In many households one of the adults may prefer or be forced through illness or circumstance to have something other than
full time paid work, in order to provide care of others who need care. This caregiving is usually not only unpaid but is done
at a loss of income, yet its vital work nurtures the sick, handicapped, young, elderly or dying. It is however this care
role that is being penalized by current tax policy.
Households that have other than two equal full time incomes pay a tax penalty on income earning style, and this can be
in some cases as high as 45% higher tax. We seek to correct that.
For many of us this is therefore a women's issue, about finally recognizing the care role as productive, useful to society
not just to the household, and genuine 'work'. Income splitting is one way to give equality and dignity to those who do that
role for a few years, whether male or female, though historically caregivers have been overwhelmingly women
There are other mechanisms groups have sought over the years to value this care role. In October 2006 a group of 2.6 million
pensioners was able to convince the current government to permit them to share pension income, marking a historic recognition
of the care role of the past.
However to date, nonpensioners are not permitted this fairness - to be taxed admitting they share income. We seek to
Some groups have asked for recognizing caregiving itself. This could be through a universalizing benefits for care receivers,
so that money 'flows with' the person needing care. In that way the state would not preferentially fund 3rd party daycare
or eldercare as it currently does, but would also fund and at much less overall expense, care in the home by family members.
Other groups are asking government to universalize maternity benefits and parental benefits, no longer basing them on
paid labor history.
The care movement is growing and for many income-splitting is seen as a key way to keep a promise to women and to children
about valuing them in societ
Here are some of the groups that approached the Liberal government in October 2005 with 17 rallies across the country
, culminating in one on Parliament Hill.
KIDS FIRST PARENT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Burnaby Helen Ward
Tracy Zeisberger firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME BY CHOICE
Beverley Smith, Calgary 403-283-2400
S ara Yanke email@example.com
S ara Landriault 613-258-4854 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keri Maki 807-473-3822 email@example.com
CHILD CARE EQUITY
Fund the Child Coalition in addition to above - spring 2006
Ontario Autism Coalition
Bruce McIntosh firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Needs Caregiver
Stacey Smith email@example.com
Shift Work Advocates
Andrea Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
Assoc of Daycare Operators
Kathy Graham email@example.com
Betty Cornelius firstname.lastname@example.org
Bilqees Quick email@example.com
These pension rights groups successfully approached government as a Common Front in October 2006 to get pension splitting.
They number over 2.6 million members and spouses, from 22 organizations.
Air Canada Pionairs
Air Force Association of Canada
Alliance of Seniors Ontario
ACER-CART, Canadian Association of Retired Teachers - Association canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants retraites.
Armed Forces Pensioners'/Annuitants' Association of Canada Inc.
Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada
Canadian Activists for Pension Splitting/Regroupement des Canadiens pour le partage des pensions
CARP, Canadas Association for the Fifty Plus
CBC Pensioners National Association / Association nationale des retraités de la SRC
COMTECH, Communication and Technical Workers Credit Union
Bell Canada Pensioners Group BPG
FADOQ Mouvement des aînés du Québec
Federal Superannuates National Association FSNA
General Motors Salaried Retirees
Police Retirees of Ontario
Professional Institute of Public Servants- Retired Members Guild PIPSC RMC
REAL Women of Canada
Response A Thousand Voices RTV Nova Scotia
Retired Teachers of Ontario RTO
SenTax Seniors for Fair Taxation
The Royal Canadian Legion
Eleven organizations have major Quebec representation
Those who wish to attend this conference are asked to contact
Sara Landriault at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Beverley Smith at email@example.com
Though open to the public, Parliament Hill Security does require that we have an idea who will be there.
If you are unable to attend, we do still want to hear from you. Feel free to mail documents, letters and research to the
address below or to attach it to one of the addresses above.