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These are expenses paid by each parent, in proportion to their annual incomes, in addition to Table support .  They are often referred to as “section 7 expenses”.  Special or Extraordinary expenses are set out in section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines:

  • child care expenses incurred as a result of the custodial parent’s employment, illness, disability or education or training for employment;
  • the portion of the medical and dental insurance premiums attributable to the child(ren);
  • health-related expenses not covered by insurance;
  • extraordinary expenses for primary or secondary school education or for any other educational programs that meet the child(ren)’s particular needs;
  • expenses for post-secondary education; and,
  • extraordinary expenses for extracurricular activities.

In determining whether an expense is a Special or Extraordinary expense, you must consider the necessity of the expense in relation to the child(ren)’s best interests; the reasonableness of the expense in relation to the means of the parents and those of the child(ren); and, to the spending pattern of the parents in respect of the child(ren) during cohabitation. 

You and the other parent are free to decide if an expense is reasonable and necessary.   If you cannot agree, you may seek the assistance of the Court in determining if the expense is a Special or Extraordinary expense pursuant to section 7 of the Guidelines.

“Extraordinary expense” is defined in section 7 as:

  • expenses that are higher than those that the parent paying the expense can reasonably cover, in light of that parent’s income (including the Table support amount); or
  • expenses that aren’t higher than those that the parent paying the expense can reasonably cover, but that are extraordinary taking into account:
    • the income (including Table support) of that parent;
    • the nature and number of the programs and extracurricular activities;
    • any special needs and talents of the child(ren);
    • the overall cost of the programs and activities; and,
    • any other similar factor that is relevant.

In calculating each parent’s proportionate contribution, you must include the tax credits and deductions received by the custodial parent and/or the parent paying for the expense.