Bob Nault – Talking Jobs and Future with Prime Minister Trudeau

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Kenora MP Bob Nault shares a moment at the Thunder Bay Town Hall at Lakehead University
Kenora MP Bob Nault shares a moment at the Thunder Bay Town Hall at Lakehead University

“Municipalities in the Kenora riding alone will receive in total over $4.7 million for 2018-2019 through the Gas Tax Fund.” – Nault

THUNDER BAY – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding) joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Patty Hajdu, in Thunder Bay to announce the implications that Budget 2019 will have on Northerners.

“Since 2015, over 900,000 new jobs have been created, but we know not everyone has had access to the training they need to take advantage of these new, well-paying jobs,” stated Nault. “Earlier this week, this government released Budget 2019 and introduced the new Canada Training Benefit, which will help workers get the training they need. In addition, the budget also provided a one-time transfer of $2.2 billion through the Gas Tax Fund to help communities in the North and throughout Canada address infrastructure needs.”

Rapid technological advances mean an ever-evolving workplace which requires new skills. The Canada Training Benefit aims to provide access to the training required for Northerners to keep their existing job or prepare for a new one. The Canada Training Benefit would give workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand. It includes:

  • four weeks for training every four years;
  • up to $1,000 to help pay for training;
  • income support to help with everyday expenses; and
  • the security of having a job to come back to when their training is done.

In addition to the Canada Training Benefit, Budget 2019 will help communities address infrastructure priorities through the Gas Tax Fund. This investment will double the Gas Tax transfers to municipalities throughout Canada. Locally, municipalities in the Kenora riding will receive a total of over $4.7 million for 2018-2019.  (See chart below)

“Building stronger communities and a stronger North means ensuring people have good, well-paying jobs and safe, modern infrastructure,” concluded Nault. “Investing in infrastructure not only creates good jobs for Northerners, but also strong local economies that people can rely on for years to come. These historic investments will keep our families safe and set our communities up for success.”

Kenora Municipalities Gas Tax Fund Total: 2018-19

Kenora $1,955,394.00
Dryden $970,434.00
Sioux Lookout $641,734.00
Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls $91,730.00
Red Lake $594,976.00
Ear Falls $130,716.00
Pickle Lake $54,146.00
Machin $119,122.00
Ignace $153,140.00
Grand total with one-time top-up: 2018-19 $4,711,392,00

Note:  In 2018-2019, with the one-time top-up from the Gas Tax Fund, municipalities in the Kenora Riding will receive $4,711,392.00 for communities to invest in infrastructure projects.