QUÉBEC, June 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In tabling Québec's Budget
2014-2015, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão announced various measures to
provide stronger support to families, seniors and the most vulnerable.
To encourage active living for seniors, the government will introduce a
refundable tax credit of 20% of eligible expenses, up to $200, for
physical, artistic and cultural activities for seniors.
In addition, the needs of seniors will be taken into greater
consideration in the carrying out of small-scale infrastructure or
urban planning projects under the Municipalité amie des aînés program.
The government will double the enhancement budget for this program.
"With this assistance, more than 50 new urban planning projects a year
for seniors will be carried out," the Minister explained.
$50 million more for sports and physical activity
The Minister announced an additional injection of $50 million into the
Sports and Physical Activity Development Fund using revenues from the
specific tax on tobacco products. This investment will make it possible
to fund more projects, such as indoor and outdoor skating rinks, pools,
tennis courts, soccer fields, sports arenas, multisport facilities and
various other projects, in all regions of Québec.
Cancellation of the $2-a-day increase in the rate for childcare services
"The childcare spaces program is a mainstay of Québec's family policy
and one of the factors that contributed to the increase in the birth
rate. Since its inception, the program has enabled tens of thousands of
women to re-enter the labour market. We want to continue developing new
childcare spaces," the Minister stated.
"I am announcing that our government is cancelling the $2-a-day increase
in the rate for childcare services planned by the previous government.
That increase would have negatively impacted the most disadvantaged
families. The daily rate will be indexed according to the rate of
growth in the cost of the program," he went on to say.
The parental contribution will rise to $7.30 as of October 1, 2014.
Another 6 300 childcare spaces will be created as of this year, then
4 000 spaces each subsequent year until completion of the network.
Construction of 3 000 social housing units
The Minister pointed out that rent is often a household's biggest
spending item. In the case of low-income families, the cost of rent
reduces their ability to meet other basic needs. He confirmed the
support provided to economically disadvantaged households to meet their
"We will be investing $250 million in the construction of 3 000 new
social, community and affordable housing units in all regions of
Québec. I am announcing that 500 of those units will be set aside for
homeless people. The other 2 500 units will go to the program's
clientele at large, and in particular to seniors and the Aboriginal
populations concerned," the Minister concluded.
SOURCE: Cabinet du ministre des Finances
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