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Policy alert


 

Jack Layton promises new family care initiatives.

Under the program, families hoping to build a self-contained, add-on unit for an elderly relative would be entitled to a forgivable loan that would cover half the cost of renovations up to a maximum of $35,000. Mr. Layton also promised to extend EI benefits for people looking after a dying relative to six months — up from six weeks — and to introduce a new, up-to-$1,500-a-year caregiver benefit to help struggling low and middle class families who are looking after a sick or injured loved one. He further vowed to close the loophole that prevents Canadians who have accessed maternity, adoption, sick or other leave from accessing regular EI benefits should they lose their jobs when they return.


 

Policy alert

  1. Ooh, a Granny Flat Grant. Will there be some sort of monitoring/restriction ensuring that the elderly person actually has to abide in the flat for a particular period of time? We wouldn't want this to be abused by would-be renters looking for an apartment-construction subsidy.

  2. Ooh, a Granny Flat Grant. Will there be some sort of monitoring/restriction ensuring that the elderly person actually has to abide in the flat for a particular period of time? We wouldn't want this to be abused by would-be renters looking for an apartment-construction subsidy.

  3. The EI change and caregiver benefit are good proposals. I've been in the situation of having to care for a loved one. Fortunately I had the resources to do so, but not everyone does.

  4. The EI change and caregiver benefit are good proposals. I've been in the situation of having to care for a loved one. Fortunately I had the resources to do so, but not everyone does.

  5. How the heck are they able to give this a $1.3 billion price tag??

  6. How the heck are they able to give this a $1.3 billion price tag??

    • It's the magic of economics, Leo. You just contrast the number of grannies against the maximum rebate. If the price is too high, you reduce the number of grannies.

      • I'm seeing a prominent position for you in my Cabinet.

        • I'm thinking that if Macleans does a tally of who receives the most bulls, Jack will be the winner, lol!!!

  7. It's the magic of economics, Leo. You just contrast the number of grannies against the maximum rebate. If the price is too high, you reduce the number of grannies.

  8. I'm seeing a prominent position for you in my Cabinet.

  9. I'm thinking that if Macleans does a tally of who receives the most bulls, Jack will be the winner, lol!!!

  10. a forgivable loan

    Ah, euphemisms…

  11. a forgivable loan

    Ah, euphemisms…

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