Volume 43 | January 18, 2021
Hoback Electronic Herald
STASTICS CANADA HIRING 32,000 CENSUS WORKERS ACROSS CANADA
Canada's next Census will take place in May 2021. Census information is important to all communities and is vital for planning schools, hospitals, family services, public transportation and skills training for employment.
 
The Census Program has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the 2021 Census of Population is conducted throughout the country in the best possible way, using a safe and secure approach.
 
To assist in the collection of the census, Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 32,000 people across the country. Census jobs are short-term positions, between March and July 2021, collecting census data from residents in your community. If you know of anyone who may be interested in census jobs, please spread the word.

Candidates can apply online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs.
VULNERABLE SENIORS, FRONT-LINE STAFF, AND OTHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS SHOULD BE FIRST IN LINE
The Trudeau government has implemented a program to supply 600 vaccine doses to inmates in federal penitentiaries. The program began on Friday, January 8th. The government claims that the vaccine allotment will be for elderly prisoners and those who have pre-existing conditions, who are “acutely at risk”.

Yet there is no commitment or plan for our corrections officers and front-line prison staff who are working in these same facilities to receive vaccines before, or even at the same time as inmates.

The Liberals argue that “expert advice” justifies the implementation of its vaccine program for elderly federal inmates. But that is not what the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended. NACI's definition of Stage 1 COVID-19 vaccine provision tor residents and staff within “congregate living settings” is meant for those that provide care for seniors in long term care facilities and seniors’ homes. 

NACI has also recommended that residents and staff of 'all other congregate settings' such as correctional facilities should only be offered COVID-19 vaccines only when vaccine supplies all populations identified in Stage 1.

Also, NACI clearly states that as vaccine supplies are made available to vaccinate all the populations identified in Stage 1, then COVID vaccines should be offered to Stage 2 categories. Included in Stage 2 are “residents and staff of “all other congregate settings”, including, but not limited to correctional facilities. 

On this issue, my Conservative Caucus colleagues and I have been crystal clear. Not one criminal should be vaccinated ahead of any vulnerable Canadian or front-line worker.

Justin Trudeau needs to do the right thing and ensure that vulnerable seniors, front-line staff, and other essential workers are first in line for the vaccine.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
Do you agree with the Trudeau government's decision to vaccinate federal inmates before federal corrections officers and employees? (YES) (NO)

Will you get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available? (YES) (NO)
A NOTE TO OUR GRAIN FARMERS
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has launched a consultation regarding the review of the Canada Grain Act. This consultation seeks your views and ideas on how the Canada Grain Act and/or the operations of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) could better meet the needs of the grain sector. The consultation will be open from January 12, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Led by AAFC, the Canada Grain Act review is intended to ensure an innovative and modern regulatory system that safeguards grain farmers, enhances Canada's reputation for grain quality, and strengthens international competitiveness. Your feedback will help identify ways to improve Canada's grain quality assurance system and producer protection framework.

You can participate in the consultation by clicking here:

CANADIANS SHORTCHANGED BY MILLIONS
OF TAX DOLLARS
Justin Trudeau recently announced that his carbon tax will be increased 566% in an effort to meet environmental targets. The federal cost will steadily increase from $30/tonne to $170/tonne beginning in 2023. 

I and my Conservative colleagues put forward a motion to stop the Liberals from raising taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did the Liberals vote against our motion, but they are now raising the Carbon Tax even higher. This increase will mean that Canadians will pay more for groceries, home heating, and add up to 37.57 cents per litre to the cost of gas. 

Before the 2019 election. the Liberal government vowed not to raise its carbon tax. Both Premier Scott Moe and Saskatchewan Opposition Leader Ryan Meili have accused the Trudeau government of flip-flopping.

Environment Canada also recently reported that Canadians paid millions more in federal carbon tax revenue than they received in federal government rebates. The Trudeau government collected $2.6 billion in carbon taxes from Canadians while rebating just under $2 billion.
As we head toward a trillion dollar national debt, it is clear where the Trudeau government plans to recoup its budgetary losses as a result of its wasteful spending.
REMINDER - CANAD SUMMER JOBS
APPLICATION PERIOD LAUNCHED
To help young people develop stronger connections to the job market, and to support employers through a period of economic recovery, the Government intends to support up to 120,000 job placements through CSJ 2021.

In addition, the program will offer temporary flexibilities. Funded employers will be able to offer both part-time and full-time job placements, and the eligible employment period has been extended to take place between April 26, 2021 and February 26, 2022. Furthermore, funded public and private sector employers will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Employers from the not-for profit sector will continue to be eligible for a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. 

Employers interested in applying for CSJ 2021 funding are encouraged to prepare their applications in advance of next week’s launch. Applicants who do not have an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Services portal are encouraged to create one prior to the launch of the application process. Registration is a one-time process that allows employers to submit their applications for CSJ funding and other funding opportunities offered through Employment and Social Development Canada.
COVID-19 EMERGENCY/RECOVERY BENIFIT RECIPIENTS WILL RECEIVE A T4A SLIP FROM THE CRA
Starting in early January 2021 and no later than March 10, 2021, Canadians will begin receiving T4A slips from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The T4A is virtually identical to the T4 slips Canadians usually receive, but rather than employment income, they provide the amounts of COVID-19 emergency and recovery benefits received from the CRA in 2020.
 
Due to the unprecedented financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Canadians sought the support of emergency or recovery benefits, which include the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). These emergency and recovery benefits are considered taxable income, and recipients must enter the total of the amounts they received last year on their 2020 income tax and benefit return.
 
When filing a 2020 income tax return, information from a T4A will need to be entered on line 13000 of their return as income, just like a regular T4 slip. If Canadians registered for My Account and filing with NETFILE-certified software, will automatically have this information entered into their return. A T4A slip, and all tax documents, should be kept on file for at least six years.
 
Since the COVID relief payments are taxable, depending on their personal circumstances, the type of COVID-19 emergency benefits received, other sources of income, deductions and credits, Canadians may find that they owe tax. Payment arrangement parameters have thus been expanded to give Canadians more time and flexibility to pay any balance owing. Individuals who cannot make a payment in full are advised to contact the CRA to make a payment arrangement.

It is important for Canadians to file their return by the filing deadline to keep receiving benefit and credit payments, such as the Canada Child Benefit.
Statements from Official Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole
and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Keystone XL
Both Canadian and American media are reporting that President-Elect Joe Biden will sign an executive order to rescind the Keystone XL construction permit after he is inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20th

The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Official Opposition, today released the following statement addressing such reports:


In contrast, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh responded to Biden's expected decision with support. Quoting Jagmeet Singh: