Sean Casey

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Charlottetown

Sean Casey

Your member of parliament for


Charlottetown

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Budget 2019: Benefits to Prince Edward Island

Federal Transfers

In 2019-20, major transfers will total $647 million, an increase of $10 million from the previous year:

  • $419 million through Equalization, an increase of $0.2 million from the previous year
  • $167 million through the Canada Health Transfer, an increase of $7.9 million from the previous year
  • $60 million through the Canada Social Transfer, an increase of $1.9 million from the previous year.

Since 2015-16, major federal transfers to Prince Edward Island have grown by $93.4 million, from $553 million to $647 million.

Budget 2019 Measures

  • $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund to address short-term infrastructure priorities in municipalities and First Nation communities, including $16.5 million for Prince Edward Island.

Empowering Seniors in Their Communities

To improve seniors’ quality of life, and to better promote seniors’ participation and inclusion in communities and workplaces, Budget 2019 proposes to provide additional funding of $100 million over five years, with $20 million per year ongoing, for the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Regional Economic Innovation

To support regional economic innovation, the Government proposes to provide the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with $24.9 million in 2019-20, which is equivalent to repayable contributions the agency collected in 2018-19. Access to funding will be based on actual repayments in 2018-19.

Investing in Eastern Canada Ferry Services

Every year, federally funded ferry services in eastern Canada help move more than 800,000 passengers and 100,000 commercial vehicles. This includes the services provided by Transport Canada’s Ferry Services Contribution Program, linking Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby, Nova Scotia; Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, to Caribou, Nova Scotia; and Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec, to Souris, Prince Edward Island.

To maintain safe and reliable ferry services, Budget 2019 proposes to:

  • Extend Transport Canada’s Ferry Services Contribution Program until 2022 with existing service levels and fleet size, including two vessels operating between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
  • Procure two ferries to replace the MV Madeleine, operating between Quebec and Prince Edward Island, and the MV Holiday Island, operating between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Introducing a Food Policy for Canada

Access to safe, healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and locally produced food is something all Canadians should enjoy. To support these areas for near-term action, Budget 2019 proposes to invest $134.4 million over five years on a cash basis, beginning in 2019–20, in a suite of new measures.

Launching a Federal Strategy on Jobs and Tourism

Budget 2019 provides the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with $6.3 million over two years, starting in 2019-20, for the creation of a Canadian Experiences Fund which would support Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create and expand tourism-related infrastructure—such as accommodations or local attractions—or new tourism products or experiences. These investments would focus on five categories: tourism in rural and remote communities, Indigenous tourism, winter tourism, inclusiveness, specifically for the LGBTQ2 community, and farm-to-table tourism, which is also known as culinary tourism.

Expanding Support for Artists and Cultural Events

Expanding Support for Artists and Cultural Events The arts bring Canadians together in a shared celebration of our history, traditions and cultural diversity, and are an important part of our economy. To support the production of more artistic events across the country, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $16 million over two years, starting in 2019–20, to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

This Fund supports not-for-profit professional arts presenters and organizations—including festivals and performing arts series—in all regions of the country and includes $500,000 in funding for the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This investment will provide support for professional festivals and performing arts series, as well as emerging arts presenters in underserved areas, and will help support the activities of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Collectively, this will help bring the talents of Canada’s live performers to more communities across the country, giving more Canadians—especially those in underserved and underrepresented communities—a chance to see, hear and celebrate Canadians’ talents.

Supporting Community-Based Housing for People with Complex Health and Social Needs in Prince Edward Island

The Government is investing $50.8 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, in Prince Edward Island’s Public Safety Housing project. The project will support structured social housing, life skills training, and enhanced access to integrated and assisted technologies. This initiative will primarily help people with 187 complex health and social needs, such as those who require intensive services and have a history that could include a mental health disorder, specialized treatment, multi-system involvement, chronic substance abuse or dependency, or housing instability, to successfully live in their communities.