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Issue 3 – Spring 2010

Caregiver Connector

wooried Woman on Phone lookin at Man in BedEditor’s Message

Welcome to the third issue of the Caregiver Connector newsletter!

Spring is a time of change. The weather is starting to get warmer, you feel the urge to clean, and your income tax return is due.

As a caregiver, spring can be a time for a change too. Are you in need of support? Looking to connect with other caregivers? Do you want to share your story with others?     In this issue of our e-newsletter, we are introducing the new and improved discussion forums. Come and see how you can connect and share with other caregivers.

We also have an updated list of caregiving information available in your province or territory, a new blog post on how to talk to your manager about your caregiving responsibilities, and a new resource about medication.

So this spring, take care of your income taxes, take the time get connect with other caregivers and get informed about information and resources for you. Go to Caregiver Connect to learn more.

  • Bonnie Schroeder, Editor
  • Director, Caregiving, VON Canada
  • What's Going On?

    March is…

    "Help Fight Liver Disease"

    Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Epilepsy Month

    Kidney Month

    Nutrition Month

    April is…

    Daffodil Month: Cancer Awareness

    Parkinson Awareness

    7 World Health Day

    May is…

    Nova Scotia Caregiver Month

    Cystic Fibrosis Month

    Huntington's Disease Awareness

    Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

    Speech and Hearing Awareness

    2-8 Hospice Palliative Care

    3-9 Mental Health

    Know what you can claim this Tax Season

    Additional financial support is available through a variety of federal, provincial, and territorial income tax deductions and credits. These tax credits are worth a close look if you are a caregiver or someone who is receiving care. Reducing federal and provincial income taxes can help relieve some of the financial pressure associated with providing care.

    Tax Information for Caregivers

    As a caregiver, you may be eligible for the following tax credits and benefits:

    Caregiver amount                   Infirm dependant amount

    Eligible dependant amount    Child disability benefit

    Disability tax credit supplement for children

    Tax Information for Special Groups

    There is information for special groups of individuals, including amounts you may be able to transfer from the person you provide care to. Please see the following sections for more information:

    Child and Families                Persons with disabilities

    Seniors                                    What to do when someone has died

    Provincial Tax Credits

    Make sure you check for provincial and territorial income tax and benefits for caregivers during this tax season. The following information provides links to provincial and is related to recent changes in provincial tax credits and allowances for caregivers:

    Manitoba Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

    Quebec Tax Credits and Amounts for Informal Caregivers

    Nova Scotia Caregiver Allowance


















    Discussion Forums – Refreshed!

    You spoke, and we listened!  We have made changes to the discussion forums to better serve you. We have made it easier to use. Come and see what the buzz is about and leave a post, make a comment, or share your story.




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