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Children's Fitness Tax Credit

Since January 1, 2007, the Government of Canada has offered a non-refundable tax credit on eligible amount of up to $500 paid by parents to register a child (under the age of 16) in an eligible program of physical activity. For children with disabilities, the age is amended to children under the age of 18.

The purpose of the Children's Fitness Tax credit is to promote physical fitness among children because of the positive impact of physical activity on children's growth and healthy development. Programs that qualify must be at least 5 consecutive days (e.g. Camps) or occur for at least 8 weeks consecutively. The credit applies to supervised children's programs having a significant physical activity component where participation over time can reasonably expected to fitness, particularly cardio-respiratory endurance, as well as muscular endurance, flexibility and balance.

Children's Arts Tax Credit

The Government of Canada offers a non-refundable tax credit on eligible amount of up to $500 paid by parents to register a child (under the age of 16) in an eligible artistic, cultural, recreational and developmental program. For children with disabilities, the age is amended to children under the age of 18. 

Parents can claim money spent on programs that focus on fine arts, music, performing arts, outdoor wilderness training, learning a language, studying a culture, tutoring and more. Programs that qualify must be a supervised program at least 5 consecutive days (e.g. Camps) or occur for at least 8 weeks consecutively.  The program also has to meet one of the following criteria:

  • contributes to the development of skills or expertise in an artistic or cultural activity
  • provides substantial focus on wilderness and the natural environment
  • helps children develop and use particular intellectual skills
  • includes structured interaction among children where supervisors teach or help children develop interpersonal skills
  • provides enrichment or tutoring in academic subjects

 

PLEASE NOTE : the City of Yellowknife is not responsible for any decisions regarding the eligibility or implementation of the credit.  Please check with the Canada Revenue Agency for more information (linked above).

 

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