CARP

April 27, 2015
Get Your Free Subscription to CARP Action Online!

Add Remove
Send as HTML
Send to a friend




CARP members welcome government action in Budget 2015
How will members benefit from the budgetary measures announced this week?


CARP members welcome government action in Budget 2015 to reduce mandatory RRIF withdrawal rates for retirees, to almost double the TFSA from $5,500 to $10,000, to increase the amount of time Canadians can draw on employment insurance for compassionate leave to provide caregiving to loved ones. Read more

Lackluster Ontario Budget Contains Little for Seniors
Ontario Finance Minister, Charles Sousa, tabled Ontarioís 2015 budget on Thursday, April 23


The provincial budget contained only a few noteworthy items for aging Ontarians, most of which were an extension or iteration of what the province is already doing. The budget capped spending on health care, projecting a growth of only 1.2%, which is less than last yearís growth in health care spending and less than inflation. However, the government continues to invest in home and community care... Read more

Budget announcements were not kind to seniors in Nova Scotia
Bill VanGorder: Budget is totally insufficient to meet the expanding needs of our seniors


Although the 50+ population in Nova Scotia is growing faster than any other demographic, the Provincial Government has cut the Department of Seniors staff in the budget from nine staff to seven. The programs and grants budget of the Department of Seniors has been cut from $1,084,000 to $875,000. Staffing costs were cut from $778,000 to $621,000. Read more





Wills & Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care
Carol in Your Corner


There are conversations we usually avoid, but sooner or later certain topics have to be addressed. Among them are Wills, and deciding who should hold our Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care. Wills should be reviewed regularly and updated if necessary. We donít want family members to be at odds, even though we wonít be here to witness the arguments about what someone thought we said, and what the will seems to say. Read more

A Fun Crowd
The Middle-Age Guide to Growing Up


Iím a Boomer, and, unlike hundreds of thousands of people my age, I had an actual ticket to Woodstock ($7 a day for three days) but didnít go. I was 15 and I couldnít get a ride (from my home a hundred miles away in Connecticut). I was full of regret at my friendsí stories of music, mud and marijuana (there wasnít much sex, not enough privacy). Read more

Me and My Underwood
Carolís Corner


Recently I was the delighted recipient of a You-Tube video featuring several little children, ranging from five to about 11 who were confronted with a mysterious object called a typewriter. The reactions ranged from total puzzlement, to delight as they explored the intricacies of that object Ė the ďwriting machineĒ, which revolutionized written communication starting in the 1860ís. Read more





CARP Members on Home Care
The CARP Poll Report


One half of members receive home care or know someone who does, and those who do rate the quality of the care received as somewhere just between ďgoodĒ and ďfairĒ on a four point scale. On average, recipients waited 31 days for an initial assessment, a further 20 days for home care to start and all this despite an expectation that home care should begin with 10 days, on average, from the initial assessment and that this should be the subject of firm guidelines. Read more





Susan Eng says TFSA is a good idea to help Canadians save for ongoing retirement needs
Federal Budget's TFSA increase will help everyone; not just the wealthy


Susan Eng, head of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, said on CTVís Power Play that while Oliverís comments were a ďbit of a surprise,Ē the plan outlined in the budget is appropriate. She also shot down the argument that it is the only wealthy who will primarily benefit from an increased TFSA limit. Read more

2015 Budget Targets Seniors
Video Available for Viewing


CTV Power Play interview with Susan Eng, VP of Advocacy at CARP and host Don Martin, that aired on April 22, 2015 discussing the federal budget and its impact on seniors. Read more

Federal Budget: Tax cuts and other financial relief
The Ottawa Citizen provides a good overview of Federal Budget 2015


The Conservative governmentís 2015 budget offers up billions of dollars in new financial relief to Canadians. The new measures are on top of the billions in tax cuts, including income-splitting for families, Increasing the annual tax-free savings account (TFSA) contribution limit to $10,000, Reducing the minimum withdrawal amounts for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) and Expanding compassionate care benefits. Read more

Donít limit caregiver aid to terminal cases
Caregivers save the healthcare system $25 billion a year Ė we should support them


Some eight million Canadians, a quarter of the population, are engaged in regular caregiving for family members or friends with a grave illness, chronic condition or disability. Two million of them are estimated to spend more than 20 hours a week providing care that is sustaining lives, improving the quality of life for those who need this help and saving the health-care system billions of dollars. Read more

Next week's federal budget expected to court support from older Canadians
CARPís pre-budget asks extensively quoted


Todayís retirees, however, are hitting that age and realizing the rules limit their ability to manage their retirement nest egg, said Susan Eng, the vice-president of advocacy for CARP, a prominent seniors group that has been lobbying the government to eliminate the rules altogether. The rules force people to withdraw money out of their tax-deferred savings plans ó and pay taxes on it ó when they might be better off continuing to invest those funds for later needs, Eng said. Changing the rules would not cost the government, she added. ďThe tax man is going to get those taxes eventually, itís just that maybe not as fast as the tax man wants it,Ē Eng said. Read more

Ontarioís Finance Minister Expected to Respond to Seniors Concerns in Budget
Pre-Ontario Budget Interview


ďWeíll be looking for better home care, affordable housing issues, reduced utility costs, and so on,Ē said Susan Eng of CARP Ė A New Vision of Aging, ahead of todayís Ontario budget. Finance Minister Charles Sousa will announce the provincial blueprint at 4 this afternoon and it appears heís been listening to the concerns of advocacy groups such as CARP. Read more

Seniors Vote Campaign Update
CARP and over 50 groups form Seniors Vote campaign to promote interests of Older Canadians ahead of upcoming federal election


In anticipation of the spring federal budget and upcoming election, CARP in collaboration with over 50 organizations across Canada have formed Seniors Vote/ Le Vote des AÓnťs, a nation-wide initiative comprised of seniors, retirees, professionals and advocacy groups, representing over a million seniors who demand action on retirement security and healthcare reform. Collaboration of this magnitude urges political parties to act on these important issues. Read more


Problems with the Survey or a Story Link?

If you experience difficulty while filling out the survey or cannot get the full story, please click here and try again

CARP Post-Budget Poll
1. The federal budget was tabled on April 21. Is this a good budget or not a good budget for older Canadians?

Very good budget

Good budget

Not very good budget

Not a good budget at all

DONíT KNOW

2. Which of the following measures included in the budget will benefit you personally the most?

Decrease mandatory RRIF withdrawals

Double TSFA limit

Doubling EI caregiver benefit

Income splitting for couples with children under 18

Increase Universal Child Care Benefit and extend to teens

Home accessibility renovation tax credit

Small business tax rate reduced from 11% to 9%

SOMETHING ELSE

NOTHING

DONíT KNOW

3. Which of the following measures included in the budget will benefit the largest number of Canadians the most?

Decrease mandatory RRIF withdrawals

Double TSFA limit

Doubling EI caregiver benefit

Income splitting for couples with children under 18

Increase Universal Child Care Benefit and extend to teens

Home accessibility renovation tax credit

Small business tax rate reduced from 11% to 9%

SOMETHING ELSE

NOTHING

DONíT KNOW

4. Is this budget a genuine attempt to address the needs of the largest number of Canadians or is it a basket of election giveaways targeted at key voting blocs?

Genuine attempt to help the largest number of Canadians

Basket of giveaways to target key voters

Neither

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

5. Which one measure would you have liked to see in the budget that was not included?

Fundamental health care reform, including palliative care

Funding for home care and chronic care

CPP expansion

Increased federal role in health care coordination and standards

Action against elder abuse

Anti-poverty measures

Investor protection

National dementia strategy

Something else

DONíT KNOW

6. Critics say this budget rewards those who donít need it and ignores those who do. Do you agree or disagree with this viewpoint?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

7. Do you agree or disagree the budget rewards older Canadians disproportionately to other Canadians?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

8. Critics say this budget rewards older Canadians disproportionately to other Canadians because they vote disproportionally to other Canadians. Do you agree or disagree with this viewpoint?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

9. What is the most important goal of this yearís budget for you?

Budget is balanced/debt reduction

Jobs/growth

Increased/better services/infrastructure

Present a vision for the Canada we want to create

Something else

DONíT KNOW

10. Does this budget meet the needs you see for older Canadians enough to earn your support at the ballot box, or should it go further

Will earn my support as is

Good start, should also include action on returning OAS age to 65, increasing GIS and reducing senior poverty

Not enough, must include action on OAS age, GIS and senior poverty to earn my support

DONíT KNOW

11. What would need to be included in this budget for you to support it fully?

Reduce age for OAS back to 65

Increase OAS/GIS

Address the poverty of single seniors

National home care/chronic/dementia care funding

National pharmacare

Comprehensive palliative/end-of-life care

Pension reform/CPP expansion

Something Else

I SUPPORT THE BUDGET AS IS

DONíT KNOW

12. This budget has produced a surplus of $1.4 billion, partly by reducing the $3 billion contingency fund to $1 billion a year for the next three years. Do you agree or disagree with this method of balancing the budget?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

13. The government also sold its GM shares, on which it lost more than $2 billion, in order to balance the budget. Do you agree or disagree with this method of balancing the budget?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

14. How important is a balanced budget to you?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

15. How important is it that the budget maintains the services Canadians rely on?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

16. How do you think the $1.4 billion surplus should be spent?

Shouldnít be spent/save for a rainy day

Should be returned to taxpayers as tax credits/tax cuts

Debt reduction

Infrastructure

Social services

Pension expansion

Poverty reduction

Health care

Something else

DONíT KNOW

17. Which way of returning funds to the taxpayer do you prefer, targeted tax credits for specific groups or an across-the-board income tax cut for all Canadians?

Targeted tax credits

Across-the-board income tax cuts

Something else

TAX CUTS NOT THE ANSWER/REVENUE REQUIRED

DONíT KNOW

18. Do you approve or disapprove of the budget measure which doubles the limit for TFSA contributions?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

19. Do you approve or disapprove of the budget measure that reduces the amount seniors must withdraw from their RRIF after 71?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

20. Do you approve or disapprove of the budget measure that increases EI caregiver leave from 6 weeks to 6 months?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

21. While EI caregiver leave was extended, it is still restricted to those caring for a person with a terminal diagnosis with 12 months. Do you agree or disagree caregiver leave should be granted to those who care for those with dementia and other chronic conditions as well?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

22. Do you approve or disapprove of the budget measure that provides a tax credit of up to $1500 a year towards home accessibility renovations?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

23. (ONTARIO ONLY) The Ontario budget was released on April 23rd. Do you approve or disapprove of this budget?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

DONíT LIVE IN ONTARIO

24. (ONTARIO ONLY) Will this budget be good for the economy or bad for the economy?

Good for the economy

Bad for the economy

Neither good nor bad for the economy

DONíT KNOW

DON'T LIVE IN ONTARIO

25. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

26. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party would you expect to win?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

27. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta B

BC/Territories

28. What is your gender?

Male

Female

  [See†Results]



Follow CARP Advocacy on Twitter: Click here and add us!

Previous Issues/Archives
April 8th, 2015
March 25th, 2015
March 11th, 2015
February 25th, 2015
January 27th, 2015
January 13th, 2015
December 23rd, 2014

[MORE]
Powered by IMN