Covid-19: Quebec finally gives up taxing its non-vaccinated citizens

The Quebec government is finally backtracking. Tuesday, February 1, he announced that he was abandoning his “health contribution”, this tax which was to apply to non-vaccinated people and which had been presented earlier in January. The measure had generated numerous criticisms in the French-speaking Canadian province. Faced with the fear of seeing the population divided, François Legault, the Premier of Quebec, therefore made the decision to waive this provision.

“We see the discontent growing day by day,” he commented. “To move Quebec forward in a calm social climate, I am announcing that the government will not table this bill on the health contribution,” he said during a press conference. This tax project presented on January 11 was intended as an “incentive” to convince the non-vaccinated to immunize themselves against Covid-19, but François Legault now believes that “this announcement has divided Quebecers”.

This is not the first time that Quebec has backed down on a health measure. The Legault government wanted in the fall to make vaccination compulsory for all health personnel, but had finally suspended this measure to avoid weakening a system already battered by a shortage of manpower. Quebec also announced on Tuesday that sports and artistic activities (gyms, spas, etc.) for adults will be able to resume from February 14 for up to 25 people.

After an unexpected closure on New Year’s Eve, restaurants were able to reopen on Monday and after-school sports activities in schools and universities were able to resume. To date, nine out of ten Quebecers have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, while 61% have received a third dose. “It’s not enough,” reacted the Prime Minister of Quebec, hoping that this vaccination rate will increase in the days and weeks to come.

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