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The Chamber is urging Lambton’s two Members of Parliament, along with the Federal Minister of Finance to steer clear of any plans for taxing health and dental benefit packages provided by employers. This comes on the heels of a report in the National Post on December 2, 2016 that the Department of Finance is reviewing the tax exemption.

In this letter to MP Marilyn Gladu of Sarnia-Lambton and MP Bev Shipley of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, with a copy to the Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, Chamber CEO Shirley de Silva and Mark Lumley, chair of the Board of Directors, voice concern on behalf of the Chamber membership.

Taxing health care benefits would result in fewer businesses, particularly smaller ones, that offer these benefits and it could cost employees hundreds or thousands of dollars each year.  It also means that many Canadians may be at risk of losing access to vision care, prescription drug, dental care and other preventative services if their employer can’t afford to keep them insured.

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The letter is another example of the Chamber, on behalf of members, taking a stand on issues of importance to the local business community.

“We do this on behalf of our members on a consistent basis,” said de Silva. “Our role as the Voice of Business in our community is acknowledged by elected government officials and regulators at every level and it’s one that we take very seriously.”

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