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Ottawa, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced yesterday its intention of cutting one shift from Windsor production plant later this year at a cost of about 1,500 jobs, media reports said.
The plant, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica and its hybrid version, as well as the Dodge Grand Caravan, has about 6,100 employees.
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FCA company spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said this move was necessary to “better align production with global demand,” and added besides offering retirement packages to eligible employees, the company would work to find positions for others.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, disappointed at this news from FCA and his thoughts with the with the affected employees, their families and the community of Windsor said he would be be travelling to Windsor today to offer commitment of our government to fight for their jobs.
His "immediate thoughts were are with the affected employees, their families and the community of Windsor", said Bains and added he would be travelling to Windsor today to offer commitment of our government to fight for their jobs.
“Our government has consistently been there for our auto workers and auto industry, investing $434 million in 40 projects, attracting over $6 billion in investments.
“We are strongly committed to doing everything we can to fight for these workers and their jobs
Canada's auto sector with their advanced tech ecosystem remains strong, said Bains and added its "unrivaled market access and highly integrated North American supply chain, our highly skilled auto workers are uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow," said Bains.
“In the face of this extremely disappointing announcement from Fiat Chrysler, our government will not waver in our support for the thousands of men and women that go to work in Ontario’s auto sector every day,” said Doug Ford , Ontario Premier.
“Our government is lowering taxes, lowering electricity rates, and slashing red tape. There has never been a better time for auto-manufacturers to invest in the province of Ontario,” said Ford.
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Scarborough, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): In his Budget 2019 highlights today at Scarborough, Ontario Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minster said Canada is working to improve the quality of life for Canada’s seniors now, and for generations to come, media reports said.
Trudeau said that through Budge 2019, Canada is proposing new measures so that all Canadian seniors should be free of financial worries enjoy their retirement years by staying active and involved in their communities.
These new measures include: an increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earnings exemption to enable low-income seniors who choose to keep working can keep more of their income; pro-active enrollment of seniors in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) 70 years old or older contributors to ensure they are receiving the pension payments they are entitled to; increased protection of workplace pensions earned by seniors in the event of corporate insolvency.
It is estimated that with the proposed changes to CPP enrollment, approximately 40,000 individuals over the age of 70 would begin to receive an average monthly retirement pension of $302 in 2020 an approximately 1,500 Canadian seniors turning age 70 in 2020 will be proactively enrolled, receiving an estimated average monthly retirement pension of $645 with an estimate of approximately 4,000 people by 2040
could be proactively enrolled each year.
"Canada’s seniors have worked hard...Their knowledge, skills, and experience are the cornerstones that have built our businesses and our country...this year’s budget, we’re making sure they have the support they need...and peace of mind they deserve in their retirement years," said Trudeau.
Budget 2019 has also proposed an investment of $50 million over five years to implement Canada’s first National Dementia Strategy, to increase awareness and reduce stigma, develop treatment guidelines for early diagnosis its better understanding and its effects on our communities; increased funding of $100 million over five years, with $20 million per year ongoing, for the New Horizons for Seniors Program; to help seniors stay connected to their communities by creation of projects to provide fitness equipment for seniors’ centres, offer financial literacy classes and creating volunteer opportunities and providing national pharmacare.
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Ottawa, Mar 26 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made yesterday by Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour at Preston Park Retirement Residence, Saskatchewan, Canada, that Budget 2019's highlight is to invest in middle class, media reports said.
Prescription drug spending in Canada has risen from $2.6 billion in 1985 to $33.7 billion in 2018.
Budget 2019's highlight includes helping more Canadians find an affordable home, prepare for well-paid jobs, retire with confidence and get prescription drugs when they need them and Government’s intention to work with its partners to move forward on three foundational elements of national pharmacare which include: Creation of the Canadian Drug Agency to assess the cost-effectiveness of new prescription drugs which could help lower the cost of drugs for Canadians by up to $3 billion per year in the long term; development of a national formulary to provide the basis for a consistent approach to formulary listing and patient access across the country; establishment of a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases.
Budget 2019 proposes to provide up to $1 billion over two years, starting in 2022–23, with up to $500 million per year ongoing, to help Canadians with rare diseases access the drugs they need and $35 million over four years, starting in 2019–20, to Health Canada to establish a Canadian Drug Agency Transition Office.
These measures are an important first step in expanding drug coverage and moving forward on implementing national pharmacare. They are based on the consultations and interim report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare and its final report is expected this spring.
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Ontario 2018-19 Third Quarter Finances projecting a deficit of $13.5 billion in 2018–19 represents an improvement of $1.0 billion from the 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, and a $1.5 billion improvement from the $15.0 billion inherited deficit identified by the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry.
"Our government's first Budget will outline our plan to return the Province to balance in a responsible manner, and protect what matters most - preserving critical public services, including our world-class health care and education system," said Fedeli.
"It will also outline how we will create and protect jobs for Ontario workers, and put the people at the centre of everything we do in government."
Fedeli and Lecce talked with individuals, workers and families about government's plan to cut red tape and make Ontario Open for Business — and Open for Jobs.
"Our first steps towards restoring Ontario's fiscal health are paying off. Businesses are investing, expanding and hiring in Ontario, creating jobs and ensuring prosperity reaches every corner of this province. We are on the right track," added Fedeli.
The recently released Ontario 2018-19 Third Quarter Finances forecasts an improvement of $1.5 billion in the Province's deficit to $13.5 billion. The Third Quarter improvement is largely the result of stronger economic growth, supported by Ontario's open for business approach to government. Balancing the budget is not just a fiscal imperative, but a moral one, Fedeli said.
"Every dollar that is spent on paying interest on debt is one less dollar going to our schools and hospitals. Unless we take action now, our children and grandchildren will have to bear an even greater burden. Balancing the budget will help us sustainably fund essential public services for current and future generations."