The Canada Child Benefit is Increasing
Thank you to Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development for joining me in Napanee yesterday to announce an increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). Our government launched the (CCB) in 2016 to help families provide for their children. It’s tax-free, more generous, and better targeted to those who need it most.
Because of the CCB, 9 out of 10 Canadian families now have more money to help pay for things like healthy food, sports programs, and music lessons.
Canada’s poverty rate is at the lowest level in Canadian history and thanks to the CCB, we have lifted nearly 300,000 children out of poverty. That's huge progress, and we can't go back.
Every time the Conservatives have been asked to stand up and show their support for the CCB, they have refused to do so. We will continue to fight to make sure kids across the country have the best chance at reaching their full potential.
Canada Summer Jobs at Work in Loyalist Township
The Loyalist Township Recreation Department under Recreation Manager Teressa Cormier runs a summer camp at the W.J. Henderson recreation centre in Amherstview. The federal Canada Summer Jobs program has been an important tool for them to provide this service to families over the summer.
And more than that, the program helps keep young people in our home communities so that they don't have to move away to find work while they build their careers. Vanessa is the perfect example, since she is getting to work with kids while she develops her career in early childhood education.
Our government doubled the number of Canada Summer Jobs compared to the previous government because we know that when we invest in our youth, we invest in our country's future. In Hastings—Lennox and Addington, our government has supported over 700 Canada Summer Jobs with over $2 million.
Happy Canada Day 2019 from MP Mike Bossio
From Denbigh to Stirling, Maynooth to Amherstview, and Marmora to Yarker, and everywhere in between, have a very Happy Canada Day!
Supporting the Back Kitchen on Amherst Island
It was great to be at The Back Kitchen on Amherst Island recently to announce federal support of $10,621 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
Amherst Island Community Café (the Back Kitchen) President Lorna Willis is absolutely right when she says: “The Back Kitchen is a hub of community activity on Amherst Island." Our rural communities rely on hubs like this one to bring people together and contribute to rural sustainability.
Lorna adds, "we are truly grateful that the funding will allow us to build a new ramp and renovate the washroom. This increased accessibility benefits the entire community, but especially our senior citizens and others with mobility challenges. Increased accessibility supports our goal of providing outreach to local seniors who visit the island."
Better Than Advertised!
We ran on a plan to invest in Canadians, and the result: the best balance sheet and one of the highest growth rates in the G7. Not only is our plan working, it is even better than advertised!
Over 1 million jobs have been created since we came to government. Unemployment rates are the lowest on record. Over 825,000 Canadians have been lifted out of poverty through measures like our increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement, sending $1.7 million more per year to low-income single seniors in my riding.
Low and middle-income families like Lacy’s in Tweed and Krysta-Lee’s in Tamworth are benefiting from the Canada Child Benefit, which in April alone helped over 16,000 children in our riding, for a total of $5.5 million dollars. That’s $66 million per year for families in Hastings—Lennox and Addington.
National Indigenous History Month
It’s National Indigenous History Month - a time to celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
Close to home, The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Pow Wow will be held later this summer from August 10 to 11 this year at Tsi tkerhitoten Park, 275 Bayshore Rd. This annual celebration of the Mohawk culture features hundreds of dancers in traditional attire, dancing to the sound of voices and drums. The event often draws more than 1,000 people, and includes vendors selling Indigenous-themed crafts and food. It’s also a great opportunity for settler peoples to learn more about Indigenous culture and foster understanding.
Let’s support downtown Madoc during the construction!
We have to support our rural downtowns, particularly during the construction we are seeing in Madoc, Municipality of Centre Hastings!
The Hidden Goldmine Bakery is a real gem - we had some of their treats at the Town Hall I held in Madoc a couple of weeks ago!
Canada moving to ban harmful single-use plastics
Canada is taking action to ban harmful single-use plastics.
Plastic waste ends up in our landfills and incinerators, litters our parks and beaches, and pollutes our rivers, lakes, and oceans—entangling and killing turtles, fish, and marine mammals.
A recent study found that a person's average microplastic consumption is around 70,000 to 121,000 particles per year, and people who consume a lot of bottled water could see that number jump by up to 100,000 particles per year.
You can read more: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/canada-moves-to-ban-harmful-single-use-plastics-and-hold-companies-responsible-for-plastic-waste/
Canada Summer Jobs at the Back Kitchen, Amherst Island
Why is the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program so important? It keeps our young people in our rural communities to work and build their resumes as they progress into their careers, without losing them to the cities. It also supports our local small business, non-profits, and municipalities. Listen in to hear how the CSJ is helping out at The Back Kitchen on Amherst Island.
The best summer job?
This might be the best summer job I've ever come across! It was great to see how the Canada Summer Jobs program is helping out at Topsy Farms by giving our young people the job training they need to develop their careers, and do so in our rural community, rather than in the cities!
Bossio speaks on Bill C-92
As a member of the Indigenous Committee, I recently rose in the House of Commons to speak Bill C-92, which has been co-developed along with Indigenous Partners. Bill C-92 will finally put into law what Indigenous Peoples across Canada have been asking of governments for decades: that their inherent jurisdiction over child and family services be both recognized, and affirmed.
Bossio Fights for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights
This is why I serve.
For all those who have given some of the best years of their life to fight for their small rural community, for the environment, and for future generations.
For those who are no longer with us, but fought the good fight: Margaret Walsh, Steve Geneja, Al Gardiner, Mary Lynn Sammon, and Howard O'Connor.
For all those who continue to fight the good fight: I am with you, and we will continue! We will fight on the side of the angels, on the side of you angels who are there now fighting to protect our beautiful, pristine rural communities.
And as long as I am a Member of Parliament, I will never stop fighting to have a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights.
We’re Saying No to Conservative Cuts to Tree Planting. It’s World Environment Day
🌎Today is World Environment Day, and Canadians are saying "NO" 🙅♀️🙅♂️ to Conservative cuts to Forests Ontario's 50 million tree planting program.
I heard from constituents that we needed to act, and I am proud of Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and our government for stepping in to support our environment, rural communities, and future generations by funding this tree-planting program for Ontario.
🌳🌲Planting trees can act as a carbon sink to lower CO2 emissions, and it also prevents soil erosion during flood, maintains moisture in the soil during drought, and provides much needed habitat for wildlife. 🦋🐢🦌
Happy World Environment Day!
Bossio Questions Bennett on MMIWG
Monday was a powerful and emotional day for Canada. With the release of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), we are closer to ending this ongoing national tragedy. It must end.
Yesterday, I asked Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett about the history of the national inquiry into MMIWG, and how this report will change our country for the better. #MMIWG
"It's Extremely Devastating" - Forests Ontario on Ford's Cuts to the 50 million Tree Program
"It's extremely devastating" said Forests Ontario's Rob Keene on the Ford Government's cut to the 50 million tree program for southern Ontario when I questioned him about it in Environment Committee yesterday.
We need more trees to fight climate change, not fewer! I will always stand up to protect our environment and our rural communities from shortsighted cuts that do long-term damage for our environment and future generations.
Quinte Conservation Testifies at Federal Environment Committee
Napanee's FireRein Testifies at the Federal Environment Committee
Bossio Questions Quinte Conservation's Brad McNevin at Environment Committee
Bossio Questions FireRein's Quincy Emmons at Environment Committee
The Country Butcher Shop in Napanee
The Country Butcher Shop is open in the Town of Greater Napanee! It’s great to see another small business opening up in our rural community. This creates more jobs and adds another element to entice people to settle and stay in our community. It’s great for rural sustainability! Good luck with your business!
Federal Support for Skills Training at Calderwood Automation
Jonathan Da Silva and the team at Calderwood Automation Inc. in the Town of Greater Napanee are showing how rural communities like ours have the skills to break into the tech world. They are contracted throughout our region to create intelligent, data-enabled building automation.
To keep up a skilled workforce in an evolving market, they benefited from federal funding through the Community Futures of Prince Edward Lennox Addington for skilled workforce development.
⚙️💡Skills development is a top priority for our government!
Co-working Community Hub in Madoc
💡Hannah Praisley, the Economic Development Coordinator, and Deputy Mayor Eric Sandford of the Municipality of Centre Hastings showed me the new Co-working Community Hub at the hall in Ivanhoe. It’s a great new example of how to unleash the undertapped potential of our rural communities to innovate and drive growth. That’s so important for rural sustainability!
Federal Government Funding Quinte Conservation Climate Change Project
🌿Local conservation organizations like Quinte Conservation are at the front line of the impacts of the climate change crisis. I joined CAO Brad McNevin and Hydrogeologist Mark Boone last week to discuss federal funding of $250,000 for Quinte Conservation for climate change adaptation plans, following the historic droughts in 2016 and 2017.
I am proud of our government for stepping up to support our local conservation organizations as we come together to protect our people and communities from the impacts of climate change.
Bossio Stands Up for Local Conservation Authorities
Our local conservation authorities play such an important role in conserving our biodiversity, lands, and waters. They can help us to make the linkages and corridors we need to connect more of our protected spaces for the benefit of wildlife protection.
Our federal government is investing $1.3 billion into protecting more lands and waters in Canada and meeting our conservation targets.
However, it's unfortunate that the Conservatives in Ontario have instead CUT funding to our local conservation authorities, particularly at a time when their conservation knowlege and work is needed more than ever due to the impacts of climate change.
Let’s Plant Trees, Not Cut Funding to Forests Ontario
The Conservatives in Ontario just don't seem to understand climate change, conservation, and protecting the environment and the people it sustains.
The Ford Government is cutting a program in Ontario through Forests Ontario to plant 50 million trees, which can act as a carbon sink to lower CO2 emissions, prevent soil erosion during flood, maintain moisture in the soil during drought, and provide much needed habitat for wildlife. Frankly, trees can help to fight the impacts of climate change!
Our federal government is investing $1.3 billion to protect more of Canada's lands and waters, and I asked Environment and Natural Resources in Canada officials at committee recently about the need for forest cover in southern Ontario for both adaptation and mitigation.
Bossio on Meeting Our Conservation Targets
Canada's government is on track to meet our targets to conserve more lands and waters through more protected spaces.
Conservation is such an important issue to Canadians, including people in Hastings--Lennox and Addington. Particularly in light of the impacts of climate change, we need to be investing in conservation, not cutting funding like the Conservatives in Ontario.
Our Government is making a record $1.3 billion investment into protecting more of our lands and waters and meeting our international conservation targets, and I asked Parks Canada and Environment and Natural Resources in Canada officials in committee for their thoughts on how this plan is proceeding.
Volunteerism Powered by Youth in Tweed
Wow! It’s fantastic to see the volunteer spirit so strong in our young people today! I’m in the Municipality of Tweed today for the fish fry in support of the Tweed & Area Arts Council. Have a listen to why Brooklyn, Hunter, and Joshua are out helping Joel at the event today. We couldn’t do it without you!
Bossio Speaks on the Climate Emergency in Rural Communities
I rose in the House of Commons to speak on the declaration of a climate emergency, and to paint a picture of how climate change is impacting rural communties like Hastings--Lennox and Addington, and our Canadian identity.
From impact on the time-honoured tradition of maple syrup production in places like Flinton in the Addington Highlands, to droughts affecting farmers across our community in 2016 and 2017, to repeated "100-year" floods in the span of six years throughout the riding in the Town of Bancroft, Town of Greater Napanee, City of Belleville | Municipal Government, Municipality of Tweed, The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Amherst Island, Hastings Highlands, and more, our rural communities are suffering.
The science is clear and the impact on human lives is clear. We cannot leave it to our children to pay the vastly higher, even existential, costs of climate change.
We know how to solve this, and it is our duty as parents, citizens and legislators to act. This is a climate emergency.
#cdnpoli #climatechange #climateemergency
Mike Bossio MP - It's Christmas in My Riding, with All of the Folks at Home! Dec. 2018
I brought some Rural Canadian Christmas cheer to the House of Commons from our riding of Hastings--Lennox and Addington to celebrate the holiday season. Merry Christmas! 🎅⛄️❄️🎄⭐️
Mike Bossio MP - Remembrance Day Message 2018
This Sunday is Remembrance Day. We thank our Veterans and the women and men currently serving in our Armed Forces. We thank them and their families for their sacrifice, for their strength, and for their gift: the gift of freedom.
This year I will be attending the service in Napanee. Thank you to the many volunteers representing me at the many other services in our riding on Saturday and Sunday. I would encourage all constituents to attend one of the services:
• Bancroft Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Carlow/Mayo Cenotaph, 1pm, Nov. 11
• Denbigh Cenotaph, 10:55am, Nov. 10
• Deseronto Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Flinton Cenotaph, 1pm, Nov. 10
• Harold Cenotaph, 9am, Nov. 11
• Madoc Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Marmora Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Maynooth Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Millhaven Legion, 11am, Nov. 11
• Napanee Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Stirling Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tamworth Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tudor and Cashel Community Centre, 11am, Nov. 10
• Tweed, Reid Memorial Park, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Christ Church, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tyendinaga Township, Municipal Office, 10:30am, Nov. 11
• Wilton Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
Mike Bossio MP - Canada Day 2018
Happy Canada Day!
Mike Bossio MP talks to Minister McKenna about Fighting Climate Change - June 2018
It was great to see Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna at Environment Committee this week, especially during #EnvironmentWeek. It was her third appearance at committee in only 11 weeks! I asked her about our plan to tackle climate change, and she delivered! Our plan will eliminate 80 to 90 millions tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 23 to 26 million cars of the road, or closing 20 coal-fired plants.
Mike Bossio MP speaks about Bill C-69 - June 2018
It's Environment Week, and as many people know, I have spent many years of my life on environmental issues alongside my neighbours, including The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, fighting a mega-dump expansion in our community that had the potential to pollute our community’s water. This is one of the issues that drove me into politics, and it is something that I remain passionate about. I brought this local experience to Environment Committee when we studied the new bill on environmental assessment, navigable waters, and energy regulation.
Our Environment Committee returned Bill C-69 to the House of Commons with over 100 amendments, and I spoke to it this week in the House of Commons.
For my part, my experience in the mega-dump fight has shown me how important it is to have strong public participation. So, I tabled amendments that provide for “meaningful” public participation, which strengthens the language in the law, and will lead to stronger regulations on this issue. This will be a big win for public participation.
We also passed amendments that incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into this bill. At the passing of this bill into law, this will be the first government bill that incorporates UNDRIP. This will be a landmark moment, and something that we can all be proud of.
Mike Bossio MP Busts into Rhyme for Tourism Week - May 2018
I had a little...okay a LOT of fun promoting our community for #TourismWeek in the House of Commons! 2017 was the best year ever for tourism in Canada, as we welcomed 20.8 million international visitors, who spent more than $21 billion. Tourism is also an important economic driver, especially here in our rural riding, which has so much to offer. Tourism supports 1.8 million jobs in communities from coast to coast to coast and represents 2 percent of GDP.
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates FireRein - April 2018
Small rural businesses can made a big impact, even internationallly! I rose in the House of Commons today to congratulate everyone at FireRein for getting a contact with the US military for their innovative, environmentally-friendly, food-based fire suppressant. This "Eco-Gel" was also used to help fight the wildfires in BC last year. Thanks also to the Enterprise volunteer firefighters in Stone Mills for being the first to use the product. I'm proud of our government for seeing the great potential in rural businesses, and making an investment of $325,000 in FireRein to scale up the company to help them to reach those markets. This is a great news story for the Town of Greater Napanee, Lennox and Addington County, and our whole region! Bravo!
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about Budget 2018 - Feb. 2018
Equality + Growth = #Budget2018! Parental leave, planning for Pharmacare, rural economic development funding, mental health help for public safety officers... have a listen to some of the impact the budget will have on our community. Please comment below with any of your questions or ideas. I'm happy to go into more detail on what I've mentioned, or the many other aspects of the budget that I haven't fit in here. The full budget is available at this link: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/home-accueil-en.html #cdnpoli #rural
Mike Bossio MP Recognizes International Women's Day in the House of Commons
I was proud to stand in the House of Commons and recognize the organizers of the 4th annual International Women's Day event, taking place tomorrow in Napanee!
I also took a moment to recognize my wife and daughter, and the incredible women who work in my constituency office. Thank you for all you do!
Mike Bossio MP Sings "In All of Us Command" - Feb 2018
Yesterday I stood proudly beside my seatmate Randy Boissonnault and the rest of my colleagues in the House of Commons to sing our national anthem with the gender neutral lyrics from the late Mauril Bélanger's Bill C-210. "In all of Us Command" reflects the original lyrics to our national anthem, and reflects our belief that the equality of all genders should be reflected in our national symbols. We believe that a more inclusive Canada is a stronger Canada! #InAllofUsCommand
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister Philpott About Ending Long-Term Drinking Water Advisories - Feb 2018
Our government is committed to ending long-term drinking water advisories on all public systems on reserves by March 2021. Yesterday during Question Period, I had the opportunity to ask the Honourable Jane Philpott for an update on our government's progress on this issue. She had good news to share!
Mike Bossio MP Christmas Message 2017
Mike Bossio MP Tables the Report on the FSDA - Dec. 2017
When we had our very first brainstorming session in Environment and Sustainable Development Committee way back in early 2016, studying the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) was what I pushed for as one of the first things that I wanted us to do. So, it was a great privilege that my friend, Committee Chair Deb Schulte, gave me the opportunity to table our report in the House of Commons with our amendments. This will now be voted in the House, and upon passing, it will go to the Senate. A proud moment! With our amended bill, our government is strengthening the FSDA to include more government accountability. It will also include more than 90 government organizations under its umbrella, instead of 26, which means that sustainability is being put at the forefront of the way we think at all levels. You can read more about our amendments here: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/ENVI/report-11
Mike Bossio MP Calls for Calls for Enhanced Protection of Historic Places - Dec. 2017
We have historic sites in our riding that are so important to preserve for future generations. I visited the Town of Greater Napanee Town Hall - a National Historic Site - to talk about the importance of these sites not only to our heritage, but as a key economic development tool for rebuilding our rural main streets and ensuring community sustainability. As part of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, my colleagues and I just finished a report that calls on the government to take a leadership role to preserve our heritage as the foundation for tomorrow. To read more, visit: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/bossio-calls-on-government-to-enhance-protection-of-canadas-historic-places/
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister Philpott for an Update on Jordan's Principle - Nov. 2017
During Question Period, Mike Bossio asked Minister Jane Philpott to update the House on the implementation of Jordan's Principle. The Minister responded with some excellent news!
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates Calvin Stein - Nov. 2017
Calvin Stein M.B. from Madoc is a true hero, and it was an honour to rise in Canada's House of Commons today to thank him for his heroism in the face of danger and to congratulate him for receiving the Medal of Bravery from GG Julie Payette at Rideau Hall last week.
Mike Bossio MP - Speaks with Jen Fitzpatrick of FEMM International - Oct. 2017
Last month was Women's History Month, and I sat down with Jen Fitzpatrick of FEMM International, "Female Entrepreneur Mentorshop Movement," which is based in Camden East. Jen is another great example of what rural entrepreneurs are able to do on the global stage. As Jen says, when you get women and girls out of poverty, you can change the entire world!
Mike Bossio MP Remembrance Day Message - Nov. 2017
On Remembrance Day, we remember Canada’s veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces. We thank them for their service, pay tribute to their sacrifice, and honour those who have died for our freedom.
We must never forget the debt we owe to our women and men in uniform, and their families who support them from home. Their courage, passion, and strength in the face of adversity have helped to define us as a nation. Lest we forget.
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about Helping Low and Middle Income Canadians - Nov. 2017
Yesterday, with our economy booming and over 500,000 jobs created since we came to office, I spoke in the House about our budget update and how it is working to improve the lives of low and middle income people in our community.
I spoke in particular about how our Canada Child Benefit and is helping to combat poverty and grow our local economy, using statistics from Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, Food Policy Council for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Some quick stats on our riding from these organizations and others:
-A family of four in Hastings County had to pay almost $1,400 more for groceries in 2016 than they did five years ago.
-Income is one of the best predictors of health.
-In comparison to food-secure households, annual health care costs are 23% higher in households with marginal food insecurity and 121% higher in households with severe food insecurity in Ontario.
-24.6% of all families in the Lennox and Addington area are single parent families, with 80% of these being female led.
-Women in Canada are earning only 87 cents to every dollar earned by men.
-15.4% of the population of the Lennox and Addington area live under the Low Income Cut Off After Tax group, and 25% of youth between the ages of 15-24 live under the low-income thresholds.
It was clear from this data that there is a need for help. So, with our current investments already bearing fruit, we are expanding the Canada Child Benefit two years ahead of schedule to help families with the increase in the cost of living. We are also expanding Working Income Tax Benefit, which puts more money in the pockets of low-income workers, and gives people a little extra help as they transition to work. This move has been welcomed by organizations such as the Canadian Labour Congress for helping improve the lives of low-income Canadians.
Mikes Bossio MP Speaks about Jordan's Principle - Nov. 2017
I spoke in the House today about our government's commitment fully implementing Jordan's Principle and ensuring that Indigenous children receive the care that they need. Also today, Minister Jane Philpott called for an emergency meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts on Indigenous Child and Family Services. The crisis-level rates at which Indigenous children are in care compared to the non-Indigenous population, and the percentage of those children who have been removed from their families and communities, requires immediate attention. This meeting will bring together federal, provincial, and territorial representatives alongside Indigenous partners, child and family services experts, provincial advocates, and other parties that are well placed to guide reform. We will work together to bring about change and ensure the system is truly child-centred, community-directed, and focused on prevention.
Mike Bossio MP Asks about Our Plan to Tackle Climate Change - Oct. 2017
Climate change is real, and is being caused by human actions. This morning at Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, I had an opportunity to ask department officials about our plan to tackle climate change - the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which the independent Environment Commissioner has said is the best plan Canada has ever had. There is no silver bullet to tackle climate change, which is why it is so important that our plan has a whole suite of tools and a holistic approach. We are taking action not only by putting a price on carbon, but also by investing in public transit, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, and more. You can read the plan here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html My thanks to Minister Catherine McKenna and her team for the hard work they are doing! #climatechange #environment