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Friday, March 30, 2012


Budget: Highlights of the 2012 federal budget The budget will: - Gradually raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 beginning in 2023. - Contain no new taxes or tax increases. - Tell consumers to complain directly to food companies about product labelling. - Eliminate the penny. - Eliminate 19,200 government jobs over three years, including 600 senior executives and 7,200 through attrition. - Reform regulation in the resource industry, including amending the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. - Allow Canadians to claim more goods duty-free at the border. The limit after 24 hours goes from $50 to $200. - Cap EI premium rate increases to 5 cents a year until the fund is balanced again. - Cut $2.1 billion from the Department of National Defence over the next three years. - Cut funding to the CBC by 10 per cent over three years totaling $115 million. - Cut funding to Elections Canada by $7.5 million a year starting in 2012-13. - Give $5.2 billion over 11 years to the Canadian Coast Guard. - Give $67 million to the National Research Council to refocus on "business-led, industry-relevant research." - Streamline overall regulatory reviews of major economic projects. - Provide $275 million to build and renovate schools on reserves. - Pass legislation to create standards for First Nations education. - Refund $130 million in application and processing fees to skilled foreign workers stuck in immigration limbo. - Raise the retirement age of public servants from 60 to 65, for new employees beginning in 2013. - Increase employee-contribution levels to pension plans for those working in Canadian Forces, RCMP, Public Service Commission and parliamentarians. - Make the Governor General pay income tax beginning in 2013. - Shut down the Public Appointments Commission, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. - Sell official residences abroad, generating $80 million in revenue. - Standardize all government emails to one system. - $205 million over one year for Hiring Credit for Small Business. - Give $50 million over two years to Youth Employment Strategy. - Give $150 million over two years on Community Infrastructure Improvement fund - Give $105 million next year to Via Rail for operational and capital projects. - Give $101 million over next five years for Esquimalt Graving Dock. - Give $50 million over two years to protect wildlife at risk. - Provide $450 million for sports facilities in the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. - Give $8 million to clean up low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope and Clarington, Ont. - Provide $44 million over two years to the Canadian Grain Commission to reform their funding model. - Provide $13.5 million over two years to improve pipeline safety. - Give $35.7 million over two years to improve tanker safety and inspections, emergency preparedness related to oil spills and updated charts for shipping routes. - Announce a new global commerce strategy in 2013 that sets trade priorities. - Provide $9.6 million over three years to the RCMP to fight counterfeiting. - Give $ 99.2 million over three years to help the provinces create permanent flood mitigation measures. - The Government has found $5.2 billion in ongoing savings from departmental spending or less than two per cent of federal program spending. Read more:

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