03/17/2014 09:32 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Quebec Liberals promise tax credit for active seniors

Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard wants to encourage Quebec's senior citizens to keep active by offering them a tax credit towards recreational activities.

Couillard was in Laval's Chomedey district, a Liberal stronghold, to make the announcement on Monday. 

He said a Liberal government would introduce a tax credit of up to 20 per cent that would cover up to $200 toward sports and cultural activities for older people who have an income of $40,000 or less.

Couillard made several other commitments, including:

- Establishing a loan program for homeowners who are 60 years old and older, to help them pay for school and property taxes. (Only applicable to households with an income of $70,000 or less)

- Compassionate leave and tax credits for caregivers.

- Investing $150 million over five years towards at-home care for seniors who want to remain autonomous.

Couillard said his party's initiatives would help prevent Quebec seniors from becoming isolated.

"This will allow our aged population to develop new skills, mitigate the effects of aging and maintain their social network," the Liberal leader said.