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Federal cabinet minister Jim Carr said it’s important all those who qualify for the Canada Child Benefit receive it.
Carr was among a group of cabinet ministers and Liberal MPs who fanned the country Thursday, touting the fact the child benefit is about to be indexed to inflation.
The new minister of international trade diversification brought his Winnipeg message to the Harrow Co-op Children’s Centre on Guelph Street.MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg South Centre MP Jim Carr was in Winnipeg on Thursday to deliver information on the Canada Child Benefit.
Confronted with a news report that said one in every five Indigenous families on-reserve is missing out on the child benefit, Carr said it’s “a top priority for us to ensure that all children have access to this benefit.”
The MP for Winnipeg South Centre said “sometimes people aren’t aware of the program” and “it’s our job and ambition to make sure that all Canadians who qualify know about (it).”
Lower tax-filing rates for families on-reserve are the apparent reason for the lower take-up in these communities.
Asked how the government might do a better job of making Indigenous people aware of the program, Carr promised to take up the matter with his colleague, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
“I’ll talk to Minister Duclos about that. And I’m sure that the government is well aware of these challenges and would be very keen to make sure that all of those who qualify actually receive this very important benefit,” Carr said.