Important facts

The following tips may help you or your family:

Child benefit amounts: Use our online benefit calculator to find out if you qualify for these benefits.
Working income tax benefit (WITB): Working individuals and families with low income may be able to claim this refundable tax credit. The WITB includes a supplement for individuals who qualify for the disability tax credit. Eligible individuals and families may also apply for advance payments.
Children’s fitness tax credit: Did your children play soccer, take ballet classes, or participate in another prescribed program of physical activity in 2011? If so, you can claim up to $500 of the money spent on these activities per child for a non-refundable tax credit of up to $75.
Children’s arts tax credit: Did your children participate in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity in 2011? If so, you may be able to claim up to $500 of the money spent on these activities per child for a non-refundable tax credit of up to $75.
Child care expenses: Did your children attend daycare or another program such as a summer day camp in 2011? You or your spouse or common-law partner may be able to claim the amounts spent on eligible childcare in 2011.
Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit: Apply for this quarterly payment for low- and modest-income individuals and families on your income tax and benefit return.
Public transit tax credit: If you or your eligible dependant use public transit and have bought certain transit passes or electronic payment cards, you may be able to claim this non-refundable tax credit.
Home buyer’s tax credit: Did you buy a home in 2011? You may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $750 for the purchase of a qualifying home.
Medical expenses: You may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit based on the medical expenses paid for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, or your children for any 12-month period ending in 2011.
Child disability benefit: a tax-free monthly benefit to help eligible families who care for children under the age of 18 who qualify for the disability tax credit.
Canada child tax benefit: a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18.
Universal child care benefit: a $100 monthly taxable benefit for eligible families of all children under the age of six, to help support child care choices.
Disability tax credit: If you or a family member has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions and meet certain conditions, you may be able to claim this non-refundable tax credit on your 2011 income tax return.
Registered retirement savings plan (RRSP): If you saved for your retirement in 2011 by investing in RRSPs, you may be able to deduct your RRSP contributions to reduce your tax.