August 21, 2019

Scheer to Make Maternity Benefits Tax-Free

A new Conservative government will put $4000 back in the pockets of new parents


Chilliwack – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope, is promoting how a Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer, would make maternity benefits tax-free.

“Welcoming a new child into a family is an incredibly special moment for so many parents,” said MP Strahl. “Canada’s Conservatives understand the importance of supporting young families with their children during those important early years.”

“Having a child is an exciting milestone in any person’s life, but it comes with added costs and pressures,” said Andrew Scheer. “Today, young parents are under pressure and worried about their future. They are looking for help and Justin Trudeau has proven that he cannot be trusted to deliver it.”
As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will remove federal income tax from Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and EI paternal benefits by providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 percent for any income earned under these two programs. The benefit to a Canadian whose salary is $50,000 would be about $4,000.
 “Justin Trudeau said he would help the middle class, but the last four years show that he is not as advertised. He raised taxes on 80 percent of middle-class families and brought in a carbon tax that makes everyday essentials more expensive,” said Scheer.
Canada’s Conservatives have a plan for you and your family to get ahead: lowering your taxes, living within our means, and putting more money in your pockets.


For more information, please see the video announcement on Andrew Scheer’s Facebook page.

  • In 2018, the Liberals and the NDP cost Canadian parents hundreds of millions of dollars in savings when they voted against a Conservative bill that would have brought immediate tax relief to families.
  • All Canadian families will be eligible for this new benefit.
  • A new Conservative government will provide a tax credit of an equivalent amount for residents of Quebec who receive benefits under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).