One-time payment to persons with disabilities

November 5, 2020

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.

One Time Payment to Persons with Disabilities

Eligibility

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)
    • 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 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 Old Age Security in 2020

The CPPD benefit automatically converts to OAS 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 OAS), 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.

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.

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 the end of September 2020, you should receive your payment starting 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