On August 9, 2022, the Department of Finance published a draft legislation to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada) to extend the coverage of the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC). 2SLGBTQI parents are now among those who qualify according to the proposed amendments, which are intended to cover a portion of surrogacy-related expenses for those who have faced obstacles in becoming parents.

The Government’s initiative is promising for aspiring parents, though the current state of the proposition does include limitations that would make taking advantage of the amendment in place difficult for 2SLGBTQI parents. Considering this, Egale Canada urges that the proposed amendments be revised accordingly as outlined in the submission below.

The proposed amendments in the submission below were prepared and submitted to the Department of Finance, Tax Legislation Division on September 29, 2022, by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg on behalf of Egale Canada.