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Special Needs & Moving On projects

The Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.

What should parents be aware of when filing their taxes?

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Dear Tax Detective,

 

What should parents be aware of when filing their taxes, especially when they have children with a disability?

 

What’s New?

1) Family Tax Cut found in (ITA S. 119.1) is a new credit to the higher income spouse, similar to the dependent credit (ITA S. 118(1)). This is a new credit that is computed if your spouse has a lower or no income. The maximum refund is $2,000. Refer to TD1 federal for other credits. Family Tax Cut will not be listed. It’s not possible to claim this new credit on a TD1 during the year (ITA S.153(1.3)(b)). This is incentive to file your taxes early. As a planning step, it is worth considering if both spouses should work, or how much they earn.

Statement by Minister Jaczek

Release of the Select Committee on Developmental Services' Final Report

Today, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, issued the following statement:

“I would like to acknowledge the work of the committee and thank all of the individuals and organizations that made submissions to help shape the report.

Our government is committed to helping meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families and we will take the time necessary to consider the findings and recommendations in the report.

We followed the proceedings of the Select Committee closely from the beginning. We recognized the needs expressed in the submissions and saw an opportunity to take immediate action in several key areas.

Announcing changes to the Special Needs and Moving On projects

butterfly logo 400   Starting in September 2014 the following changes will take effect:

  • The Special Needs project will cover children up to and including the month they turn 18 years old.*
  • The Moving On project will cover children after their 18th birthday.

Why are we making changes to the age of eligibility?

We recognize that it is challenging for parents of a child with special needs to find appropriate supports as their child moves into the adult world. The move to adult services happens at age 18 in some provinces and 19 in others. It is important that the planning process start long before the child becomes an adult. We think that the support services that Moving On advisors can offer better assists members in the transition for their children to adult support.

When will this change take effect?

This will come into effect September 2014. Prior to September 2014 any existing member whose child is 18 should contact the Project office if they would like to transfer their child to the Moving On project.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

*Currently children are covered until their 19th birthday.

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