Introduced the new Canada Child Benefit that helps 9 out of 10 families receive more money every month for groceries, school supplies, and extracurriculars like music lessons. Those families got an average payment of $2,300 more in benefits during the first benefit year, tax-free.
Taken further action to strengthen the Canada Child Benefit to make sure it keeps pace with the rising costs of living, by making annual cost of living increases starting July 2018-two years ahead of schedule. This means for a single parent making $35,000 a strengthened CCB will mean $560 more, tax-free.
Nearly doubled the number of students who got a summer job through the Canada Summer Jobs program to create over 30,000 more jobs for youth than under the previous government.
Helped over 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school, creating 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians and providing over 1,600 new job opportunities for youth in the heritage sector through an expanded Youth Employment Strategy.
Invested in our Connect to Innovate program, which will connect 300 rural and remote communities to high-speed internet to fully participate in our economy, democracy, and way of life.
Equipping 500,000 young Canadians with the skills they’ll need in the future through CanCode, which provides coding and digital skill development for youth from kindergarten to grade 12.
Increased the threshold for the Repayment Assistance Plan, so Canadians don’t need to start repaying their student loan until they find a job and are making at least $25,000 per year.
Made post-secondary education more affordable for 46,000 more students with up to $1,000 more per year through the Canada Student Grants and Loans
Helping new workers, such as young Canadians and recent immigrants, access employment insurance benefits while they search for employment by eliminating the higher EI eligibility requirements that were introduced by the previous government.
Giving a voice to youth across Canada in decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives through the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and local constituency youth councils.
Providing more opportunities for young Canadians with green jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector under the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.
Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople by providing financial support to unions and other skilled trade organizations to purchase modern equipment and materials and training.
Giving young students, especially girls and Indigenous children, an exciting hands-on learning experience in science and technology though the PromoScience program. There’s still more to do:
There’s still more work to do:
Implementing plain-packaging requirements on tobacco products.
Implementing a Youth Service Program that will provide young Canadians with meaningful work experience and an opportunity to build transferable skills.
Developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy that will find innovative solutions to support communities that are in most need, while focusing on young people, and create an inclusive, prosperous Canada.
Promoting bilingualism in Canadian youth by establishing a free, online service for learning and retaining English and French as second languages.