Wilkinson’s plan to eliminate the Employer Health Tax would mean cuts to healthcare

Wilkinson’s plan to eliminate the Employer Health Tax would mean cuts to healthcare

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 11:10 am by Bill Roberts
BC, Community, Kamloops-North Thompson, Kamloops-South Thompson


For years, Andrew Wilkinson consistently fought and voted against the Employers’ Health Tax, which was created in 2018 to fund the BC NDP’s elimination of Medical Services Premiums, which saves British Columbians up to $1,800 a year.

Wilkinson and his MLAs criticized the EHT 348 times in the legislature. (Hansard: 2018, 2019, 2020)

“I’d like to, first of all, get rid of the unnecessary NDP taxes that have been piled on this year. That starts with this Employers Health Tax.” –Andrew Wilkinson, CKNW, May 17, 2018.

EHT brings in $1.8 billion every year to fund healthcare and other services. If Andrew Wilkinson eliminates the EHT, he has two ways to pay for it: cuts to healthcare, or raising fees – like bringing back MSP.

The EHT is a progressive payroll tax paid by the largest 15% of BC businesses. Businesses with payrolls under $500,000 a year pay no EHT. Only businesses with payroll over $1,500,000 pay the full amount of 1.95%. 96% of the revenue comes from the largest 5% of employers.