Did You File Your Income Tax?
You might think that because you receive social assistance or are a low-income earner there is no need to file your income tax return.  But if you don’t file a return, you might be missing out on additional income that could improve your financial status.
  • You could qualify for the GST/HST credit.
  • Parents could receive thousands of dollars annually in Canada child benefit.  
  • Parents with children under 18 could receive the Manitoba Family Tax Benefit, a nonrefundable tax credit (calculated by subtracting 9% of net income). For instance, if the taxpayer's net income were $10,000 with one child, the basic benefit would be $1,165 ($2,065-$900) and the dependent benefit would be $1,852 ($2,752-$900).
  • Your child could qualify for the Canada Learning Bond, a federal program that offers up to $2000 for education after high school for children of low-income families.
Examples - See the difference filing taxes can make!


If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada, or a temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.

The only way to receive provincial and federal tax credits and benefits is to file your income tax return. Canada Revenue Agency offers several online options for filing at E-Services for Individuals. The Netfile option for filing directly with CRA includes a list of free tax software products.

If you need help preparing your income tax and benefit return ---

Manitoba credits and benefits Federal credits and benefits

Tax Clinic Resources

Prosper Canada provides and hosts resources including publications, online tools, and webinars such as the following:




Booklet (2017)

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