Am I considered a resident or non-resident?

I am trying to figure out if I am considered a resident or non-resident for tax purposes. I am a Canadian citizen with ties to Canada (bank accounts, furniture, clothes, driver's license, passport, friends, family, etc). I moved out of the country August 1 2014 with plans of returning in the future. For this question, What province/territory did you live in on Dec 31, 2014?, how am I to answer?

Also if I do put that my residency has changed, does that mean i will lose citizenship?

Thank you!



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You identify 3 separate things;
Where you live on a certain date
Your tax residency
Your citizenship

These are not directly related. Your citizenship is not determined by your tax residency.
Strictly, only CRA can define your tax residence.If you are unclear, you should contact them.
Being temporarily out the country doesn't mean you are a non-resident per se, but if you are working somewhere else, you may have to pay taxes in that country.

I suggest you contact CRA to get a ruling on your tax residency, but don't worry, you won't lose Canadian citizenship even if you are considered non-resident.
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