Finance minister visits to address CPP changes on Sudburians' minds
Finance minister Bill Morneau took the opportunity to assuage any concerns about CPP changes
Federal finance minister Bill Morneau arrived in Sudbury yesterday to talk with workers and business owners about changes that are coming to the Canada Pension Plan.
Beginning in 2019, employees and employers will pay more, so workers will have more when they retire.
"I think what's important is that people hear in plain language what we're trying to achieve," Morneau said.
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But young professionals like Casey Lalonde, a recent Laurentian University graduate, wonder if the changes will be enough.
Lalonde has been mired in contract work for the last few years. She wants to think about her future, but said it's difficult in her current situation, with high student debt and few long-term prospects.
"I'm happy with what I make, but it doesn't go that far, especially when there's no job security. So you are kind of trying to save money, pay rent, pay bills," Lalonde said.
Employers also questioned Morneau about the net gain for small businesses once the changes take effect.
John Querney's business employs 18 workers in Sudbury. He said he started a private pension plan for his workers, when the province was looking at creating its own, separate plan.
Now that's been scrapped.
Querney may now consider getting rid of the private pension plan given the changes federally, but he says this all affects the bottom line.
"We reduced some hours in order to be able to help pay for that because as I say, Sudbury's in a fragile economy right now," Querney said.
Querney said he's pleased changes to the plan will be phased in over several years, but says he wishes the two levels of government had worked more closely together on this issue.
With files from Martha Dillman. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges