As you may know, the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The one-time payment will be automatically issued to:
holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate, and
beneficiaries as at July 1, 2020 of:
Canada Pension Plan Disability
Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension or one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada
If you are eligible but never applied for the Disability Tax Credit, or your certificate expired in 2019, you must do so by September 25, 2020.
What is the disability tax credit?
The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. An individual may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year.
Who is eligible for the DTC?
You are eligible for the DTC only if the Canada Revenue Agency approves Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate. A medical practitioner has to fill out and certify that you have a severe and prolonged impairment and must describe its effects. Attached is an information sheet that can guide you and your medical practitioner.
Payments are expected to be to issued beginning this fall. The payment information will updated here, once available.
If you have any questions on the Canada Pension Plan Disability supports, please contact:
Canada and the United States Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914 Canada and the United States TTY: 1-800-255-4786 The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.
Outside Canada and the United States: 1-613-957-1954 (Call collect) The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday.
General Questions can be directed to 1800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232); TTY: 1-800-926-9105. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan