How to obtain an “Option C Printout” from the CRA?

When you are sponsoring a family member to come to Canada, you are required to provide an Option C Printout of your last Notice of Assessment for the most recent taxation year.

An Option C Printout is not a Notice of Assessment. An Option C Printout is a document that summarizes your income and deductions for a particular taxation year. It is usually referred to as Proof of income statement (Option ‘C’ Print).

How to obtain an Option C Printout?

This can be done either:
  • By Phone or
  • Over the Internet (online).
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By Phone

Call Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at this number: 1 (800) 959-8281. Sometimes the number is busy; in which case try again a few minutes later until you get connected.

You will be listening to an interactive recorded message; hence, a computer will be doing the talking...

Listen carefully and select the option that allows you to get the Option C Printout.

You will need to type these three pieces of information over the phone:
  1. Social Insurance Number. 
  2. Date of Birth.
  3. Amount of Income you reported on Line 150 of your most recent taxation year.
Make sure you have the information above otherwise the computer won’t be able to authenticate you.

Once you finally enter the info, the automatic system (computer) will tell you that you have succeeded, in which case the Option C Printout will be mailed by postal mail to the address you have on record with the CRA.

For instructions about how to update (change) your address with the CRA refer to the following link:

Over the Internet (online)

You need to register online with the My Account service of the CRA. Once you are registered with them, just login and look to the left where you will see the My Account menu. Click the option Proof of income statement (Option ‘C’ Print) which will allow you to print the required document.

The link to register and/or login with My Account is this:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount/

Below you can see a snapshot of how My Account looks like.

My Account – CRA – Proof of income statement (Option C Print)
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