Persons with disabilities are facing significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and face higher costs for personal protective equipment, personal support workers, increased costs for medication, and other expenses.
For this reason, the Government of Canada is expanding the one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable payment of $600 to approximately 1.7 million Canadians with disabilities, to help them with extraordinary expenses incurred during the pandemic.
The payment will automatically be issued to persons who:
The payment will also be automatically issued to persons with disabilities who, as of July 1, 2020, are beneficiaries of any of the following:
Eligible recipients will automatically receive the one-time payment in the form of a cheque or direct deposit.
The Government of Canada wants to ensure that the one-time payment is as inclusive as possible. In order for the maximum number of persons with disabilities to receive the one-time payment, we are providing those who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) until September 25, 2020, to apply. We recognize that since the application process involves medical professionals, the time allotted must be sufficient to allow for medical appointments and paperwork to be completed which may take longer during the pandemic.
This payment will be made automatically to eligible Canadians who receive a vast array of disability programs. In order to ensure that we have all the information to deliver this one-time payment to the right person at the right time, ESDC is required to establish a new delivering system, work with other government departments and the Quebec Pension Plan Disability Program. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the protection of the personal information of Canadians and the exchange of information cannot begin until all the proper authorities are in place.
Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.
Please visit www.canada.ca/coronavirus for updated information about the payment dates.