Chatham, ON - Member of Parliament Dave Van Kesteren is welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 – as a positive for Chatham-Kent--Essex.
“This budget contains no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending is efficient and effective as possible. As we’ve seen in places like Greece and Detroit, not having one’s fiscal house in order can lead to incredible economic instability, dramatic cuts to government programs and higher taxes,” said Van Kesteren.
“While Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession, too many Canadians are still looking for work,” said MP Van Kesteren. “That’s why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Chatham-Kent--Essex and across the country.”
Some key measures in Economic Action Plan 2014:
Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: Helping apprentices registered in Red Seal trades complete their training by providing access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
Supporting Youth Employment: Investing $40 million for up to 3,000 internships in high demand fields and $15 million for up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses.
Securing a Competitive and Innovative Automotive Sector: Investing $500 million in the Automotive Innovation Fund to support new projects and long-term investments in Canada’s automotive sector.
Reducing the Tax Compliance Burden: Eliminating over 800,000 payroll deduction remittances to Canada Revenue Agency made every year by over 50,000 small businesses.
Improving Small Craft Harbours: Investing an additional $40 million to support the creation of jobs in coastal communities and ensuring that harbour facilities meet the needs of commercial fishermen.
Improving Access to Broadband in Rural and Northern Communities: Providing $305 million to extend and enhance access to high-speed broadband networks for up to an additional 280,000 Canadian households.
Leamington, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear, along with MP Dave Van Kesteren, was in Leamington today to highlight Agency funding opportunities available for local food and beverage processors.
With more than 3,000 food and beverage processing businesses located in Ontario, this sector is a key contributor to Ontario's and Canada's economy.
More than $530 million is available through FedDev Ontario's new Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives, aimed at retaining, attracting and growing businesses in southern Ontario to increase the region's global competitiveness. In addition, funding is available through the $200-million Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario.
Today's meeting was one in a series of roundtables targeting the food and beverage processing sector that Minister Goodyear held this week, including sessions in Belleville and Toronto.
To date, FedDev Ontario has committed more than $41 million in 51 food and beverage processing-related projects in southern Ontario, as well as nearly $5.5 million in 131 projects through partners such as the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Yves Landry Foundation and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. This has leveraged a total of more than $305 million.
Since its creation in August 2009, FedDev Ontario has invested more than $1.1 billion, resulting in partnerships with more than 5,300 organizations and more than $1.5 billion in additional leveraged investments from almost exclusively non-government sources to support businesses, organizations and communities in southern Ontario.
"The federal government is sympathetic to the impact the Heinz plant closure in Leamington will have on the region and we are committed to assisting workers to transition through this difficult period. Through FedDev Ontario's programming, we would like to build on existing opportunities and help create, grow and attract businesses to the region."
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario
"I'm pleased that Minister Goodyear has taken the time to meet with local stakeholders about challenges and opportunities in the food and beverage processing sector. We look forwarding to seeing growth in this sector, which plays a key role in our economy, especially here in Leamington."
Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent—Essex
Leamington, ON- Chatham-Kent—Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren organized a meeting Saturday morning for area farmers to discuss short and long term challenges of tomato farmers affected by the announcement of the Leamington Heinz plant closing. Van Kesteren also committed to collaborate with farmers to ensure the government has accurate data.
“The immediate needs were identified and I can now go to the Minister of Agriculture and my caucus colleagues on Monday and begin work on those,” said Van Kesteren. “We also discussed long term challenges, which clearly involve other agencies and groups outside of agriculture. I see this meeting as a first step in a longer process to bring all the pieces together and work towards a community based solution.”
Van Kesteren also announced that he has secured a commitment from Service Canada to provide streamlined and enhanced services to employees through the transitional period.
Leamington, ON- The Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent—Essex Dave Van Kesteren issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Heinz.
“This is a time for all three levels of Government to pull together with the community of Leamington. Our first concern must be for the workers, to ensure their immediate needs are met. I have called the Minister of Employment and we have arranged for support to be available. Secondly all levels of government must begin discussions to look at how we can retain workers and grow local companies; the Federal Government stands ready to help. I have been in contact with the Minister of Agriculture and Mayor Paterson and we all agree to continue to work cooperatively for the best interest of Leamington and surrounding areas. Finally I would invite farmers to join me this Saturday November 16th at 9am at the Car Barn restaurant in Wheatley so I can hear their questions, concerns and together explore alternative actions.”