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e-4126 (Taxation)

Initiated by Barbara MacCallum from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) applies to supplies of most goods and services;
  • If a profession is regulated as a health profession by at least five provinces or territories, the services of that profession are GST/HST exempt;
  • The profession of counselling therapy/psychotherapy meets this criteria;
  • Nova Scotia (Registered Counselling Therapist - 2011), Quebec (Psychotherapy Permit - 2012), Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist - 2015), New Brunswick (Licensed Counselling Therapist - 2017), Prince Edward Island (Counselling Therapist - 2021);
  • A tax exemption was refused because the provinces regulated the profession under different titles;
  • Counselling therapy and psychotherapy are the same profession as demonstrated by a shared scope of practice, comparable qualification requirements, aligned codes of ethics, and recognition under the Canada Free Trade Agreement;
  • The federal government must respect the expertise and practices of provinces/territories in the health care field with regard to naming professions; and
  • In December 2021, Bill C-218: An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (psychotherapy services) was tabled, but a budgetary bill is required to redress this issue.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to table a budgetary bill to amend section 1 of Part II of Schedule V of the Excise Tax Act to include “practitioner in respect to the supply of … counselling therapy/psychotherapy services,” as well as section 7 of Part II of Schedule V of the Excise Tax Act to include “counselling therapy/psychotherapy services”.
Open for signature
September 15, 2022, at 5:57 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2023, at 5:57 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Lindsay Mathyssen
New Democratic Party Caucus
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