Ontario Bureaucrat Charged with Fraud

An Ontario man and his family, previously accused of using fraud to collect over $11 million from the government, is now facing additional charges that he syphoned $30 million as part of an illegal kickback scheme for government contracts. The accused, Sanjay Madan, was an IT Manager for the Education…

Acceleration Of Canada’s Annual Inflation Rate Threatens To Peak 3% In Spring

Canada’s headline inflation reached 1% in January. This exceeded economists’ prediction of 0.9% and a year-over-year increase of 0.7% in December. Figures above 1% have not been recorded since a year ago when inflation rose 2.2% compared to February 2019. Canada’s provinces of Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, and…

Wealth Tax Finds Support Among Many Canadians

The NDP and the Green Party revived their proposition for a wealth tax after a Parliamentary Budget Officer report back in June stated 1% of the country’s highest earners possessed over 25% of the country’s total wealth. Although the Bloc Quebecois, Liberals, and Conservatives objected to the NDP motion for…

Bank of Canada Says Digital Currency May Be Needed Due to Pandemic

The public’s use of online services has increased during the pandemic, prompting the Bank of Canada to look into ways that a central bank digital product might be distributed and accepted quickly. The Bank of Canada’s Deputy Governor Tim Lane discussed the possible development of a CBDC (central bank digital…

PBO Claims Disability Support Will Cost $792 million

A COVID-19 related one-off payment for Canadians living with disabilities will cost the federal treasury $792 million, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The initiative expects to deliver up to $600 to 1.67 million people, in an effort to lessen their financial distress as a result of the pandemic. Low-earning…

New Tax Deduction Aims to Help Remote Workers

Canadians may be eligible for a significant tax deduction – if the pandemic has forced them to work from home. This federal tax break, dubbed ‘work-space-in-the-home’, could potentially help hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have been forced by the pandemic to continue their work remotely. The tax category also…

COVID-19 Tax Scammers Targeting Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency is warning of a rise in scams that take advantage of the confusion related to COVID-19 relief measures. “With the launch of (Emergency Response Benefit – CERB), we have seen scammers seek to prey on Canadians’ anxieties during this time of crisis,” said CRA spokesperson Etienne…

Canadians Finding Unclaimed Cheques on Canada Revenue Agency Website

Many Canadians are finding uncashed government cheques worth hundreds – and in some cases thousands – of dollars through a little-known feature on the CRA website. The CRA recently introduced a tool in the My Account portal that allows users to collect and cash in on any unclaimed cheques, dating…

2020 Federal Tax Changes Offer A Measure of Relief

Several tax changes effective this year are aimed at relieving Canadians’ financial burdens, in a development that many citizens will welcome as they prepare their tax statements. Early in January, finance Minister Bill Morneau declared that middle-income households will receive a slight reduction in federal income tax. Canadians had been…