The Six Steps to Financial Planning
Many people put off planning for their financial future because they’re overwhelmed with all the decisions they have to make. The good news is that there’s help at hand – in the form of a certified financial planner. A certified financial planner is trained to focus on all aspects of your finances – everything from your taxes to retirement savings.
A certified financial planner will develop a plan that works for you both today and in the future.
Meeting your financial planner
When you first meet with your financial planner, they will tell you about their obligations and responsibilities. They should:
- Give you a general overview of the financial planning process
- Tell you what services they provide and how they are compensated for them
- Let you know what they will expect from you as a client
You should let your financial planner know how involved you want to be in creating and executing your financial plan. You should also ask any questions about the process or how compensation works.
Determining your goals and expectations
Now you’re ready to make your plan. But first, you and your financial planner should discuss your personal and financial goals and your current and future needs and priorities.
Your financial planner will make sure they have all the details they need. They may ask you to fill in questionnaires or provide documentation on your current financial state.
Reviewing your current financial state
Before your financial planner can get started on your financial plan, they need to know about your current situation – including cash flow, net worth and any taxes you may owe in the future.
To customize your financial plan, so it works for you, your financial planner must know about anything that could impact it – for example, a dependent adult child.
Developing the financial plan
Once they have all the information they need, your financial planner will create a customized plan that aligns with your goals, objectives, and risk tolerance. They will also provide you with information on projected returns and recommended actions.
Implementing the plan
Once you approve it, your financial planner should implement your plan. They should also help you contact other professionals they’ve recommended to assist with your financial plan – such as a lawyer or an insurance agent.
Monitoring the plan
Your certified financial planner should periodically contact you to adjust your financial plan. In addition, a life change – such as the birth of a child or retirement – may require adjustments to your financial plan.
It can be hard to plan for the future – but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact a certified financial planner or us today!
On April 29, 2022, Ontario’s Minister of Finance delivered the province’s 2022 budget, based on five different pillars.
No Changes To Corporate or Personal Tax Rates
Budget 2022 did not introduce changes to Ontario’s corporate or personal tax rates.
Rebuilding The Economy
Budget 2022 wants to help rebuild the economy as follows:
- Almost $1 billion is committed to critical legacy infrastructure, such as all-seasons roads.
- Creating good manufacturing jobs. In the past 18 months, 12 billion dollars have been invested in supporting new electric vehicle production and battery manufacturing.
- Enable Ontario employers to realize an estimated $8.9 billion in cost savings by cutting taxes and lowering electricity costs.
Better Jobs and Bigger Paycheques
Another focus is on more significant paycheques and better job opportunities. To support this:
- The general minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour starting October 1, 2022.
- $1 billion will be committed annually to employment and training programs for learning new skills or upgrading existing ones.
- Over three years, $114.4 million has been committed to the Skilled Trades Strategy, including expanding in-class training.
- Ontario is expanding college degree granting. Colleges can start offering new degree programs in various sectors, including the automotive industry and health care.
Building Highways and Key Infrastructure
Budget 2022 commits to:
- Investing $158.8 billion in crucial infrastructure over ten years, with $20 billion spent in 2022–23.
- $25.1 billion being spent over ten years to support major highways such as the Bradford Bypass, Highway 413, Highway 401 and Highway 7.
- $61.6 billion over ten years to support public transit. This includes expanding GO train services to London and Bowmanville and expanding passenger rail service to Northern Ontario.
Keeping Costs Down
Another focus of Budget 2022 is to help people save money:
- Tolls will be removed on Highways 412 and 418.
- Starting July 1, the gas tax will be cut by 5.7 cents per litre for six months.
- License plate renewal fees will be eliminated and refunded, leading to a $120/year savings in Southern Ontario and $60/year savings in Northern Ontario.
- $300 in additional tax relief will be available on average for 1.1 million lower-income workers via the proposed Low-income Individuals and Families Tax Credit enhancement.
- Supporting the creation of all types of housing.
- Working towards an average of $10-a-day child care by September 2025.
Investing in Health Care
Budget 2022 also understands the importance of continuing to invest in health care. Money is committed as follows:
- Over $40 billion for hospitals and other health infrastructure over ten years.
- $764 million over two years to provide nurses with a retention incentive of up to $5,000.
- $42.5 million over two years to expand medical education and training.
- $1 billion for in-home care over three years.
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