2012 Federal Budget

Here are the highlights of the federal budget introduced on March 29, 2012 by the Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty.

Old Age Security (OAS)
Age of Eligibility
The age of eligibility for OAS and GIS will be gradually increased from 65 to 67, starting in April 2023, with full implementation by January 2029. An 11-year notification period, followed by a 6-year phase-in period, is being provided to ensure that individuals have significant advance notification to plan their retirement and make adjustments.

This proposed legislative change to the age of OAS/GIS eligibility will not affect anyone who is 54 years of age or older as of March 31, 2012. The individuals who are really affected by these new measures are those born on February 1, 1962 or later. Those who were born between April 1, 1958 and January 31, 1962 will have an age of eligibility between 65 and 67.

Option to Defer the OAS Pension
To improve flexibility and choice in the OAS program, starting on July 1, 2013, the Government will allow for the voluntary deferral of the OAS pension, for up to five years. It will be possible to receive an enhanced OAS benefit if benefits are deferred after age 65.

For example, an individual who applies for OAS at age 65 in 2012 would receive $6,481 per year. With the proposed measures, this individual could defer the pension to age 70 and receive $8,814 per year. The proposed increase represents 7.2% per year. From a purely mathematical point of view, the crossover point is reached around age 83... read more

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    Aug 21, 2012

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    Aug 14, 2012

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    Jul 23, 2012

    Amanda Lang and Gareth Watson, Vice President, Investment Management & Research at Richardson GMP provide an update on the business world.
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  • Richardson GMP appoints John Stubbs as Branch Manager Vancouver Office

    Jun 14, 2012

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  • Richardson GMP Limited appoints advisors to its Board of Directors

    May 16, 2012

    Richardson GMP Limited today announced the appointment of advisors Mark Begg and Murray Bockhold to its Board of Directors, joining returning Board members: Winthrop H. Smith, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Summit Ventures NE, LLC and President of Sugarbush Resort; Kevin Sullivan, Deputy Chairman, GMP Capital Inc...
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    Apr 26, 2012

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    Apr 18, 2012

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  • 2012 Federal Budget

    Mar 30, 2012

    The Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, tabled the Federal Government’s 2012 Budget on March 29, 2012. Highlights include changing the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67, and the opportunity to defer OAS benefits to age 70 for a higher pension amount. In a key corporate tax measure, the designation of late and partial eligible dividends will now be allowed…
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