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Topics and Resources for Persons With Disabilities
COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 Payments for Canadians with Disabilities
Disabilities - The Tax Return
Why should I file a tax return if I don't have to pay tax? - this is very important for low-income people especially!
Free service for those unable to complete their tax return and unable to pay for assistance.
How are the funds paid out of an RESP when the beneficiary has disabilities?
Canadian Tax Calculator includes calculation of the disability tax credit.
Disabilities - Deductions From Income
Attendant care expenses - includes information on when Ontario limit for attendant care does not apply
Child care expenses
Disabilities - Non-Refundable Tax Credits
A non-refundable tax credit can only be used to reduce federal or provincial/territorial taxes payable to zero. See also our tables listing most non-refundable tax credits.
Amount for an eligible dependant - A single person can claim a tax credit for a dependent child, grandchild, sibling, parent or grandparent.
Canada Caregiver Credit - replaced 3 existing Federal/Yukon/Ontario caregiver tax credits, beginning in 2017
Caregiver amount tax credit may be available if (dependent or non-dependent) parent or grandparent (over 65) lives with you, or if a dependent relative lives with you - available for all provinces and territories (except Ontario and Yukon for 2017 and later years). Federal credit (Line 315) replaced by Canada Caregiver Credit for 2017 and later years. Ontario and Yukon credits mirror the new federal credit.
Child fitness tax credit, and additional credit for child with disability - new for 2007, eliminated for 2017 federally
Children's arts tax credit (CATC) - eliminated for 2017 federally
Disability amount tax credit
Family caregiver amount - Federal/Yukon for infirm minor children, added to other credits re infirm dependants - replaced by Canada Caregiver Credit for 2017 and later years
First-time homebuyer's tax credit
Infirm dependant amount tax credit for dependant age 18 or older - Federal credit replaced by Canada Caregiver Credit for 2017 and later years, and some provinces/territories mirror the federal changes.
Students - scholarships and bursaries, deductible and tax-creditable expenses
Tax credits that can be transferred to/from a spouse
Disabilities - Medical Expenses
Claim your medical expenses on the return of the spouse with lower net income (usually).
Attendant care expenses paid to a retirement home
Disabilities - Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit can generate a payment to taxpayers, even when no income tax has been paid. This is a good reason to file a tax return even if you do not owe any tax.
Home Renovation and Home Accessibility Tax Credits
Refundable medical expense supplement
Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) and disability supplement - formerly Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB)
Some provinces also have refundable tax credit - go to the page for your province, and follow the link to personal tax credits.
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs)
Government Benefits - Federal and provincial - these pages will list other programs besides what is listed on this page.
Unlocking your locked-in pension accounts
Disabilities - Other Resources
Government of Canada - Disability Benefits
The Canada Student Financial Assistance Act provides for some student loans to be repaid by the federal government in the event of the student's death or permanent disability.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) ResourcesGuide RC4064 - Disability-Related Information
Form T2201 Disability tax credit certificate
Tax credits and deductions for persons with disabilities
Revised: April 03, 2022
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