Federal election debrief next week
After a little more than a month of campaigning, the federal parties are racing towards the election day finish line on Monday. Currently too close to call, we will be closely monitoring the results and then holding a complimentary webinar for you on Thursday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET, where our GR consultants at Summa Strategies will discuss the new government and implications for CALU members. In the meantime, follow Summa Strategies for their election coverage and sign up for the webinar.
Register now for the CALU Fall conference
Join us November 23 & 24, 2021 for the CALU Fall conference! Registration is now open for the CALU 2021 Fall conference! You won't want to miss this two-day conference for members featuring educational sessions, tips and best practices, technical deep-dives, Tax & Estate Update, Pundits Panel, and more. Combining all the best of the Associates' Meeting, CALU conference sessions, and Issue Group workshops, this special virtual event is open to all CALU Members, Provisional Members, Associates and your Guests. Early bird pricing is available until Fri Oct 15. View the program and pricing and register now!
Save the date: 2021 Fall conference
New this year, CALU is holding a virtual fall conference for members on Tuesday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 24. Led by Barry Pascal, chair, Board of Directors and Hemal Balsara, chair, Associates' Meeting Committee, this two-day online event features all of the content that you have come to expect from the fall Regional Meetings for members and from the annual Associates' Meeting, plus educational updates, workshops and more! Stay tuned next week for further program and registration details.
Advocacy and election update
This week on the campaign trail: the Green party released their platform the Conservative party published their costed plan Leaders debates were held in French and in English Follow CALU's government relations consultants at Summa Strategies for election updates and analysis, including their weekly summary and debate coverage.
Federal election 2021
With Canadians heading to the polls in a little over two weeks from now, let's take a look to see what the three largest parties are offering. Our government relations consultants at Summa Strategies have analyzed the parties' election platforms in comparison with CALU's public policy priorities and prepared a summary report on key areas of interest including taxes, healthcare, the economy and more Also, the Advocacy Toolkit section of the website has been updated to include the Liberal Party's election platform, Forward, For Everyone. You are encouraged to review all of the resources and then get involved by getting in touch with your ...
Will Power campaign national launch
The first national Will Power / Volonté de faire campaign, led by CAGP and sponsored by CALU, launches next week. The campaign encourages Canadians to support their favourite charities in their wills, with a goal of raising the level of charitable giving through wills to 8.5 per cent of all Canadians by 2030. Follow the campaign online at willpower.ca, and join the conversation on social media with the hashtags #willpowerca and #volontedefaireca. It's also not too late to join the campaign as a partner. Please see the CAGP website for more information.
From the campaign trail
The federal election period is well underway with the leaders from all of the major political parties making announcements with their plans for the future of Canada. For a recap of this week's campaign news, please see our government relations firm Summa Strategies' weekly summary. For regular updates, you can subscribe yourself to their newsletter. We also encourage you to learn about the parties' platforms, including the Bloc Québécois platform which was released this week. For links, tools and resources on the election and grassroots advocacy, visit the Advocacy Toolkit web page for CALU members. Get involved by reaching out to and meeting ...
Government of Canada and Prince Edward Island accelerate work to implement pharmacare
Source: Health Canada Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have signed the first agreement towards a universal pharmacare program in Canada. Under this agreement, PEI will receive $35 million in federal funding over four years to add new drugs to the list of covered drugs and lower out-of-pocket costs for drugs covered under existing public plans for PEI residents. Hajdu said this will ensure vulnerable, uninsured and senior residents with a high burden of medication costs will benefit from improved access to drugs and a reduction or removal of co-pays. Hajdu also ...
Canada’s healthcare system? Most say it’s working as well as can be expected
Source: Abacus Data Abacus Data released a report today relating to polling commissioned by CLHIA that says nearly three-quarters of Canadians support an approach to pharmacare that provides coverage for those who do not have it without impacting the coverage of those who do. This view is held consistently across geographic regions and also with Canadians who identify with the three major national parties. While Canadians like the idea of a pharmacare initiative, they prefer an approach that supports the needs of those who do not have drug insurance coverage today, while ensuring that those who do have a benefits ...
CALU Report – Life insurance shares – An overview
The latest CALU Report by Florence Marino is now available! Learn about tax (and non-tax) considerations for corporate-owned life insurance,