What’s New for 2021 Tax Returns:

Updated January 2022


Most income is taxable, and it’s probably best to assume that income received will be taxed. That said, it may be interesting to learn what types of income are not taxable.

The following amount are NOT TAXABLE and do not need to be reported on your tax return:

  • GST/HST credit and Canada Child Benefit payments, including those from related provincial or territorial programs
  • Child assistance payments and the supplement for disabled children paid by the province of Quebec
  • compensation received from a province or territory if you were a victim of a criminal act or a motor vehicle accident
  • most lottery winnings
  • most gifts and inheritances
  • amounts paid by Canada or an allied country (if the amount is not taxable in that country) for disability or death due to war service
  • most amounts received from a life insurance policy following someone’s death
  • most types of strike pay you received from your union, even if you perform picketing duties as a requirement of membership
  • elementary and secondary school scholarships and bursaries
  • post-secondary scholarships, fellowships, and bursaries received in 2021 are not taxable if you are considered a full-time qualifying student; Part-time students may receive scholarships and bursaries tax-free up to the limit of their educational costs, excess amounts are taxable.
  • most amounts received from a tax-free savings account (TFSA)

Income earned on any of the above amounts (such as interest you earn when you invest lottery winnings) is taxable.