The Government of Canada just released the 2017 federal budget, a report that millions of Canadians were anxiously awaiting.
Ranging from healthcare and infrastructure to childcare and taxes, below you’ll find a breakdown of the 2017 budget as it pertains to us Montrealers.
Healthcare & Social Programs
$6 billion over 10 years for home care
$5 billion over 10 years for mental health initiatives through individual deals with the provinces and territories
$691.3 million over 5 years for a new EI caregiving benefit, that would allow Canadians to take up to 15 weeks to care for an adult family member who needs significant support to recover from a critical illness or injury
$11.2 billion over 11 years on social housing, including $5 billion for a National Housing Fund to address critical housing issues and provide support for Indigenous Canadians living off-reserve
3.4 billion over 5 years for critical needs of Indigenous communities including infrastructure, healthcare, and education
$20.1 billion over 11 years for public transit
$867.3 million over 3 years for Via Rail
$7 billion over 10 years to create up to 40,000 more affordable childcare spaces
Parents will be allowed to extend their parental leave from 12 months to 18 months
Women be allowed to start their maternity leaves 12 weeks before their due dates rather than 8 weeks before
$100.9 million over 5 years to fund a national strategy to fight gender-based violence
$3.6 million over 3 years to create an LGBTQ2 secretariat at the Privy Council Office to advance human rights
$523.9 million over five years to prevent tax evasion and improve tax compliance
An Uber Tax has been introduced that allows GST to be collected on the popular ride-sharing service
Other initiatives budgeted for include $62.9 million over 5 years for immigration and refugee legal aid services, $27.5 million over 5 years for an employment strategy for newcomers, and $55 million over 5 years to create and fill 28 new federally appointed judge positions to speed up access to justice.
In total, new spending over the next year is estimated at $1.3 billion.
To read the 2017 federal budget in its entirety, click here.