Ground SAR volunteers to get long-awaited tax credit
Ground search and rescue volunteers in the province are getting something they've been wanting for years – a measure in the last federal budget that allows them to claim a $3,000 federal tax credit.
Harry Blackmore, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association, said the recognition is good, but Ottawa needs to do more.
"We're going after them now to have our organization for ground search and rescue recognized the same as the coast guard auxiliary and CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association ), which are our air and water partners. They're federally funded," said Blackmore.
"We did write the minister when the firefighters got their (tax credit) a few years ago. At that time he said they didn't have the money in the budget to do it. So we are glad that it went ahead. It's something that we have been advocating for the last three of four years now, trying to get it straightened out."
Blackmore said most of the association's members will work the 200 volunteer hours necessary to earn the new tax credit.