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Who qualifies as a dependent under spending accounts?

Who should read this article?

Members with a spending account through League (like a Lifestyle Spending Account). If you have a spending account through an insurance carrier, your spending account might be a bit different. Learn more in your Wallet.

Curious about who actually qualifies as a dependent under the League Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) or Health Spending Account (HSA)? A dependent must meet the following criteria:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner

  • Your child(ren)

  • Depend on you for financial support

  • A resident of Canada (this residence requirement does not apply if the person is the child or grandchild of the individual or of the individual’s spouse or common-law partner)

Note: If you want to add a common-law partner as a dependent to your League Health Spending Account (HSA), you need to meet the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) definition of "common-law".

If your grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew (or that of your spouse or common-law partner) depend on you for financial support you can add them as a dependent, however, the addition of these dependents will not increase your coverage amount.

Learn how to add a dependent to your account.

Please note that dependent types are more strict for insurance coverage from our carriers such as RBC, Manulife, and Canada Life. See Who qualifies as a dependent under insurance benefits? for an explanation of the different qualifications.

If you are looking to edit a dependent’s information, or remove a dependent, please reach out to our Customer Care team through Chat or email us at

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