HAMILTON – MPP Andrea Horwath issued the following statement:
“I want to congratulate the federal and 8 provincial governments for reaching an important agreement that will help improve retirement security for young Canadians.
I also want to congratulate everyone, especially labour (the CLC and Provincial Federations of Labour including the OFL), who has worked so hard to lay the groundwork for this agreement. We are proud to have stood with you, including our 2010 motion calling for an enhanced CPP.
Today is an important step towards ensuring that Ontarians can retire with dignity. However, there is still much more to do to help lift all Ontario seniors out of poverty and to help those who are on the cusp of retirement now, but who won’t benefit from these changes to the CPP.
Together, we must also do more to support our young people as the nature of work changes. We can build a province where people have good jobs that come with a decent paycheque, decent benefits, and a pension – a place where we can all share in our province’s enormous potential.”