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Caregiver Credit

Caring for someone with a physical or mental impairment who is dependent on you is not only a noble endeavor but also a challenging one. The Canadian tax system recognizes these challenges and offers some support through the caregiver credit.

Who Can Make the Claim?

The caregiver credit is designed for individuals who provide support to their spouse, common-law partner, or dependents. Eligible dependents include your children or grandchildren, as well as your parents, grandparents, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew. This broad definition ensures that many Canadians who are caring for a loved one can benefit from this tax credit.

How Much Can You Claim?

It’s important to prioritize your claims correctly to maximize your benefits. Begin by claiming the spousal credit or eligible dependent credit before considering the Canada caregiver credit. The amounts you can claim are as follows:

  • For your spouse or common-law partner: You may claim up to a maximum of $7,525.
  • For an adult (age 18 or older): You are also entitled to claim up to $7,525.
  • For a child (under age 18): A claim of $2,350 is available.

These amounts are designed to provide significant tax relief to individuals who are caring for a dependent with a physical or mental impairment.

Documentation Requirements

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may request documentation to verify the physical or mental impairment of the dependent. This documentation can typically be provided by your dependent’s doctor. Additionally, Form T2201, the disability tax credit certificate, serves a dual purpose. It not only provides the necessary documentation for the Canada caregiver credit but also opens the door to additional credits. Ensuring you have the correct documentation is crucial for a successful claim.


The tax filing process is more than just a compliance exercise; it’s an opportunity to strategize for tax planning. At Shajani CPA, our team of Calgary Accountants, Edmonton Accountants, and Red Deer Accountants is ready to assist you in your personal tax filings and tax planning strategy. Our expertise is especially beneficial for families with family-owned enterprises in Canada. Consider leveraging our services to navigate the complexities of the tax system and optimize your tax position.

By understanding and utilizing the Canada caregiver credit, you can alleviate some of the financial pressures associated with caring for a dependent. Remember, as tax laws and credits can be complex and subject to change, it’s always advisable to consult with a tax professional to ensure you’re making the most of the tax benefits available to you.


This information is for discussion purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. There is no guarantee or warrant of information on this site and it should be noted that rules and laws change regularly. You should consult a professional before considering implementing or taking any action based on information on this site. Call our team for a consultation before taking any action. ©2024 Shajani CPA.

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Nizam Shajani, Partner, LLM, CPA, CA, TEP, MBA

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