Filing a Tax Return

 

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Did you know that if you are a resident of Canada for all or part of a tax year, January 1 to December 31, you need to complete an income and benefit return? There are benefits and credits that you can only get if you file your taxes. It is important to file a tax return every year and to report all income earned both inside and outside of Canada. Income tax returns must be filed on time to avoid any interruptions to your benefits. Newcomer fact sheets that explain how to file a tax return can be found at Settlement.Org.  The information is available in English, French and Arabic.

 

Family Day in Bruce and Grey Counties

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Family Day is February 20, 2017 in Ontario. Many local museums and family attractions will be offering special programming this weekend. In Bruce County, Family Heritage Day is taking place at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre located in Southampton and in Port Elgin, it is  Snow-Fest 2017  at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.  There are lots of activities that families can enjoy happening around Grey County this Family Day. Check out the Grey County Family Fun day list for information on these events.  You may want to head outside to enjoy  the natural beauty of Bruce and Grey this long weekend as it is going to be sunny and mild!

Smiles 4 Canada

 

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Children from low income families in need of orthodontic treatment could qualify for free dental work through the Smiles 4 Canada Program. Orthodontists in Canada are volunteering their time to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients at no cost. To be eligible, families must meet the approved financial criteria and applicants must be under the age of 14. Children are asked to submit a written letter explaining why they are applying to the program they must also provide a references letter , a dental evaluation and photographs of their teeth. A regional committee will review all application for the program. Although treatment is free for successful applicants there is a $500 administration fee. A application form for this program can be found at Smiles 4 Canada.

 

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

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Winter weather conditions can change quickly in Canada. It is important that you stay informed about approaching winter weather hazards so you can keep yourself and your family prepared in the event of a winter storm. Winter weather watches and warnings can be found on the Environment Canada Web Site. The Ontario Provincial Police recommend that when a storm warning is issued you properly prepare for the event. To find out how to properly prepare for bad weather, link into Get Prepared. Before heading out on the roads in the winter it is wise to contact the Ministry of Transportation Ontario for a report by dialing 511 or linking into Winter Road Conditions. The local radio stations are also a great resource during a storm as they provide regular update on weather conditions and warnings as well as information about local road conditions, closures and cancellations school and local of events. Here are some links for some of the local radio stations in Grey and Bruce Counties:
Bayshore Broadcasting
Blackburn News
The Dock