Getting a tax return
Use the income tax package for the province or territory where you resided on December 31, 2020, unless your tax situation requires a specific return or form.
Get an income tax package
You can get an income tax package (guide, return, and schedules) for your province or territory, either online or by mail.
Choose your province or territory:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Get an income tax package for 2020 or previous years:
Get a non-resident and deemed resident income tax package:
- By mail
Order copies of publications to be mailed to you:
- Order copies in regular print format
- Order alternate formats for persons with disabilities
- digital audio (mp3)
- electronic text (E-text)
- large print
Expect processing delays for paper returns
It may take 10 to 12 weeks for the CRA to process paper returns due to COVID-19.
Tax situations requiring a specific return or form
There are exceptions, such as if you had residential ties in another place, where you would need a specific tax return.
You were a Quebec resident on December 31, 2020
Use the Quebec income tax package to calculate your federal tax only.
You will also need to file a provincial income tax return for Quebec.
You are filing a return for a person who died in 2020
Use the income tax package for the province or territory where the person resided at their time of death.
For details: What to do when someone has died
You left Canada permanently (emigrated) in 2020
Use the income tax package for the province or territory where you lived on the date you left Canada.
For details: Leaving Canada
You have residential ties in more than one province or territory on December 31, 2020
Use the income tax package for the province or territory with your most important residential ties.
For example, if you usually live in Ontario, but were going to school in Quebec, use the income tax package for Ontario.
You lived outside of Canada on December 31, 2020, but kept residential ties with Canada
You may be considered a factual resident of Canada and if so use:
You may be considered a deemed resident of Canada and if so use:
This may also apply to your spouse or common-law partner, dependant children, and other family members.
You stayed in Canada for 183 days or more in 2020 and do not have significant residential ties with Canada
You may be considered a deemed resident of Canada if you:
- do not have significant residential ties with Canada
- are not considered a resident of another country under a tax treaty between Canada and that country
You do not have significant residential ties and lived in Canada throughout 2020
If you are not a factual resident of Canada, or a deemed resident of Canada, you may be considered a non-resident of Canada for tax purposes. Use the tax package for non-residents and deemed residents of Canada.
If you earned employment income or business income with a permanent establishment in a certain province or territory, complete the following instead:
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