School tax relief for students

The September long weekend to me has often meant one last chance to go camping and/or spending time with family and friends before the hustle and bustle of the back to school season kicks in.  However, the reality is that it is now more important than ever before to make sure you get a good education to help ensure you have a solid foundation for your future. 

Global economies are becoming increasingly competitive, and post-secondary education holds the key to maintaining Canada’s edge in the global marketplace. Our Government recognizes that strong policies to support Canadians who pursue post-secondary education are one of the most important strategies we can put in place to ensure long-term economic growth for Canada.

Canada is one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Education has long been established as a key driver of long-term prosperity. According to a recent study published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada ranks first among OECD countries in the proportion of adults with post-secondary education. Our Government understands this and continues to support post-secondary education through tax relief measures such as:

  • Students can claim tuition fees paid to a university, college, or other educational institution in Canada for courses taken at the post-secondary level. Tuition fees paid for courses certified by Employment and Social Development Canada to develop or improve skills in an occupation also qualifies.
  • Students can claim an education amount of $400 for each whole or part month in the year in which they are enrolled full-time in a qualifying educational program, or $120 per month for part-time enrolment in a specified educational program, at a designated educational institution.
  • Students can claim a textbook amount of $65 for each month where they qualify for the full-time education amount or $20 for each part-time month.

Last year alone, Canadian students and their families claimed more than $11 billion in financial assistance. This government will continue to stand behind our students as they strive to make Canada more competitive and prosperous.

Whether starting your first year or returning to the classroom at UBCO, Okanagan College or any of the numerous private schools, in order to ensure you receive all the educational tax relief you are entitled to, I encourage you to go to www.cra.gc.ca/students on the Canada Revenue Agency’s Web site to see more information on the tuition, education, and textbook tax credits, and other information specifically for students, 

Learning is life-long. When we stop learning, we stop living. Remember what Mark Twain once said:

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 


P.S. - Just a reminder to slow down in school zones to keep our future post-secondary students safe.


Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair

I would also like to remind folks that on Saturday, September 7, 2013 the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair is happening at Parkinson Recreation Centre

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, from 10 AM – 3 PM.

For volunteers, this event represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about each organization, and how their personal involvement can make a difference in our community. I encourage everyone to go and find out how we can all come together to help make Kelowna – Lake Country a great place to live!


The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected].  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca.

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About the Author

The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.

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