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Energy Efficiency Programs/Financial Incentives – Saskatchewan and Manitoba

This is the final post of the series on energy-efficiency programs and financial incentives. We will conclude the series by looking at offers for  Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents. Saskatchewan: SaskEnergy Programs Energy Efficient Rebate for New Homes This program is offered by SaskEnergy on behalf of the Ministry of Environment to SK residents who buy…

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Budget 2013: Changes for Small Business Owners

There wasn’t too much big news for the 2013 Federal Budget, but there was some noteworthy changes, especially for Canadian small business owners. There were two tax changes for small business owners, one good and the other not so good – they included: 1. Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption Lets start with the good news.  The lifetime…

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Low Cost ETFs – Canadian Vanguard ETFs

With the rising popularity of ETFs, more ETF products are being released which brings more competition and better value for investors. I’ve written about low cost ETFs before and put together a diversified low cost ETF portfolio. However, the landscape has changed with Vanguard ETFs coming to Canada. Vanguard has been around for a while…

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Investing for the Long Term – Historic Market Returns

After my book review of “The New Retirement“, regular reader GatesVP decided to debunk the conclusions that the author made with statistics that he has found.  I took the bait and jumped into the conversation claiming that over the long term, equities will beat inflation. What what is long term?  20 years?  30 years?  With…

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What’s in My RRSP?

Over the years, I’ve disclosed a lot of information about my financial life including: how much we make, how much we spend, our net worth, and the contents of our leveraged dividend portfolio. With the RRSP line item in my net worth updates becoming more significant, I’ve been getting more questions about the contents of…

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Energy Efficiency Programs/Financial Incentives – Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador

The first post of this series had looked at energy-efficiency programs and financial incentives for residential customers in Ontario. We will continue the series with energy saving incentives for Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. Alberta: SunRidge BuiltGreen Homeowner Rebate, Lethbridge SunRidge Built GreenTM is a voluntary program that promotes sustainability by using building practices that…

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