Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
Sixty percent of caregivers work but are getting poorer because they lose $16,000 in wages each year and have additional expenses of $7,600;
The criteria for Employment Insurance caregiving benefits do not cover situations where a non-critical illness requires constant care from a caregiver for the person receiving assistance;
3.15 percent of caregivers received the Caregiver Tax Credit; and
Non-refundable tax credits are unfair, putting low-income people at a disadvantage and offsetting only 18 percent of the costs incurred.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Expand the criteria for the caregiver benefit to include patients with a chronic physical or mental illness or condition who, due to a temporary or permanent change in their state of health leading to a loss of independence or a difficult life event, require the constant, extensive presence of a caregiver to maintain their quality of life or support their recovery;
2. Introduce a benefit for long-term caregivers who must drastically reduce their hours of work or permanently quit their jobs; and
3. Calculate the caregiver tax credit on the caregiver’s income and convert it into a refundable tax credit.
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