March 22, 2013

Budget Focuses on Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity



Ottawa, ON —On March 21, Minister Flaherty tabled the Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan for 2013. The Plan, which will see Canada return to a balanced budget in 2015, continues to focus on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, voiced his support for the budget, saying there are many benefits for his constituents.


“While Canada has weathered the global recession better than most, our Government recognizes that we need to be prepared for further challenges,” said Poilievre. “Economic Action Plan 2013 connects Canadians with available jobs, helps businesses succeed in the global economy and supports families and their communities.”


In collaboration with the province and employers, the proposed Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person to help individuals upgrade their skills in order to fill in-demand jobs. Once passed by Parliament and fully implemented, nearly 130,000 Canadians per year will have access to training at various education institutions, like community colleges and trade union training centres.


“Our Government is also extending and expanding the Hiring Credit for Small Business, allowing small enterprise to flourish in 2013,” said Poilievre. “Additionally, we are increasing support for farmers, right here in my riding, by doubling the current deduction limit from $8,750 to $17,500 under the restricted farm loss income tax rules.”


Economic Action Plan 2013 reflects the government’s continued support for hospitals, schools, and other important health and social services in Ontario by continuing provincial transfers.


As part of the Plan, the Government also announced the Community Improvement Fund which will help municipalities fund community infrastructure projects. This Fund will extend over ten years to provide communities with a stable and predictable source of support. For larger projects, the Building Canada Fund has been created. Also lasting ten years, this fund will support major economic infrastructure projects that have national and regional significance.


“And, in response to input from Canada’s Legions, we are further supporting  and honouring our Veterans,” said Poilievre. “The Plan enhances the Funeral and Burial Program by both simplifying the process and more than doubling the current funeral services reimbursement rate from $3,600 to $7,376.”

Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, speaks in the House of Commons (undated photo, stock image).

Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, speaks in the House of Commons (undated photo, stock image).