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Edmonton, Alberta, September 14, 2011 ... The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, yesterday visited the Edmonton Children's Dance Theatre to promote the children’s arts tax credit, a new non-refundable credit passed this year in the 2011 federal budget.

“Parents whose children participate in paid artistic, cultural, recreational, and developmental programs will now enjoy the same benefit as parents whose children participate in paid programs of physical activity. Our Government believes whether a child is inspired by Karen Kain, Justin Bieber, Michael J. Fox or Kurt Browning, parents should receive a tax credit to help pay for the programs that will help their children live out those dreams,” said Minister Shea.

“This tax credit is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to benefit from more artistic programs and activities. I am proud of our government’s commitment to foster arts in Canada”, added Laurie Hawn.

In addition to fitness programs covered by the children’s fitness tax credit, parents can now claim money spent on programs that focus on fine arts, music, performing arts, outdoor wilderness training, learning a language, studying a culture, tutoring, and more. When parents claim the children’s arts tax credit—up to a maximum of $500 of the cost of programs—they save as much as $75 at tax time per child claimed.

From left to right: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, and Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea today visited Edmonton Children's Dance Theatre to promote the new children’s arts tax credit. The credit can save parents up to $75 at tax time when they claim of the costs of artistic, cultural, recreational and developmental programs for their children.


Nancy Bishay
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of National Revenue

Noel Carisse
Canada Revenue Agency
Media Relations

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