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Community Update: June 8, 2022 | View this email in your browser here.

Dear <<First Name>>;

The sun is out and summer is almost here!

On June 2, 2022, I celebrated my 25th year as a sitting MP in the House of Commons. Serving the community of Scarborough - Guildwood has been a great honour. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the years.

My Bill S-211 passed the second reading in the House of Commons 327-0. Strong, positive momentum is being made to advance anti-slavery legislation in Canada.

Last week, I visited Lithuania as a Canadian delegate. I reaffirmed Canada's commitment to protecting the sovereignty of its NATO allies in Eastern Europe. We must continue to keep pushing back against Russia and all forces seeking to dismantle an international rules-based order.

I hope you and your family plan to enjoy this coming summer season. Check out the Bluffs, visit the waterfront, and have a BBQ with your friends.

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

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25 Years in Parliament

25 years ago, I was elected to the House of Commons as MP for the riding of Scarborough–East. Serving the community of Scarborough–Guildwood has been a great honour.

Bill S-211 Passes Second Reading Unanimously

Bill S-211 is making steadfast progress in the House of Commons. There is unanimous support in the House for legislation towards ending Modern Slavery in our supply chains.

Learn more about the bill here: https://www.parl.ca/legisinfo/en/bill/44-1/s-211 

Delegation to the United States

This week, I lead a delegation of Canadian MPs and Senators to Washington D.C. We had discussions with our American counterparts in the U.S Senate on North American security, energy security, and climate change solutions.

Among a number of others, we met with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D), the Co-Chair of the Canada-US Interparliamentary Group, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R).

As Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group I help facilitate meetings with our neighbours on issues that are important to Canadians. Our defence and economy are strongly intertwined with that of the United States so it is imperative that we continue to work together on these issues when possible.

Funding for New Horizons for Seniors Program

Deadline: November 2022

Additional funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program has been made available.

Interested organizations looking to support seniors in our community should visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html

Meadoway Restoration Project by the TRCA

Take a look at some of the planning proposals by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority regarding the Meadoway Restoration Project.

Canada Summer Jobs are NOW HIRING!

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

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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