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:
- senior who owns or rents your home, or
- 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:
- grab bars and related reinforcements around the toilet, tub and shower
- handrails in corridors
- walk-in bathtubs
- wheel-in showers
- light switches and electrical outlets placed in accessible locations
- door locks that are easy to operate
- lever handles on doors and taps, instead of knobs
- non-slip flooring in the bathroom
- a hand-held shower on an adjustable rod or high-low mounting brackets
- swing clear hinges on doors to widen doorways
- hands-free taps
- motion-activated lighting
- touch-and-release drawers and cupboards
- automatic garage door openers
- 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/healthyhomesView 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
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.
- Motion-activated lighting
- Relocation of light switches
- Stair lifts
- Widening passageways
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