The Saskatchewan Government has re-introduced a tax credit to help families with lower incomes keep their kids involved with extra activities.

The Active Families Benefit Act will give impetus to youth participation in sports, culture and other recreational activities, the province explains. The measure is part of the 2021-22 Budget and will be retroactive to January 1, 2021. So parents may claim the benefit on next year’s taxes.

Laura Ross, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister says, “The Active Families Benefit will make children’s activities more affordable for families across Saskatchewan.”

Families with an annual income under $60,000 can benefit from a tax incentive of up to $150 per year, per child or $200 per year for children who are eligible for the federal Child Disability Tax Credit.

The benefit could help some 20,500 families or 34,000 children at a total cost of $4 million per year.

Minister Ross adds,”Participation in sports, culture and recreational activities is a key part of building communities and developing Saskatchewan youth.”

For more information on the Active Families Benefit visit the government website or call 306-798-9043.