As summer comes to a close, it is an opportunity to look back and appreciate how far we’ve come during these tough times. As your Member of Parliament, it’s my responsibility job to make sure that your voices are represented in Ottawa. My office and I have worked tirelessly to ensure you get the support you need, help you navigate the many federal COVID-19 support programs, and innovate new ways to stay connected with you. Whether it was stopping in and checking up on our neighbourhood stores or visiting and supporting local farmers and vendors at our markets, these occasions have demonstrated to me the resilience of our community. I started several virtual initiatives to stay connected with you as well. I host weekly town halls via Facebook Live where I answer your questions, which I will be continuing into the fall.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are crucial to our success as a country. COVID-19 has touched all of us, and small businesses have certainly felt its impact. Our government is committed to supporting Canadians and businesses throughout this pandemic. I am proud to share that through government programs, including the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), we are able to help many Canadian businesses stay afloat through this pandemic.
We are supporting families by increasing the Canada Child Benefit once again, to keep pace with the cost of living; giving parents even more money each month, tax-free, to help them provide for their kids.
Government at all levels needs to do everything that is necessary to keep our children safe. Although education is an area of provincial jurisdiction, we saw the need to work together with provinces to provide extra support. I have heard very clearly from countless parents and educators that more needs to be done. That is what our federal government is doing, providing $2 billion to do everything that is necessary to keep our children safe.
I have seen, firsthand, the resilience of our communities as we persevere. Local thrift stores are full of donations. Food banks are receiving support from individuals and families, including produce donated from our local farmers. These are just a few of countless stories that inspire me.
Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other,