Key highlights from Budget 2012
Brady Yauch, BNN.ca staff
3:55 PM, E.T. | March 29, 2012Economy
Federal budget 2012 at a glance:
- $5.2 billion cut in ongoing spending
Elimination of the penny in fall of 2012
- Government expects to balance its books by 2015 - 2016, one year earlier than it previously forecast.
Elimination of more than 19,000 government positions, accounting for about 4.8% of its total work force, over the next three
- Canadians will be eligible for Old Age Security payments at age 67, rather than the current 65, beginning in 2023.
Employment Insurance rate hike increases will be limited to 5 cents annually until the program's books are balanced.
- The approval process for resource projects will be expedited
$1.1 billion over next 5 years for direct Research & Development and another $500 million in venture capital