Some people with disabilities receive the DTC easily. Other people have a harder time. We will go over the process, but, depending on your situation, you may want to get professional help.

To determine if you are eligible, you must answer ‘yes’ to each of the following two questions:

  1. Do you have a mental or physical disability that is expected to last, or has lasted, one year or more?
  2. Does at least one of the following statements apply to you?
    • You are blind.
    • You need extensive therapy or treatment.
    • You are limited in activities that people need to do regularly (for example: speaking, hearing, walking, using the bathroom, eating, getting dressed, remembering, banking, finding your way around, dealing with emergencies.)

Note to parents and caregivers

You can claim the DTC on your income tax form if you are the holder of the RDSP, provide financial assistance, or are the primary support person for your relative.

We recommend professional advice if:

  • Your claim has been turned down.
  • You are unclear about your eligibility.
  • You are not sure your health practitioner is representing you properly.
  • You have an episodic mental health disability.
  • You receive a short eligibility period, or are asked to re-apply in a year or so.

There are a number of disability tax specialists that can help you with your DTC application. If you are in BC we recommend you connect Disability Alliance BC (DABC) who are able to assist individuals through one on one support. Call their Advocacy Access line at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278, or email rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org.