Attendance allowance

If you have a serious disability you may need the help of a caregiver on a daily basis. The attendance allowance helps to cover the cost of hiring a caregiver to assist you in your day-to-day life.

About this program

The attendance allowance helps to cover the cost of hiring a caregiver to assist you in your day-to-day life. The amount you can receive is based on the level of care you need, from occasional to full-time supervision and care.

The amount of the allowance is based on a grade from 1-5 that reflects the nature of your disability.

Do you qualify?

You should apply for attendance allowance if you:

  • Have a disability pension of 1% or more or receive Prisoner of War compensation; and
  • Are totally disabled, whether your condition was service-related or not; and
  • Need assistance with activities of daily living (such as feeding, bathing, dressing, going to the toilet, mobility or taking medication)

How to apply

Apply online

If you are registered for My VAC Account, you can submit your application for this benefit online. If you aren't registered, you can register now.

My VAC Account

Mail or in person

Download the application form. Then, drop it off at a VAC office. You can also mail your completed application directly to the address listed on the form.

Go to form

The staff at any VAC office can assist you, or call us at 1-866-522-2122.

Additional information

Find out more

Chapter 5 – Attendance Allowance, Entitlement: Provides more details about the attendance allowance and to see how entitlement is established.

See the current rates for this program: If you know your grade, the Attendance Allowance rates table shows the amount by grade.

Learn more about what qualifies as totally disabled

Related programs

Disability pension: A monthly benefit to Veterans who have a service-related injury or illness.

Prisoner of War compensation: Monthly compensation if you were taken prisoner or detained by enemy forces.

Exceptional incapacity allowance: A monthly benefit when your disability is causing a major financial impact on your life.

Clothing allowance: A monthly benefit when your disability causes wear and tear on your clothing or the need for custom-made clothing.

Disability tax credit (DTC)

The DTC helps reduce the income tax that people with physical or mental impairments, or their supporting family members, may have to pay. It aims to offset some of the costs related to the impairment. Learn more about this non-refundable tax credit available through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Frequently asked questions

How much could I receive?

The amount you receive depends on the nature of your disability. A grade level between 1 and 5 is assigned depending on the impact your disability has on your ability to live independently. Grade 1 is the highest grade. See the current rates.

If I apply for the benefit and get declined, can I appeal?

Yes. If you are not satisfied with a decision you may apply in writing for a review. Learn more about your review and appeal options.

Are there policies for this program?

Yes. Read more about the attendance allowance policies.