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Ontario Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

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Ontario Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

What is it?

Seniors and their families can now claim up to $1,500 for permanent changes to their homes to accommodate age-related needs.

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a permanent, refundable Personal Income Tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home.

The credit is worth up to $1,500 each year, calculated as 15 per cent of up to $10,000 in eligible home renovation expenses that will help seniors stay safely in their homes. It can also be claimed by senior homeowners and tenants, and people who share a home with a senior relative.

Amounts claimed by couples are subject to a combined maximum of $10,000 in eligible expenses per year. Different family members in a shared home can claim the credit. However, the total amount of the eligible expenses that can be claimed, per year, by all of those family members cannot exceed $10,000.

Spouses or common-law partners who live in separate homes because of medical necessity or because of a breakdown in their marriage or common-law relationship, can each claim up to $10,000 of expenses.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are a:

  1. senior who owns or rents your home, or
  2. a non-senior who is living with a family member who is a senior.

There is no income test to qualify for this credit.

What expenses qualify?

Some examples of eligible expenses include:

Assistive Devices

Renovations

  • certain renovations to permit a first-floor occupancy or secondary suite for a senior
  • wheelchair ramps, stair/wheelchair lifts and elevators
  • widening passage doors
  • lowering existing counters/cupboards
  • installing adjustable counters/cupboards
  • pull-out shelves under counter to enable work from a seated position
  • additional light fixtures throughout the home and exterior entrances
  • creation of knee space under the basin to enable use from a seated position (and insulation of any hot-water pipes)
  • relocation of tap to front or side for easier access

For more information: http://www.ontario.ca/healthyhomes

View the complete brochure.

Find ways to improve safety at home*

In the Bathroom

Start your day with confidence by improving safety in the bathroom.

  • Grab bars around the shower and toilet
  • Walk-in bathtub
  • Hand-held shower on an adjustable rod
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Hands-free taps

Outside

Improve accessibility outside your home by making these modifications.

  • Wheelchair/Walker ramp
  • Easy-to-operate door locks
  • Additional light fixtures around exterior entrances
  • Widening doorways
  • Swing-clear hinges on doorways

In the Kitchen

Find independence by making your kitchen more accessible.

  • Lowering existing counters/cupboards
  • Touch-and-release cupboards and drawers
  • Pull-out shelves under the counter
  • Hands-free taps
  • Lever handles on cupboards and drawers

On the Stairway

Improve safety on your stairway by making these modifications.

  • Handrails
  • Motion-activated lighting
  • Relocation of light switches
  • Stair lifts
  • Widening passageways

*© Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014.

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