(Ottawa) Few direct measures affect the elderly in the latest federal budget. However, they were hoping for income assistance to deal with inflation. The Réseau FADOQ believes that the liberals have broken the promises made during the election campaign.
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“The elderly are the neglected greats in this budget. They have been forgotten, “Réseau FADOQ president Gisèle Tassé-Goodman said in an interview on Friday. The organization has 550,000 members aged 50 and over across Quebec.
The Réseau FADOQ provided for an increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the creation of a tax credit for career extension and the refund of the tax credit for informal caregivers. These are three promises contained in the liberal election platform that was unveiled in September. None of these measures can be found in the budget presented on Thursday.
Since yesterday we have been hearing and seeing the comments of the elderly and the disappointment is great, very great.
Gisèle Tassé-Goodman, President of the FADOQ Network
The budget contains only two measures to help seniors: it doubles the home accessibility tax credit, which could thus reach $ 3,000, and provides a funding of $ 20 million through 2024 for the New Horizons program for seniors , which funds community projects.
The government also proposes to create a group of experts to study the establishment of a possible allowance for people who want to age at home. A 10% increase in the Old Age Security pension for those over 75 was already planned for July, but the budget makes no mention of any additional income assistance. Those 75 and older have already received a check for $ 500 in August.
The disappointment of the elders was carried over Friday to the House of Commons, where conservatives and members of the bloc called on the government to explain.
“We remember with sad reminder that shortly before the elections, this government had invented the concept of two classes of seniors: those aged 75 and over and the others,” said Conservative MP Gérard Deltell. […] What does the government have to say to the elderly, this government that has done nothing to help them deal with the problems of inflation? ”
“Not only are medical transfers not increasing, but they are still depriving people under the age of 75 of the Old Age Security pension increase, but [aussi] they are betraying their promises, however insufficient they may be “, criticized Bloc Québécois deputy Andréanne Larouche.
The Québécois Block is demanding a gradual increase in the Old Age Security pension by $ 110 per month, spread over three years.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recalled Thursday that the government would have four years to keep its promises, thanks to the agreement with the New Democratic Party, which allows it to govern as if it had a majority.
You won’t see everything we aim to do in a first budget. This is the first of four chapters.
Christia Freeland, Minister of Finance
During the interrogation period on Friday, the senior minister’s parliamentary secretary Darren Fisher highlighted the creation of a new dental care program. “Seniors aged 65 and over with an income of less than $ 90,000 will have access to it,” he responded to critics.
It is not yet known what types of assistance this new program will cover and how it will apply in Quebec.
Other measures contained in the budget could indirectly affect the elderly. Ottawa will send a check for $ 500 to people who have difficulty accessing affordable housing, but details regarding this unique benefit have not yet been disclosed.
The budget also includes a new 15% multigenerational housing renovation tax credit on up to $ 50,000 for the construction or renovation of a secondary home. The refund amount could then reach $ 7,500.