Bob Bratina

Your member of parliament for


Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

Bob Bratina

Your member of parliament for


Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

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Weekly Update – May 24, 2019

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 This past week I’ve been back in Hamilton where I’ve had the chance to attend a number of events around the community and hear from constituents, such as at the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 Event on Wednesday.
Featured below are some of the ways that our government is working hard to grow Hamilton and Canada’s economy and middle class.

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An End to American Tariffs on Canadian Steel

After months of hard work and negotiations, Canada has finally brought an end to US tariffs on Canadian steel. I was honoured to join the Prime Minister and other members of our government including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau at Hamilton’s Stelco last Friday to make this announcement.

Having re-founded Canada’s All-Party Parliamentary Steel Caucus and as the caucus’ co-chair, I was truly happy to see the end of American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Since the U.S. decided to place these unjust and illegal tariffs on Canadian products, I never stopped advocating for Hamilton’s steelworkers.

When the U.S. imposed tariffs, our government stood up for Canada’s economy and our steel and aluminum workers and their families. We immediately retaliated dollar-for-dollar – the strongest retaliation in the world. We stood firm and would not back down until we achieved today’s outcome. As a result of the  decision by the United States, Canada has decided to lift its retaliatory tariffs.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated,
“To the workers and businesses at the heart of Canada’s world-class steel and aluminum industries: We will always stand up for you and your families. Every day, you contribute to the well- being and prosperity of communities across the country. What matters most is that you are able to keep our economy growing, and create the good, middle class jobs we need now and in the future.”

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More Support for Seniors

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports projects that help Canadian seniors stay active and involved in our communities. Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and organizations that have not received funding in the past five years, can apply to receive up to $5,000 in small grants funding. If you’re an organization in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek and are interested in applying, please click here.

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Support for Affordable Housing

Thank you to Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, for coming to Hamilton to make an important announcement to give $10 million in funding towards the Ken Soble Tower.

Our government is committed to making housing more affordable in Hamilton and across Canada.

Across Canada, there are still 1.7 million Canadian households in housing need.  To help more Canadians access housing that meets their needs and they can afford, our National Housing Strategy sets out to achieve bold outcomes over the next 10 years, including:

-Reducing chronic homelessness by 50%

-Housing need reduced or eliminated for 530,000 households o Creating 100,000 new housing units, and repairing and renewing more than 300,000 housing units

-Protecting 385,000 community housing units and expanding by another 55,000 units

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Supporting Female Entrepreneurs and Local Business

Thank you to Eveley Alignment & Spring Service for taking me on a tour of your plant yesterday in Stoney Creek.

Our government has awarded local Stoney Creek business Eveley Alignment & Spring Service with a grant of $100,000. This funding is part of our government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

This week I also had the chance to attend the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Business After 5 Event at 50 Point Market. I appreciated hearing from a number of local business owners and employees. Our government is committed to supporting small- and medium-sized businesses.

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If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to bring to my attention, don’t hesitate to let me know by sending my office an email.