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October 3rd, 2011

You can now claim money back whenever you book your child into an art class at the AGO! There’s still time to register for our fall classes too.

The Government of Canada recently introduced the Canadian Children’s Arts Tax Credit, giving parents the opportunity to claim the 15 per cent non-refundable Canadian Children’s Arts Tax Credit on qualifying expenses up to $500 starting in 2011 for each child who is under the age of 16 at the beginning of the tax year. The age limit is 18 for children eligible for the Disability Tax Credit and an additional amount of $500 will be provided in those instances. The credit will go towards fees paid that contribute to the development of a child’s creative skills or expertise in artistic or cultural programs.

Fall art classes at the AGO: Book now to avoid disappointment

Here at the AGO,  the Children and Family Programs and Youth Studio offer an exceptional learning environment where children and youth are given the opportunity to do just that. Along with access to AGO’s galleries, collections, and new Weston Family Learning Centre, children and youth are presented with a variety of ways to learn and create.

* One-day family workshops, courses that are complimentary with admission, and programs that are part of school curriculum are not eligible for this tax credit.

To Qualify Classes Must Be:

  • Ongoing (either a minimum of once a week for at least eight weeks’ duration) or five consecutive days;
  • Supervised;  and
  • Suitable for children.

What Parents Need To Know

  • fees paid for the cost of memberships, registration, administration, instruction, and the rental of equipment is also included as an eligible expense.
  • Parents will receive an electronic receipt in January that will list: organization’s name and address, eligible program, fees paid and date received, full name of payer, full name of child and the child’s year of birth.

Please see the Canadian Revenue Agency website for more information.

For full details about learning opportunities at the AGO and in our new Weston Family Learning Centre please visit