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NEWS RELEASE: Eyking joins Finance Minister in House of Commons to table Budget 2017

Hon. Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P.


Media Release

March 23, 2017


For Immediate Release

(Ottawa, ON): Yesterday, in Canada’s capital, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sydney – Victoria, Mark Eyking, joined Minister Bill Morneau in the House of Commons in the tabling of the 2017 Budget.

“This government is committed to helping the middle class and those working hard to join it; we see this commitment again in Budget 2017,” Eyking said.

Budget 2017 highlights include:

  • Parental leave will be increased to 18 months instead of 12 months and maternity leave will be more flexible with the option to start leave 12 week prior to due date,
  • Canadians looking to upgrade their skills and education can now do so while collecting Employment Insurance,
  • A new caregiver tax credit will provide better support for those who need it the most: individuals caring for dependent relatives with infirmities (including persons with disabilities). The new benefit will cover a broader range, of situations where individuals are providing care to an adult family member who requires significant support in order to recover from a critical illness or injury,
  • Social Infrastructure funding of $3.4 billion over five years for affordable housing, early learning and child care, cultural and recreation infrastructure, and community health care facilities,
  • $8.4 billion for First Nations communities for education, clean water and reconciliation over five years, also $90 million for revitalizing Indigenous languages and cultures over three years,

This budget contains previous commitments that will have huge return in Cape Breton, including: Parks Canada investments in Cape Breton ($66 million), the Canada Child Benefit helping thousands of Cape Breton families, a Marine Atlantic commitment ($445.3 million over three years), the Fisheries Fund ($325 million for Atlantic Provinces), and the ten-year Nova Scotia Health Accord which includes $130.8 million for mental health support and $157 million for home care.

“This budget not only helps Cape Bretoners and all Canadians moving forward to better their lives, but has many initiatives that will partnership up with the Province and our municipalities to make our region a better place to live and invest in,” said Eyking.


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