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Family Tax Credits & Assistance

Newcomers may be eligible for government-sponsored programs and tax credits that help families on low incomes with the costs of raising children. Many programs provide financial benefits on a regular basis to eligible families. Some examples are:

  • Ontario Child Benefit: Provides monthly financial support to families on low incomes.
  • Ontario Child Care Subsidy: Helps families on low incomes pay for child care.
  • Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families: A tax-free monthly payment that helps one- and two-parent families on low incomes pay for the cost of raising children under the age of seven.
  • Universal Child Care Benefit: Helps Canadian families with child-care costs for children under the age of six.
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit: A tax-free monthly payment to help families pay for the cost of raising children under the age of 18.
  • Child Disability Benefit: A tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under 18 years of age with disabilities.
  • National Child Benefit Supplement: Additional financial assistance for families on low incomes who are receiving the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
  • Children's Fitness Tax Credit: Parents can claim up to $500 per year for certain fitness expenses for children under the age of 16.
  • Children's Arts Tax Credit: Parents can claim up to $500 per year for certain artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity programs for children under the age of 16.
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Credit: A tax-free payment given four times a year to individuals aged 19 or over and families living on low or modest incomes.

For more details on the various options, see the For More Information links below.

People on low or moderate incomes may qualify for tax credits that will reduce the amount of income tax they are required to pay every year (see Personal Finance, Taxes section).

For More Information

What is the Canada Child Tax Benefit?
The Canada Child Tax Benefit helps families on low incomes with children under the age of 18. The amount of the credit is based on a family’s income, number and age of children and where the family lives. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

GST/HST credit: Application and Eligibility — for individuals
Who is eligible and how to apply for the GST/HST tax credit.

Child and Family Benefits
Links to federal and provincial programs and benefits for families with children, such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Child Disability Benefit, Universal Child Care Benefit, Children’s Special Allowances, and other credit and tax information. Also includes a link to the Automated Benefits Application service that allows for newborns to be automatically signed up to receive all benefits for which they are eligible. Other tools and information include benefits calculators to determine the entitled amount and various application forms and informational publications.

Service Location Finder — ServiceOntario
Searchable directory with information on how and where to access many Ontario government services. Covers health, social assistance, business, employment, education, driver and vehicle, taxes, and others.

Childcare Subsidy Program
City of Kingston program that provides assistance with eligible family’s childcare fees and costs. General information including details on who is eligible, expected costs, and how and where to apply.

Ontario Child Benefit
The Ontario Child Benefit helps low-income families provide for their children. Includes eligibility requirements, how to apply, and list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Paying for child care
Information about the Ontario Child Care Subsidy, Ontario Child Benefit, Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families, Canada Child Tax Benefit, and Universal Child Care Benefit.

Canada Child Benefits (Canada Revenue Agency)
Who is eligible for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, when and how to apply, related programs and contact information.

Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (Canada Revenue Agency)
Information about a federal non-refundable tax credit for parents who enrol their children in physical activity programs. A video explaining this credit is also available.

SmartSaver
Information on using Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) to save for your child’s future education, including videos. Also available in Arabic, Spanish, Inuit, Portuguese, Somali, Filipino (Tagalog), Vietnamese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, and Tamil.

Children’s Arts Tax Credit (Canada Revenue Agency)
Information about a federal non-refundable tax credit for parents who enrol their children in artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity programs. A video explaining this credit is also available.

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit (Ontario)
Information about a permanent refundable Ontario tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home. It can also be claimed by senior homeowners and tenants, and people who share a home with a senior relative.

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