Northern Quebec Teachers - The NQTA, affiliated to the CSQ, succeeds in putting a stop to the abusive collection of millions of dollars in taxes

    MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Northern Quebec Teaching Association
(NQTA), affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), has
succeeded after years of demands and struggle, in putting a stop to the
abusive collection of taxes in connection with the value of accomodation
provided to its teacher members hired in the "South" by the Cree and
Kativik School Boards.
    In fact, the Canada Revue Agency (CRA) recently agreed to lower these
taxable amounts on the basis of an independent evaluation ordered by the NQTA.
The result of this is a reduction of the fiscal burden of each teacher in
Northern Quebec by an average of $1,500 per year.
    The NQTA estimates that several million dollars too much in taxes have
been imposed on its members by the two levels of government for ten years. It
is therefore asking that the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenue Quebec (RQ)
work together with the school boards of Northern Quebec to identify and
reimburse the teachers who have paid too much tax on their accommodation
allowance over the past ten years.

    A harmful, abusive practice

    The Association recalls that abusive practices towards its teachers hired
in the "South" add to the difficulty of attracting and retaining qualified
teachers by the school boards of Northern Quebec serving the Cree and Inuit
populations. It is the more regrettable since these school boards are already
facing major teacher shortages quite out of proportion to what is being
experienced by school boards in the rest of Quebec. Finally, the NQTA also
recalls that in addition to the abusive over-evaluation at the fiscal level,
the accommodations occupied by teachers in the North are often in an appalling
state and insufficient in number.

    Essential conditions for quality of life

    "Around 400 teachers hired outside these communities work in Northern
Quebec to provide the educational services to which Cree and Inuit children
are entitled. It is deplorable that we constantly have to fight to make
governments understand that good quality living conditions, including fiscal
questions, offered to qualified teachers who accept the challenge of Northern
Quebec are essential to keep them there. In the final analysis, it is the
quality of public education services offered to the native populations of the
North which suffers", maintains the President of the NQTA, Patrick D'Astous.

    Profile of the NQTA

    The Northern Quebec Teaching Association, founded in 1971, represents
more than 1,300 members working as teachers and support staff for the
Cree School Board and the Kativik School Board. The NQTA is affiliated to the
Centrale des syndicates du Québec (CSQ).

For further information:

For further information: Claude Girard, Information Agent, CSQ, Cell.:
(514) 237-4432

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