We announced that, as part of our low-tax plan for Canadians, a re-elected
Conservative government will protect the TFSA and the recent enhancements
to it that Canadians are enjoying.
Only a few years after the TFSA was introduced in 2009, 10.7 million
Canadians had opened accounts, saving thousands of dollars. That number
continues to grow. Our Conservative government recently increased the TFSA
contribution limit, enabling Canadians to save even more each year and see
their savings grow, tax-free, more quickly. Seniors, middle-income and
low-income Canadian families have benefitted most from the ability to save
For Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair to threaten to take this option away
from Canadians is irresponsible and puts Canadians’ future savings at risk.
We trust hardworking Canadians to make their own decisions about what’s in
the best interest of their families, and we believe in empowering Canadians
with voluntary savings options and low taxes.
For many Canadians, owning a home represents both their most important investment and the achievement of a key life goal.
Our Home Buyer’s Plan allows aspiring homeowners to make tax-free withdrawals from their Registered Retirement Savings Plans to finance the purchase or new construction of their first home.
Millions of people have used the program responsibly to purchase their first home.
We're announcing that we will increase the allowable withdrawal from $25,000 to $35,000.
Another issue, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, is the affordability of housing.
Real estate commentators have suggested that speculative foreign buyers are a significant factor in driving homes out of the price range of average families in some parts of the country. We need to ensure we have the necessary information to assess the situation and take action.
We're announcing that our government will commit to collecting data on foreign buyer activity in Canada’s housing market. We will take action in coordination with provinces, as necessary, to ensure foreign investment in Canada’s housing sector increases the availability and affordability of homes for Canadians.
With these two measures, we will continue to support Canadian families in achieving the pride and stability of home ownership.
Illicit drugs destroy lives. They rob young people of their futures. They
tear families apart, make our streets less safe, and lay waste to our
We announced that we will continue to build on the National Anti-Drug
Strategy we started in 2006.
We will support a national toll-free helpline for parents who are concerned
about their kids; increase funding for the RCMP’s Clandestine Laboratory
team to target producers of illegal drugs, including grow ops and meth
labs; and we will renew the mandate of the Mental Health Commission of
Canada, focusing on the strong links between substance abuse and mental
While other leaders hold misguided, dangerous policies on drug use, our
Party has a different view. Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair would repeal
our Respect For Communities Act which requires consultations with law
enforcement, families and communities before drug injection sites can be
considered in local neighbourhoods. Both Justin and Thomas Mulcair call for
the creation of more drug injection sites in neighbourhoods across Canada.
Unlike the other parties, the Harper Conservatives will continue to combat
any growth in use of illegal drugs by our children and in our
We will oppose dangerous, misguided policies that would condone or expand
the use of illegal drugs and maintain addictions under the guise of
We will consult and listen to families and residents whenever there is a
proposal to open a drug injection site in local communities.
We will do what’s right to protect Canadians and keep our families and
Our Conservative Government believes in helping Canadian families purchase and invest in their first home. And our plan is working. Canada has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the industrialized world.
We highlighted further details of our plan to help more young Canadian families realize their dream of homeownership.
Our plan consists of common-sense policies that will support home affordability, make it easier to buy and invest in one’s home – particularly for first-time home buyers – and encourage responsible homeownership.
Canadians have a choice between our low-tax plan for Canadian families, and the high-tax agenda of Justin and Thomas Mulcair.
We're bringing in new support for the Canadian lobster industry and the 35,000 Canadian workers who rely on it.
Lobster has been a valuable fishery for more than a century in Canada. It remains an economic pillar today for many coastal communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, generating over $1 billion in exports.
A re-elected Conservative government will invest $20 million over three years to support the Canadian lobster industry and the Canadians who rely on it. Our government will partner with the Lobster Council of Canada and industry to invest $15 million to market and promote Canadian lobster. An additional $5 million will be used to support lobster research.
Promoting Canadian lobster and opening up new markets is the best way to guarantee long-term economic success for the lobster sector, its workers, and their families. Our government has been there to help lobster workers and their families during tough times in the past, and we will continue to be there to support the industry’s long-term sustainability into the future.
A re-elected Conservative government would provide more support to hardworking Canadian families saving for their children’s post-secondary education.
Our Conservative Government has consistently cut taxes and put more money back into the pockets of every Canadian family. This includes significant support to help with the costs of a child’s future education, including establishing the Canada Student Grants, reforming the Canada Student Loan Program and providing tax relief for scholarship funding and textbooks.
We will build on this record by doubling the federal grant provided to low- and middle-income families through Registered Education Savings Plans. This will ultimately provide as much as $2,200 more per student in matching government support.
In contrast to our proven record of support for families, Justin Trudeau and Mulcair’s NDP would raise taxes, reduce families’ take-home pay and ultimately leave less money in their pockets to save for important things like their children’s college or university education.
Only our Conservative party will continue to put money back in the pockets of every single Canadian family so that they can spend it on their priorities.
We announced several measures to protect Canada's natural environment, promote economic development, and stand up for law-abiding firearms owners.
These measures have been developed in close consultation with hunting, trapping, angling and conservation organizations in Canada.
Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have signalled their intent to impose new restrictions on lawful firearms owners, including restoring the failed and costly long-gun registry. These initiatives would return Canada to the confrontational policies of the past which were not only costly and ineffective, but also disrespectful of rural Canadians.
Our approach will respect and work in close partnership with Canada's outdoor community, as well as conservation organizations who are seeking to protect and preserve Canada's natural environment for future generations.
Responsible resource development creates jobs, fuels growth and promotes prosperity across the country.
The mining sector is particularly critical to Canada’s economy with over 380,000 Canadians employed in mining and thousands more employed indirectly.
Since 2006, our government has helped to support mining exploration, investment and jobs through the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit.
We announced a re-elected Conservative government will extend the existing tax credit for three years. We’ll also provide an enhanced tax credit for Northern and remote projects to help support potential mines that face higher costs because of their remote location.
Unlike our opponents, we’ll support responsible resource development, we’ll help create resource sector jobs and ensure Canada remains world-leader in mining and mining supplier industries.
In today’s digital economy, access to the internet is essential to create jobs, realize economic opportunities and connect Canadians to online services.
While Canada is one of the most connected nations in the world, critical gaps in broadband access still exist, particularly in rural and remote areas of the country.
Rural Canadians expect and deserve the same quality of life and access to services.
That’s why a re-elected Harper government will invest $200 million to support major new investments in broadband infrastructure in rural and remote communities.
There is no higher calling than raising a child – and no greater reward.
A re-elected Conservative government will help Canadian parents who adopt children by significantly increasing the value of the Adoption Expense Tax Credit, raising the maximum amount to $20,000 and making it fully refundable.
Every year, thousands of Canadian families are transformed as they bring adopted children into their hearts and lives. We recognize that adoption costs can be high and, in some cases, prohibitive for families. That’s why we will increase the support available to these caring Canadians.
This tax relief is part of our low-tax plan for Canadian families and builds on our proven record of helping make life more affordable for Canadian families through benefits like the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit, the Family Tax Cut and Tax-Free Savings Accounts.
A re-elected Conservative government will build on our record of supporting charitable giving and voluntarism by providing tax relief for service club memberships via the Charitable Donations Tax Credit.
This new policy will help hundreds of thousands of service club members carry out important work in their communities.
Only our party will continue to encourage charitable giving through tax breaks. We will keep finding ways to make it easier for Canadians to give back to their communities.