International Women's Day 2019: #Innovate for Change
March 8th is International Women’s Day. For Canada, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and girls and to reaffirm our commitment to advancing gender equality.
This year’s theme, #InnovateForChange, celebrates the achievements of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math as well as business and the skilled trades. It’s also a call to action to remove the barriers preventing women from thriving in these fields – from unequal pay and fewer promotions to harassment and discrimination.
By removing barriers, we pave the way for more women and girls to find their passions, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams.
CIMM: Supporting Toronto to resettle asylum seekers
As a Toronto-area MP I've heard from both my constituents and from the Mayor about the impact asylum seekers have had on the avbailability of affordable housing and shelter space in Toronto.
At a recent meeting of the Standing Commttee on Citizenship and Immigration, I asked Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to outline how his department is working directly with the City to help address their concerns as well as what collaborative role, if any, the provincial government is playing to coordinate the response with the federal and municipal governments.
Question Period: Reuniting caregiver families
On Febuary 25, 2019, I asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen what our goverment is doing to reunite caregivers with their families more quickly.
Really excited about these new caregiver reforms, which include:
* An occupation-specific work permit for caregivers, so they're not tied to one employer and can change employers if necessary
* The option to bring their families to Canada from the start, with open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children
* A pathway to permanent residence with two years of work experience
Recognizing Black History Month in Scarborough Centre
On February 20, 2019, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke about Black History Month, Viola Desmond and the Meadowvale East Apostolic Church in the House of Commons.
Celebrating Black History Month
MP Salma Zahid speaking about Black History Month and Viola Desmond at the Meadowvale East Apostolic Church celebration of Black History Month.
Syrian newcomer entrepreneurs are creating jobs in Canada
Members statements February 7, 2019
From Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish to Aleppo Savon in Calgary, Syrian refugees are making a difference by opening businesses and creating jobs for their fellow Canadians. I would like to recognize a Syrian newcomer business in my riding of Scarborough Centre: Aleppo Kebab.
CIMM: Supporting newcomer women
At the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today, we continued a study on settlement services. It is the settlement services that help newcomers become sucessful, by providing them with the language and skills training and other assistance they need to enter the Canadian workforce.
Our government has increased settlement funding by 32 per cent since we took office (as of next year) as we want newcomers to suceed and contribute to Canada's economy.
Today I asked Ahmed Hussein of The Neighbourgood Organization (TNO) about the specific challenges faced by newcomer women.
Small business focus: ERS International
ERS International is an electronics recycling innovator and small business creating jobs right here in Scarborough. Thank you to president Sam Kazemeini for giving Small Business & Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng and I a tour of your facility. #SBW2010
Small business focus: Aleppo Kebab
Small businesses like Aleppo Kebab, which recently opened at 1960 Lawrence Ave E in Scarborough Centre and was founded by a Syrian newcomer, are the backbone of Canada's economy and are creating jobs in our community.. #SBW2019
Knocking doors in Scarborough Centre
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid on why she loves knocking on doors to hear from her constituents directly about their issues and concerns.
Christmas and holiday greetings
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the people of Scarborough, and all the best for 2019.
Good bye to Centre Block as we rise for Christmas recess
Today, the House of Commons rose in the Centre Block for the Christmas recess, and we said good bye to this historic building. When we return in January, it will be to the West Block, as Centre Block begins at least a decade of extensive renovations.
From tax relief for the middle class and the Canada Child Benefit to ending two-tier citizenship, I'm proud of what our government has accomplished in this building, I'm greatful for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continuing our work for Canadians in a new place in the New Year.
Question Period: Women's economic equality
By failing to ensure economic equality for women we’re not only missing out as a society, but as an economy.
A McKinsey Global Institute Report estimates that women’s economic equality could add $150 billion to Canada’s GDP by 2026.
But women face barriers to full labour market participation such as gender-based discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and lack of training.
Today in question period, I asked Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng how the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy is working to help women overcome these challenges?
Canada's Immigration Committee reports on the UN Global Compacts relatng to migration and refugees
The Conservatives have been spreading a lot of disinformation and outright falsehoods regarding the United Nations Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees
We studied the compacts at the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, we listened to the experts, and on Friday we released our report. The compacts are good for Canada and good for the global community, and we should endorse them. Not one witness validated the Conservative attacks.
The compacts seek to address the root causes of migration so people are less likely to migrate, seeks ways to encourage those who do migrate to do so through safe and regular channels, and encourages countries to work together, ackowledging that no one country can solve the global migration crisis alone.
Read our report and get the facts: https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentVie…/…/42-1/CIMM/report-23
Recognizing the Dorset Park Community Hub
On Nov. 27, 2018, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid recognized the Dorset Park Community Hub and its executive director, Lee Soda, for their contributions to the Scarborough Community.
Question Period: Reducing poverty in Scarborough and accross Canada
Today, in question period, I asked PM Justin Trudeau how our poverty reduction strategy will help families like those in Scarborough who are working hard to join the middle class, but with housing costs and a rising cost of living find it challenging to get ahead.
Remembrance Day message from MP Salma Zahid
A Remembrance Day message from MP Salma Zahid, Scarborough Centre.
Tomorrow, Indians in Scarborough, accross Canada and around the world will celebrate Diwali. WIshing them all the best for the festival of lights!
Recognizing Women Making an Impact
In honour of Women's History Month, and this year's theme "making an impact" I recently recognized several women who are making an impact in Scarborough Centre.
Happy Navratri to the Hindu community
Tonight, Hindu communities accross Canada and around the world will will begin the celebration of Navratri. It's a celebrations symbolize the triumph of good over evil, and, families and friends will come together over the next 10 days to pray, dance, and observe traditions. Best wishes to all who will be celebrating!
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to the people of Scarborough.
50th anniversary Branch 617 Royal Canadian Legion
Recognizing the service of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 617 in Scarborough for its service to our veterans and to the community as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Speech: Motion 155 Filipino Heritage Month
On Monday Oct. 1, 2018. Scarborough Centre MP opens debate on M-155, her private members motion which would declare June Filipino Heritage Month accross Canada.
Gender equality week: Tasnim Bala of Super Defensive Driving Academy
As part of gender equality week, I'd like to highlight some outstanding female entrepreneurs making a difference in Scarborough Centre.
Watch the video with Tasnim Bala, owner and operator of Super Defensive Driving Academy, as she shares her story and her advice for other female entrepreneurs. #EveryoneBenefits
Speech: We must do more to fight gun violence
Yesterday, I spoke in the House of Commons about Bill C-71. It's a common sense set of proposals to encourage responsible gun ownership, including enhanced background checks and taking the politics out of weapons classification decisions.
I also spoke about the toll gun violence has taken on our community, and especially on our youth. C-71 is a first step, but we can and we must do more to precent gun and gang violence. The Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair, has been given a broad mandate to begin a national conversation and consider all options; I look forward to taking part on this process.
Investing in infrastructure in Scarborough
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid discusses the importance of investing in Canada's infrastructure, from transit to community services.
Scarborough families get a hand up from Canada Child Benefit
The Canada Child Benefit is helping families in Scarbotough to enroll their children in summer activities, buy them new clothes and supplies for back to school, and begin saving for their futures.
In the month of April, in our community nearly 12,000 families with over 20,000 children received an average monthly payment of $740. That’s nearly $9 million into our local economy every month, tax-free, for the families that need it most.
Question Period: Ramadan Mubarak and thank you for your prayers and support
May 31, 2018 -- Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid speaks in the House of Commons to wish all celebrating Ramadan Mubarak, and to thank her family, the people of Scarborough, and all Parliamentarians for their support and prayers during her ongoing treatment for cancer.
Infrastructure week: Investing in Scarborough transit
As part of infrastructure week, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid highlights federal investments in public transit, including more than $442M to help the TTC buy 1,043 new busses and refurbish another 695. This will mean more frequent and efficient bus service in Scarborough.
And we have committed $660 million to help bring the Bloor-Danforth subway right here to Scarborough Town Centre.
We’re committed ensuring Scarborough has the world class transit infrastructure it deserves.
Best wishes to the Muslim community for the holy month of Ramadan from Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre.
Question Period: World Cancer Day
On February 5, 2018, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor what the government is doing to help families coping with a cancer diagnosis.
CIMM: Supporting the Rohingya
On February 1st, 2018, during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration, about the IOM's work in support of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Rakhine State, and what more the international community should be doing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from MP Salma Zahid
Christmas and Holiday greetings from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid.
Tribute to Ian Jones
On December 4, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid paid tribute in the House of Commons to late Scarborough resident Ian Jones.
Question Period: National Housing Strategy
Housing is a major issue in Scarborough Centre. Our supply of rental stock is limited and old, there is a long wait for community housing, and families are having to spend too much of their household income on shelter.
During question period on Nov. 29, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked the Prime Minister how the new National Housing Strategy will help communities like Scarborough.
CIMM: Medical inadmissability
At the Nov. 22, 2017 meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid questions IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen as part of the committee's study of the medical inadmissibility provisions of immigration law.
Remembrance Day 2017
Today, we honour the service and the sacrifice of the men and women of Canada's armed forces. They fought, so we could be free. We must always remember them.
Question Period: Canada's historic immigration levels plan
On November 2, 2017, during question period, I asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen about the government's historic multi-year immigration levels plan.
Celebrating Islamic Heritage Month
On October 24, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid rose in the House of Commons to make a statement in recognition of Islamic Heritage Month.
Scarborough Centre Multifaith Council
No matter where we come from or how we worship, I have continually been impressed by the values and priorities that we all hold in common: our love for our families, our community and our country, and our desire to give a better life to our children. That’s why we've launched the Scarborough Centre Multifaith Council. I hope this group can work to understand and bridge our differences to promote respect and harmony.
CIMM: Securing Canada's borders
At part of a briefing for the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on irregular border crossings and asylum seekers, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asks RCMP & CBSA officials to outline the security and background checks that irregular crossers undergo before they are released from detention.
Speech: End ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people
On Sept. 26, 2017, I took part in an emergency debate in the House of Commons regarding the situation facing the Rohingya. I called on the government to take several actions, including increased humanitarian aid, matching contributions to aid groups made by Canadians, and sending a delegation of officials and Parliamentarians to visit the camps in Bangladesh. The violence and ethnic cleansing must end.
INAN: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
I recently joined the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, and on Sept. 21st we heard testimony from the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
I asked Chief Commissioner Marion Buller what is being done to help prevent future acts of violence, and how they're working to ensure the diverse cultural, linguistic and spiritual traditions of Indigenous peoples are built into how the Commission does its work.
Greetings for Eid al-Adha
Wishing a very happy Eid al-Adha to all those celebrating in Scarborough, and across Canada. May it be a happy and joyous time for you and your family. Eid Mubarak!
Canada Summer Jobs 2017
Hear from Scarborough Centre students about the benefits they're receiving from their summer employment through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
What did you learn from your first summer jobs that helped you in your career and in life?
What Scarborough loves about Canada
As we celebrate Canada Day and Canada 150, we asked the people of Scarborough Centre to share what they love about Canada. Happy Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day from MP Salma Zahid!
Greetings for Canada Day and Canada 150 from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid.
See you on Canada Day, Scarborough!
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid is ready to celebrate Canada Day and Canada 150 with the people of Scarborough.
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating in Scarborough and around the world.