Ontario is reminding people to file their taxes by April 30, so they can get applicable tax credits and benefits on time.
People, including those who didn't make any income last year, must file an income tax return to claim the various tax credits and benefits they may be eligible for, including:
The Ontario Seniors' Public Transit Tax Credit, which helps eligible people 65 years or older with the cost of public transit
The Ontario Child Benefit, which provides families up to $117 per child, per month, for children under 18
The Ontario Trillium Benefit, which combines three tax credits into one to help people, including students, with the cost of energy, property taxes and sales taxes
The Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant, which provides homeowners 64 or older with up to $500 to help with the cost of property taxes
The new Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit, which provides relief for those caring for a family member who is dependent because of a health condition.
Ontario also offers a number of tax credits for businesses, including the Co-operative Education Tax Credit that helps companies hire co-op students and the Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit.
People are encouraged to visit Ontario.ca/taxcredits to learn more about tax credits and benefits and to try Ontario's tax credit calculator, which helps people determine how much money they could get by filing a tax return this year.
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation