Services

As your Member of Parliament, Bruce and his team are working hard to serve the people of Thunder Bay – Superior North.

The constituency office team is available to help residents resolve issues in areas such as:

The team is also here to support community initiatives, and arrange special messages for occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Most importantly, our team will work diligently to ensure people in our community have a strong voice in Ottawa. If you are travelling to Ottawa and would like to see your Member of Parliament in action, please contact our office at the House of Commons at 613-996-4792.
Government of Canada Programs and Services
If you are interested in looking up information on government programs and services, information can be found by dialing a toll-free information line at 1-800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) TTY: 1-800-926-9105, clicking servicecanada.ca, or visiting a Service Canada Centre. Please check their website or call 1-800-O-Canada for a list of service centres near you.

Parliamentary Business
Information on Parliament can be found at the Parliamentary website.

 


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is Canada’s official source of citizenship and immigration information. For information about immigrating to Canada and visas for work, study and visiting, please visit the CIC website.

You can also learn more about Canadian citizenship and/or becoming a Canadian citizen.

If you have further questions about immigration issues, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Federal Funding Programs

Social Development Canada’s Grants and Contributions programs serves Canadians individually and in organizations.

To research grants and contributions, please visit the Grants and Contributions website.

If you have further questions about federal funding programs, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Employment / HRSDC

EI (Employment Insurance) provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed Canadians while they look for work or upgrade their skills. Canadians who are sick, pregnant or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, may also be assisted by EI.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is responsible for providing all Canadians with the tools they need to thrive and prosper in an inclusive labor market. Please visit HRSDC’s EI website.

At the Service Canada website, you’ll find Canadian employment opportunities, how to post a job as an employer, information about hiring foreign workers, program and funding opportunities, and work search tools and tips. You may also complete your EI reports online.

If you have further questions, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Revenue Canada

Please visit the Revenue Canada website.

Here you’ll find detailed and easy-to-follow information about individual and business taxation questions, child and family benefits, and quick links to useful related sites.
You can also subscribe to free electronic mailing lists to stay informed about updates to various tax topics.

If you have further questions about Revenue Canada, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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CPP, Disability, OAS

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Please visit sections of the Social Development Canada website for detailed information about the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

For information about general retirement benefits, please go to the CPP general benefits section.

For information about CPP Disability eligibility and benefits, please go to the CPP Disability section.

If you have further questions about CPP or CPP Disability benefits, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

Old Age Security Program (OAS)
The Old Age Security (OAS) program, the cornerstone of Canada’s retirement income system, provides you with a modest pension at age 65 if you have lived in Canada for at least 10 years. If you are a low-income earner, you may be eligible for other benefits as early as age 60.

For detailed OAS information, please visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s OAS website.

If you have further questions about OAS, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Student Loans

The Canada Student Loans Program promotes accessibility to post-secondary education by helping Canadian students with a demonstrated financial need to access loans and grants.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply for student loans and grants, please visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Student Loans website.
If you have further questions about student loans, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Passports

Getting your passport is an important step towards exciting and rewarding international travel. We’ve helped countless local residents with their passport applications, so let us help you make that step! Remember to keep your passport in a safe place when you travel, and write down your passport number separately.

Both Canadians and US citizens now need a passport to enter or re-enter the United States.

The passport application process has recently been streamlined; it now takes (on average) about 2-4 weeks to process applications, with special or complex cases sometimes taking longer. If you have a valid passport that is about to expire, or a passport that expired less than a year ago, you may be eligible to use a simplified renewal process without the need for resubmitting proof of Canadian citizenship or guarantor information. And while you can pay extra for a “rush” or “express” passport in some case, it’s generally important to apply for your passport long enough before your planned trip to avoid problems.

For more information, visit Passport Canada where application forms are downloadable online. Passport application forms are also available at our constituency office.

We will also accept your passport applications for delivery to the Passport Office. If you have questions or would like assistance filling out your passport application, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (or toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Disability Tax Credit

Did you know that the Income Tax Act provides a non-refundable Disability Tax Credit to eligible individuals? This tax credit could be as high as $1,400 per year applied against any income tax you may owe. If you are eligible, your claim may be made retroactively for up to ten years. It doesn’t matter whether your disability is the result of a workplace injury, an accident, declining health, or a chronic condition. If you, your spouse or your child fulfill qualifying criteria for one or more of the following nine conditions, you may be eligible to claim the Disability Tax Credit:

• You are unable to walk normally for 100 meters (the length of a football field) without angina, pain, or a cane, wheelchair or walker;
• You have vision loss in excess of 20%;
• You are markedly restricted in communicating;
• You are unable to hear clearly, even with hearing aids;
• You require assistance in feeding;
• You are unable to bathe or fully dress yourself without assistance;
• You have poor bladder or bowel functioning;
• You have problems perceiving instructions, thinking, or remembering (people suffering from dementia or Alzheimers);
• You need life-sustaining therapies such as kidney dialysis or chemotherapy 3 or more times a week.

Any unused portions of the Disability Tax Credit can be transferred to a spouse with taxable income. Parents are also able to file for the tax credit for qualifying children in their care. Please note a doctor or other specified health professional must fill out a tax form certifying you have one of these disabilities.

For more information on the Disability Tax Credit and to obtain a copy of the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide and the Information Concerning People with Disabilities Guide, please contact our office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004) or visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s Medical & Disability Information webpage.

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Indian & Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has primary, but not exclusive, responsibility for meeting the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Northerners.

For general information about federal programs and services, please visit the INAC website.

If you have further questions about INAC, we have staff that may be able to help. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Canada Benefits

Gateway to information about federal, provincial, and territorial benefit programs and services for individuals. Visit the Canada Benefits website to find a benefit program by life event, keyword search, subject area, and more.

If you have questions about federal programs, we will do what we can to help you. Please contact us at our constituency office at 807-345-1818 (toll free at 1-888-266-8004).

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Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4Z3

Phone: 807-345-1818
1-888-266-8004
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E-mail: bruce@brucehyer.ca

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