For many Canadians, summer camp is a vital opportunity to develop one’s identity, values, and connection to community. Camp enables children to experience a summer filled with exercise, skills development, and enjoyment of Canada’s natural beauty.
For many families, summer camp fees pose a significant financial burden. While parents can receive the childcare tax credit for day camp fees, overnight camp costs are not eligible.
The Government of Canada should recognize the value of children’s summer camp, either by extending the childcare tax credit to include overnight camp fees or by creating an overnight summer camp tax credit.