With the new year, come new regulations that can impact your wallet.
For example, did you know postage is going up? Again! (The last increase was less than 2 years ago.) You’ll pay the extra cost on stamps bought in a booklet, coil or pane – as of January 11, 2016, they’ll be 90-cents rather than 85. The price of a single stamp remains $1.00.
Your electricity bill will be a little lighter, as the Debt Retirement Charge comes to an end. On the other hand, the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit that saved you 10 per cent for these past five years comes to an end. And you gotta pay an extra buck a bill – something about “electricity education.”
Did you invest in winter tires this year? Good. You get a break on your insurance. It’s the new law.
Smoke menthol? Ooops. Better use the chance to quit smoking altogether. No more menthol come the new year.
Underage? Don’t try buying an e-cig. You’ll get carded.
Get a parking ticket in Quebec, and blow it off? They can track ya down, come January 1, 2016. Municipalities will be allowed to mail you your ticket. Or, get a provincial offence notice in Ontario? The unpaid fine fee is doubling to $40 from $20.
Here’s one: did you know that up until Dec. 31, 2015 at midnight, you are actually allowed to cross a pedestrian crosswalk while there are pedestrians still on the road? Didn’t know that! As of January 1, 2016, you can’t. Same with school crossings. And, pedestrians could be ticketed for starting across a walkway while vehicles are still going through.
So things may be safer for pedestrians . . .
And also on the bonus side of 2016, people who have low incomes will get help with dental care.