Sponsors: Village of Port Clements
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership
WHEREAS the residents of Haida Gwaii have been granted a Northern Living Residents Deduction in Prescribed Intermediate Zone “B”. Prior to the change by the Canadian Government to create a line across Canada prescribing the zones, Haida Gwaii residents were recipients of the full Northern Tax Deduction;
AND WHEREAS the Canadian Government provides additional isolation pay to government employees who are stationed on Haida Gwaii, yet is unable to change the area to Prescribed Zone “A” to reflect this awareness:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to work with the Canadian Government to reinstate the Northern Residents Deduction on Haida Gwaii to Prescribed Northern Zone “A”.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Canadian Government reevaluate all northern communities and their level of isolation and their access to necessary services to ensure that there is consistency and fairness across Canada.
UBCM Members have not previously considered a resolution requesting that the Federal Government reinstate the full Northern Residents Deduction to Haida Gwaii residents by changing the area to Prescribed Zone “A”; nor have Members considered a resolution calling on the Federal Government to reevaluate all northern communities, their level of isolation and their access to necessary services, in the context of the Northern Residents Deduction.