10 Expenses You Can Claim Medical Tax Credit for in Canada

Many medical services, therapies and devices can qualify for the medical tax credit and are permitted medical expenses under the Canada Revenue Agency. Here are ten that could surprise you.

Most of us know that prescription glasses, dental care and most medications are expenses that we should bear privately. The health act which guarantees essential physician and hospital services does not include many other medical costs we incur. There are many different medical services, therapies and devices that could potentially make us pay privately for them.

However, many of these expenses can qualify for the medical tax credit and are permitted medical expenses under the Canada Revenue Agency. Here are ten that could surprise you


If you or your dependent travelled more than 40 kilometres to avail medical services, and these services are not available nearer, you can deduct these costs. Surprisingly this works even on expenses incurred outside of Canada.


Training costs are eligible if you are learning to care for a dependent with a physical or mental impairment.

School and Tuition

Equipment, personnel and facility costs associated with a school for those with physical or mental impairment are deductible

Reading services, talking textbooks, symbol boards

Students with perceptual disability in secondary school may be eligible to have their talking textbooks included as medical expenses, reading services for blind students or those with severe learning disability too are deductable

Service animals

The cost of a service animal and their care and maintenance, including food and veterinarian care is deductible. Service animals are specially trained to help patients.

Therapy plan and therapy

The costs incurred for creating a personal therapy plan and the costs of treatment for patients with mental or physical impairment are eligible expenses. This also includes service fees charged by the therapists.

Adult diapers

Cost of Diapers for someone who is incontinent can be deductible

Medical Marijuana.

It is essential to be authorized to use it, and to purchase medical marijuana from a designated producer. Then, it is also eligible for deduction.

Gluten-free products

This may be the most surprising of all, the difference in cost between non-gluten-free products and gluten-free products is, tax-deductible but only if you have celiac disease.

Home renovation expenses and Construction

There may be some renovation and Construction required for dealing with prolonged mobility impairment. Building access ramps, driveway access etc. can be tax-deductible. Air conditioner, air filter or purifier expenses too can be claimed.

However, over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements are still not deductible even when prescribed by a doctor. The CRA site as a full list of eligible medical expenses, but it is essential to note that all of these expenses require certification and a prescription from a medical practitioner before being deductible. Storing your receipts is necessary too.

Some medical expenses also require eligibility under the Disability Tax Credit, and you have to apply for it before filing your taxes, it functions as credit. It reduces the income tax you have to pay.