After years of encouragement from OECTA, a federal party has pledged to introduce a Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Benefit, to offset the annual expenditures experienced by so many members of the teaching profession.
“Many of our members spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each year on classroom supplies to compensate for cuts to school budgets,” says OECTA President Ann Hawkins. “I’m pleased to see an acknowledgement that teachers often pay out of pocket to ensure that students have a positive classroom experience, and deserve a tax benefits in line with other professional expenditures. We all need to recognize that teachers matter, and how they’re treated matters too.”
A Supply Tax benefit has been a long-standing request of Canadian teachers and OECTA is pleased that the Liberal Party has committed to introducing this measure if elected.
While teachers should not be expected to pay out-of-pocket for classroom supplies, OECTA understands that this sacrifice is a reality for many of its members and should be addressed as a professional expense like any other.
“We call upon all the federal parties to match this commitment and ensure that our hardworking teachers receive the same tax entitlements as other professions,” said Hawkins.
The Liberals Tax Benefit would provide a cash benefit of up to $150 annually, on up to $1,000 in school supplies and educational materials.