What's new for 2017

We list the service enhancements and major changes below, including announced income tax changes that were not law. If they become law as proposed, they will be effective for 2017 or as of the dates given.

Our services

Address and direct deposit changes – If you are registered for the full version of CRA’s My Account or CRA’s mobile apps, you can change your address and update your direct deposit information in participating NETFILE certified tax preparation software. For more information see NETFILE.

ReFILE – This service allows you to submit a request to adjust your return using NETFILE. For more information see ReFILE

Individuals and families

Scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, and artists’ project grants exemption (line 130)– The eligibility for the exemption has been enhanced under certain conditions to include scholarships and bursaries received for occupational skills courses that are not at the post secondary level.

Canada caregiver amount – The Canada caregiver amount has replaced the family caregiver amount, the amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older (line 306), and the caregiver amount (line 315). You could be entitled to claim this amount in the calculation of certain non-refundable tax credits if the person you are making the claim for has an impairment in physical or mental functions. For more information, see the Canada caregiver amount.

Your tuition, education, and textbook amounts (line 323) – As of January 1, 2017, the federal education and textbook  amounts have been eliminated. The eligibility criteria for the tuition amount has been enhanced under certain conditions to include fees paid for occupational skills courses that are not at the post-secondary level. .

Medical expenses (lines 330 and 331)– Individuals who need medical intervention to conceive a child are eligible to claim the same expenses as individuals with medical infertility. You can also request an adjustment to claim such medical expenses on any income tax return for the 10 previous calendar years.

Donations and gifts (line 349) – A gift of ecologically sensitive land cannot be made to a private foundation after March 21, 2017.  There are also a number of changes to the Ecological Gifts Program. For more information, see “Gifts of ecologically sensitive land,” in Pamphlet P113, Gifts and Income Tax.

Public transit amount (line 364)– As of July 1, 2017, this amount has been eliminated.

Children’s arts amount (line 370) – As of January 1, 2017, this amount has been eliminated.

Children’s fitness tax credit (lines 458 and 459) – As of January 1, 2017, this credit has been eliminated.

Disability tax credit (DTC) certification – As of March 22, 2017, nurse practitioners have been added to the list of medical practitioners who may certify eligibility of a person for the DTC. See Guide RC4064, Disability Related Information.

Interest and investments

Investment tax credit  – Eligibility for the mineral exploration tax credit has been extended to flow-through share  agreements entered into before April 2018. In addition, as of March 22, 2017, expenses for the creation of child care spaces are no longer eligible for the investment tax credit. For more information, see line 412.

Labour-sponsored funds tax credit – As of January 1, 2017, the tax credit for the purchase of shares of federally registered labour-sponsored venture capital corporations (LSVCC) has been eliminated. The tax credit for provincially registered LSVCC can still be claimed on lines 413 and 414.


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