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Increasing the Maximum Amount of the Adoption Expense Tax Credit

July 28, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – Department of Finance

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today shared his family's personal experience with adoption at an event in Calgary and highlighted the Harper Government's continuing support for families through expanded adoption-related tax relief.

Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the maximum amount of the Adoption Expense Tax Credit to $15,000 from $11,774 to provide further tax relief in recognition of the costs unique to adopting a child. This follows the Government's enhancement of the credit in Economic Action Plan 2013, which changed the eligibility period to allow additional adoption-related expenses to be eligible for tax relief.

These actions build on the Harper Government's established record of keeping taxes low for Canadians and their families.

Quick Facts

  • According to the Adoption Council of Canada, there are 30,000 children in Canada waiting to be adopted.
  • Twenty-one per cent of Canadians are considering or have considered adopting a child. (Source: Canadian Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey 2013, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Canada).
  • Among those Canadians who have considered adopting a child, 75 per cent are concerned about being able to pay for the adoption. (Source: as above).
  • According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadians adopted more than 1,000 children from abroad in 2013.


"There is no higher calling than that of raising a child, and no reward its equal. Moreover, strong and stable families are critical to Canada’s long-term prosperity. Our Government believes children deserve the roots, guidance and love that a family can provide. That’s why the Harper Government is fully committed to supporting families, including those who bear the additional costs of adoption."

- The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, M.P., Minister of State (Finance)

"The increase in the Adoption Expense Tax Credit, following our Government's move last year to expand eligible expenses to include adoption pre-placement costs, more accurately reflects the investment parents need to make to adopt and brings the hope of loving, permanent families to more of Canada's waiting children."

- Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament (Essex)

"Christian Adoption Services works with a great many families who choose open adoption through a private licensed agency, or who adopt internationally. Adoptive families are supported in their adoption journey by this Government which has increased the amount of the tax credit they receive for the expenses involved in creating a family, and we want to thank the federal government for this step forward for the adoption community. The Adoption Council of Canada looks forward to continuing to work with the federal government to increase support for adopted families all across Canada."

- Wendy Robinson, Christian Adoption Services, Calgary

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Meagan Murdoch
Office of the Minister of State (Finance)

Jack Aubry
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Department of Finance

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