Support A Skilled Trades Mobility Tax Deduction
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Dear Member of Parliament,
CC: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Labour Seamus O'Regan
The construction and maintenance industry is the backbone of the middle class - it's an industry that builds and maintains Canada's infrastructure, manufacturing facilities, and our future Net-Zero economy. However, Canada's professional skilled trade UBC Millwrights need support to continue to build a better Canada. In the construction and maintenance industry, projects arise, are built, and completed in different locations at different times requiring a mobile professional skilled trade UBC Millwright workforce to travel to where projects are happening. When expenses aren't covered by an employer, professional skilled trade UBC Millwrights have to pay out-of-pocket for travel expenses - costs that can run into the thousands. When trying to support a family, the extra expenses make it too expensive to travel for work.
Currently, the Income Tax Act treats skilled trades workers unfairly. Salespeople, professionals, and Canadians in other industries can receive a tax deduction for the cost of their travel, meals, and accommodations. The same option is denied to UBC Millwrights who work on jobsites in different regions or provinces from their primary residence. For example, someone selling material or machinery for the construction of a new manufacturing facility can travel and deduct from their income the cost of their travel, meals, accommodations, while the same option is unjustly denied to professional skilled UBC Millwrights who install the material, components and machinery. The Government of Canada has a responsibility to ensure a system of tax fairness is in place for all Canadians.
Skilled trade UBC Millwrights have continued to go to work, each and every day from the start of the pandemic. As the economy continues to rebound, the recovery will be uneven in different parts of the country and workers will need to travel for employment and to build our infrastructure. Skilled trades agree that a tax deduction will support them in getting to job opportunities with 75% of building trades workers saying a tax deduction will give them access to a greater number of job opportunities.
To put more Canadians to work, the time is now for the Government of Canada to stand up for our skilled trades workers and follow through on its election commitment to ensure fairness for skilled trades workers. It's time to implement a skilled trades workforce mobility tax deduction.
SUPPORT A SKILLED TRADES LABOUR MOBILITY TAX DEDUCTION
Tell the Federal Government to follow through on their campaign commitment and implement a skilled trades labour mobility tax deduction for out-of-pocket expenses when travelling for work.
As of the 2021 election, all three major federal parties have said they support tax fairness and a tax deduction to help Canada’s skilled trades workers. So let’s not waste time.
With the 44th Parliament now in session, write to your Member of Parliament asking them to support the implementation of legislation to make this change now.
Skilled trade UBC Millwrights have always had to travel for work. However, sometimes the costs associated with having to travel for work make it impossible to go.
Unlike many careers, jobs in the construction and maintenance industry are cyclical meaning projects are built in different locations at different times, requiring professional skilled UBC Millwrights to travel away from home. When traveling, the costs of gas, accommodation and food – while supporting your family back home – can prove too expensive to go to work. Costs associated with traveling to where the work is, when not covered by an employer, should be tax deductible, and right now, they’re not.
ADDRESSING UNFAIRNESS IN THE INCOME TAX ACT
Salespeople, professionals, and Canadians in other industries can receive a tax deduction for the cost of their travel, meals, and accommodations. The same option is denied to skilled trades workers who work on jobsites that are in different regions than their primary residence.
Introducing a tax deduction for skilled trades workers out-of-pocket expenses when travelling for work is about tax fairness.
LESSENING FINANCIAL BURDENS ON WORKER
While some project budgets allow for workers travel costs to be paid for – many do not and, instead, require workers to pay out-of-pocket, often costing them thousands of dollars. With families to support, temporary relocation costs can prove too burdensome for workers.
Supports for labour mobility, like a tax deduction, would remove the financial barrier for skilled trades workers to temporarily relocate or travel for work.
SAVINGS FOR THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
Increased labour mobility would take workers off of programs like EI, and instead, contribute to the Canadian economy through tax revenues from their employment.
A financial projection estimates that a skilled trades workforce mobility tax deduction would save the Federal Government an estimated $347 million dollars.
WHAT WORKERS WANT
75% of skilled trades workers agree that a tax deduction will give them access to a greater number of job opportunities according to CBTU.
70% of Building Trades workers have had to pay out of pocket work-related travel expenses according to CBTU.
75% of workers say work shortages are common where they live according to CBTU.
To put more Canadians to work, the time is now for the Government of Canada to stand up for our skilled trades workers and follow through on its election commitment. It’s time to implement a skilled trades workforce mobility tax deduction.
Send a letter today.