2017 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

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CARP presented its recommended priorities to Federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, as the government looks to prepare its second federal budget, for spring 2017.

Among CARP’s asks:

Increased Investor Protection:

  • CARP is calling for:
    a) The government to follow through with the proposed increases to the Canada Pension Plan
    b) A pan-Canadian investment regulator with powerful and effective enforcement
    c) The elimination of mandatory RRIF withdrawals

Support for Caregivers:

  • CARP is calling for the government to:
    a) Change the current tax credit to a non-refundable tax so that even those without taxable income can benefit;
    b) Expand the compassionate care benefits provided by employment insurance from 26 to 52 weeks. Benefits should be available for caregivers who are providing care to an individual with a significant illness, not just for those caring for the imminently dying;
    c) Work with the provinces to implement a unified means-tested caregiver allowance of at least $100 per week;
    d) Work with the provinces to increase funding for respite care.

Funding for Homecare:

CARP is calling for

a) increased funding for homecare, and
b) Standardized reporting to highlight deficiencies and promote equitable services levels for all Canadians.

The full submission to the Minister can be found here.