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Canada Revenue Agency

February 19, 2014 21:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Search and Rescue Volunteers with New Tax Credit

COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, today visited the Comox Valley Search and Rescue Hall to promote the new search and rescue volunteers tax credit announced in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2014.

The search and rescue volunteers tax credit will be available to search and rescue volunteers who perform at least 200 hours of eligible service during a year, and provides up to $450 in tax savings for these dedicated individuals as they serve their communities. The new tax credit builds on the Government's record of tax relief and the introduction of the volunteer firefighters tax credit in EAP 2011.

EAP 2014 also expands on the Government's measures to improve Canadian communities by investing $305 million over five years to extend and enhance broadband Internet service for Canadians in rural and Northern communities; $390 million over five years to strengthen confidence in the food Canadians eat; and $250 million in new measures to better prepare Canadians and protect them from natural disasters.

Quick Facts

  • In Canada, search and rescue is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal organizations, as well as ground, air, and marine volunteer search and rescue organizations.
  • There are approximately 85,000 volunteer firefighters in Canada. The hours volunteered for search and rescue along with firefighter activities can be combined.
  • There are three key national search and rescue associations that help to support and guide Canada's volunteer search and rescue community. Together, they represent some 18,000 volunteers across the country.
    • The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association is a Canada-wide volunteer association dedicated to the promotion of aviation safety, and to the provision of air search support services to Canada's National search and rescue Program.
    • The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a Canada-wide volunteer association dedicated to maritime search and rescue and the promotion of boating safety, and provides assistance to the Canadian Coast Guard in maritime search and rescue.
    • The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada was established by the provincial and territorial associations to provide a national voice for ground search and rescue volunteers in Canada. It aims to address issues of common concern and to develop consistency and promote standardization or portability of programs and volunteers across the country. Including the volunteer firefighter tax credit, over 100,000 volunteers will benefit from the credits.

Quotes

"Search and rescue volunteers are critical in keeping our communities safe. Our government recognizes their invaluable contributions, and the selfless role each volunteer plays. We are pleased to recognize their community leadership and volunteerism through the search and rescue volunteers tax credit."

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

"In Vancouver Island North, we are blessed with a beautiful and rugged coastal landscape. Today, we also recognize that we are also truly blessed with a strong presence of local search and rescue volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of our community."

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North

Related Products

Economic Action Plan 2014

Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/firefighter

Volunteer Firefighters Association of BC

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association

Associated Links

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary: http://ccga-gcac.ca

Civil Air Search and Rescue Association: http://www.casara.ca

Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada: http://www.sarvac.ca

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue: http://cvgsar.com

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