Adoption expense credit

If you adopt a child, you’re able to claim a non-refundable tax credit for certain expenses you incur as part of the adoption process.

Eligible expenses include court, legal and administrative expenses, reasonable travel and living expenses, fees paid to an adoption agency licensed by a provincial or territorial government, any other reasonable expenses required by such an agency, mandatory fees paid to a foreign institution, mandatory expenses paid with respect to the immigration of the adopted child and document translation fees. Eligible costs include those incurred from the time you make an application to register with a provincial ministry or from the time the application is made to a Canadian court, if earlier. The maximum amount that can be claimed for 2016 is $15,453.