We hope you and your family are all well and excited we have entered the SPRING season!
This is the time of year where we begin to get excited about the nicer weather; opening our windows to the fresh, warmer air, spending more time outdoors; biking, gardening or just reading on the porch.
It is also the season to do your taxes and many of you may be expecting an income tax refund this year. It is important to remember that the government isn't sending you a bonus check, but rather returning your money to you. You really shouldn't be treating your refund cheque any differently than you would your weekly or monthly paycheque.
We suggest you give your refund a purpose and let it make a difference in your personal financial situation. Consider paying down high interest debt, pay for something of need (car repairs or broken appliance replacement), make contributions to your education, disability or retirement plans or use it to kick start a savings strategy for a future large purchase.
Whatever you decide, we are here to help make it count!
Karen, Richard, Jeff, Janet, Ingrid and Sheila
2017 Federal Budget
March 22, 2017
No one was expecting that Canada's 2017 budget would match the punch of the 2016 edition given that the latter was the product of a newly minted Liberal government looking to put its mark on fiscal policy after a decade in the wilderness. Still, the 2017 budget is surprising in how little it delivers.
It used to be that once children entered the working world most parents were largely done supporting them financially. But the working world has changed, and a growing number of young people struggle to get by - turning to Mom and Dad for help.