What do family lawyers need to know about public pensions and retirement for low- and modest-income folks?

Date: May 22, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Online, via Zoom
Speakers: Joanne Roulston, MSW, JD, and John Stapleton
Chair: Maria Golarz, research lawyer at Lam Family Law, and FLA Board Member
Description: People with low incomes depend on public pensions to manage in retirement. The system of public pensions and benefits such as the federal Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), refundable tax credits, and the Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) form the core of income supports for seniors of low and modest incomes.
This seminar will provide a guide to these programs, from their policy objectives, to how seniors qualify and apply for these supports. The presenters will walk you through a few scenarios that family lawyers face working with lower-income clients.

The presenters are members of the Expert Panel on Income Security at the Council on Aging of Ottawa. Roulston, MSW, JD, is a lawyer, mediator and social worker, former director of the National Council of Welfare, and instructor at Carleton University's School of Social Work.

John Stapleton is a former senior research associate with the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership at the University of Toronto, and principal at Open Policy Ontario. John is the former chair of the Board of West Scarborough Community Legal Services, and has served on many task forces and committees that studied income security.

CPD: This program is eligible for 1.5 hours of substantive CPD.
NEW: This program contains 0.5 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content
Cost: $10
This event is for FLA members only. To Register, please click the link here.