News Release: February 28, 2018

Low-Income Residents Can Boost Their Earnings by Accessing Their Tax Benefits

BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 28, 2018) – The Region of Peel’s annual File Your Taxes For Free. Get Your Benefits Now! campaign launches today. The campaign encourages low-income residents to use the Region’s free tax preparation services, or those offered by non-profit organizations across the region, to access all of the benefits they are eligible to receive by filing their taxes.

“We encourage Peel residents in low-income situations to participate and access government benefits and tax credits through attendance at the free tax preparation clinics,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner of Human Services. “Once you have your notice of assessment for tax, it is also much easier to apply for other benefits.”

Tax preparation assistance offered by the Region of Peel will be offered on Saturdays from March 3 to April 28, 2018. Services are for individuals with incomes up to $30,000 or families with incomes up to $47,500. The income threshold depends on the family size. Other community organizations across Peel are also hosting similar programs, and these are listed on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Prosper Canada, a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty, estimates that every year over $1 billion of income benefits and tax credits targeted to the needs of the most vulnerable people in Canada never make it into their pockets.

“Reducing poverty is a key part of the Region’s Strategic Plan to create a healthy, safe and connected community in Peel,” said Nancy Polsinelli, Commissioner of Health Services for the Region of Peel.

The Region of Peel’s Human Services Department partners with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, to offer this free tax preparation assistance. The program, which has been offered for 14 years, facilitated more than 2,500 returns in 2017.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts:

Ann-Marie Koumettou
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel