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Home renovations for disabled and seniors: B.C. program leads the way

B.C.'s HAFI program provides grants up to $20,000 for eligible seniors and/or the disabled who need renovations to stay in their homes, Marilyn Lees advises

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February 23, 2018 by canadiancontractor

Reply to Tamar, who asked for information on Ageing in Place grants for seniors.

Hi Tamar.

I just came across your inquiry and I am not sure as to where you live. In British Columbia there is a program backed by the Provincial and Federal Government to help seniors or those with disabilities to remain in the comfort of their home longer and safer.

It’s called the¬†BC Housing Home Adaptation for Independence (HAFI) program.

If you qualify or are eligible for this program, you can receive a grant up to $20,000. The only stipulation is you remain in your home for 3 years and, therefore, do not have to pay it back. If you live in another province, you might be able to contact the provincial government and ask if there is such a program there. You mentioned also that you are disabled. Through the Federal government of Canada you can apply for a Disability Tax Credit which will reduce federal taxes you pay. Canada Revenue will go back 10 years and refund any over paid taxes once this DTC T2201 is in place.

Marilyn Lees



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