Ottawa ? Citing the need to better reflect the cost of adoption and its benefits to society, Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, announced today he has increased his proposal for a federal tax deduction for adoption expenses to a maximum of $10,000.
?In preparing my private members? legislation for re-introduction today, we realized that my bill proposing an adoption tax deduction, which I first introduced more than three years ago, needed to be revised to accurately reflect the exorbitant costs of adopting a child,? said Hill in explaining why he raised the proposed maximum deduction by $3,000.
Parents can pay between $10,000 and $15,000 to privately adopt in Canada. International adoptions can cost up to $30,000 or more. ?While parents willingly incur these expenses to bring a child into their lives, so many children and all of society benefit from their decision to adopt,? stated Hill. ?I believe our tax system should fairly acknowledge this contribution, as well as provide financial incentive to encourage adoption.?
Hill stated he has high hopes for the passage of the adoption expenses bill, which will once again be numbered Bill C-246 at his request. ?In the last Parliament, there was tremendous backing from all political parties for this bill. Against their Finance Minister?s advice, even government backbenchers voted to support my legislation.? Hill added, ?I believe adoptive parents and children can be optimistic that they could soon see some form of financial relief.?
Hill also introduced three of his other private members? bills today: Bill C-270 would extend the mandate of the Witness Protection Program to protect those whose lives and the lives of their children are threatened by a spouse, former spouse or intimate partner; Bill C-248 would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for those convicted of trafficking a narcotic within five hundred metres of a school; and, Bill C-245 would ensure that courts grant shared custody of a child to both spouses undergoing a divorce unless there exists evidence that it would not be in the best interests of the child.
While Hill will designate C-246, the adoption expenses bill, to be his first piece of private members? legislation debated, he concluded, ?My private members bills are intended to fill the legislative gaps in the government?s agenda, and in this minority Parliament, I believe all of these bills have a decent chance at advancing.?