Government Financial Support
Federal and provincial governments provide income support to Canadians in the form of tax credits, savings plans, health or drug benefit plans and financial assistance programs.
You will need to investigate the criteria, and in some cases, such as the Disability Tax Credit, you will need to apply in order to qualify for the tax credit. You may also require support from your medical practitioner in order to qualify for these benefits. Click here for a sample Letter of Support which can be given to your medical practitioner to complete on your behalf.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada staff review program offerings every six months, and update the content found below as required. Please note as this list is up-to-date as of January 2019 and program details, availability, and links to access more information may have changed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter problems with links to information.
Federal TAX CREDITS
Tax credits are classified as 'refundable' or 'non-refundable'. Non-refundable tax credits generally reduce the taxes an individual owes taxes owing. If a tax credit is identified as non-refundable, you will not get extra money back if you have more tax credits than taxes owing.
Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
Medical Expense Tax Credit
You can claim medical expenses paid for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, and certain relatives, such children or dependents.
Many items do not qualify as medical expenses. For example, medications which you can purchase without a prescription, and medical expenses for which you are reimbursed or are entitled to be reimbursed for.
Do not send any documents with your tax return. Keep the documents on file in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asks to see them at a later date.
For a list of items which can be claimed and how to make the claim on annual returns, please click here.
Family Caregiver Tax Credit
The Canada Revenue Agency provides general information about all of the tax credits noted above. For more information, please visit www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/disability.
FEDERAL SAVINGS PLANS AND BENEFITS
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities who are under the age of 60, as well as their family members, to save for the future.
The Government of Canada assists by paying a matching Canada Disability Savings Grant.
Individuals who open an RDSP may also be eligible to receive a Canada Disability Savings Bond.
To learn more about the RDSP, click here.
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPP-D)
The Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPP-D) is a taxable monthly payment which is available to people under the age of 65 who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan and who are not able to regularly work at any job due to a disability.
The CPP-D benefit does not pay for medications or assistive devices.
To learn more about the CPP-D, click here.
Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits (Caregiving Benefits)
To learn more about federal tax credits and benefits, please visit the Canada Benefits website. The website is a useful tool as you can view information about available tax credits and benefits programs based on your individual circumstances.
The Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits provides financial support for long-term caregivers for a critically ill or terminally ill person that is close to you.
These benefits can be taken within a period of 52 weeks, and can be shared amongst family members.
To learn more about these benefits, click here.
Provincial health coverage and financial support programs are typically second payer. This means the government will only provide support once your private insurance coverage is exhausted. In fact, very few provincial programs will provide financial support if you already have private insurance.
A diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis does not automatically qualify you to receive financial support as each program has specific eligibility criteria largely based on how the disease affects you rather than the diagnosis itself. Please contact your provincial health office for additional information.
To help navigate available health coverage and financial support programs, we created a list of public health programs that people affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may be entitled to receive. Below you will find a list of the available programs in each province or territory, and details about eligibility criteria, application requirements, and instructions on how to access further information. Please click on a province below for more information.
For more information please visit the Canada Benefits website to learn about the programs in your province.
Click here for a sample Letter of Support which can be given to your medical practitioner to complete on your behalf.
Review our glossary of terms for insurance and drug coverage.
Download the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC) "How To" Health Guide for a comprehensive look at how drugs are covered across Canada.
Click here to watch a webinar video presentation led by an IBD nurse and young adult living with IBD discuss public health benefits and other patient programs that provide support for treatment costs. This webinar also covers tips on how to manage the disease while on a budget. This presentation is suitable for youth and adult audiences.