Libby seconded the NDP Green Commuters Bill today in the House of Commons. The Bill calls for tax-free benefits for people who choose alternatives to the single-occupancy car. Libby tabled a similar public transit motion in the spring, to make employer-provided transit passes tax-exempt.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 26, 2009
NEW DEMOCRAT BILL BENEFITS GREEN COMMUTERS
Bill proposes tax-free benefits for transit users, cyclists and carpool users
VICTORIA – Under a new commuter-choices bill being introduced tomorrow by New Democrat Denise Savoie (Victoria), Canadian employers can offer tax-free commuter benefits for those who choose public transit, bicycling and carpooling.
“It’s time to get creative and encourage alternative commuting choices to the single-occupancy car,” said Savoie. “The threats of climate change and poor air quality demand immediate and innovative action.”
After introducing her bill in the House of Commons, Savoie will be joined by Bernard d’Amour of the Canadian Urban Transit Association, to discuss the benefits of tax-free, employer-provided transit benefits.