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INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
PROGRAMS, RESOURCES & INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT
STATUS CARD APPLICATION INFORMATION
Canada

Ontario

TAX REBATES, APPLICATION FORMS & INFORMATION
Canada

HOW TO APPLY FOR & ELIGIBILITY FOR INDIAN STATUS
Information on eligibility, how to apply and what documents needed to apply for Indian status

For more information regarding geneology please go-to our geneology section listed below.

Application for Ontario HST Refund for First Nations on or after September 1, 2010
The Ministry of Finance is experiencing an increase in the number and size of refund applications related to the Ontario HST Refund for First Nations. Processing of these refund applications is taking longer than the ministry's service standard of 40 business days. Thank you for your patience as we continue to process these claims in an expedient manner.

General Information
The application is to be used by Status Indians, Indian bands and councils of an Indian band when claiming a refund for the Ontario component of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) paid on acquisitions and importations of qualifying property or services on or after September 1, 2010.

Please note that the refund is not available unless the property or services were acquired for the personal use of the Status Indian or exclusively for the use by an Indian band or a council of an Indian band. In addition, a refund is not available where the refund applicant is a GST/HST registrant and the tax paid can be claimed as an input tax credit.
(Click on the “application” to access the application website)

Documentation Required
Please provide the following:
  • completed application form
  • original receipts
  • photocopy of both sides of the Certificate of Indian Status card, or in the case of Indian bands and councils of an Indian band, a letter from the band or council certifying that the property or services are exclusively for the consumption or use by the band or the council of the band.

Who is Eligible
The following persons are eligible for a refund of the 8% Ontario component of the HST paid on qualifying property or services:
  • Status Indians who are Ontario residents, or
  • Status Indians who are Canadian residents and resident on the Akwesasne reserve, or
  • An Indian band or council of a band of an Ontario First Nations reserve (including the Akwesasne reserve).

Qualifying Property and Services
The following property or services qualify for the point-of-sale exemption when acquired in or imported into Ontario:
  • Tangible personal property (including new and used motor vehicles purchased from a motor vehicle dealer and take-out meals) other than tangible personal property listed below under Tangible Personal Property that does not Qualify for the Point-of-Sale Exemption
  • An agreement for warranty or maintenance of the qualifying tangible personal property
  • A service of installing, assembling, dismantling, adjusting, repairing or maintaining the qualifying tangible personal property, and
  • A telecommunication service (including cable television, telephone, internet) within the meaning of Part IX of the Excise Tax Act (Canada).
Generally, services eligible for the point-of-sale exemption are those that were exempt from Retail Sales Tax RST only when purchased by a Status Indian.
Tangible Personal Property that does not Qualify for the HST Point-of-Sale Exemption
The following tangible personal property does not qualify for the point-of-sale exemption and remains subject to the HST:
  • Restaurant meals other than take-out meals
  • Tangible personal property supplied under an agreement for catering services
  • Electricity, natural gas or any other form of energy
  • Gasoline within the meaning of the Gasoline Tax Act and fuel within the meaning of the Fuel Tax Act
  • Liquor, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages, and
  • Tobacco within the meaning of the Tobacco Tax Act.

Other Property and Services that are Excluded from the HST Point-of-Sale Exemption
The following are examples of property and services that do not qualify for the point-of-sale exemption and therefore are subject to the HST:
  • Intangible personal property that is not situated on a reserve
  • Real property (e.g., new homes, condos and mobile homes), transient accommodation (i.e., hotel accommodation), and parking, that is not located on a reserve
  • Services that were not taxable under RST (e.g., car washing, jewellery engraving), and
  • All other services that are not GST/HST relieved to Status Indians will generally remain taxable to Status Indians under HST when they are not performed on a reserve (e.g., haircuts, massage therapy, dry-cleaning, home renovations, funeral services).

Distribution Channels where the HST Point-of-Sale Exemption is not Permitted
Vendors are not allowed to provide the point-of-sale exemption for qualifying property or services when purchased via the Internet or through other distribution channels for which the presentation of a Certificate of Indian Status card to verify eligibility is not possible. In addition, the point-of-sale exemption will not be credited on goods imported by mail or courier.

When Status Indians, Indian bands and councils of an Indian band acquire or import by mail or courier qualifying property or services through these distribution channels, they may claim a refund using the attached application of the eight per cent Ontario component of the HST paid.

Claim Completion
All enquiries regarding completion of this application form should be directed to the Ontario Ministry of Finance at 1-866-ONT-TAXS (1-866-668-8297).
First Nation individuals, families and Indian bands and councils of an Indian band are encouraged to accumulate receipts and file one application respectively rather than multiple applications for small refund amounts.

Applications for refund of HST paid in Ontario, or for qualifying goods imported into Canada, must be submitted within four years from the date the tax was paid. Applications for refund of HST paid in another participating province on qualifying goods imported into Ontario within 30 days, must be submitted within one year from the date the qualifying goods were imported into Ontario.
For more information on the point-of-sale exemption for the Ontario portion of the HST available to Ontario First Nations people, please refer to Ontario First Nations Point-of-Sale Exemptions.

Direct bank deposit
Get your Ministry of Finance refund or rebate faster with direct deposit! It's easy and secure.

Mailing
Mail the completed form with supporting documentation to:

Ministry of Finance
33 King Street West
PO Box 625
Oshawa ON L1H 8E9

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GST/HST Rebate Information for Indigenous Peoples
GST/HST rebates available
Purchaser
Situation
You may be eligible to claim
Indian, Indian band, or band-empowered entity
You paid the GST/HST in error.
General rebate, under Reason code 1A – Amounts paid in error for goods or services bought on or delivered to a reserve.
In Ontario, you paid the provincial part of the HST in error because the vendor did not apply the Ontario point-of-sale relief on qualifying goods and services.
Rebate for the provincial part of the HST, under Ontario HST Refund for First Nations.
You paid GST/HST on certain travel expenses you incurred off a reserve (for example, transportation, meeting rooms, short term accommodations, meals, and entertainment expenses).
These expenses are for band management activities or for real property located on a reserve.
General rebate, under Reason Code 8 – Indian band, Tribal council, or band-empowered entity.
Band-empowered entity
You are considered a qualifying non-profit organization and you paid GST/HST.

Note
Band funding of Indian non-profit organization is considered the same as government funding when determining if the person is a qualifying non-profit organization.
Public Service Bodies' Rebate, under line 306 of Form GST66, Application for GST/HST Public Service Bodies' Rebate and GST Self-Government Refund for a partial recovery of the GST or the federal part of the HST.

GST/HST registered vendor
You applied GST/HST relief on goods you sold off a reserve in Ontario.
General rebate, under Reason code 23 – Ontario First Nations point-of-sale relief.
Documents you will need to get GST/HST relief

As an Indian, it is necessary that you get a proof of registration with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to be eligible for GST/HST relief. For more information, see Indian Status.
As a vendor, if you do not charge the GST/HST on sales of taxable goods and services, you need proof that the purchaser is an Indian, Indian band, or band-empowered entity. The following chart shows the different documents you need to request and keep in your records.

PURCHASER: INDIAN

Documents and records required:
  • Certificate of Indian Status card – You need to record on the invoice or other sales document their 9 or 10 digit registry number or their band name and family number (commonly referred to as the band number/treaty number), which is found on the card.
  • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) – Some individuals that are registered as Indians under the Indian Act will receive this card from AANDC. You need to record the registration number and expiration date on the invoice or other sales document. Photocopies of the TCRD presented to the vendor at the time of the sale do not qualify as appropriate documentation.

Information required when goods are delivered to a reserve
  • The vendor also must keep proof that the goods were delivered to a reserve (for example, a waybill, postal receipt, or freight bill). The goods must be delivered by either the vendor or the vendor’s agent. For more information, see Purchases of property made off a reserve and delivered to a reserve.

PURCHASER: INDIAN BAND OR BAND-EMPOWERED ENTITIY

Documents and records required:
An original certificate showing one of the following statements:
  • that the goods are being acquired by an Indian band or an unincorporated band-empowered entity
  • in the case of an incorporated band-empowered entity, that the goods are being acquired for band management activities or for real property on a reserve
  • that the service is being acquired for band management activities or for real property on a reserve.

Information required when goods are delivered to a reserve
  • The vendor also must keep proof that the goods were delivered to a reserve (for example, a waybill, postal receipt, or freight bill). The goods must be delivered by either the vendor or the vendor’s agent. For more information, see Purchases of property made off a reserve and delivered to a reserve.


For more information visit:
GENEOLOGY
National Indigenous Survivors Of Child Welfare Network
The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network otherwise known as the The Network is a coalition of Indigenous people (Métis, First Nation and Inuit) and organizations which provide leadership, support and advocacy for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada - regardless of where they reside. We are the only National organization representing Indigenous survivors of the Sixties Scoop.

The Board of Directors is composed entirely of Sixties Scoop Survivors from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba. We are currently building our Board of Directors compliment to 13 to represent all regions in Canada. Board members are to be of First Nation, Inuit and Metis decent.


Sixties Scoop Network
This website is a vision of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network who recognize that Sixties Scoop survivors need peer support and help in navigating government forms and legal issues.
The Sixties Scoop Network is a project by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (www.niscw.org) is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization comprised of an Indigenous board of directors. Each director is a Sixties Scoop Survivor and has their own story of being apprehended by social services, being torn from their communities and families and placed in a non-Indigenous environment. The NISCW Network is focused on social justice for Sixties Scoop Survivors and both the historic and present day situation of Indigenous children being overrepresented in the Canadian Social Services systems.


GENEOLOGY
Aboriginal Genealogy
A Part of Libraries and Archives Canada . This Guide is created to help Canadians undertaking aboriginal genealogical research in the archival documentation at Library and Archives Canada. This guide is not meant to be an exhaustive overview of all sources and research strategies; rather, it is one of the tools you can use. Further resources are listed at the end of this guide, and the specialized staff at Library and Archives Canada and other research institutions will be able to assist you in conducting research into your aboriginal ancestry.

Libraries and Archives Canada :
Phone Number: 613-996-5115

Family Search
genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was previously known as the Genealogical Society of Utah (or "GSU") and is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history.

*does not include word Aboriginal, so when searching – input Indians of North America- Canada
*Requires signing up with email or Facebook to make a free account to get the access to the resources

Genealogical Research Websites:

The Ontario Genealogical Society
The Ontario Genealogical Society, a Canadian Registered Charity founded in 1961, is the largest member-supported family history society in Canada. Their Mission is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage.
Phone number: 416-489-0734

Researching your family in Wellington County (A Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society)
The mission of the Wellington County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is to provide assistance to those interested in family history, and to promote family history research as a worthwhile activity.

Our Digital World
OurDigitalWorld is a non-profit organization that supports digital stewardship of community cultural heritage.
They collaborate with libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and community groups to create sustainable digital collections and bring together for discovery the extraordinary stories that define and shape our communities.
Phone number: 1-888-537-1377

Canadian Virtual Wat Memorial
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) is a registry to honour and remember the sacrifices of the more than 118,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who, since Confederation, have given their lives serving in uniform.
Phone number: 1-866-522-2122

Libraries and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) combines the holdings, services and staff of both the former National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada
Phone Number: 613-996-5115


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