Canada's NDP


March 14th, 2024

NDP's Ashton calls for an increase to the volunteer firefighter tax credit in the upcoming budget

THOMPSON – On Tuesday, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) called for an increase to the tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

Last summer, unprecedented wildfires have swept across Northern Manitoba, with many communities relying on a volunteer fire service.

“Indigenous communities were hit the hardest by last summer’s raging wildfires across Northern Manitoba,” said Ashton. “A lot of those communities hit by the fires relied solely on the selfless work of volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers—who also have full-time jobs. These volunteers deserve more support from the federal government for their heroic work. The NDP is calling on the Liberals to do what’s right and deliver financial help for volunteer firefighters who devote their free time to help others.”

NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtney-Alberni) introduced a private member’s bill that would increase the firefighter and search and rescue volunteers tax credit from $3,000 to $10,000. In addition to putting money back in the pockets of these volunteers, it would also help local governments and communities to recruit and retain these vital first responders.

“While the Liberals cater to big business and doesn’t hesitate to help them out, the NDP is fighting for northern and rural communities who rely solely on volunteers to fight unprecedented major wildfires,” said Ashton. “Amid a cost-of-living crisis, people need money back in their pockets sooner to put food on the table and afford rent. New Democrats will keep fighting for rural and northern communities so they have the support they need to get ahead.”