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Dear <<First Name>>;

I hope you and your family have been enjoying the warmer weather! To those who celebrated, I hope you had and or are having a meaningful Easter, Passover, Puthandu, and Ramadan.

The Scarborough Health Network is now rolling out fourth doses. I encourage you to visit ScarbVaccine.ca and get your latest booster shot when you can. Getting vaccinated protects you from the worst effects of the virus and helps to dampen the spread.

My colleagues and I have been working diligently to affirm Canada's commitment against Russia's illegal and brutal invasion into Ukraine. Just yesterday, Minister Joly announced a series of additional sanctions against individuals in the Donbass regions of Eastern Ukraine that were complicit in the Russian invasion. As well, last week Minister Freeland in unison with her democratic counterparts at the G20 walked out in protest during the intervention of Russia in the meetings. Canada will continue to stand with Ukraine and its NATO allies.

Canada Summer Jobs are now open! If you are a young person looking for employment this summer, check out the Government of Canada's Job Bank to learn more about job postings in our community. This Job Bank is frequently updated. The Government has also released a new mobile app to make your job search easier. These jobs are funded by the Government of Canada to help young people learn essential on-the-job skills and earn income over the summer.

Hon. John McKay P.C.
Member of Parliament for
Scarborough - Guildwood

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Canada Reaffirms Commitment Against Russian Invasion

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and her counterparts walking out of the G20 meeting in Washington when Russia intervened.

On April 20, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister and her G20 democratic counterparts walked when Russia spoke in the meetings.

Russia's actions in Ukraine threaten human rights, sovereignty, and the international rules-based order. Russia should not be part of the G20.

Yesterday, Minister Melanie Joly announced a new round of sanctions on 203 members of the Luhansk and Donetsk "People's Councils". They are complicit in enabling this invasion of Ukraine.

Learn more about these sanctions here: https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2022/04/canada-imposes-sanctions-on-203-individuals-complicit-in-attempted-annexation-of-certain-areas-of-donbass-ukraine.html

Learn more about already-existing lists of sanctions against Russia for its invasion in Ukraine here: https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine-sanctions.aspx?lang=eng

Investing +$379 Million in Long Term Care in Ontario

MP Jean Yip, MP Salma Zahid, and myself at the announcement for additional funding towards Long-Term Care in Ontario.

On April 21, Minister of Seniors Kamal Khera announced that Ontario will be getting approximately $379 million in funding to support Long-Term Care residents.

These funds will go to investments in virtual care, staff support, vaccine administration, and infection prevention. 

Watch the speech here: https://t.co/iN1FPkabra

Learn more about this fund here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2022/04/government-of-canada-invests-more-than-379-million-to-support-canadians-living-in-long-term-care-in-ontario.html

Canada Summer Jobs are NOW HIRING!

Employers for Canada Summer Jobs are now hiring up and until July 24, 2022. 
Summer Job Bank

Budget 2022 for Seniors

 
Budget 2022 Initiatives for Seniors
 
  1. A 10% increase to OAS pension for seniors age 75+ during July 2022.
  2. In 2017, $6 billion was pledged over ten years to provinces and territories for home care services and will continue for 2022
  3. $20 million expansion over two years of New Horizons for Seniors Program, which has supported 33,500+ projects in hundreds of communities since 2004
  4. Expert panel to study an Aging at Home Benefit.  More details in the months to come.
  5. Engage with experts on the possibility of a Career Extension Tax Credit to boost the participation of seniors in the labour force
  6. Dementia & Brain Research - $20 million over five years to study and improve treatment and outcomes, and to address mental health consequences for caregivers  
  7. Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation - $30 million over three years 
  8. Dental care for seniors - with family incomes less than $90,000 annually, will start in 2023. 
  9. Doubling the Home Accessibility Tax Credit - doubling the expense limit to $20,000. Means an increased tax credit from $1,500 to $3,000 for important accessibility renovations or alterations like:
    • wheelchair ramps, walk-in bathtubs, wheel-in showers;
    • widening doorways and hallways;
    • building a bedroom or a bathroom to permit first floor occupancy; and
    • installing non-slip flooring to help avoid falls.
  10. Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit - Provides up to $7,500 in support for constructing a secondary suite for a senior or adult with a disability. Starting in 2023, families can claim 15% of up to $50,000 in eligible renovation and construction costs.  
  11. Speeding up Housing Construction and Repairs for Vulnerable Canadians. Advance $2.9 billion in funding, on a cash basis, under the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, to be all spent by 2025-26, accelerating up to create 4,300 new units and the repair of up to 17,800 units.
  12. Canada Housing Benefit: $475 million in 2022-2023 to provide a one-time $500 payment to those facing housing affordability challenges.
 
Housing Initiatives for Seniors
 
Under the Rapid Housing Initiative, 1301 units have been created for seniors. On December 17, 2021, Canada invested $3.8 million to build 27 affordable units for vulnerable populations including seniors fleeing domestic violence or elder abuse. 


Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) information
  • Forecast to provide $68.2 billion in 2022-23; $87.2 billion in 2026-27
  • Benefits indexed quarterly to Consumer Price Index

Budget 2022

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland giving her remarks on Budget 2022.
Image credits: The Toronto Star

On April 7th, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland gave a speech unveiling Budget 2022. In it, she spoke about Canada's optimistic economic outlook and of the need to invest in key programs in the years ahead.

Some of the priorities outlined in Budget 2022 are as follows:

  • $8.8 billion dollars in affordable housing investments
  • $1.3 billion towards helping Canadians buy their first homes
  • $6.8 billion in fighting climate change (including through investments in making electric vehicles more affordable)
  • $2.2 billion in natural infrastructure
  • $3.9 billion towards improving our immigration system
  • $7.2 billion towards National Defence
  • $940 million towards supporting Ukraine
  • $7.3 billion in healthcare (including dentalcare)
Budget 2022 forecasts a shrinking deficit over the next 5 years from $144.5 billion during the 2021-22 fiscal year to $13.1 billion by the end of 2027. The debt-to-GDP ratio is forecasted to shrink from 46.5% to 41.5% from 2022 to 2027.

Read the full document of Budget 2022 for charts, graphs, and a detailed account of each of our proposed measures here: https://budget.gc.ca/2022/home-accueil-en.html 

Iftar with Al Jannah Mosque

Special thanks to my friends at the Al Jannah Mosque for courteously hosting Minister Hussen, MP Gary Anandasangaree, and me at this Iftar on April 15.

Meeting with the Toronto Police Association

I had a fruitful discussion with the Toronto Police Association in Ottawa about the issues we need to tackle in our community.

Childcare Agreement Reached with the Province of Ontario!

The Ontario government has now agreed to implement $10-a-day childcare in our communities! This agreement entails:
  • Reducing childcare prices for parents with children under 6 by 25% in May, providing an average savings of $2200 per child
  • Reducing fees by 50% by end of 2022, saving families approximately $6000 per child
  • Deliver widespread average $10-a-day childcare by 2026
See the Prime Minister's Statement here.

NEW IRCC Digital Case Status Tracker

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a new digital case status tracker website that allows eligible families access to permanent resident applications statuses, sponsorship application statuses, and other information online. The tracker is available for PR applicants in the spousal, partner, and dependent child categories.

Access the tool here: https://prt-srp.apps.cic.gc.ca/en

Fourth Doses Now Available

I've had mine, time for you to get yours.

For more information, please visit: http://scarbvaccine.ca

Tourism Relief Fund

Federal funding for the Tourism Relief Fund is available for all businesses and not-for-profit organizations looking support Canada's tourism industry
 

Eligible applicants include:

  • businesses 
  • not-for-profit organizations, such as tourism associations 
  • band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives 
     

Applicants must also meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  • be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experience; or
  • be part of a defined tourism cluster or a tourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores; or
  • provide an anchor product or service in a tourism destination 
     
Learn more about the Tourism Relief Fund here.

Travelling with ArriveCAN

Those travelling this Spring and Summer should ensure they are preparing well in advance. Testing requirements may be required and a fully-filled ArriveCAN app is required for flights coming into Canada.

For a list of all pre-entry and arrival requirements, please visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Love, Scarborough Campaign

Check out the Scarborough Health Network's video on the Love, Scarborough Campaign.
The Scarborough Health Network Foundation launched the Love, Scarborough campaign. This campaign is an open letter to Toronto seeking to shed light on the healthcare inequities the Scarborough community faces. The campaign's goal is to raise $100 million dollars for our Scarborough hospitals. Learn more at www.lovescarborough.ca.

Who's Hiring

East Scarborough Storefront List
Government of Canada Youth Job Bank

Immigration Information

Update: On January 31, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced a suite of new measures that will help reduce wait times and modernize Canada's immigration system. These include:
  1. The hiring of 500 new processing staff.
  2. Expansion of online applications for PR applicants.
  3. Creation of a PR tracker for spousal sponsorship applications.
  4. Update to online processing times tools to give applicants estimates on the time it will take to process their applications.
More information can be found at https://t.co/Ems0qoalRO.
Check out the following immigration related resources: Need further resources? My office is happy to assist you with immigration matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca.  

If you are a resident of Scarborough-Guildwood seeking assistance with a federal service or program, please provide the following:
  • Your full name;
  • Address, including postal code;
  • Telephone number;
  • File number
  • Date of birth
  • Brief summary of your situation
If the matter is time-sensitive, then please call the office directly at 416-283-1226. If we are unable to answer your call immediately, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we can.
 

News on the Hill

In the News:

Connect with my Office

My office looks forward to connecting with you about all federal matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca. We will return all calls and emails.

Please contact one of the following agencies based on the nature of your inquiry:
 
For CRA inquiries, please contact 1-800-959-8281.
 
For Service Canada/EI inquiries, please contact the department at 1-800-206-7218. You may also complete a service request form: https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/
 
For IRCC inquiries, please contact the department at 1-888-242-2100 or visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/contact-ircc.html

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Sincerely,
 
Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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