Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC)
Making our homes accessible is incredibly important in maintaining our independence, health and well-being. Unfortunately, there are still costs associated with transforming our homes into safe spaces. We’ve compiled a list below of available tax credits to ease some of the expenses.
This is a federal tax credit for those renovating their home for safety and accessibility. The Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC) is for eligible individuals with disabilities (qualified for the disability tax credit) and people who are 65 years of age or older at the end of the year. The HATC applies to total qualifying expenses up to $10,000 per year, resulting in a maximum tax credit of $1,500 ($10,000 x 15%). You claim the HATC when filing your annual tax return, so make sure you hang on to all of your receipts!
A qualifying renovation is an alteration of an enduring nature and is integral to the eligible dwelling (including the land that forms part of the eligible dwelling). Examples that should qualify include:
- Grab bars and safety rails.
- Replacing a bathtub with a roll-in shower, accessible shower ortub cuts
- Step-in or walk-in bathtub
- Wheelchair lifts
- Non-slip flooring or anti-slip treatments
- Switching to lever-style handles or faucets
- Widening your doorways
- Labour costs from professionals
- Permits for construction, and building plans
- Building materials and fixtures
- Outdoor or indoor ramps
- Lowering kitchen or bathroom cabinets so the person can use them
Equipment rentals and more
Read more about the HATC from the Government of Canada here, and for further information on eligibility, qualifying renovations and filing.