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.
Additional expenses incurred by persons with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic may include:
- paying higher costs for personal protective equipment
- hiring personal support workers and accessing other disability supports
- paying for increased costs for medical supplies and medication
- higher internet costs associated with physical distancing, and
- increased use of taxis and home delivery services to obtain groceries and prescriptions
To ensure you get the support you need, we are extending the payment to additional beneficiaries of disability supports programs. Approximately 1.7 million Canadians will receive the one-time payment.
This payment complements other emergency supports, such as the one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax Credit and the one-time payment to seniors.
Individuals who are eligible for the one-time payment:
- individuals who have an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate
- persons who are eligible for the DTC and who apply for it by September 25, 2020
- beneficiaries as at July 1, 2020 of either:
- Canada Pension Plan Disability
- Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension, or
- one of the following disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC):
- 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
Disability Tax Credit certificate
Persons with disabilities who have a certificate that expired in 2019 should not wait until filing their 2020 tax return to put in an application.
You must apply by September 25, 2020 to be considered for the one-time payment.
While the number of DTC applications the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will receive by September 25, 2020 will increase, CRA aims to process your application within 8 weeks, 95% of the time.
Seniors with disabilities who received the one-time seniors payment
Seniors with disabilities, who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020, will also be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities.
If you are eligible for both payments, you will receive a total amount of $600 broken into 2 payments:
- if you received the $300 one-time seniors payment for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, you will receive an additional $300
- if you received the $500 one-time seniors payment for both the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, you will receive an additional $100
You do not have to apply to receive this payment. The payment consists of a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable amount of $600.
We expect to issue the payments beginning this fall. The payment information will be provided on this page once available.
Delivery of the payment
The one-time payment will be issued in the form of a cheque or direct deposit. It is important that you keep your information, such as address and direct deposit information, up to date.
Recipients of payment for children with disabilities
- Parents of children with disabilities will receive the one-time payment
- 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.
For more information, please visit the official Government of Canada page here.