The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) has proven to be a core pillar of the financial health of Canadians with disabilities or special needs.
Unfortunately, fewer than 40% of adults who report qualifying disabilities claim the DTC. A Senate study noted that people with certain disabilities are disadvantaged by the application criteria.
The DTC should be reformed to ensure it is more inclusive, particularly for those with non-physical and / or episodic disabilities that make gaining employment difficult or impossible.
In addition to making the DTC criteria more inclusive, the government should work with disability advocates to make the application process simpler, less subjective, and more accessible for individuals and medical professionals alike.