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Feds urged to rethink CPP death benefit

OTTAWA—A change to the Canada Pension Plan to provide a flat-rate death benefit to help low-income families cover funeral costs falls short of what funeral homes say is needed to cover the cost of a final farewell.

After meetings this week, federal and provincial finance ministers set the death benefit at a flat $2,500, regardless of how long or how much someone had paid into CPP.

Child care fees rising faster than inflation

OTTAWA—A new report shows child-care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.

Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year.

Feds try to close gaps on infrastructure data

OTTAWA—A major effort is underway to collect the most detailed data yet on the state of the country's roads, bridges, water pipes, and transit systems.

Statistics Canada quietly launched a national survey late last month to get an unprecedented level of granular detail on the state of infrastructure at the provincial and municipal level.