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.