Introduced the new Canada Child Benefit that’s helping nine 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 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 in 2018-19, tax-free.
Cut taxes for 9 million middle-class Canadians, with an average savings of $330 each year for single Canadians and $540 each year for couples, and raised taxes on the wealthiest one percent.
Improved access to subsidized child care for up to 40,000 more children over the next 3 years.
Gave 10,000 more part-time students and 13,000 more students with children access to the Canada Student Grants.
Improving financial security for low-income working Canadians by 2019 by increasing investments in the Working Income Tax Benefit.
Improving access to Employment Insurance by reducing the wait period for benefits from two weeks to one week.
Improving access to Employment Insurance by eliminating the higher EI eligibility requirements introduced by the previous government that have restricted access for people who are trying to enter or get back into the labour market.
Strengthened support to those with autism and their families through improvements made to the Child Disability Benefit and the Canada Child Benefit.
Provided tax relief for the caregivers of a dependent spouse or child with disabilities.
Built over 7,500 new affordable homes as of September 30, 2017.
Provided more than 115,300 families of low-income households and over 4,300 First Nations families with much-needed renovations and repairs since April 2016.
Made over 10,700 homes more affordable with initiatives such as rent and shelter allowances since April 2016.
Provided middle-class Canadian consumers with more choice and lower prices through our ambitious Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union.
Reunited more families, increasing the number of spouses, partners, and dependent children to be admitted by 12,000 and shortened processing times for spousal applications from 26 to 12 months in 2016.
Continuing to reduce our debt-to-GDP ratio throughout our mandate.
There’s still more work to do:
Giving the choice to families to extend EI parental benefits to 18 months will give more choice to decide what works best for them.
Allowing women to claim EI maternity benefits up to twelve weeks before their due date.
More flexible work arrangements for employees to work on a different schedule or from home will help Canadians strike a balance between their jobs and their family.
Creating the Employment Insurance Caregiving Benefit to support Canadians caring for critically ill and injured family members.
Making home Internet access more affordable for low-income families.
Removing the GST on new capital investments in rental housing and modernize the existing Home Buyers’ Plan to support Canadians impacted by sudden and significant life changes.
Updating Canada’s Food Guide to strengthen our recommendations about healthy food choices and eating behaviours.
Ensuring that any unspent infrastructure funds are automatically transferred to municipalities through a temporary top-up of the Gas Tax Fund that supports local infrastructure priorities.
Helping more parents save for their children’s education by working collaboratively with provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples to improve promotion of RESPs and Canada Learning Bonds.
Giving more families the ability to hire caregivers to provide care for their loved ones with high medical needs by eliminating the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee.
Ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency proactively contacts Canadians who are entitled to, but are not receiving tax benefits.
Ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency offers to complete returns for lower-income or fixed-income Canadians whose financial situation is unchanged year-to-year.
Providing assistance to Canadians who wish to file their taxes using no paper forms.