A Liberal MP has introduced a Bill to amend the Old Age Security program to permit immigrants to apply for OAS after only three years in Canada, without working one day or contributing one cent in income taxes. It is Bill C-428 and can be read here.
To my eye, the OAS is insufficiently funded and cannot support the wave of applications that would follow if this Bill is passed.
Financial support of an immigrant, especially an immigrant senior, must be the sole responsibility of the sponsoring family.
Write your federal MP and the head of the political party responsible for this Bill, Michael Ignatieff, and tell them to vote No on Bill C-428 regardless of political allegiance. This Bill is unfair to working Canadian taxpayers and fiscally irresponsible.