Assistive Technology Funding

A white cane, hearing aids, and an iPad

Would you or a family member benefit from assistive technology, whether for communication, mobility, learning, or another reason? Here are some assistive technology funding opportunities you should look at!

Also: Download our funding guide, an easy to navigate and extensive collection of even more funding opportunities: 

 

Assistive Technology Funding

ALS Equipment Loan Program

With 3,220 pieces of medical equipment, the Equipment Loan Program is designed to help people cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and independence. Through offering basic and essential assistive devices at no charge, the program aims to reduce the financial burden and to enhance the quality of life of those living with ALS. Items includes mobility equipment, lifts, beds and accessories, bathroom aids, and more.

Bear Essentials 

Financial support is available to help cover medical or therapeutic equipment to address special needs

BC Paraplegic Foundation
The BC Paraplegic Foundation provides funding for people with disabilities from spinal cord injuries. Funding support is considered for various mobility aids, adaptations, and aids to daily living.

BC Rehab Foundation Individual Grants
The BC Rehab Foundation helps fund assistive equipment for people with physical disabilities

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This grant helps part-time or full-time students with permanent disabilities pay for exceptional education related costs for services and equipment. Up to $20,000 per year.

Canadian Red Cross HELP Program
The Health Equipment Loan Program provides health equipment, mobility aids, and other assistive technology to individuals dealing with illness or disability

 

Caregiver Awards

Canada Cares celebrates and supports family and professional caregivers through caregiver recognition awards. They distribute practical gifts to caregivers and their families including bathroom safety equipment, ramps, an accessible van and annual One Wish Awards.

Ceridan Grants

Ceridian Cares offers grants to individuals and families who are in need of financial assistance for items such as medical equipment and home adjustments. Grant amounts typically range from $200 to $4,000.

CKNW Kids’ Fund
Focus on funding applications for families with children in need and from children’s organizations who provide beneficial programs and services. Considerations of funding for:

  • Wheelchairs and scooters

  • Lifts, slings, and ramps

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Vehicles and adaptations

  • Speech, music, and equestrian therapy for physically disabled kids

  • Grief and psychological counselling

  • Adaptive wheelchairs and specialized medical equipment to increase mobility

  • Hearing aids and computer adapted software for multi-sensory learning

  • Outreach programs for inner-city youth

  • Summer camp subsidies

CNIB Phone It Forward

Blind or partially sighted persons who register with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind can receive a free Smartphone through the Phone It Forward program

 

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA) is a province-wide service program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative or alternative communication system due to a severe communication disability

Crime Victim Assistance Program
CVAP provides for persons who have received an injury due to criminal activity. Funding provided for:

  • Wheelchairs and scooters

  • Lifts, slings, and ramps

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Vehicles and adaptations

Equipment Provision Program

The MS Society's Equipment Provision Program provides support to those with MS who have limited financial resources and no other agency or source available to them which could provide assistance. EPP assists by providing equipment or financial assistance to acquire a new piece of equipment, or to pay for repairs on current equipment.

Freemason Charities
The Freemasons are involved with many different types of charity and funding. Please contact them through the above website to find a local contact near you.

Health Equipment Loan Program

A national program of the Canadian Red Cross, HELP provides health equipment to individuals dealing with illness or injury

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) Program 

Provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to eligible low-income households to complete home adaptations for independent living. The adaptations should directly address the disability or diminished ability of the homeowner, tenant, or household member. 

ICBC Assistive Technology Funding
Funding and compensation for those injured in or by an automobile accident. Considerations of funding for:

  • Wheelchairs and scooters

  • Lifts, slings, ramps, and home renovations

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Vehicles and adaptations

Interim Federal Health Program

Covers certain pre-departure medical services for refugees coming to Canada for resettlement. This coverage includes assistive devices, medical supplies, and equipment, such as mobility aids, orthopedic and prosthetic equipment, and hearing aids. 

Internet for Good 

Persons who receive financial disability assistance can receive high speed broadband Internet at home for a discounted rate of only $9.95 per month

Jason and Rand Equipment Subsidy Fund

This fund offers financial assistance for the purchase of assistive devices

JGL Foundation Grants

The JGL Foundation considers funding for assistive technology that can enhance one’s mobility and/or quality of life. Examples of equipment include: wheelchairs, standers, walkers, gait trainers, adaptive bicycles, adaptations to wheelchairs, lifts, and much more

Kinsmen Foundation Equipment Grants

Kinsmen fund a wide 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, personal mobility, and independence

Kiwanis International Foundation
The foundation's focus is helping children of all abilities. Contact The Kiwanis International Foundation for more information.

Lend An Ear Program

Provides permanent loans of refurbished hearing aids for those who cannot afford new ones

March of Dimes Assistive Tablet Contest

Tell your story and win a customized ​accessible tablet package that includes a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps to improve your community access and participation

McAdams Foundation 

Focuses on assisting individuals and institutions that are committed to enriching the lives of children and teenagers whose families have limited financial resources. Considerations and examples of funding where the Foundation will give assistance are:

  • Certain medical or dental procedures (not including standard orthodontics)

  • Assisting special needs children to attend summer camps and other recreational pursuits

  • Providing to other charities, equipment and facilities such as boats, special needs vehicles, and playground equipment

Ministry of Children and Family Development
MCDF provides funding for children with special needs under the age of 18. Considerations of funding are made for various types of assistive equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers, floor/ceiling lifts, standing frames, and other devices necessary for care and rehabilitation.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Funding for people ages 18 to 65 who receive income assistance from the Government of BC. Individuals over the age of 65 require their funding to be reviewed before being approved. Considerations of funding for:

  • Wheelchairs and scooters

  • Lifts, slings, and ramps

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Floor/ceiling lifts, and other equipment deemed to be medical necessities

Muscular Dystrophy Canada Funding
Funding for people diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder. Offers supplementary funding when other funding may not supply enough to cover the required equipment costs.

Neil Squire Society
Funding for adults with disabilities. Benefits offered are intended for those seeking employment or individuals currently employed. Contact the society for details and specific benefits offered.

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)
Focuses on funding for eligible First Nations and Inuit persons. Considerations of funding for:

  • Equipment deemed to be medical necessities

  • Funding not available for: beds, ceiling tracks, or scooters

OneSky Stay in School Funding

Funding is provided for assistive technology and other aids to keep post-secondary students with disabilities in school

 

Open Door Group
Funding British Columbians with disabilities who intend to work and/or volunteer. Considerations of funding for rehabilitation equipment, as well as vehicle and workplace modifications.

Pacific Blue Cross (and other private insurers and company health plans)
There are funding opportunities for persons who have membership through work, union, or private contractual agreement. Considerations of funding for:

  • Different types of rehabilitation equipment depending on plan specifications and limitations. Clients must know policy number and plan details to help in authorization.

Recreation Equipment Loan Program  

Lifetime Networks has a variety of specially designed and adapted recreation equipment available for loan. The equipment is available for anyone in the community with a need for an adapted piece of equipment; from individuals, parents and caregivers, to educational assistants, recreational and physical therapists.

 

Rick Hansen Foundation
Committed to maximizing quality of life for Canadians with spinal cord injuries. Contact the foundation for funding and equipment information.

Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation focuses on improving health and welfare by club members and volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally

Royal Canadian Legion
Grants are available nationwide for medical equipment and home adaptations for veterans, ex-service members, and their families

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of BC: Equipment Program
Financial assistance is available to current members with spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus to assist with the costs of equipment that are not covered through existing medical or other insurance plans. Items that will enhance or improve mobility are eligible for reimbursement.

Tech for Good 

TELUS customers with disabilities who require assistive technology to independently use their smartphone or tablet can receive specialized assistance, tools, and training. In some cases,  financial assistance is also offered to help cover the cost of assistive technology.

Technology for Independent Living 

Provides free of cost environmental control systems that assist people with physical disabilities to control devices in their homes and on the go. Examples include automatic door openers for one's home. 

Tetra Society

Tetra's focus is to find solutions to overcome environmental barriers faced by people with disabilities. Tetra recruits volunteers who work with clients to design and build free-of-charge assistive devices that are custom-made for the individual. Clients range in age, medical conditions, and needs, and the breadth of gadgets span from the workplace, at-home modifications, and for sport and leisure as well.

The War Amps

The War Amps helps fund artificial limbs for amputees

Variety Children's Charity
Variety provides funding for persons with special needs 19 years and younger. Funding is most often provided when other funding sources may not supply enough to cover all required equipment costs. Considerations of funding for:

  • Wheelchairs

  • Lifts, slings, and ramps

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Vehicle conversions

Veterans Affairs Canada
Provides funding for veterans in need of rehabilitation equipment, including wheelchairs, scooters, ramps, and aids for daily living

Western Society for Children

Provides families with the resources and support they need to access specialized equipment at a reasonable cost

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Centre

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services provides assistive technology or supports to individuals with disabilities to assist them in gaining and sustaining employment or community attachment

Work Safe BC
Funds assistive technology for people who receive compensation benefits due to a workplace injury. Considerations of funding for:

  • Wheelchairs

  • Lifts, slings, and ramps

  • Rehab equipment

  • Aids to daily living

  • Seating and positioning

  • Vehicle conversions

  • Home conversions

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