Defence Minister coming to St. Catharines to discuss grocery rebates

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Published March 30, 2023 at 10:12 am

St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, right, guides Oakville MP Anita Anand, centre, then the Procurement Minister bringing vaccines to Canada, through Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre during its time as a vaccination clinic in 2021.

Oakville MP Anita Anand, the Canadian Minister of Defence, will join St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle at a local grocery store in the Garden City today (March 30) to talk about the food rebate in Tuesday’s (March 28) federal budget.

The Liberal budget has introduced a one-time grocery rebate that will hand the average family of four a rebate of $467.

Meant to counter inflation costs for 11 million low to modest income, single Canadians will qualify for $234 while seniors can expect about $225 back.

Bittle also pointed out that the budget will cover the cost of dental care for millions of people (including seniors), increase financial assistance for students, crack down on “hidden junk fees and predatory lenders” and lower credit card transaction fees for small businesses.

“These measures build on action we have already taken to deliver relief for families, including: $10-a-day child care, or cutting child care fees in half, across the country; the Canada Child Benefit, which is providing up to $7,000 this year; a doubled GST tax credit for six months; dental care for kids; and $500 for low-income renters,” Bittle said.
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