Monday, June 28, 2010

Canada - A Great Place To Retire

Canada Day is our annual opportunity to proudly celebrate Canada’s history and heritage and our achievements as a nation. On that happy holiday, many of us will likely pause for a moment to consider why living in Canada and being a Canadian is so great. Each of us will have our own reasons and, of course, there will be many we all share.

One shared reason you may consider - Canada is a great place to retire! Maybe that’s because a comfortable retirement is something we take for granted but when you look at the many benefits available to Canadian retirees – benefits not available to retirees in many other countries – it’s clear we have much to celebrate:

- All wage earning and self-employed Canadians are eligible to receive either Canada Pension Plan or the Québec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) retirement benefits, which are indexed for inflation. There are also CPP/QPP survivor and dependents’ benefits as well as a lump sum death benefit. A couple can choose to share CPP/QPP benefits for tax purposes.
- Canadians can take advantage of the tax-deferred, compound growth benefits of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income
Funds (RRIFs). Any Canadian resident who receives periodic payments from a registered pension plan can potentially reduce their taxes by splitting pension income with a spouse/common-law partner. Those over age 65 who receive RRIF income are also eligible for the federal and provincial Pension Income Credit and can allocate up to 50% of their RRIF income to a spouse for tax purposes.
- Those who have lived in Canada for at least 40 years after age 18 will receive the full monthly Old Age Security (OAS) benefit, which is indexed for inflation. Canadian residents who have lived in Canada for at least 10 years after age 18 will receive a prorated OAS monthly payment.
- Seniors with a lower income may be eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), a tax-free monthly payment, which is indexed for inflation.
- Canadians can invest in Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) that generate tax-free investment income that does not affect income-tested federal benefits.
- Every tax-eligible Canadian gets the Basic Personal Tax Credit and those over age 65 also receive an Age Credit. Other tax credits that can benefit retirees include the Medical Expense Credit, the Dependent Credit, the Disability Credit, and the Caregivers Credit. There are also generous tax credits for those making charitable donations.
- And, of course, Canadian retirees have access to a wide range of health care services at little or no direct cost.

Yes, Canada is a great place to retire! But to make your retirement all it can be, you need a plan that includes retirement income from other sources such as your company or personal pension plan and your own investments. Your professional advisor can help make sure your first day of retirement is as much a cause for celebration as the first day of July.

Than you for this article, information, and reminder or our retirement:

John Scholl CLU,CGA, B. Mathematics, Consultant - Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
& Investors Group Insurances Services Inc.
Wealth Management & Financial Planning
Phone: (905) 450-2891 X529
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