Support for Employers and Work Experience for Youth
As the summer months approach, students have begun their work terms. Over the last two years, the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program has provided over $2M in funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses in the Fredericton region, and helped provide over 700 jobs for students in our community. For more information about CSJ and how to apply next year, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj for details or contact my office at 506-452-4110.
Fredericton Constituency Youth Council Successfully Hosts 1st Annual Public Dialogue
Last Saturday, I was proud of the tremendous breadth and depth of the public presentations given by the first ever Fredericton Constituency Youth Council (FCYC). The three task forces worked tirelessly this year to research and draft a report on a public policy issue of their choice. The Council has chosen to explore issues surrounding 1) Youth Homelessness; 2) Syrian Refugee Integration Barriers; and 3) Access to Health Services for LGBTQ2 Youth. In the coming weeks, I look forward to receiving their final reports with concrete recommendations to share with my colleagues in Ottawa. The call for next year’s FCYC will come following Labour Day. Applications will be open to youth aged 14-24 and will be available on my facebook page as well as through our website, so stay tuned!
Committed to New Brunswick’s Forest Industry
Last month, I had the opportunity to tour the Devon Lumber Co. sawmill and lumber yard on Fredericton’s north side. The federal government understands the important role that the forestry industry plays in creating good jobs and growing the economy here at home in New Brunswick. Our government remains committed to overturning the unfair and punitive US tariffs placed on our industry, and will continue to work closely with industry, all levels of government and stakeholders to resolve this issue. Our priority is to protect Canadian jobs. A Federal-Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber has also been struck with a mandate for the federal government to work with the provinces to respond to impacts from the duties, including to address the evolving needs of affected workers and communities.
Advocating for Veterans and their Families
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has recently increased the Disability Award for a service related illness or injury, retroactively. Any Veteran who has received this Award is eligible for the top-up. We are still looking for 19,000 Veterans across Canada who have not updated their required banking information and address. Help us spread the word to ensure that VAC has the proper information. Call 1-866-522-2122 or visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/e_services.
Those who serve in uniform do so with bravery, honour, and dignity—protecting the values we cherish most, and doing so with their lives. We are committed to ensuring that veterans get the dignified level of support and care that they deserve. Click here to read an Op-Ed, written by my colleague from Fundy-Royal Alaina Lockhart and me.
Fredericton selected to host OUTshine Youth Summit in Spring 2019
Last week, I was pleased to hear that Fredericton has been selected as host for OUTShine, Canada’s LGBTQ youth summit in Spring 2019. The summit is presented by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans human rights through research, education and community engagement. OUTshine will bring together youth and teacher facilitators from across the nation. Thank you to all the members of our community who continue to engage in, and lead, these important discussions.