What They’re Saying: Budget 2017

Budget 2017 is the next important step in our work together to strengthen the middle class and build a better future for all Canadians.

Budget 2017 is the next important step in our work together to strengthen the middle class and build a better future for all Canadians. Read what Canadians are saying about it:

"The National Housing Strategy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change. To be effective, we must invest in all parts of the housing continuum, including affordable homeownership."
Mark RodgersPresident and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada

“The positive investments in this budget have to lead to positive results for our children and families…. The new investments for Indigenous languages are critical because language is directly connected to the health of our children and the health of our nations. First Nations are the youngest and fastest growing population, representing tremendous opportunity and potential in a society that is aging. Our young people are key to a strong Canada, now and in the future.”
Perry BellegardeNational Chief, Assembly of First Nations

"It's the first budget with a gender analysis that is very clearly laid out. It’s been clearly spelled out for Canada that it’s time we had this happening in a more cohesive, transparent and accountable way at the government level. I think that’s wonderful.”
Anuradha DugalCanadian Women's Foundation

“We are very pleased to see changes to the tax regime that will increase access to tax credits and reduce some of the burden on caregivers. These critical investments have the potential to greatly improve health and health services for Indigenous communities. CNA heartily welcomes these commitments to address current, persistent inequalities.”
Barb ShellianPresident, Canadian Nurses Association

"This is a budget that puts innovation where it belongs - as a driving force behind strategies for long-term growth in manufacturing and trade to build a better future for middle-class Canadians."
Dennis DarbyPresident and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

“We are pleased to see the government is strategically investing in people and ideas to build a more prosperous Canada.”
Elizabeth CannonPresident, University of Calgary / Chair, Universities Canada

"It is encouraging to see investment measures in this budget that will help workers, their families and their communities to build better futures. [...] Affordable childcare will help more women join and stay in the workforce."
Jerry DiasNational President, UNIFOR

“I am very happy about this budget. It's a skills budget obviously and I could almost say that it's a college's budget because literally everything that it talks about is what our members are hearing all the time. It's what they're hearing from students or from youth that would like to pursue studies, it's from the industry that doesn't find the right talent, and this budget in fact brings forward new measures in order for people to have the skills.”
Denise AmyotPresident and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada

“Vancouver is grappling with a tough affordability crisis and today’s federal budget is an encouraging step to tackle our biggest challenges - with meaningful investments in housing, public transit and social infrastructure.”
Gregor RobertsonMayor of Vancouver

“Our members have repeatedly told us they want to die at home surrounded by family members, but all too often they are dying in hospital surrounded by tubes. CARP is pleased to see the government deliver on its homecare funding commitment to help chronically ill and dying Canadians live – and die – at home.”
Wanda MorrisCanadian Association of Retired Persons

A stronger Canada starts with a stronger middle class.

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