GST Payment Dates

Published by Mohamed Konate | Updated Jul 15, 2021
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GST Payment Dates: GST/HST Credit Overview


What is the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit?


The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay. It may also include payments from provincial and territorial programs.


In Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island along with Newfoundland and Labrador the GST is blended with the provincial sales tax and it is called the harmonized sales tax (HST).


Who is eligible for the GST/HST credit?

  1. You are generally eligible for the GST/HST credit if you are considered a Canadian resident for income tax purposes the month before and at the beginning of the month are the GST Payment dates in which the Canada Revenue Agency makes a payment.


You also need to meet one of the following criteria:


  • you are at least 19 years old
  • you have (or had) a spouse or common-law partner
  • you are (or were) a parent and live (or lived) with your child
  • Parents in a shared custody situation may be eligible for half of the GST/HST credit for that child. This also applies to any related provincial and territorial credit. Go to Custody arrangements and your benefits for more information.


If, however, a child welfare agency is legally, physically, or financially responsible for a child, you are not generally eligible for the GST/HST credit for that child.

2021 GST/HST Payment dates

Below are the GST Payment dates when Canada Revenue Agency will pay credits for 2021.

  • January 5, 2021

  • April 1, 2021

  • July 5, 2021

  • October 5, 2021

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How to apply for the GST/HST credit?

Actually, you do not have to apply for it. The CRA will determine when you file your taxes if you are eligible to receive the GST/HST credit each year, even if you have no income to report.


New Canadian residents

New residents of Canada have 2 options to apply for the GST/HST credit:


How to Claim the GST/HST credit for your child?

If you applied for the Canada child benefit (CCB) you might already be receiving the child portion of the GST/HST credit.

In case your child has not been register yet you will need to register manually following the steps below:

  1. Complete and sign Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application.
  2. Mail the completed form to your tax centre.


How much GST/HST credit will you get?


In order to determine the amount, please use the Canada Revenue Agency calculator to estimate your GST/HST credit.


Family income level maximum for GST/HST credit


If your family net income amount is equal to or exceeds the amount indicated in the table below, you will not be entitled to a GST/HST credit payment.



Family structure

Adjusted family net income

Single person


Single parent with one child


Single parent with two children


Single parent with three children


Single parent with four children


Married/common-law couple with no children


Married/common-law couple with one child


Married/common-law couple with two children


Married/common-law couple with three children


Married/common-law couple with four children




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Author Bio

Mohamed Konate

Mohamed Konate is a personal finance expert, blogger, and marketing consultant based out of Toronto. He is a former financial services professional who worked for many years at major Canadian financial institutions where he managed the marketing strategy around various financial products ranging from credit cards to lines of credit. Mohamed is passionate about personal finance and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Quebec (Montreal) and a Master in International Business from the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec).He is also the author of the Canadian Credit Card Guidebook.