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Government takes action to end violence against women and girls

November 26, 2014 Comments off

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show support during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

 

November 25, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Status of Women Canada

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show their support for victims of gender-based violence by participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, 2014.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on November 25th, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This 16-day event ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10th, and includes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6th.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established by Canada’s Parliament in 1991 to ensure Canadians would never forget the tragic deaths of 14 young women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this tragedy.

December 6th is a time for Canadians to remember all the women and girls who have experienced violence and to reflect on why this phenomenon continues to exist in our society. It is also a call to action that urges all Canadians to do something and to speak out to denounce such abhorrent acts. Individuals are invited to observe a moment of silence, to wear a white ribbon, or to attend a candle light vigil in their community. They may also wish to raise awareness by joining the conversation about violence against women and girls on social media. Infobites that highlight facts about violence against women and girls are available on the Status of Women Canada website and can be shared on a variety of social media platforms.

Quick Facts

  • One in three women in Canada will experience sexual assault at some point in their lives. Sexual assault is one of the top five most common violent offences committed against women in Canada.
  • In 2011, police reported rates of violent crime in Canada were 5% higher for women than for men. Women were 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences and three times more likely to be victims of criminal harassment.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $146 million through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount, more than $70 million has gone to projects to prevent and end violence against women girls. This includes projects that address violence against Aboriginal women, human trafficking, harmful cultural practices, and cyberviolence.
  • The Government of Canada has taken significant action to better protect Canadians, including women and girls, from crime and to strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system. Most recently, it introduced the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices bill, which reinforces that Canada’s openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced or polygamous marriage or harmful cultural practices.

 

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Welcome Remarks at the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day

November 25, 2014 Comments off

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Thank you Jennifer Hawkes for that wonderful speech.

It is inspiring to see so many Young JDRF Ambassadors here today.

As a member of the House of Commons’ All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus, I welcome you here for a very important day.

From Happy Valley – Goose Bay to Whitehorse to Coquitlam and many places in between, you are here on Parliament Hill to share with Members of Parliament, like myself, what it means to live with type 1 diabetes and show us first-hand how Canadian funded research has made improvements to you lives and health.

The members of the All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus recently met to hear from Dave Prowten and Dr. Bob Goldstein about some of the amazing medical and technological advances that are being made in Canada.

We were reminded of how Canada has led the world in research that helps with the management, care and cure of T1D since the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best and the recent breakthrough in islet transplantation known as the Edmonton Protocol.

Canadian funded research has made big improvements to their lives and health of Canadians living with the disease.

You are all proof of this and we, as MPs, need to be reminded of it.

My colleague, Minister Gary Goodyear, the Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) saw the potential of the Canadian Clinical Trial Network (CCTN) as another step in Canada’s proud history of Canadian federally-funded research.

In 2009, he agreed to invest $20 million in the network as part of our government’s Economic Action Plan.

JDRF Canada provided $13.9 million of its own funding and CCTN was launched.

I am told that some of you here have participated in the nine peer-reviewed clinical trials that are part of CCTN.

You are among a small group of nearly 1,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes who have had access to some of the latest breakthroughs because you were able to participate in CCTN’s clinical trials.

I thank you for participating and advancing our scientific understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Also here with us today is George Canyon, a Canadian Country music star and national spokesperson for JDRF.

His determination and hard work serve as an inspiring reminder of how much we can accomplish when we live our lives with integrity and purpose.

Whether it is his rise to a “Nashville Star” from working as a bylaw officer, or from being told he would have to give up his dream of becoming a Canadian Air Force fighter pilot to obtaining his pilot’s license through diligently managing his type 1 diabetes through diet, lifestyle and insulin pump technology – he is an inspiration to us all.

I would like you all to join me in welcoming George Canyon to the stage.

Remembrance Day

November 11, 2014 Comments off

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Friends,

Every year on Remembrance Day, Canadians are given an opportunity to honour the memory of our brave members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to thank the men and women who continue to wear the uniform with pride today.

This year marks many important world war milestones, including the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War,

and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

These conflicts, as well as more recent missions, including in Afghanistan, will never be forgotten.

And this year in particular our thoughts are with the families of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who both gave their lives recently in service to Canada.

Today, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force are engaged in an important mission in Iraq against the brutality of ISIL.

I encourage everyone in our community to join me in participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony including coming to our new Streetsville Village Square cenotaph this November 11th.

This will be to honour the fallen, commemorate the brave, and thank all members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service.

Lest We Forget.

 

 

Protecting Canadians from Barbaric Cultural Practices

November 5, 2014 Comments off

November 5, 2014 — Ottawa — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the tabling of legislation in the Senate, Bill S-7, that will strengthen Canadian laws to prevent barbaric cultural practices from happening on Canadian soil.

Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act: An Overview

The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act demonstrates that Canada’s openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced marriage, polygamy or other types of barbaric cultural practices. Canada will not tolerate any type of violence against women or girls, including spousal abuse, violence in the name of so-called “honour”, or other, mostly gender-based violence. Those found guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws.

To deliver on the Government’s commitment to standing up for victims of violence and abuse and to send a strong message to those in Canadaand those wishing to come to Canadathat such practices will not be tolerated on Canadian soil, the Government is proposing to amend five federal statutes:

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Address polygamy through the creation of a new polygamy-specific inadmissibility provision in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, meaning:

  • temporary residents and permanent residents who practise polygamy in Canada could be found inadmissible on that basis alone, without the need for a criminal conviction; and
  • if found to be inadmissible, the person could then be subject to removal.

Civil Marriage Act

Make amendments to the Civil Marriage Act to legislate across Canada two existing legal requirements for a valid marriage:

  • the requirement for free and enlightened consent (proposed section 2.1); and
  • the requirement for ending an existing marriage prior to entering another (proposed section 2.3).

These legal requirements currently exist in federal legislation that applies in the Province of Quebec only (sections 5 and 7 of the Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1) and in common law (court decisions) for residents of other provinces and territories.

The bill would also establish a new national minimum age for marriage of 16, below which no marriage could be contracted (proposed section 2.2). This legal requirement currently exists only in federal legislation that applies in the Province of Quebec (section 6 of the Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1). The common law (court decisions) applying to residents of other provinces and territories is sometimes interpreted as setting a minimum age of 14 for boys and 12 for girls, and historically sometimes as low as age 7. This proposed amendment would provide equal protection to all Canadian children by setting the minimum age to age 16 across Canada.

Additional legal protections for children between the new minimum age for marriage and the age of majority, set by the province or territory of residence at 18 or 19 years of age, are found in provincial and territorial marriage laws. These laws currently require parental consent (and in some instances also the consent of a judge) to ensure that the child fully understands the legal consequences of marriage in those exceptional circumstances where a child would be mature enough to marry. Canada’s Minister of Justice has asked his provincial and territorial counterparts to consider making complementary amendments to their marriage laws to ensure that children are uniformly protected by requiring a judge to make the proper inquiries, in addition to parental consent, in the case of any marriage involving a child between the age of 16 and the age of majority.

Criminal Code

Amend the Criminal Code to provide additional protections building on the proposed amendments to the Civil Marriage Act to prevent forced or underage marriages. The proposed amendments would:

  • amend the existing offence for a legally-authorized officiant who knowingly solemnizes a marriage contrary to provincial law (section 295) to clarify that this also includes a marriage that is contrary to federal law, including a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16this offence will be punishable by up to two years in prison;
  • create a new offence prohibiting the active and knowing participation in a forced marriage ceremony by any person, including parents or other family members of the person being forced to marry, or the performance of a forced marriage ceremony, whether or not the person is legally authorized to solemnize a marriage (proposed section 293.1)this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison;
  • create a new offence prohibiting the active and knowing participation in a marriage ceremony involving a person under the age of 16, by any person, including parents or other family members of the person who is underage, or the performance of an underage marriage ceremony, whether or not the person is legally authorized to solemnize a marriage (proposed section 293.2)this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison;
  • extend the existing offence of removing a child from Canada for the purpose of having certain offences committed abroad to include the removal of a child for the purpose of a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16 outside of Canada (proposed paragraph 273.3(1)(d))this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison; and
  • introduce a new peace bond that gives the court power to impose conditions on a person where there are reasonable grounds to fear that a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16 will otherwise occur (proposed section 810.02).

The Bill would also amend the Criminal Code to address concerns that the defence of provocation (section 232) has been raised in several so-called “honour” killing cases in Canada. These cases involved accused persons who killed their wife, sister or sister’s fiancé and alleged that the killing was motivated by their perception that the victims had brought “dishonour” to them or their family through their conduct or choices, taking into account their culture’s views about appropriate gender roles and behaviour.

The defence of provocation currently allows a person found to have committed murder (which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison and minimum parole ineligibility periods) to seek a conviction of manslaughter instead (with no minimum sentence unless a firearm is used) by arguing that the victim’s conduct provoked them to lose self-control and kill.

Currently, any conduct by the victimincluding insults and other forms of offensive behaviour that are lawfulcan potentially qualify as provocation if it is found to be sufficient to cause an ordinary person to lose self-control, the accused was not expecting it and the killing was sudden. The proposed amendment would limit the defence of provocation so that lawful conduct by the victim that might be perceived by the accused as an insult, or offend that person or their sense of family “honour” or reputation, cannot be used to reduce murder to manslaughter. Only conduct by the victim that amounts to a relatively serious criminal offence (i.e. an offence under the Criminal Code punishably by at least 5 years in prison) could be argued to be “provocation” for the purposes of the defence.

Consequential amendments

Consequential amendments resulting from the above-mentioned changes will also be made to the Prisons and Reformatories Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act to include references to the new peace bond.

Financial Literacy Month 2014

November 4, 2014 Comments off

Financial Literacy Month in Canada

  • November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada; the time for Canadians of all ages to enhance their financial know-how.
  • During Financial Literacy Month, all Canadians and organizations are encouraged to either host or take part in an activity designed to increase financial knowledge.
  • The Financial Literacy Month Calendar of Events provides Canadians with a list of the financial education activities and events taking place in November in their city and province as well as across the country.
  • Organizations are encouraged to submit their financial literacy activities and events slated for November 2014 in the Financial Literacy Month Calendar of Events.
  • Financial Literacy Resource Database: this year’s Financial Literacy Month will see FCAC launch an online database that will provide Canadians with a comprehensive list of financial literacy resources, events, tools and information.
  • Financial Literacy Month ‘selfie’ photo contest: an opportunity for Canadians of all ages to demonstrate how they use their financial savvy and to win prizes.
  • For more information about Financial Literacy Month in Canada, visit gc.ca/flm, like www.facebook.com/FLMcanada, follow @FCACan and join the conversation with #FLM2014 on Twitter.

Youth / Parents / Educators / Teachers

  • It’s never too early, or too late, to start teaching kids about money.
  • Teaching kids about money early in life will help them avoid making financial mistakes in the longer term.
  • By learning the basics of money management early, children and youth will know how to make the right decisions about spending and saving for the future. Good financial habits last a lifetime.
  • Understanding basic concepts such as budgeting and saving, how to manage credit and debt, and financial planning will provide students and youth with the tools they need to navigate the financial realities of adulthood.
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • There are tools available to help youth and families better understand and manage their personal finances. Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database.

Adults

  • Brushing up on the basics of money management, improving your financial habits, and knowing your rights and responsibilities in using financial products and services enables you to be a savvier and more confident financial consumer. It’s never too late!
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database

 

Seniors

  • Whether you are planning your retirement or living it, ensure that your finances are in good shape to help you reach your financial goals.
  • You can keep your money and your financial identity safe by being aware of the risks and taking steps to protect yourself.
  • Budgeting, managing debt and speaking with a financial professional about your investments will ensure that your finances are in order and help you live worry-free while living in retirement.
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database.

MP Brad Butt speaks in HOC on Veterans Week

November 3, 2014 Comments off

Mr. Speaker,

On this Veterans Week, it gives me great pleasure to rise in the House today to pay tribute to Branch 139 of the Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville Overseas Veterans Club.

Affectionately referred to as the Streetsville Legion, it was organized on November 11, 1925 to honour those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and peace.

Streetsville Legion provides unparalleled support to youth in army, air, sea and navy league cadets and has its doors always open to serve the wider Streetsville community.

On October 23rd, Executive members of the Legion joined me in a moving wreath laying ceremony at the Streetsville cenotaph for Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent.

I look forward to joining them this and every November 11th as we honour our brave women and men who served and continue to do so.

May their contributions always be appreciated and never been forgotten.

Lest We Forget.

MP Brad Butt Congratulates Leadership in Energy Efficiency 2014 ENERGY STAR® Winner

October 31, 2014 Comments off

October 31, 2014                                                                                               Mississauga, Ontario

On October 29, 2014, The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, congratulated eight organizations for winning the 2014 ENERGY STAR® Market Transformation Awards for advancing energy efficiency. This year’s recipients have excelled in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products available on the market, helping them save money. The awards are presented to utility providers, manufacturers, retailers, advocates and home builders who have shown leadership in manufacturing and promoting energy-efficient products. The recipients have promoted ENERGY STAR to consumers through various initiatives, such as retail rebate programs, promotional and social media campaigns, training and significantly increasing the sale of ENERGY STAR products. The 2014 ENERGY STAR winners are:

  • Manufacturer of the Year: Whirlpool Canada LP
  • Fenestration Manufacturer of the Year: Centennial Windows Ltd.
  • Retailer of the Year: The Home Depot Canada
  • Provincial Utility of the Year: Hydro-Québec
  • Regional Utility of the Year: Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro
  • ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Promotional Campaign of the Year: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
  • Promotional Campaign of the Year: Hydro-Québec
  • Advocate of the Year: The Ottawa Hospital
  • Sustained Excellence Award: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
  • Participant of the Year: Midhaven Homes
  • Promotional Campaign of the Year: Midhaven Homes

On October 31, 2014, Brad Butt, M.P., for Mississauga-Streetsville, presented Whirlpool Canada LP in Streetsville with an award plaque for Manufacturer of the Year. Whirlpool Canada LP markets and supplies home appliances in Canada. The company was founded in 1859 and is based in Mississauga.

Oct 31, 2014- MP Brad Butt gives Energy Star Award to Whirlpool Canada in Streetsville

ENERGY STAR has been administered in Canada since 2001 by Natural Resources Canada in full collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2005, Canadians have had the option of choosing ENERGY STAR-qualified homes that are designed and built to achieve maximum energy efficiency, making it easy for consumers to save money and protect the environment.

Quick Facts

  • ENERGY STAR®is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada. The familiar symbol makes it easy to identify the best energy performers on the market.
  • In a 2013 survey, 88 percent of Canadians identified ENERGY STAR as being the most helpful information source for energy efficiency in the marketplace.
  • To date, the ENERGY STAR Program in Canada has more than 2,000 participating organizations — including new home builders — and over 65 product categories.
  • The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Scorecard noted that Canada significantly improved in its overall energy-efficiency ranking over the last two years, increasing our rating by over 30 percent. Similarly, the International Energy Agency ranked Canada second for its rate of energy-efficiency improvements between 1990 and 2010.

2015 Immigration Levels Plan

October 31, 2014 Comments off

On October 31st, 2014, our Government tabled the 2015 Immigration Levels Plan. As a part of the Levels Plan, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister announced improvements to the Caregiver program. The improvements to the Caregiver Program will allow for:

  • Faster processing.
  • Faster family reunification.
  • Better careers options for caregivers.
  • Better protection against abuse.

2015 Immigration Levels Plan

  • Canada’s annual levels plan ensures immigration programs are addressing economic and labour market needs.
  • The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000-285,000 new permanent residents in 2015 which represents an increase of approximately 19,000 admissions compared to 2014.
  • Increased levels allows the government to respond their long term strategy of supporting economic growth by addressing labour and skills shortages and helping to ensure labour force growth.
  • By increasing immigration levels, the government is ensuring it is prepared for the launch of Canada’s new application management system, Express Entry.
  • The 2015 levels plan reaffirms the government’s commitment of addressing backlogs and wait-times, while balancing the economic, humanitarian and family reunification goals of immigration.

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Improvements to the Caregiver Program

  • We value the contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and our economy.
  • Our government’s improvements provide faster, safer and better opportunities for caregivers across Canada.
  • Our government has listened to the concerns of caregivers across Canada and we are taking action to improve the Caregiver Program.
  • Improvements will ensure caregivers are no longer subjected to abusive work environments, are provided with more career options which will ensure a successful integration into Canadian society and are being reunited with their families more quickly.
  • With our changes, the Caregiver Program will be expanded to provide more pathways for permanent residency which will ensure caregivers have more career options and are positioned for success in the Canadian labour market.
  • Caregivers will no longer be required to live in the home of their employer which will prevent abuse and put an end to what some call modern-day slavery.
  • Aggressive action will be taken to reduce backlogs and improve processing times which will help families reunite more quickly.
  • Our government values the important contributions of caregivers and is committed to protecting the integrity of the Caregiver Program, improving processing times and reducing backlogs.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

October 31, 2014 Comments off

NAFTA – Fast Facts

History

  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mexican President Carlos Salinas, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush, came into effect on January 1, 1994.
  • The NAFTA was built on the success of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and provided a compliment to Canada’s efforts through the WTO agreements by making deeper commitments in some key areas.
  • With the signing of the NAFTA, the world’s largest free trade area was formed. The Agreement has brought economic growth and rising standards of living for people in all three countries.
  • The NAFTA, being the first comprehensive trade agreement of its type, has set a valuable example of the benefits of trade liberalization for the rest of the world.
  • In the event of a dispute, the NAFTA directs the governments concerned to seek to resolve their differences amicably through the NAFTA’s Committees and Working Groups or other consultations. If no mutually acceptable solution is found, the NAFTA provides for dispute settlement procedures. One of the principle elements of the NAFTA is the establishment of a clear set of rules for dealing with the settlement of disputes. The NAFTA was the first agreement to afford cross-border investors an impartial legal tribunal to address differences.
  • Under the NAFTA, tariffs on all covered goods traded between Canada and Mexico were eliminated in 2008. Tariffs on covered goods traded between Canada and the United States became duty free on January 1, 1989, in accordance with the CUSFTA which was carried forward under NAFTA.

Prosperity

  • Since 1994, NAFTA has generated economic growth and rising standards of living for the people of all three member countries. By strengthening the rules and procedures governing trade and investment throughout the continent, NAFTA has proven to be a solid foundation for building Canada’s future prosperity.
  • NAFTA has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the Canadian economy. It has opened up new export opportunities, acted as a stimulus to build internationally competitive businesses, and helped attract significant foreign investment.
  • By any measure the NAFTA has been a success by serving as a basis to grow both trilateral and bilateral North American relationships and the results speak for themselves. Our integration helps maximize our capabilities and make our economies more innovative and competitive. In 1993, trilateral trade within the North American region was US$289 billion. In 2012, our total trilateral merchandise trade reached nearly US$1.1 trillion – an increase of nearly 3.7 times in US dollar terms.
  • Reflecting the prosperity and development of the region, the North American economy has more than doubled in size since 1994. The combined gross domestic product (GDP) for Canada, the U.S., and Mexico was US$19.2 trillion in 2012 up from nearly US$8.0 trillion in 1993.
  • Cooperation through the NAFTA has created a North America where Canadian, American and Mexican companies do more than make and sell things to each other, now, our companies increasingly make things together. For example, over half of Canadian manufacturing exports to the U.S. are intermediate exports.

Investment

  • The NAFTA’s provisions ensure greater certainty and stability for investment decisions by guaranteeing fair, transparent and non–discriminatory treatment of investors and their investments throughout the free trade area.
  • The NAFTA has contributed to enhancing Canada’s attractiveness to foreign investors while providing more opportunities for Canadians to invest in NAFTA partners’ economies. Investment is a key pillar of economic growth. In 2012, the stock of investment in Canada from U.S. was CA$326.5 billion, while Canada has invested CA$295 billion in our NAFTA partners.
  • Canada and the U.S. have one of the world’s largest investment relationships with a bilateral investment stock totaling almost CA$616.0 billion in 2012, according to Canadian statistics.
  • The stock of Canadian direct investment in Mexico has increased dramatically since NAFTA entered into force, reaching nearly $5.6 billion in 2012, up from only $530 million in 1993.

Tax Cuts and Increased Benefits for Canadian Families

October 30, 2014 Comments off

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families. 

  • Under the strong and dependable leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is focused on helping hard-working Canadian families make ends meet, by making important priorities like child care and after-school sports more affordable.
  • Under this plan, every family with children will have more money in their pockets, to spend on their priorities as a family.
  • Our Government is fulfilling its promise to balance the federal budget. We are now in a position to fulfill our promise to help Canadian families balance theirs.
  • All families with children will benefit from the new measures introduced by our Government. The average tax relief and benefits for these families will be $1,140 in 2015.

 

The proposed new measures include:

  • The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax credit that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket. The credit will provide tax relief – capped at $2,000 – for couples with children under the age of 18, effective for the 2014 tax year. Income splitting is helping seniors across the country, which is why the Government is now proposing similar relief for families.
  • Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $160 per month for each child under the age of six – up from $100 per month. In a year, parents will receive up to $1,920 per child.
  • Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17. As of January 1, 2015, under the expanded UCCB, parents will receive a benefit of $60 per month for children aged six through 17. In a year, parents will receive up to $720 per child.
  • Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000, effective for the 2015 tax year. The maximum amounts that can be claimed will increase to $8,000 from $7,000 for children under age seven, to $5,000 from $4,000 for children aged seven through 16, and to $11,000 from $10,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • Earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced our Government’s intention to double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and make it refundable. The maximum amount of expenses that may be claimed under the credit will be doubled from its current limit to $1,000 for the 2014 tax year and subsequent tax years, and the credit will be made refundable effective for the 2015 and subsequent tax years.