Original language of petition: English
We know that across Canada, families, workers and businesses are facing uncertainty. Our Government is providing support to help Canada’s economy through this challenge and to make sure we are ready to bounce back quickly when the time comes. In these extraordinary times, no Canadian should have to worry about paying their bills, rent or putting food on the table. Our Government will be unwavering in our commitment to support Canadians, our healthcare system and our economy.
Through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, we are providing immediate assistance to help Canadians and businesses get through these challenging times. Details of the Plan can be found online on the Government of Canada’s website at canada.ca/economic-response-plan. Examples of measures to support businesses include the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the proposed Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), and the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).
In addition, tax assistance was provided to businesses by allowing them to defer, until after September 30, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that became owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020, and to defer Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) and customs duty payments until June 30, 2020.
The Government recognizes the importance of the cultural and arts sector to Canadians. On May 8, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced the details of a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. The $500 million Emergency Support Fund provides additional temporary relief to support cultural, heritage and sport organizations and help them plan for the future. The Fund will help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Government also provided support to families through a special one-time $300 top-up of the Canada Child Benefit for each child, in May 2020. Additionally, for over 12 million low- and modest-income families in Canada, we doubled the GST credit in April, giving, on average, single adults close to $400 more and couples close to $600 more.
A limited number of exceptions are made to the wide application of the GST/HST, which include most education services and certain children’s programs provided by public and non-profit organizations. With respect to education, most educational services provided by a school board, college, or university are exempt from GST/HST. As part of the GST/HST relief for education, an exemption is provided for services of tutoring or instructing an individual in a course that is approved for credit or that follows a curriculum designated by a school authority, or that is a prescribed equivalent of such an approved course. Music lessons designed to result in a progression or development of skills toward a pre-set lesson goal or objective and that involve formal instruction are also exempt as they have been prescribed as equivalent to courses that are part of a school curriculum.
In recognition of the important role that charities, non-profit organizations and other public sector bodies (PSBs) play in Canadian society, certain supplies of goods and services made by these organizations are exempt from the GST/HST. In this regard, supplies of athletic or recreational programs, including many children’s arts activities, provided to children 14 years of age or under are generally exempt when provided by a PSB.
Specific tax relief from the GST/HST is provided for low- and modest-income Canadians through the GST Credit rather than excluding more items from the tax base. The GST Credit normally provides about $5 billion in annual assistance to help offset the sales tax burden faced by low- and modest-income families and individuals, thereby ensuring that sales tax burdens are sensitive to differences in income and family type. The enhanced GST Credit for this year will provide over $10 Billion in assistance (including the regular credit as well as the special one-time COVID-19 payment).
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||27|
|Prince Edward Island||9|