United Way Centraide Canada responded to today’s release of the 2017 federal budget with optimism, encouraged by its potential to improve the lives of Canadians. Key investments in affordable housing, skills training and child care will expand opportunities for today’s generation and those to come.

“As the largest non-governmental funder of social services in Canada, United Way Centraide has a keen interest in the budget and its impact on our communities,” said Dr. Jacline Nyman, President & CEO of United Way Centraide Canada. “By making several key investments in social infrastructure, this budget is certainly a step in the right direction.”

United Way Centraide Canada applauds the budget’s bold steps to address the housing needs of Canadians. “The federal government’s decision to prioritize affordable housing will help lift people out of poverty and expand opportunity within our communities,” said Dr. Nyman. “We look forward to our continued work with the government on its National Housing Strategy, which will further define the focus for these investments.”

Also encouraging are investments in skills training and lifelong learning, designed to help the Canadian workforce keep pace with an increasingly innovative economy. United Way Centraide Canada views these commitments as crucial to ensuring that groups traditionally underrepresented in the workforce – including women, low-income individuals and Indigenous peoples – can find and maintain employment.

Finally, Dr. Nyman highlighted the impact of funding directed toward child care. “Families should never have to choose between holding a steady job and affordable care for their children,” she said. “The government’s investment in child care will make it possible for more parents to participate meaningfully in Canada’s workforce, and will ensure children have the proper supervision, stimulation and care they require for a great early foundation in life.”

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