Category Archives: Pension Reform

Deferred Pension Benefits – Who Really Benefits?

The changes to pension benefits proposed  by the Harper government have left many of us with a troubling  question – “Who really benefits from these changes?” According to the proposed legislation, the purpose of these changes is to put OAS … Continue reading

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Pension Benefits and Increasing Seniors Demographic

An increasing number of Canadians  are becoming concerned about their CPP benefits in light of the global economic turmoil. Among the greatest concerns are the prospect of a double dip recession, increased fiscal constraints, and a shrinking labour force of … Continue reading

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Pension Reform and the Federal Election 2011

On April’s Fools day there was a skit on CBC radio with Mary Walsh (actress, comedian and social activist) as the host who announced the formation of a new political party. Venerable and well-known Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent had the … Continue reading

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OAS Benefit – Are pensioners better off with indexation or tax reduction?

The most recent quarterly revision of OAS and GIS benefits means that pensioners will receive an increase of 0.3 percent per month this quarter. According to the HRSDC publication Just the Facts – Pensions, Benefits and Seniors: Old Age Security benefits, … Continue reading

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Sustainable Affordable Housing For Pensioners

While the seniors population is increasing steadily the supply of affordable seniors housing remains virtually unchanged. For many seniors on fixed

Posted in Baby boomers, Cost of Living, Elders, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Golden wave, Pension Reform, Pensioners, Seniors demographic, Seniors fixed income, Seniors rent-geared-to-income, Seniors social housing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

PENSION INDEXATION – is the current method adequate?

By Goudu Kassa, Guest Contributor “A Dollar Today is Worth More Than a Dollar Tomorrow”… how many times have we heard this expression? From the perspective of today’s pensioners this expression has taken on a greater sense of urgency. Pensioners … Continue reading

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