10/17/2011 05:31 EDT | Updated 12/17/2011 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan NDP offers tax credits to seniors if party wins election

REGINA - The NDP in Saskatchewan is offering seniors and their caregivers a helping hand if the party wins the Nov. 7 election.

Leader Dwain Lingenfelter (LING'-ehn-felt-ehr) says an NDP government would introduce an annual property tax rebate of $500 for seniors who own homes or rent.

He says the New Democrats would also bring in a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000 per year for those who care for aging relatives.

The NDP plan also commits to 750 new and replacement long-term care beds.

That would be in addition to 750 new subsidized affordable assisted living units.

Lingenfelter says it's important that the province's older population age with dignity.