Economic Security Policies to Support Caregivers


Canada Caregiver Credit

The Canada caregiver credit is available in respect of an individual’s spouse or common-law partner, minor child or eligible relative who is dependent on the individual because of a mental or physical infirmity at any time in the year.

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Compassionate Care Benefits

Employment Insurance Compassionate Care benefits are available to employed family members caring for a gravely ill relative at risk of dying within 26 weeks. These benefits are offered through Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

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Personal disability credit

A person with a disability may claim a credit if a qualified professional certifies that: 1) A severe mental or physical impairment markedly restricted all, or almost all, of the person’s basic activities of daily living during the year; and, 2) The impairment was prolonged, which means it lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. Only doctors, optometrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and audiologists are qualified to certify impairment.

Medical expenses credit

You may claim a credit for medical expenses that you or your spouse paid for yourself or your spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, or nephews who depended on you for support.




Manitoba Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

Manitobans who act as the primary caregivers for family members or others are eligible for a refundable $1,020 tax credit ($1,275 starting in 2011).

Manitoba Caregiver Recognition Act



Quebec Respite Tax Credit

The maximum tax credit is $1560 per year. The credit equals 30% of the total expenses incurred during the year to obtain specialized respite services for the care and supervision of a person, up to $5200.


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Caregiver Benefit Program

The program is targeted at low income care recipients who have a high level of disability or impairment as determined by a home care assessment. If the caregiver and the care recipient both qualify for the program, the caregiver will receive the Caregiver Benefit of $400 per month.

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