Canada Customs & Revenue Agency News Release

Ottawa, July 2, 1999…The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of National Revenue and M.P. (Vancouver South-Burnaby), today released a performance report on Revenue Canada’s administration of benefits programs. This is the third time Revenue Canada has released a report on this area of its activities.

“Since 1990 Revenue Canada has issued more than t $476 billion in benefits that I know are very important to many Canadians with low and moderate incomes,” including the parents of more that 5.7 million children,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “These benefits contribute to the quality of life here in Canada, something that is envied around the world.”

The Benefit Programs Report examines results in the 1997-98 benefit year for programs such as the:

  • Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Credit;
  • Child Tax Benefit;
  • Children’s Special Aallowances;
  • Disability Tax Credit;
  • Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit;
  • BC Family Bonus;
  • New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit; and
  • Newfoundland Harmonized Sales Tax Credit.

During the reporting period 8.8 million people, including more than 1.74 million seniors, received more than $2.7 billion in GST/HST credits. The Department also estimates that Child Tax Benefit payments totaling $5.3 billion were made for more than 75% of all children (under age 18) residing in Canada during 1997-98.

“I think it is important for Canadians to be aware of Revenue Canada’s contribution,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “The Department plays an important role in administering federal social programs, and now many provinces are asking Revenue Canada for assistance in administering their own programs.”

Copies of this year’s report are available on Revenue Canada’s Web site at:www.rc.gc.ca.

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