Caregivers Allowance

18.4.5 GOVERNMENT ALLOWANCE FOR CAREGIVERS

WHEREAS caregivers in Canada that save the healthcare system around $30 billion every year but at what cost to caregivers, and

WHEREAS the total disruption caregivers have to live with comprises of the total loss of their private life which has to be given up to provide the proper care to their infirm dependents such as spouses, siblings or parents, and

WHEREAS the problem arises where those caregivers who shoulder the largest burden have had to terminate their jobs to do so and with no job, no income and with no income tax, they can’t even claim from the Canadian Caregiver Credit Benefit, and

WHEREAS this situation that caregivers find themselves in is very unfair and to all these who most need and deserve support from the federal government aren’t getting it, Page | 9

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NPF urge the provincial, territorial, and federal governments to follow the lead of other countries, such as the United Kingdom (U.K.), Australia, and Nordic European countries and pay allowances to those who assume significant caregiving duties. ( eg. U.K. $112 per week, $122 per every two weeks in Australia and $100 per week in Nova Scotia. )

Submitted by Unifor Local 200 Retired Workers Chapter

 

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Hospital Parking Fees

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS hospital parking fees amount to just another tax on ailing Canadians, and many reports have found that many Canadians are missing hospital appointments, unable or cannot afford to assist or visit their family members in hospital, and are stressed due to high cost of parking at the hospital, and

WHEREAS the CBC News on March 28/2013 stated that hospital parking rates are just another tax on sick Canadians, and

WHEREAS many communities in Canada have free parking at hospitals such as Campbell River, and Delta in British Columbia, also in Nova Scotia just to show it has been done in a number of Canadian Communities; and

WHEREAS the Campbell River notes that Citizens for Quality Health Care North even question the legality of charging for parking citing the Canadian Health Act which states that the Act exists to… “facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers”. The group claimed that parking fees are a financial barrier, and therefore violate the Canada Health Act; and

WHEREAS the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, which raised its parking rates in January 2015 netted five (5) million in parking fees in 2012,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on all levels of Government to stop charging parking fees at Canadian Hospitals, and work with other organizations such as Unifor Retirees, Senior Citizens in each province, the Council of Canadians, and others to reach this effort for free parking at hospitals.


Submitted by USCO

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Eliminate Parking Fees at Canada’s Hospitals

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS hospital parking fees amount to just another tax on ailing Canadians and many reports have found that many Canadians are missing hospital appointments, are unable or cannot afford to assist or visit their family members in hospital and are stressed due to the high cost of parking at the hospital; and

WHEREAS the CBC News on March 28, 2013 stated that hospital parking rates are just another tax on sick Canadians; and

WHEREAS many communities in Canada have free parking at hospitals such as Campbell River and Delta in British Columbia, also in Nova Scotia just to show it has been done in a number of Canadian communities; and

WHEREAS the Campbell River hospital notes that “Citizens for Quality Health Care North” even questioned the legality of charging for parking citing the Canada Health Act which states that the Act exists to’…..facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers’. The group claimed that parking fees are a financial barrier and therefore violate the Canada Health Act; and

WHEREAS the hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, which raised its parking rates in January 2015 netted five (5) million in parking fees in 2012,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on all levels of Government to stop charging parking fees at Canadian Hospitals and work with other organizations such as senior citizens in each province, the Council of Canadians and others to reach this effort for free parking at hospitals.


Submitted by UNIFOR LOCAL 524 AJAX, OSHAWA AND PETERBOROUGH AREA COUNCIL

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Restore Healthcare Funding

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the federal, provincial and territorial governments act immediately to restore funding and safe staffing levels in the health care sector.

Number:
30
Section:
Health

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Reasonable Transfer Fees

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the Canadian government adopt as a principle that charges for transferring medical and/or dental records be limited to the actual cost of postage or courier service.

Number:
34
Section:
Health

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Adequate Hospital Funding

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That provincial Ministers of Health cease using the same global lump sum approach as in the 1960s to hospital budgets and move to a model which allows a hospital to run efficiently and without a need to charge for parking fees.

Number:
40
Section:
Health

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Eye Care Coverage

Convention:
2012
Policy:
That the NPF urge provincial governments to support regular eyesight examinations for all seniors by a qualified doctor or optometrist and further that the NPF urge the federal government to include eye care coverage for all seniors under the Canada Health Act.

Number:
2
Section:
Health

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Ending Provincial Medical Premiums

Convention:
2012
Policy:
That the NPF call on those provincial governments which still charge medical premiums to seniors to eliminate those premiums.

Number:
10
Section:
Health

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