Taxing Seniors’ Health Benefits

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS many seniors on fixed incomes have financial difficulty making ends meet without further off-loading and downloading of existing program costs, and

WHEREAS Old Age Pensions and Supplements have not increased sufficiently to cover the increased financial demands due to the cost of living, increased utility costs, medication costs, property taxes, and

WHEREAS many seniors are being challenged to try to live in dignity while receiving benefits below the poverty level,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation oppose the Federal Government’s proposed Taxation of Seniors’ Health Benefits.


Submitted by SASKATCHEWAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED

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Minimum Income

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS many citizens are living in extreme poverty and in some cases have no source of income, and

WHEREAS there is proof that the benefits of a guaranteed minimum income for all citizens result in lower poverty rates, fewer hospital visits and increased high school completion rates, and

WHEREAS a guaranteed annual income system rather than the existing welfare programmes would streamline administration and reduce massive administrative costs,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call upon the Prime Minister along with the Federal and Provincial Governments to establish a Guaranteed Annual Income scale for the benefit of all citizens, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the scale of benefits be such that it would reduce the income gap through annual guaranteed income and lift all Canadians out of poverty.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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Executive Compensation

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS not so long ago executives in industry received incomes which equalled approximately ten times the average wage paid to their employees. Included in this calculation and of extreme importance was the profitability of the business, and

WHEREAS over the last eleven years we have witnessed an eighty-two percent increase in executive compensation, while working and retired Canadians have seen income stagnation; and

WHEREAS union-organized workplaces have attempted to distribute the generated profits in a more equitable fashion, excessive executive wage increases continue,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation highlight the unfairness of the present compensation paid to CEO’s and other corporate executives while workers experience wage and pension stagnation.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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Postal Banking

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS many Citizens in rural areas do not have access to either a bank or a post office and banks are frequently closing branches in small towns, with negative effects on local businesses and communities; and

WHEREAS Canada’s banks charge some of the highest fees in the world, and

WHEREAS a publicly owned bank could act in the public interest in ways in which private banks cannot, particularly for environmental initiatives and community economic development; and

WHEREAS there are many successful postal banking models in several countries eg: United Kingdom, France, India, Italy and New Zealand;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call upon our Prime Minister, the Federal Government, and Canada Post Corporation to establish a task force to determine how to deliver new financial products and new services through the Post Office; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the national government to establish a publicly-owned postal bank.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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Bill C-27

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS Bill C-27, an Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, represents a dangerous and immediate attack on future and current retirees and defined-benefit (DB) pension plans, and sets up a framework for target-benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal private sector; and

WHEREAS Bill C-27 invites employers and other plan sponsors to abandon their pension promises to employees and retirees, and allows employers to persuade individuals to surrender their earned DB plans in exchange for less secure, less stable TB plans, thus downloading virtually all risks brought on by market volatility to workers and retirees; and

WHEREAS Bill C-27 will leave employees at the mercy of employers who want to back out of their pension commitments,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) continue to work with the Canadian Labour Congress, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, the BC Retired Teachers Association, our allies and union affiliates to oppose Bill C-27, an act to amend the Pensions Benefits Standards Act and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPF continue to educate members and the public on the dangers of Bill C-27.


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM) and CONGRESS OF UNION RETIREES OF CANADA

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CPP and OAS

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS seniors on fixed income, low income families, and people with a disability do not get a cost of living increase to help them financially and the costs of food, utilities, rent keep on rising and many people throughout the winter cannot afford heating fuel and food,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the government to increase the amount of CPP, OAS, and other monies so that people who are on fixed income and low income families or the disabled can live in their homes comfortably.


Submitted by USCO

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Notification of Income Supports

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS many seniors are not aware of income supports to which they may be entitled, either provincial or federal; and

WHEREAS Service Canada sends out T4A slips to every recipient of Canada Pension and/or Old Age Security;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal and Provincial Governments to collaborate in producing and distributing with the T4A slips an information sheet outlining the following:

• income supports available, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Medical Plan Premium Assistance, Shelter Aid for Elderly Residents, etc.,
• household income required to be eligible for such income support, e.g., under $42,000 or ?,
• contact information to obtain application forms for such income support.


Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION of BC

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Caregivers Tax Credit Refund

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the 2017 Federal Budget proposes to combine the Caregiver Credit, the Infirm Dependent Credit and the Family Caregiver Tax Credit into a single new Canada Caregiver Credit that will be effective for the 2017 taxation year, and

WHEREAS this new credit will start to be reduced when the dependant’s net income is above $16,163 in 2017 with a phase-out range up to $23,046, and

WHEREAS caring for a dependent may affect employment income, and

WHEREAS this credit will provide more tax relief to caregivers with higher incomes, and less tax relief to caregivers with lower incomes,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal Government to make the new combined Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.


Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS of B C

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Defined Benefits

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS employers promised current employees, and retirees defined benefit pensions as part of their compensation. These pensions are a form of deferred wages, and

WHEREAS we believe a deal is a deal, and employers should not be able to take back compensation they promised to their employees or retirees, and

WHEREAS this issue is important to every Canadian. If you yourself are retired, have a family member who is retired or one day wish to retire, this issue has a direct impact on you and your retirement security; and

WHEREAS that there is a sacred trust for the federal government to protect the retirement income security that’s already been earned by millions of Canadians in defined benefit plans,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the Prime Minister keep his promise made to the National Association of Federal Retirees in writing that defined benefit plans which have already been paid for by employees and pensioners should not be retroactively changed.


Submitted by USCO

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Defined Benefits

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS Defined Benefits pension plan are superior to Targeted Benefits and Defined Contribution pension plans, and

WHEREAS all seniors with Defined Benefits pensions could be targeted by public and private employers, and their payments significantly reduced.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the USCO work with all senior groups, pension and social justice organizations to carry out campaigns to ensure that Federal and Provincial Governments enact legislation that will prohibit both public and private sector employers from making any change to defined benefit pensions which do not enhance such plans, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the USCO work to move forward with a suitable representation on October 1st (United Nations Day of the Older Person) for Canadians around the pending pension crises.


Submitted by USCO

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