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Auto-insurance rates are NOT increasing as NDP claims – Sousa

Posted on 13 June 2013 by admin

 As the budget passed in Ontario legislature with NDP’s support, Ontario Finance Minister stated “ Our new government’s strategy to make auto insurance affordable is working – I want to be clear, that rates are not increasing on average as the NDP are claiming. Since January 2012, rates have flattened out, and are now starting to come down, but we believe there is more to be done to provide relief for Ontario’s 9 million drivers.”

He noted that in 2013’s budget the Government will be working toward cutting auto insurance premiums for Ontario families by up to 15 per cent.

 “ The 2013 Budget announced further reductions targeted at 15%. We will achieve this by fighting fraud in the system and increasing accountability and transparency to ensure that cost savings result in lower rates,” he said.

 “We are building on action already taken on recommendations from the Anti-Fraud task force. We will continue to work within government and with auto insurance stakeholders to implement these and other task force recommendations to see premiums reduced as quickly as possible.”

“While most drivers in Ontario should experience reductions in their premiums, each individual driver can also take steps to maximize their own reduction in premiums. Drivers are encouraged to talk to their insurance broker, agent or company about all of the options available to them and how these options can affect the price they pay for auto insurance.”

“We believe it is important that cost savings in the auto insurance system are passed on to reward safe Ontario drivers. As part of our strategy, we are requiring insurers to offer lower premiums to safe drivers.”

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MP Parm Gill Voices Support for World No Tobacco Day

Posted on 05 June 2013 by admin

Brampton Member of Parliament Parm Gill voiced his support for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual World No Tobacco Day campaign, and the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco awareness campaign on the health and societal dangers of illegal cigarettes.

“As deadly as regular tobacco consumption is, the risks from illegal contraband tobacco are far worse for individuals and society as a whole,” said MP Gill.

“Cheap prices, easy access, and no age-checks means that youth are having no trouble getting tobacco through the contraband market from the hundreds of gangs involved in its sale.”

In 2011, the RCMP identified over 175 organized crime groups involved in the trafficking of contraband tobacco. Smugglers often sell these contraband cigarettes for as low as $8 per carton of 200 versus nearly $90 for legal cigarettes, undercutting legitimate retailers. As contraband tobacco is not taxed, as much as $2 billion in tobacco taxes every year is lost in its sale.

In March 2013, Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, announced the establishment of a new RCMP Anti-Contraband Force to target organized crime groups engaged in the production and distribution of contraband tobacco, reduce the contraband tobacco market, and combat organized criminal networks involved in their production.

The Government also introduced a bill to create a new Criminal Code offence for those involved in the production or sale of contraband tobacco, with mandatory penalties of imprisonment of 90 days incarceration on a second conviction, 180 days incarceration on third conviction; and 2 years less a day on subsequent convictions.

“We all share a responsibility to show illegal tobacco producers and sellers that their products are not welcome in our community,” said MP Gill.

“Whether a consumer of legal or illicit tobacco, WHO, World No Tobacco Day, is an opportunity for all to make a choice to quit the habit and enjoy the benefits of good health.”

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Changes to immigration system hurting many Canadian families

Posted on 05 June 2013 by admin

The Harper Conservative government’s changes to Canada’s immigration system have resulted in extremely long delays in family reunification; the virtual elimination of parental sponsorships; and, the stranding of young people as a result of the inability to sponsor children between the ages of 18 and 21, a Town Hall Forum, organized by GTA Liberals, was told.

“Independent application processing times jumped by 21% in 2007 and have been increasing ever since.” the Honourable Jim Karygiannis told the Forum. “In some cases, it’s taking up to three years to reunite families with Harper’s sluggish family class process.”

Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North, said that just weeks ago “draconian” changes were introduced to the parental and grandparents sponsoring class. “This is causing real hardship for families, as having parents and grandparents in Canada is beneficial for the whole family.”

The key speakers included Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism, Jim Karygiannis, Liberal Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Kevin Lamoureux; Liberal Critic for Women, Seniors and Pensions, the Honourable Judy Sgro; and the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Michael Coteau. Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett; former International Cooperation Minister, the Honourable Maria Minna; and, former Members of Parliament, Rob Oliphant and Yasmin Ratansi, were in attendance.

“The independent backlog of 280,000 cases from people who had applied before 2008 was wiped off the books, leaving these people high and dry.” the Honourable Maria Minna told the Forum. “This killed the dreams and aspirations of all those families who waited for 6 to 8 years.

“The parental class category was frozen for two years starting in November, 2011 and the new rules make it prohibitive for people to sponsor their parents.” said Kevin Lamoureux. “What do the Conservatives have against immigrant families?”

Several of the speakers at the Forum agreed that the shift from immigrants who settle in Canada; invest and create jobs; and, build our country to temporary workers and permitting employers to exploit these people by paying them up to l5% less than the average wage is a retrograde step.

“We need to make sure that immigrants who come to Ontario are ready to work in our province. Needed services like ESL classes; training programs; and, other immigrant settlement services should be a priority.” said Michael Coteau. “The Government of Canada cut funding to settlement programs in Ontario by $85 million. The Ontario government had to increase settlement program funding by l5% this year because of the cuts.”

Most speakers believed that in order to continue to build a strong Canada, we must encourage people to immigrate to Canada rather than come as temporary workers and that the process must be fairer and more humane.

GTA Liberals is a group of Liberals from several ridings in the Greater Toronto Area attempting to harness new energy in the re-energized Liberal movement and prepare for the next election. The Forum was well attended by hundreds of stakeholders and community leaders who were looking for real answers. The Forum was held at the North York Civic Centre.

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Athletes’ Village Halfway to the Finish Line

Posted on 29 May 2013 by admin

The Ontario-led CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletes’ Village project has officially reached 50 per cent completion, with construction continuing on-schedule and on-budget.

Making the announcement, Michael Chan, Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games stated that “ The accessible, LEED Gold certified Village – home to athletes and officials at Games-time – will become a vibrant new community for hundreds of local families and is just one of many beneficial legacies we’ve triggered through our commitment to the Games.”

The Athletes’ Village — the largest infrastructure project associated with the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games — will be ready to turn over to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee in early 2015, well in advance of welcoming over 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials.

Following the Games, the benefits of the Athletes’ Village will bring many positive impacts to the community, including:

  • More than 300 families will have access to affordable rental and ownership housing with a move in date set for spring 2016.
  • The new George Brown College residence will provide housing for 500 students.
  • The former industrial lands will be transformed into a beautiful, sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood.
  • The new community will be accessible and LEED Gold certified.

Completing the Athletes’ Village on-time and on-budget is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide Pan Am and Parapan Am athletes and officials with an exceptional experience, on and off the field of play.

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U.S. Quietly Monitors Foreigners’ Departures at the Canadian Border

Posted on 29 May 2013 by admin

Hundreds of thousands of foreigners passing into Canada from the United States have unwittingly been a part of a grand experiment by the Department of Homeland Security to crack down on visitors who violate laws governing the length of their stay.

A pilot project is to be expanded to almost all land border traffic between Canada and the United States.

Long demanded by lawmakers in Congress, it is considered a critical step to developing a coherent program to curb illegal immigration, as historically about 30 percent to 40 percent of illegal immigrants in the United States arrived on tourist visas or other legal means and then never left, according to estimates by Homeland Security officials.

The pilot project with Canada, conducted from September to January, involved about a third of the traffic across the northern American border, tracking the departure of 413,222 foreigners from the United States. Starting this year, according to Congressional officials who have been briefed on the plan, the information collected at the Canadian border will be used to prevent certain foreigners who have stayed too long in the United States from returning again by revoking tourist visas or taking other steps.

The effort relies on an ingenious solution: as foreigners leave the United States to enter Canada — and their passports are checked by the border authorities there — the information is sent back to the United States and recorded as the official “exit” record. By the end of next month, the project is scheduled to be expanded to almost all land border traffic between Canada and the United States.

“The pilot was a success,” said David Heyman, assistant secretary for policy at the Homeland Security Department, in a statement. “We have the ability now to identify, with a high degree of certainty, on a real-time basis, those who overstay the terms of their legal entry into the United States.”

Airlines and cruise ships, relying on passenger manifests, are already mandated under law to turn over data on travelers as they leave the United States. That system has recently been improved so that entries and exits can more definitively be matched, federal officials said, although there remains a large backlog of unconfirmed exits.

The biggest weakness remains the southern border, which has the highest volume of traffic of land crossings, but still has almost no exit controls.

The Mexican authorities, Homeland Security officials said, do not reliably collect and store personal data on every person crossing the border from the United States, preventing an exchange like the one that has been established with Canada. The department has pressed the Mexican authorities to improve their data collection efforts, so such an exchange can take place.

One former Homeland Security official who had been involved in these negotiations said it was largely a matter of money.

“You could do it in a year if you had all the money you needed, or you could do it in 20 years,” said Chappell Lawson, who served as director of policy and planning at Customs and Border Protection early in the Obama administration. “Tell me the amount of money and the willpower, and I can give you a number.”

Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, said the Mexican government was open to considering such a request by the United States.

“Mexico strongly believes that its joint efforts with the United States are critical to the safe and efficient management of the border,” he said in a statement.

With the pilot program at the Canadian border, the American authorities found that in almost all cases — 97.4 percent — the passport data of departing foreigners matched up with records documenting their entry into the United States, allowing American officials to determine if they stayed longer here than allowed under the law. Officials would not say what percentage of the travelers had overstayed their visas.

Because it was an experimental project, the data in this initial phase was destroyed and was not used for any enforcement action. Individual travelers were not notified of the data exchange, although a description of it was posted on the Canadian Border Services Agency Web site.

Using the information collected from its improved system tracking foreigners as they exit, the Homeland Security Department is separately also developing a tally, country by country, of what percentage of foreign travelers violate the terms of their entry to the United States, officials said.

If the immigration bill pending in the Senate passes, that overstay information would be used to help determine which nations are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, which allows foreigners to visit without a visa — a privilege reserved for nations whose residents do not routinely abuse the limits of American tourist visas.

The Homeland Security Department last week declined to offer any hint of what the visa overstay rates might look like, saying only that they would be made public this year.

“We want to make sure those numbers are right,” said one department official, who asked not to be named, citing its policy of not speaking with reporters for attribution. “They could impact a lot of things, including international relations. It is an important milestone.”

One potential weakness with the exit control system being tested with Canada is that it relies on “biographic” information, like a passport photo, name and date of birth. It does not use a fingerprint or other biometric data, which is much harder to forge, to definitively confirm that a person has left the United States.

Congress has repeatedly mandated such a biometric exit system — at land borders as well as airports — in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. But a bipartisan group of eight senators dropped that requirement in the pending immigration bill, provoking protests from Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, and other conservatives.

“This is a big, big hole in the system, and it’s been going on for years and years,” Mr. Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “This is one reason American people have so little confidence in any promises we make.”

Homeland Security officials, along with Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, have argued that it could cost an estimated $25 billion for the United States to build its own biometric-based exit system at airports and land borders. It would be so expensive because new border crossing stations would have to be built, instead of relying on Mexico or Canada. Arguing that the biographic network is adequate, they say that the expense is not justified.

Instead, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, with the support of some Republicans, agreed this week to mandate biometric exit systems at 10 of the nation’s largest airports within two years, and the 30 largest airports for international travel within six years. But it would most likely leave the system that relies on biographic data in place at land borders.

“No system is 100 percent failproof,” Mr. Schumer said last week. “This system comes as close to any to making it work.”

Even with the growing and more reliable data on travelers who have overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department still does not have sufficient personnel to find and deport these violators. Instead, it focuses on any that have a criminal record or a history of repeated immigration violations.

But officials said they were pleased that they were at least making progress in being able to track exits in a comprehensive way.

“The exit system today far surpasses anything we had even three years ago,” Mr. Heyman said.

Source:NYTimes 

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MP SEEBACK RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT SPINAL CORD INJURY

Posted on 29 May 2013 by admin

Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West participated in the 6th annual Chair-Leaders Campaign today. MP Seeback spent the whole day in a wheelchair to help raise awareness about spinal cord injury.

With more than 86,000 Canadians currently living with a spinal cord injury and an estimated 4,300 new cases each year, the work of Spinal Cord Injury Canada has never been more important.

This “gave me perspective on the daily challenges faced by people in a chair”, commented MP Seeback when questioned about his experience. “Experiencing this change to mobility, I have much respect and admiration for those who are determined not to let an injury define their life”.

More than two dozen parliamentarians, myself included, participated in the 6th annual Chair-Leaders Campaign to gain greater insight into the challenges persons living with a spinal cord injury face on a daily basis.

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Kenney: Getting Ready to Tackle Citizenship Application Delays

Posted on 22 May 2013 by admin

By Staff Writer

The next big item on Mr. Kenney’s agenda is to improve the process of citizenship for permanent residents who have applied for citizenship, said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in an interview with Generation Next.

Currently it takes about 23 months for a citizenship application to be processed.

Minister Kenney said “it’s a next big problem I have to tackle .. It is a problem I recognize that.”

On South Asian radio channels, immigration consultants routinely claim that almost 90 per cent of citizenship applicants in the community are being given out residence questionnaires (RQ), delaying the process of getting Canadian citizenship even further. Residence questionnaires are being given to people where CIC officers may have concerns about an applicant’s residency in Canada.

Minister Kenney explains that “ 12 per cent citizenship applicants are being given a residence questionnaire .. [it’s] Not based on region and country people come from but their individual circumstances.”

Applicants’ individual circumstances make it difficult for CIC to give processing times in cases where a residence questionnaire has been given.

Nonetheless Minister Kenney rejects that one community gets more RQs than the other.

“What the consultant said is complete rubbish,” the Minister stated.

The inadequacy of Foreign Worker Program (FWP) has been apparent after Royal Bank of Canada’s debacle. In Canada, economists suggest that for every one job, there are six unemployed Canadians, yet unemployment rate is high especially among college and university graduates. In addition to this Canada has to prepare for labour shortages as baby boomers retire in the next few years.

Given the aging population and economic needs of our country, how challenging is it to strike just the right balance, we asked Minister of Immigration.

“It’s a huge challenge” Minister Kenney says. He says that Canada has to have a certain demographics that contributes to the economy, new immigrants have to be connected with the jobs they have come to Canada for and “ then there are political pressures.”

In addition to this, diverse communities of Canada require different things from Canada’s immigration system. Minister Kenney shares that in Italian community, for example, greater emphasis is on young Italians to be able to come to Canada and work given the very high unemployment rate in Italy. This community does not care so much about parental and grandparental sponsorship. However the South Asian community is very focused on parental sponsorshipsand not so much on skilled worker program.

In the aftermath of arrest of two terror suspects who planned to kill thousands of Canadians travelling via VIA trains, the Canadian government was unable to deport one of the suspects who was in an out of the system because he was ‘stateless.’

Raed Jaser was allegedly working illegally under several aliases when he was arrested in August, 2004, on an outstanding immigration warrant. CIC officials wanted to deport him because he had a string of criminal convictions but were ordered to set him free after two days.

Minister Kenney is looking to change the citizenship law in a way that serious criminals and terrorists cannot obtain the privilege of Canadian citizenship, he told Generation Next.

MP Devinder Shory has introduced a Private Member’s Bill that if passed will allow the Government to revoke citizenship of those who are guilty of terrorism and serious crimes.

In case of Raed Jaser, the Government was “ unable to get travel documents. This is a difficult problem.” for which CIC is seeking legal solutions. Minister Kenney is aware that if the plot was successful “thousands of Canadians won’t accept me mumbling about legal issues,” and “ the Government’s highest priority is public safety.”

In response to Minister Kenney’s reopening of family class program, the Opposition is claiming that the Government is trying to keep families apart.

“Over 20% of Canadians were born abroad. For these Canadians, Conservatives are making family reunification a more distant dream than ever,” said NDP Critic for Citizenship and Immigration Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta). “Minister Kenney’s harmful proposal means it would cost you more to even apply to reunite with your parents or grandparents – and two decades of full financial responsibility for their care if they come. And that’s only if you happen to be one of the lucky 5,000 whose applications will be accepted next year. Families deserve better.”

Nonetheless,Minister Kenney stresses that if the Government hadn’t taken the step of pausing the process temporarily, the backlog for sponsoring parents and grandparents would have increased to 2.5 million applications. He says there are only two ways to reduce the backlog and the Government adopted those measures to reunite families in a timely manner. He also notes that Canadian taxpayers should not have had to pay for elderly parents’ and grandparents’ subsidized housing or welfare costs if sponsoring families were unable to do so.

Kenney’s new rules will increase the minimum income requirement for sponsoring a parent or grandparent by 30%, double the sponsorship undertaking period from ten to twenty years, and reduce the maximum age of a dependent to 18.

“The Conservatives think family reunification should be a luxury only for those who can afford it,” said NDP’s Deputy Critic for Citizenship and Immigration Sadia Groguhé. “We don’t trust this Minister – who has already seriously mismanaged the temporary foreign worker program – to act in the best interests of Canadian families. This surprise move is further proof that Canadians shouldn’t trust the minister, either.”

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Harper Government Continues to Deepen Canada-India Partnership

Posted on 22 May 2013 by admin

A Canada-India trade agreement would create new jobs and opportunities for workers and small and medium-sized businesses

May 17, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), met today in Brampton, Ontario, with members of the Indo-Canadian business community to highlight the benefits for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of an ambitious Canada-India comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA). The event’s hosts were the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Brampton Board of Trade.

“With SMEs accounting for more than 99 percent of companies in Canada, our government understands the crucial role that these businesses play in generating jobs, growth and prosperity in every region of our country,” said Minister Fast. “That’s why we continue to work hard to open new markets for our exporters in the largest, most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world, including India.”

To date, the Canada-India trade negotiations have undergone seven official rounds. A CEPA would benefit Canadian workers and SMEs by eliminating or reducing tariffs on goods, cutting red tape and facilitating trade in services. Canada has identified core economic opportunities in India in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and education sectors.

“Further fuelling Canada’s growing trade with India are our strong people-to-people ties,” said Minister Gosal. “Nearly one million Canadians of Indian descent enrich our communities in cities and towns across Canada, and our government is committed to utilizing these strong links to build a partnership that will lead to new opportunities and new sources of prosperity in both countries.”

In less than six years, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with nine countries: Colombia, Honduras, Jordan, Panama, Peru and the European Free Trade Association member states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. In addition to India, Canada is engaged in negotiations with large, dynamic and fast-growing markets such as the European Union, Japan and the countries that comprise the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Kenney: On track to reduce backlog and welcome parents and grandparents as of Jan 2014

Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin

By Staff Reporter

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications in January 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.

“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent and Grandparent program,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “It is very important that we continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with wait times as long as a decade that would be unfair to families.”

Only 5,000 new applications will be taken in PGP sponsorship program in 2014. The Ministry has assumed that there will be two people per application, so the intake of parents and grandparents will be 10,000.

In an interview with Generation Next Minister Kenney stated that almost 90 per cent of these applicants are given permanent resident cards.

In making this announcement, Minister Kenney presented the context in which the decision to pause sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents was made, and how it has helped the government to cut the backlog, so that the wait times for processing parental and grandparental sponsorship applications have been reduced to about 3.5 years to four years.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website, currently CIC is working on parental and grandparental sponsorship applications received between September 11, 2007 to November 17, 2009, and is issuing acknowledgement letters for applications received on April 29, 2011. These processing times are global and may vary from country to country.

As of Jan 2014, new criteria will be set in place for sponsorship of parental and grandparental applications. The criteria is stringent and requires families to be financially strong to be able to take care of their elders. This includes:

First – the threshold for minimum income required to sponsor parents or grandparents for a family of two has been increased by 30 per cent, so the family of two (husband and wife) that wishes to sponsor two parents must have an income of about $55,000.

Second – the 10 year undertaking of sponsored parents or grandparents has been increased from 10 years to 20 years.

In response to the question won’t there be a backlash from the community on these financial measures that the Government is undertaking, Minister Kenney said “no, I don’t think so.”

Minister Kenney explains that almost 66 per cent of first and second generation Canadians are not in favour of any parental or grandparental sponsorship program. And almost quarter of sponsored parents and grandparents are seeking welfare and subsidized housing after 10 years of their arrival in Canada. In addition to this the healthcare costs of sponsored parents or grandparents is almost $200,000. Canadian taxpayers’ have to fund these costs, but they shouldn’t have to as sponsoring families should be able to take care of them.

Third – Sponsoring families will have to provide three years’ of notice of assessments issued by Canada Revenue Agency to sponsor parents or grandparents rather than one year’s.

Minister Kenney says that there have been situations where families come into money one year and “then go back to being poor.” The Government wants to ensure that sponsoring families have “sustainable levels of income” to care for their elders rather than “to dump the cost .. onto taxpayers.”

Fourth – the definition of dependent child has been changed in immigration law to mean kids of 18 years of age.

Minister Kenney said that Canada welcomes young economic migrants, however they should apply on their own to come to Canada.

Minister Kenney has repeatedly said that Canada has welcomed a record number of parents and grandparents in 2012 and is on track to admit record number of parents and grandparents in 2013. Each year almost 25,000 of parents and grandparents entered Canada as permanent residents.

The Government is making ‘Super Visa” a permanent feature for families to take advantage of. Minister Kenney clarified that parents and grandparents whose sponsorship applications are in cue can also apply for Super Visa and obtain Super Visa to come to Canada while they wait for a final decision on their sponsorship application.

By 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada expects to have “a working inventory” whereby intake of applications may correspond to number of parents and grandparents being welcomed to Canada told Minister Kenney to Generation Next’s readers.

Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not allow grandparents to be sponsored at all or only in very limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents. Will Canada, at some point, consider doing the same given the enormous amount of resources that go into healthcare and other social services for elderly parents and grandparents?

” I actually considered doing that in these reforms,” says Citizenship and Immigration Minister. However, “only 1 per cent of the applicants in this category are grandparents .. and they are younger than what I thought .. so it was not worth the trouble at this point.”

Minister Kenney also reassures families whose applications are in cue with CIC that the new criteria will not impact the applications that are already in process. The new criteria will go in effect for applicants who will be applying as of Jan 2014.

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Ontario Government Proposes Strategy to Help People Lower Household Expenses

Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin

Premier Kathleen Wynne highlighted the government’s strategy to help people lower their household expenses by reducing auto insurance premiums by an average of 15 per cent in Brampton. She was visiting NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh’s riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton.

This strategy was outlined in the 2013 Budget. To achieve this reduction, the strategy would reward safe drivers and crack down on fraud.

If the Budget bill is passed and proclaimed, Ontario drivers could save on average up to $225 per insured vehicle each year. This, along with other elements of the government’s strategy, would benefit more than nine million drivers across Ontario.

This strategy is part of the government’s plan to create jobs and help people in their everyday lives. The government also wants to support small business, invest in roads and transit, and help build strong communities, where people receive the health care they need when they need it.

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