B.C. volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue crews could soon get a tax break from the province.
The Liberal government announced Saturday that its pre-election budget includes a tax credit for thousands of volunteers across B.C.
If approved by the legislature, volunteers who provide at least 200 hours of service to a fire department and/or search-and-rescue organization will receive a tax credit worth up to $150 a year.
Coupled with a similar federal tax break, volunteers could receive just over $600 in non-refundable credits annually.
There are 2,500 volunteers in 80 search-and-rescue groups in B.C and approximately 4,500 volunteer firefighters.
If approved, the credit would be available for the 2017 tax year.