Canadians opposed to OAS changes

Recent poll shows many Canadians aren't impressed with budget announcement
By Melissa Mancini
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/07/2012

Some Canadians will not be eligible for Old Age Security (OAS) until they turn 67, according to the 2012-2013 federal budget, and many aren’t happy about it.

The change has been called “the most contentious idea in the budget” by Angus Reid Public Opinion, the polling company which conducted a recent survey with Canadians post-budget.

There were a lot of things in the budget that were popular — such as making charities more accountable by requiring them to provide more information about their foreign funding sources and increasing the amount Canadians can buy on an overnight cross-border trip without paying duty — but changes to OAS was very contentious, said Mario Canseco, vice-president, Angus Reid Public Opinion, based in Vancouver.