More money for families

Families will begin receiving their new Canada Child Benefit this month, putting more money in the pockets of nine out of 10 families to help with the high cost of raising their kids.

The new Canada Child Benefit replaces the old Canada Child Tax Benefit, including the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

It will provide a maximum annual benefit of up to $6,400 per child under the age of six and up to $5,400, per child, aged six to 17. Families with less than $30,000 in net income will receive the maximum benefit.

Families whose children qualify for the disability tax credit can receive an additional amount as part of their Canada Child Benefit, up to a maximum annual benefit of $2,730 per child eligible for the disability tax credit.

If you wish to calculate your benefit amount, a benefit calculator is available.

Our government has made a commitment to implement measures that will help alleviate poverty for Canadian families with children.

Under the new Canada Child Benefit more than million families will receive more money than before and lift almost 300,000 children out of poverty.

More Affordable Housing in Kelowna-Lake Country

I was pleased to attend the official opening of Pleasantvale, an affordable housing initiative that will support seniors and modest income families in the city. 

Congratulations to everyone involved in this great project, especially to The Society of Hope, and to the funding partners — the federal government, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Kelowna.

Our government is committed to tackling housing and homelessness challenges here in B.C. and across the country. This includes asking Canada Mortgage and Housing to investigate the rapid rise in property prices we are witnessing in some Canadian cities.

Budget 2016 announced significant new investments to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing, including doubling the amount of existing funding, providing additional funding for northern and Inuit regions.

It also targeted funding for seniors, victims of family violence, and to improve water and energy efficiency through retrofits and renovations to existing social housing.

We are also committed to delivering a comprehensive national housing strategy through a renewed relationship with the provinces, territories, municipalities and other stakeholders to achieve better outcomes across the housing continuum.

As a first step toward open dialogue on social issues between federal, provincial and territorial governments, Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development and minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, co-chaired the first meeting in 10 years of federal-provincial-territorial ministers responsible for social services.

Our government wants a national housing strategy that will meet the needs of all Canadians and improve the lives of those in greatest need.  

In this regard, we are seeking input directly from Canadians. Constituents can participate in the consultation process by taking part in a survey and/or submitting their ideas or written submissions online.

I’d also be happy to hear your thoughts.

Constituents can reach me the summer by contacting our constituency office or by calling 250 470-5075.





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About the Author

Stephen Fuhr was born in Edmonton, AB and grew up in Kamloops, BC. He is a former CF-18 fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force.

After serving with distinction for 20 years, Stephen retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009 with the rank of Major. He joined his family’s Kelowna-based company, SkyTrac Systems, which develops aviation communication and tracking equipment. As CEO and Director of Business Development, he led the company to financial success in a challenging economic climate.

In 2012, Stephen left the company to pursue his first love of flying.

With growing interest in politics and a desire to serve his country again, Stephen ran for office in the 2015 election.

Today, he proudly serves as the Member of Parliament for the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. 

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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