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Tax
Free Therapy

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Among providers of mental health services in Canada, Counselling Therapists/Psychotherapists are the only mental health professionals required to charge GST/HST.
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The problem

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5.3 million

Canadians reported they needed help for their mental health in 2017.1

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Canadians aged 18 and older screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in spring 2021.2

1 in 4

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Counselling Therapy/
Psychotherapv Is the

most unmet need

of Canadians seeking nelp witn mental
nealth care.
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Counselling Therapists/
Psvchotherapists are the

only

mental health professionals required
to charge GST/HST.

Canadians should not have to pay tax on their mental health services.

 
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Why we need your help

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  1. This tax creates an unfair disadvantage for practitioners relative to other licensed mental health care professionals. 
     

  2.  Counselling Therapists/Psychotherapists are specifically trained to deliver therapy.
    Yet they are the only regulated mental health professionals still required to charge GST/HST

     

  3. The removal of GST/HST on counselling therapy/psychotherapy would increase access to services, by reducing the financial burden on our healthcare system, our workplaces and our communities.3
     

  4. Exempting counselling therapy/psychotherapy from GST/HST would reduce Canada’s revenue by 0.004%.

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In Ontario alone, there are over 10,000 Psychotherapists registered to practice.  Removing the barrier of GST/HST nationally would make this mental health service more accessible.  

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Here’s how to support Bill C-218 and get rid of this tax once and for all:

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  1. Sign the parliamentary petition, here.
     

  2. Send a letter to your MP and to Finance Minister Freeland. Click here
     

  3. If your MP is a Liberal, ask him/her to include the removal of this tax in the Government’s Fall Economic Statement.
     

  4. If you would like to circulate a paper petition among your friends and colleagues click here.
     

  5. If your MP isn’t a Liberal, ask him/her to demand the removal of this tax in the Government’s Fall Economic Statement