Credits, Benefits and Incentives

For Single People and Families

Below you'll find a list of provincial tax credits and benefits available to single people and families in Ontario, including single parent families, seniors and First Nations.


To receive these tax credits and benefits you must:

The amount of money you could get is based on a number of factors, including the size of your family, where you live, your age and income.

Maximum amounts of some credits/benefits will increase over time with inflation. View the current Personal Income Tax rates and credits chart for a summary of most Ontario tax credits and benefits, including amounts.


Refundable Tax Credits

The following refundable tax credits help reduce or eliminate the amount of tax you owe. Excess credits may be paid as a refund after your personal income tax return is assessed — even if you pay no income tax.

The three credits listed below are based on information reported on your previous year's income tax return. These credits are combined and paid as the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

To apply for these tax credits and benefits, complete forms ON479 Ontario Credits and ON-BEN.

Non-refundable Tax Credits

Non-refundable tax credits help you reduce or eliminate the amount of income tax you owe. Excess non-refundable credits do not create a tax refund.

Most Ontario non-refundable tax credits are similar to federal non-refundable tax credits, although the amounts may differ. The rules for claiming these credits are the same as the rules for the federal tax credits.

Non-refundable tax credits are claimed on your ON428 Ontario Tax form and explained in your income tax package.

You can also read about the following credits:

Other Ontario Programs

View other government benefit programs for Ontario residents

Federal Programs and Benefits for Individuals and Families

Payment schedule

Direct bank deposit

Get your Ministry of Finance refund or rebate faster with direct deposit - it's easy and secure!

Did you know?

You and your family may be eligible for other Ontario tax credits. Use our tax credit calculator to learn more.

Do you need help completing your tax return?

If you are unable to prepare your income tax and benefit return yourself, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you.

For businesses

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