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by Journal Of Commerce last update:Dec 1, 2014

The 2011 federal budget proposes that all occupational, trade and professional examination fees be eligible for the federal tuition tax credit. Several construction trades, including carpenter, electrician and engineer, would qualify

The government has earmarked $5 million for the credit over the next two years. The government anticipates that 30,000 people could benefit from this measure.

Among the eligible construction occupations for this tuition tax credit are: architect, boilermaker, Bricklayer, carpenter, construction electrician, industrial electrician, machinist, mobile crane operator, plumber, powerline technician, professional engineer, roofer, sheet metal worker, steamfitter-pipefitter, tool and die maker and welder.

At press time, published reports indicated federal opposition parties have rejected the budget, among them, the NDP, has stated it does not support the budget in its “current form”. No official vote has been held on the 2011 budget.

For more information on the 2011 federal budget, please see our coverage at the following links:

Ottawa includes investments in highways, harbour construction but no new stimulus funding in federal budget

Federal budget includes help for military veterans wanting second careers in construction

The federal Conservatives 2011 budget: How it applies to the construction industry

Federal budget gets thumbs up from Canadian Construction Association for long term infrastructure strategy

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last update:Dec 1, 2014

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