You have to file a tax return if you owe tax, or if you want to claim tax credits or refunds.
Please refer to the Are you an International Student? page on the Canada Revenue Agency website and the New Residents page on the Revenu Quebec website for detailed information and instructions on how to submit your tax return, and how to claim credits and refunds.
DEADLINE: Generally, your income tax return has to be filed on or before April 30 for the previous calendar year (Jan-Dec 2020).
- McGill's Scholarship and Student Aid Office (SSAO) offered tax clinics in March and April - while they are now over, you can view their tax presentation.
- The Canada Revenue Agency cancelled their student outreach program, but they have a great series of tax videos for International Students on their website.
- In addition, there are companies that provide tax preparation services* for a fee (some offer special student rates - always ask when you contact them).
*Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not endorse any particular service.