Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

The Primary Caregiver Tax Credit provides recognition and financial support to individuals who serve as primary caregivers for more than 90 days. This program builds upon regional home care services and is intended to help care recipients remain independent as long as possible. Care recipients may have cognitive, physical or behavioural barriers. Therefore, they require assistance in completing personal care and home making activities and in using community resources, so that they can remain in the community longer.

The primary caregiver may be a spouse, other relative, neighbour, or friend who provides care without remuneration. The individual must be assessed as requiring Care Levels 2, 3, or 4 while living at home. Examples include those with a disability, people with life threatening illnesses and others needing care and supervision for periods of more than 90 days.

An individual tax filer may claim a flat tax credit of $1,400 per year for providing the unpaid care.

It is recommended that tax filers retain original copies of all relevant documentation in case it is needed by Manitoba Finance or the Canada Revenue Agency to verify or substantiate a tax credit claim.

This credit is refundable and not income tested. This means you can claim it even if you do not have taxable income. The credit may defray your caregiver expenses such as shopping, transport, outings and respite.

Who is Eligible

The care recipient must:

  • be a resident of Manitoba;
  • reside in an area under the jurisdiction of a Regional Health Authority;
  • reside in a private residence (e.g., not a group home, foster home, hospital, personal care home or in supportive housing);
  • assessed as having care level requirements equivalent to level 2 or higher (see Registration Form); and
  • designate only one primary caregiver to claim this credit.

The primary caregiver must:

  • be a resident of Manitoba;
  • provide caregiving for longer than 90 days;
  • personally provide care or supervision to the care recipient without reward or compensation of any kind; and
  • not be the spouse or common-law partner of a person who receives compensation or reward for providing care to a qualified care recipient.



Online registration is now available.
Please click on the following link to complete and submit your Primary Caregiver Registration form.
Note:  Assessment done by a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner will require the completed Equivalency form.
  • Download the Level of Care Equivalency form.
  • Have the Doctor or Nurse Practitioner complete the form.
  • Upload the completed form and submit with your online registration.

For paper registrations:

Download the Registration Form.

Submit a copy of the registration form to the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office.

Mail: Manitoba Tax Assistance Office Phone: 204-948-2115
110A – 401 York Avenue Toll free: 1-800-782-0771
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 Email:



Additional Information:

A registration is only valid when care is being provided to the eligible care recipient, up to three years.  If caregiving continues, a renewal registration form is required.  The initial 90-day qualification requirement is not repeated. A change in the primary caregiver designated by a care recipient requires a new Registration Form and a 90-day qualification period by the new caregiver. Caregivers who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) are eligible to claim the full credit without reduction.