An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on literacy materials)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Judy Wasylycia-Leis  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of May 7, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Excise Tax Act to eliminate the goods and services tax (GST) on the sale of books and audio and video recordings that are designed primarily to teach reading, writing and comprehension skills.


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Excise Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

May 7th, 2009 / 10:05 a.m.
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Judy Wasylycia-Leis NDP Winnipeg North, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-382, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on literacy materials).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce this bill yet again because it is important from the point of view of achieving literacy among all citizens. This bill seeks to eliminate the goods and services tax on materials used in literacy development.

This has been a long-standing battle by many in our community. It has been supported by organizations everywhere, especially in Winnipeg, with the open doors adult literacy program, the Luxton School's adult learning program, the Literacy Partners of Manitoba, the Urban Circle Training Centre and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre. They are all working very hard to promote and raise levels of adult and family literacy in Winnipeg and Manitoba. Like so many other organizations right across Canada, they believe, and have recommended to me and to all members of Parliament, that we work steadfastly to remove the GST on all literacy materials.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)