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.