Question: How would your party’s anti-poverty policies support The City of Calgary’s poverty reduction initiatives?
Answer: Our Government has taken concrete steps to ensure Canadian families thrive and succeed. By reducing taxes year after year and enhancing direct benefits to Canadians, we have made sure that Canadians keep more of their hard-earned money so that they can make the choices that are right for them. Our low-tax plan will return, in 2015, as much as $6,600 dollars of tax relief and enhanced benefits back into the hands of a typical family in Canada.
A re-elected Conservative Government will introduce the following initiatives that will disproportionately support low-income and vulnerable Canadians:
- We will increase the maximum annual Canada Disability Savings Grant for low- and middle-class families from $3,500 to $4,000. Families will now receive a grant of $4 for every $1 dollar contributed on the first $500 they contribute to their Registered Disability Savings Plans each year.
- We will double the Canada Education Savings Grants for low- and middle-income families through Registered Education Savings Plans. This will provide as much as $2,200 more per student.
- We will introduce a $2,000 Single Seniors Tax Credit that will extend additional tax relief to nearly 1.6 million single and widowed seniors in Canada who have pension income.
These complement earlier initiatives introduced since 2006 that benefit all Canadians, but which provide proportionately greater relief to low- and middle-income Canadians. These include increasing the amount Canadians can earn tax-free, removing over 1 million Canadians from the tax rolls, cutting the lowest personal income tax rate to 15%, cutting the GST from 7% to 5%, and enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) that provides an increased benefit of $160 per month for children under the age of 6, and $60 per month for children aged 6 through 17.