Correct, but don’t hold your breath.
Private Member’s Bill C-399 had first reading on March 21 of this year. It proposes a few amendments to the Income Tax Act, primarily to reduce the required hours from 14 to 10, and to include “time spent on activities that are directly related to the determination of the dosage of the medication” – which obviously would cover carb counting.
Second reading is not yet scheduled. And don’t get overly excited: each year, only about a quarter of private members’ bills are deemed votable, and fewer than 2% receive royal assent.
Canadians may wish to contact their MP to voice their support for Bill C-399, “An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Disability Tax Credit).”
In other news, in November of last year Diabetes Canada asked Canada Revenue to revert to previous interpretations of applications, to review all the recently denied applications, and to restore the disbanded Disability Advisory Committee (which had included nurses) to help review applications. CRA agreed to all three requests. One of the new Advisory Committee members is a Type 1 CDE.
Diabetes Canada also asked CRA to “revise eligibility criteria to explicitly allow carbohydrate counting.” CRA asked the Advisory Committee to review that request. The committee meets only three times a year, so don’t sit up at night waiting for its answer.
In February, Diabetes Canada made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, in which it argued for including carbohydrate counting in the 14 hours. Note that Diabetes Canada itself is not advocating for reducing the required number of hours. (The complete submission is available here.)