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DISABILITY TAX CREDIT APPLICATIONS

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a program administered by the Canada Revenue Agency which can provide a tax refund for individuals who are deemed eligible, or for a supporting family member. For a detailed list of our process please click here. This section is to provide you with important information regarding the DTC to help you identify if you or anyone you know may qualify.
 

It is important to understand that an individual does not necessarily need to be unable to perform an activity of daily living (ADL) to be eligible for this tax credit. The criteria can be satisfied if it simply takes someone longer (an inordinate amount of time) to perform the activity when compared to peers the same age who do not have the impairment. If an individual takes an inordinate amount of time to perform an ADL for a period of 12 months or more they will likely meet the criteria for a marked restriction if their impairment affects one or more of the following areas:
 

  • Vision

  • Speaking

  • Hearing

  • Walking 

  • Eliminating

  • Feeding

  • Dressing

  • Mental functions necessary for everyday life

  • Life-Sustaining Therapy
     

Alternatively there is the Cumulative effects of significant impairments section that one can use if they experience impairments in two or more of the categories listed above but may not quite meet the criteria for a marked restriction.
 

There are many scenarios in which an individual may find themselves living with a disability. Accidents and injuries can often take upwards of a year of rehabilitation to recover from, and in many cases full functioning is not restored. If you have been injured and feel lasting effects it may be worth exploring whether you may be eligible for the DTC.
 

Other questions you may want to ask yourself include:

  • Do you experience pain when reaching, bending, walking or grasping an object?

  • Do you suffer from anxiety, depression or a mood disorder and find it difficult to go out into the community or get out of bed?

  • Do you use incontinence products or require frequent trips to the washroom?

  • Do you have a heart, lung or kidney condition?
     

If you answered yes to any of the above then you may be missing out on the Disability Tax Credit and possibly it’s connected programs, the Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Child Disability Benefit.