Income Tax in Canada
Income taxes are a portion of your income that is paid to the government or deducted from your pay to help pay for government services such as education and policing. It is recommended that all students (both domestic and international) file a tax return. By filing a tax return, you may be entitled to money back if you work while you are in Canada. Tuition is also tax deductible and your tuition credits can be used if you work in Canada after you graduate from university.
Income Tax Help Sessions
The Wong International Centre, in conjunction with Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), will be hosting sessions through the months of March and April starting Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00pm - 4:30pm. More sessions through the week may be added at a later date.
The appointments run for 15 minutes and will be held in the meeting room at the Wong International Centre (second floor).
You will need to book multiple slots if you are filing your income tax return for more than one year (multiple years). Please allow 15 minutes for each year (i.e. 15 minutes for 2022, 15 minutes for 2021, 15 minutes for 2020, etc).
Please be respectful of your appointment and the CVITP volunteer’s time: if you are unable to make your appointment, please cancel your booking ahead of time so other students are able to book.
What to bring
You will need the following in order to meet with the CVITP volunteer, please bring everything required to your appointment:
- Social Insurance Number
- T2202A (tuition fees paid for the tax year). You can access your T2202A tax form at My Acadia Self Service
by logging in using your student ID and network password. You will find the T2202A under tax information
- T4 (employment income and deductions if you worked). You should receive your T4 from your employer.
- T4A (if you received scholarships and/or bursaries). You can download your T4A form at My Acadia Self Service
If you are a student who arrived in September 2022 or January 2023, you do not need to file this year. You can file next year through this program.
Please note: you can also use the CVITP drop-off option for filing taxes (drop off your tax information to my office room 105 at the WIC). The CVITP volunteer will take your forms and information and do your taxes at home and return them the following week. Please ensure all your documentation is provided or else we will be unable to pass it on to the CVITP volunteer.
Canada Revenue Agency also has a webinar on the Canadian tax system for international students.
If you have any questions regarding these sessions or the drop-off service, please drop into the Wong International Centre.
International Students and Income Tax – Canada Revenue Agency Video Series
Canada Revenue Agency has produced a series of short information videos for international students to guide you through Canada's income tax system. Here you will find all you need to know about the Canadian tax system, determining your residency status for tax purposes, filing your taxes, scholarships and much more.