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CMA and the proposed federal tax reforms

The CMA continues to raise the concerns voiced by thousands of physicians from across the country over the federal government's proposed taxation changes. Physicians and small businesses across the country believe these changes are complex and will ultimately lead to unintended consequences affecting all Canadians.

To further understand the impact on the medical profession and the health care system, the CMA worked closely with taxation and legal experts to develop a comprehensive brief that was submitted to the federal government prior to the end of the consultation period in October 2017.

Here are some of our recent activities on the issue:

  • We’ve joined the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, a group of over 75 professional organizations representing small business operators from farmers to independent businesses.
  • We met with Finance Minister Bill Morneau, at his request, in August 2017 to voice the concerns of physicians and the small business community.
  • We were in Kelowna in early September 2017 to host a roundtable where local female physicians discussed the gender-specific challenges of the proposed changes.
  • We asked a group of women physicians to share their concerns, from the effects on their practice, their personal lives and their ability to care for their patients. Click here to listen to their stories.
  • We advanced our concerns in front of the Finance Committee on two occasions in September 2017, and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance in October 2017.
  • We issued a statement at the end of November 2017 to express concerns on the looming deadline for the changes.
  • We also provided a reaction to the federal government’s announcement on income sprinkling in December 2017.

How can you take action?

  • More than 10,000 letters have been submitted to MPs across the country via our letter-writing tool. There’s still time for you to send yours!
  • We’re here to support you in any meetings you may wish to host with your local MP through the MD-MP Contact Program.
  • Join the conversation on social media using #UnfairTaxChanges.