An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (hearing impairment)

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


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 5, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment amends paragraph 118.4(1)(b) and subparagraph 118.4(1)(c)(iv) of the Income Tax Act to establish that the ability of an individual with a hearing impairment to perform a basic activity of daily living is markedly restricted when the individual is unable to hear without the use of assistive listening devices. It also defines a basic activity of daily living in relation to an individual with a hearing impairment.


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Income Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

October 5th, 2010 / 10 a.m.
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Peter Julian NDP Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-577, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (hearing impairment).

Mr. Speaker, there are hundreds of thousands of hard of hearing Canadians and yet, because of the existing structure of the disability tax credit, many of those Canadians cannot access the disability tax credit. This came out very clearly from hearings that I have had over the last few years in my riding of Burnaby—New Westminster.

What my bill foresees is tax fairness. This would change the criteria that currently exists, which is people who are able to hear in a quiet setting with somebody familiar to them, to what would be a more realistic criteria, which means a normal setting with somebody who is unfamiliar to the person.

This bill has been endorsed by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, the Canadian Academy of Audiology and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. Each of these organizations are supporting the bill because they believe in tax fairness for people who are hard of hearing.

This is for the hard of hearing, who are not treated fairly when they apply for a tax credit for people with disabilities. This bill would provide for equality, access to the tax credit, and fairness for hard of hearing Canadians.

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