Federal Government Financial Support


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

  • This non-refundable credit provides tax relief to those who care for a dependent because of an impairment in the dependent’s mental or physical functions. 

  • The amount of the Family Caregiver Tax Credit is not tied to the Disability Tax Credit. 

  • Click here for more information about the 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.


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)

  • 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

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. 

Additional resources

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.

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