"We recognize that teachers and early childhood educators often incur out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies."

Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada and the leader of the Liberal Party.

Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada and the leader of the Liberal Party, not only made promises but kept them when he announced, that if elected, a Liberal government would allow a refundable benefit to be claimed by Teachers and Early Childhood Educator (ECEs). Trudeau stated, “As a teacher, sometimes you have out-of-pocket expenses to enhance the activities in your classrooms.” also citing, “Unfortunately, those expenses aren’t recognized by our federal tax system. Teachers, keep your receipts, because come next spring (2016) when you’re filing your taxes under a Liberal government, you’ll get this benefit." Trudeau has admitted that teaching is a personal passion, having worked as a teacher after graduating in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Well, that new benefit, formally approved on Friday, April 1st, 2016, will apply to the purchase of up to $1,000 worth of school supplies each year, providing a cash benefit of up to $150 each year for licensed and certified teachers and educators, starting in the 2015 tax year.

Because this benefit will operate as a refundable tax credit, all educators who have purchased educational materials qualify, regardless of their income level.

Teaching supplies include consumable goods. Some examples are:

  • Construction paper for activities, flashcards for activity centres;
  • Items for science experiments, such as seeds, potting soil, vinegar, baking soda and stir sticks;
  • Art supplies such as paper, glue and paint; and
  • Various stationary items, such as pens, pencils, posters and charts.
  • The only durable goods that qualify as teaching supplies are listed below:

  • games and puzzles;
  • books for the classroom;
  • containers such as plastic boxes or banker boxes; and
  • educational support software.
  • We were pretty excited to be chosen as the venue to reveal the initial announcement but also to participate in the acknowledgment and recognition our teachers and child care workers deserve for their out-of-pocket generosity.

    As industry leaders in the educational supplies sector, we're part of the learning professionals inner circle and together we play a critical role in our children’s development.

    To learn more about the Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit click here or to connect with one of our Catalogue Sales Directors and or Sales Representatives click here. We can help you identify products that are both suitable for the classroom and eligible for the tax credit.

    • Now we're both in the know!
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