Encouraging Filing Taxes

Filing a tax return every year allows individuals and families to unlock access to federal and provincial benefits which can contribute to improved health and wellbeing. Given the widely recognized link between income and health, the following resources were created to encourage people to access these benefits.They can be used in a variety of settings.

Tax Clinic Resources

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

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) - Tools to help promote free tax clinics and support the volunteers who prepare tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals and families are listed below.


Tax Poster Guide - includes suggestions on how to best use the tax filing posters. Guidance is provided for having supportive conversations about tax filing. Key points to speak to include encouraging, explaining, asking about barriers, finding out about eligibility, and reminding about other potential benefits not included in income tax filing.

  Reasons not filing - Norquay poster Those reasons you didn't file your taxes last year? is available prefilled with Norquay Building Tax Clinic information both in colour and in black and white.The black/white version can be used if you do not have access to a colour printer; it also uses less ink. The posters are 8-1/2" x 11".

  - English pdf: colour / B/W
  - French pdf: colour

Norquay Tax Clinic leaflet - provides details about the free tax clinic at the Norquay building in Winnipeg, including a map. The 8-1/2" x 11" file is set up to print two identical leaflets size 8-1/2" x 5-1/2".
  Both of the following posters - Those reasons you didn't file your taxes last year? and Having trouble making ends meet? - are available with editable boxes to enable you to tailor the information to your setting - either by entering the text before printing or by writing in the information by hand after printing.
  Reasons not file taxes poster Those reasons you didn't file your taxes last year?
  - English pdf: colour  /  B/W
  - French pdf: colour
Trouble ends meet poster

Having trouble making ends meet?
  - English pdf: colour  / B/W
  - French pdf: colour

Other Resources

The Experiences of Indigenous Communities with Tax Filing [pdf] – a report prepared for Canada Revenue Agency by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives Inc. June 2017. Qualitative research was carried out with indigenous communities on their experiences with tax filing in order to  identify barriers to filing and benefit uptake. CRA plans to use the findings "to develop outreach programs and communication products to help individuals access benefits and credits available through the tax system".

Planning a Successful Community Tax Clinic in Indigenous Communities - a 2-part webinar training session hosted by Prosper Canada and AFOA Canada for First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations.

AFOA Canada presentation [pdf] by Karen Martin, CRA, for 2017 AFOA International Conference. The federal government estimates that tax filing rates on reserve is approximately 50 percent. There is a concern that many Indigenous families are missing out on the CCB and other benefits as a result. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and Super Clinics are ways communities and Indigenous organizations are helping seniors, family members and youth in filing their income tax returns and accessing the benefits they are entitled to.

Presentations from the October 2017 Winnipeg Tax Filing & Access to Benefits Community Forum

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - For hard copies please email Cayla Linaker, Canada Revenue Agency at Cayla.Linaker@cra-arc.gc.ca

  CRA indigenous

Don't miss out! Benefits and Credits available to you from CRA - pamphlets in pdf format:

CRA newcomers

New to Canada? Benefits and Credits available to you from CRA. Pamphlets in pdf format:

  CRA presentation Presentation from Canada Revenue Agency - on Accessing Benefits and Receiving Credits.(2017-2018 pdf)

CRA 1-pager on tax filing

Fact Sheets from Canada Revenue Agency - provide information about benefits, credits and deductions that can be obtained by regularly filing taxes "even if you have no income at all". They include general fact sheets, and fact sheets tailored to several population groups: Seniors, Indigenous, and Newcomers.

 General fact sheet:   English pdf   and  French pdf

   CRA students
CRA information for seniors
- English pdf
- French pdf
CRA information for Indigenous Indigenous
- English pdf
- French pdf
CRA information for newcomers
- English pdf
- French pdf
- Arabic pdf



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