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e-1541 (Tax system)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Hunter Domino from Toronto, Ontario, on February 21, 2018, at 5:03 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Harmonized Sales Tax
Mental health
Psychotherapy and psychotherapists
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Patients receiving psychotherapy treatment from a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in private practice must pay the harmonized sales tax (HST) on the fee charged;
  • Psychotherapy is a health service which, when provided within the scope of practice of members of any other Regulated Health Profession (RHP), is HST-exempt; and
  • The HST adds a financial barrier on top of the social and cultural stigma that can accompany mental illness.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to remove the HST on psychotherapy as a piece of the overall effort to make mental health care as accessible as possible to the citizens of Canada.
Petition presented to the House of Commons on September 26, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02669)
Government response tabled on October 26, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-36)
Open for signature : February 21, 2018, at 5:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 21, 2018, at 5:03 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
163
British Columbia
322
Manitoba
50
New Brunswick
84
Newfoundland and Labrador
55
Northwest Territories
10
Nova Scotia
221
Nunavut
3
Ontario
3930
Prince Edward Island
18
Quebec
756
Saskatchewan
35
Yukon
6
Other Countries
9
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