Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jane Philpott, Bardish Chagger, Andrew Scheer, Tom Mulcair, Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened
On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed. Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival. We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system. Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.
Petition to Honourable Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau
Extend consultation for proposed changes to private corporation taxation - 7/18/17
Canadian small business is vital, so is comprehensive consultation - July 18, 2017 proposed changes to private corporation taxation A request to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau: Extend the 75-day consultation period, and commit to a more complete review of the proposed changes to private corporation taxation released on July 18, 2017. Small business is vital to Canada and these proposals may significantly affect it. The undersigned ask for this extension in the name of producing efficient and strong legislation that encourages rather than hinders business, in a fair manner. Details: On July 18, 2017 the Canadian Department of Finance launched a consultation regarding major changes proposed to the taxation of private corporations. These changes focus on the concepts of income sprinkling, use of the lifetime capital gains exemption, earning investment income in a corporation, and removing value from a corporation by means of capital gains taxed at lower rates. The purpose of this petition is not to support, critique or challenge the proposals. Many experts are already reviewing the proposals to this purpose. Rather, this petition urges that the consultation be given the diligence and respect its complexity, in combination with its wide and significant impact on Canadian business, merits. Industry Canada reported that 10.5 million Canadians were employed by small and medium enterprises in 2015. Specifically, we ask that: The consultation submission period be significantly extended beyond its scheduled 75 days. The provisions be effective, at the earliest, after being passed into law. A robust document identifying each of the significant concerns raised in the consultation be prepared along with alternatives for amendments to the legislation or detailed explanation as to why none is merited. Most Canadian private corporations, and future corporations, will be affected by these changes to some, if not a significant, degree. The proposals impact the core of Canadian corporate compliance and tax planning as it has been practiced since 1972. The path from the Carter Commission report to the implementation of the 1972 Income Tax Act took six years - both the economic environment and the existing tax law have become more complex in the 45 years that followed. These proposed changes are very serious. They would complicate an already complex Income Tax Act and increase uncertainty in tax filings. They could remove essential corporate capital, increase tax rates to improper levels (93% in one case analyzed), and lead to an overall chill in the economy and investment. In addition, these changes are proposed in the name of improving fairness, however, a larger, more robust discussion must be completed on whether the definition of fair as implied in the consultation is accurate. Given the importance of small business and entrepreneurial spirit to the Canadian economy, and Canada as a whole, a more in-depth and significant process is needed to ensure: that there are very limited unintended consequences; that compliance and enforcement is efficient; that all applicable implications are identified and quantified; that the objective is achieved and worth the cost; that Canadians have sufficient opportunity to consider, discuss and debate what "fairness" truly entails; and that the changes are considered in the spirit of not only improving fairness but simplifying tax obligations as a whole. Thank you for your consideration. Link to consultation: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n17/17-066-eng.asp
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jane Philpott, Tom Mulcair, Andrew Scheer
Take action – Tax changes will impact your future …
To all Canadians, On July 18, 2017, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Government of Canada released Tax Planning Using Private Corporations. This document calls for drastic changes to the taxation of small business owners and specifically targets professionals in Canada. Specifically, the Liberals are proposing changes to: income sprinkling using private corporations; holding an investment portfolio inside a private corporation; the lifetime capital gains exemption; and converting private corporation income into capital gains. The impacts of these changes are yet to be fully understood or measured, but they will be significant to all professionals now and in the future. We are not treated like other public servants: we do not get a benefits package, paid maternity leave, pension plans, vacation pay, or sick leave. The right to incorporate and the associated tax benefits were negotiated by our provincial associations years ago in lieu of benefits and raises. This was done to cut government healthcare spending, and now that those negotiations are forgotten, the government is trying to take these benefits away. We rely on our corporations to run the business-end of our practices (purchasing medical-grade equipment, staff, overhead, rent, computer technology, protecting patient records and so on). The trade-off allowed us to do the job of caring for our patients, while still caring for our families, our children and our retirement. Let us be clear: we respect the law. The investment strategies we employ by way of our corporations are not “tax loopholes”. In the absence of reasonable alternatives we use our corporations as a long-term saving strategy to fund our pension. In other countries doctors are provided with basic benefits in addition to their wages which we are not. We need to be able to realize these tax savings to balance the scales. Without the tax benefits of incorporation, it will be difficult for us to continue with the care we wish to provide our patients. In recent years, the provinces have had billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care. In Ontario alone, over $3 Billion has been unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services which doctors provide. With these federal tax changes, some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada altogether. Ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times and lower quality of patient care. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst the commonwealth countries. In our opinion, the proposed tax changes will be a further detriment to Canada's already ailing health care system. We, concerned Canadians, urge you to reconsider your proposed changes to private corporations, and to maintain benefits for small business owners. Prime Minister Trudeau, please preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our health care system. Patients can never come first when frontline physicians are put last. For anyone reading this, we encourage you to get involved in this process by contacting the Department of Finance as they are looking for comments on the proposals firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to reach out to your local MP to voice your concerns as they represent your voice in parliament, https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members This petition will be delivered to: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Minister of Health Jane Philpott Leader of the Official Opposition of Canada and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada Tom Mulcair
Petition to Bill Morneau, Justin Trudeau
Canadian Female Physicians Urge Federal Liberals: Reverse Proposed Changes To Corporations
To our fellow Canadians: On July 18th 2017, Bill Morneau, the Federal Finance Minister announced proposed changes to the regulations surrounding the taxation structure for small business owners. This will irreparably damage the gains made by female entrepreneurs in the last decade. We are but one of many groups of professional women affected by this change. We are Canadian Women In Medicine. Here is our letter to Mr. Morneau and Mr. Trudeau. Please sign to show your support. Anybody and everybody can sign. If you are Canadian, and this speaks to you, please sign to support Canadian physicians and the future of our healthcare system. To Mr. Morneau and Mr. Trudeau: We represent a growing number of female physicians across Canada. We are well-educated, we are committed, we are passionate and we are contributing like never before to our country’s current and future economy. Many of us are also the primary or sole income-earners in our households. In addition, many of us support elderly parents. We are mothers, daughters, wives and caregivers. The right to incorporate and the associated tax benefits were negotiated by our provincial associations in lieu of raises and benefits. The trade-off allowed us to do the job of caring for our patients, while still caring for the next generation of Canadians, our children. We rely on our corporations to run the business-end of our practices (purchasing medical-grade equipment, staff, overhead, rent, computer technology, protecting patient records and so on). We also rely on our corporations to save for our childrens’ futures, our own future, our retirement. We are not treated like other public servants: we do not get any benefits package, paid maternity leave, pension plans, vacation pay, or sick leave. We pay for all that out-of-pocket. We run self-employed small businesses. Complicating matters further, we are independent contractors to provincial governments in a single-payer system. These governments unilaterally regulate our fees, so we cannot pass on any extra costs to our patients to make up for potential losses the way dentists, lawyers, and accountants can. Most of us have had our fees cut in recent years, as our provincial governments attempt to balance their budgets. Many of us only make ends meet because of our right to incorporate. Let us be clear: we respect the law. The investment strategies we employ by way of our corporations are not used to dodge taxes. We use this system as a long-term saving strategy, our only strategy, in the absence of reasonable alternatives. We fear the choice we will be forced to make if we lose the ability to run our practices successfully, to save for our children's futures, to retire independently when the time comes. Without the tax benefits of incorporation, many of us will consider leaving our jobs or leaving the country. The proposed changes to private corporations will affect Canadian female physicians, Canadian physician households and our children in critical ways. Women in Canada have come so far. We stand as an example for all countries. There is no doubt these changes will have lasting negative repercussions on all professional women in the Canadian workforce. We, female physicians of Canada, urge you to reconsider the proposed changes to private corporations. We have worked unbelievably hard to get here. These tax changes will make it unbelievably hard for us to stay here.
Petition to Hon. Bill Morneau, Hon. Bardish Chagger, Hon. Navdeep Bains, Hon. Maryam Monsef, Katie Telford
Stop Unfair Tax Changes | #ProtectGrowth
The Canadian government is proposing sweeping changes to small business taxes. Nobody supports tax evasion or loopholes. But these changes will severely hurt small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities - they drive local economic growth and employ countless middle-class Canadians. This government has said it is committed to providing new opportunities for small businesses to grow and to helping the middle-class. But, if the government moves ahead with its tax changes, it will hinder the prosperity of small businesses. The ability of business owners to invest and grow their business will be limited, forcing many to close their businesses or cut jobs. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network of provincial, territorial and municipal chambers of commerce is asking you to add your voice to those of concerned Canadians. We are calling on the Government of Canada to: Rethink its proposed tax changes to ensure no harm is done to small businesses across Canada. Launch meaningful consultations with the business community to address any shortcomings in tax policy without unfairly targeting independent businesses. Consider a comprehensive review of the Canadian tax system with a view toward fairness and simplification for all taxpayers. Sign our petition to urge the Government of Canada to put these changes on hold to avoid hurting small businesses across the country. We need to hit pause and make sure we have a plan that is fair but does not kill the ability of small business to grow and hire more people.
Petition to The Hon. Kathleen Wynne MPP, Kathleen Wynne, Premier , Premier of Ontario
Premier Wynne, please fix this...or give back our $4 million
Families that live in the Townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes are being forced to pay $4 million a year EXTRA because Premier Wynne’s government won’t fix the Police Services Act. What? In 2014, the Government of Ontario created a new funding formula for OPP police services, which calculates the amount that each municipality must pay (and is reflected in municipal property taxes). Of the 323 municipalities in Ontario that use the OPP, there is only one municipality in the entire Province that DOES NOT follow the formula (or an alternative that has unanimous support): the District Municipality of Muskoka. Instead, the District has come up with a different formula that shifts a large portion of the costs for policing from the Towns to taxpayers in the Townships. The impact of this scheme is that families in the three Townships combined are forced to pay an EXTRA $4 MILLION EACH YEAR. Premier, that is just wrong. I absolutely believe in paying my fair share of taxes to fund the services that we all benefit from in society. Those are Ontario values – ones that my family fully supports. However, this scheme takes additional money out of our family budget. I don’t want to live in a Province where 323 municipalities follow one set of rules, and one municipality does not. As an Ontarian, I expect your government to fight for fairness, wherever injustice may be. There are numerous examples where your government has acted and intervened to address issues in Toronto and the GTA…but when it comes to small town Ontario, too often we feel ignored. Premier, we urge you to take action to resolve this situation and ensure that this cannot happen again – either in the District Municipality of Muskoka – or elsewhere in Ontario. We simply want to follow the Province’s formula for dividing OPP police services costs in our District – just like 323 other municipalities in the province do. Please show us that you care about rural Ontario. Please fix this issue in the Police Services Act when amendments are introduced this fall. And if you wont demonstrate leadership by fixing this, please give us our $4 million back.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Canada Consultation
Devastating Tax Legislation
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled legislation that will dramatically alter the tax regime for families, privately owned companies, professionals and even farmers. The potential adverse consequences of this legislation are only now coming to light as it was released during the summer vacation period. Individual entrepreneurs and professionals will be taxed up to 73% on investment income paid to them from their companies. Companies will be penalized for preserving capital even if required to do so by their bank. Families will be taxed at the highest rate of the chief bread-winner and tax inspectors will have the discretion to decide what is fair compensation for a stay at home spouse. Assets left to the next generation will be potentially taxed up to 93% thus ruining family businesses. This is the biggest tax grab and it is the most draconian tax legislation ever proposed in Canadian history. Without the potential for profit business owners will not take the risk of investing their money. We will lose our entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. Bill Morneau intends to introduce the legislation by October 2, 2017. All Canadians will be adversely affected if this onerous tax bill passes. By signing this petition you are indicating your opposition to this tax legislation. An email to Bill Morneau (email@example.com) and Justin Trudeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) will also help.
Petition to National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, Canada Revenue Agency
No tax on employee discounts in Canada.
If you've got an employee discount that is not available to the public at any point in time, then it will be categorized as a taxable benefit. The amount of money you save on the item will then be taxed as according to this new interpretation it is part of your income. Who receive discounts from the company they work as a perk in exchange for typically less pay, irregular work hours and few other benefits. There are 2 million retail workers in Canada who are usually low income earners or students. The National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier claims that this is not targeting retail workers. It is completely wrong to impose a new interpretation forcing retail workers and retail companies into accounting these small discounts into a separate taxable income to make up for the government's spending. Creating a large amount of completely unnecessary paperwork over small discounts on goods which are already taxed through GST, PST and HST. The Liberals ran their campaign on tax cuts for middle class families by taxing the wealthier 1% at a higher rate, I guess they forgot to add that the lower income class would bear this burden as well. Please sign this petition to let the Minister know that we are against this small cash grab. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1068889667519