NEWS April 3, 2017
Ontario is encouraging people to file their tax return in order to receive benefits designed to
help support them and their families. To receive tax credits and benefits from the Ontario
government, individuals must file a tax and benefit return with the Canada Revenue Agency
(CRA) on or before April 30, whether you have income to report or not.
Some of the tax credits and benefits provided by the Ontario government include:
The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB), which supports eligible parents with a maximum
payment of $1,378 per child per year.
The Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant, which supports seniors by
providing them up to $500 per year to help with property taxes.
The Ontario Trillium Benefit, which provides relief of up to $1,165 per year depending
on your situation for property taxes and sales tax on energy costs.
Even if you are on social assistance or didn't earn any income, you could be eligible to receive
Providing tax benefits to support individuals and families is part of Ontario's plan to create
jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Filing your tax return before April 30 is the best way to make sure you get your benefits and
payments on time. The taxes you pay help the government build or improve schools,
hospitals, public transit, roads, bridges and more.
— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale
“By filing tax and benefit returns, people may be eligible for credits and benefits that put
money back into their pockets. These benefits help maintain fair and dependable support for
Ontario families and provide greater opportunities for all.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Through the OCB and the federal Canada Child Benefit, families could receive close to
$8,000 per child per year.
Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and
middle-income students and their families. Starting in September 2017, changes to OSAP
will result in average free tuition for more than 150,000 eligible low- and middle-income
students, and reduced costs for other eligible students.
Starting this summer, Ontario is lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all
residential customers. Many small businesses and farms would also benefit from the
initiative. People with low incomes and those living in eligible rural communities would
receive even greater reductions to their electricity bills. These measures include the eight
per cent rebate introduced in January 2017.
Starting this year, eligible first-time homebuyers get Land Transfer Tax refund of $4,000,
double of last year.
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