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e-770 (Tax system)

Initiated by Shane Devenish from Burlington, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Finance

  • Camping is a quintessentially Canadian activity that speaks to our history and identity as Canadians;
  • Each year, over 5.8 million Canadians – and thousands of international visitors – participate in camping at over 2347 private campgrounds, making this a very popular and affordable family activity;
  • Most of these campgrounds are small family-run, active businesses that provide recreational services to short term and seasonal guests;
  • Campgrounds in Canada have relied on the small business tax deduction for many decades thereby allowing campgrounds to expand their businesses and contribute to economic growth and job creation;
  • Unless the federal government acts, 75% of campgrounds in Canada are in jeopardy of closing due to the tripling of their tax rate; and
  • The Standing Committee on Finance has recommended that income earned by campgrounds is classfied as “active business income”.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Finance to ensure that Canada's tax policy with respect to campgrounds is updated and announced on or before Budget 2017 so that campgrounds are recognized as “active businesses” similar to other tourism operations (e.g. hotels) in order that they may claim the small business tax deduction.
Government response tabled on July 19, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-1-16)
Open for signature
January 19, 2017, at 1:58 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 19, 2017, at 1:58 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock)
June 9, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01489)
Government response tabled
July 19, 2017
Photo - Jamie Schmale
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
Conservative Caucus
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