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e-2683 (Taxation)

E-petition
Initiated by Lee Newman from Whitby, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • COVID-19 has had a catastrophic effect on youth arts programs;
  • With mandatory closures across the country, businesses in youth arts have had little to no income;
  • Students have been left without an important outlet for physical activity, social interaction, and arts education;
  • Increasingly, experts are emphasizing the importance of moving from STEM to STEAM education, to include the arts and humanities in the development of young minds;
  • The new economic reality will mean that these businesses will see a decline in revenue; and
  • Many parents will be financially unable to register their children in the arts at a time when they need it most.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to classify children’s arts (dance, drama, visual arts) in the same educational category as music, and provide HST/GST-exempt status, retroactive to January 1, 2019.
This will provide a critical infusion of funds for businesses that paid in the previous year, lessen the financial burden for businesses that have yet to pay, lessen the burden of accounting for the HST/GST for owners, who are often owner-operators, and provide a drop in the cost of arts programming for parents when affordability will be critical, helping arts education business owners secure enough business to keep their doors open.
Open for signature
June 18, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 18, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Scott Simms
Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame
Liberal Caucus
Newfoundland and Labrador
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