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Federal Budget Offers Significant Support To Canadians Living in Poverty

Federal Budget Offers Significant Support To Canadians Living in Poverty
Food Banks Canada is pleased to see the Federal Liberal Government follow through on several promises that were made during the 2015 election, with concrete commitments in the federal budget yesterday. These commitments will make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty, who are food insecure, and who need to access food banks just to make ends meet.
 
The 2016 federal budget includes the following measures:
 
  • The creation of the new Canada Child Benefit, a streamlined monthly cash benefit for families that replaces the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit and several other programs.
  • Hundreds of millions in new funds, which will build on current programs to support the creation and maintenance of affordable housing, and the prevention and reduction of homelessness.
  • Nearly $600 million to support social housing providers to repair and update existing social housing stock.
  • An increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single seniors living with very low incomes, with a value of up to $1,000 per year.
  • An additional $65 million, over five years, to expand Nutrition North Canada into all northern isolated communities.
 
These are substantive changes that mirror recommendations made by Food Banks Canada over a number of years. We will continue to push the new federal government to invest in the well-being and success of vulnerable Canadians, because no one should go hungry in a country as prosperous as Canada.

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