Cambridge MP Bryan May introduced his first Private Member’s Bill, an Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit – first aid) on February 25, 2016. The bill passed second reading on October 27, 2016 and has now been referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. The bill would provide a non-refundable tax credit to those who take an accredited first aid, CPR, or AED training course.
“Having worked at community non-profits, I know firsthand how important first aid training can be,” May said. “These types of courses save lives in our community, help reduce the burden on our health care system, and help make people more attractive to potential employers.”
This non-refundable tax credit would provide a deduction in the amount owing equal to the lowest federal income tax rate, currently 15%. On a $100 first aid course, this would be a $15 savings. Parents are able to claim the credit on behalf of a qualifying child.
According to a 2012 Ipsos Reid survey for the Canadian Red Cross, one-third of Canadians 18 years of age and older have never taken a first aid course. Similarly, a 2014 survey by Statistics Canada found that 53% of Canadians 15 years of age and older lived in a household in which no member had been trained in CPR or first aid in the last three years. According to a 2015 study by the US Institute of Medicine, the survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases can be increased by 50%-500% if a bystander is trained in CPR.
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