Ottawa, October 26, 2006
2006-059

Archived - Canada's New Government Receives Report on Children's Fitness Tax Credit

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today received a report from a panel of health and physical fitness experts recommending which programs of physical activity should qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit proposed in Budget 2006.

"Canada's New Government appreciates the panel's selfless efforts," said Minister Flaherty. "For a salary of $1 each, the three panel members spent much of their summer and early fall meeting with interested Canadians and organizations to help define eligibility for this credit. I look forward to reviewing their recommendations and I thank them for their dedicated work on behalf of all Canadians."

The members of the panel were:

  • Chair, Dr. Khristinn Kellie Leitch, Chair of Paediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario/Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Mr. Michael Weil, President and Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Canada.
  • Mr. David Bassett, Senior Investment Executive at Scotia McLeod and Co-Chair of Sports Break, an organization that promotes a tax credit for organized youth sports.

Canada's New Government's Children's Fitness Tax Credit is a means to promote regular exercise, balanced growth and healthy lifestyles among children. This tax credit should come into force on January 1, 2007, and will apply to fees paid for an eligible program of physical activity for children under 16 years of age.

"The Children's Fitness Tax Credit will encourage more children to be physically active and help parents with the costs of organized sports and fitness activities," said the Honourable Michael Chong, Minister for Sport.

A copy of the panel's report can be accessed at www.fin.gc.ca/activty/pubs/ctc_-eng.asp.

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