Newspaper Articles Archive 2018

Canada Child Benefit Increases July 2018
Boost to Canada Child Benefit comes into effect

CTV News, Friday, July 20, 2018

If you are eligible for the Canada Child Benefit program, your monthly payment could soon be increasing.

Effective Friday, the federal tax break is being indexed to inflation, which means an increase to keep up with the growing cost of living.

The federal government announced in the fall its plan to annually boost its marquee program two years earlier than initially planned.

The maximum annual amount per child children under age 6 is increasing to $6,496, from $6,400.

The maximum annual amount per child children aged 6 through 17 is increasing to $5,481, from $5,400. More ..


Auditor General Ontario

Auditor General of Ontario

Disasterous Report on the Family Reponsibility Office FRO 2010

80% of Telephone calls don't get answered

Payers and recipients do not have direct access to their assigned enforcement services officer

"There is only limited access to enforcement staff because many calls to the Office do not get through or are terminated before they can be answered."

"The Office is reviewing and working on only about 20% to 25% of its total cases in any given year."

"At the end of our audit in April 2010, there were approximately 91,000 bring-forward notes outstanding, each of which is supposed to trigger specific action on a case within one month. The status of almost one-third of the outstanding bring-forward notes was “open,” indicating either that the notes had been read but not acted upon, or that they had not been read at all, meaning that the underlying nature and urgency of the issues that led to these notes in the first place was not known. In addition, many of the notes were between one and two years old."

"For ongoing cases, the Office took almost four months from the time the case went into arrears before taking its first enforcement action. For newly registered cases that went straight into arrears, the delay was seven months from the time the court order was issued."

Read the shocking report by The Auditor General of Ontario Report on the Family Responsibility Office