Tax Changes Needed to Fight Diabetes in Canada

September 3, 2015 Taxation in Canada

OTTAWA – Canada needs to extend disability tax breaks to taxpayers suffering from certain forms of diabetes, and also needs to enact greater taxes on sugar-laden soft drinks.

In a new statement issued on September 1st the Canadian Diabetes Association called on the federal government to enact new tax measures aimed at preventing the spread of diabetes in the country and at helping the sufferers of diabetes to pay for their significant medical bills.

The Association suggested that the government could enact a tax on the sale of sugary drinks, and claimed that a single serving of an average soft drink purchased in the country contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, an amount which, if consumed regularly, can greatly increase the risk of contracting diabetes.

It was noted that Mexico and France have already implemented similar tax measures, leading to an almost immediate decrease in the consumption of such sugar-laden beverages.

Further, the Association called on the federal government to extend the currently available Disability Tax Credit to individuals with Type 1 diabetes, as 1 in 10 diabetics in the country have difficulty paying for their treatments, even if they already have insurance.

It is estimated that more than 10 million Canadians currently either have a form of diabetes or are pre-diabetic.

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