Can I claim my parent's $10,000 health insurance premiums, paid as a condition of their SuperVisa status, having arrived in Canada in Dec. 2015?

My elderly, retired parents arrived in Canada, each on a Parental Super Visa, in December 2015 and are living with my spouse and I.  Three questions: 1)  As my parents are dependent on us for everything, (inc. housing, food, transportaion, health care etc)  can I claim them on my 2015 Canadian Tax return, ? 2)  We purchased the required emergency medical coverage for each of them.  Can I claim half of the $10,000 spent on their premiums on my 2015 tax return as medical expenses with my spouse claiming the other half ? Or should I just claim the entire amount ? Can half be claimed in 2015 with the other half claimed on 2016's income tax return ? 3)  At what point are they to file their own income tax returns ?  SuperVisa is vaild for a total of 10 years, to be renewed every 2 years, meaning that they must leave Canada every 2 years to travel and then re-enter Canada. Thank you in advance.


Some of the professional tax preparers on this forum might offer other options, but the way I read this is a 'no' to all your questions. The reason I say this is that your parents are essentially visitors to Canada while they travelling under the SuperVisa program. They are not Permanent Residents or awaiting PR status.
You should for sure take advice on the tax residence of your parents by contacting CRA.
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