In late 2016, the Federal government was considering making private health and dental plans taxable. This move would have affected nearly 13.5 million Canadians. This consideration was part of a tax review which included 150 tax credits.
A public response like this one was supported by over 80,000 Canadians across the country including the Building Trades of Alberta and your Union, Local 955. Business Manager, Bruce Moffatt wrote a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau in January 2017, expressing his concern over the potential fallout from enacting such a tax. You can read Minister Morneau’s response here.
On February 1, 2017, Justin Trudeau confirmed that there would be no new taxes on health and dental benefits. It’s important that we continue to make our voices heard on matters that affect our Union brothers and sisters and their families. Thank you to everyone who took part in this campaign.