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Your guide to tax year 2020 federal benefits

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A message from Colin...

I know that thousands of Oshawa residents are struggling these days.

Several groups of individuals have  carried a disproportionate share of the pandemic’s impact — especially women; young parents; self-employed individuals; small business owners; workers in the service, custodial, lodging, travel and hospitality sectors — along with teachers, personal support workers, nurses, doctors, medical professionals and caregivers.

I’ve heard some very tough stories from hundreds of individuals, families and business owners who are doing everything possible to get by, but many fear darker days ahead. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the current government’s pre-occupation with its virtue-signalling agenda was more important than growing Canada’s economy.

Now, my Opposition colleagues and I are worried that the Prime Minister may be planning to hike a broad range of taxes to support non-COVID related initiatives. This reaches far beyond our the current national priorities: Vaccinating individuals; reopening the economy; and addressing the pandemic’s impact on individuals, families and communities.

Guided by your input and feedback over the past year, I am focussed on improving and streamlining the federal programs and financial supports that are so important to you, your family or business. My Opposition colleagues and I have worked to make important changes to strengthen or improve many of the government’s COVID-related programs.

We want to build a recovery that will ensure Oshawa’s economy doesn’t just survive but thrives once the pandemic eases.

With income tax season upon us, I want you receive every available federal tax benefit for which you or your household may qualify.

Please look through this guide to help determine those tax savings for which you may be eligible.

Please stay safe and healthy. Be good to one another and let’s continue to support our local businesses and those most in need across our community.

Above else, stay #OshawaStrong.