Federal Government announces One-time Payment for Persons with Disabilities

On July 17, 2020, 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. Below is information on thIs one-time payment.

Eligibility:

The payment will be automatically issued to persons with disabilities who:

  1. Have a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate provided by the Canada Revenue Agency or are eligible for the DTC and apply for it by September 25, 2020.
  1. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of Canada Pension Plan Disability or Quebec Pension Plan Disability.
  1. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada:
  • Disability Pension
  • Disability Award
  • Pain and Suffering Compensation
  • Critical Injury Benefit
  • Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program
  • Income Replacement Benefit
  • Canadian Forces Income Support.

Seniors with disabilities, who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020, and are also eligible for the one-time disability payment, will receive a total amount of $600 broken into 2 payments:

  • If they received the $300 one-time seniors payment for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, they will receive an additional $300;
  • If they received the $500 one-time seniors payment for both the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, they will receive an additional $100.

Payment:

Persons eligible for the above programs do not have to apply to receive this payment. The payment consists of a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable amount of $600.

The payment of up to $600 will be automatically issued in the form of a cheque or direct deposit. Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.

The payment information will be provided on the One-time payment to persons with disabilities web page once available:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html

Recipients of the payment are encouraged to make sure their address and banking information is up to date in order to receive prompt payment.

New Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Applications:

Persons with disabilities, who meet the eligibility criteria for the DTC but have yet to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency, can apply until September 25, 2020.

New DTC applicants should complete their application process right away so that they have a completed form submitted before September 25, 2020.

To note, a qualified medical practitioner must fill out part of the DTC application form. A medical doctor or nurse practitioner can fill out all sections of the form. Other health professionals can fill out certain parts of the form as follows:

  • Optometrists – vision;
  • Audiologists – hearing;
  • Occupational Therapists – walking, feeding, dressing and the cumulative effects for these activities;
  • Physiotherapists – walking;
  • Speech-language pathologists – speaking; and
  • Psychologists – performing the mental functions necessary for everyday life.

Persons with disabilities who have a DTC certificate that expired in 2019 should not wait until filing their 2020 tax return to put in an application. These applications will also need to be submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency by September 25, 2020.

The CRA will aim to process applications from individuals who apply for a Disability Tax Credit certificate in keeping with its DTC processing service standard of 8 weeks from the receipt of the application for 95% of applications.

For recipients who need help with changing their address, updating direct deposit, accessing My Account, or questions related to their DTC application, they can call CRA’s Individual Enquiries Line at 1-800-959-8281 (English) and 1-800-959-7383 (French) between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time) Monday to Friday.

More information on applying for the DTC can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/disability-tax-credit.html.

CRA also offers Outreach services to organizations who support persons with disabilities.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/outreach-program.html