HARPER GOVERNMENT DOUBLES THE CHILDREN’S FITNESS TAX CREDIT

October 9, 2014

HOLLAND LANDING, ONTARIO — The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe, is pleased to announce that the Harper Government is doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. This credit will help provide financial relief from the costs associated with sports and dance programs for children. The tax credit will now apply to sports registration costs up to $1,000.

“As a parent I recognize the importance of regular exercise in a child’s development and I know parents in York-Simcoe agree. However, our government also recognizes how costly sports or dance can be on a family’s household budget. That is why, through doubling this tax credit, our government will continue encouraging families to help their children lead healthy active lifestyles.” Van Loan said.

Since 2007, when the Harper Government first established the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, thousands of York-Simcoe families have benefitted from this tax relief. More children have been able to play soccer, hockey, or participate in other activities like dance and softball as a result. The doubling of the credit will mean even more to York-Simcoe families.

“Our government has already reduced the tax burden on the typical family by $3,300” said Van Loan. “With today’s new tax relief we can help families focus on their priorities for the future.”