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05/30/2015 - 12:00
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, recognized the accomplishments of young people in skilled trades at the closing ceremonies of the annual Skills Canada National Competition today. Minister Poilievre also announced a three-year investment to help Skills Canada increase awareness of and promote careers in the skilled trades and technologies among Canadian youth.
05/30/2015 - 11:00
The Honourable Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, alongside Henry Braun, Mayor for the City of Abbotsford, today announced at The Reach Gallery Museum that the City of Abbotsford is receiving $400,989 in funding from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The funds are to support a Coordinated Intake and Referral System for those who find themselves homeless.
05/30/2015 - 07:00
I congratulate Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities on 10 years...
05/30/2015 - 07:00
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to mark the 113th anniversary of the end of the South African War

STRAHL URGES PASSAGE OF NEW RETIREMENT SAVINGS VEHICLE

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Ottawa- Speaking in the House of Commons, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, urged passage of Bill C-25: Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act.

"Hardworking Canadians, without a private pension plan, have called for this type of retirement savings vehicle." Strahl added, "Passage of this bill will mark a significant step forward in securing their retirement."

Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP) will allow small and medium sized businesses, their employees and those who are self-employed to pool their money to provide for accessible, straightforward and administratively low-cost pension plan by reducing the legal and administrative burden faced by employers. It is because of these costs that 60 per cent of Canadians don't have access to a private pension plan.

According to Strahl, PRPPs offer a number of benefits, including:

  • easy enrolment due to low administrative cost and simple arrangement,
  • flexibility for employees and employers in setting their contribution amounts; and
  • portability, allowing employees to move their account as they change careers and employers.

"Millions of Canadians stand to benefit from access to this new low-cost pension plan with the passage of this bill."

For more information, please visit: http://www.fin.gc.ca/act/prpp-prac/index-eng.asp

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