Today, Premier McGuinty announced the government’s proposed new permanent, refundable tax credit that would make it a little easier for parents to get their children involved in sports, arts and other activities.
Under the proposed tax credit, parents would be able to claim up to $500 of eligible expenses per child. They would receive a refundable tax credit worth up to $50 per child, or up to $100 for a child with a disability. The tax credit could benefit over 1.8 million children.
Ontario’s tax credit would build on a similar federal government program. However, Ontario’s tax credit would be broader in scope — it would apply to more than just sports activities — and it would be a refundable credit that benefits all families, including those with low incomes.
The province intends to introduce legislation this fall, which will provide details about the new tax credit. This credit would apply to any eligible expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2010, meaning parents would receive a credit after they file their 2010 tax returns.
“This new measure would help children get involved in activities where they can enjoy themselves, feel a sense of accomplishment and make friends. At the same time, we want to make it easier for parents to provide those opportunities by saving them money and helping their budget.”
— Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
“We’re putting more money back into the pockets of Ontario families to help them provide their children with the kinds of activities that interest them most, be it organized sports or art class. This will go a long way in our community to help develop the skills, fitness and interests of our youth.”
— Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre
- Refundable tax credits ensure that low-income parents — who pay little or no tax — would also benefit.
- Physical activities that are eligible for the federal Children’s Fitness Tax Credit would automatically be eligible for the Ontario Children’s Activity Tax Credit.
- Eligible non-physical extracurricular activities would have to be supervised, suitable for children and not part of a school’s curriculum
Get more details on the proposed Children’s Activity Tax Credit.
Find out which activities are eligible for the federal Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.
Learn more about how the McGuinty government is helping Ontario children and youth succeed and reach their full potential.
Read how children’s participation in organized extracurricular activities has been associated with positive outcomes.