Income Tax

Any money you earn in Canada, including income earned from employment, scholarships, bursaries, assistantships (TA or RA), research grants, or fellowships, is subject to Canadian Income Tax. The deadline to complete and mail your Income Tax forms is midnight April 30th of each year. Every year, the International and Exchange Student Centre at Western offers a FREE Drop-In Income Tax Clinic for International Students. This tax clinic is open to all current international students at Western University.

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Applying for a Social Insurance Number

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a number the Government of Canada uses in the administration of various government programs and to keep track of income for tax purposes. If you plan to work while in Canada you must have a SIN. To apply, you need to bring the following original documents (photocopies are not accepted):

  1. Your valid passport
  2. Your valid Canadian immigration document (Study permit)
  3. Official "confirmation to work" letter issued by CIC (if applicable)

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