FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 9, 2018
SIMCOE – A trio of announcements have been rolled out to assist Canada’s veterans, military personnel and Legion branches.
A commitment has been made to table legislation shortly to ease the burden on Ontario’s Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring they pay no property tax.
“Veterans are Canada’s heroes. Our government remains committed to ensuring those who have served our country receive honour and respect,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “The Royal Canadian Legion branches in my riding are social and recreational hubs and places where veterans can receive support. This legislation will allow them to continue serving our communities for generations to come.”
In a second initiative, consultations have been launched with military familes on how to best establilsh a hotline to provide information about schooling, job opportunities, child care, licensing for drivers and vehicles, and other programs and services.
Thirdly, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced it is working to amend fishing regulations so veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members who reside in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing by early 2019.
“These actions pay tribute to the contributions made by past and present military personnel,” Barrett said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Barrett is also distributing petitions in the riding to support a memorial to Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Afghanistan conflict.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]