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 Sustaining Therapy” (LST) criteria. The LST criteria allow a person whose insulin administration requires at least 3x per week, and 14 hours per week to administer.  By the most part, adults who are diabetic and insulin dependant do not meet this criteria, as their insulin administering does not take at least 2 hours per day.  However, for Type I diabetic children, parents and caregivers time spent in the monitoring and administering of the child’s insulin can add up to over 14 hours per week, where generally Type I diabetic children are approved of the DTC. So, overall, Type I diabetic adults do not meet the “Life Sustaining Therapy” criteria of the DTC, Type I diabetic children do.

For Type II diabetics, although LST (above) is not applicable at all, other DTC criteria may be.  For example, the “cumulative effects” criteria (explained separately) often is applicable to Type II diabetics who are restricted to a lesser degree in 2 or more functions (2 -8 functions) defined within the DTC, such that the combined restrictive effects, or the “cumulative effects” of the multitude of restricted functions are “equivalent” to a “moderate” restriction (three times slowed/inordinate amount of time).  This means that relatively mild restriction in 2 to 8 functions combined, if equivalent to being “three times” slowed in one function, can qualify for the DTC.  See the “cumulative effects” case study for more information.
As an example, if a Type II diabetic where somewhat slowed in walking, dressing, food preparation, wore corrective eye wear, and had increased frequency in bladder functions, to a mild degree, they could qualify for the DTC, as these would be “equivalent” to a “moderate” restriction in any one function.  Therefore the “cumulative effects” criteria can often be applicable to Type II diabetics who find that they are slowed to a lesser degree in many functions.  All Type II diabetics who find that their conditions slows them down to a degree on an average day should be assessed for the DTC.

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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