Family caregiver amount (FCA)

If you have a dependant with an impairment in physical or mental functions, you may be eligible to claim an additional amount of $2,058 for one or more of the following amounts:

  • spouse or common-law partner amount (line 303);
  • amount for an eligible dependant (line 305);
  • amount for children under 18 (line 367); and
  • caregiver amount (line 315).

The maximum amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older (line 306) already automatically includes the additional amount of $2,040 for the family caregiver amount (FCA).

To be eligible for family caregiver amount, the dependant with the impairment must meet certain conditions.

The family caregiver amount may be claimed for a spouse, common-law partner, child or other person who is dependent on the individual because of an impairment in mental or physical functions.

You can claim the FCA for more than one eligible dependant, but only one family caregiver amount may be claimed for each depedant.

The family caregiver amount is not tied to the disability tax credit, the conditions are not as strict as those for disability tax credit.

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