individuals including essential workers, small business owners, students, women, and low-wage workers will be integral in Canada’s social and financial recovery.
With the commitments made today of $30 billion over five years, we will build a Canada-wide national early learning and child care system. This will make a significant impact in the lives of children and parents, particularly women.
As someone who has pushed for accessible childcare and advocated for women and parents in Canada, I am extremely proud of these historic investments. This will make a substantial difference for Canadian parents. We know the important role that safe quality childcare will have on our economy. We know that when women succeed, we all succeed.
This budget demonstrates that the federal government will be here for Burlington, Ontario, and Canada as a whole.
To read Deputy Prime Minister Freeland’s full speech, click here.
To read the 2021 Canadian Budget, click here.
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