Position statement

To encourage more and larger philanthropic gifts, the government of Canada should implement charitable tax incentives equal to those allowed for political contributions.

Background and rationale

Health organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association rely on charitable gifts to fulfil their missions. They also play a vital role in sustaining the health of a community. In the face of dwindling health-care dollars and increased demand, it is important that Canadians are given every possible incentive to continue to support health organizations. This will be increasingly necessary as government asks that health organizations assume even more responsibility for the well-being of Canadians.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in the democratic process through political contributions which offer very generous tax incentives. An equal incentive for charities should be strongly encouraged.

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