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Breaking through barriers for workers who have children with special needs

The Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.

Federal Tax Credits, Deductions and Benefits for Persons with Disabilities and their Supporting Family Members

For more information on the following tax programs go to Canada.ca and in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) search bar, type in the name or acronym of the tax program.

For Special Needs and Moving on Projects:

Disability Tax Credit (CRA) - The DTC helps reduce the income tax that people with physical or mental impairments, or their supporting family members, may have to pay. It aims to offset some of the costs related to the impairment.

Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC)  - A non-refundable tax credit that provides tax relief for individuals or their dependents who have sustained significant medical expenses. The CRA provides a list of common medical expenses and whether they are eligible. 

Child Disability Benefit (CDB) – eligible in addition to the Canada child benefit (CCB) and the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), this benefit is a tax-free monthly payment for families caring for a child/children under the age of 18 with severe and prolonged impairments in physical or mental functions. IF you are already receiving the CCB for your child who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit you do not need to apply for the CDB; you will get it automatically.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan intended to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). The Government of Canada pays a bond and a grant matching the contributions, depending on the beneficiary’s adjusted family net income and the amount contributed.

For Moving On Project:

Disability Supports Deduction – individuals who have an impairment in physical or mental functions and have paid for certain medical expenses may be able to claim the disability supports deduction.

Canada Caregiver Credit (CCC) - you may be able to claim the CCC if  you regularly and consistently support one or more of your children or grandchildren with a physical or mental impairment.

New for 2023 tax returns:

Multigenerational home renovation Tax Credit (MHRTC) – for certain renovation expenses to create a self-contained secondary unit that allows an individual eligible for the Disability Tax Credit to live with a qualifying relative.

Provincial and Territorial Programs - In addition to federal tax programs, you can also see what tax programs are available in your province by going to the Canada.ca Canada Revenue Agency site.


HERALDING CHANGE – PARLIAMENT APPROVES PIONEERING DISABILITY BENEFIT LEGISLATION

INCLUSION CANADA PRESS RELEASE:

HERALDING CHANGE – PARLIAMENT APPROVES PIONEERING DISABILITY BENEFIT LEGISLATION
Tuesday, June 20, 2023

OTTAWA, ON – Parliament passed Bill C-22, establishing the first-ever Canada Disability Benefit. This historic move paves the way for increased financial security and a more inclusive life for millions of Canadians with disabilities.

The transformative law begins to close a gaping hole in Canada’s social safety net, offering persons with disabilities greater financial security, more choice, freedom, and dignity to live inclusive lives in the community. “This is a historic milestone for our country,” says Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of Inclusion Canada, “For the first time, Canadians with disabilities will receive a federal income benefit that has the potential to significantly enhance their quality of life. It’s a victory we all should celebrate.”

Inclusion Canada wants to thank all parliamentarians, MPs and Senators, who lent their voices to pass this bill with all-party support. In particular, we would like to thank Minister of Employment & Workforce Development & Disability Inclusion, Hon. Carla Qualtrough, for her relentless advocacy for the passage of this bill during this session of parliament.

The hard work and dedication of the disability community has finally paid off. We also thank and acknowledge the strong advocacy of our organization’s federation, families and individuals who were there at every step of the way to advocate on the importance of the benefit to their MP and Senator. 

“I am delighted and relieved with the passage of Bill C-22. Finally, we have the foundation to further address the unacceptable rates of poverty experienced by people with intellectual disabilities.” says Inclusion Canada President Robin Acton, “As the parent of a young woman with a disability, I know the benefit will have a significant and lasting impact on the financial security of individuals with an intellectual disability across the country.”

People with disabilities make up 40% of the low-income population in Canada. For people with intellectual disabilities, the situation is even worse. 73% of working-age adults with an intellectual disability live in poverty. The Canada Disability Benefit will be a significant tool for advancing inclusion and dismantling systemic barriers built into Canada’s social infrastructure.

While this historic moment must be celebrated, the work is far from over. Regulations must now be developed that will determine the parameters of the benefit. Inclusion Canada and its Federation now stand ready with the disability community to work collaboratively on the co-design of Bill C-22’s regulations. We hold fast to the government’s commitment to “nothing about us without us”. We are ready to get to work.

For more information, please contact:

Marc Muschler, Inclusion Canada
416-661-9611 ext. 232
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Inclusion Canada is a national federation of 13 provincial-territorial associations and over 300 local associations working to advance the full inclusion and human rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families. We lead the way in building an inclusive Canada by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities into places where everyone belongs. 

CADDAC – Canada’s Advocate for ADHD

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD?  CADDAC, the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a better understanding of ADHD and improve the lives of Canadians affected by ADHD.

Through their website you can find information about ADHD, sign up for parenting courses, webinars and newsletters, get assistance from a Resource Navigator, and join support groups for both adults with ADHD and for parents of children with ADHD across Canada.

For more information on how CADDAC can be a resource for you, visit https://caddac.ca/.

You can also call  1-800-807-0090  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance in finding resources.

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