Claiming your dependant's medical expenses

You can claim a non-refundable tax credit for medical expenses you paid in the year for your dependants.  A dependant can be your or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s:

  • Child or grandchild who was 18 years of age or older on December 31, 2023*
  • Parent or grandparent
  • Brother or sister
  • Uncle or aunt or
  • Niece or nephew

In order to be eligible, your dependant must have relied on you for support and lived with you during the year. If your dependant didn’t live with you, he or she must have been a resident of Canada at some time during the year. The residency requirement doesn’t apply to your or your spouse’s child or grandchild.

*Note: If you want to claim medical expenses for a child under 18, you can combine these with any medical expenses you paid for yourself and/or your spouse or common-law partner, on your tax return. Refer to our Medical expenses article for more information.