Ron McKinnon
Ron McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Update | July 8 2020
July 8, 2020

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Dear Neighbour, 

Last week I was proud to announce an investment of $25,000 to Share Family and Community Services through the first phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. I was joined by SHARE CEO Claire MacLean to announce this funding on behalf of the Honourable Mari-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is aimed at community-based, non-profit organizations and works to reduce food insecurity by establishing and strengthening local food systems in the medium to longer term. 

Today’s announcement supports SHARE’s work in our Tri-Cities community. The funds from the Local Food Infrastructure Grant allows SHARE to upgrade the technology on their delivery trucks, to help their staff and volunteers working safely and efficiently. Making sure that SHARE’s clients, staff, and volunteers are safe, and that those in need get the healthy, fresh food they need. 

The second funding phase of the LFIF program is now open, interested organizations can apply here. 

This email further includes information and updates on: 

Entry-into Force of the new NAFTA (CUSMA)

On July 1, the new NAFTA (CUSMA) came into force.  This accord modernizes the trading relationship and enables Canadian companies to benefit from preferential access to US and Mexican markets. This is a result of extensive negotiations over the past three and a half years and is an essential component in preserving free and fair trade all over North America. 

The new NAFTA (CUSMA) will protect jobs and prosperity for workers in all three participating countries and will ensure that we all emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, stronger. 

Launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) 

The Canada Student Service grant will help post-secondary students and recent graduates volunteering in support of COVID-19 response in their communities while gaining valuable experience. 

The CSSG will provide volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. The more volunteer hours eligible students put in over the summer, the higher the grant amount they will be eligible to receive 

For more information and to find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic visit the: I Want to Help platform

Seniors to receive special one-time, tax-free payment week of July 6th

In May, our government announced a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for Old Age Security (OAS), and $200 to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Seniors receiving both benefits will receive an additional benefit of $500. 

Seniors eligible for this special payment will receive it starting next Monday. 

21 new infrastructure projects in British Columbia under the Investing in Canada Plan 


Last Friday our government announced funding for 21 projects in the Lower Mainland under the investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. This investment will work to strengthen local economies and make services and cultural networks more accessible to all British Columbians. The projects receiving funding include: improvements to community centres, health centres, storm water management, drinking water and wastewater facilities and social support hubs including more than $19.4 million of federal and provincial funding to nine projects in Indigenous communities.  

These projects will create a wide range of benefits to communities all across our province!

We are also focused on ensuring that everyone has the most up-to-date information and that it is accessible. For daily updates, follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit my website.

Yours sincerely,

Ron McKinnon

Member of Parliament for Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam

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