Taxes and Tax DeductionsCanada is a high tax jurisdiction. We expect necessary services in the area of education, healthcare, infrastructure and protection. These expectations have a cost. Each year the Fraser Institute in Canada proclaims “Tax Freedom Day.”Tax Freedom Day is defined as “an easy to understand estimate of the total tax burden paid by Canadian families to the provincial, local, and federal governments. In 2012, the average Canadian family must earn just under $95,000 and pay a total of approximately $42,000 in taxes, for a total tax bill of just under 45% of income.” Most Canadians are aware of major tax bills such as income tax and provincial sales tax and local municipal taxes. However, there are also a myriad of hidden taxes, such as those multiple taxes on gasoline and taxes on alcohol. The taxes don’t even account for the multitude of fees that are now charged for necessary services by all levels of government. These include car registration fees, increases in passport fees and the like.
Health promotion is a popular phrase. What does it mean, really? How do nurses promote health? I’m going to address the concept of health promotion from my perspective as a Registered Nurse in Ontario. Nurses play a huge role in illness prevention and health promotion. We, as nurses assume the role of ambassadors of wellness. Yes, I do believe that nurses play just as an important role in caring for the well as they do in caring for the sick. Perhaps caring for the well is the more important role. In this day and age of budget cuts, cost reduction and staffing shortages, health promotion makes sense. If we can preserve wellness, we reduce the number of times a person needs to enter the health-care system, thus reducing costs. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health promotion as a process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health (WHO, 1986). To facilitate that process, we must provide people with appropriate
The Canadian government, including law enforcement has devised a detailed and in depth way to help you to protect your family when hiring a care provider. The Vulnerable Sector Screening was established to provide screening of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with the vulnerable sector. A Vulnerable Person is defined as: All children who are less than 18 years of age, AND/OR persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent: (a) are in a position of dependence on others; or (b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.
Most people are aware they can claim some medical expenses on their tax return, but many don't keep a running tally because they simply forget or don't think it will add up to worthwhile savings. That's a potentially costly mistake, say tax experts as many medical tax deductions often overlooked. "I put it down as being one of the most well-known and least-utilized [tax credits]," says Alan Rowell, tax specialist and president of Hamilton, Ont.-based Accounting Place. The tax credit applies to any number of medical expenses — including prescription drugs, eyeglasses, health-related private nurses and personal support workers, dental work and even buying gluten-free bread or medical marijuana.