According to Statistics Canada, 2.7 million Canadians aged 15 years and older (9.6%) have a mobility disability.¹ The most common causes of mobility impairments in Canada are Arthritis, Chronic pain, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Spinal Cord Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke, Amputations, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neuromuscular Disorders, Balance Disorder and Genetic Conditions. Many Canadians who do have a mobility impairment, often don’t realize they can qualify for the Disability Tax Credit in Canada.
The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit designed to provide financial assistance to individuals with medical conditions, including those with mobility impairments. The DTC is intended to help offset the additional costs of living with a medical condition. To qualify an impairment must be considered “Severe and Prolonged.” “Severe” is defined as taking a significantly longer amount of time to perform one or more of the basic activities of daily living, which includes walking, getting dressed, and meal preparation tasks. If you are impaired in two or more of the activities, the threshold in order to qualify is lessened. “Prolonged” means that the impairment has been present for at least a twelve month period of time.
Qualifying for the disability tax credit for mobility impairments can result in a substantial disability tax credit refund of $27,000 or more. When combined with the Canada Caregiver Credit, the Child Disability Benefit, the supplement to the Canada Workers Benefit, and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Disability Bond and Grant program that amount can exceed $50,000.
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