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TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS mental health care is healthcare;
WHEREAS the mental health crisis facing Ontarians has gotten worse with the pandemic;
WHEREAS BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ folks, women, and people with disabilities have historically faced significant barriers to accessing equitable health care services due to systemic discrimination;
WHEREAS Registered Psychotherapists provide vital mental health services, especially as an early intervention;
WHEREAS a 13% tax added to the cost of receiving psychotherapy services is another barrier for Ontarians seeking this vital care;
WHEREAS Registered Psychotherapists are still required to collect HST from clients, while most other mental health professionals have been exempted;
THEREFORE WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass the Making Psychotherapy Services Tax-Free Act, 2023.