I believe in removing any barriers that might prevent anyone from receiving the mental health care they need. I applaud Bell for its recent campaign on Let's Talk to help remove the stigma of mental health. It is time for one more barrier to be removed.
One of those barriers is the HST charge which raises the cost of therapy by 13% in Ontario. In my own services this means an extra $15 charge to the patient. This sometimes makes the service inaccessible to people who need it.
Currently, there is a petition to exempt psychotherapy from HST. It is open for signatures and will be presented to the House of Commons. If you agree with this petition, I am asking on behalf of myself who is a therapist and people who have mental health issues, please sign it.