In 2012, NHPC approached the Government of Alberta, asking them to implement a Holistic Health and Fitness Tax Credit (HHFTC). We asked Alberta members to participate in the lobby during the Spring Provincial Election and members were quick to respond to NHPC's request, which proved successful.
The Alberta PCs were elected and Allison Redford, with a renewed mandate to lead the province, indicated support for a $500.00 tax credit.
However, Government research indicates that a tax credit is ineffective at increasing the number of users of wellness and fitness programs and would have little impact for low-income Albertans.
Working together with Alberta Health, NHPC is looking at other options to evolve the program in an inclusive way that will increase the number of clients and users of Natural Health.
Though the HHFTC has not made it in to the 2013 budget, there is still a very strong political support for a program.
NHPC continues to move forward with a more comprehensive program, the Holistic Health and Fitness Program (HHFP). We will continue to push forward on behalf of our members and continue to update you as more information becomes available.
NHPC asks practitioners to be patient while we work toward growing your options to expand your client base.
For more information, email Kathy Watson, Government Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org