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Finance committee  Thank you for the question. I don't think a tax credit is the most effective way for the government to promote public transit. Budget 2017 did, however, set out major investments in public transit infrastructure. Some of my colleagues could no doubt speak to that in greater det

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  We'll follow up with those numbers.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  We can follow up with exact numbers. What I can say now is that I think it's fairly evenly distributed across the population, when you think in terms of who takes public transit. That would seem reasonable. There are a good number of individuals with low incomes who claimed the

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  Thank you for your question. As I said, the purpose of the measure was to encourage increased public transit use. It must be said that it isn't just public transit users who have taken advantage of this tax credit. All in all, the number of users hasn't changed much during these

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  No, we don't. The announcement was pretty sparse on details, so, it's unclear exactly who would qualify. Because of that, we're not in a position to provide a cost estimate. We don't know who will get it.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  No, to the best of my knowledge, not by our department.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  We estimate that the consolidation of these measures into the Canada caregiver credit will be a net reduction of federal taxes by about $310 million over the fiscal planning period, that is, from 2016-17 through 2021-22.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  The first full year will be $50 million, and then it will be $65 million a year by the end, in 2021-22.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  Yes, I think it is a net tax reduction. One of the main groups that will benefit right now from three different caregiver credits—and these are phased out depending on the dependant's net income.... The group where it's phased out more quickly is those looking after an infirm fam

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  We don't think it will be very large, so we don't have a specific number in our costing in the budget. We think that in those cases—a relatively small number of cases—it will make a difference. The purpose of the measure is to ensure there is consistency across different types of

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  Sure, we can follow up on that.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  We don't, as the Department of Finance, have a cost estimate for a basic income.

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  That's right. As Trevor explained, right now a lot of the tuition tax credit is claimed for post-secondary courses at post-secondary institutions. You also have occupational skills courses. Trevor gave the example of a second-language course—English as a second language is a good

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  Mr. Chair, the credit was introduced in 2006. The goal of the credit was to increase public transit use and, through that use, have a positive effect on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. A number of research studies have shown that it hasn't had that effect. The ef

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc

Finance committee  Thank you for the question. What we could say is that the policy objective is to make it easier for individuals with severe disabilities to be assessed for purposes of the disability tax credit. As you mentioned, in many outlying rural regions, the nurse practitioner is often th

May 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Pierre LeBlanc