Minister Fortier meets with Mayor Dilkens of Windsor
July 21, 2021
Yesterday, the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, Mona Fortier spoke virtually with His Worship Mayor Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor.
Minister Fortier and Mayor Dilkens discussed Canada’s draft Quality of Life Framework that was introduced in Budget 2021 to integrate quality of life considerations into decision-making. The Framework provides a guide for moving beyond one set of well-being indicators – such as GDP – to look at Canadians’ quality of life in five domains – prosperity, health, environment, society and good governance. In addition to this sort of multi-dimensional thinking, the framework emphasizes inclusive and long-term thinking.
The Minister sought input on the discussion paper released alongside Budget 2021 and specifically Mayor Dilkens views on refining the indicators in the Framework to better assess quality of life by ensuring that a broad range of factors are used to guide policy decisions in Canada.
Mayor Dilkens shared his concerns about the increasing cost of living including the recent and rapid rise in housing and rent prices. Both the Minister and the Mayor agreed on the importance of affordable housing to protecting middle class families and to Canada’s broader economic recovery. They also discussed the federal government’s Rapid Housing program. The Mayor shared that families living in Windsor are benefitting from the increased Canada Child Benefit and the importance of moving swiftly to implement a National Early Learning and Child Care System in Ontario. Minister Fortier and Mayor Dilkens also spoke about the rising cases of racism and the need for all levels of government to continue standing strong against it to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome in their communities. Lastly, Mayor Dilkens highlighted that Windsor remains committed to working with the Government of Canada to fight climate change through sustainable transportation and the auto-mobility sector to build resilience.
Minister Fortier indicated that the feedback from this meeting, as well as other meetings, would be used to refine the Framework, which will remain evergreen to ensure its continued relevance in measuring what matters for a good quality of life in Canada.
Minister Fortier also took the opportunity to discuss continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the work done by municipal governments to spearhead the country’s economic recovery. Canada entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position, which has allowed the government to take quick and decisive action, support people and businesses, and make historic investments in the recovery.
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Office of the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
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