CHANGES TO CHILD FITNESS & ART TAX CREDIT, News (Stratford Volleyball Club)

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Submitted By jgardner on Monday, April 18, 2016
The Stratford Volleyball Club has recently become aware of a change to the Tax Credits allowed for the Fitness and Art allowances that the Volleyball Club provides tax receipts to our participating families.  Please see a copy of correspondence received by our President from our MP, John Nater: 

In the recent Federal Budget, the new Government indicated their plans to first reduce and then end the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and the Children’s Art Tax Credit.

I am certainly disappointed in the decision. However, I am writing to ensure your organization is aware of the change so you can inform families registering for the programs you offer. As of July 1, 2016 the limit on the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit will be reduced from $1,000 to $500. On July 1, 2017 it will be eliminated entirely. I encourage you to share this information on your website, at your place of business, through social media, or by any other means you deem appropriate.  Please encourage parents to keep their records of payment. It is important that families have the opportunity to take advantage of these tax savings while they still exist.

According to the Department of Finance, the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit resulted in approximately $1.13 Billion in federal tax savings for Canadian families since it was implemented in 2006. 

It is unfortunate that the new Government has chosen to eliminate these credits and I personally oppose these changes.  


John Nater, 

Amendment to above statement:

In the recent Federal Budget, the new Government indicated their plans to first reduce and then end the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and the Children’s Art Tax Credit.  Originally, the tax credit was to end on July 1, 2017, but documents recently released from the Department of Finance indicate that the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit will be eliminated on January 1, 2017. Six months earlier than previously expected.


Information provided by the office of: John Nater, M.P.  Perth—Wellington  

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