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Apr 17, 2014 at 03:13 AM

Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Please Keep the Jack Open!
Feb 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hockey Night in St. Catharines 5 Charity Game in Jeopardy!

St. Catharines – Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines and former Chicago Black Hawk Steve Ludzik are counting on St. Catharines City Council not to pull the plug on the Jack Gatecliff and Rex Stimers Arenas.

Council’s Finance Committee is considering a proposal to close the arenas in June in advance of the opening of the new Meridian Centre, but that would mean that the annual Hockey Night in St. Catharines would have no venue for the game, which usually takes place in August. The game, organized by Dykstra and Ludzik, raises money for the United Way of St. Catharines and District, with a portion going toward the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Program at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

“Over the past 4 years, we’ve raised over $515,000”, said Dykstra.  “This money is important to the programs the United Way delivers and to the Parkinson’s Clinic which is the only clinic of its kind in the province.  If they close the arenas in June, it will be a real blow to both of these causes.”

Said Ludzik, “Without this game, we would never have gotten the Parkinson’s Clinic up and running.  We’ve already got this year’s game planned for August 14th, so I’m really hoping they keep those arenas open for at least a few months more.”

Council is expected to vote on the arena closures at its next council meeting on Monday, February 24th.

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More Choice for Canadian Wireless Consumers
Feb 20, 2014 at 08:42 AM

The result of the 700 MHz spectrum auction validates our government's goal of at least four wireless players in every region of the country and raised $5.27 billion in revenue

Consumers are the big winners following the conclusion of the 700 MHz spectrum auction. Industry Minister James Moore today announced that 97 licences have been awarded to 8 Canadian companies. A fourth wireless provider obtained spectrum in every region of the country, delivering on our government's commitment to encourage more competition in Canada's wireless industry. The total revenue generated from the 700 MHz auction is $5.27 billion, the highest return ever for a wireless auction in Canada.

Through this auction, our government sought to make spectrum available in a way that would result in more competition for Canadian consumers. The auction results achieved this goal. Companies that obtained licences for these high-quality wireless airwaves will be able to start deploying in mid-April to provide better service to their customers on the latest technologies.

Quick facts

  • The outcome of the auction supports more choice for Canadians by enabling a fourth wireless player in every region of the country.
  • All winning bidders, including Canada's largest wireless companies, have secured spectrum to deliver the next generation of wireless services to their customers.
  • The auction revenue, $5.27 billion—the most ever for a wireless auction in Canada—will be reinvested in priorities that matter to Canadians.
  • The auction rules contain strict rural deployment conditions, the first of their kind in Canada, so that Canadian consumers living in rural and remote areas benefit.


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Largest Federal Investment in Infrastructure in Canadian History
Feb 19, 2014 at 04:42 PM

The Government of Canada understands the positive impact that quality infrastructure has on economic growth, job creation and long term prosperity. That is why federal investment in infrastructure has increased dramatically since 2006, and is at an all-time high.

The New Building Canada Plan will see the Government of Canada invest over $53B in infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years (2014-2024).

For Ontario, this represents almost $11B in dedicated federal funding, including more than $2.7B under the New Building Canada Fund and an estimated $8.12B under the federal Gas Tax Fund*.

Ontario also stands to benefit from:

  • $4B available for projects of national significance
  • $1.25B in additional funding available for P3 projects
  • $10.4B via the GST Rebate which provides municipalities across the country with additional resources to address their infrastructure priorities

Investments that are making a difference

Since 2006, investments of over $4.91B under the Building Canada Fund, the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund have assisted the Government of Ontario and its municipalities to make infrastructure improvements for the benefit of all Ontarians. Municipalities have also benefited from approximately $4.63B provided to Ontario through the federal Gas Tax Fund. Combined with investments under other federal infrastructure programs, Ontario has benefited from over $12.3B toward infrastructure improvements across the province.

According to Statistics Canada, the average age of Ontario’s infrastructure has declined by 1.9 years since 2006 to 13.4 years in 2012.

The New Building Canada Plan is the largest long-term infrastructure plan in Canadian history, providing stable funding for a 10-year period. It includes:

  • The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
  • A $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of a $4 billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance and a $10 billion Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) for projects of national, local or regional significance. $1 billion of PTIC is dedicated to projects in communities under 100,000 residents.
  • An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the P3 (Public-Private Partnerships) Canada Fund.
  • $6 billion in funding that continues to flow across the country this year and beyond under existing infrastructure programs.
  • Our Government anticipates that Infrastructure Canada will require approximately $516 million to deliver new and existing infrastructure programs over the next 10 years, including audits and evaluations.


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