Funding & Financial Assistance

Updated: September 2022

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National

Overview Organization dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about neuromuscular disease. Loan pool and may provide assistance with funding for equipment for those with MD. Assistive devices Mobility devices Home modifications Eligibility Maximum contribution per item: $2,640 Client minimum contribution: $200.00 – Equipment costing less than $200 is not eligible – You must be a registered client of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Muscular Dystrophy Canada will not issue reimbursements. Be sure to complete the application process and receive approval from our office, prior to purchasing the item. View website
Overview Provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Loan pool and may provide assistance with funding for equipment for those with MS.
  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
  • Home modifications
Basic Eligibility Funding eligibility varies from province to province – check the website for more information. View Website

Overview

The Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers provides annual tax-free funding to help cover the cost for services such as grounds maintenance and housekeeping. This program helps the primary caregivers – of a Veteran who was receiving the Veterans Independence Program and who has now moved to long term care or is deceased – remain in their home and community.

This program does not replace other federal, provincial or municipal programs. Instead, it is intended to work with those programs to help meet your needs.

  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
  • Home modifications

Basic Eligibility

To qualify for either housekeeping and/or grounds maintenance, the Veteran must have been eligible for that service through the Veterans Independence Program and has now moved to long term care or is deceased.

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Ontario

Ontario Government

Overview In Ontario, Seniors can make their homes safer and more accessible with the help of this new tax credit in 2021 & 2022. Visit Website
Overview Government program that provides support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities. Provides access to assistive devices that meet individuals’ basic needs.
  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
Basic Eligibility Ontario residents with a valid Ontario Health Card who have a physical disability of 6 months or longer. ADP will not pay for equipment available under the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) or to Group “A” Veterans for their pensioned conditions. Visit Website

Overview

Income and employment support to help people with disabilities live as independently as possible.

Eligibility

Your eligibility for ODSP depends on medical and financial circumstances. Find out what information we look at when deciding your eligibility, and how much you can earn and keep in assets while being on ODSP. Learn how these affect your income support and eligibility on ODSP.

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Overview OW is a social assistance program that provides money and help finding employment. Basic Eligibility Individuals may be eligible for OW if:
  • Live in Ontario
  • Need money right away to help pay for food and housing costs
  • Willing to take part in activities that will help you find a job
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Overview Seniors who are low-to-moderate income senior, you may be eligible for up to $500 back on your property taxes. Eligibility Ontario seniors, who are 64 years of age or older, who paid Ontario property tax for the year and owned and occupied their principal residence may qualify for this grant amount. Some income requirements also need to be met. Visit Website

Overview

Ontario government agency that provides compensation for injured workers. WSIB may provide funding for the following:

  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices

Basic Eligibility

Client may be eligible for WSIB if they had a work-related injury/disease. May be eligible for funding for assistive/mobility devices.

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Not-For-Profit Organizations

Overview Equipment loan pool and may provide partial assistance with funding for equipment for those with ALS.
  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
  • Home modifications
Basic Eligibility Applicants must be registered with ALS Ontario to qualify for assistance Proof of Income required (CRA Notice of Assessment) Visit Website

Overview

May provide assistance with funding for medical equipment or renovations.

  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
  • Home modifications

Basic Eligibility

Individuals with spinal cord injury may be eligible for funding.

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Overview
Provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario. Possible maximum of $3,000 for all equipment/service requests per client. Batteries, repairs and replacement parts are not funded.

  • Mobility Equipment
  • Accessibility Equipment
  • Assistive Equipment ie. Bathing Toileting Equipment

Basic Eligibility
Parents must attempt to access all other funding sources first.

Funded items must be authorized by a healthcare professional.

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Overview You could get money to help with the cost of making your home and vehicle more accessible if you or your child has a disability that restricts mobility. Eligibility The program is available to permanent residents of Ontario who live with a substantial disability that impacts their mobility and daily function, and who can’t afford the modifications they need to maximize their independence. Visit Website
Overview The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the March of Dimes assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices to increase their mobility and functional independence.
  • Assistive devices
  • Mobility devices
Basic Eligibility Eligibility:
  • 19 years of age or older
  • Has an ongoing physical limitation that requires the use of an assistive device
  • In financial need (refer to the Income Eligibility chart)
  • A permanent resident of Ontario
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Overview Organization’s mission is that older adults with a developmental disability have the same rights to support and services as all older Ontarians.
  • Home modifications
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Alberta

Overview

The Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program helps Albertans  with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness to maintain their independence at home, in lodges or group homes. It provides financial assistance to buy medical equipment and supplies. Must have valid personal health number in Alberta.

Basic Eligibility

An assessment by a health care professional determines the equipment and supplies that an Albertan can receive through this program.

Albertans pay 25% of the benefit cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and those receiving income assistance are exempt from paying the cost-sharing portion.

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British Columbia

Overview In British Columbia, this supplement allows low income seniors to supplement their home owner grant if it’s been reduced or eliminated because of the high assessed value of their principal residence. Visit Website
Overview Life  After  60 steps its up where health care ends, supporting Senior’s in BC with Medical Priorities.  It’s what we’re passionate about and we anticipate to  cover a wide spectrum of support.   Funding from Life After 60 helps to cover costs for medical priorities such as:  dental care, eye glasses, hearing aids, mobility devices and much more.  Eligibility Funding is based on financial needs and family demographics. Visit Website
Overview Funds a range of new and used equipment and will consider even the most obscure devices if they will assist an individual in their quality of life and personal mobility. Examples of the most frequently funded equipment include:
  • Power wheelchairs
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Driver’s rehab lessons
  • Custom orthotics
  • Specialized wheelchair seating systems
  • Ramps
  • Portable lift system
  • Scooters
  • Recreation therapy opportunities
  • Walkers
  • Assistive technology devices (e.g. Dragon speaking software)
Eligibility Awards are considered by a combination of factors. Approved applications typically demonstrate a severe need, an inability to acquire the needed equipment through other means and must meet financial and medical qualifications. Visit Website

Overview

Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) provides Canadians with health equipment on a donation basis.

  • Long Term Program
  • Advanced Short Term Program
  • Basic Short Term Program

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