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Tories Would Expand Provincial Fitness Tax Credit

September 6, 2011 6:18 AM | News

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The provincial Conservatives would expand the fitness tax credit to all families if elected.

On Monday, leader Hugh McFadyen made the announcement while speaking at the YM-YWCA in Kirkfield Park. The expanded provincial credit would include several expenses associated with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as gym memberships.

“We all benefit from health activities, and governments at all levels have been working to encourage people of all ages to be more active and more fit,” McFadyen said. “Previous tax credit programs have been focused on young people.”

Currently, only Manitobans up to 24-years-old can benefit from the fitness tax credit. The Conservatives say the credit could be applied to $500 of eligible costs, and Manitobans with disabilities would be eligible for double the credit amount.

The credit would cost taxpayers $20 million.