What are the important dates in the tax year?

  • February 1, 2017 - Tax packages are available at post offices, local tax services offices and online.
  • February 28, 2017 - Deadline for employers and other payers to give you an information slip, usually a T4 Statement of Remuneration Paid, which tells you and the CRA exactly how much you earned in 2016.
  • March 1, 2017 - Deadline to make RRSP contributions for the 2016 tax year.
  • April 30, 2017 - Deadline for most tax returns. If you owe anything, you must pay by this date or you will be charged interest.
  • June 15, 2017 - Deadline for self-employed persons. If you or your spouse or common-law partner carried on a business in 2016 (other than a business whose expenditures are primarily in connection with a tax shelter), your 2016 tax return has to be filed on or before June 15, 2017. However, if you have a balance owing for 2016, you still have to pay it on or before April 30, 2017.

Please note there are some changes to this year's tax-filing season:

All software programs available this year allow you to submit your return directly to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), so you no longer need to log into the CRA's NETFILE website; the software takes care of this for you.

Canadian residency for tax purposes is not the same as residency for immigration purposes. Find out more in Do I have to file a tax return?

For More Information

  • Newcomers to Canada - This guide is for first time tax filers in Canada. It will help you determine if you are a resident for tax purposes, which is not the same as residency for immigration purposes. From the CRA.
  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - The federal agency responsible for administering tax, benefits and related programs across the country. Their website provides detailed information about tax-related issues.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Taxation - Information and answers about tax rates and how to file your return. From the CRA.
  • General Income Tax and Benefit Package - A collection of forms and information sheets which you need to file your income tax return. From the CRA.
  • Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits - Learn about the different tax credits and benefits you can get to help you with living costs when you file your income tax return. From the Ministry of Finance.
Last updated: January 9, 2017 4001376