If you spend a lot of time relaxing south of the border, the government wants to have a chat with you!
The Canadian Press reports HERE that the federal government may very well crack down on the ‘snowbirds’ who fly south to avoid harsh Canadian winters.
The United States will help Canada keep an eye on the travels of older Canadians who spend too much time outside of the country.
If the government decides that you haven’t spent enough time in Canada, they will penalize you financially. This move is expected to save $48 million for the Old Age Security program, $21 million in Employment Insurance, and at least $125 million when it comes to the Child Tax Benefit program.
The Canadian Snowbird Association (yes, it exists) recommends you accurately keep track of your movements between the countries, just in case.
Canadians are allowed to visit the US for up to 182 days per calendar year, in either one long trip or multiple small ones. You’ll lose OHIP coverage in Ontario if you’re absent for more than seven months.
Some snowbirds argue they still pay their income, residential and other taxes to Canada, and actually end up using fewer Canadian services while they relax in the United States. In that case, shouldn’t the government be happy with the way things are currently running? Is it unfair to target seniors seeking the best of both worlds?