You may recall that in 2018, Canada’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) invited you to participate in a survey about the T2201, the application form completed by eligible health providers for their patients applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). We received over 1000 completed surveys. The feedback from the surveys was critical to informing the recommendations made by the DAC in our first annual report to the Minister of National Revenue.
Some of the recommendations in our report called for a review and revision of the eligibility criteria for the DTC as well as how it is administered. We would like to convene a series of focus groups of health providers, each on a sentinel issue addressed in these recommendations. Some of the sentinel issues involve improvements to the administration of the DTC as its eligibility criteria are currently defined in the legislation and others would involve changes to the legislation.
Focus groups are planned as follows:
- Proposed new eligibility criteria for mental functions: Tuesday December 3, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
- Proposed new eligibility criteria for life sustaining therapy: Tuesday December 3, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)
- Options for reducing the need for clarification letters: Friday December 6, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
- Which conditions should automatically entitle a person to the DTC: Friday December 6, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)
- Clarifying the meaning of substantially all of the time: Thursday December 12, 2019 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET)
- Whether and how to create a separate application form for children: Thursday December 12, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (ET)
At the link below, you can register for one of the six focus groups. The groups will be done virtually by tele or video conference though, if there is sufficient interest from Ottawa-area health providers, an in person meeting may also be arranged. We ask that you participate in a group where the issues are core to your expertise and practice.
If you are not available on these dates but are interested in participating in future research, please also use the link below to provide your contact information.
Click here to participate (link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=FA888F58-6FEC-409F-8E3C-C51C4715947F&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1)
We are very grateful for your interest and participation. Canadians living with disabilities will be greatly advantaged by our collective work.
With best wishes,
K.R. Cohen Ph.D., C. Psych.
Co-Chair, Disability Advisory Committee
Chief Executive Officer|Chef de la direction
Canadian Psychological Association|Societe Canadienne de psychologie
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