BC Disability Directory

Our full directory is also available as a downloadable PDF. If we need to add something to the directory, let us know by sending an email to Spencer van Vloten

Advocacy

Barrier-Free BC

​Barrier-Free BC advocates for a barrier-free province for all persons with disabilities

Barrier-Free Canada

Barrier-Free Canada advocates for a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities

BCEdAccess

BCEdAccess Society serves families of students with disabilities all over BC. This parent support group has over 1600 members, and the stories shared on their discussion board daily illustrate the challenges families face in pursuing equitable access to education

BC People First Society

BCPF works to make sure that people with a developmental disability are respected and included in communities as full citizens.

BC Representative for Children and Youth

BC's Representative for Children and Youth supports our province’s young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system. The Representative also provides oversight to this system and makes recommendations to improve it. The Representative is a non-partisan, independent officer of the legislature.

BC Seniors Advocate

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in BC, and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues

Brain Resource, Advocacy & Information Network

BRAIN is a support network based out of New Westminster that strives to meet the needs of survivors of brain injury, family members, friends, and caregivers. They provide resource materials, advocacy for those in need of a voice, information reflecting the vast needs of their members, and networking opportunities by offering connection to others in similar situations and appropriate service providers.

Community Living BC

In addition to providing many other supports, Community Living BC helps persons with disabilities build self-advocacy skills

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada

Disability Alliance BC

Disability Alliance BC provides income advocacy and assistance, mentorship, and planning support for people with all disabilities

First Call BC

First Call BC puts the province's children and youth first through public education, community mobilization, and policy advocacy

Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC builds community and enhances the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families through promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities, and social justice

Office of the Seniors Advocate

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in BC, and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues

People First of Canada

People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. People First is about rights – human rights, citizenship rights, accommodations rights and language rights. The right to freedom, choice, and equality for all.

PLAN Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

PLAN helps families and people with disabilities feel confident about the future by making careful plans and fostering supportive relationships to be safe, secure, and fully included in the community

Vancouver Community Council 

The Vancouver Community Council advocates for the community inclusion of persons with disabilities, working on projects related to inclusive housing, community-mapping for accessibility, and more.

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Arts and Culture

All Bodies Dance

All Bodies Dance is a dance company which brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore endless creative possibilities

 

Artists Helping Artists 

AHA is an art studio collective where individuals of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to come together to make art of all kinds! ​ AHA provides artists with studio space, affordable materials, and the opportunity to pursue their artistic expression.

Art Without Limits 

Art Without Limits is a free program dedicated to children and youth with disabilities. It provides them with the opportunity to express themselves through various therapeutic artistic mediums. Drop-ins, family members, and caregivers are welcome!

 

BridgeArt

BridgeArt is a group of artists with disability, offering their work for sale and their skills for commissions 

 

Common Thread

Formerly known as Craftworks, Common Thread provides industrial sewing and hand-made craft training and employment for people with disabilities and other work barriers

Cool Arts Society

The Cool Arts Society is a non-profit charitable organization in Kelowna that is dedicated to providing art opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities

Dandelion Youth Theatre

Dandelion offers customized theatre experiences for youth with disabilities; enhancing confidence, inspiration, and joy

Deaf Artists and Theatre Toolkit

The DATT serves as a resource and guide to increase innovative collaborations between professional theatre companies and deaf artists as well as to increase engagement with deaf audiences

Gallery Gachet 

Gallery Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators, and curators. Through artistic means, Gallery Gachet aims to demystify and challenge issues related to mental health and social marginalization in order to educate the public and promote social and economic justice.

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture 

Kickstart supports and promotes artists who identify as living with a disability. This can mean everything from facilitating a disability art group, to bringing an international film to Vancouver, to presenting art exhibitions and concerts.

Music Therapy Association Of British Columbia 

Promotes excellence in music therapy practice, research, education and development

Pottery Works

Pottery Works is a collection of artists overcoming their disabilities through art. Pottery works offers special classes, workshops, and events, and provides studio space for disabled artists to work on their original works, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more.

Realwheels Theatre

Realwheels creates and produces performances that deepen the understanding of the disability experience. Stories are told in which disability itself is not the focus of conflict, but rather forms the landscape upon which universal issues are debated onstage.

Theatre Terrific 

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in theatrical works. All of Theatre Terrific’s classes, workshops, and productions include people of all colors, abilities, genders, and backgrounds.

Vancouver Adapted Music Society

Supports and promote musicians with disabilities, offering learning experiences for everyone from beginners to the advanced, as well as providing recording and performing opportunities

VocalEye

VocalEye provides greater access to theatre, arts, and cultural events for people of all ages who are blind and partially sighted. VocalEye provides theatre companies and other arts organizations with the support necessary to make their productions and events more accessible to these audience members through live description, education, outreach and other services.

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Assistive Technology and Services

 

AccessTR

Sells a wide range adapted recreation and exercise equipment

 

Advanced Mobility 

From wheelchairs and mobility scooters, to lift chairs and homecare products, Advanced Mobility strives to facilitate the progression of every individual to achieve their fullest potential, freedom, comfort and safety. Locations across BC.

Assistive Technology BC

Provides assistive technology and related support services to British Columbians with disabilities

Auditory Outreach

The Provincial Resource Program – Auditory Outreach, in collaboration with provincial centres, local audiologists and other service providers, assists public and independent schools throughout the province address the needs of school-aged students with hearing loss

BC and Alberta Guide Dogs

Meets the growing demand for professionally trained guide dogs and autism support dogs for citizens of British Columbia and Alberta

BCITS Technology For Living ​

Technology For Living provides technology, equipment, and ongoing support to help persons with severe physical disabilities live as well and independently as possible

Bridges Canada

Bridges is a national, full service, assistive technology company working in English and French. They deliver support in assistive technology for learning, communication, alternative access, low vision and blindness needs

Canadian Assistive Technology

Sells and delivers a wide range of accessibility to enable persons with disabilities to be successful in the workplace or engage in their favorite activities in the home

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/alternative communication system due to a severe communication disability. The goal of CAYA is to ensure that eligible individuals have access to the communication tools and professional support to enable them to create an adult life to the best of their abilities.

Developmental Disabilities Association Assistive Technology 

The DDA have an in-house assistive technology consultant, and are pleased to provide technology services to DDA clients

eSSENTIAL ACCESSIBILITY

eSSENTIAL ACCESSIBILITY helps organizations create inclusive web, mobile, and product experiences through digital accessibility testing, evaluation and remediation

HandyDART

HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance

HME Mobility and Accessibility 

HME is one of the largest retailers and rental companies of home medical equipment in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Island Mediquip

With five locations on Vancouver Island, Island Mediquip is one the largest independent dealers of home medical equipment in BC

Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs

Leash of Hope trains and provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities that are higher functioning and often slip through the system, thus resulting in them receiving little or no support. Leash of Hope acknowledges that an assistance dog can continue to encourage and cultivate the independence of these incredible members of society by making their daily life a little easier.

Makers Making Change

Makers Making Change is a Neil Squire program which connects people with disabilities to volunteer makers building assistive technologies

March of Dimes Assistive Devices Program

The Assistive Device Program assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence. The program can help to buy, repair, and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment. The Program may also have contact information or resources to assist you in locating additional funding sources for disability management and return to work programs.

Motion BC

Motion provides comprehensive and customized mobility and accessibility solutions for a wide variety of clients from children to elderly adults. Whether a client is being fitted for equipment for the first time, needs an equipment repair, or is looking to upgrade their solution, Motion's teams are ready to apply their knowledge with the utmost of care and compassion.

National Autism Resources

National Autism Resources is a global leader in providing cost effective, research based therapeutic tools that meet the needs of people on the autism spectrum across their lifespan

Neil Squire Solutions 

Solutions specialize in using assistive technology and ergonomics to find the most effective individualized solutions to meet clients’ needs

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

PADS breeds, raises, trains and supports certified assistance dogs, partnering them with people living with disabilities and with community care professionals

SelfCare Home Health Products

Sales, rental, and service of medical equipment and supplies throughout BC. Wheelchairs, walkers, lifts, scooters, and more.

Special Education Technology BC

Assists BC School Districts and Group I and II Independent Schools in building their capacity to use technology to support the diverse needs of their K-12 students

Technology and Autism

Resources on assistive technology for autism and how it can be used most effectively

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 work place, at-home modifications, and for sport and leisure as well.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre

VDRC has several pieces of assistive technology and computer software available for free use

Wavefront Centre Communication Devices

Wavefront Centre’s Communication Devices Showroom, located at their Mount Pleasant head office, displays a variety of assistive listening and alerting devices to optimize communication and safety at home, in the workplace, and in social environments

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services provides assistive technology or supports to individuals with disabilities to assist them to gain and sustain employment or community attachment. Assistive Technology Services are available to individuals who have a work-related barrier due to a disability or a functional limitation.

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Children and Family

Asante Centre

Provides a variety of services related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other complex developmental needs

Autism Society of BC and Yukon

The Autism Society provides information and support to individuals and families affected by autism

BC Association for Child Development Intervention

A network for child development services, advocating for quality child development and therapy services which are inclusive and accessible to all children and families, while providing member agencies with a forum for communication, information sharing, and problem solving

Blind Beginnings

Blind Beginnings inspires children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, providing diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities for them to create fulfilling lives

Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre

Provides direct and indirect services, therapy, supports and resources to promote healthy child and family development

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Directory

Find an occupational therapist in your area

Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland

Through a range of therapeutic and family services, The Centre helps support children with special needs

Child Care Resource and Referral Centre 

The Child Care Resource and Referral has been supporting families, child care providers, and the community in promoting quality child care throughout Greater Victoria

Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk, giving them the skills and confidence they need to achieve their fullest potential

Chilliwack Child & Youth Committee

CCYC provides leadership and advocacy in the delivery of social services to children, youth, and their families. Their mission is to work collaboratively, in liaison with clients, in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the continuum of services which enhance the well-being of young persons and their families.

Clements Centre Society

CCS's Sundrop Centre for Child Development helps children and youth with developmental need reach their full potential through therapy, after school programs, and childcare resources and referrals

Comox Valley Child Development Association

Supports infant and child development through therapy, preschool, autism programming, behaviour consultation, community integration, referral, and more

Deaf Children's Society of BC

Provides programs and services that offer expertise and guidance as families with deaf and hard of hearing children ages 0-5 navigate through opportunities for speech, language, education, and communication

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

Empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential through language, life skills, recreation, and family support

Family Caregivers of British Columbia

Family Caregivers of British Columbia is dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers. They provide direct support to family members, as well as education for caregivers and health professionals. 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

FSGV helps strengthen families through counselling, employment and family services, education, and advocacy

Family Support Institute

Supports families through workshops, training, and advocacy

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

Provides opportunities and services which enhance the quality of life for children with developmental needs

Fraser Valley Down Syndrome Society

FVDSS is a parent-run support society for families of persons with Down syndrome living in the communities from Langley to Hope. Their mission is to provide support, resources, and education to families with individuals with Down syndrome, as well as the general community, in order to foster an environment in which individuals with Down syndrome are included and valued as contributing members of society.

Kids Brain Health Network

Kids Brain works to understand the causes of conditions including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy

Kiwanis Hilton Children's Centre

Provides services-such as literacy programs, daycare, preschool, and after school care--which support the development of children and build stronger families and communities

Kootenay Family Place

Serving the needs of children, youth, and families throughout the West Kootenay Boundary region

Learning Disabilities Association of BC

LDABC's goal is to advance the education, employment, social development, legal rights and general well being of people with learning disabilities in BC

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society

Helping individuals with Down syndrome develop their potential through educational workshops and therapy, community support, and resources

Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Promoting optimum child development by serving children with developmental needs and their families

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization 

NUKO provides support to children and youth who face neurological disabilities academically, recreationally, socially, and behaviourally

NONA Child Development Centre

NONA strengthens the abilities of children with special needs to create enhanced opportunities for them to participate in their communities

Pacific Autism Family Network

PAFM provides support at locations throughout BC for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families

Prince George Child Development Centre

Assists children of all abilities from Prince George and surrounding community to develop to their highest potential through family-centered, child focused rehabilitation, early childhood education, and support services

Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

Supports the health of children with disabilities through clinics, therapy, early intervention, mental health, crisis services, and prosthetics

Ronald McDonald House Charities BC/Yukon

Ronald McDonald House provides residence to families of children whose health needs take them far from their local area, and keeping families together in a home away from home

Victoria Society for Children with Autism

VSCA serves, encourages, educates, supports, and inspires families in Greater Victoria who are living with children on the autism spectrum

Westcoast Childcare Resource Centre

WCCRC provides parents and guardians with tools and resources to help find quality child care in Vancouver

Western Society for Children

WSC works to create inclusive, barrier-free communities for families and children with disabilities by helping them reach their full potential

 

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Community Living

BC Centre for Ability Association

Enhances the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion in all aspects of life

Bethesda Christian Association

Bethesda Christian Association provides an array of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Bethesda provides services throughout British Columbia including: supported independent living, home share, Bethesda homes, community inclusion, employment services, family support services, and summer camps.

Bill's Place

Bill’s Place provides housing and personalized support to individuals whose lives have been impacted by acquired brain injury, trauma, and dual diagnosis. Care is offered within a cluster of seven homes, as well as within their eight suite apartment building in Nanaimo, BC. They also offer individually-based outpatient support to individuals living on their own in community.

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

Creating places where people of all ages can connect with family and friends, achieve hopes and dreams, learn and grow, have choices respected, and access quality supports. Programs for infant development, childcare, youth and transitional services, employment, and family support.

Canadian Association For Community Living

Assisting people with intellectual disabilities and their families in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their community

Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship

A partnership between the UBC School of Social Work, community living organizations and supporters seeking to further the inclusion and full citizenship of people with intellectual disabilities locally, nationally, and globally

Chilliwack Opportunity Society

The Chilliwack Opportunity Society offers a safe place for adults with developmental disabilities to build friendships, relationships, and grow personal networks within the community. They also assist participants in fully accessing their community and creating the support they need to enjoy many recreational activities. Because of the strong ties COS has to the community, participants also enjoy giving back through volunteering.

Chilliwack Society for Community Living

CSCL, in partnership with the community, builds capacity for the inclusion and belonging of people with various abilities. CSCL promotes diversity and provides innovative, individualized services that enhance quality of life and strengthen communities.

Clay Tree Society

Clay Tree provides assistance & support for individuals with developmental disabilities by utilizing a variety of programs, techniques, and systems that help participants live a full life of quality and dignity.

Clements Centre Society

CCS's Centre for Community Living helps adults with developmental needs reach their full potential through employment and residential programs

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Communitas provides care in communities across British Columbia to those living with disabilities. As a part of their mission, they provide services ranging from 24-hour residential care, to skills-based day programs, to respite care for families. Communitas supports and empowers people of all abilities, from all walks of life, regardless of faith, social standing, race, or ethnicity.

Community Living BC

Through residential services, family support, networking, employment, and more, Community Living BC is helping build safe, inclusive communities

Community Living Society

CLS supports people to live as full citizens through a diverse range of individualized employment, residential, and outreach services

Connectra Society

Connectra helps people with physical disabilities connect with work, leisure, and social opportunities

Developmental Disabilities Association

DDA provides a range of programs and services to empower persons with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential

Inclusion Powell River Society

Inclusion Powell River fosters a safe, inclusive community through a broad range of programs and services

Independent Living Vernon

ILV assists people with disabilities, providing social support, employment services, and information referral

John Howard Society of British Columbia

The John Howard Society provides assistance across the province with housing, life skills, and community-based support, with the goal of assisting individuals to value their positive contributions to society. Support options include one-to-one outreach, residential programs, and a home share program.

Kinsight

Kinsight supports healthy development, inclusion, and full participation of all people through family support, infant and child development programs, residential and employment services, and community activities

MSA Society for Community Living

The MSA Society for Community Living is committed to supporting adults with developmental disabilities to fully access and equally participate in their community. Offering home sharing, residential and day services, and family support.

North Shore Connexions Society

NSCS offers a range of programs to facilitate community inclusion, such as community-based respite, day programs, education and community awareness, employment, family support, life skill, and residential options

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Striving for a community for all, and offering infant-youth development programs, employment and education support, residential service, and community inclusion support

Options Community Services

Helping people to help themselves through family support, supported living, community integration, and intervention

Pacific Pathways

Pathways is a value-based organization that provides individualized community-based inclusion programs that inspire increased independence and personal achievement in participants in Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. Participants are involved in their communities in the areas of employment, volunteer work, life skills, health and wellness, and recreation and leisure.

Pathways Abilities Society

Pathways empowers people with diverse abilities with the encouragement, confidence, resources and lifeskills necessary to lead more independent, self-sufficient lives. Residential and employment services, recreation and activity programs, self-advocacy, and more.

posAbilities

Through behaviour consultation, community inclusion, employment, and home living, posAbilities empowers persons with developmental disabilities

Richmond Centre for Disability

The Richmond Centre for Disability empowers people with disabilities to participate in the community to the level of their desires and abilities by providing information, resources, support and by increasing community awareness and accessibility

Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities

STADD is a provincial government program that assists eligible individuals and their families transition from the world of children's services over to adult services. If you're a young person with a developmental disability, moving to adulthood can be a challenge. If you are the parent, guardian, or caregiver of a young person with a developmental disability, helping them move towards adulthood can be just as challenging. A navigator can help you and your family with this transition.

SHARE Family & Community Service Society

SHARE connects, engages, and strengthen individuals and families through inclusive community services and therapy

Spectrum Society for Community Living

Spectrum offers employment and residential supports to people with disabilities, so they can experience full citizenship and genuine belonging in the community

Surrey Association for Community Living

The Surrey Association for Community Living provides programs and support services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Cascadia Society for Social Working

Creating opportunities for people of all abilities to fulfill their potential through living, learning, and working in community. Residence, therapy, family support, and community development programs. 

 

Thompson Community Services

TCS offers children and youth services, community inclusion programs, employment services, home sharing, independent living, and residential programs.

Vela 

Vela provides support in planning and managing the individualized funding process. There is no charge for Vela's services in BC.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre

Supporting thriving community lives for persons with disabilities through research, peer support, assistive technology, and more

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Employment & Education

Accessible Employers BC

Accessible Employers invites all employers and business owners around the province to join the inclusive employment movement

Access Programs for People with Disabilities 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Access Programs for People with Disabilities teach the essential skills to become successful students, capable employees, and valuable members of the community. Students participate in classes and have the opportunity to explore a variety of work experiences. These program options prepare students for employment, volunteer work or further education.

BCEdAccess

BCEdAccess Society is a volunteer-run organization serving families of students with disabilities all over the province of British Columbia. This parent support group has over 1600 members, and the stories shared on their private discussion board daily illustrate the depth of the challenges families face in pursuing equitable access to education in BC schools.

BC Paraplegic Foundation Scholarships

The foundation awards annual scholarships and bursaries to students with spinal cord injury who meet the foundation’s funding criteria

Business Abilities

Provides online planning resources and one-on-one coaching assistance, from career exploration to new business mentorship. Services are available free of charge to people who self-identify as living with a disability. Training is flexible and supportive with a continuous intake.

Canadian Association for Supported Employment

CASE is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders working towards the Employment Inclusion of people with disabilities. This association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Through such workforce participation, CASE also promotes social inclusion for Canadians with disabilities.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

Promotes and supports meaningful and equitable employment of people with disabilities, connecting disabled persons to jobs and employers to employees

Capilano University Education and Employment Access Certificate

This certificate program helps students learn skills to succeed in their future education and/or vocational goals. Students will finish with a personal portfolio, educational and employment-related certifications, strategies for success in first year courses, and current work experience in a sector related to their vocational interests. Through assessment, classroom work and individualized support, students explore career and education options, set goals and create a specific plan to achieve them.

CBI Consultants 

CBI is a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds committed to current, evidence based practices in inclusion, person centered planning, family-centered practice, collaborative teaming and positive behaviour support. CBI offers customized employment programs, autism services, behavioural therapy, and more.

DisabilityAwards.ca

Provides an online search tool to find scholarships for students with disabilities

Douglas College VEST Program

Douglas College offers Vocational Education and Skills Training (VEST) programs to people with disabilities or barriers to education and employment. Programs help students identify career paths, develop work skills, or move on to additional education or employment.

Funding & Benefits

Affordable Child Care Benefit

This benefit is available to assist low- and middle-income families with child care costs.  If you are eligible for the benefit and have a child designated with special needs, you may be eligible for an additional special needs supplement of $150.

Athletics for Kids

Provides families funding so that all BC children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport

BC Autism Funding

The BC government provides funding to help families with the cost of purchasing intervention services that will promote their child’s communication, social-emotional, academic, and functional life skills development

BC Bus Pass Transportation Supplement

People receiving disability assistance will get an extra $52 each month for a transportation supplement. This supplement is available to every individual with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation. The supplement can be used for an annual bus pass or for other transportation needs.

BC Disability Funding Overview

An overview of local, provincial, and national funding opportunities in a range of areas

Canadian Assisted Travel Society Funding

The Canadian Assisted Travel Society provides financial assistance to individuals with disabilities who qualify and require the assistance of a personal care attendant when traveling

Canada Post Community Foundation

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children makes a real difference in the lives of a diverse range of children and youth in communities across Canada by helping local organizations, charities and schools

Camp Fees Supplement

The BC government may provide a supplement to fully or partially cover the cost of attendance at a recognized camp for children of income assistance, disability assistance, or hardship assistance recipients, or to recipients with Persons with Disabilities designation

Caregiver Respite Funding

Respite services can give family/friend caregivers temporary relief from the emotional and physical demands of caring for a friend or family member, and provide an opportunity to participate in community activities. The Province of British Columbia website provides info on the funding process and respite options, and for those who are eligible, respite support can also be coordinated by Community Living BC.

Child Disability Benefit

The child disability benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. It is a supplement to the Canada Child Tax Benefit

CKNW Kids’ Fund

CKNW Kids' Fund provides funding and support to vulnerable kids with physical, mental and social challenges living in BC communities.

Disability Assistance​

If you are 18 or older provincial disability assistance can help you if you need financial or health support. You must be designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD) to receive this type of assistance.

Disability Supports Deduction

Individuals who have an impairment in physical or mental functions and have paid for certain medical expenses can, under certain conditions, claim the disability supports deduction.

Disability Tax Credit

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. An individual may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year. The purpose of the DTC is to provide for greater tax equity by allowing some relief for disability costs, since these are unavoidable additional expenses that other taxpayers don’t have to face.

Being eligible for the DTC can open the door to other federal, provincial, or territorial programs such as the registered disability savings plan, the working income tax benefit, and the child disability benefit

Goodlife Kids

Goodlife's grant program provides funding to support ongoing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs. Grants improve community access and help to remove some of the barriers preventing children from living active lives.


Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) Program

The 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.


Home Owner Grant for People With Disabilities

If you have a disability or you live with a relative who has a disability, your property is assessed at $1,525,000 or less, and you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible for an additional grant which reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence

ICBC Disability Discount

Vehicle owners whose mobility is permanently impaired may qualify for a 25 per cent discount off the cost of Basic Autoplan

Individualized Funding Resource Centre

The IFRC provides resources and support to help persons with disabilities and their families manage the individualized funding process

Freemason Clubs

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

Jumpstart

Jumpstart helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. Jumpstart provides individual child grants, para-sports grants, community development grants, and access grants.

KidSport

KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process, KidSport provides grants so they can play a season of sport. Since its creation in 1993, over 750,000 kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming.

Kinsmen Clubs

Kinsmen service clubs serve their community’s greatest need through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects. Sponsorship from Kinsmen's clubs have, for example, enabled numerous children with disabilities to attend accessible summer camps.  

Kiwanis Children's Fund

The foundation’s main purpose is helping children, including those with disabilities. Contact the Kiwanis International Foundation for more information.

Lions Clubs

Lions Clubs are composed of dedicated volunteers who serve their communities and meet humanitarian needs. Lions Clubs have provided funding to support persons with disabilities in various ways. 

Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and the Yukon

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their experience with hope, strength, and joy

McAdams Foundation

The 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.

MCFD Special Needs Funding

Specialized service and funding options from the Ministry of Children and Family Development may be available for children or teens who have special needs, as well as their families. Options for intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, hearing or vision impairment, and complex health needs.

NSDRC Summer Bursary Program

The North Shore Disability Resource Centre Summer Bursary Program offers financial support to North and West Vancouver families/guardians of children and youth who have a special need, disability or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis and may require additional support to attend summer recreation programs, camps or community-based activities.


Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Through funding for organizations, the Opportunities Fund program helps persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment or self-employment to increase their economic participation and independence. The Opportunities Fund program offers a range of activities that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of persons with disabilities.

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation works hard to raise funds, advocate for, and support initiatives that support the health and wellness of White Rock and South Surrey

Registered Disabilities Savings Plan 

The RDSP allows people to put aside money tax free with some matching federal government funds for use at a later time by a family member with disabilities

Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability

If you have a permanent disability, you may be eligible for the Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability (RAP-PD). This plan could reduce or replace your monthly student loan payments, depending on your financial situation. Your expenses related to your disability may help further reduce your payments.

Rick Hansen Institute

The RHI supports programs which contribute toward the vision of a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury.

Rotary Clubs 

Rotary Clubs serve communities locally and abroad, and successful application have been made to cover programs fees for young persons with disabilities. Inquire with a club in your area about funding opportunities.

Self Fundraising Tips

Tips to help you successfully fundraise

Severe and Permanent Disability Benefit

If you have a severe permanent disability that prevents you from working in a gainful way for the rest of your life, you may be able to have your student loans cancelled through the Severe Permanent Disability Benefit.

Student Aid BC 

Scholarships are available to help students with disabilities fund their education. Eligibility requirements vary by disability. The Student Aid BC Disability Program Guide contains detailed info about the process.

Surrey Cares Community Foundation

Surrey Cares has grants specifically to assist organizations which support persons with special needs

Travel Assistance Program

The Travel Assistance Program helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible BC residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community

Vancouver Foundation

The Vancouver Foundation funds a wide-range of community projects, with the goal of building a Vancouver in which all segments of the population can live in happy, healthy communities.

Variety – The Children’s Charity

Variety offers financial support to children with special needs, as well as organizations. 

Various Scholarships

A number of educational awards have been established and are available to help benefit youth with disabilities looking to pursue post-secondary educations. These awards are administered by the post-secondary schools and information on criteria and eligibility are available directly with the schools.

Vela 

Vela provides support in planning and managing the individualized funding process. There is no charge for Vela's services in BC.

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Health and Wellness

ALS Society of BC

The ALS Society of BC provides direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS

Alzheimer Society of BC

The Alzheimer Society of BC helps its members to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, while also promoting research and leading the search for a cure

Anxiety Canada

Promotes awareness of anxiety disorders and supports access to evidence based resources and treatment

Aware, Share, Care: Healthy Aging with Developmental Disabilities

Advice and resources on how to support healthy aging in adults with developmental disabilities

BC Epilepsy 

Through clinics and support of parents, peers, and research, BC Epilepsy empowers and educates British Columbians living with epilepsy

BC Doctor Directory

Search for and find a doctor near you

BC Emergency Health Services

BC Emergency Health Services provides pre-hospital emergency services and inter-facility patient transfers throughout the province and oversees the BC Ambulance Service and BC Patient Transfer Services

BC Hearing Clinics

Find a hearing clinic near you

BC Hospital Directory

A list of hospitals and health centres in BC

Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in British Columbia

The Center is dedicated to providing support, information, and education for families and individuals who live with epilepsy, their support staff, educational personnel, friends, co-workers, health care providers, and anyone else affected by epilepsy

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a national charitable not-for-profit corporation and is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). As an internationally recognized leader in funding innovation and clinical care, they invest more in life-saving CF research and care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada.

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at St Paul’s Hospital had its beginnings in 1979 as the first “stand alone” adult CF clinic in North America, and continues to offer patient and family-centered care to our patients living with CF

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Advance Practice

A community resource and online learning program to ensure continued education and professional development for families, caregivers, and professionals to develop skills and understanding in the area of developmental disabilities and mental health

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services

DDMHS provides specialized mental health community services for ages 12 and over who live with co-existing developmental disabilities and a mental illness. Individuals may also struggle with behavioural challenges that are often influenced by the mental illness and developmental disability.

Easter Seals House

Located near Vancouver's major hospitals and health centres, Easter Seals House provides low-cost but cozy residence to families of children whose health needs take them far from their local area

Fraser Health Authority

FHA delivers a wide range of health care services to more than 1.8 million people living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope. Their services range from hospital care, to community-based residential, home health, mental health, and public health services.

First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) works to reform the way health care is delivered to BC First Nations through direct services and collaboration with provincial partners. The FNHA is governed by and serves BC First Nations individuals and communities.​

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

BC's largest rehabilitation centre, working with patients who have experienced strokes, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS, arthritis, and other conditions

Health and Home Care Society of BC

Offers health promotion and supportive care services to communities in British Columbia. Programs include meals on wheels, family respite, and community integration.

HealthLink BC

HealthLink BC provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Information and advice are available by telephone, website, a mobile app, and a collection of print resources.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is dedicated improving the health of Canadians by preventing and reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research, health promotion and advocacy

Interior Health Authority

IHA provides a wide range of integrated health-care programs and services across BC's Southern Interior

Island Health

Island Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, clinics, centres, health units, and long-term care locations. They serve more than 794,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.

Kids Brain Health Network

Kids Brain works to understand the causes of conditions including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and cerebral palsy

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available for all British Columbians. See their website for valuable information.

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions was created in 2017 to improve the access and quality of mental health and addictions services for all British Columbians, as well as develop an immediate response to the opioid public health emergency

Northern Brain Injury Association

The Northern Brain Injury Association advances brain injury prevention, education, and support in order to reduce injury, and improve the quality of life for all those who are affected by it

Northern Health

Northern Health is the publicly funded healthcare provider for the northern half of British Columbia. Northern Health serves over 300,000 people in an area of 600,000 square kilometers.

Pain BC

Pain BC promotes prevention and early intervention, and through education, research, skill development, and advocacy aims to transform the way pain is understood and treated in BC

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute

Praxis works to reduce the incidence and severity of paralysis after spinal cord injury, improve health care outcomes, reduce long-term costs, and improve the quality of life for those living with a spinal cord injury

Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

Supports the health of children with disabilities through clinics, therapy, early intervention, mental health, crisis services, and prosthetics

Ronald McDonald House Charities BC/Yukon

Ronald McDonald House provides residence to families of children whose health needs take them far from their local community, keeping families together in a home away from home

Spinal Cord Injury BC

Spinal Cord Injury BC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, and with related disabilities, adjust, adapt and thrive. Currently, they serve over 1,500 British Columbians with SCI, and their families and friends, by providing answers, information and unique community experiences.

Stroke Recovery Association of BC

Learn how to recover from stroke and take back your life. Find expert advice, guides, videos, community group programs designed for stroke survivors in BC, and best of all – hope.

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Sunny Hill provides specialized development and rehabilitation services to BC children and youth and their families

Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, primary care clinics, community health centres and residential care homes. Search their health care services in Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC's Central Coast.

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Housing

Assisted Living Directory

This list provides the locations of assisted living residences that were built through and receive funding from the Independent Living BC program

BC Housing

BC Housing develops, manages, and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. They work with the ministry responsible for housing to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. 

BC Non-Profit Housing Association

BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) is the provincial umbrella organization for the non-profit housing sector comprised of over 600 members, including non-profit housing societies, businesses, individuals, partners, and stakeholders. Together non-profit housing societies manage more than 60,000 units of long-term, affordable housing in over 2500+ buildings across the province. 

Bill's Place

Bill’s Place provides housing and personalized support to individuals whose lives have been impacted by acquired brain injury. Care is offered within a cluster of seven homes, as well as within their eight suite apartment building in Nanaimo, BC. They also offer individually-based outpatient support to individuals living on their own in community.

Choice in Supports for Independent Living

Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) is a self-directed option for home support clients. CSIL clients receive funds directly from their local health authority to purchase home support services. Clients become employers who manage their home support, from hiring and supervising staff to overseeing how CSIL funds are spent.

Community Living BC Residential Support

People eligible under CLBC can be connected to housing resources and receive residential support in the form of supported living, shared living, or staffed residential living. 

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) Program 

The 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. 

Home Owner Grant for People With Disabilities

If you have a disability or you live with a relative who has a disability, your property is assessed at $1,525,000 or less, and you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible for an additional grant which reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence

Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The BC Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit is a refundable personal in-come tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home

MSA Society for Community Living

The MSA Society for Community Living is committed to supporting adults with developmental disabilities to fully access and equally participate in their community. Offering home sharing, residential and day services, and family support.

Residence for Independent Living Society

Provides a home-like care environment for young adults to live away from their parents and have the support they needed to lead fulfilling and independent lives

Semiahmoo House Society 

Semiahmoo House Society offers a wide range of housing and family support options for persons with intellectual disabilities, with​ each approach customized to the individual. Contact Lise Boughen, Director of Inclusive Living, to learn more: l.boughen@shsbc.ca

Shekinah Homes Society

Shekinah helps people with developmental disabilities flourish by creating loving homes and opportunities to grow within a secure and caring community

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Law and Policy

Accessible Canada Act

The Accessible Canada Act, also known as bill C-81, provides for the development of accessibility standards and gives the Government of Canada the authority to work with stakeholders and persons with disabilities to create new accessibility regulations that will apply to sectors within the federal jurisdiction. These new regulations will set out requirements for organizations to follow in order to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility. One of the purposes of the bill is to prevent accessibility barriers in information and communication technologies, including digital content and the technologies used to access it.

BC Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act

Sets out various forms of employment support and assistance for persons with a disability in BC, including Person with Disability (PWD) benefits

BC Human Rights Clinic

The BC Human Rights Clinic provides free legal services to people who need help with a provincial human rights complaint

BC Human Rights Code

The BC Human Rights Code (the Code) is a law created by the B.C. legislature. The purposes of the Code are to:

  • Foster a society in BC where there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of BC

  • Promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights

  • Prevent discrimination prohibited by the Code

  • Eliminate persistent patterns of inequality associated with discrimination prohibited by the Code

  • Provide a means of redress for those persons who are discriminated against contrary to the Code

 

The Code prohibits discrimination in certain areas of activity (for example, employment). The Code also creates the tribunal and sets up a process for making and resolving complaints of discrimination.

BC Human Rights Tribunal

The BC Human Rights Tribunal provides educational info on human rights, and is responsible for having a fair and timely process to resolve human rights complaints in BC

BC Special Education Policy Manual

BC's special education policies, procedures, and guidelines

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

This section of the Canadian constitution guarantees everyone equal protection under the law. It bans discrimination and emphasizes a few specific groups, including people with a “mental or physical disability.”

Canadian Human Rights Act

The Canadian Human Rights Act is a statute passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1977 with the  goal of extending the law to ensure equal opportunity to individuals who may be victims of discriminatory practices based on a set of prohibited grounds, including disability. The act applies only to federally regulated activities.

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination by:

  • Promoting human rights through research and policy development

  • Protecting human rights through a fair and effective complaints process

  • Representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians

  • Auditing employers under federal jurisdiction for compliance with employment equity

Employment Equity Act

This law requires federally regulated employers and crown corporations to eliminate barriers that prevent people with disabilities (and other designated groups) from participating equally in the work force. It also calls for these employers to provide accommodations, such as ensuring the technology used to perform a job is accessible.

Rights of People with Disabilities

The Federal government has a page with certain laws and policies relating to the rights of persons with disabilities.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Signed on March 30th 2007, and stressing choice, equality, and inherent rights for persons with disabilities, it addresses a range of issues, including employment, housing, education, recreation, and political life for disabled persons.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons

Adopted on 9 December 1975, the Declaration encouraged national and international protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. The Declaration reiterated the rights of persons with disabilities to education, medical services, and placement service. It further recognized their right to economic and social security, to employment, to live with their families, to participate in social and creative events, to be protected against all exploitation, abuse or degrading behaviour, and to avail themselves of legal aid.

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Recreation

Abilitas Foundation

Abilitas Foundation is a small charity established in 2008 with a big dream of creating accessible opportunities for people living with disabilities, their families and caregivers.  The foundation opened the Cold Water Ranch Lodge in 2013 to provide people with disabilities a place to vacation for up to four days between March and December every year.  Guests stay for nearly for free, only having to pay a modest fee to cover the booking, cleaning and maintenance of the facility.

AccessTR

Sells a wide range adapted recreation and exercise equipment

Access 2 Entertainment Card

The Access 2 card grants free or significantly discounted attendance for a support worker at hundreds of recreational, entertainment, and cultural venues throughout Canada. Distributed by Easter Seals Canada.

Adaptive Recreation Cowichan 

ARC provides quality sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, or mental health disability. Activities include adaptive sailing and trailriding. 

Access Revolution

Access Revolution specializes in hiking and paddling adventures for people of all abilities

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

Online resources helping Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives

AdaptedSD

Adapted Sports Development is a service which provides a personalized physical activity program for individuals with disabilities.  They will assess, create, and implement a physical activity program in coordination with the family’s preferences.

 

Adaptive Recreation Cowichan 

ARC provides quality sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, or mental health disability. Activities include adaptive sailing and trail riding. 

 

Agur Lake Camp Society 

Agur Lake Camp is a wilderness retreat for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers. It is a calm oasis for rest and rejuvenation from the challenges of living with illness or a disability. The lake is 20 km west of Summerland, in the wilderness along a well-maintained logging road. Agur Lake Camp is where you come to get away from it all.

All Bodies Dance

All Bodies Dance is an inclusive dance company which brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore the endless creative possibilities in difference

Aquafit For All

AFA works with existing community groups/organizations to design and provide accessible aquatic exercise opportunities for people with disabilities or injuries who may not be able to access regular aquatic programs

BC Adaptive Snowsports

BC Adaptive Snowsports enhances the quality of life for children, youth, and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, their families and volunteers by providing opportunities to experience the joy, freedom, and health and wellness benefits of adaptive snowsports.

ALL-4-DANCE Special Stars Program

A specialized dance class for children and teens with special needs. The class incorporates both ballet and jazz technique as well as fun and friendships.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual disabilities. The program offers people with intellectual disabilities the chance to experience things that most of us take for granted: going for coffee, going to the movies, or just being with a friend. Participants enjoy opportunities for social interaction and build lasting and meaningful friendships. 

 

Read a Best Buddies success story here

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association 

Facilitates participation and encouraging skill achievement in all aspects of physical activity for British Columbians who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, or who are blind/visually impaired and have additional disabilities.

BC Mobility Opportunities Society

BCMOS provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to access outdoor recreation. Activities include hiking, paddling, and beach wheelchairing.

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society 

BCWBS provides support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia

BC Wheelchair Sports Association

Provides exceptional wheelchair sport programs and services that build community and promote active living and the pursuit of excellence. Sports include tennis, rugby, athletics, curling, and more.

Bloedel Bird Conservatory 

Home to hundreds of amazing and exotic birds, the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park offers free admission to persons with disabilities. 

Caledonia Adaptive Snow Sports

CASS programs make downhill snow sports accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive challenges, age, or skiing experience

Camp Fees Supplement

The BC government may provide a supplement to fully or partially cover the cost of attendance at a recognized camp for children of income assistance, disability assistance, or hardship assistance recipients, or to recipients with Persons with Disabilities designation

Camp Silver Lake Autism Spectrum Camp

Located in Peachland, Silver Lake Camp offers outdoor education and activities such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, low ropes, logger sports, archery, field sports, fishing, nature walks, and games.  It builds camaraderie, independence, confidence, and fun.

Canucks Autism Network

CAN's highly supportive programs empower individuals with autism to build the confidence and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of sport and physical activity. Programs also provide participants with opportunities to develop social and communication skills in safe and supportive environments.

Centre for Athletics, Recreation, and Special Abilities

Located on the University of Victoria campus, CARSA provides opportunities to engage in athletics and recreational pursuits, while at the same time raising awareness of disability issues and creating a culture of inclusion on campus and beyond.

City of Burnaby Adapted Recreation

The city of Burnaby offers a range of adapted recreation and physical literacy programs for persons with disabilities 

City of Kelowna Adapted Recreation

The city of Kelowna provide adaptive recreation programs, events and discount recreation passes for people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. This includes more than 35 weekly programs each season for adults and children with disabilities including assisted, adapted, and wheelchair options. 

City of Surrey Adapted Recreation

The city of Surrey offers a range of adapted recreation programs for persons with disabilities 

City of Vancouver Adapted Recreation

The city of Vancouver offers a range of adapted recreation programs for persons with disabilities 

Columbia Outdoor School Special Needs Inclusion Program

This program has been designed to offer children with physical and or developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in Summer Camp programs. With the support of an inclusion counselor and enthusiastic camp staff, your child can enjoy a wide variety of fun and positive experiences this summer

Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS Adaptive Adventures)

Utilizes adaptive equipment to assist people with disabilities to experience nature and outdoor recreation.

Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding 

Offers therapeutic horse-riding experiences for persons with disabilities. 

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association 

Provides therapeutic horse riding and equine-based wellness programs for persons with special needs. Services include therapeutic riding, therapeutic horsemanship, para-equestrian sport, adapted equestrian vaulting, and stable management vocational development interventions as well as horse camps for children of all abilities.

Deaf Youth Today Summer Camp

Deaf Youth Today is a summer program committed to providing language-rich social, recreational, and leadership experiences for deaf and hard of hearing young persons in British Columbia

Disability Foundation

The Disability Foundation supports programs that create a higher quality of life and healthier human beings. Programs include adaptive sailing, hiking, paddling, music, and gardening. 

Disabled Independent Gardeners Association 

Provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to actively participate in gardening

Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia

Provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to experience recreational and competitive sailing in fully accessible sailboats

Down Syndrome Activities

Recreational activities for children, youth, and adults with Down syndrome are held regularly by the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation. Dances, picnics, game nights, and more!

DSA Taekwon-do 

DSA offers individually tailored taekwon-do lessons to persons with special needs

Easter Seals BC/Yukon
Easter Seals aims to enable abilities in communities through their one-of-a-kind overnight camps for youth and young adults with disabilities, fun and skill-building day programs, discounts on entertainment and travel, and more

Enable Occupational Therapy

A family centered practice that utilizes evidence-based treatment and assessment.  Recreational activities include ice skating, hiking, mini-gold, biking, kayaking, swimming, and more.

Easter Seals Camps

A summer camp tradition for 50 years, Easter Seals BC/Yukon offers one of the best nature-based, outdoor summer camps for children and young adults with disabilities. It is a place where campers can explore and develop their abilities in a safe, warm, fun and supportive environment.

Easter Seals City Adventures Day Camp

Participants with diverse abilities explore the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver, and Victoria, building skills through fun adventures and activities

ETRA Therapeutic Riding Association

Provides therapeutic horse-riding sessions which improve the physical and/or mental well-being of riders with a wide range of disabilities

Eureka Camp

Eureka's residential camp is a community whose purpose is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for youth campers with invisible disabilities. The camp’s activities and programs promote positive interaction to encourage self-respect, self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Fuse Wheelchair Dance

Fusing wheelchair users with standing dance partners in a free weekly dance social

Happy Birds Yoga

Provides a multi-level comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs

Kudoz

Brings people with and without disabilities together for shared learning experiences, allowing them to share interests and passions with one another

Leisure Access Victoria App

LAVA provides information about the accessible features at each recreation centre throughout Greater Victoria. Search by facility or feature then get a sense for the centre through pictures, video clips and written descriptions.

Nanaimo Gymnastics Special Needs Program

Nanaimo Gymnastics has the resources to help improve the lives of those who are living with special needs. By using gymnastics equipment, participants are able to increase flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, self esteem, and allow pathways in the brain to be developed.

North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association

NFTRA is a non-profit charitable organization enriching the lives of children and adults who experience physical, mental, emotional or social challenges by providing safe and professional therapeutic equine programming

North Shore Disability Resource Centre 

Offers a range of recreational programs and day camps pre-teens and teens with intellectual disabilities

Para Archery

Archery is open to athletes with a physical impairment, who may shoot with assistive devices allowed under classification rules, if required. Para archery competition, which includes specific competition categories for athletes with certain classifications, is an integral part of the Paralympic Games.

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence 

PISE provides barrier-free facilities and inclusive programs, including adaptive strength and conditioning, and wheelchair basketball

Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities

Provides horses, ponies, and riding facilities for children and adults with disabilities in order to promote their physical, psychological, and social well-being

 

Pitt Meadows Paddling Club 

Provides a variety of water safety and paddling programs for the local community. Programs include Dragonboat; Outrigger Canoe; Voyageur Paddling; Youth CanoeKids Camps; and recreational kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Proud recipient of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Accessibility and Inclusion Award in Leisure and Recreation; and Volunteer Categories.

Port Moody Soccer Club

Offers an adaptive soccer program for boys and girls ages 6-16

Power for All Adventure Therapy 

Provides universal access to adventure-based activities to people from all walks of life in spite of physical, cognitive, social ability and financial resources

Power To Be 

A non-profit organization that empowers people living with a barrier or disability to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature

Recreation Integration Victoria

RIV is designed to assist people with disabilities pursue active lifestyles

Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association

Provides a quality therapeutic riding program for children and youth with disabilities in order to promote physical, social, and psychological well-being

Silver Star Adapted Snow Sports

From beginners to budding racers, SSASS programs make snow sports accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive challenges or age.

Sirota's Alchymy 

Sirota’s Alchymy has been in the forefront of globally pioneering, creating and implementing martial arts and self-defense programs for people with various special needs and impairments

Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society

Offers a therapeutic horseback riding program to children and adults with special needs who require alternative forms of therapy to aid in their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development

Special Olympics BC

Special Olympics BC is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport

Special Olympics BC Vancouver

Info on Special Olympics activities in Vancouver

SportAbility

SportAbility is a multi-sport society that ensures and facilitates opportunities in physical activity and sport, enabling all British Columbians who have a physical disability to enhance their quality of life by being active in their community and beyond

Synchro BC

Adaptive synchronized swimming programs are offered by 3 synchro clubs: the Burnaby Caprice, the BC Aquasonics, and the Kamloops Sunrays. Participants can train recreationally and enjoy the club environment, or go down a competitive pathway and enter competitions. Synchro BC has also created a Mixed Ability event where clubs can form a team with a mix of adaptive athletes and athletes without a disability so as to provide more opportunities for adaptive athletes to train and compete in a team environment.

Theatre Terrific

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. All of Theatre Terrific’s classes, workshops, community, and professional productions are made up of people of all colors, abilities, genders, and backgrounds.

Travelling with disabilities

Provides information on accessible transportation and travel across Canada with the aim of making accessible travel an easier and more enjoyable experience for Canadians with disabilities and seniors, as well as for their families and caregivers

Trinity Yoga

Yoga expert Mary-Jo Fetterly teaches adaptive yoga to students with a range of abilities. A class or session may include adapted postures or poses, breath-work and breathing techniques, restorative or releasing techniques, mindfulness or meditation techniques. The practice is adjusted to facilitate the best experience possible for the student using props, bolsters, straps, blankets and blocks to completely support the student.

Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Society

Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association is a volunteer-based charity in Aldergrove that provides medically-approved therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy treatments for children and adults of varying abilities

Vancouver Island Society For Adaptive Snow Sports

The Vancouver Island Society For Adaptive Snow Sports is a non-profit charitable society focused on providing nationally certified snow sports instruction to people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities

Vancouver Island Spine Trail

BC's first purpose-built adaptive mountain bike trail. Read more!

Vancouver Ocean Sports

Vancouver Ocean Sports is a not-for-profit society started for the sole purpose of providing an inclusive paddling venue for people with all levels of ability and skill. VOS is now over a decade old and one of the fastest growing clubs in BC. We are a club for the community offering kayak, and SUP memberships along with beginner, recreational and competitive paddling courses for outrigger canoe racing.

Vancouver Power Soccer 

PowerSoccer is soccer played by individuals who use powerchairs, with an attached customized footguard used to “kick” the soccer ball. This unique team sport that is played worldwide has 4 players to a side including the goal keeper with two 20 minutes periods. ​

 

Powersoccer has been adapted for powerchair users with severe physical impairments such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, quadriplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, head trauma, stroke, and other disabilities. Anyone can play powersoccer including those who are trached and vented, use head control, chin control or foot control. 

Victoria Wheelchair Sports 

Victoria Wheelchair Sports is a non-profit organization that provides wheelchair sport opportunities for the Greater Victoria area. Sports offered include basketball, rugby, sledge hockey, tennis, and strength and conditioning. 

Vikes Athletics and Recreation

Vikes Recreation offers an exciting variety of drop-in and registered inclusive activities, including adapted strength and conditioning, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis. blind soccer, inclusive spin classes, inclusive dance, and adapted climbing

Volleyball BC

Volleyball BC offers information on sitting volleyball for disabled adults and youths

Western Society for Children

Provides social development and self-esteem training through fun activities, as well as information and training that enables peers of children with disabilities to make games and activities more accessible

Wheeling 8's

A wheelchair square dancing and recreation group open to persons with a disability and non-disabled participants

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program

Whistler Adaptive is committed to introducing individuals with a disability to sport, recreation and therapeutic sport programming. Whistler Adaptive supports sport for life by breaking down the financial, physical and social barriers as well as creating skills that will lead to future employment within sport and beyond.

 

Whistler Adaptive empowers individuals through access to one of the world’s best mountain resorts, providing them with the environment, support and opportunity to become physically active and focus on their abilities rather than disabilities. Programs are accessible to both children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Activities include biking and hand-cycling, canoeing, kayaking, yoga, and more.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. Its programs offer safe places where youth and families from all backgrounds and of all abilities can exercise, play, and socialize together.

Zajac Ranch for Children

Zajac offers a full camping experience for children, young adults, and adults with disabilities 

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Seniors

Advanced Mobility 

From wheelchairs and mobility scooters, to lift chairs and homecare products, Advanced Mobility strives to facilitate the progression of every individual to achieve their fullest potential, freedom, comfort, and safety. Locations across BC.

Age-Friendly BC

A list of resources to make communities more age-friendly

Alzheimer Society of BC

Provides technology, resources, advocacy, research and other tools that enable its members to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, promotes research and leads the search for a cure

If you have questions about Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, call the Dementia Helpline for information and support anytime Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m at 1-800-936-6033 (Toll Free).

Arthritis Answers Line

The Arthritis Answers Line provides answers to your questions about arthritis.

 

  • Phone (Toll Free): 1-800-321-1433

  • Phone (Metro Vancouver): 604-875-5051

  • Phone (interpreter services, Toll Free): 1-877-228-2557

  • Phone (interpreter services, Greater Vancouver): 604-675-4099

 

ArthritisBC+ME

The ArthritisBC+Me portal is designed to help BC patients learn about the arthritis programs and resources best suited to their needs in the province and make connections with others in the BC arthritis community. The ArthritisBC+Me portal enables BC patients to stay informed about the latest news and research about arthritis prevention and treatment options.

 

Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society develops and disseminates evidence-based information and education with the goal of improving quality of life for people living with arthritis and invests in scientific discovery as Canada’s largest source of charitable research funding in arthritis

Better At Home

This program, which is managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland, provides non-medical home support services for seniors in many communities throughout the province

BC Bus Pass Transportation Supplement

People receiving disability assistance will get an extra $52 each month for a transportation supplement. This supplement is available to every individual with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation. The supplement can be used for an annual bus pass or for other transportation needs.

BC Senior Games Society

The BC Seniors Games Society is the owner, governing body & main funding partner for the annual 55+ BC Games

Canadian Coalition For Seniors' Mental Health

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health works to promote and enhance seniors’ mental health, offering an abundance of information and tools

Capital City Volunteers

Provides support to low income seniors and adults with a disability living independently in the City of Victoria (with the exception of James Bay), who have little or no support from family or friends

Community Travel Training Program

The Community Travel Training Program provides free training to seniors and people with disabilities who wish to use regular transit service

Crossreach Seniors

Crossreach is a non-profit society that provides services to seniors in the West Point Grey area of Vancouver. Crossreach operates an adult day centre which provides a safe setting, social interaction and other programs for seniors to be able to continue living at home and who would otherwise be deprived of contact with others.  Crossreach also provides respite for caregivers.

Disability Parking Permits 

SPARC BC has been issuing parking permits for people with disabilities since 1984. Designated parking allows people with disabilities to have access to buildings and services in the community. People who qualify for parking permits either need the extra width of the designated spaces to get in and out of their vehicles when using a wheelchair, crutches, a cane or other mobility aid, or need to park close to a building entrance because their health prevents them from walking very far.

Driving: Seniors' Toolkit

Information to help senior drivers and those who support them assess driving skills, learn about changing abilities and, if needed, modify driving habits

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy offers assisted personal transportation, home support, and companionship to seniors and persons with special needs, also providing an opportunity for caregiver respite

Elder Helpers

Elder Helpers is a web-based service which matches volunteers with elderly persons in need of help in their communities

Exercises for Seniors to Improve Strength and Balance

By exercising, seniors can improve their balance and strength, so they can stand tall and feel more confident when walking. Read on to find 14 exercises seniors can do to improve their balance.

 Fall Prevention Resources 

A list of resources and tools to help seniors live independent lives and prevent falls

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child can get information and advice from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm.

  • 604-558-4740 (Greater Vancouver)

  • 1-855-474-9777 (Toll Free)

Grants for Age-friendly Community Planning and Projects

The Age-friendly Communities program assists communities in BC to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors to age in place, and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities

HandyDART

HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance. The driver will come to your home, help you board on the vehicle, and get you to the door of your destination safely.

Health and Home Care Society of BC

Health and Home Care's programs focus on supporting seniors, caregivers, and other people at risk of isolation, and include meals on wheels, community integration, and respite services

Health Connections

Health Connections is a health authority based regional travel assistance program that offers subsidized transportation options to help defray costs for rural residents who must travel to obtain non-emergency, physician-referred medical care outside their home communities

Healthy Eating for Seniors

Information, tips, and recipes to encourage healthy eating among seniors

Home and Community Care Options

Descriptions of and links to detailed information about the types of publicly subsidized home and community care services offered through BC’s health authorities

Home Health Care

Fraser Health offers short-and long-term health care services at home. Short-term support helps you recover from a hospital procedure or condition. Long-term programs provide ongoing care that will give you the independence you need to remain at home comfortably.

Fraser Health also connects clients to palliative care services at home, and assesses them for subsidized long-term care, assisted living, and respite services for caregivers.

Home Owner Grant for Seniors

The homeowner grant reduces the amount of property taxes seniors pay each year on their principal residence

Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The BC Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit is a refundable personal in-come tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home

ICBC Tips for Senior Drivers

Tips for seniors to keep their skills sharp and information on what to do should they choose to leave the driving to others

 

Loneliness and Seniors

Tips for senior to combat loneliness

Office of the Seniors Advocate

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in BC, and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues

Older Workers Program

This program provides the skills training and employment supports needed for people who are 55 years of age or older to overcome barriers and achieve sustainable employment

Seniors BC

An online resource for older adults in BC to find information on planning and living healthy lives as they age. Valuable information for family members and caregivers too. 

Seniors First BC

Seniors First BC works to prevent elder abuse across the entire province as well as information, assistance and support on issues that impact the health and well-being of an older adult

  • Seniors Abuse & Information Line: Tel: 604-437-1940 Toll Free: 1-866-437-1940 TTY: 604-428-3359

Seniors Housing Directory of BC

The Seniors Housing Directory of BC can help with your housing search by generating a list of seniors housing buildings based on two criteria that you select: area and type of housing

Seniors Service Society of BC

Seniors Services Society is a non-profit agency located in New Westminster, which provides local and provincial programs and services to support vulnerable older adults to live as independently as possible

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters Program

Lower income seniors renting in the private market may be eligible for a rent supplement through SAFER. This program provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible B.C. residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes.

Sources Cornerstone Care

Sources promotes independence and quality of life through a broad range of services, including personal care, meal planning, respite, transportation, and more

TaxiSaver Greater Victoria

Within handyDART service, there is a supplementary Taxi Saver program. The Taxi Saver Program offers another transportation option, in Greater Victoria, when handyDART cannot accommodate a customer’s travel request

TaxiSaver Metro Vancouver

Within handyDART service, there is a supplementary Taxi Saver program. The Taxi Saver Program offers another transportation option, in Metro Vancouver, when handyDART cannot accommodate a customer’s travel request. 

TransLink

TransLink's public transportation transit fleet is fully accessible to people with different types of mobility, enabling everyone to travel by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express. Our fleet of vehicles has low floors with ramps and high floors with lifts, and all SkyTrain stations have elevators.

West End Seniors' Network

WESN serves adults aged 55+ who live in Vancouver's West End. Their mandate is to improve quality of life for seniors through social, educational, and recreational programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community.

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Transportation and Mobility

 

AccessTR

Sells a wide range adapted recreation and exercise equipment

 

Advanced Mobility 

From wheelchairs and mobility scooters, to lift chairs and homecare products, Advanced Mobility strives to facilitate the progression of every individual to achieve their fullest potential, freedom, comfort and safety. Locations across BC.

Automotive Mobility Solutions 

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to safely drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment to fit their specific needs. Check their website for a list of NMEDA dealers in BC.

BC Bus Pass Transportation Supplement

People receiving disability assistance will get an extra $52 each month for a new transportation supplement. This supplement is available to every individual with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation. The new supplement can be used for an annual bus pass or for other transportation needs.

BC Ferries Disability Status Pass

Discount fares are available for residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability (this applies to passenger fares only). To receive the discounted fare you must apply for a BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification (DSI) Card, which you will present to the Ticket Agent when you arrive at the terminal.

Better At Home Shuttle

The Renfrew-Collingwood Better at Home program is to support seniors (55+) in maintaining independence and staying connected with their communities by providing non-medical support services. The services offered include a senior’s shuttle, which provides door-to-door transportation to take seniors where they need to go into the community, such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, running errands, etc.

Bike HUB

Bike HUB provide cycling instruction and events for Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools in the area. The Bike to School program offers courses and activities for Grades 3 and up, as well as promoting and growing Metro Vancouver’s Bike to School Week. Bike HUB is able to provide adapted bikes to youth with physical disabilities.

Canadian Transportation Agency: Accessibility

The Canadian Transportation Agency protects the human right of persons with disabilities to an accessible transportation network. They resolve individual complaints about accessibility, create regulations, codes of practice and guidelines for accessibility, and visit transportation service providers, airports, and federal rail and marine terminals to verify that equipment and facilities are accessible and employees have the training they need to serve persons with disabilities.

Community Travel Training Program

The Community Travel Training Program provides free training to seniors and people with disabilities who wish to use regular transit service

Disability Parking Permits 

Designated parking helps people with disabilities to have access to buildings and services in the community

Disability Travel Card

The Disability Travel Card is for people of all types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person when travelling with VIA Rail Canada, Greyhound Canada, Coach Canada, and Ontario Northland. With the card, an attendant can travel with them at significantly reduced fare.

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy offers assisted personal transportation, home support, and companionship to seniors and persons with special needs, also providing an opportunity for caregiver respite

HandyDART

HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance. The driver will come to your home, help you board on the vehicle, and get you to the door of your destination safely.

HandyCard and TaxiSaver

Do you have a permanent physical, sensory or cognitive disability and require assistance to use conventional public transit? HandyCard provides fare discounts on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express, and if someone needs to travel with you to provide assistance, they can travel with you for free. 

 

TaxiSaver is a supplementary service to HandyDART available to people with permanent disabilities that already have a HandyCard. TaxiSaver provides a 50 per cent subsidy toward the cost of taxi rides.

Passenger Transportation Board

The Passenger Transportation Board, an independent licensing tribunal, is mandated to make decisions on applications relating to passenger directed vehicles in British Columbia

TransLink

TransLink's public transportation transit fleet is fully accessible to people with different types of mobility, enabling everyone to travel by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express. Their fleet of vehicles has low floors with ramps and high floors with lifts, and all SkyTrain stations have elevators. 

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 work place, at-home modifications, and for sport and leisure as well.

Travel Assistance Program

The Travel Assistance Program helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible BC residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community

Travelling with disabilities

Provides information on accessible transportation and travel across Canada with the aim of making accessible travel an easier and more enjoyable experience for Canadians with disabilities and seniors, as well as for their families and caregivers

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