IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Bill ~ Bill C-577, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (hearing impairment)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Bill C-577. Introduction and first reading

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-577, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (hearing impairment).

He said: Mr. Speaker, there are hundreds of thousands of hard of hearing Canadians and yet because of the existing structure of the disability tax credit many of those Canadians cannot access the disability tax credit. This came out very clearly from hearings that I have had over the last few years in my riding of Burnaby—New Westminster.

What my bill foresees is tax fairness. This would change the criteria that currently exists, people who are able to hear in a quiet setting with somebody familiar to them, to where there is a more realistic criteria, which means a normal setting with somebody who is unfamiliar to the person.

This bill has been endorsed by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, the Canadian Academy of Audiology, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. Each of these organizations are supporting the bill because they believe in tax fairness for people who are hard of hearing.

Alors, c'est pour les personnes malentendantes qui font face à une inégalité quand il s'agit de toute la question de l'accès à un crédit d'impôt pour les personnes handicapées. Ce projet de loi vise l'égalité, vise l'accès à ce crédit d'impôt et vise effectivement l'égalité des personnes malentendantes au pays.

(Les motions sont réputées adoptées, le projet de loi est lu pour la première fois et imprimé.)