Children's Fitness Tax Credit - Save Your Receipts

The 2006 federal budget proposed the creation of a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to cover eligible fees up to $500 for enrolment in a physical activity program, effective January 1, 2007. The purpose of this credit is to facilitate access by children and youth to physical activity and recreation programs, as a means of helping them maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

What qualifies for the tax credit?

  • Ongoing programs that are a minimum of once per week for eight weeks. The programs need to be a minimum of 30 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity for children under ten, or a minimum of 60 minutes children ten and over.

  • Seasonal or membership fees paid at mixed-use facilities and community centers:

  • In cases where children are participating in programs through family memberships, a portion of the fee related to the child or children would be eligible.

  • Fees charged for extra-curricular teams or programs that take place at a school that are managed by either a third-party or the school itself.

  • Fees for camps that emphasize a physical activity theme. To qualify, the camp program would need to last at least five consecutive days, during which at least 50% of the activity during the program hours of each day would involve physical activity.

For more information, please contact:

MaryAnne Wooldridge
Supervisor, Membership Services (705) 748-9642 ext 259

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