OTTAWA â€“ Today, Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby) tabled Bill C-263, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (hearing impairment), which would enhance access inclusiveness for people with hearing disabilities by allowing them fair access to the Disability Tax Credit.
â€œCanadians with hearing impairments should receive the tax break they deserve. This bill recognizes the reality that these Canadians face, and I am proud to sponsor a bill that prioritizes their well-being,â€� said Julian.
The current regulations are unfair and do not reflect real-life situations in our communities; Bill C-263 would resolve this by:
â€¢ Amend â€œquiet settingâ€� to be a â€œnormal settingâ€� for sound levels in tests
â€¢ Altering the eligibility requirement so a person qualifies if they are unable to understand â€œanother person,â€� rather than â€œa person familiar to them.â€�
â€¢ Removing the requirement that the person must be wearing an â€œassisted listening deviceâ€� when their degree of impairment is being assessed
â€œThese changes represent a long overdue need that deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians be treated fairly and equitably by our tax system,â€� Julian said. â€œOur current arrangement is neither fair nor just, and now is the time to end this problem.â€�
For more information, please contact: Office of Peter Julian, [email protected]