Families

Strong families provide the bedrock of a strong society. Our goal is nothing less than to make Canada the most family-friendly country in the world.
 

  • Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of the cost of child care for lower income families and pay out the deduction over the course of the year so that families do not have to pay the cost of child care and then get the money back later
     

  • Allow those on maternity and parental leave to earn up to $1,000 per month to enable them to stay connected to the workforce and ease their return to work
     

  • Expand the Canada Child Benefit by allowing benefits to begin at the 7th month of pregnancy rather than at childbirth
     

  • Support international adoption by working with other countries to align processes, speeding and easing the adoption process
     

  • Create an EI benefit for adoptive parents, modelled on EI maternity benefits and  increase the maximum a parent can claim under the Adoption Expense Tax Credit from $15,000 to $20,000 and make the credit refundable
     

  • Create a new stream of EI sickness benefits for those going through a serious illness and provide up to 52 weeks coverage for those cannot work for medical reasons