British Columbia Fitness Credit

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What is this?

The British Columbia Fitness Credit is a non-refundable tax credit which allows you to claim up to $500 for eligible expenses paid to a prescribed program of physical activity for each eligible child. You can make this claim if you satisfy the criteria for claiming the Federal child fitness refundable credit.

 

Am I eligible?

In order to claim the BC Fitness Credit you have to satisfy the following requirements:

  • You must be a resident of British Columbia on December 31st, an
  • The child for whom you are claiming the credit must be between 15 and 18 years of age (sometime during the year)
  • The child for whom you are claiming the credit must have a disability tax certificate on file

 

Qualified program as per the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):

To qualify for this amount, a program must:

  • be ongoing (at least eight consecutive weeks or, in the case of children's camps, five consecutive days);
  • be supervised;
  • be suitable for children; and
  • require significant physical activity (most of the activities must generally include a significant amount of physical activity contributing to cardiorespiratory endurance and muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and/or balance).

Note: Keep all receipts for the programs in which your child is enrolled, in case the CRA asks to see them at a later date.

 

Where do I claim this?

If you claimed the Federal Fitness amount you will automatically receive the BC Fitness Credit.

 

Where can I learn more?