One-time payment to persons with disabilities
This non-taxable, non-reportable, one-time payment provides up to $600 in recognition of the extraordinary expenses incurred by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This payment complements other emergency supports, such as the one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax Credit and the one-time payment to seniors.
We will automatically issue this payment if:
- you have an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate
- you are eligible and applied for the DTC by December 31, 2020
- you are a beneficiary as at July 1, 2020 of:
- Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)
- Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension (QPPD)
- One of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
- Disability Pension
- Disability Award
- Pain and Suffering Compensation
- Critical Injury Benefit
- Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program
- Income Replacement Benefit
- Canadian Forces Income Support
Note: It can take up to 8 weeks for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to inform you of their decision at to whether you are eligible for the DTC.
Payment for seniors
If you received for the one-time seniors payment you may also be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities.
You will receive a cumulative amount of up to $600, broken into 2 payments:
- if you received the $300 one-time seniors payment for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, you will receive an additional $300
- if you received the $500 one-time seniors payment for both the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, you will receive an additional $100
Payment for children with disabilities
If you are the parents of children with disabilities, you will receive the one-time payment.
For cases of shared custody, the payment will be split among care providers, like the Child Disability Benefit payment and the Canada Child Benefit.
In cases where there has been a change in custody, the primary care giver of a child with a disability as at July 2020 will receive the $600 payment on behalf of the child.
Agencies and care providers of children in their care will receive the payment as per the Children’s Special Allowance Act.
Payment to the estate
For individuals who were eligible for the DTC in 2020, but passed away, the estate will receive the payment.
For CPPD, QPPD, and VAC eligible clients who were alive as at July 1, 2020 but have since passed away, the estate will receive the payment.
How to apply
You do not have to apply. You will automatically receive this payment if you are eligible.
Date of payment
If you were confirmed as eligible by the end of September 2020, you should receive your payment on October 30, 2020
You may receive your payment at a later date for the following reasons:
- you applied for the Disability Tax Credit, but not have yet to receive confirmation from CRA about their eligibility
- you were not yet considered eligible as at July 1, 2020 for:
- Canada Pension Plan Disability
- Quebec Pension Plan disability pension or
- one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs
- you did not have accurate direct deposit information or a mailing address on file
January 2021 payment
If you did not receive a payment in October, and are confirmed eligible by end of November 2020, you may receive your payment in January.
Spring 2021 payment
If you did not receive a payment in October or January and are confirmed eligible by end of February 2021 you may receive your payment in spring 2021.
This is a separate one-time payment of up to $600.
Method of payment
We are using the Canada Pension Plan Disability, Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension, Veterans Affairs Canada, or Canada Revenue Agency direct deposit or mailing information you had on file at the end of September 2020 in order to issue the payment.
To ensure you get your benefits, it is important that you keep your personal information up to date including your:
- marital status
- direct deposit, and
- mailing address
For questions about your eligibility or to update your personal information, please contact the appropriate organization.
Canada Pension Plan Disability
Disability Tax Credit
If you are a DTC recipient, you can also updated your personal information using MyAccount.
Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension
Veterans Affairs Canada
Online through My VAC Account secure messaging.
You can visit the COVID-19 benefits finder for more information on the Disability one-time payment, or other benefits for which you may qualify.
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