Moved from BC to ON for a job 4 months before job officially started - Can we claim moving expenses?

My husband and I lived in BC and my husband was offered a job in ON starting in September. We moved from BC to ON in May and he officially began his job in September. Can we claim our moving expenses even though we moved 4 months before his job began?

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You can find this information on the CRA Web site: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns206-236/219/menu-eng.html

You can claim eligible moving expenses if you move and establish a new home to work or run a business at a new location, or if you move to take courses as a student in full-time attendance enrolled in a post-secondary program at a university, college or other educational institution.

To qualify, your new home must be at least 40 kilometres (by the shortest usual public route) closer to the new place of work or school.

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