The Caregiver Benefit recognizes the important role of caregivers in their efforts to assist loved ones and friends. The program is intended for caregivers of low income adults who have a high level of disability or impairment, as determined by a Home Care assessment. If the caregiver and the care recipient both qualify for the program, the caregiver will receive $400 per month.
The person receiving care must:
The caregiver must:
Both the caregiver and the person for whom he/she provides care must meet the program’s eligibility criteria. The Care Coordinator determines eligibility through an assessment process. The Caregiver Benefit is reportable income so caregivers should contact Canada Revenue Agency for information about tax implications.
A Care Coordinator will meet with you to perform an assessment to identify your needs and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are deemed as having “very high care needs”, you will qualify for the program.
Applicants who are assessed as having very high care needs have some combination of:
To qualify financially for the program, you must have a net household income of $22,125 or less if you’re single, or $37,209 or less if you’re married or common-law. “Net Income” is the income identified on Line 236 of the federal Income Tax Return or in the Notice of Assessment provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.
To apply, call Continuing Care, toll free at 1-800-225-7225. You, your caregiver or someone else (with your consent) can make an application. You will need to provide your name, Health Card Number and some additional information about your situation.
The Department of Health and Wellness, Continuing Care Division has created policies and monitoring standards to ensure that there is a consistent quality of care for those who need services outside of the hospital, in their home, or in the community.
Visit Policies and Standards page.