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Resolutions  2014 AGM

Home Mail Delivery

To:  SSM Resolution Committee

Sponsored by Canada Post Heritage Club Golden Sheaf Chapter

BE IT RESOLVED That SSM oppose the Canada Post decision to imminently remove home delivery and encourage Canada Post to consult widely in order to consider alternative solutions for mail delivery.

Background

  • recently Canada Post announced a decision to eliminate Home Mail Delivery over a period of time
  • seniors wish to remain in their own homes as long as possible (SSM Housing Survey, 2011)

Follow up: A letter was sent to Canada Post to convey SSM's concerns

 

Seniors Physical Activity Deduction

To:  SSM Resolution Committee

Sponsored by Saskatchewan Seniors Association Incorporated

BE IT RESOLVED That SSM lobby the Provincial Government and the Government of Canada to allow tax deductions for fees associated with seniors’ physical activity-based programs.

Background

  • similar tax credit program currently exist for children and youth

The following resolution was also received from the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan

Tax Deductions for Seniors’ Physical Activity-based Programs

BE IT RESOLVED that Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism advocate with the Government of Saskatchewan to allow tax deductions for fees associated with seniors’ physical activity-based programs.

Followup:  This resolution was sent to the SPRA AGM and was approved.  SPRA is now encouraging others to write letters to support the implementation of a Seniors Tax Credit.  More information can be found at http://www.spra.sk.ca/news-events/top-stories/seniors-tax-credit/

Seniors’ Property Tax Deferral

To:  SSM Resolution Committee

Sponsored by SSM Board

BE IT RESOLVED That the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism urge the Government of Saskatchewan to explore the feasibility of a Seniors’

Property Tax Deferral Program similar to that administered by other

provinces.

Background

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association passed the following resolution at their 2012 convention:

Be it resolved that the SUMA urge the Government of Saskatchewan to explore the feasibility of a Seniors’ Property Tax Deferral Program similar to that administered by other provinces.

  • many low income seniors aged 65 and over in Saskatchewan do not possess the disposable income to offset the rising costs of homeownership
  • many of those seniors own their residences and would prefer to remain in their homes (SSM Housing Survey, 2011)
  • seniors remaining in their homes may provide a means to free up the low inventory of affordable housing for other residents
  • it is important to have a provincial program in order to provide consistency over all provincial municipal jurisdictions
  • a provincial program can address the education tax portion of property taxes
  • a provincial program is needed to address the size and scope of this sort of program

    For a complete summary of 2014 resolutions click here

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At the 2012 Annual General Meeting, the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) passed the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism lobby the Federal Government to extend any tax credit for registration costs for wellness and/or recreation programs to seniors similar to that provided to youth.

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At its 2010 Annual General Meeting, the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) passed the following resolutions which we want to bring to your attention.

  1. BE IT RESOLVED that the SSM call upon the Government of Saskatchewan to enact legislation to provide finiancial support to low-income seniors requiring the level of care provided by Personal Care Homes.

  2. BE IT RESOLVED that the SSM join with Saskatchewan Seniors Association Inc. (SSAI) in requesting core funding from the Government of Saskatchewan which will enable all senior centres across the province to remain open and viable.

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