It is an honour to serve as your Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria and I have been humbled by your support over the past number of years. This website will give you information on the work I do in Cape Breton and in Ottawa, including how to contact me should you need assistance. My office can help with federal government programs and services such as Canada Pensions, Employment insurance, immigration, passport applications, student loans, special occasion certificates, and much more.
I look forward to continuing our work toward a better future for Cape Breton and a stronger more prosperous Canada.
April 28th, 2016
For Immediate Release
Seniors in Sydney-Victoria have the opportunity to participate in a new project benefiting many in their community
April 28th 2016 Sydney, Nova Scotia Employment and Social Development Canada
Organizations in Sydney-Victoria supporting seniors activities will receive financial support from the Federal Governemnt to make it esier for seniors to take part in social activities and to help their organizations acquire or replace equipment and conduct facility renovations that will help to get their project off the ground, today announced Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
Cape Breton Regional Library, Menelik Hall Association, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128, St Patrick’s Hall Committee, St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society, Steel Workers and Sydney Pensioners Club, and Whitney Pier Society for the Arts are receiving a combined total of $120,933 for their projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These projects will help many Canadians in Sydney-Victoria.
Cape Breton Regional Library – $22,325
Our Community in Stories – Seniors Storytelling
– Seniors involved with the organization will participate in a series storytelling sessions from which specific stories will be included in a book and video and shared with the community.
Menelik Hall Association – $13,548
– The organization will install three heat pumps to provide a warm and healthy environment which will allow seniors to continue to participate in senior luncheons, socials, and meetings at the hall.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128 – $25,000
– The organization will purchase and install five heat pumps to improve warmth and air quality to allow senior information session activities and breakfasts to continue in a comfortable environment.
St Patrick’s Hall Committee – $25,000
Installation of GeoComfort Heat Pump
– The organization will install a new GeoComfort heat pump in order for activities for seniors to continue, such as meetings, dinners and information and education sessions.
St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society – $17,595
Sharing the Kitchen: Seniors and Chefs
– The organization will offer cooking classes to assist rural seniors learn about nutrition as it relates to low-income seniors living in remote rural areas with limited access to transportation.
Steel Workers and Sydney Pensioners Club – $10,603
Security System and Updated Entry
– The organization will update the security system and install new front and rear entrances to allow seniors to continue to offer activities such as bingo, in-services and card games.
Whitney Pier Society for the Arts – $6,862
Never Too Old To Learn About Diversity
– The organization will provide information sessions to seniors on the various cultures and religions in the community, which will allow the seniors to bridge the gap in their knowledge of these groups.
• The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals.
• Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in NHSP funding for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
• Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 17,800 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of more than $360 million.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, our government helps provide seniors with unique opportunities to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others in their community. Initiatives such as this highlight our commitment to the wellbeing of seniors and strengthen the fabric of our society through partnerships.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“Our government is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
– Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria.
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March 23rd, 2016
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, ON) Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria Mark Eyking reacted after the budget was released in Ottawa yesterday.
“The budget will have a positive effect for Cape Bretoners.” Eyking stated.
Cape Breton was mentioned in the budget several times, including re-opening of the Sydney Veterans affairs office, investments in Marine Atlantic, and an infrastructure investment of $19 Million for the Sydney Harbour West Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant project that will create 270,000 hours of employment.
This government has a strong commitment to assisting Canadian families that need help the most. The new Canada Child Benefit will help families more than any other public policy since universal healthcare. It is expected that this program will help lift many Cape Breton families out of poverty and put millions of dollars more per year into the Cape Breton economy. The government has also implemented a tax cut for the middle class.
We are helping 350,000 students from low- and middle-income families; they will get more assistance from Canada Student Grants. Our government has doubled the funding to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. We have also made a commitment of billions of dollars to our First Nations communities to ensure they have access to the basic necessities of life and have the opportunity to attain a higher education.
We are reducing the E.I. waiting period from two weeks to one week and increasing the funding to Service Canada to meet the increased demand for E.I. claims processing. We are increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit by up to $947 annually for the most vulnerable single seniors.
This budget commits to long term infrastructure offering billions of dollars to stimulate the economy and create jobs to get our people back to work. The budget shows the Federal Government is still committed to protecting the environment and our communities.
This budget commits to preserving and investing in our national parks. Admission will be FREE for all national parks & historic sites in 2017 which will encourage tourism especially in Victoria County with the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
“I believe the budget our government has put forward delivers for Cape Breton.” Eyking stated.
CANADIANS ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)
Ottawa, March 10, 2016 –
On February 16th, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade decided to conduct a study on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The Committee’s primary objective is to assess the extent to which the agreement, if implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians. The study will result in a report to be presented in the House of Commons.
As part of its study, the Committee is inviting Canadian individuals and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on the TPP agreement. The Committee is also inviting Canadians to request to appear as a witness before the Committee, either as an individual or as a representative of an organization.
“I am very pleased to be announcing consultations on the TPP agreement,” said the Honourable Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P. for Sydney — Victoria and Chair of the House International Trade Committee. “I very much look forward to Canadians’ thoughts about the agreement, and I am convinced that we will receive a wide range of thoughtful opinions. I know that I speak on behalf of Committee members in saying that we are looking forward to the submissions from Canadians and the testimony of those who appear as witnesses.”
In addition to hearings that will take place in Ottawa, and following approval by the House of Commons, the Committee expects to hold hearings across Canada over the coming months. Once cross-country hearings are confirmed, information will be provided about dates and locations.
Canadians who wish to provide a written submission must do so before 23:59 EDT on April 30th, 2016. Written submissions are to be no more than 1,500 words. More information on the process for providing a written submission can be found in the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees. Written submissions should be emailed to: email@example.com.
Canadians who wish to appear as a witness can make their request at any time during the study. They should provide their name and contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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