Travel Medical Grants

Grants for General Medical Treatment

Depending on where you live in Canada you may find yourself isolated from the medical care that you need. This is why the various provincial governments have travel medical grant programs that can help eligible recipients cover the costs of transportation and accommodation when travelling at least 100 kilometres (one way) for treatment that is not locally available.

In Ontario this travel grant is called the Northern Health Travel Grant Program (NHTG), aptly named for the area that the grant covers, and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. To be eligible applicants must have their primary place of residence in the district of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Timiskaming or Thunder Bay.

In British Columbia this travel medical grant is referred to as the Travel Assistance Program (TAP). Unlike its Ontario counterpart, TAP does not provide accommodation, nor does it provide patients with direct financial assistance; instead it waves charges normally covered by transportation providers.
Over to Alberta this grant is called the rural health services grant and as long as an individual has been referred to a specialized treatment center and care cannot be provided close by, their expenses will be paid. Make sure to check with your province to find out what costs they cover if you have travel far for the treatment that you need.

Grants for Cancer Treatment

While cancer treatment here in Canada is covered under our wonderful public healthcare system, unfortunately there are still so many other expenses that cancer patients and their families are left to cover along the way. Long treks to major city centres where large oncology specialists reside; plus food costs, parking, hotels, and lots of time off of work, can cause even the most prudent of families to become financially burdened. Some of these costs can be covered under general medical travel grants which were listed above, but there are also numerous grants available to individuals and their families who are battling cancer to help take care of at least some of these costs. Several of these are:

Pediatric Oncology Financial Assistance Program (POFAP)

This grant program gives free money donations to families of children in South Central Ontario who have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18th birthday. The grant money can be used to cover some of the costs of accommodation, travel to medical centres, food and babysitting, incurred while the child is undergoing treatment.

Trillium Drug Program

This program is for Ontario residents whose private insurance does not cover 100% of their prescription drug costs; who have a valid Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP), and who are not eligible for drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program. The program covers the costs of prescription drug products, limited-use drug products, and some nutritional and diabetic testing products.