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Fighting for the middle class

LONDON, ON, Sept. 14, 2023 /CNW/ - A strong middle class means a strong Canada. At a time when global inflation has driven up the cost of necessities like groceries, and housing costs are too high for too many, people are worried about their families. The Government of Canada has been working to put more money back in the pockets of middle-class Canadians and remove barriers to build more homes, faster to drive down the cost of housing ? and there's more to do.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a suite of new measures to support the middle class and people working hard to join it. This includes action to build more rental housing, provide relief to small business owners, and drive down the cost of groceries.

To continue taking urgent action to drive down the cost of housing across the country, including for renters, the federal government:

To support small business owners and their workers, who are at the heart of our communities and our economy, the Prime Minister also announced the government:

To address the escalating price of groceries for people, the Prime Minister announced that the government:

Since 2015, the federal government has been working hard to put more money back in the pockets of Canadian families through the Canada Child Benefit, a middle class tax cut, and in the next few years, $10-a-day regulated child care on average right across the country. Last summer, during a period of the highest inflation in a generation, we acted fast to deliver relief to those who needed it most. As global inflation and the cost of housing continue to impact Canadians, we are continuing to take real action to make life more affordable and build an economy that works for everyone.


"We made a commitment to stand up for the middle class, and we will not stop fighting until everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. As we head into a new Parliamentary session next week, we remain focused on the things that matter most to Canadians: making life more affordable and creating good, middle-class jobs now and into the future."
? The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"Our priority since 2015 has been to build a strong middle class so everyone can succeed, but there is more work left to do. The measures we are announcing today will make it easier to build more of the homes Canadians need and ensure our businesses and their employees can thrive?and we will continue working to deliver for Canadians from coast to coast to coast."
? The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

"We need to change the economic equation so builders who are facing higher construction costs as a result of global inflation have the financial incentive to build projects that wouldn't otherwise go forward. Removing the GST will encourage Canadian home builders to build more homes in communities across Canada, which will bring the cost of rent down for ordinary Canadians in communities across the country."
? The Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

"Our government is taking concrete actions to stabilize food prices and improve competition in Canada. That's why the industry needs to step up with meaningful solutions. But that's not all. We also need updated tools to modernize our competition environment. Our government will continue to work day-in and day-out to bring relief to consumers and increase competition."
? The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

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