Bowel/Bladder (Increased Frequency in the washroom)

Beverley is a 22-year-old who has Crohns Disease.  She was diagnosed with her condition 4 years earlier, though was symptomatic for 6 years prior to her diagnosis.  Prior to her diagnosis and treatment, she was having 10-15 bowel functions a day, with very loose and uncontrolled bowel movements, often taking a lot of time in the washroom each occurrence.  After her condition was diagnosed and treated, her medications and treatments helped to improve her symptoms, though she continued to have frequent bowel functions each day, at about 5-10 per day.  She had some periods of time she was less symptomatic and others where her condition flared. On average she found that she was having 5-8 bowel movements per day, and taking more time to attend to each movement.

Beverley’s gastroenterologist did not feel that she qualified for the DTC, stating she needed to be “disabled” in order to qualify.  She came to us for help.  We explained to her that the DTC criteria are clear, that a patient who requires “three times” longer to perform their bowel and/or bladder functions can qualify. As long as they have had these restrictions/symptoms for at least 12 continuous months within any of the last 10 years, they can qualify.  We further explained that a healthy person arguably has one bowel movement, spending less than 5 minutes per day to perform.  Three times that amount, as per the DTC definitions then, is 3 times per day and over 15 minutes to qualify.  So, being that Beverley was experiencing 5-10 bowel movements per day, taking over 30 minutes or more per day, she readily met the DTC qualifying requirements.  We helped prepare her case, explained her case to her and her doctor in detail, and her doctor agreed she qualified, completed her DTC applications forms accurately, and she was approved for the full 10 years, and for future years. She and her parents received a total of $26,332 for the DTC and an additional $16,349 from the Child Disability Benefit.  Being for some of the years Beverley was under 18 years of age, the DTC benefit amount was higher, and her parents could also claim on her behalf for years she was under 18 years of age.

Sharon, another client who had taken more time in the washroom tending to her bowel function needs, in her case was constipated.  She spent more than three times longer than an average person attempting to have a bowel movement. This was often accompanied by significant pain and/or discomfort, where her attempts to have a movement were to alleviate her discomfort.  So, although she did not actually have bowel movements each day, she spent time attempting to do so each day resulting in taking up her time.  Thus she qualified for the DTC.

Harold who woke two to three times per night, and regularly used his bladder about every hour or so during the day also qualified for the DTC.  Similar to bowel movements, it only need be established that he is using his bladder three times more often than an average person.  Being that most people use their bladder every three hours or so, such as morning, noon, afternoon, dinner time, evening and before bed, 5-6 times per day, three times that would amount to 15 bladder functions or so per day.  Based on that frequency being equivalent to “three times” longer, Harold qualified for the DTC.

Common medical conditions that can cause increased bowel functions qualify for the DTC:

Crohns, Colitis, IBS, Celiac Disease, Cancer, Tumours, Stress, Mental Illness, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Uremia, Hypercalcemia, Diverticular Disease, Outlet Dysfunction Constipation. Neurologic Disorders, Spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Lazy Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Obstruction, Structural defects, Fistula, colonic atresia, volvulus.

Common medical conditions that can cause increased bladder functions qualify for the DTC:

Anterior prolapse (cystocele), Anxiety disorders, Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), Bladder stones, change in kidney function, Diabetes insipidus, Diuretics (water retention relievers), Interstitial cystitis (also called painful bladder syndrome), Kidney disorders/infection, Overactive bladder, Prostatitis (infection or inflammation of the prostate), Radiation treatment affecting the pelvis or lower abdomen, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Urethral stricture (narrowing of the urethra), Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection (UTI).

Be sure to take our Free Instant Online DTC Assessment to determine whether you may qualify, for which number of years, and the benefit amount available for your specific case, for past and future years.  Remember it absolutely FREE!  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DTC ASSESSMENT.

Making Every Canadian Count: How Disability Tax Credits and Benefits Help Average Canadians

Life can be hard enough without having to worry about financial struggles. But for Canadians with certain disabling conditions, life can be even more difficult. They are often ineligible for certain benefits and may believe they have no other options. The good news is that help is available in the form of Disability Tax Credits (DTC) and other disability-related benefits. This case study carousel dives into how these credits and benefits help Canadians with limiting conditions live better lives.

Children’s DTC Claims

Children who are restricted in any of the listed DTC “basic activities of daily living” categories (described in our case studies in this section) can qualify for the DTC as well.  There is not age limit for this program, where young and old can qualify.  The key difference is


People who are diabetic generally fall within two main groups within the DTC qualifying criteria, those who insulin dependant and those who are not.  For diabetics who are Type I diabetic, or insulin-dependant (also know as Juvenile Diabetes), the DTC may be applicable to them based on the “Life

Mild Restrictions (Cumulative Effects of 2 or More Functions)

Many people and their medical practitioners are not aware that patients with mild restrictions may qualify for the DTC.  The DTC qualifying criteria define three different levels of restrictions may each qualify.  The first two are defined under the “Markedly Restricted” definition, as patients who are EITHER “unable” to

Mental Functions

Matthew was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when he was a child, and is now 32 years-old. He is married, has two children, and is working full-time.  He was on medication when he was younger but found that the medication made him feel very groggy and “not himself”, so he stopped

Dressing Restrictions

Elaine is a 70 year-old with lower back disorder.  She is generally able to walk at a regular pace, yet finds that bending over is particularly difficult for her.  As a result she takes more time to dress. This includes her morning dressing routine, such as putting on her

Food Preparation and/or Feeding

Tara is a 62 year old client, who had been diagnosed with moderate arthritis which primarily effected her shoulders, arms, wrists, hands.  Being that her work and her previous sports activities required repeated upper body effort, her upper body arthritis was most prominent.  She could walk at a regular

Bowel/Bladder (Increased Frequency in the washroom)

Beverley is a 22-year-old who has Crohns Disease.  She was diagnosed with her condition 4 years earlier, though was symptomatic for 6 years prior to her diagnosis.  Prior to her diagnosis and treatment, she was having 10-15 bowel functions a day, with very loose and uncontrolled bowel movements, often

Walking (Slowed Walking)

Samuel was an active 40-year-old, who played many sports growing up and continued being active into his adulthood.  Samuel noticed that as he aged, his previous and numerous sports injuries were catching up to him.  He stopped playing recreational hockey a few years earlier, then sometime as time passed

Speaking (Moderate Speech Impediment)

Frank is a 32-year-old who has a speech impediment. He has a cleft pallet that causes his speech to be difficult to understand by others. He has partaken in speech therapy to help improve his speech articulation; however, others continue to have difficulty in understanding him.  They will miss

Hearing (Moderate Hearing Loss)

Jennifer, is a 53-year-old who is hard of hearing, and had been informed about the Disability Tax Credit.  She had gradual hearing loss over the years, where her condition progressed such that she required hearing aids 11 years prior.  The hearing aids helped, but she continued to be hard

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