Fire help in Harper bud­get

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

In recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tant role played by vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers in con­tribut­ing to the se­cu­rity and safety of Cana­di­ans, Bud­get 011 pro­poses a

ol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Tax Credit to al­low el­i­gi­ble vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers to claim a 15-per-cent non­re­fund­able tax credit based on an amount of 3,000.

An el­i­gi­ble in­di­vid­ual will be a vol­un­teer fire­fighter who per­forms at least 00 hours of vol­un­teer fire­fight­ing ser­vices in a tax­a­tion year, for one or more fire de­part­ments, that con­sist pri­mar­ily of re­spond­ing to and be­ing on call for fire­fight­ing and re­lated emer­gency calls, at­tend­ing meet­ings held by the fire depart­ment and par­tic­i­pat­ing in re uired train­ing re­lated to the preven­tion or sup­pres­sion of fires. ol­un­teer ser­vice hours per­formed by a fire­fighter for a fire depart­ment will be in­el­i­gi­ble if the fire­fighter also pro­vides fire­fight­ing ser­vices, other­wise than as a vol­un­teer, to that fire depart­ment.

An in­di­vid­ual who claims the credit will be re uired to ob­tain writ- ten cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the chief, or a del­e­gated of­fi­cial, of the fire depart­ment con­firm­ing the num­ber of hours of el­i­gi­ble vol­un­teer fire­fight­ing ser­vices per­formed. The de­tails of the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process will be de­vel­oped by the Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA). An in­di­vid­ual who claims the credit will be in­el­i­gi­ble for the ex­ist­ing tax ex­emp­tion of up to

1,000 for hon­o­raria paid by a gov­ern­ment, mu­nic­i­pal­ity or pub­lic au­thor­ity in re­spect of fire­fight­ing du­ties. This mea­sure will ap­ply to the 011 and sub- se uent tax­a­tion years.

“Any­thing that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will do to en­cour­age the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of vol­un­teer fire fight­ers is a pos­i­tive step. It gets in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find vol­un­teer fire fight­ers who are avail-

able and will­ing to sac­ri­fice the time in­volved to pro­tect their com­mu­nity,” com­mented Ayer’s Cliff fire chief Mike McKenna who is also the sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Fallen Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. Mr. McKenna be­lieves the tax credit will amount to only about $450. Also ac­cord­ing to the fire chief, 90% of the time fire­fight­ers will take their per­sonal ve­hi­cle to the fire, in­cur­ring ve­hi­cle ex­penses that they are not re­im­bursed for. The fire fight­ers also tend to re­place their brakes, shocks and tires fre­quently to make sure they are in top shape for bad driv­ing con­di­tions. Down in the United States, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment sup­ports their fire­fight­ers through a grant sys­tem for equip­ment from ra­dios to fire trucks.

Pro­vid­ing nearly $870 mil­lion over two years to ad­dress cli­mate change and air qual­ity, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of the ecoENERGY Retro­fit – Homes pro­gram that will help home­own­ers make their homes more en­ergy efficient and re­duce the bur­den of high en­ergy costs.

En­hanc­ing the Guar­an­teed In­come Sup­ple­ment (GIS) for those se­niors who rely al­most ex­clu­sively on their Old Age Se­cu­rity and the GIS and may there­fore be at risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. This mea­sure will pro­vide a new top-up ben­e­fit of up to $600 an­nu­ally for sin­gle se­niors and $840 for couples.

To pro­vide new sup­port to care­givers of de­pen­dents with a men­tal or phys­i­cal in­fir­mity, in­clud­ing spouses, com­mon-law part­ners and mi­nor chil­dren, Bud­get 2011 pro­poses to in­tro­duce a Fam­ily Care­giver Tax Credit. This 15-per-cent non-re­fund­able credit will be based on an amount of $2,000 and will ap­ply be­gin­ning in 2012.

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