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Quebec   ->   QC Budgets ->  2011 Budget

Quebec 2011 Budget - March 17, 2011

Full details of the budget can be found on the Finance Quebec website, with the highlights found in the Budget at a Glance document(pdf file).

Some of the measures proposed in the budget:

Shelter allowance program enhanced

The shelter allowance program, which helps low-income households to pay their rent, will be enhanced by lowering the eligibility age gradually to 50 from 55 for single people and couples without children.

Tax credit for work income

As of January 1, 2012, a tax credit will be implemented gradually to offset the Quebec income tax payable on work income between $5,000 and $15,000 for workers age 65 or over.

Informal caregiver tax credit

Informal caregivers who cohabit the dwelling of an eligible relative will be able to obtain the tax credit for informal caregivers, and the spouse of a person aged 70 or more will also be eligible.

Green vehicles rebate

As part of the 2011-2020 Electric Vehicle Action Plan, the tax credit for green vehicles will be replaced by a purchase or leasing rebate.  A rebate of up to $8,000 will be available to purchasers of a plug-in electric or hybrid electric vehicle.

Quebec Pension Plan (QPP)

The contribution rate for the QPP will increase by 0.15% per year over a period of six years, beginning January 1, 2012.

To encourage later retirement, benefits applied for after age 65 will be increased as of January 1, 2013.

Benefits applied for prior to age 65 will be reduced as of January 1, 2014.

Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans

A new private retirement savings plan is being introduced which will be available to all Quebec residents, including self-employed workers.

bulletEmployers will not be obligated to contribute, but will be required to offer the plan.
bulletEmployees can opt out of the plan.
bulletThe plan will be transferable when employees change jobs.

Revised: October 26, 2023

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