Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

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Budget 2019: Investing in the Middle Class

Almost four years ago, Canadians chose a plan to invest in the middle class and offer real help to people working hard to join it. Our government has never shifted our focus from that central purpose. Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, continues to deliver on that vision. It is a plan to create more good well-paying jobs, address the high cost of housing, help working people get the training they need to succeed, support seniors, and lay the foundation for national pharmacare.

A Plan for Jobs

Since 2015 Canadians have created over 900,000 new jobs. Budget 2019 will build on this success by:

  • Helping workers gain new skills with the creation of the Canada Training Benefit, a new benefit that will offer Canadians both the time and the money to keep their skills sharp in a rapidly changing economy
  • Preparing young Canadians for good jobs by helping make education more affordable through lowered interest rates on Canada Student Loans, making the six-month grace period interest-free after a student loan borrower leaves school, and creating up to 84,000 new student work placements per year by 2023-24
  • Enhancing support for apprenticeship, encouraging more people to consider training and working in the skilled trades

A Plan for Housing

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Yet for too many hard-working Canadians, especially for young people, it feels like an impossibility. There aren’t enough houses for people to buy, or apartments for people to rent. That makes finding a good place to live too expensive – beyond what many people can afford. Budget 2019 confronts these challenges by:

  •  Helping to boost supply in the rental housing market by $10 billion in financing available through the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, which will help build a total of 42,500 new units across Canada – an investment that will have a special focus on areas of low supply like Vancouver
  • Providing first-time home buyers with greater access to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan savings in order to buy a home by increasing the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit from $25,000 to $35,000
  • Increasing fairness in Canada’s real estate markets by taking action to improve the Government’s compliance and enforcement framework for anti-money laundering and taxation

A Plan for the Environment

Canadians know that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. Budget 2019 will protect Canadian families and the environment by:

  • Making it easier for Canadians to afford zero-emission vehicles by offering to cover $5,000 of the cost of an electric battery or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a retail price of less than $45,000
  • Building new infrastructure for cleaner and healthier communities through the municipal infrastructure top-up investment, which will bring nearly $4 million of additional funding directly to the city of Vancouver
  • Ensuring all Canadians have greater access to healthy, affordable and locally produced food by developing A Food Policy for Canada, which will tackle food insecurity, fraud and waste—and promote Canadian food both locally and abroad

Our plan is working: more Canadians are working in full-time, private sector jobs, a typical middle class family is better off by more than $2,000 a year, and fewer Canadians are living in poverty, including hundreds of thousands of children. There is still lots of work to be done but with Budget 2019, our government is continuing to deliver on its economic plan – one based on the simple truth that smart investments in the middle class build a strong economy and a better Canada.