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Disability Tax Credit

New Applications

  • To be eligible for the DTC you must have a mental or physical disability lasting at least 12 months.
  • You do not have to have a disability in all of the categories listed in the application form.
  • The inability to work is not considered, what is important is how the impairment affects you on a day-to-day basis.
  • There is no age limit. Any person with a disability (PWD), including children and seniors, may apply.
  • The Disability Tax Credit requires taxable income to generate a tax refund.
  • Because the tax credit is calculated based on taxable income the amount of the credit can vary from person to person.
  • The DTC can be transferred to a spouse or a blood relative.
  • There is no survivor benefit, however, the credit can be claimed for a deceased PWD with the tax refund sent to the executor of the will.

Denied Applications

  • You can reapply, but new information is required.
  • You can ask for a reconsideration, appeal or object.


  • You must submit your appeal within 90 days of the letter of determination.
  • We can submit an official appeal with additional doctor information.
  • If you are still denied, you can take your case to tax court.

Child Disability Benefit

  • Attached to the DTC for children under the age of 18.
  • Paid on a monthly basis to the parent or guardian who is already eligible for the Child Tax Benefit.
  • Based on family income.

Contributor Qualifications

  • A person with a disability, who is of the age of majority (18 or 19 depending on the province) and has the legal capacity to manage his or her finances; or
  • The parent of a child with a disability; or a guardian who is legally authorized to act on behalf of a person with a disability.
  • As of 2011, upon the death of the parent or grandparent of a financially dependent child or grandchild with a disability, some or all of the deceased individual’s retirement savings can be transferred tax-free to their dependent’s RDSP.

Disability Tax Credits can be very complex. We can help you determine if you’re eligible to apply and can also help you appeal a denied claim.