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.

Eligibility

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

October 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.

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

Contact us

For questions about your eligibility or to update your personal information, please contact the appropriate organization.

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 updated 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.

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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