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Get Your Benefits

There are many tax credits and benefits available. Filing a tax return is the start to unlocking benefits that may be available to you!

The chart below has been prepared to help you navigate the options that may be available. We have also listed organizations that provide free financial counselling, help you find and apply for benefits, or even provide free tax preparation.  

* Note that programs, services and tax credits and benefits may depend on eligibility (ie: based on income level).    

 

ResourceDescriptionWebsite & Contact Info
Get Your Benefits – BookletBetter Income Can Lead to Better Health. It’s important to file an income tax return even if you have no income, a low income or are on social assistance. Filing an income tax return can unlock benefits and credits that you may be eligible to receive, putting more money back into your pocket and improving your health and lifestyle. Take a look at the Get Your Benefits booklet and the Canada Revenue website to find out about benefits such as the Canada Child BenefitGST/HST CreditCanada Workers BenefitDisability Tax Credit, and many others. Call Revenue Canada to ask about benefits: 1-800-387-1193.To learn more, click here. To download the booklet, click here.
Community Volunteer Income Tax ProgramYou may be eligible to have your income tax return done for free if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.Click for a list of Volunteer Income Tax Programs in the Interlake-Eastern region.
Click here for more info on the federal Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.
COVID BenefitsHave you been affected by COVID-19? If so you may be eligible for benefits: Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit Canada Recovery Caregiving BenefitAdditional info: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals
Prosper Canada – Benefit FinderYour guide to government benefits that can help put more money in your pocket. For many Canadians, searching for government benefits can feel like wading through a huge ocean of information. With so many benefits programs out there, it can be hard for people to know where to start and what benefits they could get. The Benefits Wayfinder is a simple, easy-to-use, plain language tool that helps people on low and modest incomes find and track benefits they could get.https://benefitswayfinder.org/ 
Community Financial Counselling ServicesFor free financial counselling, call 204-989-1902. For free virtual income tax clinic, call 204-989-1913 to get help filing your taxes over the phone. Can also provide help with financial issues related to gambling, as well as a debt management program (will work with creditors). Note that anyone is eligible for the gambling and/or debt management programs, regardless of income level.https://www.debthelpmanitoba.com/ Toll Free: 1-888-573-2383  
Community Financial HelplineOffers free information and support to Winnipeggers (and those living outside of Winnipeg as well) living on low incomes. The Helpline can assist with questions about tax filing, obtaining identification, federal COVID-19 recovery benefits, other income supports such as EIA, benefits and credits such as the Canada Child Benefit, and debt management and credit counselling.https://communityfinancialhelpline.ca/#contact
Call or text 431-813-4357 (431-813-HELP. )Toll-free 1-855-955-4234
Message us on Facebook.
Online chat also available. 
SEEDIf you are living on a low income, the free Access to Benefits (A to B) program can help you get information about a variety of benefits available to you. A to B program can help you get information about benefits like the Disability Tax Credit, Canada Child Tax Benefit, GST Credit, RentAssist and more. Apply for the benefits you qualify for. Open an RESP and get free money for your children’s education. Get the ID you need to access benefits. File income tax returns.https://seedwinnipeg.ca/programs/detail/access-to-benefits For the A to B Program, call 204-927-9945 or email AtoB@seedwinnipeg.ca to book an appointment. Call 204-927-9935 for all other inquiries. https://www.facebook.com/SEEDWinnipeg
211 ManitobaFind resources and services in your community. https://mb.211.ca/
Want to speak directly to someone? Call 211 from anywhere in Manitoba or toll-free 1-855-275-1197
Email: 211mb@findhelp.ca
TTY: 1-855-405-7446
Government of Manitoba/ HousingOther financial assistance programs for low-income Manitobans, including Rent Assist. **Rent Assist helps Manitobans who may need help with their housing costs.Financial Benefits and Assistance (MB)
Canada Revenue AgencyTax-related benefits, credits, deductions and support. Examples: Canada Child Benefit, GST/HST, Tax Credit, Canada Worker Benefit, Disability Tax Credithttps://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/income-tax/personal-income-tax/help-others/outreach/tax-related-benefits-credits-deductions-support.html 
To ask about benefits, call 1-800-387-1193.
Other resources: Food banksCheck out the page “Food & Nutrition” on the right menu to find out where food banks are available.

 Information prepared by the Community Wellness Program (Interlake-Eastern RHA)                                          Updated: February 2022

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