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Evelyn's Story

I am a senior on a limited income (OAS, GIS, CPP [Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and Canada Pension Plan]) who has two chronic conditions requiring a special diet (diabetes and celiac disease). As a result, I spend most of my income after rent on food and food supplements. Harper’s government introduced a food credit for those on a gluten-free diet, but it is of no benefit to me or other low-income families who have no taxable income after basic non-refundable credits are taken. Moreover, it requires an excessive amount of bookkeeping to claim it. Eating a healthy diet is essential to keeping oneself healthy and not using medical services unnecessarily. Yet people like me are often forced to make compromises in our diets to pay our bills. I think this food credit needs some serious rethinking.