Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

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Vancouver Quadra

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MP Joyce Murray, Budget 2016: Helping seniors in need

July 10%er Budget 2016 PDF 8

It is often said the essence of a society is shown by how it treats its most vulnerable members. While the percentage of Canadian seniors living in poverty has decreased significantly over the past few decades, our social safety net is still failing too many, and we must do better. Those with no Canada Pension, savings, or family support can find it hard to afford rent for a proper home, or basic necessities of life and health. Budget 2016 increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up benefit for the most vulnerable single seniors by 10 percent starting in July. This, combined with a related promise to change the way seniors’ benefits are increased with inflation, will help a millions of seniors and lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty. The Budget also provides $200.7 million over two years to support construction, repair, and adaptation of affordable housing for seniors. Restoring eligibility for Old Age Security and GIS benefits to age 65 from 67 will prevent Canadian seniors in need from having to wait an extra two years for critical financial help. Helping improve low income seniors’ well-being is a compassionate decision, and good economics too. We all benefit when people of all ages can afford to live in, and contribute to our community.