Ottawa, March 21, 2018 – JDRF Canada welcomes Bill C-399, an Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Disability Tax Credit), as a positive step towards addressing some of the longer-term problems faced by Canadians with type 1 diabetes in qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit. The bill, sponsored by Tom Kmiec, MP for Calgary Shepard, was introduced today in the House of Commons.
“Bill C-399 will make it easier for more Canadians with diabetes and others to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit by making some small but meaningful changes to the Income Tax Act. Importantly, it recognizes the arbitrary nature of the 14-hour requirement for life-sustaining therapy. By reducing the number of hours to 10, we’ll see more people who are in need of this support qualify,” says Dave Prowten, president and CEO of JDRF Canada. “The bill will also allow for carbohydrate calculation to be included as part of time spent managing diabetes, which is just common sense as it is impossible to calculate appropriate insulin dosages without taking into account carbohydrates.”
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people’s lives until we achieve a world without this disease. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure type 1 diabetes.
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