Minister Gould highlights budget investments to make life more affordable for Canadians

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WINNIPEG, MB, March 31, 2023 /CNW/ - Today the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, met with members of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, to highlight how Budget 2023 is making life more affordable for people from coast to coast to coast, including new investments in dental care.

Canada has made a remarkable recovery from the COVID recession. Canada's economic growth was the strongest in the G7 over the last year, and today, 830,000 more Canadians are employed than before the pandemic, including 19,300 in Manitoba. Inflation in Canada has fallen for eight months in a row, our unemployment rate is near its record low. Supported by our Canada-wide system of affordable early learning and child care, the labour force participation rate for women aged 25 to 54 reached a record high of 85.7% in February.

Budget 2023 builds on this important progress.

To make life more affordable, Budget 2023 delivers the new grocery rebate, offering targeted inflation relief for 11 million Canadians and families who need it most with up to an additional $467 for eligible couples with children; an additional $234 for single Canadians without children; and an additional $225 for seniors, on average. The Government is also taking action to crack down on junk fees and predatory lending, lower credit card transaction fees for small businesses, and help Canadians keep more money in their pockets.

To strengthen Canada's universal public health care system, the budget delivers $198.3 billion, including $7 billion in Manitoba, to reduce backlogs, expand access to family health services, and ensure provinces and territories can provide the high quality and timely health care Canadians expect and deserve. Budget 2023 also introduces the new Canadian Dental Care Plan, helping up to nine million Canadians.

To build Canada's clean economy, the Budget makes transformative investments to fight climate change and create new opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers. This includes significant measures that will deliver cleaner and more affordable energy, support investment in our communities, and create good-paying jobs.

With a responsible fiscal plan that will see Canada maintain the lowest deficit and the lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the G7, Budget 2023 will help to build a Canada that is more secure, more sustainable, and more affordable for people from coast to coast to coast.

Quotes

"It is a challenging time in a challenging world, but there is no better place to be than Canada. Budget 2023 is our plan to make life more affordable, strengthen public health care, and build a stronger, more sustainable, and more secure Canadian economy—for everyone. The investments in Budget 2023 will help provide dental care to Canadians who need it most, because nobody should have to choose between taking care of their teeth and being able to pay the bills at the end of the month."

– The Honourable Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould

Associated Links

Budget 2023: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future
Budget 2023: Address by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Backgrounder: Stronger Public Health Care
Backgrounder: Making Life More Affordable
Backgrounder: An Affordable Place to Call Home
Backgrounder: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Affordable Energy, Good Jobs, and a Growing Clean Economy
Backgrounder: Advancing Reconciliation 
Backgrounder: Stronger and More Inclusive Communities
Backgrounder: Improving Service Delivery

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