Due to the eligibility criteria which emphasize that the effects of one’s disability must be prolonged, mental conditions are harder to qualify an individual for disability tax credit. Many health care professionals report that the effects of mental disabilities are often temporary and episodic rather than prolonged. To qualify, you must either be unable to perform daily tasks, or you must take an extended amount of time to complete daily tasks as a result of your condition.
It is a common misconception that all medical related conditions must be certified by a medical doctor. In fact, some impairments can be certified by different medical practitioners who are providing treatment such as a nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, physiotherapist, optometrist or psychologist.
It is important to note that just a diagnosis of a medical condition is not enough. The degree to which your condition impedes your life is an important determinant. Factors such as whether your medical condition is short-term or long-term also matter. If the effects of your medical condition extend more than 12 months, you may qualify. The best way to find out is to call us; you may potentially qualify without knowing it. We specialize in helping people with medical conditions apply for the Disability Tax Credit in Canada.