One-time payment to persons with disabilities

Status: Closed

This benefit is no longer available

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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To receive this one-time payment, you needed to ensure your personal information was up to date by the end of February 2021.

We will automatically issue this one-time payment if by March 5, 2021:

  • you had a valid 2020 Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • you were eligible and applied for the DTC by December 31, 2020
  • you were 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

Note: The CRA generally takes 8 weeks to review a complete DTC application and inform you of their decision as to whether you are eligible for the DTC. Cases that are more complex can take longer.

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.

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 are not eligible for this payment.

In this case, you needed to apply for the DTC before December 31, 2020. If the CRA determined that you are eligible for the DTC by March 5, 2021, you may receive a payment starting April 23, 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 of June 30, 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.

In rare cases where we were not able to identify the caregiver(s), the payment will be issued directly to the child.

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

You may have received this one-time payment starting April 23, 2021 if:

  • you were confirmed eligible by March 5, 2021; and
  • your personal information was up to date by the end of February 2021; and
  • you did not receive a payment in October 2020 or January 2021.

This benefit is no longer available as the benefit ended as planned.

Payment amount

This is a separate one-time payment of up to $600.

Method of payment

To issue the payment, we use the direct deposit and mailing address you have on file at:

  • Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)
  • Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension (QPPD)
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

To be eligible for this one time payment, you needed to:

  • be confirmed eligible by CPPD, QPPD, VAC, or the CRA by March 5, 2021; and
  • ensure that your personal information was up to date by end of February 2021

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.

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

Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension

Telephone: 1-800-463-5185

Veterans Affairs Canada

Telephone: 1-866-522-2122
TTY: 1-800-567-5803

Questions about your payment

Before contacting us:

Canada Pensions Plan

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

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