Last year, we learned of a clampdown on access to the disability tax credit (DTC) by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that affected sufferers of diabetes. Other rare disease suffers had similar issues with the CRA. The issue has been around CRA’s interpretation of the rules around life-sustaining therapy and associated requirements for these disorders.
The CRA is failing Canadians who most need the government’s help. In addition, Canadians with disabilities risk losing funds already built up in their Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) because the CRA no longer considers them to be disabled.
My Private Member’s Bill would reduce the threshold for the number of hours necessary for an activity to be eligible for the tax credit from 14 to 10, and would also include certain activities such as medical food preparation in the computation of that time. It would close the ability of the CRA to deny claims to diabetics like they did in 2017 and for many others.
I remain committed to improving the government’s processes to ensure that all Canadians living with a disability receive the benefits they deserve and are entitled to.