Helena Jaczek
Helena Jaczek
Member of Parliament for Markham—Stouffville
April 9, 2021
UBF projects to bring high-speed internet to communities in Markham-Stouffville
(Markham-Stouffville, Ontario) The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on high-speed internet connections. Now more than ever, Canadians across the country need access…
January 23, 2021
Tamil Heritage Month Celebration 2021
Thank you to everyone who joined me, my colleagues and Prime Minister Trudeau, for our virtual Federal Liberal Caucus Tamil Heritage Month Celebration. This month…
January 14, 2021
Tamil Heritage Month 2021
This week, the Tamil community in our riding of Markham-Stouffville, with Tamils across Canada, and around the world--are celebrating Thai Pongal, the four-day harvest festival.…
January 14, 2021
New Year 2021
A very happy New Year to all Orthodox Christians, Eastern Rite Catholics and Coptic Christians who are celebrating today! I hope your New Year is…
January 13, 2021
Lohri 2021
Wishing everyone who is celebrating--in Markham-Stouffville, throughout Canada and around the world--a happy Lohri Festival! While we can't all be together around a bonfire this…
January 7, 2021
Anniversary of Flight PS752
Today is a sad anniversary. A year ago, Flight PS752 was downed. Its destruction meant the loss of 176 people--including 57 Canadians. Among them were…
December 24, 2020
Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Health Canada has authorized Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important step forward. Between the early doses we’ve already received, and the shipments now scheduled,…
December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas
2020 hasn't been an easy year, but we are making progress. Vaccines started to arrive this month, a second vaccine was approved yesterday, and distribution…
December 12, 2020
Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
This week at the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, I spoke with Dr. Isaac Bogach and Dr. Zain Chagla about safety measures for…
December 10, 2020
Order of Canada 2020- Brian McFarlane
Brian McFarlane has been appointed to the Order of Canada -- one of our country’s highest civilian honours -- for his contributions to the sport…
December 10, 2020
Hanukkah 2020
Tonight, Jewish communities across Canada are welcoming the beginning of Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Lighting the menorah is not merely about tradition, it's an…
December 9, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery
Today, we reached a critical milestone in our fight against COVID-19: the first COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Health Canada. 30,000 doses are expected…
December 7, 2020
Whitchurch-Stouffville's Santa Claus Parade 2020
This year's Whitchurch-Stouffville's Santa Claus Parade with Mayor Iain Lovatt and MPP Paul Calandra. It was wonderful to see everyone!  
December 3, 2020
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum's 'Archaeology Alive!'
Speaking in the House about the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum's 'Archaeology Alive!' -- the winner of the 2020 Ontario Museum Association's Award of Excellence in exhibitions. The…
December 3, 2020
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020
Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we honour all Canadians with visible and non-visible disabilities--which includes so many extraordinary people who continue…
December 2, 2020
Question Period- December 2nd, 2020
Investing in accessible and affordable child care is not only good for families, it’s good for our economy. It helps create jobs and it spurs…
November 30, 2020
Fall Economic Statement
As the second wave of the pandemic has gripped people and economies around the world, Canadians are facing challenging times. Today, our government released our…
November 24, 2020
Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
At the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, I spoke with Minister Monsef about our government's $1.75B Universal Broadband Fund, and the heritage neighbourhood…
November 23, 2020
Net-zero emissions by 2050
Over the past 10 months, our government has been working hard to fight COVID-19 and keep Canadians safe. That’s our top priority, but that doesn’t…
November 23, 2020
Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities
Today at the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities, I spoke with Minister Catherine McKenna about our government's investment's in public transit.  For the…
November 17, 2020
How is our federal government supporting Ontario's COVID-19 response?
In the House today, I asked the Minister of Health what our government is doing to support Ontario's response to the pandemic. Click here to…
November 12, 2020
$40 million storm treatment facility to protect Lake Simcoe
This week our government announced a new storm treatment facility to protect Lake Simcoe from excess phosphorus. I’m very pleased to see this project move…
November 11, 2020
Remembrance Day 2020
Today, at Markham’s Cenotaph and the Royal Canadian Legion 459 in Stouffville, honouring the brave men and women who served -- or are serving --…
November 10, 2020
Protecting York Region's Water Supply
Our government is investing over $18.1 million in a project that will help protect York Region’s water supply from the impact of extreme weather events.…
November 10, 2020
Updates to the CanExport program
Our government is working hard to support small business during the pandemic, that includes helping them pursue new opportunities in the global marketplace, to protect…
November 10, 2020
Supporting York Region Public Health in their response to COVID-19
Together with my York Region caucus colleagues I joined Canada’s Health Minister, the Hon. Patty Hajdu, for her virtual meeting with York Region’s Public Health…
October 21, 2020
Statement by Members
I delivered a statement in the House of Commons recognizing Stouffville's Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Mar Thomas Church and the YIKANG Seniors Club. They're…
September 30, 2020
The mid-Autumn Festival 2020
The mid-Autumn Festival is a time when friends and families would gather to give thanks for the harvest and the year’s successes. For all Canadians,…
September 27, 2020
Yom Kippur 2020
Tonight at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will observe the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I wish you…
September 23, 2020
2020 Speech from the Throne
We need to contain the pandemic and build back better. When it comes to our health, the economy, jobs, equality, and the environment---this is our…
September 21, 2020
Community BBQ 2020
Our annual BBQ looked a little different this year! It was a drive-thru BBQ, consistent with current public health guidelines, including PPE and physical distancing.…
August 30, 2020
Combatting anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism
I took part in an event about anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in the education system--a youth-led discussion for York Region youth. It was an impressive…
August 29, 2020
Partnership between 'Blue Door' and Parks Canada
Parks Canada has been working with 'Blue Door' in Rouge National Urban Park to refurbish a 'park house' in the Markham area of the park.…
August 23, 2020
Bob Hunter Memorial Park Visit
With Friends of the Rouge Watershed on the trails of Bob Hunter Memorial Park. They played a pivotal role in the creation of Rouge Park.…
August 22, 2020
Stouffville Legion’s Seniors Summer BBQ
At Stouffville Legion’s Senior Seniors Summer BBQ with my provincial counterpart, MPP Paul Calandra, and Rochelle D’souza, the event's organizer. There were lots of masks,…
August 15, 2020
India's Independence Day 2020
Today is India’s Independence Day! This day commemorates the end of British rule and the establishment of a free, independent India. Canadians of Indian origin…
August 14, 2020
Pakistan Independence Day 2020
My best wishes to Pakistani-Canadians in Markham-Stouffville and across Canada, and to all those celebrating -- Happy Pakistan Independence Day! Our riding and country our…
August 1, 2020
Emancipation Day 2020
On August 1st 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act was passed across the British Empire. Since that time, August 1st has been known as Emancipation Day.…
August 1, 2020
Learning and Celebrating Black History
Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians have opportunities to learn about the full scope of our history. Four new historical designations help share…
July 31, 2020
Eid al-Adha 2020
To everyone who is celebrating -- Eid al-Adha Mubarak! Thank you to the Masjid Darul Iman for your kind invitation. Click here to see my…
July 22, 2020
Standing Committee on Health Meeting
At the Standing Committee on Health, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, about the social determinants…
July 18, 2020
Taste of Asia 2020
Taste of Asia is always a fantastic event! This year, it's a virtual celebration. I'm honoured to be a part of it. Click here to…
July 1, 2020
Canada Day 2020
I hope you have a very Happy Canada Day! To see my full Canada Day message, click here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2985248281571948
June 30, 2020
Health Committee Meeting
At the Health Committee, I spoke with our Minister of Foreign Affairs about Canada’s role supporting efforts to fight COVID-19 around the world. To see…
June 29, 2020
Standing Committee on Health
At the Health Committee, I had an opportunity to speak with 2 key experts about how we can more effectively communicate risk during the COVID-19…
June 25, 2020
Italian Heritage Month 2020
This is Italian Heritage Month. It's a great time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Italian Canadians, and their extraordinary contributions to Canada.…
June 21, 2020
National Indigenous History Month 2020
This is ‘National Indigenous Peoples Day’ and its ‘National Indigenous History Month.’ It is always a good time to celebrate the unique histories, cultures and…
June 17, 2020
MP Jaczek Supports Statement by the Parliamentary Black Caucus
Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Markham--Stouffville, supports the following statement made by the Parliamentary Black Caucus. Statement by the Parliamentary Black Caucus The Parliamentary…
June 12, 2020
Filipino Heritage Month 2020
Mabuhay! To the Filipino community in Markham-Stouffville and across Canada, thank you for your tremendous contribution to our community and our country! Happy Filipino Heritage…
June 11, 2020
Health Committee Meeting
We're having important discussions on the Standing Committee on Health about COVID-19 and the state of long-term care in Canada. I was pleased to ask…
June 10, 2020
Portuguese Heritage Month 2020
It's Portuguese Heritage Month! Our country is home to one of the biggest Portuguese diasporas in the world. Luso-Canadians have contributed to our national fabric…
June 4, 2020
National Accessibility Week 2020
Our work as Parliamentarians continues! Today, I spoke about 'National Accessibility Week' -- which highlights the important contributions of Canadians with disabilities – and the…
May 23, 2020
Eid al-Fitr 2020
In Markham-Stouffville, across Canada, and around the world, Muslims are celebrating Eid-al Fitr. To all those celebrating, I wish you and your family peace and…
May 20, 2020
Standing Committee on Health Meeting
The work of the Standing Committee on Health continues. Yesterday, I spoke with Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, about contact tracing –…
May 19, 2020
Standing Committee on Health
The work of the Standing Committee on Health continues. At our last meeting, we discussed Long-Term Care facilities and how can make them safer to…
May 13, 2020
Tax Clinics 2020
Free tax clinics organized via the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) are a vital service provided to eligible Canadians. Due to COVID-19, many community…
May 12, 2020
International Nurses Day 2020
It’s International Nurses Day – a great day to thank our nurses, and all our frontline health care workers -- for the work they’re doing…
May 12, 2020
COVID-19 Supports for Seniors
Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced more support for seniors. For more information, please see: https://pm.gc.ca/.../prime-minister-announces-additional...
May 8, 2020
Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
Broadband access is a significant issue for many people in our riding - and across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored why that access…
May 8, 2020
VE Day 2020
Seventy-five years ago today, Canada and its Allies celebrated the end of the war in Europe—and victory. This VE Day, we remember the tremendous sacrifice…
May 6, 2020
Mental Health Week 2020
This is Mental Health Week -- it's a great reminder of the importance of mental health. You can find helpful resources at the following links--including…
May 1, 2020
National Physicians Day and First Responders Day 2020
Today is #NationalPhysiciansDay and #FirstRespondersDay. I want to express my thanks for the incredible work these men and women do protecting our communities! And thank…
April 23, 2020
Ramadan 2020
Tonight is the beginning of Ramadan, an important celebration for Muslims in Canada and around the world. I want to wish everyone in Markham-Stouffville a…
April 19, 2020
Orthodox Easter 2020
To all those celebrating --- I hope you have a happy and healthy Orthodox Easter! Best wishes. Please stay safe!  
April 12, 2020
Easter 2020
To everyone celebrating – wishing you, and your friends and family, a safe and Happy Easter!
April 11, 2020
Vaisakhi 2020
To all those celebrating -- I wish you a happy and healthy #Vaisakhi Stay safe!  
April 9, 2020
Passover 2020
Wishing everyone who is celebrating a happy, safe and healthy #Passover Chag Pesach Sameach! Below is a beautiful family heirloom belonging to my husband Hershel…
April 8, 2020
Developmental Services Matter
Thank you to our developmental service support workers! #DevelopmentalServicesMatter To see my message, click here: https://fb.watch/1XKFWMJulE/
March 27, 2020
Support for small businesses
Today, our government announced additional measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19. These measures will help protect jobs and small…
March 25, 2020
COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan
Help is on the way. Our government is taking action to protect jobs, our economy, and the health and safety of Canadians. Today, the Prime…
February 28, 2020
Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
When we invest in Green Infrastructure, we make our communities more resilient.   I was pleased to discuss sustainable infrastructure opportunities for Markham-Stouffville with Minister…
February 24, 2020
Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
Implementing the new Canada-US-Mexico Free Trade Agreement is a matter of national importance. Our farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses are relying on us to act…
February 18, 2020
Family Day Skate 2020
Enjoyed seeing everyone at the Family Day Skate. Here are some photos from today.       
February 15, 2020
Meeting with the Regional Municipality of York
Meeting with the Regional Municipality of York. They were positive discussions! The focus was on how we can work together to further improve transportation, housing…
February 4, 2020
Lunar New Year 2020
Celebrating the Year of the Rat with the Prime Minister, my colleagues, and friends from the Chinese community – and all the communities that celebrate…
February 3, 2020
India's Republic Day 2020
Republic Day celebrations at the Vedic Cultural Centre, with Amar Erry their president. It’s always an honour to be at Vedic Cultural Centre. Thank you…
January 30, 2020
McGill Women in the House 2020
So great to have Mackenzie shadow me today as part of McGill Women in the House. Since Mackenzie is a nursing student, we talked about…
January 27, 2020
Addressing hate speech and discrimination
Great meeting with representatives from the NCCM today to talk about online hate in Canada. We all have a part to play in addressing hate…
January 20, 2020
Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal 2020
Celebrating Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal at the Liberal Caucus Tamil Heritage Month Celebration with my colleagues and co-hosts MPs Shaun Chen, Selma Zahid,…
January 13, 2020
Statement regarding UIA Flight PS752
The destruction of UIA Flight PS752 last week meant the loss of 176 people--including 57 Canadians. Three of those Canadians were from our riding, the…
December 9, 2019
Stouffville Santa Claus Parade 2019
This year's Santa Claus Parade was a great success. Here are some photos from the event. At the parade with an incredibly hard working group…
November 23, 2019
Portraits of Giving Celebration 2019
On November 13th, at the 10th anniversary ‘Portraits of Giving’ award reception, where Patrick Leblanc was recognized as this year’s honouree by Stouffville's Chamber of…
November 23, 2019
Markham Santa Claus Parade 2019
I had a great time at the Markham Santa Claus Parade. Here are some photos from the event.  Wonderful volunteers at Markham's Santa Claus parade!…
November 22, 2019
Hello Markham-Stouffville!
Thank you so much to my supporters and the voters of Markham-Stouffville.
November 11, 2019
Remembrance Day Ceremonies 2019
At the Royal Canadian Legion 459 in Stouffville, honouring the brave men and women who served -- or are serving -- in our armed forces,…
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