Our campaign to reinstate the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) to ensure that all Canadians with disabilities are entitled to a just result when applying for Disability Tax Credit (DTC) was successful. And yet, it seems that we have just begun.
The DAC was reinstated in November 2017 by Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier. "Our government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians receive the credits and benefits to which they are entitled,” she assured us at our first meeting on January 24, 2018.
The creation of the DAC in March 2005 had led to an excellent working relationship between senior staff of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and stakeholders representing Canadians with disabilities. Although we made significant progress on a number of important issues, our committee was cancelled the following year. Since then, many of the improvements to the administration of the DTC have been all but lost.
Our committee made 44 recommendations in its first annual report Enabling access to disability measures issued in May 2019. Although a number of recommendations have been implemented, many Canadians with disabilities are still faced with insurmountable problems when trying to access the DTC.
Our committee continues to identify concerns and provide advice to the Minister of National Revenue to ensure that Canadians eligible for the DTC can access the income supports without having to appeal an unjust decision to disallow the claim.