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Canadians get affordable housing help

Affordable housing has meant all the difference for families and people of all ages and all walks of life. But in recent decades, our housing stock has aged and the federal government’s role in housing has diminished. While the previous government backed away from affordable housing, too many Canadians struggled with homelessness or precarious housing,... Read More
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Employment Insurance Improvements

Yesterday, Minister Duclos announced changes to Employment Insurance (EI) which recognizes the unique situations and needs of each Canadian Family. By making EI caregiving and parental benefits more flexible, inclusive and accessible the members of Central Nova will now have more options to improve their work-life balance. Make sure to check out if you can... Read More
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Port Bickerton & Area Planning Association Receives Federal Funding for Infrastructure Upgrades

The Port Bickerton & Area Planning Association will benefit from upgrades to the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, as a result of an investment of more than $10,000 from the Government of Canada. Today’s announcement was made by Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of... Read More
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Where were you one year ago?

I was with 4,200 of you as we welcomed Justin Trudeau to Central Nova, in downtown New Glasgow! Head over to my Facebook page to checkout the album from last summer, share, tag yourself or friends – and comment if you’d like us to send you a printed copy of any of the photos!
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Trenton and Area Minor Softball Association Receives Infrastructure Funding for upgrades to Scotia Park

August 15, 2017 – Trenton, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency All Canadians deserve to live in inclusive and vibrant communities where they can connect with their friends and neighbours. Investing in local community infrastructure will improve existing facilities, build stronger community ties and strengthen the middle class and those seeking to join it. Sean... Read More
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Federal Government investing over $200,000 at St. Francis Xavier University to assist with cutting-edge labs and equipment

Left to right: Pablo Scrosati and Tiffany Brooks (Honours students of Dr. Razul), Dr. Petra Hauf Dean of Science, MP Sean Fraser, Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley, Dr. Mohamed Shajahan Gulam Razul, and Oliver Kuhem (Dr. Hallett-Tapley’s Honours Student) and Bry Crabbe (MSc student). News Release For Immediate Release Funding supports universities and researchers to carry out ground-breaking research... Read More
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Oland Stadium Upgrades – On the Edge of Your Seat Excitement

Left to right: Town of Antigonish Mayor, Laurie Boucher; Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron, StFX President Kent MacDonald, myself, Co-Chair Special Olympics Committee (and former Town of Antigonish Mayor) Carl Chisholm, Special Olympic athlete and medalist Theresa Borden What a great way to start the week! Yesterday on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of... Read More
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Nature Conservancy of Canada expands protected area on Musquodoboit River and Musquodoboit Trailway

On July 25th I had the pleasure of announcing that the federal government is investing $90,000 to conserve 166 acres of ecologically sensitive terrain in the Musquodoboit River Valley. This partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada will help protect at-risk turtle species and migratory birds, protect natural climate mitigation, and builds on last year’s investment in the... Read More
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Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Receives Funds to Improve the Facility that Houses the Sherbrooke Opportunities Society

June 17, 2017 – District of St. Mary’s, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency All Canadians deserve to live in inclusive and vibrant communities where they can connect with their friends and neighbours. Investing in local community infrastructure will improve existing facilities, build stronger community ties and strengthen the middle class and those seeking to... Read More
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Government of Canada helps make businesses and communities more accessible through call for proposals

News Release For Immediate Release May 31, 2017 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada During National AccessAbility Week, as we celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility across Canada, we are especially aware of how greatly society benefits when all Canadians can participate equally in their workplaces and communities. To help achieve a more... Read More
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Antigonish Affordable Housing Society receives financial support for new affordable housing units

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA, June 1, 2017 — The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society will receive support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Seed Funding Program to develop the second phase of Riverside Estates. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along... Read More
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The Government of Canada kicks off the 2017 hiring season for Canada Summer Jobs!

Photo is Jordan Landry who was hired through the Canada Summer Jobs Program in Summer of 2016 at Moxie’s Riverside Rentals in New Glasgow. Wondering who’s hiring this summer in Central Nova through the Canada Summer Jobs Program? Yesterday, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, announced that the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs hiring... Read More
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Their Light Shall Always Shine

Our community is one that was built over generations on the backs of hard working women and men. We have a proud tradition of industry here in Pictou County, which of course includes a lengthy history in mining. 25 years ago today, this industrial legacy, and the community as a whole, suffered a blow so... Read More
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$29.9 million for StFX

…and 600 new jobs. On Friday, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, I was pleased to announce a historic $29.9 million for three exciting construction projects on the StFX campus. This includes constructing a Centre for Innovation in Health and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, while rehabilitating the existing... Read More
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Government of Canada makes tourism investment in the Eastern Shore

News Release From Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Communities and businesses between Musquodoboit Harbour and Sherbrooke to benefit from support April 1, 2017 – Sheet Harbour, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Canada’s world-class tourism industry creates economic growth for middle-class Canadians. Further development and commercialization of experiential tourism and product branding along Nova Scotia’s Eastern... Read More
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Cameron Smith: Canada 150&Me Finalist

Nothing pleases me more than to see a Central Nova resident not only participate in, but be named one of the winners in a national Canada 150 contest. Recently, Cameron Smith, a local high school student in New Glasgow, entered Experiences Canada 150&Me Contest where she submitted an essay answering the question “What is the... Read More
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Budget 2017

Budget 2017 puts people first and delivers the help Nova Scotians – and all Canadians – need now, not a decade from now. It is an essential step to restore prosperity to the middle class. With Budget 2017, a number of key measures are specifically focused on Nova Scotia, including: ✓ A major transfer of... Read More
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Canada invests $325 million in the fish and seafood sector

News Release From Fisheries and Oceans Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia — Canada’s fish and seafood sector is an integral part of the economic and social fabric of so many coastal communities across the country, especially in Atlantic Canada—that’s why the Government of Canada is today investing $325 million in this important part of the economy... Read More
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So we meet again

On Wednesday I was pleased to meet with my our Central Nova Youth Council for our second meeting. The group, which is comprised of 22 talented and bright high school and post-secondary students from throughout the riding, meet to explore two very important topics: youth employment and the environment. I always enjoy connecting with youth... Read More
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Community Volunteer Income Tax Program –Tax Clinics

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), community organizations host free tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Many clinics are hosted by community organizations throughout the riding. Our office worked with the CVITP... Read More
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Hector Arena Scores Infrastructure Upgrades

February 24, 2017 – Pictou, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency The Hector Arena recently underwent some much-needed renovations and upgrades, generating more than $60,000 in opportunities for local contractors and trades people. Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, was in Pictou today to see the enhancements and announce a $30,942 contribution to... Read More
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Community Building Repurposed as New Fire Hall

  February 3, 2017 – Sherbrooke, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, today announced a $242,000 contribution through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) to assist the Sherbrooke & Area Volunteer Fire Department renovate an existing community building. The investment was announced on behalf of the... Read More

The importance of Science in the Regulatory Process of Protecting the Fishery and the Environment of the Northumberland Strait

Over the past few weeks I have been hearing a great deal from local fishing communities regarding the importance of the fishery and the protection of the Northumberland Strait. As a starting point, I want to communicate that I will not support any initiative that science demonstrates would jeopardize our local fishery. This industry has,... Read More

Government of Canada to assess the environmental effects of marine shipping through the Oceans Protection Plan

News Release From Transport Canada November 24, 2017       Ottawa, ON Canada has the world’s longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resources. Canadians across the country rely on marine transportation to go about their everyday life or to deliver products to market in a safe and responsible way. As we mark... Read More

Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

PHOTO: I’m pictured with Mr. Robert Hammer, from Musquodoboit Rural High School, who was one of the recipients for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence; along with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Many of us can easily reflect on a teacher who has made a difference in... Read More

15,000 people in Atlantic Canada to benefit from Government of Canada and Atlantic provinces’ apprenticeship harmonization efforts

From Employment and Social Development Canada October 13, 2017   St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Employment and Social Development Canada To grow our economy and strengthen the middle class, Atlantic Canadians must have access to the skills training they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in Atlantic Canada. The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment,... Read More

Minister Monsef launches Women’s History Month – Organizations are invited to apply for new funding totalling around $15M in support of women’s economic security

Economic security is the foundation for a better future for Canadian women. By funding projects that support women’s economic security, we are helping to create the conditions that empower women, strengthen the communities in which they live, and advance gender equality in Canada. October 2017 –New Glasgow, NS On behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status... Read More
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