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.

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We will automatically issue this payment if:

  • you have an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • 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)
    • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) disability supports provided to veterans (War Service and Canadian Armed Forces) and former Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including:
      • Disability Pension
      • Disability Award
      • Pain and Suffering Compensation
      • Critical Injury Benefit
      • Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program
      • Income Replacement Benefit
      • Canadian Forces Income Support

This one-time payment is to provide financial support to the person with the disability. Caregivers, survivors, and dependents are not eligible for this payment.

Note: It can take up to 8 weeks for the CRA to inform you of their decision as to whether you are eligible for the DTC.

Payment for seniors

If you received 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

If your Canada Pension Plan Disability benefit converted to Canada Pension Plan retirement pension in 2020

The CPPD benefit automatically converts to Canada Pension Plan retirement pension (CPP retirement pension) the month following your 65th birthday.

If you are still in receipt of CPPD for the month of July 2020 (converting in August 2020 to CPP retirement pension), you should receive this one-time payment.

If you are no longer in receipt of CPPD, and not currently eligible for DTC, QPPD, or one of the disability supports provided by VAC, you would not be eligible for this payment.

In this case, you must apply for the DTC before December 31, 2020. If CRA determines that you are eligible for the DTC before the end of February 2021, you should receive a payment in spring 2021.

Payment for children with disabilities

If you are the parents of children with disabilities, you should 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 should receive the $600 payment on behalf of the child.

You can visit the CRA Canada Child Benefit for more information on eligibility for cases of shared custody or a change in custody.

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 should receive the payment (regardless of the client’s date of death in 2020).

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 for this one time payment. You will automatically receive this payment if you are eligible.

Date of payment

October payment

If you were confirmed as eligible by mid-September 2020, you should have received your one-time payment starting October 30, 2020.

January 2021 payment

If you did not receive a payment in October, and are confirmed eligible by November 25, 2020, you may receive your one-time payment starting the week of January 18, 2021.

You may receive your payment at a later date for the following reasons:

  • you submitted your application for the Disability Tax Credit by December 31, 2020, but have not yet received confirmation from the CRA about 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

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.

Payment amount

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

Returning a payment

If you received a payment and you wish to return it, you can send it by mail or return it to a Service Canada Center.

Return your payment by mail

Cheque received by mail

I you receive your cheque by mail, send it with a covering note to the Receiver General of Canada to the following address:

Cheque Redemption and Control Directorate - Returned Cheques
PO Box 2000
Matane QC  G4W 4N5

Payment via direct deposit

If you receive your payment via direct deposit:

  1. please ensure to clearly mark all the following information on your cheque:
    • your name
    • you SIN, and
    • the statement “One-time Payment to persons with Disabilities”
  2. send it to the address below

ESDC – National Accounts Receivable
100-1081 Main Street
Moncton, NB  E1C 1H1

Return your payment in a Service Canada Center

You can return your cheque to any Service Canada Centre.

Note: If you received the payment via direct deposit, you have to make a cheque payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

Contact us

Questions about your eligibility or to change your personal information.

Canada Pension Plan Disability

Telephone: 1-800-277-9914
TTY: 1-800-255-4786

Disability Tax Credit

Telephone: 1-800-959-8281
TTY: 1-800-665-0354

If you are a DTC recipient, you can also update your personal information using MyAccount.

Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension

Telephone: 1-800-463-5185

Veterans Affairs Canada

Telephone: 1-866-522-2122
TTY: 1-800-567-5803
Online through My VAC Account secure messaging.

Questions about your payment

Before contacting us:

Canada Pensions Plan

Telephone: 1-800-277-9914
TTY: 1-800-255-4786

Benefit finder

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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