Tories promise child fitness tax break

Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford was reaching out to families while in Calgary Friday by promising a tax credit worth up to $500.

She said the children's physical activity tax credit would apply to those under the age of 16 enrolled in a sports activity. It would parallel the federal tax credit and and help parents cover registration or membership costs.

"As a Mom, I know how important it is to keep our children active," said Redford in a release. "I also know the kind of pressure that can place on the pocketbooks of many parents."

The sports activity would need to be ongoing, supervised, suitable for children and involve a sustained physical activity — such as hockey, soccer, dance lessons, gymnastics or swimming.

Redford says the credit would cost the government $36 million each year.

She's also promising to boost funding for amateur sports groups to $20 million per year from $10 million.

The Wildrose Party already announced they would also offer Albertans a $500 tax credit for fees spent on their children’s sports, arts and cultural activities.