MP Jane Philpott participated in an exchange of information and ideas with local healthcare providers earlier this month.

Philpott hosted the discussion on the social determinants of health. She discussed the critical importance of factors such as income, employment, housing and social connection. She highlighted initiatives taken by the federal government to support and address these areas for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Attendees were provided with background and updates on a number of federal programs. This
included:
– Strengthening the Canada Child Benefit: recent announcement for cost of living
increases starting in July 2018
– Employment Insurance improvements that take effect on December 3, 2017, including
more flexible maternal and parental benefits and new caregiver benefits for those
caring for a family member
– Working Income Tax Benefit: Enhancement of this program with an additional $500
million per year starting in 2019

MP Philpott outlined a number of specific services her constituency office can assist with
including issues related to Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada. Healthcare providers
took the opportunity to share prevalent themes they are hearing from their patient population.

“I am proud of the work done by our government to address the social determinants of health in the first two years of our mandate. These include strengthening programs such as the Canada Child Benefit and the Working Income Tax Benefit. Today, I am here to share with healthcare professionals in Markham-Stouffville the range of federal resources available to patients, to ensure that everyone is accessing the benefits and services they deserve,” said Hon. Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville.