News Release

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

Senate committee launches public hearings on the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

October 19, 2017

Ottawa – Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the Senate Committee on National Finance, and Senator Anne C. Cools, Deputy Chair, have announced that the committee will look to Canadians as they embark on an in-depth Study on the Minister of Finance’s proposed changes to the Income Tax Act respecting the taxation of private corporations and the tax planning strategies involved.

The committee will be conducting a series of public hearings beginning in Ottawa, where Senators will hear from Quebec and Ontario witnesses. Following these hearings, the committee will hear from witnesses in Western Canada and the third leg of the hearings will take place in Atlantic Canada.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario
Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario
Tuesday, October 31, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario

Western Canada

Monday, November 6, 2017: Vancouver, British Columbia
Tuesday, November 7, 2017: Calgary, Alberta
Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Thursday, November 9, 2017: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Atlantic Canada

Monday, November 20, 2017: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Saint-John, New Brunswick
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Saint-John, New Brunswick

More details on times and locations will be released in the coming days.

The committee plans to present their final report with recommendations for the federal government following the public hearings.


“It is our duty as senators to consult Canadians and to inform ourselves on how this proposed income tax reform will impact their day to day lives. It’s the role of a Senate committee to provide a forum so all points of views can be heard. These public consultations are part of a democratic process established by the Senate Committee on National Finance. A report will be tabled in which we will be asking the government to respond to our recommendations in a timely manner."

- Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the committee

“Our Senate National Finance Committee will embark shortly on their Committee Public Hearings across Canada. Canadians are interested in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed changes to the Income Tax Act, which proposed changes are of deep concern to them, coast to coast, particularly those who may be affected directly. Cross country Committee hearings are, predictably, productive and exciting, as the Committee members take hold of the issues and concerns raised by those who appear before it. Undoubtedly, our Committee will be uplifted by the participation of our Canadian public in this exercise, which is part and parcel of the development of public policy respecting the raising of taxes, and amending the Income Tax Act.”

- Senator Anne C. Cools, Deputy Chair of the committee


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