Supporting Science and Innovation
The Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, was in Fredericton last month to learn more about the leading innovative work of the scientific community in our region. The Minister and I met with officials at the University of New Brunswick and toured the institution’s Human Performance Lab, where researchers and technicians conduct important work that benefits seniors, athletes, and persons with disabilities. While in Fredericton, the Minister announced a federal investment of $150,000 for cell biology research at the University of New Brunswick, part of a $51-million investment through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support research infrastructure at universities across Canada. We capped the day with a visit to Science East to see all of the ways the downtown science centre is helping to build a culture of curiosity by fostering a love and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
New, fully-accessible playground in New Maryland
I was pleased to announce a federal investment of $93,834 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to help the New Maryland Lions Club and New Maryland Home and School Association build an accessible playground at New Maryland Elementary School. The project includes upgrades to the school’s existing playground that will offer a range of activities that are safe and inclusive for all residents of the region. Read more.
Helping Families Get Ahead
The figures above are just a glimpse of the positive impact the Canada Child Benefit is having on families in our region. In the Fredericton riding alone, nearly 8,000 families have received their tax-free monthly benefit since July 2016, benefiting more than 13,000 children in our communities and pumping an average of $4.8-million into our local economy each month. I would love to hear how the Canada Child Benefit is improving life for your family. Reach out through any of the ways listed below to share your family’s CCB story with me.
Sign up for my Veterans Newsletter
I met with dozens of Veterans from our region and their families at our Veterans Open House in Oromocto on Feb. 28. I was grateful for the opportunity to hear first-hand from Veterans about their issues and concerns. To keep this important conversation going, I am launching a new Veterans Newsletter to stay in regular contact with Veterans about the issues that matter to them and their families. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (506-452-4110) my office if you wish to receive this newsletter.
Free Tax Clinic in Fredericton
The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Network, in collaboration with partners Service Canada and Canada Revenue Agency, is holding free sessions to help New Brunswickers with modest incomes prepare their income tax and benefit return. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is holding a free session on Tuesday, March 28 from 1-5 p.m. at Brunswick Street Baptist Church (161 York St., Fredericton). I encourage all constituents who could benefit from this service to take advantage of the free session, which will help you become eligible or gain access to programs such as the Canada Child Benefit, the Canada Learning Bond, the NB GST/HST Credit, and many more. More information here.