Clothing allowance

Do you have a disability that causes wear and tear on your clothing or do you need custom-made clothing? If this is the case, you may qualify for a monthly clothing allowance to cover this extra expense.

About this program

If you buy special clothes to accommodate your disability you may qualify for this allowance. For example, you may wear a brace, splint, or prosthetic that requires specially-made clothes, or that causes extra wear and tear. You can also use the monthly allowance to pay for your damaged clothes to be mended.

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

Do you qualify?

To receive this allowance you must have a disability benefit for a condition that can impact your clothing.

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

Get help with your application

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

Additional information

Find out more

See the clothing allowances table of disabilities: For more details about grades.

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

Related programs

Attendance allowance: monthly payments if your health needs require personal care support.

Exceptional incapacity allowance: Disability pensioners who are exceptionally incapacitated may qualify for this tax-free monthly allowance.

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

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 Clothing allowance policies.