Navigating taxes can be stressful for many, but the City of Chestermere seems to have a free solution. 

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) was created to help individuals and families with their taxes. 

The program is run by Chestermere Community Support Services and a group of volunteers trained in assisting people with simple tax situations. The volunteers for this program are not employees of the Canada Revenue Agency. 

To be eligible for the CVIP, individuals must have a modest income and a simple tax return. 

This may include: 

  • Adults 65 years of age and older 
  • Housing-insecure individuals 
  • Indigenous Peoples 
  • People with a modest income 
  • Newcomers 
  • Students 
  • Persons with disabilities 

Your tax situation is considered “simple” if you have no income or if your income comes from one of these sources: 

  • Employment 
  • Pension 
  • Benefits (CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social assistance) 
  • RRSP 
  • Support payments 
  • Scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, or grants 
  • Interest (under $1,000) 

Your tax situation is not considered simple if you: 

  • Are self-employed or have employment expenses 
  • Have business or rental income and expenses 
  • Have capital gains or losses 
  • File for bankruptcy  
  • Are completing a tax return for a deceased person. 

If you have a modest income, CVITP still encourages you to reach out, and they can help determine if your income is modest. 

To book an appointment, contact the Chestermere Community Wellness Services Team at 403-207-7079 or email

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