“It can be estimated from the 2006 Census that the admission of parents and grandparents is already costing Canadian taxpayers $1.3 billion per year in increased Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS). It can also be estimated that the program has raised annual health care spending by $4.6 billion. The annual fiscal costs of the parent and grandparent program to all levels of government in Canada could thus easily exceed $6 billion per year. Bringing in the 165,000 individuals in the backlog and the expected increase in numbers applying to 500,000 (including the 165,000) would double the fiscal costs from the $6 billion estimated.”
Wonderful, just frickin wonderful.