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Resources spread thin as grants-in-aid considered

This week the regional directors at SCRD meet to discuss the grant-in-aid applications from different organizations on the Coast.  Each of the three municipalities has its own grant-in-aid process, which does not require meeting with the regional directors. But we share information on who has applied for funding so that we are aware of any ... Read More »

SCRD’s independent auditor’s report

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) recently received its third consecutive successful Independent Auditor’s Report for its 2012 annual financial statements. Each year, as part of its statutory requirement, an independent and comprehensive financial audit reviews the SCRD’s process to provide reasonable assurance to taxpayers that the SCRD’s financial statements are free from material misstatement.  ... Read More »

Balancing the budget always takes some cuts

The 2013 Budget is being touted as one that delivers on government’s commitment to balance the budget while investing in early childhood development and helping BC families save for their children’s future training and education, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today. Savings from spending controls have achieved an improved deficit forecast of $1.2 billion ... Read More »

Ageing baby boomers increasingly seek low volatility investments

There are three types of dividend yielders to determine growth potential… According to Credit Suisse, inflows into dividend ETF products in the US increased from $2.5 billion in 2009 to nearly $17 billion in 2011 and by year-end in 2012 they were nearly $11.4 billion of net new assets. The number of dividend-centric ETFs has ... Read More »

Saving for retirement – which plan is for you?

A frequent financial planning question is whether to contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Tax Free Savings Plan (TFSA). With the ratio of Canadian household debt to annual disposable income at a new high, limited resources are forcing many to choose one over the other. Making the decision begins with a ... Read More »

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