Family Caregiver Credit

Family Caregiver Credit and Who is eligible?

This non-refundable tax credit was created by the federal government to help Canadians who take care of family members. It allows caregivers to claim an additional amount for dependents who have an impairment in physical or mental functions(…)If, at any time in 2016, you (either alone or with another person) maintained a dwelling where you and one or more of your dependants lived, you may be able to claim a maximum amount of $4,667 ($6,788 if he or she is eligible for the family caregiver amount) for each dependant.

Each dependant must have met all of the following criteria:

  • He or she was 18 years of age or older
  • He or she had a net income in 2016 (line 236 of his or her return, or it would have been if he or she filed a return) of less than $20,607 ($22,728 if he or she was eligible for the family caregiver amount)
  • He or she was dependent on you due to an impairment in physical or mental functions or, if he or she is your or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s parent or grandparent, was born in 1951 or earlier