This FAQ document has been informed by the work of the Canadian Association for Community Living and used with their consent. For more resources on intellectual disability and COVID, please see: cacl.ca/coviddisability We are grateful for the support of Disability Alliance BC (disabilityalliancebc.org) in helping to prepare this guide.
On July 17, 2020 the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment for people with disabilities. The payment is meant to help with the extra costs people with disabilities are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is expected to be sent to people sometime this fall or early next year, but no specific date has been announced.
This is a live document and will be updated as and when new information is available.
Updated: September 22nd, 2020
Am I eligible?
To receive the one-time $600 payment, a person must either:
- Have a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate provided by the Canada Revenue Agency
- Receive Canada Pension Plan disability benefit (CPP-D) or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefit (QPP-D) as of July 1, 2020
- Receive disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada as of July 1, 2020. This includes:
– Disability Pension;
– Disability Award;
– Pain and Suffering Compensation;
– Critical Injury Benefit;
– Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program;
– Income Replacement Benefit; and/or
– Canadian Forces Income Support.
I receive provincial / territorial income assistance. Would I qualify for this payment?
Getting provincial or territorial income assistance (like ODSP in Ontario, PWD in British Columbia, or AISH in Alberta) does not automatically make someone eligible for the one-time $600 payment. Some people who receive provincial / territorial income assistance may be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). Having the DTC will allow you to get the $600 payment.
Will the $600 one-time payment be also available for children?
Parents or guardians of children with disabilities will also receive the one-time payment as long as the child they care for has a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate on file with CRA. If the child does not have a Disability Tax Credit certificate or if the certificate expired in 2019, you should send your completed T2201 application to the CRA.
For cases of shared custody, the payment will be split among care providers, like the Child Disability Benefit payment and the Canada Child Benefit.
Agencies and care providers of children in their care will receive the payment as per the Children’s Special Allowance Act.
What is the DTC and what are some other benefits to applying?
The DTC is a non-refundable tax credit intended to help defray extra medical costs borne by Canadians with severe or prolonged mental or physical impairments.
It reduces the amount of taxes someone eligible owes and can be claimed retroactively up to 10 years. It can be transferred to family members or caregivers.
The DTC is a qualifying factor for a variety of other financial relief products/services and tax reliefs, for example: Canada’s Worker Benefit, Child Disability Benefit, The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), and more!
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If I already have the Disability Tax Credit, do I need to apply for the $600 payment?
People who have the DTC will be sent the $600 payment automatically. There is no separate application for this payment. This also applies to people who receive CPP-D, QPP-D or disability supports through Veterans Affairs Canada.
I don’t have the Disability Tax Credit, but I think I might be eligible. How do I apply?
If you decide to apply for the DTC, you have until September 25, 2020 to get your application submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency. If you have already applied for the DTC you can find out the next steps for your application here.
For help sheets, tips, and more information about the DTC, visit Disability Alliance BC.
What if I miss the deadline?
You can still apply for the DTC after September 25, but you won’t be eligible for the $600 COVID-19 disability payment.
If the CRA initially denies an applicant the DTC but the applicant successfully appeals their decision, would they then be eligible for the $600 benefit?
Since the requirement is that the application should be received by September 25th, and not that the decision must be rendered by September 25th, then an application that is determined to be eligible under appeal after the September 25th date would still be entitled to the $600 supplemental payment if the application was received prior to September 25th.
When will I receive the $600 payment?
The payment is expected to be issued at the beginning of this fall, but so far no date has been announced.
How will I receive the payment?
If you have signed up for direct deposit it will automatically be deposited into your bank account. Otherwise it will be issued in the form of a cheque.
I’m a senior with a disability, will I get this $600 payment?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, two types of payments have been available for seniors:
- A one-time $300 payment for seniors who receive Old Age Security (OAS).
- A one-time $500 payment for seniors who receive OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Seniors who also meet the eligibility criteria for the one-time disability payment will get a second payment to bring their total to $600. That means:
- Seniors who got the $300 Old Age Security Payment will get an extra $300.
- Seniors who got the $500 Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payment will get an extra $100.
Do I have to claim the $600 payment on my income-tax?
This one-time payment is non-taxable and non-reportable. That means you don’t need to report it on your income tax or pay taxes on it.
Will this payment affect my provincial benefits?
As of time of writing, there is no specific guidance as to how this payment will affect those with provincial benefits. We hope to get further clarity on this soon.
Where can I find more information?
You can learn more about the COVID-19 one-time payment for people with disabilities on the Government of Canada website.
Through the Access RDSP partnership program (Plan Institute, Disability Alliance BC, and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society) we can provide free one-to-one support to guide you through the process of applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and other disability support services. To get in touch with us, please call our toll-free helpline at 1-844-311-7526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help sheets, tips, and information about the DTC, click here.