The 2014 Federal Budget includes cost-saving measures for charity
lotteries and an increase in tobacco taxes
OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation applauds
the federal government for including important health-related measures
in the 2014 Federal Budget released today.
The budget makes a commitment to amend the Criminal Code to allow
charities to use computers and other modern technologies to run our
lotteries. This is a welcome change that will result in millions of
dollars in savings each year for Canadian charities that operate
lotteries, with no cost to taxpayers. Modernizing the lottery ticket
process will greatly reduce administration costs.
"We are very pleased that this legislation will be updated," says Bobbe
Wood, President, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Making the process more
efficient will allow us to save a substantial amount of money which we
will now be able to spend on life-saving research and programs that
The budget also includes a tobacco tax increase of $4 per carton. Taxes
are the most effective tool in combating the harm caused by tobacco.
These measures will have the most benefit to vulnerable populations,
such as our youth, by discouraging them from starting smoking.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save
lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive
to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day.
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make
it happen. heartandstroke.ca
SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation