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Government of Canada extends Universal Child Care Benefit application deadline
May 01, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Harper Government is looking for hundreds of thousands of families not currently registered for the enhanced child care benefit

May 1, 2015   Winnipeg, Manitoba  Employment and Social Development Canada

The Harper Government is extending the application deadline to receive the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) until May 15 so that more families can receive their UCCB cheque in July. The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the extension today and asked for help from the media and the public to encourage families to apply for the benefit.

The majority of families with children, approximately 3.8 million, are known and will automatically receive the enhanced UCCB or be contacted by the Government to confirm their information. However, an estimated200, 000 eligible families are not currently captured by the Government’s UCCB system and may miss out on receiving money that is owed to them unless they apply. It is estimated that more than 7, 600 families with children in Manitoba including 4,500 families with children in Winnipeg are not currently registered. In 2015 alone, this represents potentially millions of dollars in unclaimed benefits.

Under the proposed enhancements to the UCCB, families would receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17. The new benefit amounts would be retroactive to January 1, 2015 and be reflected in monthly payments to families in July 2015. The proposed enhancements to the UCCB are expected to more than double the number of families that benefit from 1.6 million to more than 4 million.

If your family is not currently receiving the UCCB, has never received the UCCB, or has never applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit and you still have children under 18 in your care, please go to www.canada.ca/taxsavings to find out how you can apply.

Quick Facts

  • Families that need to submit an application will need to do so by May 15, 2015, in order to receive the enhanced UCCB payment in July 2015.
  • All families with children will benefit from the new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits Plan, which includes the Family Tax Cut, and enhancements to the UCCB, Child Care Expenses Deduction and Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.
  • Combined with tax relief introduced by the Government of Canada since 2006, a typical family of four can receive up to $6,600 in tax relief and enhanced benefits in 2015.
  • Low- and middle-income families will receive two-thirds of the overall benefits provided by the Government of Canada’s new family measures.
  • The Family Tax Cut will eliminate or significantly reduce the difference in the federal tax payable by a one-earner couple relative to a two-earner couple with a similar family income.

“The Government of Canada wants to ensure hard-working families start receiving their benefits as soon as possible. If you've ‎got kids under 18, you qualify. It doesn’t matter how much you make or the type of child care you choose. Apply now so you can receive the money that is owed to you.”
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development

“The UCCB will help every single Canadian family with children under the age of 18 as they try to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support.  Our Government’s Family Tax Cuts and Benefits Plan puts more money in the pockets of everyone with kids.”
- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

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Budget 2015: Strong, Stable Leadership
Apr 21, 2015 at 04:59 PM

Federal government delivers balanced budget that offers relief for St. Catharines families and seniors

Ottawa – The federal government has introduced a balanced budget that continues to grow the economy while offering measures to offset the challenges facing many seniors and families raising children.  As world economics continue to fluctuate, Canada remains a leader among G-7 nations with consistently sound and prudent financial management.

St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra calls the budget focused and intuitive.  “Finance Minister Joe Oliver has taken the time to examine all the factors influencing our national economy”, said Dykstra. “And he has produced a budget that addresses the demands of St. Catharines taxpayers, especially families with children and our large population of senior citizens.”

Budget Highlights

  • Lowering the amount of money St. Catharines’ 14,500 seniors over the age of 71 have to take out of their Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) annually
  • Putting more money back into the pockets of St. Catharines’ 24,000 families with children under the age of 18, with a typical two earner family experiencing about $6600 in tax relief in 2015
  • Increasing the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) annual contribution limit from $5500 to $10,000 annually
  • Introducing a new Retirement Income Security Benefit to provide additional financial security after the age of 65 for moderately to severely disabled veterans
  • Ensuring that part-time Reserve Force Veterans have access to the same level of income support as Regular and full-time Reserve Force Veterans
  • Providing $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours.
  • Providing an additional $750 million over two years, starting in 2017–18, and $1 billion per year ongoing thereafter for a new and innovative Public Transit Fund
  • Reducing the tax rate for small businesses from 11% to 9% by 2019

“It’s great to see the federal government recognizing that small business is the engine that drives our economy,” said Mike Gammon, Owner of Brock Office Automation. “This reduction in the tax rate will result in more opportunity for growth and job creation.”

"It’s great to see significant investment in small craft harbours”, said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. “It’s an area that we can look to for potential investment and solutions for our community.’

“This budget strikes exactly the right balance,” said Dykstra. “By supporting hard-working families and seniors and ensuring that we continue to grow our economy, St. Catharines residents will reap the benefits of this government’s solid fiscal leadership.”

In order to get the enhanced UCCB payment retroactive to January 1st, families who are not currently getting the UCCB must register by May 1st. Applications can be found online here: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/uccb-puge/menu-eng.html or at Rick Dykstra’s Community office at 61 Geneva St.

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin welcomed the federal budget that will produce meaningful results for Niagara residents. "This budget will have a positive impact on our Region's families and business communities by keeping taxes low, supporting small businesses, and delivering important infrastructure dollars to Niagara." said Chair Caslin.

More information on the Budget 2015 can be found here: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html

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  • Release: Increase to TFSA Annual Contribution Limit Available Immediately
  • Release: Prime Minister of Canada Announces Support for Small Business and Manufacturers - Action Plan 2015

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PM to travel to the Netherlands to mark 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands
Apr 30, 2015 at 03:34 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to the Netherlands to join an official Canadian delegation to mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.

Canadian veterans of the Liberation of the Netherlands, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Major-General (Ret’d) Richard Rohmer, Special Advisor to the Minister of Veterans Affairs on the Liberation of the Netherlands, and close to 1,000 Canadian students and cadets will be participating in the events in the Netherlands in early May.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will partake in a number of commemorative events to mark the National Liberation Day of the Netherlands.

Quick Facts

  • From the fall of 1944 to the spring of 1945, up to 175,000 Canadian soldiers of the First Canadian Army played a leading role in the Liberation of the Netherlands and its people who had suffered terrible hunger and brutality under Nazi occupiers.
  • The cost of victory was high: more than 7,600 Canadians died in the effort.
  • During the Second World War, Canada was also home to the Dutch royal family in exile. A section of the Ottawa Civic Hospital was temporarily declared to be outside Canadian territory during the birth of Princess Margriet in 1943 so she would have only Dutch citizenship and therefore still be eligible to ascend to the throne.
  • Canada and the Netherlands continue to enjoy excellent relations 70 years after the Liberation – a poignant reminder of Canada’s role in freeing a grateful Dutch nation.

“Seventy years ago, soldiers of the First Canadian Army and allied forces freed a besieged Netherlands from Nazi tyranny, upholding the ideals of freedom and democracy. Many made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War in defence of the values that Canadians hold so dear because it was the right thing to do. We have a duty to remember their valour and to honour those who served our country so well.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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