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Jul 30, 2015 at 02:02 AM


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Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

 
 

New CATSA options for smaller Canadian airports announced at Niagara District Airport
Jul 28, 2015 at 01:48 PM

Screening services to attract new routes and drive economic development
July 28, 2015 – Transport Canada

The Government of Canada today announced new regulations to allow airports that don’t have access to security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to obtain them on a cost-recovery basis.

Over the last few years, several small airports expressed interest in obtaining screening services. The new regulations allow smaller, non-designated airports to invest in screening services in order to provide passengers with connecting flights to larger airports, while enhancing the security of the aviation system in Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the announcement is being made by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the airport in Niagara, Ontario, and by Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, at the airport in Edson, Alberta.

Quick Facts

  • There are over 200 airports in Canada that offer commercial flights, fewer than half of which are designated in regulation to provide mandatory passenger and baggage screening.
  • This initiative further supports the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to protect Canadians and support jobs and growth.
  • The changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 will be published in Canada Gazette, Part II on July 29, 2015.
  • CATSA plays a key role in ensuring the safety and security of all travellers passing through Canadian airports.

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Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Enhancement - FAQ
Jul 23, 2015 at 05:29 PM

-FAQs-

What does the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) mean for my family?

• The enhanced UCCB will benefit every single family with children under the age of 18 in Canada.
• Under these changes, parents will receive $1,920 for each child under 6 and $720 for every child 6 through 17 every year.
• This is not a tax credit, it is money directly into the pockets of hard-working Canadian families each month.

Is my family going to be worse off because of these changes?

• No. If you have children under the age of 18 there is no scenario whereby you will not be better off thanks to these changes.
• Everyone gets more money with the boosted UCCB.

Is the UCCB taxable?

• The UCCB is taxed in the hands of the lower-income spouse.
• Single parents are able to include the UCCB in the income of one of their children.

What are you doing the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)?

• The CCTB has not been changed at all.
• Parents who are eligible for this benefit will continue to receive it, alongside the enhanced UCCB.

Why are you eliminating the Child Tax Credit?

• The Government has merged the Child Tax Credit with the enhanced UCCB.
• Every single family with children under the age of 18 is better off because of this change.
• The Child Tax Credit provided non-refundable tax relief of up to $338 per child per year and only went to families that paid federal income tax.
o This means that low-income families with no taxable income did not benefit from the Child Tax Credit.
• The Child Tax Credit was not a “2255 non-taxable benefit”. It was a tax credit, so families would receive 15% of $2255 or $338.
• Everyone gets more money with the boosted UCCB.

Are you eliminating the ability to claim an eligible dependent?

• No. Parents who are eligible to claim this amount can continue to do so.

 


 

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Enhancement
-Examples-

 
Example 1 – Two-Earner Couple
 
Dale and Kelly are a two-earner couple with two children aged 7 and 3. Kelly earns $95,000 and Dale earns $25,000. For the 2015 taxation year, the family would receive a net federal benefit of $2,835 as a result of the proposed new measures. This is in addition to the $2,000 in tax relief the couple would be receiving in early 2015 when they claim the Family Tax Cut on their 2014 returns.

In 2015, the couple would begin receiving monthly Universal Child Care Benefit payments of $220, which includes $160 for their younger child plus $60 for their 7 year old (their first enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit payment would actually be received in July 2015 and would include a $720 catch-up payment for the January to June period). Previously, they had been receiving $100 per month for the younger child. Over a 12-month period, the Universal Child Care Benefit enhancement would represent a benefit of $1,440 for this family. Since the enhancements to the Universal Child Care Benefit would be taxable, and the Child Tax Credit would be repealed, the net federal benefit from the Universal Child Care Benefit for the family would be $536.

Since the younger child attends full-time daycare and the older one attends summer camp and after-school care, Dale and Kelly would fully benefit from the $2,000 increase in the amount they can claim under the Child Care Expense Deduction for the 2015 taxation year.  This enhancement to the Child Care Expense Deduction would provide $300 in additional federal tax relief.  

For the 2015 taxation year, the family’s tax payable would be further reduced by $2,000 due to the new Family Tax Cut.
 
As a result of the tax relief and benefit measures introduced since 2006, including those announced on October 30, this family would be better off by about $7,285 in 2015.
 
Example 2 – One-Earner Couple
 
Isabelle and Marc are a one-earner couple earning $60,000.  They have two children aged 2 and 4.  As a result of the proposed new measures, this family would benefit from about $1,605 in federal relief for the 2015 taxation year. This is in addition to about $1,055 in tax relief they would receive in early 2015 when they claim the Family Tax Cut on their 2014 returns.

The Universal Child Care Benefit enhancement would represent a benefit of $1,440 over a 12-month period.  Since the enhancements to the Universal Child Care Benefit would be taxable, and the Child Tax Credit would be repealed, the net federal benefit from the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit for the family would be $536 for the 2015 taxation year.

For the 2015 taxation year, the new Family Tax Cut would reduce the family’s tax payable by about $1,070.
 
As a result of the tax and benefit measures introduced since 2006, including those announced on October 30, this family would be better off by about $6,240 in 2015.
 
Example 3 – Single Parent
 
Alison is a single parent raising one child age 4 and earning $45,000.  As a result of the proposed new measures, Alison would benefit from about $420 in federal relief for the 2015 taxation year. 

The Universal Child Care Benefit enhancement would represent a benefit of $720 over a 12-month period. Since the enhancement to the Universal Child Care Benefit would be taxable, and the Child Tax Credit would be repealed, the net federal benefit from the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit for the family would be $268.

Since her child attends full-time daycare, Alison would benefit from the $1,000 increase in the amount she can claim under the Child Care Expense Deduction for the 2015 taxation year. The enhancement to the Child Care Expense Deduction would provide $150 in additional federal tax relief.
 
As a result of the tax relief and benefit measures introduced since 2006, including those announced on October 30, Alison would be better off by about $3,325 in 2015.
 
Example 4 – Two-Earner Couple with Equal Earnings
 
Thomas and Matty are a two-earner couple with two children aged 3 and 6. They each earn $60,000. For the 2015 taxation year, the family would receive a net federal benefit of $875 as a result of the proposed new measures.

In 2015, the couple would begin receiving monthly Universal Child Care Benefit payments of $220, which includes $160 for their younger child plus $60 for their 6 year old (their first enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit payment would actually be received in July 2015 and would include a $720 catch-up payment for the January to June period). Previously, they had been receiving $100 per month for the younger child. Over a 12-month period, the Universal Child Care Benefit enhancement would represent a benefit of $1,440 for this family. Since the enhancements to the Universal Child Care Benefit would be taxable, and the Child Tax Credit would be repealed, the net federal benefit from the Universal Child Care Benefit for the family would be $435.

?Since the younger child attends full-time daycare and the older one attends summer camp and after-school care, Thomas and Matty would fully benefit from the $2,000 increase in the amount they can claim under the Child Care Expense Deduction for the 2015 taxation year. This enhancement to the Child Care Expense Deduction would provide $440 in additional federal tax relief.  
 
As a result of the tax relief and benefit measures introduced since 2006, including those announced on October 30, this family would be better off by about $5,475 in 2015.
 
Lastly, the fiscal table which shows, net of federal tax (so not counting provincial tax) and repeal of the CTC, the increase in cost is $2.6B.
 
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-155_1-eng.asp

 

Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2015 at 05:33 PM )
Government of Canada helps Canadians with disabilities in the Niagara Region gain job skills
Jul 22, 2015 at 12:01 PM

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to participate in the workforce in their community. The announcement was made today by Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

Through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities will help 32 people with disabilities in the Niagara Region overcome barriers to employment. 

Project participants will learn or improve employment skills, such as time management and effective communication, through group workshops and one-on-one training, and some of them may receive additional training in areas related to their career goals. Participants will also gain work experience with local employers in areas such as construction, health care and information technology.

Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada. This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.

Today’s announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.

Quick Facts

  • To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government’s Economic Action Plan increased funding to $40 million annually to the Opportunities Fund. Employers and community organizations will be involved in designing and delivering training projects.
  • The Government provides $222 million annually to the provinces and territories through Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills to improve their job prospects.
  • Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government provided $15 million over three years to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It also provided $11.4 million over four years to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totaling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17. The first payment of $3 billion to 3.8 million families represents the largest single-day direct payment to families in history.

“Our Government’s top priorities are reducing taxes, creating jobs and economic growth. To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity to do so. The project announced today will help Canadians with disabilities get the skills needed to obtain jobs and enable employers to benefit from their skills and talents.”
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development
 
“Canadians with disabilities deserve every opportunity to participate in the job market, and that’s why partnerships with organizations like the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities are so important. Through projects like this one, our Government is helping people with disabilities, including in the Niagara Region, get the skills and experience they need to succeed in the workforce.”  – Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines

“This project will assist Persons with Disabilities to be successful in the workforce. The support they will receive for training and wage subsidies will ensure that they able to take those steps to long term employment. We are grateful to Service Canada for their support and recognition that these programs provide an essential service to Canadians with Disabilities and look forward to working with employers in the Niagara Region.”
–Linda Soulliere, Executive Director, Coalition for Persons with Disabilities

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Backgrounder

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps Canadians with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep employment, or become self-employed, to help them participate fully in the workforce and increase their independence.

Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a $10-million increase in funding for the Opportunities Fund, to $40 million annually, starting in 2015–16. Recently announced reforms will place a greater emphasis on hands-on experience, including work experience for more youth with disabilities, and ensure employers and community organizations are involved in the design and delivery of projects.

In St. Catharines, The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities is receiving over $406,000 for this project.

To further help Canadians with disabilities in the workforce, the Government has:

  • extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces; and
  • provided funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which will support research related to the labour market participation of people with disabilities.

Other measures to connect Canadians with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they need include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.

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