Disability Advisory Committee

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On April 9, 2021, the Committee released its second annual report. Read the report below.

Role

The Disability Advisory Committee advises the Minister of National Revenue and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on how the Agency can improve the way it administers and interprets tax measures for Canadians with disabilities. 

Annual Reports

2020

Read the highlights

This infographic provides an overview of the Disability Advisory Committee’s findings and recommendations that informed its 2020 annual report.

Read the full report

Our second annual report describes improvements that the CRA has introduced over the past year in response to the recommendations in our 2019 report.

Read the report

The Client Experience Report provides a brief overview of important administrative processes changes to the disability tax credit (DTC) that have been implemented by the CRA, many of which were in response to recommendations made by the Committee.

2019

The Committee presented its first annual report in May 2019 to the Minister of National Revenue and Commissioner of the CRA. Learn more below. 

Read the highlights

This infographic provides an overview of the Committee’s research and recommendations that informed its 2019 report, Enabling access to disability tax measures.

Members

The Committee is made up of 12 members and 2 co-chairs and includes professionals from various fields, such as health professionals, lawyers, accountants, and tax professionals, as well as advocates of the disability community, representatives of indigenous communities, and persons with disabilities.

Members of the Disability Advisory Committee alongside Parliamentary Secretary Francesco Sorbara at their virtual meeting on November 10, 2020.

Members of the Disability Advisory Committee alongside Parliamentary Secretary Francesco Sorbara at their virtual meeting on November 10, 2020.

Membership

Frank Vermaeten, Co-Chair

Dr. Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Sherri Torjman, Vice-Chair

Laurie Beachell

Gary Birch, O.C., O.B.C.

Roberta Heale

Ray McGuire 

Ray McGuire is a member of the Choctaw Nation, located in Oklahoma, U.S.A. Ray enjoys a long history of working and volunteering with Indigenous communities both within British Columbia and in Alberta. As a registered Social Worker, contractor and consultant within British Columbia, Ray has been involved in a number of local, regional, and provincial initiatives within both the Indigenous disability and health sectors. Ray brings a wealth of knowledge, experience to the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society Board of Directors and is well known, respected and recognized for his work across the province.

Marie Ryan 

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Marie Ryan is a partner with Goss Gilroy, a management-consulting firm. She acquired her disability in the late eighties and soon began her work with organizations for persons with disabilities, as well as volunteering more generally in the community. Marie sat as the provincial Chair of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities for eight years, was the Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) for eight years, and chaired their Social Policy Working Group for about ten years, ending her tenure with CCD in 2014. In 2017, Marie was appointed Chair of the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, a position she held for 2 years.

She has extensive experience working with diverse populations including youth/youth at-risk, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, newcomers, women and children experiencing violence, and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction and/or living in poverty. Marie was recognized in January 2018 when she was inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was also inducted into the NL Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2015. Marie resides in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sharon McCarry 

Sharon McCarry

Sharon McCarry is the founder and Executive Director of La Fondation Place Coco, which manages and operates The Little Red Playhouse, a center that integrates neuro-typical children and children with an autism spectrum disorder. Sharon serves on the Parent Advisory Committee for the Strongest Families Institute and the Child-Bright Network. She has been helping parents navigate the health system and supporting them when applying for the DTC for the last 12 years.

She is the parent of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with Autism and one with Crohn's disease. Sharon resides in Montréal, Quebec.

Contact us

The Committee welcomes suggestions on possible improvements to the disability tax credit (DTC) and other disability-related tax measures. Please send your suggestions to DACCCPHG@cra-arc.gc.ca. Please be advised that any suggestions received may be used by the Committee in their publications.

Any personal information you provide will not be released. Emails received will become accessible to requests made under the Access to Information Act (ATI) and the Privacy Act.

It is important to note that the Committee members are not Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees, which means they cannot review or assist with applications for the DTC. If you disagree with the CRA’s decision and require additional information, please visit: If your DTC application is denied. You can also obtain assistance by calling the individual tax enquiries service at 1-800-959-8281.

For more information, please visit tax credits and deductions for persons with disabilities.

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