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Canadians living with a disability may be eligible for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit, a disability benefit that helps individuals with severe and prolonged mental or physical impairment.
As experts in this field, the top questions we get asked all the time are:
‘How do I apply for the Disability Tax Credit?’
‘How much of a Disability Tax Credit refund am I eligible for?’.
This isn’t a simple answer, as the value is based on many factors. The Disability Tax Credit is broken down by Federal and Provincial amounts. For example, the provincial portion of the Disability Tax Credit in Ontario will vary in value compared to British Columbia. In addition, this amount will fluctuate depending on individual tax situations.
Here’s what you need to know.
The total value of the Disability Tax Credit includes both a federal and provincial portion. The federal amount (each year) is the same for all Canadians, but the provincial amount will change depending to the province you live in.
To illustrate, the calculation below shows the value of the federal portion of the Disability Tax Credit refund for the 2016 tax year:
Maximum allowed credits (8001) x Federal tax rate (15%) = Federal refund amount ($1200.15)
The chart below shows how much the provincial Disability Tax Credit refund amount is worth for the 2016 tax year.
Province of Residence
Maximum Allowed Credits
Provincial Tax Rate
Maximum Refund Amount
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Add the federal amount to your provincial amount to get the maximum amount you may be entitled to. If the person applying for the Disability Tax Credit is under 18 years of age, they are entitled to a supplementary amount that may increase the refund amount they receive. In addition, they may also be eligible for other Canadian disability benefits, like the Child Disability Benefit.
Keep in mind that not everybody can claim the maximum amounts – you may only be eligible for partial amounts due to your individual tax situation. If you are eligible, but do not have taxable income, then you may transfer it to a family member who does and is financially supporting you.
If you choose to work with the National Benefit Authority , our team of specialized Tax Analysts will maximize your Disability Tax Credit refund!