The Canada Caregiver Credit (CCC) was introduced for the 2017 taxation year and consolidates the Caregiver Amount, the Amount for Infirm Dependants 18 and Older, and the Family Caregiver Amount into a single credit.
You may be eligible to claim this credit if you’re caring for a family member who is dependant on you because of physical or mental impairment. An individual is considered to depend on you for support if they rely on you to regularly and consistently provide them with some or all of the basic necessities of life (such as food, shelter, and clothing).
The CRA may require a signed statement indicating the nature of the infirmity (mental or physical condition), when it began, and how long it’s expected to last, from your dependant’s healthcare practitioner. If the CRA already has an approved Form T2201, or Disability Tax Certificate on file for your dependant, you won’t be required to provide a statement.