The Tax Free Therapy Coalition, of which the OSRP is a founding and active member, continues to lobby high-level decision makers re: the unfair tax on Psychotherapy/Counselling Therapy while The House of Commons is in summer recess. (Click here for their schedule.
HST updates are always available on the OSRP Website’s Advocacy Corner.
There are two HST Bills which, come fall, will continue to move through this parliament.
- NP MP Lindsay Mathyssen's Private Members' Bill C-218, which received first reading December 2021, and which was referred to in the petition she sponsored, signed by 14,200+ supporters and tabled March 6, 2023,
- PC MP Stephen Ellis' Private Members' Bill C-323, which received first reading April 23, 2023. CLICK HERE for video/transcript of an incredible debate about this issue on the floor of the House of Commons.
The NDP have pledged their support to the PC Bill, which received a better number in the "order of precedence" than theirs.
The PC Bill is scheduled for a second reading/debate in fall 2023.
Meanwhile, we are keeping the pressure on with ongoing activism including letter writing, the two Bills, and the petition, all of which have been effective in raising awareness and opening doors for us to make our case.
Letter-writing tools and social media shareables can be found at TaxFreeTherapy.ca