Funding For Stair Lifts In Ontario

Wil Thomas
Wil Thomas
Editor at Seniors Bulletin

A common question that many have, but aren’t aware of the answer to is: are stair lifts tax deductible in Canada?

Highlights

  • Stair lifts are costly, ranging from $3,000 to over $15,000, making tax deductions and financial aid crucial for affordability in Canada.
  • Ontario’s Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit offers a 25% rebate on home modifications like stair lifts, up to a maximum of $2,500 on $10,000 spent.
  • Other financial support options in Ontario include the National Benefit Authority, Veterans Independence Program, and Quality of Life Equipment Grants, alongside credits for home elevators and similar aids.

In this article, we focus on what options are available for those who want to save money or require financial assistance for stair lifts in Canada.

Stair lifts are attached to the railing of staircases. They are seats that transport a user up and down the staircase. They are especially beneficial to those with physical disabilities (including long term physical disabilities) or accessibility issues due to an injury, health issue, or age-related conditions.

Cost Of Stair Lifts

The cost of a stair lift can be quite hefty. They start at just above $3000, but can go to anywhere above $15,000 depending on the type of stair lift, the type of stairs they are being attached to, and the unique additions on them.

Ontario’s Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit

Fortunately, for those in Ontario, there is funding program called the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit, and it offers financial assistance to offset the hefty cost of stair lifts and other home modifications that may be needed for seniors to increase safety in their home. This is worth 25% of up to $10,000 in eligible expenses for a senior’s principal residence in Ontario. These credits are available for the 2021 and 2022 tax years. 

If $10,000 is invested to add a stair lift in the home of a senior, or a senior couple, then they are eligible for the maximum credit of $2500.

You can claim the credit if you are 65 years of age or older by the end of the year, if you live with a Senior relative, or if you will live with a Senior relative within 24 months after the end of the year.

Although there are a few additional grant options for a stair lift in Canada, this tax credit in Ontario can help cut down the expenses by a lot for those looking to invest in a stair lift for their home. Fortunately, it is available for both 2021 and 2022 to Ontario residents.

Before purchasing, we recommend you look into the grant options and financial assistance, which aren’t limited to only Ontario citizens. Most grants have to be approved first to be used. The grant options that you can look into are as follows:

Home lifts, also known as home elevators are also eligible for the credit, as well as walk-in bathtubs and wheel-in showers among other options. Keep the maximum cost of the rebate in mind though. In total, one can receive only $2500… whether that’s just by buying a stair lift, or by purchasing a combination of items. If more than $10,000 is spent on items, then anything above the $10,000 will not be eligible for the 25% rebate.

As of now, there is no information on whether the government will give the rebate next year as well, or if it will be extended to other provinces and territories.

For those of you who are in Ontario and are looking to purchase items to improve your home as a Senior, then don’t forget to take advantage of these rebates. This will ensure that you save the most amount of money, while increasing the functionality of your home for your particular needs.

Examples Of Eligible Stairlift Brands

Other programs that Ontario seniors who need financial assistance can benefit from:

  1. Ontario Disability Support Program
  2. Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

Organizations that support seniors:

  1. Ontario March of Dimes – Home and Vehicle Modification Program (HVMP)
  2. Veterans Affairs Canada

Summary

For more information, here is a link to the Ontario Government’s website which contains a list of all the eligibility requirements and eligible expenses: https://www.ontario.ca/page/seniors-home-safety-tax-credit

Find more information on Funding in Canada here.

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7 thoughts on “Funding For Stair Lifts In Ontario”

  1. This is Brenda. I am deaf. I need help financial for stair elevator for upstairs & maybe add basement. Since almost 2 years I have worse bad knees/legs as arthritis & hard time to get upstairs that I need reason to go to washroom that only have one where upstair & do laundry downstairs. How much cost for those. Then if I should get doctor note to proof to show landlord if permission to use 1 or 2 stair elevator for upstairs & basement. Please let me know if any questions about this.
    Thank you
    Brenda

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  2. Thank you very much for your very detailed advice concerning ON gov’t tax credit for seniors stairlifts. My wife suffers with Parkinsons, I am her husband/caregiver. I look forward to receiving more excellent advice from SENIORSbulletin. Thank you!

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  3. Per the Ontario webpage you reference above, it says:

    What is not an eligible expense
    Examples of expenses that are not eligible for the credit include:

    -routine repairs, maintenance or service (for example, plumbing or electrical repairs)
    -esthetic improvements (for example, painting and landscaping)
    -appliances, furniture or devices (for example, lift chairs and medical alert devices)
    -services (for example, housekeeping, attendant care, or home security)

    It clearly says lift chairs are not an eligible expense for the Ontario Seniors Home Safety Tax Credit. So I am confused. Can you please check and correct your article if necessary?

    Thank you,
    Michael

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    • Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your comment. Lift Chairs are referring to power reclining lift chairs. Under the eligiable expenses it states:
      What is an eligible expense
      Renovation expenses are eligible if they improve safety and accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home, for example:
      * wheelchair ramps, stair/wheelchair lifts and elevators

      https://www.ontario.ca/page/seniors-home-safety-tax-credit

      Please note that this funding is only available for the 2021 and 2022 tax years.

      We appreciate the comment! Thank you.

      Reply
  4. I may need to install a stairs chair lift from the main floor to the second floor. The grant for now is for year 2021 & 2022. What about 2023 & 2024 ?

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  5. Are there any grants for the installation of a chair lift from the main floor to the second floor. If so what is needed to apply and where?

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