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Get Your Benefits.

January 2020

There are many factors that keep people healthy. Most of these factors that determine health are outside of the healthcare system. The single most important determinant of health is income. Families with higher incomes have less stress at home and in turn this has a positive effect on childhood development. Families with more disposable income are also able to afford healthy food and live in safe and stable homes.

Both the Government of Manitoba and Government of Canada offer benefits and credits to individuals and families to help supplement their income. Filing taxes each year is important to receive these benefits and credits. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses the information from an income tax return to calculate eligible benefit and credit payments.

Even if individuals and families have no income, they should file a tax return each year. If they do not file their taxes they CANNOT get government benefits such as:

Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

   

Up to $6,496 for each child under 6 and up to $5,481 for each child aged 6 to 17 for the July 2018 to June 2019 benefit year.

GST/HST Credit

   

Single individuals can receive up to $433 for the July 2018 to June 2019 benefit year. A couple with two children can receive up to $866.

Working Income Tax Benefit 

   

A refundable tax credit that provides tax relief for eligible low-income individuals and families who are in the workforce.
For 2019 and later years the Working Income Tax Benefit will be renamed to Canada Workers Benefit (CWB).

 

How do I know which benefits and credits I may be eligible for?  

Visit the Government of Canada “Benefits Finder.” After answering the questions, a customized list of eligible benefits and credits from federal, provincial or territorial governments is provided. This site does not collect or track information.

Government of Canada “Benefits Finder”: www.canadabenefits.gc.ca

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