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McGuinty Government's Tax Credit Would Boost Economy, Create Jobs
Ontario is proposing a new tax credit that would help seniors stay in their homes longer and help create jobs.
The Credit, Up To $1,500 Each Year, Would Be Available To Senior Homeowners And Tenants, And People Who Share A Home With A Senior Relative.
The Credit Would Be Effective October 1, 2011.
Examples Of Eligible Improvements Would Include Stair Lifts, Walk-In Bathtubs And Ramps.
The notion is to keep seniors in their homes longer. It is an interesting notion, but one that fails to grab me, if you'll excuse the pun. If all it takes is a chair lift or a walk-in tub to keep a senior at home, then one is sadly mistaken.
It'll cost the Ontario government 60 million dollars. Money better spent delivering services to those who need them, or assisting seniors in getting to appointments, finding respite care. I did a bit of research and one quote for a walk-in bathtub was $1899. A chair lift: $1349. Seriously. I don't know that that includes installation!
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It is a laudable initiative, but there are many seniors who live in small apartments who need a broad range of services. How much farther would $60 million go if seniors, or their families, could hire paid caregivers, as in the initiative out west? In 2010, Saskatoon Health Region set up the Direct Client Funding Program - a pilot project that provides a way for unpaid caregivers to get paid.
Seniors, in Ontario, benefit from a number of tax credits. This works fine, if a senior has an income.
But for low-income seniors, especially the ones on a pension, it is a drop in the bucket. In the meantime, seniors who are high income earners can do renos to their heart's content, while the rest of help carry that tax burden.
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