Tax Credits and Financial Assistance Programs
There are certain ways the government gives money back to residents of Saskatchewan. It is done mainly through credits, supplements and benefits.
Benefits for People with Children
In Canada, all families can receive money to help raise their children that are 18 years old or younger. Everyone with children under the age of six can receive the Universal Child Care Benefit.
If you have children, you should apply for these benefits as soon as possible after you arrive in Saskatchewan. You need to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) before you can apply for the CCTB or the UCC. Visit the Working section for more information on SINs.
The GST Credit program is a way for people and families with lower incomes to get back some or all of the federal goods and services tax they pay. Newcomers to Canada may apply for GST/HST credits at any time in the year they become residents of Canada by completing Form RC151. Otherwise, to apply for the GST Credit, fill out the benefits section on your income tax form. GST Credit cheques are issued every three months.
Assistance for Lower-Income People and Families
There are many Saskatchewan programs that help lower-income families get a better quality of life. These include income support for persons who are studying in certain programs, child-care help for working families, employment, and rental housing supplement.