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Canadian Income Taxes & International Students

The International Centre does not have any tax experts on staff and is not able to advise on income tax questions. However, we do want to provide information to help you understand the Canadian tax system and what you should do.

Do international students need to file taxes?

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is responsible for administering tax programs in Canada. It has created a video series to explain Canada’s taxation system and answer important questions.  

See the CRA website for information specific to international students.

What documents do students need from Humber?

Each person’s tax situation will be different. However, all Humber students should download a T2202A form from their MyHumber account. Keep a copy of this form.

Tip #1: Make sure that your browser allows pop-up windows. Otherwise, the T2202A form will not appear.

Tip #2: If you are no longer a Humber student and/or are unable to access your MyHumber account, please contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mailing

If you are currently living in on-campus Residence, you can learn more about the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credits and possible credits for which residence students may be eligible.

What about students who start in January?

The income tax year follows the calendar year (January to December). If you were not in Canada before January 1, you will not need to file a tax return for the previous year.

What resources are available?

  1. The International Centre partners with our community partner, North York Community House, to offer Income Tax workshops and one-on-one income tax appointments. These workshops typically begin in February of each year and the one-on-one appointments occur in March of each year. Details about workshops and appointments will be communicated by the International Centre to students via email in January/February.
  2. IGNITE Student Life also coordinates one-on-one appointments in March/April. Appointment bookings are available online during tax season.
    Please direct all questions abou this program to IGNITE.
  3. If you are unable to use the services above, you may be able to receive support through another community tax program in the city. There are other options available as well. 

Is there anything else international students should know?

Beware of phone scams by fraudsters pretending to be the CRA, or police officers, and making threats. The CRA typically communicates by mail (post), or through its online system. Read the CRA instructions to protect yourself against fraud.

Also watch our Events page for information abut workshops regarding Frauds and Scams.