Five ways the federal budget may affect you -

Five ways the federal budget may affect you


1. If you play sports, equipment might be cheaper.

The government is eliminating the tariff on imported sports equipment. That could save you anywhere from 2.5 per cent to 20 per cent of the cost of golf clubs, snowboards, hockey equipment and exercise devices. Provided, of course, the retailer passes those cost savings on to you.

2. If you’re a new parent, baby clothes might be cheaper.

That same tariff reduction could also see a reduction of 18 per cent off the price of imported baby clothes.

3. If you require or use home care services, you’ll save money.

The government is broadening its GST/HST exemption to include homemaker services like bathing, feeding and other personal care. A potential boon for people with disabilities and families caring for aging parents.

4. If you roll your own cigarettes, be prepared to pay more.

The special duty rate attached to tobacco used for chewing and in roll-your-own cigarettes is gone. That means a near-doubling of the duty costs, from $2.89 per 50 grams to $5.31.

5. If you want to adopt, the process might be cheaper.

Some expenses related to adoption already get tax breaks; the government is extending those breaks to items like mandatory adoption courses. And it applies to all adoptions finalized after 2012.

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Five ways the federal budget may affect you

  1. Quiting smoking, need home care after my operation; okay for me

    • Well….as long as YOU are okay……

      • Likely back to work in December cant hang around with you anymore.Awwwwwwwwwwwww!

        • After you’ve mooched off the taxpayer all this time….sucked on the govt teat….been a leech….

          • Forty Five Effing Years of Physical Work while you sat on yer arse Welfare Queen. Probably I wont be here come December because I want to work. You likely consider getting up off your couch to take a dump maximum effort. I can retire now if I want to just get tired of hanging around unemployable like yourself

          • I’m 66, so I’ve been working a lot longer than you and yet you still whine.

            Some Con you are!

          • Gee, and you claim to be christian too

          • If you knew about CPP disability it is actually my money because I contributed to CPP since I started working as a young teen obviously trying to educate you on that concept is trying to teach one of my cats to drive the car. Secondly I will blow away a troll whether I am Christian or not

          • That money is long since gone Brian. Yer on the tsxpayers dime

            You don’t know what a troll is either, much less a christian.

            Basically you’re just the usual cranky ole white guy…..

            You kids get off my lawn!


          • Better luck with trying to teach Cuddles to drive less thick headed.Get off my lawn

          • Sorry….don’t know the reference, but the whole thing doesn’t sound very christian.