My spouse and I lived in separate provinces due to work for part of 2014. Do we say we lived apart or not?


Since you have not given enough detail with regards to time-lines... the following excerpt from CRA website re: rules for marital status will answer your question:


You are separated when you start living separate and apart from your spouse or common law partner  because of a breakdown in the relationship for a period of at least 90 days and you have not reconciled.  A separation of less than 90 days is not considered a separation for the purpose of Child and family benefits. Once you have been separated for 90 days, the effective day of your separated status is the day you started living separate and apart.

If you continue to live in the same household and continue to share parenting and financial responsibilities, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not consider a separation to have occurred for the purpose of administering the Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) or goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit legislation.

Involuntary separation may occur when one spouse or partner is away to attend school, for work or health reasons, or due to incarceration. You are still considered to have a cohabiting spouse or common-law partner if the separation is involuntary.

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