Guelph Budget 2017 Highlights

March 28, 2017

In a town hall meeting this morning at Evergreen Seniors Centre, MP Longfield highlighted the details of Budget 2017.

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians.

Today, Lloyd Longfield held a community breakfast discussion at the Evergreen Centre to highlight and take questions on Budget 2017, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Mr. Longfield spoke about how Budget 2017 will invest in:

Skills and Training

Equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. Budget 2017 places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy, and to help young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.

  • Student Financial Assistance programs will receive $454m over 4 years, and $46.3m per year after that for part time students and students with dependent children, to make it easier for adult learners to qualify for student financial assistance.
  • Skills training and employment supports for unemployed and underemployed Canadians will receive a boost of $2.7billion over 6 years, and
  • Self-funded training will receive $132.4million over 4 years and $37.9 million per year after that. EI will now allow people to receive benefits without having these clawed back from EI payments.
  • A new organization will be formed with $225million over 4 years and $75million per year after that to support skills development and measurement.
  • New Global Talent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, $7.8million over two years to help attract global investment and global talent to Canada.
  • Mitacs will receive $221million over 5 years with the goal of creating 10,000 work integrated work placements each year, up from the current level of 3,750 placements.
  • Teach girls and boys from K-12 digital skills and coding, though $50m investment over 2 years.


Position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy, by helping to ensure that Canadians are able to access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges, and helps businesses get what they need to grow.

  • $340million in planned support for equipment and facilities for post-secondary institutions, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions.
  • $950m in funding of superclusters over the next 5 years, focused on 6 key sectors: agri-food, clean technology, advanced manufacturing, resources, and digital technology. $1.26billion over 5 years will be invested in the Strategic Investment Fund.
  • $2.2billion to support clean technology research including $1.4billion over 3 years to support new financing through BDC and EDC.
  • Grow the agriculture sector to $75billion per year in exports by 2025, investing $10.1billion over 10 years to expand export gateways and value added processing through the Strategic Investment Fund.
  • Establish the new agriculture policy framework with $1.8billion in 2018.
  • Invest $70million over 6 years for soil and water conservation to support agriculture discovery and innovation.
  • Provide $14million over 2 years to support the work of Futurepreneurs Canada

Health Care

Strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, universal health care system to meet the needs of Canadian families. Budget 2017 confirms the Government’s historic health agreements with 12 provinces and territories by investing in better home care and mental health initiatives that will help the families who need it most. These include $11billion over 10 years, and $6billion over 10 years for home care services, with Ontario receiving $2.3billion in home care and $1.9billion in mental health.


Keep Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians, at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, veterans and Indigenous Peoples. The Government also takes an important step towards gender equality, with Canada’s first ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for ongoing, open and transparent discussions about the role gender plays in policy development.


Advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean growth economy, by investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, delivers clean air and safe drinking water, and promotes renewable power. Budget 2017 also takes important steps to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Advancing Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples

Advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.

A Fair and Efficient Tax System

Make the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Social Infrastructure

Build stronger communities by improving access to early learning, child care and affordable housing. Budget 2017 takes concrete action to improve the quality of life of all Canadians, with more cultural and recreational centres, as well as safe and accessible public spaces.

By taking action today—investing in the things that Canadians need to succeed now and well into the future—Budget 2017 will help deliver a growing economy that works for every Canadian.


  • $241million over 11 years for CMHC to improve data collection and analytics, expand housing research with partners, and create housing projects
  • National Housing Strategy to receive $11.2billion over 11 years
  • $3.2billion over 11 years for renovating and repairing existing housing, providing rent subsidies, and other measures to make housing more affordable for seniors, persons with disabilities, and other individuals requiring accessibility modificatons.
  • $5billion over 11 years for the National Housing Fund to address critical housing issues, and better support vulnerable citizens
  • $7billion over 10 years for child care spaces


“Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada’s economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy. Guelph is very well positioned with our strengths in mental health services, agriculture and agri-business, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies, innovation and our globally leading work in research.”

  • Lloyd Longfield, MP



For further information:

Lianne C. Cassidy

Office of Lloyd Longfield