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


5.3 million

Canadians reported they needed help for their mental health in 2017.


Canadians aged 18 and older screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in spring 2021.

1 in 4


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

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

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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.  


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