Put simply, tax credits allow you to "write off" expenses, deducting money from the amount you owe or adding to the amount you get back from the government. Non-refundable credits help with the former and refundable credits help with the latter, FYI.
You must have paid the amounts to a qualified Canadian journalism organization (QCJO) that does not hold a licence to broadcast. It should be a digital news subscription to content that is primarily original news.
If you shared the subscription with another person, you can split the tax claim. However, the total amount of your claim and the other person’s claim cannot be more than the maximum amount allowed for the credit, the federal government says.
Infertility Treatment (Quebec)
In Quebec, you can claim a refundable tax credit for expenses related to an in vitro fertilization, if you meet the following conditions:
You were resident in Quebec on December 31 of the covered taxation year
You paid the expenses in that taxation year
Neither you nor your spouse had a child before the start of the treatment for the expenses you're claiming
A physician has certified that neither you nor your spouse underwent surgical sterilization by vasectomy or tubal ligation for reasons that are not strictly medical
Revenu Québec says you should not include expenses if you were already reimbursed for them or if you were entitled to a reimbursement — unless the reimbursement is included in your income.
Donations & Gifts (Line 34900)
If you, your spouse or your common-law partner donated money to certain institutions, like a Canadian charity, you may be able to claim non-refundable tax credits.
The federal government website says, generally, you can claim all or part of the eligible amount up to a limit of 75% of your net income.
provincial or territorial government laws similar to those acts
If you don't have taxes to pay for the year you paid the interest, the government says it's to your advantage not to claim it on your return — you can carry the interest forward and apply it on your return for any of the next five years.
You can claim this tax credit if you made donations by cash or cheque to eligible Quebec political parties.
The tax credit applies to donations to:
Official representatives of municipal political parties or independent candidates authorized under Quebec's Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities; and
financial representatives of municipal party leadership candidates authorized under this Act.
You can't claim this provincial credit if you were a political party candidate, independent candidate or leadership candidate of an authorized party and you made contributions for your own benefit or the benefit of the party.
Volunteer Firefighting (Line 31220)
You can claim a $3,000 non-refundable credit for the federal volunteer firefighters' amount (VFA) if you were a volunteer firefighter in 2020.
The services you would have had to perform to claim the SRVA include:
responding to and being on call for search and rescue-related emergency calls as a search and rescue volunteer
attending meetings held by the organization performing the search and rescue
participating in required training related to search and rescue services
Your search and rescue organization can tell you if it is eligible for the SRVA — but the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association or the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary are all eligible organizations.
You can also claim a provincial search and rescue volunteers' credit in Quebec.
Friends, living in Montreal my whole life, I've learned a whole lot of things about the city. The main one? Montreal is beautiful AF.
Combine the beauty of Montreal and the abundance of outdoor things to do and you have got yourself an epic outing! Not to mention that the weather is just getting warmer which means that you will actually want to be outside as much as possible, especially when the sun is shining.
Now because I'm such a lovely human being, I have rounded up some of the best free outdoor activities for you to try this month. I mean hey, we don't get that many warm days in Montreal and now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to go out and enjoy the weather.
1. Strap on your running shoes and go for a jog through Mount-Royal.
Although the Plateau might be your first stop to check out Montreal's awesome street art, there are actually beautiful spots to check out throughout the city.
Rosemont is a gorgeous Montreal borough, with super clean parks and gorgeous outdoor spots to discover. However, It's not just the street art that makes this neighborhood so gorgeous.
Montréal's Big Spring cleanup weekends, Les Grandes Corvées, is a social movement which aims to keep the city clean and fresh year-round, starting from April 1 - December 31, by relying on us to do some spring-cleaning around the city.
When we work together to keep Montreal clean, we can all enjoy the super fun things the city has to offer, like Montreal's Rosemont.
3. Stroll through St. Catherine Street and check out the Aires-Libres installation.
Situated in Montreal's borough of Villeray, Jarry Park is gorgeous.
It's got a clean, pristine lake; beautiful bike and jogging trails; green grass and gorgeous flowers; and spots to sit and admire it all. Packing a picnic and enjoying it at this spot is a smart thing to do... just remember to thank the beautiful people at La Corvée who are part of the reason why this park stays looking beautiful.
In fact, last year, more than 21,500 Montrealers came together to clean up the city! That's a lot of people! So how was this all possible? Well, every year, the City of Montreal provides organizers with a digital sign-up platform to recruit participants. Each person that participates is provided with a cleaning kit which includes a t-shirt, gloves, bags, a rake and a shovel.
So how does the City of Montreal thank each participant? Well, with prizes of course! There are many sweet things to be won all thanks for your participation in making the city of Montreal look beautiful.
6. Let the good times roll at Montreal's outdoor "beer garden".
With Bixi bikes being free throughout May 28, all you really need to do is pick a Bixi, hop on, and tour the city! Check out one of Montreal's pristine bike paths, or go for an urban ride and discover how beautiful the city is from the inside!
No matter what free, fun thing you choose to do outside in Montreal this May, it's important that the city stays clean AF - or else how could you truly enjoy yourself?!
From April 28 - May 7, Montréal's Big Spring cleanup weekends is organizing a city-wide spring cleaning event, where a huge amount of Montrealers will join together to help keep the city clean at the same time!
For more information on Montréal's Big Spring cleanup weekends and to see all 19 boroughs that need a little cleaning, check out the City of Montreal's official website, right here.
Having a job is great, but it can really cut into your vacation and travel time. But travelling is expensive, so you need a job to get money (sounds... logical). If only there was a way to work and travel at the same time. Well as it turns out, there are a ton of job opportunities for people who want to work abroad and Montreal is hosting a special job fair expo to help you get all the info you need. .
The Go Global Expo takes place on September 26 at Palais Des Congrès and it's the perfect place to learn everything you need to know about working, studying, exploring, volunteering and teaching in over 100 different countries. You'll be able to access a world of opportunity all in one convenient place. Meet with experts and get all your questions answered. Check out the photography exhibits and discover the different programs that are available.
Universities offering undergraduate and graduate programs
Study exchange programs
International professional certificate programs
International education programs
Teach English overseas
Student and youth work abroad programs
Work and internship abroad providers
Overseas volunteer programs
Non-profit and humanitarian organizations
Placements for professionals
Options for families, including volunteer projects
A pair of good, clean, warm, and comfy socks is an undervalued commodity. Us privileged folks with well-covered feet forget what a solid pair of socks does for your trotters. Many people without homes in Montreal must suffer the woes of winter without any proper feet-warming apparel, which is why a group Montreal restos are joining forces in the "Socks for Bubbly" event.
Started on Tuesday, November 18th and continuing until Saturday, November 22nd, six different Montreal restaurants will be offering all citizens of Montreal a gratis glass of champagne simply for donating a fresh pair of socks which will go to warm the feet of Montreal's homeless population.
Working with the Mission Old Brewery, Dans la rue, and the Sun Youth organization, the Socks for Bubbly charity initiative seeks to raise awareness on the serious lack of proper undergarments and winter-wear that plague people without homes in Montreal. The aforementioned charities will ensure all socks are handed out to the homeless in an efficient manner, so that every pair of socks finds a persons feet.
So if you have some extra socks your grandparents gave you for your bday, or there was a sale at Costco, or you just want to help out a good cause, bring a pair of socks to the following restos and get your free glass of champagne, so you can feel classy while being charitable. Here's the resto list: