376 – Amount for a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions

Enter $2,625 if you had a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions in 2016. The impairment must be certified by a physician, an optometrist, an audiologist, a speech-language pathologist (speech therapist), an occupational therapist, a psychologist or a physiotherapist, as applicable.

Your impairment is considered severe and prolonged if it has lasted (or is expected to last) for at least 12 consecutive months, and if you are in either of the following situations:

  • Even with therapy, the appropriate devices or medication, you are always or almost always: 
    • unable to perform one of the following basic activities of daily living: seeing, speaking, hearing, walking, eliminating, feeding or dressing yourself, or functioning in everyday life because you do not have the necessary mental functions (remunerated work, social activities, recreational activities or housekeeping are not basic activities of daily living); or 
    • restricted in more than one of the above-mentioned activities, if the cumulative effect of the restrictions is equivalent to having a single marked restriction in one of those activities. 
  • Because of chronic illness, you undergo therapy prescribed by a physician at least twice a week, and the therapy: 
    • is essential to the maintenance of one of your vital functions; and 
    • requires at least 14 hours per week. This includes time for travel, medical appointments and post-treatment recovery.
Note
  • Feeding oneself does not include:
    • any of the activities of identifying, finding, shopping for or otherwise procuring food; or 
    • the activity of preparing food, if the time taken for the activity is required because of a dietary restriction or regime.
  • Dressing oneself does not include any of the activities of identifying, finding, shopping for or otherwise procuring clothing.
  • The fact that you receive a disability pension under the Québec Pension Plan (QPP) or similar benefits does not necessarily mean that you are considered to have a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions.

Form to enclose

Enclose form TP-752.0.14-V, Certificate Respecting an Impairment, if you are claiming this amount for the first time. Alternatively, you can enclose a copy of Canada Revenue Agency form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificateas long as you are not required to provide certification that your impairment is considered severe and prolonged due to the fact that you must undergo, at least twice a week for a total of at least 14 hours per week, therapy essential to the maintenance of one of your vital functions.

If your health has improved since you last filed a certification of impairment, you must inform us.

Reduction of the amount for a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions

The impairment amount must be reduced if a person received, with regard to you, the supplement for handicapped children included in the child assistance payment from Retraite Québec. To determine the amount to which you are entitled, use the work chart below.

Remuneration paid to a full-time attendant or fees paid for full-time residence in a nursing home

You cannot claim the impairment amount on line 376 if the remuneration paid to a full-time attendant is used to calculate a tax credit for medical expenses in your or another person's income tax return, unless the amount claimed as remuneration paid to the attendant is $10,000 or less (see “Remuneration paid to an attendant” in the instructions for line 381).

Similarly, you cannot claim the impairment amount on line 376 if the fees paid for your full-time residence in a nursing home have already been used to calculate a tax credit for medical expenses in your or another person's income tax return, unless:

  • a receipt issued by the nursing home specifically shows an amount for the remuneration paid to a full-time attendant;
  • the amount for the remuneration paid to a full-time attendant is $10,000 or less; and
  • only the portion of the residence fees specifically relating to the remuneration of the attendant is included in the medical expenses.

For more information, consult the brochure Tax Benefits and Persons with Disabilities (IN-132-V).

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