What medical expenses can I claim?
You can claim expenses for various medical products and services, travel expenses for medical treatment, attendant care, expenses for moving to accessible housing, and even premiums you paid to private health services plans.
Eligible expenses: To quickly find out whether an expense is eligible, type your expense in the filter items box in the Canada Revenue Agency’s search tool. You can also view a list of common medical expenses and their eligibility.
Note: A tax credit is available to you only if the total value of your eligible medical expenses for a specified 12-month period is higher than whichever of the following is the smaller amount: 3% of your net income or $2,302.
Supporting documentation: You might need to provide supporting documents and satisfy some conditions to be able to claim certain medical expenses. To find out if there are any requirements to claim a certain medical expense, view CRA’s page with details on medical expenses.
Expense claims based on invoice dates: On your tax return, you have the flexibility to choose a claim period for your medical expenses that’s different from the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). The last day of your chosen 12-month period must fall within the tax year of your tax return. You can claim all eligible medical expenses dated within your chosen claim period.
Spouse/common-law partner and dependant’s expenses: You can claim your own medical expenses, those of your spouse/partner and those of the following family members:
- Your children, or your spouse/partner's children
- Your, or your spouse/partner's, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, or nephews who depended on you for support and lived with you during the tax year, and who have been a resident of Canada during the tax year.
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