Support for Parents of Independent School Children and Homeschoolers
About one in 12 students in Canada is educated outside of the public system. According to a recent study by the Fraser Institute, there are almost 2000 independent schools in Canada and the share of students attending independent schools has grown over the last several years.
As more and more parents avail themselves of the education choices they believe are best for their children, I want to make sure they are supported.
As Prime Minister, I would allow parents of students attending independent schools a tax deduction of up to $4000 tuition annually per child. As well, a Homeschoolers’ Amount of $1,000 would be available as a tax credit to parents who choose to homeschool their child.
This policy would not impact the current tax deductibility for the religious portion of independent school tuition. It could be applied to up to $4,000 of secular education tuition fees.
Parents have many reasons to send their children to independent schools or to homeschool. An increased emphasis on particular subject matter, special education needs, or a desire for a religious focus, the reasons are as individual as each child. I believe that parents have the primary responsibility for educating their children, and the government should make it a little easier for parents to make their own choices.