Zero-income tax returns

Am I eligible for filing zero-income tax returns for 2020?
Here is some background:

  • I soft-landed in March 2020 and landed permanently in April 2021. From [1] it is clear to me that I don’t need to file tax returns for 2020
  • However, I am also need to show proof of income for my spousal sponsorship application through the proof of income statement that CRA issue to tax payers.

So my question is, can I file a zero-income tax return for 2020, show my US income and obtain a proof of income that way?

[1] First tax return -- Date of entry
[2] Filing Income Tax in Canada

I think you may file non-resident tax return… but i am not sure…
definitely you cannot file resident tax return and showing 0 income… because if you file as resident then you need to show global income of that year and take tax credits…

I thought you didn’t need proof of income for child and spousal sponsorships.

Note: In most cases, there is no low-income-cut-off (LICO) for spouse, partner or dependent child sponsorships. 
However, if either a spouse or partner you’re sponsoring has as dependent child who has dependent children of their own, 
or a dependent child you are sponsoring has a dependent child of their own,
you must meet a minimum LICO score, which is determined by the Canadian government each year.

I did sponsor my child without having ever filed taxes in Canada. I think I might have attached an employment letter stating that I was employed and what my salary was. I can’t say for sure if the same applies for a spousal sponsorship too because I’ve not done this personally.

Thanks @srhere and @panditji - I found out I can call IRCC and they’ll tell me. (Now need a Canadian number to call from as apparently the helpline only works for those numbers! Well, one thing at a time…)

@panditji you are probably right but the document checklist does ask explicitly for proof of income.
This ss is from IMM5533e:

You can get one for free with Fongo or TextNow.
I have one from TextNow and it works like a charm.

Both these are VoIP of course.

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It worked! I can call the IRCC helpline with this number from TextNow, thank you so much!