There are several possibilities for funding for your home’s accessibility modification. Government programs, condition specific agencies, and targeted item programs are all available. Knowing where to look is often the hardest part. Read on for some of our suggestions.
Ceridian Cares provides financial assistance for medical devices, home adjustments for barrier free living, and recreation programs for lower income Canadian adults. Grants typically range from $200 to $5000 and are conditional on the availability of funds.
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Funding for items such as adaptive equipment (e. g. lifts, chairs, scooters), programs (e. g. disabled skiing and camps), and educational courses. Cerebral Palsy Alberta clients (must be registered for a minimum of three months) can apply for a max grant of $750 per year.
Easter Seals provides equipment to children, youth, adults, seniors and families with any disability. The applicant’s level of financial and physical need for assistance is evaluated to assess each request, with urgency and necessity determining priority. Notices of Assessment from two previous years’ taxes, are a requirement for this application, as is a letter from a medical professional.
Jordan’s Principle is a program through the Government of Canada, helping First Nations children living in Canada access the products, services and supports they need. In order to be eligible, the child needs to be registered (or eligible to be registered) under the Indian Act, have one parent or guardian who is registered (or eligible to be registered) under the Indian Act, be recognized by their nation for the purposes of Jordan’s Principle and/or be a resident on a reserve.
MS Society – Quality of Life Equipment Program provides financial assistance to those requiring support with the purchase of mobility equipment, and safety devices. All Canadians (except Quebec) with multiple sclerosis or an allied condition, are welcome to apply. A maximum of $1000 per person is available, depending on funding availability.
Muscular Dystrophy Equipment Program Canada
By working with other funders and Government, MD Canada shares resources to best leverage donor dollars to cover costs of assistive devices, and equipment. Registered clients of Muscular Dystrophy Canada can apply for equipment costing more than $200, by sending in the application form and quotes from two different equipment vendors
Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) is an Alberta Government initiative intended to assist low income Albertans with mobility challenges with grants (up to $7500/yr) to modify their home. Single individuals with an income of less than $36 900 a year may qualify for many different modifications. Married and common-law couples have a different income threshold of $46 000. The income threshold also increases with the number of children (under 18yrs) living at the home. Both homeowners and renters are welcome to apply, be they living in a stand alone house, a town house, a condominium or a mobile home. You may also qualify for a RAMP grant if you are an Albertan of any age using a wheelchair, a senior (65+ years) using a 4-wheel walker on an ongoing basis, or are living with a progressive neuro-degenerative disease.
Senior’s Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) is an Alberta Government program offering low interest home equity loans that can cover a range of home adaptations and renovations to help seniors stay in their homes longer. Applicants need to be 65yrs or older, have a total income of $75 000 or less, and have 25% equity in their homes, in order to access this, up to $40 000 loan.
For more information on the funding options you may qualify for or how we can assist you with the application process contact us. Our team can help you every step of the way including grant funding applications!