Ontario Medical Equipment Funding Sources
Ontario Ministry of Health's Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
This is the first stop for anyone in Ontario who requires a mobility device such as a wheelchair, walker, scooter etc. This program is open to all residents of Ontario who have valid Ontario Health Cards and will contribute between 75% & 100% of the cost of a "basic" mobility devices. For more detailed information please click here.
For The Love of a Child
For The Love of a Child concerned with improving the quality of life for children with special needs, living in Durham Region. Their mandate is to help families in need, through financial assistance and to encourage community understanding. Call for an application. 905-668-0072
Golden Griddle Corporation
The Golden Griddle Corporation primary objective is to grant the wishes of terminally ill and severely disabled children, in the hopes of making their lives brighter. www.goldengriddlecorp.com
Ontario March of Dimes
The Ontario March of Dimes enables people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in community life, by providing them with the tools they need to enhance their independence. Programs and services include: Home & Vehicle Modification Program, Assistive Devices Program, and Recycled Rental Equipment Program. www.marchofdimes.ca
To be eligible for funding, the applicant must:
- be 19 years of age and over;
- reside in Ontario;
- possess a valid Ontario Health Card, and;
- have an ongoing physical limitation.
Financial assistance is based on the impact the device will have on the individual's personal mobility and independence, as well as on his/her financial needs. If you or someone you know has a permanent physical disability and is in need of financial assistance toward equipment that has been recommended by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, contact Ontario March of Dimes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-765-7237 to explore your options.
Mobility Aids Funded by the March of Dimes ADP Program
(Note this is not the same as the Ontario ADP Program)
- manual and motorized wheelchairs
- bath aids
- seating inserts and wheelchair cushions
- canes, crutches and walkers
- lifting equipment
- repairs to devices
Home Vehicle Modification Program
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services the Home Vehicle Modification program is administered by the Ontario March of Dimes and is open to all residents of Ontario who meet the eligibility criteria. This program provides funds for modifiying vehicles and homes to make them functional and usable by disabled Ontario residents. Please click here for more information.
Easter Seals Society
This agency has a Financial Assistance Program. It is important that the parents of children who may need equipment in their future and who may need financial assistance register the child with Easter Seals as early as possible. (telephone 416 421 - 8377) The eligibility criterion for financial assistance for equipment is for children with physical disabilities not developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or Autism. The exception to this is the incontinence supply grant program. For more information and on line application visit www.easterseals.org
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity provides financial assistance for families in need, in a variety of areas. Please contact them directly for further information. Email email@example.com or call 416-218-7918.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ministry of Children and Youth Services www.children.gov.on.ca/CS/en/default.html provides information regarding child welfare, family intervention services, children's community support services, children's mental health services, and child care. This includes funding programs and services for Children with Special Needs.
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)
This organization provides funding that is paid monthly to eligible families with a child under 18 years of age, who has disability, and has extraordinary costs, such as respite/relief care; transportation; special clothing, diet and medical expenses; and educational and social fees. The size of the family and total family income (gross) determine the amount granted. The family should contact this organization directly for an application, at 905-665-1030.
Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Intended to meet the needs of people with disabilities and help them to become more independent. www.cfcs.gov.on.ca/CFCS/en/programs/default.html.
Ministry of Health and Long-term Care - Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
The objective of this program is to assist Ontario residents with long term physical disabilities to obtain basic, competitively priced, personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individuals needs and essential for independent living. www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/adp/adp_mn.html
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity
This foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of chronically and seriously ill children and their families. The child must be under 21 years of age and the family must have exhausted all other means of financial assistance through government or insurance agencies. Most applications take up to 1 month to process. Call for an application to be faxed or mailed. Telephone: 905-852-1799, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service Clubs
Most service clubs do not have established programs for funding medical equipment but as a last resort will often help out people who have exhausted other avenues of funding and are still short of the total needed. When applying to a service club for funding it's a good idea to have a record of the funding sources you have already approached and the result of each.
Central Association of Kinsmen Clubs
Telephone: Central Number 416-921-1297
Knights of Columbus
For More Funding Options Visit: wheelchair.ca/canfund.php