Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Let Us Help with your taxes...



The Help Centre delivers the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) that is in collaboration with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Last year the Help Centre prepared over 1,900 tax returns bringing in excess of 4.5 million dollars back into the community.

The Help Centre offers FREE income tax filing services for low-income residents in Northumberland, such as: aboriginal peoples, social assistance recipients, newcomers to Canada, seniors and/or students. You just have to meet following criteria:

  • Single person with income under than $30,000
  • Couples with income under than $40,000
  • Single-parent family with income under than $30,000 + $2,500 per child


We are not able to prepare returns for individuals who have a self-employment income, have a business or rental income and expenses, have capital gains or losses, have employment expenses, have filed for bankruptcy and have not been discharged and are deceased in the year.

By filing your income tax return you are automatically entitled to receive other credits or benefits that may be relevant to you:

  • Child Tax Benefit (CTB): the amount varies depending on your income
  • Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB):
    • For children under 6 years old: $160 every month
    • For children between 6 and 17 years old: $60 every month
  • Senior Homeowner's Property Grant Tax: amount varies up to $500
  • Old Age Security Guarantee Income Supplement: amount varies depending on income
  • GST – Federal: amount varies depending on income and it is received quarterly
  • Trillium – Provincial: amount varies depending on income and it is received monthly or lump-sum

Visit us at 1005 Elgin Street, Suite 301 (Fleming Building) to start the process and bring your income slips and/or any other income related documents, as well as you medical, rental and day-care receipts, tuition and education amounts and charitable donations. During peak times the process may take at least 2 weeks.

The Help Centre also offers a while-you-wait service at our outreach clinics in Port Hope, Warkworth, Campbellford, Brighton and Colborne by appointments only. We also offer our services at the Golden Plow, Legion Village, Streamway Villa and Halcyon Place also by appointments but only during tax season (March and April). Returns will NOT be e-filed until picked up and signed for.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 905-372-2646.