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Conservatives to Remove GST from Home Heating

Part of Andrew Scheer’s plan to make life more affordable for Canadians

Mississauga, Ontario – The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, today announced the next step in his plan to make life more affordable for Canadians.

A Conservative government, led by Andrew Scheer, will remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from home heating and energy bills, which will save the average Canadian household $107 per year.

“It’s hard enough to get ahead these days without the government taking money out of your pocket,” Scheer said. “Heating your home in the winter isn’t a luxury for Canadians. It is a necessity. We don’t tax other basic necessities like groceries and we shouldn’t be taxing home heating.”

The Conservative leader emphasized that under his plan Canadians will not only save the cost of the federal tax on their home heating and energy bills, they will also save hundreds of dollars more each year after he cancels Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax.

“His Carbon Tax will increase the cost of everyday essentials like gasoline, groceries, and home heating and make life more expensive for everyone. As Prime Minister, I will put this money back in the pockets of Canadians where it belongs,” Scheer said.

“Canada should have a government that helps people achieve their dreams, not a government that stands in the way,” Scheer said. “My plan to remove the GST from home heating and energy bills is just one of the ways that a Conservative government will help Canadians get ahead.”

Backgrounder

TAX-FREE HOME HEATING

In Canada, heating your home is a necessity, not a luxury. A Conservative government led by Andrew
Scheer will remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from home heating and energy bills and put
more money in the pockets of Canadians.

Why should home energy be exempted from the GST?

Currently, the federal government does not apply the GST to essentials, like most groceries or
medical supplies. Andrew Scheer believes home heating and energy should also be free from
the GST. At a time when Canadians are already paying big home heating and energy bills, Justin
Trudeau’s Liberals have introduced a Carbon Tax which will increase the cost of heating, cooling, and
powering homes in Canada.

Many Canadians have seen their gas and power bills go through the roof. The soaring cost of energy
affects seniors and those living on fixed incomes most of all.

Of all the things Canadian homeowners need to worry about, heating and powering their homes
should not be first and foremost. Yet many families are struggling to cope with these essential costs.
How much will the average Canadian household save1?

The average household will save $107 per year, but some could save as much as $150.

SAVINGS PER AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD

2019

2020

2021

2022

Newfoundland

$147

$148

$150

$151

PEI

$150

$152

$153

$155

Nova Scotia

$131

$133

$134

$135

New Brunswick

$139

$140

$141

$143

Quebec

$91

$91

$92

$93

Ontario

$113

$114

$115

$116

Manitoba

$92

$93

$94

$95

Saskatchewan

$123

$124

$126

$127

Alberta

$118

$119

$120

$122

BC

$89

$90

$91

$92

Canada

$106

$107

$108

$109

1Source: Statistics Canada Household Spending Survey.

Can be viewed at https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/cv.action?pid=1110022201

What is included?

All home energy for primary residences – electricity, natural gas, heating oil, propane, wood pellets,
and other heating sources will be exempt from the GST. The Canada Revenue Agency will work with
utility companies to rebate the 5% GST to consumers, capped at $200 per household.

What is not included?

Commercial energy use will not be exempt from the GST. Investment properties will also not receive
the exemption.

 

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