An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (fitness)

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.

Sponsor

Jean-Claude D'Amours  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of June 10, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment amends the Income Tax Act to provide a tax credit to anyone who incurs eligible fitness expenses.

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Income Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

June 10th, 2009 / 3:20 p.m.
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Liberal

Jean-Claude D'Amours Liberal Madawaska—Restigouche, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-416, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (fitness).

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Labrador for seconding my bill.

It is important to recognize that Canadians need to engage in physical activity in order to stay in shape both physically and mentally. When we think about physical activity, we are not just talking about people of a certain age. All Canadians are entitled to financial assistance for fitness expenses. When we talk about people of all ages, that means both young people and seniors. I had discussions with many seniors in my riding and elsewhere who told me that they were interested in government assistance, in the form of a tax credit, so that they could be physically active.

As we know today, in order to stay young, we need to be physically active. These people urge the federal government to consider introducing a tax credit so that they can receive financial assistance for fitness expenses.

Once again, I thank my colleague from Labrador for seconding this bill. I hope that this House and the government will be aware of the importance to all Canadians of having a fitness tax credit.

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