Available Assistance Programs

Eligibility includes any Ontario resident who has a valid Ontario Health card issued in their name and has a physical disability of six months or longer. Equipment cannot be required exclusively for sports, work or school. ADP does not pay for equipment available under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or to Group “A” veterans for their pensioned benefits. There are specific eligibility criteria which apply to each device category.

An individual who has a chronic illness or dysfunction that requires long-term oxygen therapy may be eligible for home oxygen funding.

ADP covers over 8,000 separate pieces of equipment or supplies in the following categories: prostheses; wheelchairs/mobility aids and specialized seating systems; enteral feeding supplies; monitors and test strips for insulin-dependent diabetics (through an agreement with the Canadian Diabetes Association); hearing aids; insulin pumps and supplies; respiratory equipment; orthotic devices (braces), pressure modification devices for burns and lymphedema (garments and pumps); visual and communication aids; home oxygen therapy.

Grants are provided for ostomy supplies, breast prostheses and for needles and syringes for insulin-dependent seniors.

Initial access is often through a medical specialist or general practitioner who provides a diagnosis. In most device categories, an authorizer assesses the specific needs of the person and prescribes appropriate equipment or supplies. Finally, a vendor sells the equipment or supplies to the client.

In some device categories, such as adult hearing aids or prosthetic devices, the assessor is also the vendor.

Most devices must be authorized by a qualified health care professional registered with the program. Registered authorizers work in hospitals, home care agencies or private practice.

The program will only help pay for equipment that is purchased from vendors registered with the Assistive Devices Program.

ADP pays up to 75 per cent of the cost of equipment, such as artificial limbs, orthopaedic braces, wheelchairs and breathing aids. For others, such as hearing aids, the ADP contributes a fixed amount. For ostomy supplies, breast prostheses and needles and syringes for seniors, the ADP pays a grant directly to the person. ADP pays 100 per cent of the ADP price for home oxygen and related equipment for seniors 65 years of age or older and for individuals 64 years of age or younger who are on social assistance, residing in a long-term care home or who are receiving professional services, and 75 per cent of the ADP price for all others.

In most cases, the client pays a share of the cost at time of purchase and the vendor bills ADP the balance.

For ADP supply categories where grants are paid, the client pays 100 per cent of the cost to the vendor.

There are many sources of funding for the client's share of the cost including:

  • clients
  • voluntary/charitable organizations e.g. March of Dimes, The Easter Seals Society, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs
  • social assistance, DVA
  • insurance companies
  • relatives/friends.

ALS Canada’s team of Regional Managers assists people and families living with ALS in navigating their journey. Regional Managers offer home visits to discuss individual and family needs, provide information and education, and assist with connecting you to other healthcare providers and community supports. They also run support groups for people living with ALS as well as caregivers.

Please note that ALS Canada Regional Managers do not provide medical advice or make any referrals or recommendations related to drug therapies or alternative therapies. These questions should be discussed directly with your medical professional – ideally an ALS neurologist, who would be qualified to interpret clinical information for individual situations. Please visit our list of ALS clinics to help you to connect with a clinic in your area.

You must be registered with ALS Canada to receive support from a Regional Manager and other ALS Canada services.

ALS Canada helps people diagnosed with ALS to cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and communication ability and to help with retaining independence. Access to equipment and assistive devices is essential for your safety, comfort and functioning as a person living with ALS.

The ALS Canada Equipment Program provides access to basic and essential assistive equipment through:

  • Loan equipment program
  • Funding assistance programs for some leased and rented equipment
  • Flexible funding program for small bathroom equipment

To find out more about the program and see if you are eligible, please review the Program Overview.

To access the ALS Canada Equipment Program, please have your Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist or other Allied Professional complete the following:

Please note: for small bathroom equipment from the flexible funding program, please insert the requested item(s) under the Loan Equipment Application Form. Our Client Services Coordinators will process the request.

Completed forms should be emailed to equipment@als.ca or faxed to 416-497-8545.

No matter how Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia affects you or your family, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is here to help by offering a variety of programs and services to help people living with dementia, care partners, and healthcare professionals get the support and answers they need.

For Nunavut & Yukon contact the provincial Alzheimer Society closest to you.

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
#306, 10430 - 61 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta   T6H 2J3
Tel: (780) 488-2266 
Toll-free: 1-866-950-5465 (AB and NWT only)
Fax: (780) 488-3055
E-mail: info@alzheimer.ab.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/ab

Alzheimer Society of B.C.
#300 - 828 West 8th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
Tel: (604) 681-6530
Toll-free: 1-800-936-6033 (B.C. only)
Fax: 604-669-6907
E-mail: info@alzheimerbc.org
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/bc

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
Unit 10 - 120 Donald St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2
Tel: (204) 943-6622
Toll-free: 1-800-378-6699 (Manitoba only)
Fax: (204) 942-5408
E-mail: alzmb@alzheimer.mb.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.mb.ca

Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick
320 Maple Street, Suite 100, 
Fredericton, NB, E3A 3R4 
Tel: (506) 459-4280
Toll-free: 1-800-664-8411 (New Brunswick only)
Fax: 506-452-0313
E-mail: info@alzheimernb.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/nb

Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland
and Labrador

107 - 835 Topsail Road
Mount Pearl, NL A1N 3J6
Tel: (709) 576-0608
Toll-free: 1-877-776-0608 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 576-0798
E-mail: info@alzheimernl.ca
Web:www.alzheimer.ca/nl

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
112-2719 Gladstone St.
Halifax, NS B3K 4W6
Tel: (902) 422-7961
Toll-free: 1-800-611-6345 (Nova Scotia only)
Fax: (902) 422-7971
E-mail: alzheimer@asns.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/ns

Alzheimer Society of Ontario
20 Eglinton Ave. W., 16th floor
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8
Tel: (416) 967-5900
Toll-free: 1-800-879-4226 (Ontario only)
Fax: 416-967-3826
E-mail: staff@alzheimeront.org
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/on
Find your local Ontario Society

Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island
166 Fitzroy St.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1S1
Tel: (902) 628-2257
Toll-free: 1-866-628-2257
Fax: (902) 368-2715
E-mail: society@alzpei.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/pei

Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies
5165, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bur. 211
Montreal, QC H4A 1T6
Tel: (514) 369-7891
Toll-free: 1-888-636-6473
Fax: 514-369-7900
E-mail: info@alzheimerquebec.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/federationquebecoise

Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
301 - 2550 - 12th Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 3X1
Tel: (306) 949-4141
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3367 (Saskatchewan only)
Fax: 306-949-3069
E-mail: office@alzheimer.sk.ca
Web: www.alzheimer.ca/sk

Arthritis is a chronic condition which means once diagnosed, a person with arthritis has many challenges and factors to consider in treating, managing and coping with the disease. The Arthritis Society has a long tradition of providing educational programs, to professionals and those with arthritis, as well as innovative solutions aimed at helping people affected by arthritis have the best possible quality of life.

Drawing on the expertise of health professionals and experts in their field, our goal is to provide patient centric, evidence-based information, resources and on-line tools and education.

Be it managing the disease and its medical challenges or seeking a positive lifestyle in order to deal with the pain and the impact arthritis has on everyday life, our resources on-line, by phone or in person are freely available with the goal of enabling and empowering people affected by arthritis.

Regional Offices

Burlington, Hamilton & Niagara Region

Phone: 905.632.9390
Fax: 905.632.6801
Toll-Free: 1.800.321.1433
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

2289 Fairview St.
Suite 316
Burlington, ON
L7R 2E3

Central East Region - Peterborough

Phone: 705.742.7191
Fax: 705.742.3560
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

203B - 159 King Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 2R8

Central Region/Niagara - St. Catharines

Phone: 905.646.7284
Fax: 905.646.0513
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

218 - 245 Pelham Road
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 1X8

Eastern Region - Kingston

Phone: 613.546.2546
Fax: 613.546.3819
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

100 - 308 Wellington Street
Kingston, ON
K7K 7A8

Eastern Region - Ottawa

Phone: 613.723.1083
Fax: 613.723.1172
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

885 Meadowlands Dr. E.
Suite 300
Ottawa, ON
K2C 3N2

Grand River Region - Kitchener

Phone: 519.743.4141
Fax: 519.743.4142
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

809 Victoria St N
Unit 7
Kitchener, N2B 3C3

Grey & Bruce Region

Phone: 1.800.321.1433 Ext. 1101
Fax: 519.372.0056
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

3003-1415 1st Ave. West
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 4K8

Halton East & Peel Region - Mississauga

Phone: 905.564.3233
Fax: 905.564.3338
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

227-6200 Dixie Rd.
Mississauga, ON
L5T 2E1

North West Region - Thunder Bay

Phone: 807.345.9535
Fax: 807.344.1915
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

1093 Barton Street
Thunder Bay, P7B 5N3

Northeast Region - Sault Ste. Marie

Phone: 705.253.7750
Fax: 705.253.7900
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

316 Wellington Street West
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1J1

Northeast Region - Sudbury

Phone: 705.673.4641
Fax: 705.673.2337
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

283-40 Elm St.
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1S8

South West Region - London

Phone: 519.433.2191
Fax: 519.433.7035
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

400 York Street
Suite 204
London, ON
N6B 3N2

Toronto - Head Office

Phone: 416.979.7228
Fax: 416.979.8366
Toll-Free: 1.800.321.1433
info@arthritis.ca

For office visits and package deliveries:

393 University Avenue
Suite 1700
Toronto, ON
M5G 1E6

No matter where you are on your journey or what plans you have, their experience and expertise can help you move closer to your goals. Their staff members - many of whom have spinal cord injury - are in your community providing practical help, advocacy and assistance - from injury right through rehabilitation and into the community.

A spinal cord injury often leads to restricted mobility, which means there is much to consider when it comes to assistive devices and modifications to your home. The more mobile you become, the better your physical and mental well-being and overall quality of life. So all efforts to get the mobility device that's best for you are well worth it!

The spirit to move you

Our Regional Services Co-ordinators can help you to access the equipment and financial support you may need. They will also advocate on your behalf to allow you to qualify for a greater range of assistance devices under the Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) and to increase the amount of ADP support you may receive in acquiring and repairing equipment. They will continue to advocate for greater access to mobility devices – check out Access to Mobility Devices.

Commonly Needed Assistive Devices

Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and chair lifts (if you live in a two-story home) are the most common devices used to move across spaces. In addition, these are some daily living devices:

  • Lift chairs – these chairs move to help you get from a standing to seated position
  • Bathrooms – bath lifts, benches, a raised toilet seat and hand rails
  • Bedrooms – homecare bed, over-bed tables, rails and positioning devices
  • Lifting devices – these are used to move from one position or device to another

There are many other devices to support your health and independence, such as compression garments and braces as well as tools to help you work around the home and attend to your personal care.

Contact SCIO to find out more and assess your needs, navigate the equipment suppliers available and access financial support under the ADP. Their Service Co-ordinators are a great resource.

If you live in an area not listed here and would like to tap into their services, please contact referrals@sciontario.org or complete this online form.

They provide information and education on a wide range of topics and can be your first stop when you need support.

To connect with a Regional Services Co-ordinator, or if you’re new to SCIO:

Founded in 1953, Community Living Ontario is a non-profit, provincial confederation that advocates for people who have an intellectual disability to be fully included in all aspects of community life. Community Living Ontario is proud to serve and advocate on behalf of more than 12,000 members across the province. There are over 100 local Community Living associations that make up Community Living Ontario’s membership.

They are a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. This includes: going to school with friends from your own neighbourhood and learning side by side with your peers, having an opportunity to explore meaningful employment and developing friendships with colleagues, having a choice to live where you want to live and being part of a neighbourhood, participating in a place of worship, and exercising the right to vote.

While these activities of daily living may seem straightforward, for many people living with an intellectual disability and their families, they are not. Throughout the province, some people still face many barriers to living a full life within their own community.

Through their work, they open people’s minds and hearts to what true inclusion looks like and how it empowers people who have an intellectual disability to lead more full lives and how it adds to the enrichment of our communities. We assist people who are in uncharted territory to discover what is possible, both from the family perspective and community perspective, when it comes to where we live, learn, work and play.

Community Living Ontario is a confederation rooted in a strong network of individuals who have an intellectual disability, families, friends, member organizations and community partners. They imagine a world where everyone belongs, where ‘Together We’re Better.’

Community Living Ontario Member associations in your area

Find Member Organization – Search based on postal code to find your nearest member location

Easter Seals Ontario helps families with the cost of equipment that is required by children and youth with physical disability. Only children and youth who are registered as Easter Seals Ontario clients may apply for the Equipment Funding Program. To find out if your child is eligible to be registered with Easter Seals Ontario, check Register your Child. The program only funds eligible equipment List of Equipment we Fund and the application for the Equipment Funding Program must be approved before the equipment is ordered.

  • Mobility Equipment*: Wheelchairs, walkers
  • Communication Devices*: Assistive Devices Program (ADP) funded computers
  • Orthotics*: Ankle foot orthotics (AFO), knee ankle foot orthotics (KAFO), standers
  • Accessibility Equipment: lift systems, van lifts, ramps
  • Bathing Toileting Equipment: bath lifts, commode chairs
    * Partially funded by MOHLTC Assistive Devices Program

To be eligible for the Equipment Funding Program children and youth with physical disabilities must meet the following criteria:

  • under the age of 19 years and registered with Easter Seals Ontario*,
  • a legal resident of Ontario,
  • have a valid Ontario Health Card,
  • have a permanent physical disability that restricts their independent mobility and results in the use of a primary mobility device.

*PLEASE NOTE: Children and youth registered for the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program are not eligible for Easter Seals’ Equipment Funding Program unless they also have a physical disability that restricts their independent mobility and results in the use of a primary mobility device.

The Equipment Funding Program is supported by funds raised form individual donors, special events, corporate partners and foundations. Funding available each year may vary and the number of requests we are able to fulfill will depend on available funds.

To register with Easter Seals Ontario you must:

  • Complete and sign the Easter Seals Ontario Child Registration Application
  • Have your child’s Occupational Therapist (OT) or Physiotherapist (PT) complete Section Four of the application
  • Email, fax or mail the completed application form to:
    • Mail: Registration, Easter Seals Ontario, 700-1 Concorde Gate, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3N6
    • Fax: 416.696.1035 (please send to the attention of: Registration, Services)
    • Email: services@easterseals.org

Note:  Please allow 4-6 weeks to process your application. The parent/guardian(s) is responsible to follow up with Easter Seals Ontario to ensure the application has been received.  If you have any questions about the application, please do not hesitate to contact Services at 416.421.8146, toll-free at 1.866.630.3336 or email services@easterseals.org.

Application Approved: If your child meets Easter Seals Ontario’s eligibility criteria, you will be notified by letter and an information package about Easter Seals Ontario programs and services will be sent to you.  Once your child is registered with Easter Seals Ontario they may be eligible to apply for the Camping Program or Equipment Funding Program. Both of these programs have further requirements and an application process.

Application Denied: If your child does not meet the criteria, or the child is to young to determine eligibility, you will be notified with a letter.

Children and youth registered with Easter Seals Ontario remain eligible for the Camping Program and Equipment Funding Program until their 19th birthday at which time they are discharged from the client registry.

Completing the Equipment Funding Program Application

  • All supporting documentation must accompany the completed application.
  • Vendors must be located in Ontario.

Please note, there are different documentation requirements depending on the type of equipment you are applying for:

Accessibility, Bathroom and Toileting Aids:

These items are not eligible for funding from the Ministry of Health’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) funding or government funding, with the exception of van lifts funded through the March of Dimes Canada Vehicle Modification Program (see Van Lifts below for more details).

  • For non-ADP approved items, a letter of support from the prescribing occupational therapist or physiotherapist describing the need for the equipment is required.
  • Two current vendor quotes for equipment are preferred. An exception may be made if there is only one vendor available locally or if it is customized equipment. It is the family’s choice which vendor they would like to use.
  • If the higher quoted vendor is chosen, the family is responsible for paying for the difference between the two quotes.
Communication Devices and Orthotics:
  • When applying for an ADP funded computer, communication device, ankle-foot orthotics or knee-ankle-foot orthotics, you must include a current vendor quote that states the amount being covered by ADP. There is no ADP approval or letter of support required with the application, as it is a specific amount set by the Ministry of Health. Alternatively, a copy of the ADP approval can be submitted.
Walkers and Wheelchairs and Standers:
  • For ADP funded walkers, standers and wheelchairs, please obtain a copy of the ADP application form or a letter of support from the prescribing therapist that clearly states the date they submitted an application to ADP for the specific item being requested.
  • The vendor’s quote accompanying the request for funding must be current and include the amount expected to be covered by ADP.
  • If for any reason ADP does not cover their anticipated payment amount, Easter Seals will not change the amount we have approved.
Van Lifts:

Easter Seals Ontario will not consider funding if the van is more than five (5) years old. If you are accessing additional funding from the Home and Vehicle Modification Program at March of Dimes Canada (1.877.369.4867), the process is:

  • Apply to the Home and Vehicle Modification Program first.
  • The Home and Vehicle Program will contact you to confirm you are eligible to proceed to the second stage.
  • Once you are proceeding to the second stage, apply for Easter Seals funding.
  • Easter Seals’ Equipment Funding Program Coordinator will contact you to discuss the funding process, as van lift applications will not be reviewed until the confirmation of other funding has been received.

Please note: Labour for installation, taxes, delivery or assessment costs are not funded.

 

  1. Equipment Funding Program applications can be submitted starting on January 1 each year. Approval of applications is subject to available funds.
  2. Completed applications and support documentation can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Current quotes, letter of support and/or ADP Information must accompany the application request.
  3. If any information is missing or incomplete, the application will be returned for completion, delaying the process for assistance.
  4. Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds available for this program are depleted.
  5. Parent and the vendor will be notified once your application is approved. The vendor cannot start the ordering process until the parents have made/confirmed the order.
  6. Parents are responsible to order the equipment after an approval letter has been received from Easter Seals Ontario.
  7. Funding approval is valid for four (4) months from the date of approval. The invoice from the vendor must be received prior to the end of the four (4) month period. Important: If there is a delay, please apply for an extension by contacting the Equipment Funding Program
  8. Parents must sign and date the invoice upon receiving the equipment.
  9. If an invoice is received and the date of delivery is noted to be prior to approval given by Easter Seals Ontario, it is not eligible for Easter Seals’ funding. Funding approval will not be considered to be valid and the parent will be responsible for the full amount to the vendor.
  10. Once the item has been received, with the parent’s signature as proof of delivery, Easter Seals’ payment will be paid to the vendor directly and not to the parent.
  11. Easter Seals does not fund private sales or lend funds to pay for a family’s insurance or ADP portion.
  12. For clients who are 18 years old, the application must be submitted 6 months prior to their child’s 19th birthday to allow for processing.

 

  1. Fill out all requested information. Please include an email address to get notifications as soon as possible.
  2. Complete the calculation box on page four, letters A through F, for the amount being requested.
  3. Parent is responsible for first $100 per equipment request. This should be forwarded directly to the vendor. If family is unable to contribute because of financial hardship, please write in $0 on line E of the calculation box with a reason as to why the family can not contribute, and Easter Seals will consider waiving the minimum amount if funds are available.
  4. Complete the authorization for the preferred vendor to whom Easter Seals Ontario is to release the notification of approved funding.
  5. No additional funding will be considered after Easter Seals Ontario has granted an approval.
  6. YOU MUST INITIAL THAT YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE REQUESTED EQUIPMENT. You do not need to initial if applying for funding of a renewal of a communication device lease.
  7. Sign and date the completed application.
  8. Please complete Help Us Help You on page five of the application form. This information helps Easter Seals communicate to our donor how they are making a difference with their support.
  9. Complete the Check List.
  10. Remember to keep a copy of the completed application for your own files.

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The Home & Vehicle Modification®​ Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications, and is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more, with their disability management. By reducing or eliminating life safety risks, these modifications enable children and adults with mobility restrictions to:
  • Continue living in their homes
  • Avoid job loss, and 
  • Participate in their communities
This program has been shifted to access it virtually (by telephone and online) so you don’t have to miss it during the pandemic! Resources on how to apply for the program and contact information can be found in the left-hand menu on the HVMP - How to Apply page or click here to access the page
 
The Home & Vehicle Modification®​ Program is only available in Ontario. It was established and is funded by the Government of Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services in 1999, and March of Dimes Canada administers that disability management program for Ontario residents.

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:
  • Live in Ontario
  • Qualify financially, and
  • Have a substantial impairment caused by bodily injury, a birth defect or illness. It is ongoing and/or recurring and is expected to last one year or more. This impairment must
    • impede mobility, and
    • result in substantial restriction in the activities of daily living (e.g. your personal care, or your participation in the community).​

Funding

As there is limited funding, we encourage applicants to first access any other sources of available public or private funding of disability management programs or disability return to work programs before applying to this government funded program. Consumers who meet program criteria can apply for grant funding:
  • Up to $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications, and/or
  • Up to $15,000 every ten years for vehicle modifications

 

APPLY NOW!

This program has been shifted to access it virtually (by telephone and online) so you don’t have to miss it during the pandemic! We understand the support provided by our programs has never been more important. If you would like to participate in new virtual programming but you haven’t heard from us, please get in touch! Resources of how to apply for the program and contact information can be found in the left-hand menu on the How to Apply page or click here to access the page.

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices 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.

Funded Devices

Some devices that may qualify for funding include:
  • Manual and Power Wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Replacement Batteries
  • Walkers
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
  • Home and Bath Aids
  • Floor Patient Lifts
  • Basic Aids for Daily Living
  • Repairs to Existing​ Devices

How to Apply

Program Eligibility

To qualifty for the Program, the Applicant must have an ongoing physical disability that requires the use of an assistive device.
The applicant must also be: 
  • In financial need (refer to the income chart)
  • 19 years of age or older
  • A permanent resident of Ontario
Applicants under the age of 19 should apply for Assistive Devices funding from Easter Seals Ontario
 

Income Eligibility Chart

To qualify for funding, program Applicants must be in financial need. The after-tax household income of both the Applicant and his/her spouse/life partner are considered. Maximum allowable income may change based on family size. This chart illustrates eligibility based on a family size of:
Family Size         Maximum Income Allowed
1 person $ 22,920
2 people $ 32,431
3 people $ 39,698
4 people $ 45,839
* Calculated using after-tax household income at or below the Statistics Canada Low-Income Measure + 15%​

Application Process

Please read the application guide below before you fill out the applicant assessment form.
To apply for the Assistive Devices Program, please complete:
 
ADP Applicant Assessment Form​​​​ - LARGE PRINT​

Assistance filling out the ADP Applicant Assessment Form

To help you fill out the Application Assessment Form for our Assistive Devices Program (ADP) we are thrilled to provide you with the following Applicant Assessment Guide that will walk you through filling out the form. This interactive guide will walk you through filling out the form, with information symbol buttons that when hovered over with a mouse, or clicked, will provide you with helpful information about specific parts of the application. 

 

Neighbours Who Care

The program is a collaboration between Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (ALSO) and Xperience Home Health Care. Through first hand experiences these organizations have seen how many people in our community need basic home healthcare and medical equipment.

They are dedicated to providing help that will make a real difference in the lives of financially disadvantaged people of Windsor and Essex County.

Their goal is to support and enhance the physical and emotional well-being of people with disabilities or the elderly in Windsor and Essex County by providing assistance with equipment needs that would not otherwise be provided by levels of government, insurance, or other organizations.

They rely solely on the generosity of public and corporate donors and the donations raised from our fundraising initiatives.

Contact NWC to find out about their fundraisers. You can donate online at www.alsogroup.org click the DONATE NOW button on the website. Ensure you pick 'equipment' in the drop down menu under specific fund.

Individuals and families may apply for funding for children and adults using this application:

Neighbours Who Care Application


NWC is committed to handling any personal information that we may collect in a professional, respectful and lawful manner.


General Criteria:
1. You must be a resident of Windsor or Essex County
2. You must have an ongoing or recurring medical condition
3. You must have a financial need or have limited funding eligibility from other sources

 

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If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, you are eligible for the Assistive Devices Program under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Assistive Devices Program generally pays for up to 75% of the cost of approved assistive devices. In some cases, the Assistive Devices Program pays a fixed amount for a device or provides grants directly to a person for supplies. The Ontario Disability Support Program can help with some of the costs that are not covered by the Assistive Devices Program.

Here are some categories of assistive devices:

  • mobility devices, such as wheeled walkers and wheelchairs
  • visual aids, such as magnifiers
  • hearing aids
  • orthotic or prosthetic devices
  • speech devices, such as teletypewriters
  • certain medical supplies, such as ostomy supplies
  • respiratory devices.

The Assistive Devices Program sets out what assistive devices are covered and the maximum amount of coverage.

To get Assistive Devices Program funding, you need to get approval first from a physician or qualified professional who is registered with the Assistive Devices Program. Usually, the physician or qualified professional also assesses your needs and prescribes the device or supplies.

The Assistive Devices Program will not reimburse you for devices you buy before getting approval.

The Assistive Devices Program does not cover the assessment fee for assistive devices. However, the Ontario Disability Support Program may cover the assessment fee, if there is no other source of funding available.

For the Ontario Disability Support Program to cover the assessment fee you need to get:

  • approval by the Assistive Devices Program before buying an assistive device, and
  • pre-approval from your local Ontario Disability Support Program office for all assessment fees over $500.

The Assistive Devices Program generally does not provide funding for batteries or repairs. The Ontario Disability Support Program can help with the cost of batteries or repairs for hearing aids and mobility devices, like an electric wheelchair.

To qualify for ODSP income support, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be an Ontario resident
  • be in financial need and
  • meet the program’s definition of a person with a disability, or be a member of a Prescribed Class

Note: If you’re under 18, you can start the application process up to six months before your 18th birthday.

Financial need

You are considered to be in financial need if the costs of your household’s basic living expenses are more than your household’s income and assets (as determined by your ODSP caseworker).

When you apply for income support, a caseworker will ask you for specific documents that show:

  • your household’s housing and shelter-related costs
  • any money coming into your household, as well as the value of assets belonging to members of the household

The caseworker will also need your signed consent to disclose and verify personal information. This allows the ODSP office to contact third parties and gather additional information needed to determine your eligibility for income support.

Only a caseworker can decide if you are financially eligible for ODSP, however, you may use the Online Application for Social Assistance to see if you might qualify and to start your application.

Note: If you’re an Ontario Works client, your financial need has already been established. Speak to your caseworker if you want to apply for ODSP income support.

Person with a disability

Note: If you’re a member of a Prescribed Class, you don’t have to meet this qualification.

The program’s definition of a person with a disability is found in the ODSP Act.

Meeting the definition means that:

  • you have a substantial mental or physical impairment that is continuous or recurrent, and is expected to last one year or more and
  • your impairment directly results in a substantial restriction in your ability to work, care for yourself, or take part in community life and
  • your impairment, its duration and restrictions have been verified by an approved health care professional

Your caseworker will give you a Disability Determination Package for you and your health care provider(s) to fill out.

Specialized ministry staff will review your completed package to determine if you meet the program’s definition of a person with a disability.

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) is a non profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy (CP) in Ontario. (Charitable Registration Number: 10779 - 7722.)

We are an organization committed to supporting independence, inclusion, choice and full integration of all persons with cerebral palsy.

The OFCP does this by providing and initiating a wide range of services, resources and programs for people with CP and their families as well as professional organizations. These services can range from education and recreation to housing and life planning. For more information on OFCP’s programs and services, click here.

The OFCP’s programs and services are funded almost entirely as a benefit of the collection and resale of used clothing and other used goods, as well as corporate and private donations and bequests. For more information on how to donate, click here.

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is committed to supporting the most advanced and highest quality of Cerebral Palsy research, including the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of cerebral palsy. For more information, click here.

What the Program Does?

The Assistive Devices Funding Program (ADFP) provides financial assistance for equipment for individual members of the OFCP.

Categories of equipment that are funded include:

  • Communication & Writing/Reading Aids
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Wheelchairs, Positioning and Ambulation Aids
  • Home Accessibility Aids
  • Bathroom & Washroom Aids
  • Modifications to Electronic Aids for Daily Living


Who is the Program for?

The Assistive Devices Funding Program is for persons with cerebral palsy of all ages in Ontario, who are individual members of the OFCP.

 

ADFP applications can be submitted by email (option 1) or online (option 2). 

Option 1:


Download the following ADFP application form and save to your computer.
Open the application form (PDF - Adobe Acrobat Reader required), fill out the form email it back to us.

ADFP Guidelines

ADFP Application Form

ADFP Equipment List

Addendum A


Option 2:


Follow the link below to visit the online ADFP application form.

If you choose to use the online application form, you will also have to attach electronic versions of your documents at the end of the form. 

Please note - the online form will not be active (no submit button) until January 29, 2021.

Online ADFP Application

If you have any suggestions on how to make the funding application process more positive for you, please email us at adfp@ofcp.ca or call us at 416-244-9686 ext. 221.

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