Christmas mini-budget one year from election: a check for $ 400 for families earning less than $ 56,000

Mini-budget for Christmas one year of elections: a ch & egrave; than $ 400 for families earning less than $ 56,000

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It's Christmas before its time. With just under a year of the election and thanks to an “exceptional” economic recovery, the Legault government will send a check for $ 400 to low and middle income families. & nbsp;

This “exceptional benefit” aimed at dealing with the increase in the cost of groceries and housing will be in the mailboxes of eligible Quebecers as of January 24. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

But be careful, to be eligible, a household must have received the refundable solidarity tax credit and earned less than $ 56,000. People living alone who earn less than $ 51,000 will receive a check for $ 275, can we read in the mini-budget presented Thursday by the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

< p> The big treasurer of the CAQ government has refrained from playing Santa Claus. “I have not thought of the election once in the last twelve months,” he told reporters gathered for the occasion at the Quebec City Convention Center, a stone's throw from Parliament. & Nbsp ; & nbsp;

If he will wait until after the holidays to mail the checks to some 3.3 million Quebecers affected by this measure, it is in particular to prevent this money from being spent during the Christmas festivities. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

And the gift distribution doesn't end there. If you are 70 years of age and over, you will also be able to benefit from an increase in the financial support granted to low-income seniors, which can go from simple to double. The maximum amount of annual assistance offered will thus be reduced from $ 209 to $ 400. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Tax credit for childcare expenses & nbsp;

As expected, young families who did not win subsidized child care spaces in the lottery will also be able to benefit from a substantial improvement in the refundable tax credit for child care expenses. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

< p>Now, a couple with an income of $ 70,000 and spending $ 40 a day for babysitting will have $ 1,310 more in their pockets at the end of the year. Ironically, the wealthiest families will benefit the most from this measure. If you have a family income of $ 175,000, you will save over $ 4,300 thanks to the enhanced tax credits. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

If the government can afford to be so generous in this pre-election year, it is thanks to an “exceptional” post-pandemic economic recovery, rejoiced the government treasurer Legault. & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

With economic growth of 6.5% this year, unheard of for 40 years, Quebec is even reviewing its forecasts. The anticipated deficit of $ 12 billion drops by almost half and is revised to $ 6.8 billion. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Incentive scholarships for students & nbsp;

Minister Girard is even taking the opportunity to create incentive scholarships for students who will choose priority sectors of activity facing a significant labor shortage. We can think of the sectors of health, education, childcare, engineering and information technology. Young people can fetch up to $ 9,000 for a college program and $ 20,000 for a university program. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

The CAQ government is also injecting additional money to attract staff and improve the working conditions of health workers. To reduce the waiting list for surgeries, which grew during the pandemic, Minister Girard is allocating an additional $ 800 million, half of which would come from savings made under the agreement with medical specialists. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

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