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Can I claim both federal and provincial tuition and education amounts?

For residents of most provinces, the CRA allows for you to claim both provincial and federal tuition amounts. Since tax year 2017, the federal education and textbook amount has been discontinued (though unused amounts can still be claimed from previous years).

Below is a list of provinces who have either retained or eliminated the tuition and education amounts:

Note: All provinces and territories have eliminated the textbook amount. If your province has discontinued other amounts, you are still able to carry them forward from previous years.

  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Ontario: The tuition tax credit for tuition paid until September 4, 2017, and the education credits for courses taken before September 2017 were the latest eligible claim.
  • Saskatchewan: The tuition amounts for tuition paid between January 2017 and June 2017 were the latest eligible claim. You can also claim the education amounts for those months.
  • Alberta: The tuition tax credits for 2020 and later taxation year has been eliminated. Credits earned prior to 2020 can still be claimed. The tuition tax credits for tuition paid until December 31, 2020, were the least eligible claim.
  • British Columbia: The education tax credit has been discontinued for tax year 2019. However, students can continue to carry forward unused amounts to claim in a future year. The tuition tax credit is not impacted.
  • New Brunswick: The education tax credit has been discontinued, but the tuition tax credit has been reinstated for 2019 and later years. Tuition fees paid in 2017 and 2018 can now be claimed on your 2019 tax return, or carried forward to a future year. However, tuition fee tax credits from the prior year are non-transferable.

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