The CCA continues to advocate for chiropractors to be added to the list of practitioners eligible to assess for the federal Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Certificate.
On Monday, we issued a press release commending recent federal efforts to support Canadians with disabilities and asked the government to close this gap. Please click here to read the press release.
The CCA has been advocating on this issue for quite some time and we have achieved some important successes along the way. As a result of our efforts, in December 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance recommended that the government amend the Income Tax Act to allow chiropractors to assess their patients for the DTC benefit. While the government did not implement the committee’s recommendation in its 2019 budget, this formal acknowledgement has given us more leverage and is very helpful to our cause.
More recently, our 2020 pre-budget submission focused on this issue. Our recommendation was submitted to the Department of Finance and the Standing Committee on Finance and represents another effort aimed at keeping the issue on the government’s radar.
Additionally, we continue to engage with officials in the Office of the Minister of Finance to explain why this change needs to be included in the upcoming federal budget. The meetings have been constructive, and we are hopeful that they will have a favourable impact on decision making. We have supported our advocacy efforts by placing ads in the Hill Times to raise awareness of this oversight among Parliamentarians and policymakers.
This week’s press release represents another step to help us achieve our goal. We remain committed to seeing this change through and will continue to engage with the federal government and other relevant stakeholders until this issue is resolved.
We will keep you updated on any further developments regarding the DTC and continue to advocate on your behalf.