Federal Budget Re-Instates Prison Farms in Kingston Area

The latest federal budget includes major investments in science, the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

For Kingston, it means we will likely be seeing more crops and animals along Days and Bath Road.

The federal government re-instated prison farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions at a cost of $4.3-million over the next five years.

There was no mention of when they will be up and running again, but the farms will be run by CORCAN, a rehabilitation programming agency of the Correctional Service of Canada.

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce believes that the federal budget holds some positive news and applauds the good work of our MP Mark Gerretsen in moving the Prison Farm issue forward.

However, Bill Stewart, Advocacy & Policy Development Specialist at the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce says there’s still much work to be done.

"“Issues like the new measures on passive income, or the unequal taxation of non-tangible goods, are all symptoms of a broken tax system that discourages investment and growth. It’s now more urgent than ever to have a full, independent review of Canada’s tax system. ”

The flawed Phoenix System will also be scrapped and replaced with a new one, which will cost $16-million over two years.

The decision comes as the overall price tag for the problem-plagued pay system nears $1-billion.

The budget includes a total of $21.5-billion in new spending but will result in a projected $18-billion deficit for 2018.

It will include investing $3.2-billion over five years in Canadian scientists and researchers, as well as $1.3-billion over five years to help Canada meet a U-N commitment to protect at least 17 per-cent of its land and inland waters by 2020.
The budget also announced the creation of an advisory council to begin exploring a national pharmacare plan, which will be led by former Ontario Health Minister, Eric Hoskins.