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Income Tax Clinic


CUIAS Immigrant Services provides a free income tax clinic for low-income individuals and families. If you need assistance filing your income taxes, please book an appointment with one of our CVITP (Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) trained volunteers at CUIAS: 416-767-4595.

Changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada



If your visitor status has not yet expired, You can apply online to extend your stay in Canada.


To keep everyone safe, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is cancelling all:

To know when these services resume and to get up-to-date information, see IRCC’s special measures to help clients affected by COVID‑19.


For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.  However, the Agency encourages individuals who expect to receive benefits under the GSTC or the Canada Child Benefit not to delay the filing of their return to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.

The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.


TELEPHONE 416-767-4595,



Template Letter to inform your landlord about your non-payment of rent due to COVID-19

If due to COVID-19 you can’t pay your rent, use this template to inform your landlord

Template Letter:  Notice to Landlord on Non-payment of Rent Due



Toronto, Ontario, POSTAL CODE

 March __, 2020

 Re: COVID-19 Emergency

 Dear rental management representative:

 Please be advised that as a result of the economic disruption being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it will be necessary for me to withhold payment of the rent due on April 1, 2020. It may also be necessary for me to withhold rent due during subsequent months.

Non-payment of rent has been made necessary by [ MY LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT INCOME or ANTICIPATED LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT INCOME] as a result of public health measures during the pandemic. There is uncertainty about the duration of lost earnings. In this situation the only rational course I can follow is to preserve cash-on-hand to purchase food, medicine and other necessities of life for myself and my family.

The Canadian government has guaranteed that it will ensure everyone has sufficient financial supports  to withstand their economic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency income support measures have been announced by government ministers. I have every reason to expect that government aid is forthcoming. However, this aid may take some time to be delivered to those in need. I expect that I will be able to begin regular rent payments after the anticipated government aid has been received.

Please contact me using the information below if you have any questions about this communication or have any guidance about how I should proceed in this matter.



email:   YOUR EMAIL

phone:  YOUR PHONE #

Ministry of Ontario

About COVID-19 for our Ukrainian speaking clients

Ontario Expands Coverage for Care

Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19

March 20, 2020 4:00 P.M.

TORONTO — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve globally and locally, Ontario is taking decisive and swift action to ensure the province continues to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians.

To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Together, these measures will ensure that no one will be discouraged from seeking screening or treatment for COVID-19 for financial reasons.

“The health and well-being of Ontarians continues to be our government’s number one priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “That’s why we’re working to guarantee that anyone who needs screening or care for COVID-19 will get it. In doing so, we can further help ensure we contain the spread of this virus.”

These measures are in addition to Ontario’s recent announcement that Ontarians with expiring and expired health cards will continue to have access to insured health services.

Ontario is continuing to work with all partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and community care, to do everything we can to contain COVID-19 and ensure that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


  • Ontarians should be practising social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people outside of your immediate families.
  • If you are returning from travel outside of Canada or if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, including social distancing and tracking your symptoms and how you feel.


Does the Interim Pathway for Caregivers apply to you?

Changes to age of dependent children

As of October 24, 2017, regulations have changed to raise the age of dependent children from “under 19” to “under 22”.

These instructions are specific to new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017.

To enhance family unity and reunification, and in recognition that many young adults remain with their parents longer , the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) have been amended to introduce a new definition of “dependent child”.

The only change in this new definition is that the maximum age of a dependent child has increased from 18 to 21. The definition retains the requirement for a dependent child to be unmarried and not in a common-law relationship and for overage children with a physical or mental condition to have been continually unable to financially support themselves since before turning 22.

The new definition applies to applications received on or after October 24, 2017. Applications received between August 1, 2014, and October 23, 2017, will be processed based on the previous definitions.

Previous definition: From August 1, 2014, to October 23, 2017, a dependent child was defined as a child under 19 who was not a spouse or common-law partner or a child 19 or older who was dependent on a parent due to a physical or mental condition.

Lock-in dates: The regulatory amendments related to the new definition of dependent child do not include any changes to regulations regarding when the age of a child of the principal applicant is locked in.

Transitional provisions: In addition, an amendment has been made to correct an inadvertent omission in the transitional provisions for the August 1, 2014, amendment, to include a dependent child who made an application as a principal applicant as a member of the family class on or before July 31, 2014.

The transitional provisions allowed the applications of certain children whose ages were locked in before August 1, 2014, to be processed based on the pre-amendment definition. It is important to note that for some permanent resident programs, IRCC will continue to receive some applications, which include those of children who are 22 or older, who are full-time students and who qualify as dependants based on the 2014 transitional provisions because their ages were locked in before August 1, 2014. These transitional provisions may apply regardless of the date IRCC receives the permanent residence application.

The transitional provision relating to overage full-time students will become obsolete in the future as older cases are finalized. For more information on the transitional provisions of the August 1, 2014, amendment, consult OB 588, “Change in the definition of a dependent child”, to determine if a child is eligible for their application to be processed for permanent residence based on a transitional provision.

Fees: The new definition of a dependent child has not resulted in any changes to the fee structure. The range of permanent resident fees for dependent children that apply on and after October 24, 2017, are based on the dependant type.

The only temporary resident fees that are affected by the new definition of a dependent child are the family rates for an application for a t emporary r esident v isa and the accompanying biometric fee.

Important Changes to Canadian Citizenship Rules

Important Changes to Canadian Citizenship Rules
Come into Effect October 11, 2017

As of Oct. 11 th , the number of years a person must be physically present in Canada
before being eligible for citizenship will be three out of five years, rather than four outof six.

Another change is that, only newcomers between the ages of 18 to 54 will be required
to take and pass a knowledge test. Previously, the age range was 14 to 64.

There are also changes to citizenship eligibility regarding time spent in Canada prior
to becoming a permanent resident such as time spent in Canada as a foreign worker,
international student, refugee claimant.

The government is also rewriting the citizenship oath to incorporate a reference to
treaties with Indigenous Peoples.

For more information, please refer to:
This Link

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