Canadian Medical Grants

Disability Medical Grants

There are over 4 million disabled people here in Canada. Many of these individuals are limited to the type of work they can do -or quite often can’t work at all. Yet they still have home and living expenses, plus additional expenses for disability equipment, prescriptions, or whatever else they may require to treat their disability. Disability grants are available through government grant programs to help these individuals.

If you are disabled you should not sit by while you drain your bank account paying for expenses you can’t afford. The Canadian government provides various disability medical grants to help cover some of these costs. You should take them up on it. Most programs are run on a provincial level and while these programs tend to be quite similar from province to province, you will need to check with your own province’s program for specifics on eligibility and amounts to be received. At the very least you will need to have a confirmed diagnosis of your disability performed by a medical specialist or general practitioner.

Disability Medical Grants for Assistive Devices

Most, if not all, provinces will have an Assistive Devices Program (ADP). In Ontario this program provides funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs. There are over 8,000 devices covered under this grant, which can be loosely defined as equipment that helps give disabled individuals increased independence. These include: prostheses; monitors and test strips for insulin dependent diabetics; hearing aids; orthoses, visual and communications aids; oxygen tanks and masks and tubing. In most cases, the client pays a share of the cost at time of purchase and the vendor bills ADP the balance. Check with your province for their unique version to this social service.

Monthly Cash Medical Grants for the Disabled

Not all disabled individuals require equipment for their disability, but many do have additional expenses and other impediments to their being able to hold a fulltime ‘career’ job. This is where disability grants can really help out. If you have been diagnosed my medical specialist or general practitioner with a disability you are likely eligible to receive monthly disability income support. In Ontario this program is called the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP); while in BC the program is called Registered Disability Savings Plan. Check for a similar version of these in your own province.

Across all the provinces these disability programs provide monthly income support to help disabled individuals and their family with their expenses. This program also usually includes additional benefits such as drug and dental coverage. The amount of money granted will depend on the severity of your disability and whether or not you are able to work, plus your family size and housing costs.