Groups Representing over 4 million Canadians Launch Coalition Supporting Government Action on Tax Fairness



Organizations from different sectors across the country representing over 4 million Canadians have come together to form the new Canadian Coalition for Tax Fairness — in support of the federal government’s efforts to close unfair tax loopholes that allow some wealthy Canadians to reduce their taxes using private corporations. The group issued a joint statement today. Membership is open and the coalition is growing fast.

According to the group’s statement, the research clearly shows that the wealthy are far more likely than middle or low income Canadians to own a private corporation, and are far more likely to take advantage of these tax loopholes.

“We represent Canadians concerned that high levels of inequality are dragging down our economic growth and well-being.” says spokesperson Diana Sarosi from Oxfam Canada, “Women are particularly impacted by the lack of funding for universal programs like child care.”  She adds: “Closing these private corporation tax loopholes is a positive and important step, but it falls short of a full tax fairness strategy.”

“This is a critical issue for all Canadians.” says spokesperson Dennis Howlett from Canadians for Tax Fairness, “Unfair tax loopholes exacerbate inequality, undermine the integrity of our tax system and limit the ability of government to fund the social and physical infrastructure we need to ensure a healthy and fair economy.”

The Canadian Coalition for Tax Fairness is a coalition of organizations representing over 4 million Canadians concerned that high levels of inequality are dragging down our economic growth and well-being. We support tax fairness as a key tool for tackling inequality.

The Coalition members include:

  • Alberta Federation of Labour
  • Association of Canadian Financial Officers
  • BC Federation of Labour
  • Broadbent Institute
  • Campaign 2000
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Canadian Federation of Students
  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • Canadian Teachers Federation
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • Canadians for Tax Fairness
  • Citizens for Public Justice
  • Council of Canadians
  • Friends of Medicare
  • Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Inter Pares
  • Lead Now
  • National Union of Public and General Employees
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
  • Nova Scotians for Tax Fairness
  • Oxfam Canada
  • Oxfam Quebec
  • Public Interest Alberta
  • Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
  • Toronto and York Region Labour Council
  • Unifor
  • UNITE-HERE! Canada