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COVID-19 Tax Info Centre

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We recognize that with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Canada, these are uncertain times for everyone. At TurboTax, we're here to help.

We've created the COVID-19 Tax Info Centre as a quick-reference resource to house all info related to how the pandemic may impact your tax filing experience. This hub will be updated in real-time as information becomes available, so be sure to check back during this fluid situation.

Answers to commonly asked questions

Both federal and provincial governments have provided a variety of programs and benefits for those in need of financial assistance during the pandemic.

Below is a list of federal programs designed to help. More information about assistance specific to your province can be found by visiting your local government website.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Financial assistance programs

Individuals whose employment has been suspended, cancelled, or delayed may qualify for a number of financial assistance programs from the federal government.

See CEWS: employee eligibility to check if you're eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Family assistance programs

Government child benefits and assistance are available to aid in the added costs of child care and expenses.

Assistance programs for businesses

Government programs are available to provide relief to businesses, such as assistance with wage subsidies, loans, and general tax relief.

The Canadian government has provided economic relief for employers on a number of levels, including:

Automatic income tax referral

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Assistance programs for seniors

A new government program has been proposed to provide financial relief to seniors, and rules surrounding RRIFs have been temporarily amended.

Older seniors who were eligible for the OAS pension in June 2021 qualify for a one-time, taxable payment of $500. Eligible seniors will automatically receive this payment without having to apply.

The federal government has also proposed an automatic one-time payment to reimburse GIS and Allowance recipients who faced a reduction or loss of GIS benefits in July 2021. Continue to check the government's website for more information.

Tax assistance and personal finance 

Tax credits and payment deferrals may be part of relief efforts for qualified Canadians.

Assistance for property owners 

You may be eligible to defer your mortgage payments if you're unemployed or have lower income due to COVID.

Assistance for Canadians with disabilities

Canadians with disabilities may be eligible for additional financial support.

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