Harper Highlights the Universal Child Care Benefit

August 7, 2015

THE ISSUE

  • Keeping taxes low and putting more money in the pockets of hard-working Canadian families has been a key priority for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • Among other things, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has:
    • Reduced the GST from 7 per cent to 6 per cent to 5 per cent;
    • Introduced the Family Tax Cut, which allows individuals to split up to $2000 per year with their spouse to reduce the overall family tax burden;
    • Introduced the Tax-Free Savings Account and increased the contribution limit to $10,000 per year; and
    • Provided tax relief for parents who put their children in arts and sports programs.
  • As a result of these and other actions taken by Prime Minister Stephen Harper since 2006:
    • Canadian families and individuals are now receiving $37 billion in annual tax relief and increased benefits; and
    • A typical family of four is receiving up to $6,600 in annual tax relief and enhanced benefits.
  • Canadians at all income levels are benefitting from the tax relief introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with low- and middle-income Canadians receiving proportionately greater relief.
  • More than 1 million low-income Canadians have been removed from the tax rolls altogether.
  • This significant tax relief is underpinned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s belief that families, not bureaucrats, know best how to spend their own money.

 

THE PLAN

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper understands that child care decisions are best left in the hands of the real experts: mom and dad. In 2006, Canadians elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a plan to establish the Universal Child Care Benefit – a $100-per-month-benefit for every child under the age of 6. This benefit supported 1.7 million families.
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered on this promise so that Canadian families had the support they needed to make the choices that were right for them and their children.
  • This year, the Prime Minister expanded the UCCB, raising it to $160-per-month for each child under 6, and extending it to all parents with children ages 6 through 17.
  • This means that families are receiving almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17.
  • All families with children – nearly 4 million – are receiving UCCB benefits.
  • In addition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper raised the Child Care Expense Deduction by $1,000 – i.e., to $8,000 from $7,000 per child under age seven, to $5,000 from $4,000 for each child aged seven through 16 (and for infirm children over age 16), and to $11,000 from $10,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • The upshot is Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan benefits all families and recognizes the different circumstances and childcare choices that families make.

 

THE CHOICE

  • Justin and Thomas Mulcair have different plans.
  • Justin would take away the $160-per-month benefit from hard-working Canadian families and replace it with a reckless, complicated and costly alternative that would leave some families worse off. Justin doesn’t think it’s “fair” to help every family.
  • Mulcair’s NDP would establish a one-size-fits-all, union-run bureaucratic daycare scheme that ignores the individual circumstances and preferences of millions of Canadian families[1]. Thomas Mulcair hasn’t explained to Canadians how he plans to pay for his massively expensive scheme.
  • Thomas Mulcair’s scheme will also be phased-in over 8 years and requires the provinces to sign-on and pay 40 per cent of the costs. In short, it’s a scheme that will never get off the ground.
  • The choice is clear:
    • Prime Minister Stephen Harper will continue to put money back in the pockets of every Canadian family so they can spend it on their childcare priorities,
    • Justin and Thomas Mulcair will raise taxes on Canadian families and take benefits away to finance their dangerous, high-tax, high debt agendas.
  • Only Prime Minister Stephen Harper will continue to put money back in the pockets of every single Canadian family so they can spend it on their own child care priorities – because mom and dad know best.

 

 

[1] According to the 2011 National Household Survey, of those families who use childcare services for their children aged 4 and younger, nearly 60 per cent reported using non-institutional (home daycares and private arrangements) services.

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