Family Affordability Package

Investing in Our Communities - Grant Programs

Help for Manitoba seniors

 

As part of the Family Affordability Package, Manitoba seniors with 2021 family net income of less than $40,000, who rent or own their own homes and claimed the Seniors Education Property Tax Credit as reported on their 2021 tax return, will receive a $300 payment.

This is a refundable tax credit and not taxable income.

It is estimated that approximately 52,500 senior households will receive a $300 payment, for a total of $16 million.

Eligibility

* Note that only one person can claim an Education Property Tax Credit for a given principal residence, and spouses and common-law partners cannot both claim the credit.

Available assistance

How to apply

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Individuals are eligible if:
    • they, or their cohabiting spouse or common-law partner, were 65 or older on December 31, 2021;
    • own or rent their principal residence;
    • claimed the Education Property Tax Credit on their 2021 income tax return form MB479 and had less than $40,000 in family net income as reported on that form.
  • Individuals who were ineligible for the Education Property Tax Credit on their income tax returns, because they received Employment and Income Assistance or Rent Assist benefits, or their school tax bill or rent payments are too low, are also eligible for the payment. If individuals entered information into the MB479 form regarding their property tax / rent costs, they should receive a payment automatically. However, individuals who did not fill out the Education Property Tax Credit portion of the MB479 should contact Manitoba Government Inquiry for help determining their eligibility.
  • Note that only one person can claim an Education Property Tax Credit for a given principal residence. Spouses and common-law partners cannot both claim the credit.
  • Each eligible person will receive a payment of $300.
  • Cheques started being sent in late September 2022. 
  • Cheques will be sent automatically to those eligible to receive a payment.
  • Cheques will be mailed to the address an eligible person provided on their 2021 income tax return.
  • No. These payments are separate and will not affect a person's eligibility for the Education Property Tax Rebate or the amount of their rebate payment.
  • Those who have passed away are not eligible for the payment. However, if they have a surviving cohabiting spouse or common-law partner that meets the eligibility criteria, they will be eligible to receive the payment.
  • Those who believe they meet the eligibility criteria, but did not receive a cheque, should contact Manitoba Government Inquiry. It is recommended to wait until November 1, 2022 to allow time for all of the advance cheques to be mailed.
  • It is estimated that approximately 52,500 seniors will receive payments of $300, totalling approximately $16 million.
  • No. The payments will legislated as refundable tax credits under the Income Tax Act and will not be taxable.
  • No. The payments are being administered outside of the income tax return system. Those who didn't receive an advance payment, should contact Manitoba Government Inquiry.

Contact us

 
  • Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
    Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca