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About the credit

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit for Ontario seniors and family members who live with them. If you qualify, you can claim up to $10,000 worth of eligible home improvements on your tax return. The amount of money you get back for these expenses is calculated as 15 per cent of the eligible expenses you claim. For example, if you spend and then claim $10,000 worth of eligible expenses, you could get $1,500 back.

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit can help with the costs of improving safety and accessibility in your home.

Click the link below to download the claim form for the 2015 tax year.

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Do I qualify?

To qualify for the credit, you need to be:

  • 65 years old or older by the end of the year for which you are claiming the credit; or
  • living with a family member who is a senior

Your income doesn’t matter — seniors and their family members at all income levels are eligible.

Family members

If you are living with a senior relative in your home, you could qualify for a total tax credit of up to $1,500 every year, regardless of income.

How do I get the credit?

You have to claim your total expenses on your personal income tax return. To do this, you will have to complete Schedule ON(S12) of your tax return and put the amount you spent on eligible renovations next to box 6311 on form ON479.

Click the link below to download the claim form for the 2015 tax year.

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Each year, you can claim expenses related to work billed for in that year.

Learn more about the credit

Maximum claim

You can claim up to $10,000 worth of eligible expenses per year.

Receipts

Save your receipts for any modifications you make. You will not have to submit them with your tax return. But you will have to keep them in case the Canada Revenue Agency asks you to verify your expenses.

Eligible renovation expenses

Not all renovation work qualifies for this tax credit. Before you start any improvements, check to see that the work qualifies so you can claim the expense.

Examples of work that qualifies:

  • grab bars around the toilet, tub and shower
  • stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, wheelchair lifts and elevators
  • walk-in bathtubs
  • a hand-held shower on an adjustable rod or high-low mounting brackets
  • swing clear hinges on doors to widen doorways
  • non-slip flooring
  • handrails in corridors
  • certain renovations to permit a first-floor occupancy or secondary suite for a senior
  • wheel-in showers
  • comfort height toilets
  • widening passage doors
  • lowering existing counters/cupboards
  • installing adjustable counters/cupboards
  • 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
  • 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
  • hands-free taps
  • motion-activated lighting
  • touch-and-release drawers and cupboards
  • automatic garage door openers