Financial Assistance

Easter Seals

  • Financial Assistance for equipment - maximum $3,000 per child, per calendar year.  Financial approval must be received prior to purchasing equipment.  Long guidelines list that must be reviewed in detail.  Must reside in Canada.
  • Incontinence Supplies Grant Program - provides financial assistance for children between the ages of 3 to 18 years with chronic disabilities (physical or developmental) that result in irreversible incontinence or retention problems. Must reside in Canada.
  • Top Up Program - available to eligible clients receiving the Incontinence Supplies Grant (funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term  Care) and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) (funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services/Ministry of Community and Social Services). The program “tops up” the annual amount from the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program.

March of Dimes

  • Home & Vehicle Modification Program -  provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications in Ontario. Up to $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications, and/or up to $15,000 every ten years for vehicle modifications. Click here for a list of alternative provincial and national home modification programs across Canada.

Home Renovations (RRAP-D) - offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for people with disabilities.   Eligibility is based on the value of the house being below a specific amount and annual household income.

National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility (NOVA) - The National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility works to provide vehicle modification grants to individuals with disabilities throughout the United States and Canada in need of financial assistance.

Special Services at Home (SSAH) - Provides an annual amount to be used for respite services (babysitting, cleaning, grass cutting), camp, activities outside of the home for the child.  Cannot be used for therapy.  Once you pay for a service you can submit an invoice and will usually receive cash back within 6 weeks.  There are no family income qualifications.  Must reside in Ontario.

Assistive Devices Program (ADP) - Funds equipment, supplies & oxygen. Pays up to 75% of the costs for braces, wheelchairs etc.

access2card - provides free admission to a support person in participating venues across Canada accompanying an individual with a disability.

Government Funded Financial Support

  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities - provides financial assistance between $25 - $490 a month.  Family income dependent.  Must reside in Ontario.
  • Child Disability Benefit - a tax-free benefit of up to $2,730 per year ($227.50 per month).  Would need to fill out a form (T2201) and be approved to be eligible.  The CDB starts being reduced when the adjusted family net income (AFNI) is more than $65,000.  Must reside in Canada.
  • Disability Tax Credit - non-refundable tax credit.  Would need to fill out a form (T2201) and be approved to be eligible.  Yearly return will depend on costs incurred and income.  Must reside in Canada.

For many other funding and financial options, Holland Bloorview has a fantastic document.  To open the document click here.