February 18, 2019 – King City, Ontario
MP Deb Schulte Hosts 2nd Annual Family Day Skate
Cold weather? Snow problem! Today, Member of Parliament, Deb Schulte hosted her 2nd annual Family Day Skate in King City with families from all across the riding. Adults and children alike were able to take part in fun activities and enjoy refreshments, while spending quality time together.
Local families were joined by a surprise guest, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, and were able to share their thoughts and concerns directly with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Francesco Sorbara, MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, as well as several local King Councillors, Avia Eek, Jordan Alexander Cescolini and Jakob Schneider also dropped by.
The event provided the Federal Minister with the opportunity to share our government’s initiatives that are currently helping families right here in King-Vaughan, such as the Canada Child Benefit, which is assisting over 13,000 families, totaling approx. $7.3 M every month in our riding.
Minister Duclos also highlighted the launch of the new Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Sharing Benefit, to encourage parents in two-parent families to share in the work of raising their children. This new initiative will come into force on March 17, 2019 – three months earlier than originally planned, which means 24,000 additional parents could benefit from up to 5 more weeks of EI benefits when they share parental benefits.
“Family is precious and Family Day is a great opportunity for all Canadian families to enjoy some well-deserved down time together. My colleague Deb Schulte’s skating activity is a unique occasion for local families to get together and enjoy the joys of our beautiful Canadian winter.”
-The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“Our Family Day Skate was a great opportunity to give back to the community and provide the hard-working parents of King-Vaughan the chance to enjoy some quality time with their families! I had a wonderful time with the community, meeting old friends and new. Thank you to all the volunteers that made it such a great success!”
-Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
- The enhanced Canada Child Benefit is providing more money for families – up to $6,500 per child under age 6 – helping to lift almost 300,000 children out of poverty.
- The tax free Canada Child Benefit is now indexed to inflation, assisting 13,150 families and 24,690 children in King-Vaughan. This is an investment of approximately $7.3 million per month into the riding. (October 2018 CCB Data)
- With the EI parental sharing benefit, parents selecting the standard duration of parental benefits could receive up to 40 weeks of parental benefits, an increase from the current 35 weeks. Neither parent could access more than 35 weeks in total, requiring both parents to take some time off in order to access some or all of the additional weeks.
- The sharing benefit would be available to eligible birth parents and adoptive parents, including both opposite-sex and same-sex parents.
Office of Deb Schulte, MP