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The Harper Government extends Universal Child Care Benefit application deadline

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The Harper Government extends Universal Child Care Benefit application deadline

Published on May 11, 2015 with No Comments

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May 9, 2015 London, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

The Harper Government is extending the application deadline to receive the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) until May 15 so that more families can receive their UCCB cheque in July. At the London Sports and Activity Expo, the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, highlighted the extension today and asked for help from the media and the public to encourage families to apply for the benefit. A new video, “The Enhanced UCCB – Your Kids Your Way”, was also launched today to help inform Canadian families about the benefits available.

The majority of families with children, approximately 3.8 million, are known and will automatically receive the enhanced UCCB or be contacted by the Government to confirm their information. However, an estimated 200,000 eligible families are not currently captured by the Government’s UCCB system and may miss out on receiving money that is owed to them unless they apply. It is estimated that about 69,000 families with children in Ontario including about 2,500 families with children in London are not currently registered. In 2015 alone, this represents potentially millions of dollars in unclaimed benefits.

Under the proposed enhancements to the UCCB, families would receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17. The new benefit amounts would be retroactive to January 1, 2015 and be reflected in monthly payments to families in July 2015. The proposed enhancements to the UCCB are expected to more than double the number of families that benefit from 1.6 million to more than 4 million.

If your family is not currently receiving the UCCB, has never received the UCCB, or has never applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit and you still have children under 18 in your care, please go to www.canada.ca/taxsavings to find out how you can apply.

Quick Facts

• Families that need to submit an application will need to do so by May 15, 2015, in order to receive the enhanced UCCB payment in July 2015.
• All families with children will benefit from the new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits Plan, which includes the Family Tax Cut, and enhancements to the UCCB, Child Care Expenses Deduction and Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.
• Combined with tax relief introduced by the Government of Canada since 2006, a typical family of four can receive up to $6,600 in tax relief and enhanced benefits in 2015.
• Low- and middle-income families will receive two-thirds of the overall benefits provided by the Government of Canada’s new family measures.
• The Family Tax Cut will eliminate or significantly reduce the difference in the federal tax payable by a one-earner couple relative to a two-earner couple with a similar family income.

Quotes

“Now that the Harper Government has balanced our budget, we are helping hard-working families balance theirs. That’s why we want to ensure that every family with children receives the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit. If you’ve ‎got kids under 18, you qualify. It doesn’t matter how much you make or the type of child care you choose. Apply now so you can receive the money that is owed to you.”
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development

“Our Government believes parents are best positioned to decide what kind of child care is best for their children and for their family’s individual situation. I encourage all parents in London North Centre and across Canada to take advantage of this great benefit.”
– Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre

Associated Links

“The Enhanced UCCB – Your Kids Your Way” video
www.canada.ca/taxsavings
Backgrounder on new measures: Helping Families Prosper

Contacts
Aaron Bell
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development
819-994-2482
aaron.bell@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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This news release is also available online on News.gc.ca.

News Release
For Immediate Release

Governments of Canada and Ontario recognize Canada Job Grant recipient in Ontario

May 9, 2015 Dorchester, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London, today announced that 15,600 workers in Ontario are receiving training thanks to funding provided through the Canada Job Grant. Approximately 2,200 employers have been approved for funding under the Canada Job Grant in Ontario.

The announcement took place at BOS Innovations, an engineering company with 45 employees in Dorchester. The company is a successful recipient of Canada Job Grant funding that will provide 12 employees with comprehensive training to fully implement new software, giving BOS Innovations greater ability to control its business operation from initial customer contact to final shipping and billing. The funding will also provide an additional four employees with training in robotics software to increase the company’s efficiency and competitiveness. As a result of the training, three new employees have been hired and three current employees will receive promotions.

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to invest in training costs, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

Under the Canada Job Grant in Ontario, the federal government provides two-thirds of total eligible training costs, up to $10,000, for expenses such as tuition, textbooks and student fees, and the Ontario government delivers the program. Employers are required to contribute the remaining one-third of these training costs, while small businesses have additional flexibility to make an in-kind contribution towards their share of the cost through wages paid to the training participant.

Quick Facts

• BOS Innovations Inc. will receive $52,725 to train 16 employees, three of which will be new hires. The company will invest an additional $13,181 in this training, plus an in-kind contribution of $13,181 through employee wages.
• On average, private-sector forecasters expect employment in Ontario to grow by 1.3 percent per year by 2017. Over the past three years, employment has increased by an annual average of 1.1 percent in Ontario.
• By 2017–18, over $115 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Ontario.
• Ontario is currently accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant. Employers are encouraged to apply at www.ontario.ca/employeetraining.

Quotes

“The Canada Job Grant is taking skills training choices out of the hands of government and putting them where they belong: in the hands of employers and Canadians who want to work. By having employers directly involved in training decisions, the Canada Job Grant will lead to guaranteed jobs and will help businesses grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Canadian economy.”
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development

“Ontario’s continued economic prosperity depends on a highly skilled workforce that is diverse, adaptable and innovative. That’s why we’ve worked with Ontario’s job creators to maximize the flexibility and effectiveness of the Canada–Ontario Job Grant and other job training programs. I’m pleased to see that employers in London have responded so positively, because Ontario’s economy is stronger when everyone has the opportunity to find work and contribute to the province’s growth.”
• The Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario and MPP for London North Centre

“The support provided by the Canada Job Grant has given BOS Innovations the opportunity to invest in the skills of its employees so that we will be better able to meet our clients’ needs and grow our company to compete with the world’s best.”
– Ben Huigenbos, President, BOS Innovations

Related Product

Backgrounder

Associated Links

Canada Job Grant
Canada Job Grant (Ontario)

Contacts

Aaron Bell
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
Follow us on Twitter

Belinda Bien
Office of Minister Moridi
647-823-5489

May Nazar
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
May.Nazar@ontario.ca
416-325-2746
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