CPA Public Affairs
October 2022

CPA making headlines on call to make HST and GST zero-rated for residential energy

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Media have reacted to the CPA’s press release issued on September 6 – CPA: Feds must work to ensure affordable home heating.

The CPA is asking the federal government to make a legislative change to Part IX of the Excise Tax Act that would categorize residential heating fuels, such as propane, as zero-rated for purposes of the GST/HST.  Heating is essential in Canada; making this change would ensure that residential energy receives the same tax treatment as essential items such as basic groceries as well as agriculture and fish products.

Media have been engaged. For example, CPA President and CEO Shannon Watt conducted an interview with CTV News and has published a letter to the editor in the Hill Times newspaper.

Consultations have also included members of parliament. SVP Government Relations Allan Murphy spoke to Ontario MP Michael Chong, who has raised the topic of tax burden for residential in the House of Commons (video posted on Twitter). Further meetings with MPs from the government and opposition are taking place.

The CPA’s recommendation is also part of its submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee in hopes that it be included in their recommendations to the finance minister as she prepares the 2023-24 federal budget.


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