Did you know that 24% of the residents of our Calgary Confederation riding are over the age of 55? In Canada, 30% of the population is aged 55 or older, and by 2020 that number will increase to almost 38%.
Canada is the best country in the world in which to live and we owe much of that to our nation’s Seniors. They are largely responsible for fighting the wars that gave us our freedom, paying the taxes that built our cities and having the foresight to create the infrastructure and programs many of us take for granted.
As your Member of Parliament, I will continue to stand up for all constituents, but it is my privilege to show my respect and gratitude to our Seniors by devoting my recent community mailing to them. The mailing goes to every household in the riding and is also available on my website at www.lenwebber.ca.
For Canada’s elderly to receive their full benefits and entitlements, it is critical that they apply for these programs. One of the best ways for any person to determine if they are getting the benefits they may be entitled to, is to visit www.canadabenefits.gc.ca and use the online ‘benefits finder’ which generates personalized results based on a few simple questions.
Also, many financial assistance programs require up-to-date tax filings, so it is also very important that those in need of some help keep up-to-date on their taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency has thousands of volunteers who can also assist with this task.
Should you encounter difficulties getting your benefits, my staff and I are here to assist you. It is requested that you make an appointment before coming to the office with your concerns as this allows us to serve you better and ensure you are not required to wait an excessive amount of time. Often, we are able to assist you over the telephone without the need for an appointment too.
For office contact information, photographs, my Parliamentary speeches, helpful links and other important information, please visit my website at www.lenwebber.ca on a regular basis. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the latest updates.
Finally, I want to congratulate all the Canadian Olympic athletes and their coaches on their achievements. While the world focuses on these elite athletes for only a few weeks every four years, their dedication to their sport and personal success is a daily commitment for many years.