The Federal Government is considering taxing employer sponsored Health and Dental benefits;
24 million Canadians (75%) currently have access to healthcare through private employer sponsored plans;
The proposed tax on employer sponsored benefit plans will dramatically increase the tax burden on employees, and will be especially onerous for middle-class Canadians;
The $2.9 billion that the government currently does not collect by not taxing employer-based health and dental plans, serves to incentivize more than $32.2 billion in health care services delivered to Canadians;
The current tax exemption for employer-sponsored health and dental care plans encourages employers to offer benefit plans to employees for essential services that are excluded from Canada's public healthcare system;
In 1993, Quebec reduced the tax benefits for employer-based benefit plans and almost 20% of all companies and 50% of all employers that provided plans, removed them, and many others reduced their benefit offerings to provide lower levels of benefit support for their employees; and
On February 7, 2017, every Liberal MP present in the House of Commons voted against a motion calling on the government to abandon any plans to tax dental and health benefits.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Finance to make an immediate and public commitment that this government will not pursue the elimination of the tax exemption for employer-sponsored health and dental benefit plans at any time throughout its mandate.
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