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Wendy Seet

Tax Principal at Manning Elliott Burnaby
by Wendy Seet
February 14, 2017

Disability Benefits and Programs in Canada

People with disabilities (and their families) have many benefits and programs available to them in Canada.

Canadian Disability Benefit Programs are subject to different criteria such as:

  • Age
  • Extent of the disability
  • Living arrangements and dependency levels
  • Asset and/or income levels
  • Eligibility for other benefits

As age-related impairments are gradual, the elderly should consider their benefits eligibility at least on an annual basis. Their caregivers may be able to utilize a disability benefit where the elderly person’s income limits prevent them from doing so.

Below is a list of disability benefits, programs (and other items) to consider if you are disabled or a caregiver of a disabled person in Canada.

Income tax credits

  • Disability tax credit *1
  • Caregiver tax credits
  • Medical expense tax credit
  • Disability home purchase credit
  • Home accessibility tax credit
  • Disability supports deduction
  • Child Disability Benefit
  • Qualified Disability Trust
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Disability benefits

  • Person with Disability (PWD) designation *2
  • Disability assistance (allowance, health benefits, transportation subsidy, bus pass, etc.)
  • Trusts (discretionary, non-discretionary, principal residence)
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Microboard™


  • Wills
  • Life insurance

*1 Form T2201
*2 Form HR2883

Please contact Wendy Seet, CPA, CA of the Manning Elliott Tax team at 604-714-3600 for more information on any of the disability benefits and programs listed above.

The above content is believed to be accurate as of the date of posting. Canadian Tax laws are complex and are subject to frequent changes. Professional tax advice should be sought before implementing any tax planning. Manning Elliott LLP cannot accept any liability for the tax consequences that may result from acting based on the information contained therein.