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Deadline extended to apply for COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities

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Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit will begin to receive the COVID-19 one-time $600 payment for persons with disabilities on October 30, 2020. These are individuals who, at the time the information for the one-time payment was collected at the end of September 2020, had an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate, or were a beneficiary as at July 1, 2020 of:

  • Canada Pension Plan Disability; and/or
  • Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension; and/or
  • one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).

The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities has also been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

As part of the government's efforts to expand access, payments follow a phased approach. Using information from November 2020, a payment will be made in January 2021 to those individuals who, at the end of September 2020, had not yet received a decision about their eligibility for one of the eligible programs, or did not have accurate direct deposit or a mailing information on file. A payment may follow in Spring 2021 for those who submit their application by December 31, 2020 and are determined to be eligible; or receive a decision about their eligibility for one of the eligible programs by the end of February 2021.

Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other federal, provincial, or territorial programs such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the Canada Workers Benefit, and the Child Disability Benefit.

Are you eligible for the disability tax credit? Find out here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/disability-tax-credit/you-eligible-disability-tax-credit-3.html

When you're ready, use Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, to apply for the DTChttps://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/disability-tax-credit/step-step-instructions-filling-form-t2201.html

For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

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