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Below you'll find press releases & mentions in the media.

Lindsey Thomson: The need for Tax Free Therapy in Canada | Ep 48

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In this podcast episode, I chat with Lindsey about the CCPA, the Excise Tax bill being put into place, and how you can be a part of making mental health more affordable and accessible.

CCPA’s Second Annual Counselling and Psychotherapy Month

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OTTAWA (April 3, 2023) – This month the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is celebrating Canada’s second annual Counselling and Psychotherapy Month. 

Madison Violet Supporting Tax Free Therapy


Madison Violet, JUNO nominated , multi-instrumentalist & harmonizing duo, is showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Danny Lamb Supporting Tax Free Therapy

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Danny Lamb, singer, song writer, music teacher and founder of  "A song, A city" music initiative is showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Stuck On Planet Earth Band

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Stuck On Planet Earth band showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Propter Hawk Band Supporting Tax Free Therapy

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Propter Hawk Band showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Should therapy be tax-exempt? New campaign calls out 'bureaucratic semantics'

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Published Sept. 29, 2022. A new campaign is aiming to finally clear away a financial barrier to therapy — a tax on counselling therapists and psychotherapists’ services, which experts say is unfair.

National Coalition calls on Government to Remove GST/HST from Therapy Services

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OTTAWA, September 20, 2022—Today, a national coalition of mental health and counselling/psychotherapy organizations are calling on the federal government to remove the inequitable GST/HST requirement for counselling therapists and psychotherapists by immediately passing legislation to make therapy services tax-free in Canada.

Tax on mental health counselling creates barrier to services, say advocates


Groups have lobbied government in vain for years to get rid of HST on counselling. If governments want to improve access to qualified mental health counselling, they should stop taxing the services, say licensed counselling therapists in the province. 

Carrie Foster's Testimony Supporting Tax Free Therapy

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Carrie Foster, President of the CCPA, testified in front of the federal Committee on Health in support of Tax-Free Therapy. 

Amanda Anastacio Supporting Tax Free Therapy


Amanda Anastacio, works as a clinical associate at St. Catharines’ based Peaceful Minds Psychotherapy, and is showing support to
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Alan Cross Supporting Tax Free Therapy

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Alan Cross, Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music, is showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Mental health care not high enough priority

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This article written by Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes discusses immediately removing GST/HST on counselling and psychotherapy.

Toronto Musician Taylor Simpson

Supporting Tax Free Therapy

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Toronto Musician Taylor Simpson showing support to Tax Free Therapy

Lindsay Mathyssen tweets about Bill C-323

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Today NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Mental Health and Harm Reduction Critic Gord Johns spoke about mental health services and my Bill C-218.

Mental health organizations call for removal of taxes on therapy services

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Streamed live on Sep 20, 2022 On Parliament Hill, representatives from mental health and counselling organizations call on the federal government to remove the HST/GST requirement for therapists and psychotherapists in Canada. They are joined by NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen, whose private member’s bill, C-218, would make therapy services tax-free.

PBO Report Announces the Cost of Exempting Counselling Therapists/Psychotherapists from GST/HST

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OTTAWA, May 26, 2022 – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the mental health of Canadians, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPA) continues to advocate for improved access to mental health care providers during this time of immense need.

Psychotherapists Fight to Access Sales Tax Exemption

Published July 4, 2023. Psychotherapy is subject to sales tax, while other health services are exempt. A look at the bizarre process for achieving tax-free status.

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