O’Toole highlights childcare tax credit as Canada’s election nears

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National childcare has turned into a forefront issue of the federal election. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made high-profile commitments in the lead-up to the election call, promising a $10-a-day childcare plan across several provinces. Anne Gaviola looks at what the other parties are promising, and what parents and childhood experts are saying over the hot-button topic – Aug 17, 2021

As Canada’s election deadline approaches, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole detailed his promise to replace the tax deduction parents can claim for childcare expenses with a refundable tax credit during a campaign stop in Russell, Ont.

The party says its proposal would benefit lower-income Canadians the most by allowing them to receive up to $6,000 of their annual child-care expenses reimbursed.

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Parents would be able to claim up to $8,000 of eligible annual expenses per child under seven years old and up to $5,000 per child between the ages of seven and 15.

Canada’s lowest-income families would have up to 75 per cent of those costs covered, and as incomes rise, the percentage would drop to a minimum of 26 per cent.

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The Tories say because the tax credit is refundable, lower-income families would get the full amount reimbursed even if it pushes their tax bill below zero.

The party says the current child-care expense deduction benefits the rich because parents who earn the most get the highest deductions.


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