Federal and Provincial Benefits for Residents

Are you living on a low or modest income or getting social assistance?

Are you aware that if you file your taxes each year you can get your share from government programs?

Families with children

Filing your income tax return is the key to receiving benefits that may give you up to $13,000 in extra money. Your spouse or common-law partner must also file an income return. Here are examples of the extra money that may be available to you as a parent each year:

  • Canada Child Benefit up to $6,833 per child each year
  • Canada Learning Bond of $500 per child born on, or after, January 1, 2004
  • Child Disability Benefit up to $2,915 per child each year
  • Canada Workers Benefit up to $2,403 for the parent each year
  • Canada Workers Benefit Disability supplement up to $720 for the parent each year

If you file your taxes, and you are eligible for these programs, you may receive payments for each of these programs. But, you will not get this money if you do not file your taxes and continue to apply for the Canada Child Benefit.

Even more money may be available if you have more than one child. For example:

Federal GST/HST Credit

  • up to $912 per family with two children
  • plus $157 for each additional child

PEI Sales Tax Credit

  • up to $220 per family each year

For more information, go to www.cra-arc.gc.ca or call 1-800-387-1193.


If you support a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependant with a physical or mental impairment, the new Canada caregiver tax credit may be available to you.

For more information, visit www.canada.ca.

Single people without children

You may be eligible for up to $3,000 in extra money, including:

  • Canada Workers Benefit up to $1,395 for the worker each year
  • Canada Workers Benefit Disability credit up to $720 for the worker each year
  • Federal GST/HST Credit of up to $456 per year
  • PEI Sales Tax Credit of up to $165 per year

Even if you didn’t file your taxes in years past, some of these programs will provide back pay for eligible years you missed, as long as you file your taxes for those past years.


The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to seniors receiving Old Age Security who have a low income and are living in Canada.

Once you have made an initial GIS application, your income tax information from your federal Income Tax and Benefit Return will be used to renew your eligibility for the GIS or other income tested benefits in the following years.

Get the GIS application online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca (then search GIS) or visit a local Service Canada location. To see the most up-to-date benefit amounts for Old age Security and GIS visit this link ​ or call 1-800-277-9914 for information.

These benefits are in addition to federal GST/HST and PEI Sales Tax Credits.

Post-Secondary Students

Low and middle income students can apply for needs-based support in addition to bursaries.

Recent Post-Secondary Graduates

If you graduated from a post-secondary program before the 2018-19 academic year with more than $6,000 in student loans per annum, you may be eligible for a debt reduction grant to help reduce your provincial student loan balance.

Need a hand to complete your income tax return?

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, a collaboration between community organization-volunteers and the Canada Revenue Agency, may be able to do your taxes for free. This free tax-help program is available to eligible taxpayers who have modest income and simple tax situations.

To see if you qualify for assistance and for details on tax-help clinics call 1-855-516-4405 or visit Canada.ca/taxes-help.

Locations for Free Tax Clinics in 2022





Confederation Centre Library

145 Richmond St.

Charlottetown, PE

March 2nd – April 30th 

Monday, Friday and Saturday

 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Drop-off only.

For info call: 902-368-4642 / ccpl@gov.pe.ca

Cornwall Public Library

15 Mercedes Dr.,

Cornwall, PE

March 7th to April 30th

Tuesday and Wednesday 1– 8:30pm,

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

9 – 12:30pm and 1 – 5:30pm

Drop-off only.

For info call 902-629-8415.

Morell Public Library

89 Red Head Rd.

Morell, PE

March 1st to April 28th

Tuesday and Thursday  3– 6:00pm,

Wednesday 10 – 2:00pm,

Saturday 10– 3:00pm

Drop-off only.

For info call 902-961-3389.

Hunter River Memorial Library

19816 Route 2,

Hunter River, PE

March 1st to April 30th

Tuesday 4-8:00pm,

Wednesday 2-6:00pm,

Friday 9 -2:30pm,

Saturday 9 - 1:30

drop-off only

For info call 902-964-2800

Kinkora Public Library

45 Anderson Rd.

Kinkora, PE

March 1st – April 28th

Monday 11 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 3 – 7:00pm

Thursday 9-1:00pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-887-2172.

Montague Rotary Library

53 Wood Islands Rd.

Montague, PE

March 1st – April 30th

Tuesday 10 – 1:00pm

Wednesday 1-7:00 pm

Thursday 1 -3:00pm

Friday 10 - 1:00pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-838-2928.

O’Leary Public Library

18 Community St.

O’Leary, PE

March 3th – April 30th

Tuesday 10 – 4:00pm

Thursday 4 – 8:00pm,

 Friday 12 – 4:00pm,

Saturday 10 – 2:00pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-859-8788.

Tignish Public Library

103 School St.

Tignish, PE

March 1st – April 30th

Tuesday 11 – 5:00pm

 Thursday 2 – 8:00pm

 Saturday 10 – 1:00pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-882-7363

Alberton Public Library

11 Railway St.

Alberton, PE

March 1th – April 30th

Tuesday  3pm – 8pm,

Wednesday and Friday  10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-231-2090

Stratford Public Library

25 Hopeton Rd.

Stratford, PE

March 1st – April 30th

Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am – 8:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm

Drop-off only

For info call 902-569-7441

Borden-Carleton Public Library

244 Borden Avenue

 Borden-Carleton, PE

March 2nd - April 27th

Monday, 10am -2pm,

 Wednesday 4-8pm

 Saturday 9am- 1pm

Drop off only

For info call 902-4376492

Georgetown Genevieve Soloman Memorial Library

47 Kent Street

 Georgetown, PE

March 9th – April 29th

Tuesday 3-7pm,

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 1pm

Drop off only

Kensington Heritage Library

6 Commercial Street

Kensington, PE

March  1st – April 29th

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-4:00pm

Wednesday 12-6pm,

Thursday 2-8pm,

Drop off only

For info call 902-836-3721

Summerside Rotary Library

57 Central Street

Summerside, PE

March 7th – April 30th

Monday 12-8pm,

Tuesday 10am-9pm,

Wednesday and Thursday 10am-6pm,

Friday and Saturday 10am- 5pm

Sunday 12-5pm

Drop off

For info call 902-436-7323

St Peters Public Library

1968 Cardigan Road

St. Peters, PE


March 1st – April 28th

Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 1:30pm

Wednesday 2– 7:00pm

Drop off only


Bibliothèque Publique Dr. J Edmond Arsenault

5 Acadian Dr

Charlottetown, PE

March 1st  - April 30th 

Tuesday 8– 3;30pm

Thursday 12- 8:00pm

Saturday 9-1:00pm

Drop Off Clinic


Other Programs

Some provincial programs require proof of income to be eligible. The only proof that the Government of PEI accepts is the notice of assessment which the Canada Revenue Agency sends after you file an income tax return.

Families can get help from programs like these:

  • Dental Public Health provides services to children ages 3-17 who are not covered by private dental insurance.
  • Family Health Benefit Drug Program helps low income families cover the cost of approved prescription medications.
  • Generic Drug Program is for those under age 65 who do not have insurance to limit cost for eligible generic prescription drugs to a maximum of $19.95.

Seniors can get help from the Seniors Independence Initiative for services like light housekeeping, meal preparation, grass-cutting or snow removal.


Published date: 
March 17, 2022
Social Development and Housing

General Inquiries

Department of Social Development and Housing
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: 902-368-4740