Filing Your Return -> Students -> Tuition, education and textbook tax credits for courses outside Canada
Income Tax Act s. 118.5(1)(b)
In some cases a tuition tax credit may be claimed for courses taken outside Canada. The following criteria must be satisfied in order to claim the credit:
When the courses taken outside Canada have been completed online, the tuition tax credit may still be claimed if the courses have a duration of at least 13 weeks. See the Tax Court of Canada cases McGrath v. The Queen, November 2006 and Valente v. The Queen, March 2006.
When the courses taken outside Canada have been taken by correspondence, the tuition tax credit may not be claimed. However, the education credit for part-time enrollment may still be claimed, because the criteria includes enrollment, not physical attendance. See Tax Court of Canada case Cleveland v. The Queen, October 2003.
The educational institution will provide one of the following forms:TL11A - Tuition, education and textbook amounts certificate - university outside Canada
There have been Tax Court Cases which denied the tuition credit for courses which did not meet the 13 week duration criteria. See Tax Court of Canada cases Fayle v. The Queen, January 2005, and Ali v. The Queen, November 2004.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) ResourcesEligible tuition fees
Tax Tip: Make sure your university courses taken outside Canada have a duration of at least 3 weeks.
Education and Textbook Tax Credits for Courses Outside Canada
Ref: Income Tax Act s. 118.6(1)(b), 118.6(1)(c) and 118.6(2)
The Federal 2016 Budget eliminated the federal education and textbook tax credits effective for the 2017 taxation year. However, some provinces and territories still have the Education Tax Credit, and Nunavut still has the Textbook Tax Credit - see the tables of non-refundable tax credits for the amounts for each province or territory.
When courses are taken outside Canada, education and textbook tax credits may be claimed according to the guidelines in Tuition costs and education amount above. A designated educational institution includes:
To qualify for the part-time education tax credit, the individual must be enrolled at a designated educational institution in a program of not less than 3 consecutive weeks duration, that provides that each student in the program spend not less than 12 hours in the month on courses in the program.
Revised: June 22, 2022
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