The current regulations in regard to access to the Disability Tax Credit for people with hearing loss are overly restrictive and do not accurately reflect the challenges that these Canadians face; and
The requirements for the Disability Tax Credit need to be more inline with the lived reality of persons with hearing loss and provide more equitable access to this important credit.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to amend the Income Tax Act to change the requirements for a person with a hearing loss to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit; specifically:
1. Amend “quiet setting” to “normal/typical setting”, as this is where most communication takes place;
2. Change the requirement that a person be unable to understand “a person familiar to them” to “another person”, because people with hearing loss communicate with people unfamiliar to them every day; and
3. Remove the requirement that a person be wearing an “assistive listening device”, because these technologies do not remove or reverse the hearing loss, are subject to malfunction, and cannot be worn in some situations.
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