There is a trend of governments flowing more income to low income households through tax credits. Because of this, it is paramount to keep promoting the use of free income tax clinics, including expansion to low-serviced areas and year round services. Some 45,000 people in Grey Bruce are eligible to use the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program but only 2% are doing so. (CRA, 2019)
Since 2017, the Income and Employment Action Group and Community Voices – some 12 to 15 social agencies and people with lived experience – have focused on public education to people with low income on ways to increase household income. In partnership with 2-1-1, we maintain a free clinic listing online and via telephone. The information collected also informs us where the geographic gaps are in free services and barriers to accessing clinics. Creating the conditions for more free services that increase income can change lives.