Claiming the Home Office Expenses Deduction as a Remote Worker

With the rise of remote work, many Canadians find themselves converting parts of their homes into office spaces. Recognizing this shift, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) allows remote workers to claim a deduction for home office expenses, potentially lowering their taxable income. Here’s a guide on how to claim this deduction and understand its benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the home office expenses deduction, you must meet one of the following conditions:

  • The workspace is your principal place of work (more than 50% of the time).
  • You use the space exclusively to earn your employment income, and on a regular and continuous basis, for meeting clients or other parties related to your job.

Types of Deductible Expenses:

There are two categories of home office expenses you can deduct:

  • Direct Expenses: Costs directly related to your workspace, like painting or minor repairs.
  • Indirect Expenses: Costs that apply to the whole house, such as heating, home insurance, electricity, and a portion of internet fees. These are apportioned based on the size of your workspace relative to your home.

Calculating Your Deduction:

To determine the amount you can deduct, calculate the percentage of your home used for work. For example, if your home office occupies 10% of your home’s total square footage, you can claim 10% of your eligible home expenses.

How to Claim:

  • Traditional Method: Complete Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses, and include it with your T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return. You’ll need a T2200 form signed by your employer.
  • Temporary Flat Rate Method: Simply claim the amount on your tax return based on the number of days you worked from home. This method is no longer available after 2022.


For the traditional method, keep all receipts and documents supporting your claim. Although you don’t need to submit them with your tax return, the CRA may request them later.


The home office expenses deduction is a valuable opportunity for remote workers to reduce their taxable income. Whether you opt for the traditional method or the temporary flat rate method, understanding the eligibility criteria, and keeping accurate records are key to maximizing this deduction. Always refer to the CRA’s website for the latest guidelines or consult with a tax professional for personalized advice.

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