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The links below will connect you with MS Society programs and external community resources to help you find the support you need to manage and cope with multiple sclerosis.

If you are unable to find what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact an MS Navigator by phone 1 (844) 859-6789 or by email at msnavigators@mssociety.ca

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Community Futures Network of Canada

Community Futures Network operates 268 non-profit offices across Canada that provide small business services to people living in rural communities. Each office delivers small business loans, tools, training and events for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. The Entrepreneurs... Read More

  • Employment

Insurance Canada Website

It offers Canada's largest online directory of insurance providers and services, where to get online quotes, how to find special insurance coverage, industry statistics, an electronic newsletter, information about upcoming events, reviews of insurance-related services, question-and-answer sections and... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Credit Counselling Canada

Credit Counselling Canada / Conseil de Credit du Canada (CCC), is a non-profit organization, established in 2000 and governed by a volunteer board of directors. Services through a member agency may include: Counselling : Your counsellor will review your financial situation, explore your options and... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI)

The OmbudService is a , independent, bilingual, and free-to-use complaint resolution and information service. The OLHI advises that if you have taken out a life insurance policy prior to being diagnosed with MS, and are unable to work because of your MS, to call your life insurance agent as soon as... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Advocacy & Legal

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

CMHA exists to promote the mental health of all people and to serve mental health consumers, their families and friends. They focus on combating mental health problems and emotional disorders. Tools include research and information services, sponsored research projects, workshops, seminars, pamphlets, Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association

The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association is a non-profit organization working on behalf of its 400 plus members - Canada's premier foot specialists. We are dedicated to enhancing the profession of podiatry and increasing awareness among Canadians about the importance of good foot health care. For... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Provides help to parents to assist with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a disability. The purpose of the benefit is to help children who have disabilities live as normal a life as possible at home and in the community. Financial assistance ranges from $25 to $470 per month depending... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Enhanced Respite Funding

Provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to families caring for a medically fragile and/or technologically dependent child living at home, whose care requires ongoing intervention on a 24- hour basis. Provides funding as an enhancement to other respite services. Families may be eligible... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Barrier-Free Design Consultation, March of Dimes

Barrier-Free Design Consultation Services provide design expertise in the development or redesign of commercial, public and residential buildings to accommodate the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities. Services: Drawing review Assessments of new/renovation projects On-site consultations... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC)

CCC is the body representing and promoting the voice, needs, and interests of family caregivers within all levels of government and community. This is done through advocacy and leadership, research and education, and information and resource development. Visit the site below for resources and research... Read More

  • Caregivers and Families
  • Advocacy & Legal

Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)

The CHCA is dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive home care and community supports which enable people of all ages to stay in their homes with safety, dignity, and quality of life. The association engages in advocacy and provides information and resources including publications... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Advocacy & Legal

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army may be able to assist with food, emergency housing, furniture, and clothing assistance. For more information: Visit the website here Find your local Salvation Army here Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Recreation Programs, March of Dimes Canada

Summer Holiday Program : Takes place at the Geneva Park Conference & Resort Centre, located on 150 acres of protected waterfront parkland in Orillia, Ontario. Meals and Accommodation included. Attendant Services provided on an as-needed basis. Activities include social events, swimming, water sports, Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Hope Air

Hope Air is a charitable organization that helps Canadians in financial need to fly to necessary non-emergency medical care outside their home communities. For specific requirements for booking a flight, click "Request a Flight" at the top menu on the website or call the number below. For more information:... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

The CCRW is a Canada-wide network of organizations and individuals. They offer information, education, training and Internet- based services which support the employment of persons with disabilities. WORKink - WORKink promotes and supports the employment of persons with disabilities, providing labour... Read More

  • Employment
  • Education

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Partners BC, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

Partners BC is a program aimed at connecting Canadian employers with qualified employees who have disabilities. Services include one-on0one and group counselling sessions, training, career exploration, resume and interview skills, and more. Participants must be 18 years or older and self identify with... Read More

  • Employment

Disability Travel Card, Easter Seals Canada

The Easter Seals Disability Travel Card provides verification to a person with a permanent disability, enabling an adult attendant to receive discounted travel. The card may be used for Greyhound Bus, Via Rail, and Coach Canada. Call the your nearest Easter Seals chapter for information on the Disability... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Ostomy Canada Society

Ostomy Canada Society is a volunteer-based health organization dedicated to assisting people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary tract diversions by providing emotional support, instructional and information services, support to the family unit, and by promoting the services of the organization... Read More

  • Peer Support
  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Access 2 Entertainment Card, Easter Seals Canada

This card enables people with permanent disabilities to receive free admission or a significant discount for their support person at 95% of movie theatres in Canada as well as select museums, science centres, theme parks, recreational facilities, and more. The person with a disability will pay regular... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Financial Assistance

Medic Alert Bracelet, MedicAltert Foundation Canada

If you have condition paramedics should know about or if a medical error could put your life and safety at risk, the Medic Alert bracelet can help you express your needs in inter medical language. In an emergency, the bracelet allows your needs to be made clear and alerts your loved ones when you cannot... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

The Care Guide

This is a guide to seniors housing and care services including retirement residences, long-term care centres, in-home care, community support services, independent/supportive living and hospice care. The Guide is offered free of charge both online and in a printed format The Guide was developed by Care... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Abilities.ca

Online resource linking people with disabilities to diverse resources and invitation to dialogue Abilities Magazine Accessible Transportation Community Information Access Project Directory of Disability Organizations in Canada Library Links to Disability Sites Making a Difference - Profiles from the... Read More

  • Information Services

Canadian Association for Community Living

The Canadian Association for Community Living is a family-based association assisting people with intellectual disabilities and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. They do this in Canada and around the world by sharing information, fostering... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Advocacy & Legal

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA)

Founded in 1980, the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. There are now 80 plus member centres across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF). Wheelchair Basketball Canada encouraging... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Canadian Hearing Aid Subsidies

In some cases, it can be difficult for individuals with hearing loss to gain access to assistive devices. Various programs are in place to provide financial assistance to individuals for the costs related to these devices. Eligibility varies from program to program. Before paying out pocket, ensure... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Disability Awards, Education Association of Disabled Students

NEADS advocates for increased accessibility for students at all levels of schooling and equal access to and participation in post-secondary, including providing a database of awards, scholarships, bursaries, and grants for Canadian post-secondary students with disabilities. Information on government... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Advocacy & Legal

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

National Educational Association of Disabled Students is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS Online Resource Centre EdLink: links to Canadian colleges and universities that provide online information on services... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Financial Assistance

Family Service Canada

Family Service Canada represents the concerns of families and community-based social service agencies across Canada. Family Service Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes learning and the exchange of expertise through the dynamic relationships between executive leaders of family... Read More

  • Caregivers and Families

Supportive Living Units, Independent Living Resource Centres (ILRC)

ILRCs are agencies found across Canada and specialize in providing services to assist people living with disabilities maintain independence. Support Service Living Units (SSLUs) / Shared Living SSLUs typically have several accessible apartments integrated throughout a larger apartment building Most... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The CHPCA works to advance and advocate for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education, and awareness. You can search for palliative care facilities and organizations across Canada on the Directory of Services For more information: Phone:... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Advocacy & Legal

Canadian Human Rights Commission

If you have suffered discrimination when buying products/services or in the workplace, you may be able to file a complaint with the CHRC, which administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Both laws ensure that the principles of... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Severe Permanent Disability Benefit & Canada Student Loans Program

This benefit allows you to have your Canada Student loans forgiven if you have a severe and permanent disability that prevents you from working and participating in post-secondary education for the remainder of your life. To qualify, individuals must: Have a permanent disability Be experiencing exceptional... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Canadian Transportation Agency, Government of Canada

The Canadian Transport Agency's website provides information on accessible transportation and other transport services and guidelines within Canada. Information is provided on air, marine, rail, and inter-provincial bus travel. The Agency's mandate is to ensure the Canadian Transportation System is... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Parks Canada and Heritage Canada

Plan your visit to a Park, a Historic Site, or a Marine Conservation Area by visiting the Parks Canada website (below) or by phoning the Parks Canada Information Centre listed below for specific accessibility information: Mail to :Parks Canada Office 30 Victoria Street, Gatineau, QC J8X 0B3 Call :1-888-773-8888... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Accessibility Services, Elections Canada

Elections Canada offers a range of information, education, and accessibility services to those with a disability. Voting materials are available in a variety of formats, including Braille, large print, DVD and CD for those with sensory impairments. Election access services are available for people with... Read More

  • Information Services

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

CMHC is the federal government's housing agency which provides support for Canadians in housing need and offers objective housing research and advice to governments and consumers. As the Government of Canada's national housing agency, CMHC plays a major role in Canada's housing industry by helping Canadians... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

The Caregiver Network (TCN)

The Caregiver Network is a bilingual broadcasting program that connects Canadian caregivers and families with information and support through the use of tele-learning. They host free learning sessions by telephone and the web on a range of health and wellness issues, including a channel specifically... Read More

  • Education
  • Caregivers and Families

Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing

CADS (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing) is a national organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of participating and competing in alpine snowsports. CADS does this by developing and promoting adaptive snowsports through partnerships, training, Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

InnoviCares

InnoviCares is a free supplemental patient benefit plan. Regardless of existing public or private health coverage, innoviCares allows individuals to receive brand name medications and healthcare products at an equal or similar price to the generic alternatives. Eligibility: Must be a Canadian resident... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance

Business Abilities Program, Make a Change Canada

Business Abilities (BA) is an online program designed specifically for people with disabilities who wish to learn all about self-employment from the convenience of their home. The program is free and allows you to work at your own pace to gain employment and skills training through creating a business... Read More

  • Employment
  • Education

Disabled Services Clothing

Disabled Services Clothing reduces physical and mental stress with functional fashion designed for minimum physical effort and maximum dignity. Clothing can be specially designed for you. Features include easy to use closures and accessories. Clothing can be viewed and purchased online by creating an... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Credit Conselling Society

The Credit Counselling Society helps people manage money, solve debt problems, and use credit responsibly. Counsellors provide information and guidance about managing finances including monthly budgets, credit cards, and debt payments. Appointments are free and confidential. Visit the website below... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Tetra Society of North America

Tetra's volunteer engineers and technicians create assistive devices for people with specific needs that cannot be met by commercial items. Everything created is custom made for each client's particular needs. The work is all done by volunteers within the client's own community. The Tetra Society is... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Ability Tax and Trust Advisors

Ability Tax and Trust Advisors is a tax, trust, and estate planning firm created primarily for persons with disabilities and their families. They offer free consultation and information for people with disabilities and their spouses/caregivers, to determine any tax credits, refunds, or medical expense... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Access to Medical Marijuana

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada welcomes the availability of safe and effective medications that provide people with MS and their physicians' choices in treating pain, which is a common symptom of the disease. Having available a variety of ways to manage pain is encouraging news. In June 2013, Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Accessible Cruise Ships

Many Cruise Lines have accommodations and services to ensure that their cruises are accessible for people of all abilities. Such amenities can include: Wheelchair accessible cabins and access-friendly design on the ship Braille elevator call buttons and audible arrival sounds Infrared listening assistance... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Active Living Alliance

An alliance of individuals, agencies and national associations that facilitates and co-ordinates partnerships among the members of its network which promote physical activity as an integral part of the daily lives of Canadians with disabilities. The resource centre contains a wealth of information regarding... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • For Healthcare Professionals
  • Caregivers and Families

Advanced Care Directive

What is an "advance care directive" or "living will" and how does it differ from a Power of Attorney for Personal Care? A Power of Attorney for Personal Care may be used for the same purpose as an "advance care directive" or "living will" (which documents your care wishes) but it also appoints your... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Airlines

The majority of airlines offer special arrangements and services for people with disabilities. Consult each airline's website or inquiry phone line for specific information. All airlines require that you inform them of your specific needs at least 48 hours before your flight to make arrangements for... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Allowance Program (for Partners of Seniors)

The Allowance provides money for low-income seniors who meet the following conditions: your spouse or common-law partner (same sex or opposite sex) receives or is entitled to receive the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement; you are 60 to 64 years old; you are a Canadian citizen... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Assistive Device Companies

Links to company directories working in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector. Each link takes you to a directory of specialized companies for each type of assistive devices listed. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Auto Rebates and Mobility Reimbursement Programs

Many automotive manufacturers offer Mobility Programs that provide cash payments for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, including leased vehicles. Below is a list of some of the available programs. Cash payments usually range from $750 - $1200 off the cost of adaptations. Acura... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Auto Rebates and Mobility Reimbursement Programs (new vehicles only):

Many automotive manufacturers offer mobility programs that provide cash payments for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, including leased vehicles. For more information: Contact the vehicle manufacturer directly, phone numbers are listed on the website. Visit the website here... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Bell Relay Service (BRS) & Accessibility Services

Bell offers accessibility services for home phone Bell subscribers with physical disabilities or difficulties with speech, hearing, and vision: Bell's Relay Service is available 24/7 and allows customers to place confidential, free, local calls. Long distance calls are placed at a reduced rate, and... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Canada Benefits website, Government of Canada

Find federal, provincial, and territorial programs and services in one convenient location. The Canada Benefits website is a unique service provided by Service Canada to help you find customized result when searching for appropriate programs and services. Information related to housing and health, newcomers, Read More

  • Information Services

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPP-D)

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit, through the Federal Government of Canada, is available to people under the age of 65 who have made enough contributions to the CPP and whose disability prevents them from working at any job on a regular basis. The disability must be severe and prolonged. Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

The Canada Revenue Agency administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system. The CRA can provide assistance navigating the CRA website as well as information... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is available for each year of your studies as long as you still qualify. You could receive $2,000 each school year (August 1 to July 31) of your studies (including undergraduate and graduate levels). For more information: Visit the website... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Financial Assistance

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross helps people affected by emergencies and disasters (ranging from personal disasters such as house fires to larger local disasters) and can assist with the provision of people's basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, first aid, emotional support and family reunification. For more... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)

The Short Term Loan Program, part of the Heath Equipment Loan Program offered by the Canadian Red Cross, provides a range of support such as bathroom equipment, bedroom equipment, canes, wheelchairs, and walkers. For more information: Visit the website here Find your local office here Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists

The Register, as a national body, requires of its members that they abide by a professional code, which demands that they adhere both to the letter and to the spirit of those enactments, which affect them as psychologists. Referral Service: The CRHSPP website allows visitors to search for psychologists... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Canadian-European Parking Agreement for Persons with Disabilities

Canadians with disabilities holding a valid parking permit issued in their jurisdiction may travel in any of the 40 European member countries of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) and use their home parking permit to enjoy the same benefits as citizens from these countries. The... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Car Rentals

With at least 2 days' notice, most major rental companies will offer vehicles equipped with hand controls. Some offer free pick-up/drop-off services if you live close to the rental branch. Consult the rental company, such as Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Almo, or others, for more information. All companies... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Caregiver Tax Credit (Caregiver Amount)

You may be able to claim the caregiver amount if you (either alone or with another person) maintain a dwelling where you and one or more of your dependants live. Dependents must be 18 or older and dependent on you due to an impairment in physical or mental functions OR a parent or grandparent, born... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Ceridian Cares Grants

Ceridian Cares offers grants to individuals and families who are in need of financial assistance for items such as clothing & footwear, food & basic household needs, medical devices/equipment & therapies, personal development & recreation, and home adjustments. Grant amounts typically range from $200... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Child Disability Benefit

The Child Disability Benefit is a tax-free benefit for families caring for a child under 18 with a disability who is eligible for the disability amount. Learn how the benefit is calculated, if you are eligible, and obtain the forms necessary to apply. For more information: Phone: 1-800-959-8281 (Toll-free)... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Clinical Trials

The following websites contain information listing current clinical trials underway and information for people looking to participate in clinical trials. These websites have been reviewed by the National Information Resource Centre and are acceptable to pass on to clients and members. Many Clinical... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

CNIB

CNIB is a national voluntary agency providing services to individuals across Canada to whom loss of vision is a central problem in personal and social adjustments. Services include: Library Services - Free library and information services; CNIB Library collection includes Braille books, talking books, Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Employment

Compassionate Care Benefits, Employment Insurance

Compassionate care benefits may be paid up to a maximum of 6 weeks to a person who has to be absent from work to provide care or support to a gravely ill family member at risk of dying within 26 weeks You can receive compassionate care benefits to care for one of the following family members: Your child... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions. For specific advice, consult your doctor and/or specialist. While... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Cooling Clothing

The following is a partial list of manufacturers and suppliers of "cooling" clothing. These links are provided for interest only - the MS Society does not endorse any supplier or manufacturer.  WrapMeCool Website:  https://wrapmecool.com/ Contact by email:  https://wrapmecool.com/pages/contact-us MSolutions... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Disability Benefits Finder

Use the Benefits Finder at the link below to obtain a customized list of eligible benefits. The Benefits Finder may suggest benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments, and does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized your results. Web:... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

The Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that reduces the amount of Income Tax owed by individuals 18+ with a severe and prolonged disability (physical or mental), or the people who support them. Visit the website below or contact Canada Revenue Agency for information on how to claim... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Disability Travel and Recreation Resources

Additional Recreation and Travel websites: The following sites are included for information purposes only. The MS Society of Canada does not promote or recommend any businesses for use by our members or clients. AXS Map is an easy new tool for searching and reviewing businesses, access it here Find... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program

For individuals receiving CPP disability benefits who would like to return to work (new job, former job, different job former employer etc). Participant receives an individualized return-to-work rehabilitation plan, in consultation with the participant's treating physician. CPP may cover costs of retraining. Read More

  • Employment

Distress Centres

Contact for help with personal crisis, suicide prevention, loneliness, domestic violence etc. Counsellors will advise and refer callers to community resources. For more information: Find a distress centre in your community here Visit the Centre for Suicide Prevention's website here Visit the Canadian... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities

The Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs is created by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with Emergency Management Ontario. This guide offers information on such risks as floods, severe storms, and power outages as well as how to carry out the three steps to emergency... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits

This program provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who have worked the required number of insurable hours within the last 52 weeks and who are unable to work because of an illness or injury. The hours are based on where you live and the unemployment rate in your economic region when... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Equitable Accessible Sexual Expression (EASE)

Sex, sexuality, and the human need for intimacy are subjects every person with a disability must address at some point. EASE Canada exists to educate and advocate for people with disabilities in the safe exploration and expression of sexuality and other intimate connections. Visit the website for information... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Ergonomic Things, ErgoCanada

ErgoCanada has one of the most comprehensive listings of ergonomic devices on the internet with detailed technical specifications allowing visitors to research products to determine which suits them best. They have an online Guide to Ergonomics which provides information on ergonomic principles and... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Extended Health Care Insurance

Funded by private or employer insurance. Funding is dependent on the plan - contact the insurance company for details. Benefits covered by extended health care plans may include: Private nursing Equipment rental Private/semi-private room coverage Transportation Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Family Caregiver Amount (FCA)

If you have a dependant with impairment in physical or mental functions, you may be eligible to claim an additional amount of $2,121 for the Family Caregiver Amount. The CRA may ask for a signed statement from a medical practitioner showing when the impairment began and what the duration of the impairment... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Caregivers and Families

Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program

This is a Federal government program that refunds part of the Excise Tax paid on gasoline to people with a permanent mobility impairment who cannot safely use public transit as certified by a medical practitioner. The refund amount is 1.5 cents per litre or 0.15 cents per kilometer. All claims must... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)

As a federal regulatory agency, the FCAC is responsible for enforcing many of the federal laws that protect consumers in their dealings with financial institutions. They ensure that federally regulated financial institutions comply with federal consumer protection laws and regulations They monitor financial... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

First Nations and Inuit Health- Mental Health and Wellness

If you're experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310. It's toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more long term care, contact a First Nations and Inuit Health Regional Office . For more information:... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Food Bank

Emergency food can be obtained through locally operating food banks. For more information: Find a Food Bank in your community here Or search Food Bank in the yellow pages here Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Funding, Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart

Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart operates a list of potential alternative funding sources who may help with purchasing assistive devices, mobility devices or home modifications. Please contact a representative from the individual agency or your Wellwise representative to help determine if you or your... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Get in Motion, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Action Canada

Get in Motion is a free physical activity counselling service designed to provide you with the information and support you may need to meet your physical activity goals. All counselling is done over the phone and is provided by specially trained peers with a physical disability. You decide what you... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Government of Canada Accessibility Resource Centre

The Accessibility Resource Centre provides a list of federal resources and tools designed to assist those with disabilities. These materials are designed to provide assistance in addition to raising awareness towards disabilities. Web: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-develop... Read More

  • Information Services

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

The Guaranteed Income Supplement provides additional money, on top of the Old Age Security pension to low-income seniors living in Canada. To be eligible for the GIS benefit, you must be receiving the Old Age Security pension and meet income requirements. Eligibility also depends on whether your income... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Health Canada

Health Canada is working to improve the health of Canadians with disabilities as well as working to reduce the incidence of disability. It does so through research and public education on the prevention of disease and the prevention of injury that can lead to disability. It also funds programs and evaluates... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Health Council of Canada

The Health Council of Canada is no longer operating, but was responsible for investigating the Canadian health care system and exploring potential improvements and renewals that may strengthen the current system. Information and reports regarding health care delivery and other components of the health... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Health Gateway

A Canadian online resource centre designed to meet the health information and support needs of people living with complex chronic illnesses and episodic disabilities and their loved ones in Ontario For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Husky and Mohawk Gas Stations

Husky and Mohawk gas stations will provide full fuel service for people with physical disabilities for the price of self-serve, including purchase of items from the convenience store. Please note that in instances when there is only one person on duty, it may not be possible to provide you with full... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Keep S'myelin, Multiple Sclerosis Society

Keep S'myelin is a colourful, engaging, informative, and reassuring publication to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. It is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities on a variety of topics related to MS, and there is a special separate 8-page section just... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Caregivers and Families

Kid's Help Phone

Giving young people across Canada a place to turn for help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Counsellors are there to provide support, information and, if necessary, referral to a local community or social service agency. The Kids Help Phone is anonymous, confidential and is staffed by professional, Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Kin Canada

Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Life Insurance

Some life insurance policies may have disability waivers and may allow a person to stop premium payments if disabled for six months or longer while maintaining coverage Some policies have dismemberment coverage that provides a lump sum if one loses vision, hearing or a limb, etc. Many policies include... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Long Term Disability

Employer Group Disability Insurance Some employers may provide group disability income replacement insurance Benefits are usually a certain percentage of normal earnings for a specified period, under certain circumstances Payments may be reduced if receiving benefits from other sources i.e. government... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance
  • Advocacy & Legal

March of Dimes Canada - TravelAbility

March of Dimes Canada - TravelAbility TravelAbility is a travel insurance program specifically designed for people with physical disabilities and their families. In partnership with Ingle International and Imagine Financial Ltd., March of Dimes provides you with an experienced source of travel insurance... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Medical Expense and Attendant Care Expense Deduction

Applies to individuals who have sustained significant medical expenses for themselves or certain dependants. Claim allowable medical expenses paid in any 12- month period Claim all amounts paid, even if they were not paid in Canada Cannot claim any expense for which they have been or can be reimbursed... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Mind your Mind

Mind your mind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. Mind your Mind works with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage will be paid in full if he/she cannot pay due to a permanent disability. Many policies only cover payments for a limited period, for example, 24 months. Coverage would be in addition to regular mortgage insurance and would have an additional cost Depending on the company, those with MS may/may... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Financial Assistance

Mortgage Insurance Policies

If you arranged for Mortgage Insurance when you took out a mortgage on your home and have since been diagnosed with MS, you should review your plan, since: Some plans include a Disability Clause: if you become disabled and unable to work for six consecutive months, your mortgage will be paid for that... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)

Established as an international body linking the activities of National MS Societies around the world Stimulate global shared research into a cure for MS and the alleviation of its symptoms Support Member MS Societies in their goal of enabling full integration of people with MS and their careers to... Read More

  • Information Services

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)

Supports research efforts, educates, provides a variety of empowering programs, organizes fund-raising events, and advocates for people with disabilities in the United States Largest private sponsor of MS research in the world Supports research and training projects aimed at finding the cause of MS, Read More

  • Information Services

National Network for Mental Health

The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) acts to advocate, to educate, and to offer expertise and resources to increase the health and well being of the community of Canadians with the lived experience of mental health issues. The NNMH will provide a framework of communications to serve as inclusive... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit

For First Nations and Inuit, this program through the federal government pays for drugs, dental services and other health benefits not otherwise covered under provincial programs. Drugs and pharmacy products (e.g. Apo-Tolerodine used for symptomatic relief of patients with an overactive bladder) Dental... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance

Office of Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is the focal point within the Government of Canada to promote the full participation of Canadians with disabilities in learning, work and community life. The ODI provides information on subjects such as: Career Planning Disability Resources Financial Benefits Jobs... Read More

  • Employment

Old Age Security Pension

The Old Age Security pension is a monthly payment available to most Canadians aged 65 or older. You must apply to receive benefits. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be entitled to receive the Old Age Security pension even if you are still working or have never worked. You should apply... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

This program assists individuals living with disabilities with preparing for, obtaining, and keeping employment or self-employment. Projects may be approved up to a period of up to 52 weeks, with a possible extension to 78 weeks, depending on the plan developed for the individual. Participants in the... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Employment

Persons with Disabilities Online

This website provides access to services, information, and publications for people with disabilities, family members, and caregivers. Online services also include a tool for trip planning and a benefits finder to obtain a list of benefits you are eligible for. For more information: Phone: 1-800-622-6232... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Caregivers and Families

Pharmaceutical Company Support Programs

Each pharmaceutical company producing one of the MS treatment drugs has established a support line for patients using their medication. These lines are generally staffed by nurses and offer emotional support, information and referral as well as product information. The information below is all Canadian... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Prepared BC: Resources for People with Disabilities

This handbook provides information on emergency preparedness for those with disabilities. Information includes how to prepare your home for an emergency and how to properly take cover for those with various mobility issues. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Information Services

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Health Network is a national, non-profit, bilingual web-based health information service. CHN's goal is to help Canadians find the information they're looking for on how to stay healthy and prevent disease. Links to English and French Canadian web-based resources that pass a rigorous quality... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is available to help people with disabilities and their families to save for the future. To be eligible, individuals must: Qualify for the Disability Tax Credit; Be under the age of 60 Be a Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number (SIN) For more information:... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Rent Banks

A rent bank assists people when they cannot pay the rent on time. Available in some Canadian cities, rent banks offer various levels of assistance. Some rent banks provide for one month's rent only, while others provide no-interest or low-interest emergency loans for multiple months with flexible repayment... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Financial Assistance

Service Canada

Service Canada offers access to a wide range of Government of Canada programs and services. The section on People with Disabilities provides links to information as well as application forms for grants, benefits, and loans in all areas including training and education, employment, housing, income and... Read More

  • Information Services

Short Term Disability

Short Term Disability or sickness benefits may be offered through an employer or by private insurance coverage. Usually have 2 week unpaid waiting period Require medical evidence Generally last up to 15 weeks Claimants must deplete short-term benefits before proceeding to Long Term benefits. Coverage... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance
  • Advocacy & Legal

Social Security Tribunal

The Social Security Tribunal (formerly known as Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals) organizes a Review Tribunal when a person appeals a Reconsideration decision made by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) about their Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security benefits. The Social... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Social Worker

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, groups and communities enhance their individual and collective well-being. Every province has a college that regulates the profession of Social Work across Canada. The 4 Objects of the College To promote and increase the professional... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Student Loan Repayment Assistance Plan

The Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) and the Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability (RAP-PD) makes it easier for you to manage your student loan debt by reducing your monthly payment. Your monthly student loan payments would either be reduced or you would not have to make... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Financial Assistance

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

The Taoist Tai Chi Society allows people of all ages and health conditions to experience the many benefits of practicing Taoist Tai Chi, a gentle art of health and well-being; its slow, graceful movements increase strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation and decreasing stress. Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Tax Exemptions for Persons with a Permanent Disability

Persons with disabilities are exempt from paying GST or HST on the following goods and services: specially equipped motor vehicles hospital parking care and supervision services training plan design services home delivered meals medical devices and supplies recreational programs home care services If... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

TELUS Relay Service (TRS)

Telus Relay Service allows individuals who are hard of hearing, deaf, or are experiencing trouble with speech, and who have a TTY (Teletypewriter) to make confidential phone calls to others using a standard telephone, whether or not they are Telus subscribers. The service is available 24/7 and can place... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

To Do Canada

To Do Canada is a website that provides links to different organizations that organize sports for individuals with physical disabilities. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Transition Resource Guide

The Transition Resource Guide can be used by individuals to obtain the knowledge they need to access resources at college and university and to make a successful transition to post-secondary school. This resource can be used to help inform individuals about the services and accommodations available... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Information Services

Travelling with Disabilities

These Government of Canada websites have information and advice for people with disabilities who are travelling including information on how to find out what kinds of accessibility services will be available at your destination location, how to plan your flight, go through airport security screening, Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Vehicle Modification Vendors

Savaria (Formally Shoppers Home Health Care Automotive Division) Phone: 1-855-728-2742 Mail: 2 Walker Dr., Brampton, ON, L6T 5E1 Web: https://www.wheelchairvans.ca/ Sidewinder Conversions and Rentals Address: 44658 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2R 0G5 Phone: (604) 792-2082 or 1 (888)... Read More

  • Information Services

VIA RAIL

VIA Rail offers special services that vary depending on the stations and train facilities. Information on their website includes topics such as: accessibility, service animals, seating, meals, companions, special equipment, priority boarding, and visual, hearing, and speech impairments. Research the... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Virtual Photo Walks

Virtual Photo Walks is a non-profit organization that uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. Thanks to technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer guides from all over the world, Virtual Photo Walks... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Recreation & Fitness

Well Spouse Association

The Well Spouse Association advocates for the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner in the USA. They educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues that caregiving spouses face every day. Visit the website... Read More

  • Peer Support
  • Caregivers and Families

YMCA Canada

YMCA Canada is dedicated to helping people attain good health through a healthy lifestyle and encouraging them to get involved in making their community a better place for everyone. Each of the 51 YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across Canada are independent charities, therefore you will need to get in touch with... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Disabiled Sailing BC

Disabled (or adaptive) sailing, promotes freedom and independence. Sailing is both accessible and inclusive. It allows people with disabilities to enjoy independence and freedom, whether as a recreational activity or a competitive high performance endeavor. For more information: Visit the website here... Read More

  • Recreation & Fitness

Above MS & MS BluePrint Programs

Sponsored by Biogen, these two programs are committed to providing services that can help support you in many areas of your life with MS. The MS Blueprint program is designed to help you set, create, and attain a more enjoyable life; it is a creative tool to help you attain your goals through a personalized... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance
  • Education

Access to Travel (ATT), Transport Canada

The government of Canada’s Access to Travel provides information on accessible transportation and travel across Canada, such as the accessibility of airports and cities, local transportation, travel resources, and government policies, to ensure easier and more enjoyable travelling for people with disabilities, Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Accessible Wilderness Society (AWS)

The Accessible Wilderness Society (AWS) aims to make Canada's great outdoors accessible to people with physical challenges. AWS plans to build Canada's first universally designed, barrier-free resort and campground facility on Roberts Lake, British Columbia. When the resort is complete, it will be open... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Recreation & Fitness

Applying for Subsidized Housing in BC, Here to Help

This webpage article provides useful information to individuals trying to understand their options for affordable housing, the difference between non-profit, public, and co-op housing, as well as how to apply and what to expect. For more information: Visit the website Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

BC Centre for Ability

The BC Centre for Ability provides individualized therapy and support services to children and youth in their homes/communities as well as specialized community living services and comprehensive vocational and support services for adults. For more information: Phone: 604-451-5511 Visit the website here... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

BC Rehab Foundation

BC Rehab is committed to closing the gaps between people with and without physical disabilities through advocacy, education, and research, as well as wellness, arts, and recreation programs. Apply for personal mobility equipment as well as individual and project grants. For more information: Visit the... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

1. Living Life to the Full Living Life to the Full is an interactive 12 hour course taken over 8 weeks offered to adults (18+) and teens (13-19). The purpose of the course is to develop and enhance the skills necessary to deal with life's challenges and improve mental health. Trained facilitators guide... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Physical Therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing movement potential. Physical therapists are highly trained professionals who treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their... Read More

  • Recreation & Fitness
  • Health and Wellness

Consortium of MS Centres

Organized in 1986 under the direction of neurologists interested in the clinical care of multiple sclerosis, the Consortium of MS Centres (CMSC) has grown to become a multi-disciplinary organization providing a team approach to MS care and a network for all health care professionals and others specializing... Read More

  • For Healthcare Professionals

Dietitian Canada

No diet has been proven to impact the course of MS. That said, it makes sense to choose healthy, nutritious foods. A change in diet can also help ease some symptoms of MS (e.g. increasing fibre intake to ease constipation). If you do change your diet radically, it is a good idea to consult your doctor... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN)

An organization of and for women with disabilities which seeks to improve the status of women with disabilities by promoting self-help through outreach, advocacy and educational activities. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Dog Guides, Lions Foundation of Canada

From guiding their handlers through their daily lives to getting help when it's needed most, Dog Guides play a crucial role in the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Lions Foundation of Canada's mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous (EA) exists to support individuals with emotional difficulties in their efforts to live a more manageable life by using the Emotions Anonymous Program of recovery. Through weekly support meetings, members discover they are not alone in their struggles. There is an emphasis on a Higher... Read More

  • Peer Support

Employment and Social Development Canada

Provides labor market information, service needs determination and operates a labor exchange _ a clearing house for information on job vacancies _ for all clients. Provides employment counselling, training and income support for selected unemployment insurance recipients and others facing serious labor... Read More

  • Employment

Green Gym

Green Gym is an outdoor gym that can provide a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy outdoor fitness and healthy active living for free as these gyms contain many types of equipment that suit all needs and abilities. Green Gym has locations throughout British Columbia and Yukon, visit the website... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Greyhound Canada Transportation Ltd.

Passengers with disabilities and their attendants may travel for the price of one ticket or a reduced fare upon presenting a Disability Travel Card ( refer to L-9 ) and the passengers ID. Persons with disabilities can receive assistance with boarding and de-boarding, luggage, transfers, stowage and... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

ICBC Disability Discount

ICBC Basic Autoplan insurance is the mandatory coverage you need for a vehicle in B.C. It helps ensure that you and all British Columbians who own and drive a motor vehicle here are protected with a basic level of coverage. Vehicle owners whose mobility is permanently impaired may qualify for a 25 per... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Information for Caregivers

Click on your province or territory on the website provided below to find federal, provincial or territorial and some municipal information relevant to Canadians who are providing various forms of care to a senior. For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Caregivers and Families

Leisure Access Card Programs

Most municipalities throughout BC offer Leisure Access Programs or financial assistance for people with disabilities who wish to participate in recreation programs at a community centre. Most Leisure Access Programs give discounted or free admission to the care attendant of a person with disabilities. Read More

  • Recreation & Fitness

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs work to improve their communities through projects and programs. Each club is unique in how it serves. A Lions club in or near your community may sponsor a program that provides assistance for the purchase of eyeglasses, hearing aids, health-related services, scholarships or educational... Read More

  • Financial Assistance
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

MedicAlert Foundation Canada

The MS Society is happy to announce a partnership with MedicAlert Foundation Canada. MedicAlert is a service that provides ID bracelets that alert emergency responders to a person’s cognitive or medical condition. Some information is printed on the bracelet, however there is also a 24/7 hotline they... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Online Therapy Unit

Offers adults free Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression, anxiety, and or pain. Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves reviewing educational material online with the support of a therapist or a guide. Though their guided programs are for Saskatchewan residents only, they also have a... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

People First

People First of Canada is the organization representing people with intellectual disabilities. People First of Canada is the voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. They advocate for human rights, citizenship rights, accommodation rights, and language rights. People First... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Service BC (Formerly Enquiry BC)

Service BC delivers government information and services to the public in BC over the phone, in person, and online, making access to government services easy For more information: Phone:1-800-663-7867 (Toll-free) OR 1-800-661-8773 (TTY) Visit the website here Read More

  • Information Services

Smokers' Helpline

There is mounting evidence to suggest that smoking tobacco not only increases a persons risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), but can also accelerate the progression. While a number of studies have examined the link between smoking and MS, certain aspects of the relationship remain unexplored;... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Speech-Language Pathology is the rehabilitative or corrective treatment of physical and/or cognitive deficits/disorders resulting in difficulty with communication. They also deal with adults who have problems in expressive and receptive communication. The Speech-Language Pathologists are integral members... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

The Caregiver Space

The Caregiver Space is an online space for you to connect to the people and resources you need to help you deal with your role as a caregiver. The Caregiver Space is an information and support hub with online support groups , forums , caregiver toolbox and a caregiver buddy program For more information:... Read More

  • Caregivers and Families

The Family Caregiver

This website is a comprehensive resource for caregivers in Canada to access articles on financial and legal matters, mobility issues, caregiver health, and at home and outside of home care. View province-specific links to local caregiver resources. For more information: Phone: 1-800-209-4810 (Toll Free)... Read More

  • Caregivers and Families

Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) Adaptive Adventures

Community Recreational Initiatives Society Adaptive Adventures offers adaptive recreation programs in the Okanagan area including hiking, kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The organization aims to improve self-confidence and personal health by providing people with disabilities... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Zajac Ranch Medical Camps

During the summer, Zajac Ranch for Children provides camps for children and young adults with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions. These experiences give participants the opportunity to explore the outdoors while developing greater social and environmental awareness, increased self-confidence, Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

SN Transport Hospital Transfers

SN Transport offers a hospital transfer service for people whose conditions do not require ambulance support, but which still requires greater professional assistance and care than regular passenger vehicles. Hospital transfers are available in the Lower Mainland (from Pemberton to Hope) and for transport... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Health and Wellness

Mobile Laboratory Services, BC LifeLabs

The mobile lab service provides home collection services to patients in 21 cities in BC, including those in nursing homes, private hospitals, and retirement lodges. The services are at no cost to the patient nor are there additional MSP charges. The services are only offered to patients with medical... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)

PADS dogs are companions that are specially trained to aid people, including those with a physical disability. A Service Dog refers to a dog that assists those with a physical disability; Service Dogs are matched to people with varying levels of needs to help them perform daily activities. To apply, Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

BC Therapeutic Riding Association (BCTRA)

BCTRA represents 17 member organizations that offer therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding provides many benefits, such as developing mobility, concentration, balance, muscle strength, increased circulation, and decreased spasticity. Riders' experiences are physical, Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Accessibility 2024

Accessibility 2024 is a 10-year action plan to make BC more accessible for people with disabilities. Visit the website below to learn more about the plan, how to get involved, and to access disability resources. Call: 1-866-866-0800 (Toll-free) Email: accessibility@gov.bc.ca Web: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/about-the-bc-government/accessibility... Read More

  • Information Services

Agur Lake Camp, Barrier-Free Wilderness Camp

Agur Lake Camp is located 20km west of Summerland and is run by Philip and Karen Watson who live onsite for the summer. The mandate of the camp is to establish a barrier-free wilderness camp and recreational facility for children and adults with special needs and their families. If you would like to... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

At Home Program

This program, through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, assists parents with the costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home through health supports and services in two main areas: Respite benefits allow parents to choose appropriate care options for their child. Medical... Read More

  • Caregivers and Families
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

BC Ministry of Health

The BC Ministry of Health is responsible for health-related services in BC. On the website, one can: Quickly access information on health services within BC. Obtain information on BC Health Authorities. Learn about government benefits and services available to you. Access and download application forms... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Caregiving: A Shared Journey

This British Colombia government website provides resources that offer practical assistance and personal supports for caregivers and care recipients. It offers resources to help caregivers meet their own needs and reduce the risk of burnout. Topics include daily care tips and advice, caring for the... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Caregivers and Families

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), BC Libraries

CELA makes it possible and easy for all public libraries in Canada to provide materials in a broad range of accessible formats, with both high tech and conventional delivery options (downloading them to an electronic device, to a DAISY player over a wireless connection, or by mail direct), to meet the... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Children's Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service, Canadian Red Cross

CMERLS provides recycled, durable specialized medical and therapeutic equipment to children in BC who are registered with the Ministry of Children and Family Development At-Home Program. Equipment and donations are also provided to children in families with limited financial resources. In most cases, Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Clicklaw

The Clicklaw website provides legal information, education, and help for BC residents. Over 25 organizations contribute to this website, helping to provide equitable access to quality legal information, education, and help in BC. Search Ò disabilities Ó for a list of resources, common questions, and... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Employment Programs, Planning, and Exemption

The Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities focuses on developing on a broad range of new skills, training services, and employment-related programs to improve the employment outcomes of persons with disabilities and includes: Employment Program of BC - Persons with Disabilities Minister's... Read More

  • Employment

Government of British Columbia website

On the Government of BC website, you can: Access information on topics including health, jobs, assistance programs, etc. Learn about government benefits and services available. Access contacts of government officials, departments, offices, and agencies. Obtain the latest news regarding government initiatives. Read More

  • Information Services

HandyDART & BC Transit

1. HandyDART HandyDART provides door-to-door ride share service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance. Using specially equipped vehicles, drivers come to your home, help you on the vehicle, and get you to the door... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

HandyPASS & TaxiSaver Programs, BC Transit

If you live in the BC Transit service area (communities outside of Greater Vancouver) and you are a person with a permanent physical, sensory, or cognition disability you may be eligible for a HandyPASS , a picture identification card that allows you to have your attendant travel for free when travelling... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Health Link BC

Receive trusted, medically-approved health information on 5000+ topics by calling HealthLink BC, available 24/7 hours a day, 365 days a year. Speak to nurses about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions (available 5pm - 9pm), or request nutrition advice from a dietician... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

Home and Community Care

In BC, care and support are available from publicly subsidized and private pay providers. Home and community care services give seniors and people with disabilities the option to live independently at home. They also provide appropriate options for those whose needs would be better met in an alternate... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Home and Community Care: A Guide to Your Care

This guide provides information and eligibility criteria on publicly funded home and community care services, including caregiver relief and respite services. They have a number of useful publications: A Guide to Your Care Help in Selecting a Residential Care Facility For more information: Phone: 250-387-6121... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Caregivers and Families

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

The Ministry of Social Development provides financial assistance to those with a disability and/or low income. The ministry's mission is to help Canadians to overcome social and economic barriers. On the Ministry's Website, you can: Obtain information about financial assistance, services, and related... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Personal Supports Website

This site contains information about and links to programs that provide equipment and assistive devices or other personal supports to persons with disabilities in BC. Find the information you want by: Going to the search page to find information on the subject of your choice Using the navigation tools... Read More

  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Persons with Disabilities Assistance (PWD)

The government of British Columbia recognizes that not all people with disabilities are able to seek employment. For people with disabilities who are not able to work, the Ministry provides the security of monthly income and shelter assistance along with enhanced medical coverage under the Employment... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB)

The Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers category recognizes individuals who are unable to achieve financial independence because of specific barriers to employment. All family units with at least 1 adult classified as PPMB are eligible for earnings exemptions of a combined $500 per month and are... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

PharmaCare

1. Fair PharmaCare The Fair PharmaCare plan provides financial assistance to BC families for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies prescribed by a registered medical professional. Assistance levels are determined according to net household income. Register online 24/7. To be eligible... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Assistance

Physical Activity Services at Health Link BC

Physical Activity Services, is BC's primary physical activity counselling service. The service is a free phone line and online resource for healthy living. It provides health screening, resources, and fitness programs as well as recommendations, support, and referrals to help find suitable fitness programs... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Property Tax

1. Home Owner Grants British Columbia residents who are homeowners, with registered long-term interests in the residential property that they occupy as their principal residence, may apply for this grant to reduce amount of property tax owed each year. 2. Home Owner Grant for People with Disabilities... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Provincial Parks and Camping in BC

Many BC parks have accessible trails and facilities. Consult the BC parks website to inquire about specific accessibility information for a park. Use the Ò find a park Ó feature to find your park, click on that park's accessibility icon. Camping: Persons with disabilities, as well as their camping party... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Regional Health Authorities in British Columbia

Each region in BC has its own health authority that governs, plans, and delivers health care services within their geographic areas through a network of hospitals, clinics, centres, health units, and residential facilities. Health Authorities in BC: Fraser Health Interior Health Island Health Northern... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Seniors' Community Parks of BC

British Columbia's public seniors' community parks offer specialized outdoor recreational equipment and activities designed to improve mobility, coordination, strength, flexibility, and balance specifically for seniors. The aim of these community parks is to reduce injuries from falls and to promote... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Service BC (Formerly Enquiry BC)

Service BC delivers government information and services to the public in BC over the phone, in person, and online, making access to government services easy. There are 61 community locations in BC which provide information, complete transactions, and provide assistance with forms. Use the website below... Read More

  • Information Services

The Housing Registry

The BC Housing Registry was developed in partnership with BC Housing, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC as well as other service groups and organizations. ÊIndividuals searching for subsidized housing can submit one application form to be considered... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Travel Assistance Program (TAP) BC

TAP BC is available to BC residents who need to travel to obtain non-emergency, physician referred specialist care that cannot be accessed locally. This program provides free or discounted fees for travel on affiliated transportation companies. Follow the steps listed on the website below to apply. Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Vehicle Modification Potential Funding Sources

1. BC Rehab Foundation This grant may provide funding toward equipment meant to improve independence for those living with a disability. Address: 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC V52 2G9 Phone: 604-737-6383 Fax: 504-737-6494 Email: info@bcrehab.com 2. Open Door Group May provide some funding for vehicle... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Work BC

If you have a disability, you can take advantage of assistive devices, equipment, and technology, workplace access and modification, personal care services, interpreting and captioning, and ergonomic supports offered by Work BC. The Employment Program of BC is a responsive, inclusive, accessible program... Read More

  • Employment
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Parking Permet Program, SPARC BC

Transferable parking permits are available with an identification number and the inter wheelchair symbol which allow people with disabilities to access buildings and services by parking closer and given them extra width to get in and out of the vehicle. This permit is necessary to park in zones reserved... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Endowment 150, Plan Institute

Endowment 150 offers a one-time $150 gift to Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) to help people with disabilities save for the future. These gifts are for: Residents of BC (child or adult) Who are in a family with low income And who have an RDSP For more information: Visit the website here Read More

  • Financial Assistance

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association (BCBSRA)

For those with visual complications due to MS, the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association (BCBSRA) offers opportunities for recreation, sports, and community involvement to people of all levels of visual impairment. BCBSRA programs are designed for people of all ages and all skill levels. BCBSRA... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) provides year-round recreational programs and lessons for children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Winter sports include skiing and snowboarding (sit-ski rentals and Nordic sports lessons are also available). Summer sports include hand-cycle... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC

This organization provides supportive, confidential, and professional counselling to adults and children who are experiencing any type of loss or life changes including loss health, disability, caregiver issues such as compassion fatigue, or suicide. Address :#206-1651 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L... Read More

  • Health and Wellness
  • Caregivers and Families

BC Housing

BC Housing is the provincial government agency responsible for the delivery of affordable housing programs to moderate to low-income families, seniors, and those with disabilities. Programs include: Subsidized Housing Supportive Housing for seniors & people with disabilities Home Adaptations for Independence... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations
  • Financial Assistance

Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF/BC)

Co-operatives are made up of members; members are those who live in the housing. As a co-op member, you have a say in the decisions that affect your home and you have security - you can live in your home for as long as you wish given you pay rent and follow the co-op rules. The Co-op erative Housing... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

ICBC Disability Discount

The Disability Discount offers a savings for persons with a disability who own/lease a car and who are qualified for the BC government Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities. Your vehicle must be rated either for pleasure use, to & from work, business use or certain recreational and commercial... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Self-Management BC

Self-management BC offers lay-led patient education programs offered in English, Punjabi, and Chinese, throughout British Columbia, free of charge. These programs run once a week for 2.5 hours for 6 weeks for groups of 10 -16 individuals. Visit the website, or contact the office by email or phone to... Read More

  • Peer Support
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education

Seniors Transportation Access and Resources

Seniors Transportation Access and Resources (STAR) is an organization that are specialists in sustainable transportation, supporting the diverse needs of BC communities. STAR provides a comprehensive list of ride program options for seniors in BC For more information please visit the website here . Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Information Services

ConnecTra Society

ConnecTra is a connecting agency, linking people with disabilities to activities and programs that will, over time, allow them to gain confidence and become more active and involved in community life. (The MS Society is affiliated with the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation) Address :#318-425 Carrall... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Information Services

Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

This foundation provides opportunities for people with disabilities, promoting capabilities and talents of people with physical challenges. The foundation has many affiliated associations whose programs and services range from recreation, to mobility, and much more, including: For the Tetra Society... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Information Services

Disabled Independent Gardeners Association (DIGA)

DIGA encourages people with disabilities to garden and works toward creating a gardening community blind to physical barriers. Programs include seasonal workshops at local gardens, education programs, online and print materials, and in-home services for disabled gardeners. DIGA also partners with the... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Disabled Sailing Association of BC (DSA)

Enriching lives of people with disabilities, the DSA allows sailors to use the Martin 16, a fully adapted and accessible sailboat. You may sail by yourself or with an instructor on board. Adaptive sailing offers a sport with a higher level of independence for participants. Sailors compete alongside... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

BC 211

Dial 2-1-1 to reach a gateway for non-emergency service including information and referral, housing, advocacy, health and child care, employment insurance, and more. Trained Information and Referral specialists provide free, confidential, and multilingual services 24/7, dispensing information for community, Read More

  • Information Services

Disability Resource Network of BC for Post-Secondary Education

The DRNBC for Post-Secondary Education is committed to representing persons with a disability at the post-secondary level and is committed to providing programs and services, professional development, resources, and information on current events that affect individuals with a disability/disabilities... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Advocacy & Legal

Advocacy Access Programs, Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

These DABC programs provide support, information, and one-to-one assistance for people with disabilities in applying for and appealing the denial of provincial and federal disability benefits. Learn about income/disability assistance, disability tax credit and income tax programs, health coverage programs, Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

The DABC provides many services and resources for people living with all disabilities, including their Advocacy Access Programs, work on Emergency Preparedness, informative publications (many of which are available in English, Chinese, Punjabi, and Farsi), and much more. For more information: Phone:... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Advocacy & Legal

Emergency Preparedness Project, Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

Disability Alliance BC's Emergency Project has promoted the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness. They host presentations and workshops for organizations and businesses in the community. Download educational and informational materials that contain emergency checklists and... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Health and Wellness

BC Hydro Energy Saving

Eligible low-income customers of BC Hydro or Fortis BC who are renters or owners of homes, town-homes, duplexes, or mobile homes may be able to save energy and associated expenses. There are two programs available: 1. Energy Conservation Assistance Program from BC Hydro (ECAP) The ECAP program provides... Read More

  • Financial Assistance

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Kickstart encourages the integration of people with disabilities into the creative and artistic life of communities by developing and presenting festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibits for and by Canadian artists with disability. Kickstart engages the community through call-outs for artists... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Access Pro Bono Services

The Access Pro Bono Services is an organization in BC that provide legal services to clients with low income at no cost. Resources are available on their website and cover a variety of topics including residential tenancy law. Volunteer lawyers provide advice and representation for various sectors of... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Dial-A-Law and Lawyer Referral Service, Canadian Bar Association

1. Dial-A-Law - is a library of legal information prepared by lawyers which offers general information on a variety of topics on law in BC. It is a free service available in English, Chinese, and Punjabi by telephone or internet. Call if you have a legal problem and want practical information or to... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

BC Legal Services Society (LSS)

BC Legal Services Society provides a range of free services to British Columbians including legal information, advice and representation services, and mediation. While priority is given to people with low incomes, many services are available to anyone. A list of the 33 communities served in BC can be... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Justice Access Centres

Justice Access Centres assists people with support needs to find early and affordable solutions to family and civil legal issues such as income security, divorce, wills and estates, human rights, and more. Contact a JAC for advice, information, court alternatives, self-help info, free classes, and mediation... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

BC Adaptive Snowsports (previously Disabled Skiers Association of BC)

BC adaptive Snowsports promotes and provides skiing and snowboarding programs and services to all people with disabilities in BC as a form of recreation and rehabilitation. There are 12 adaptive snow sport club programs in BC. Programs are provided in the Kootenays, Okanagan, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS)

The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) is a catalyst in creating awareness about disability issues and has provided support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia since its origins. Wheelchair basketball is for anyone who wishes to participate (disability or not), whether... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

BC Wheelchair Sports Association

Since 1971, BC Wheelchair Sports has supported the personal growth and athletic development of people with physical disabilities. BC Wheelchair Sports offers quality programs in 4 member sports; athletics, basketball, rugby and tennis. Programs for each sport are offered at all different skill levels, Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) BC (formerly the BC Paraplegic Association)

Spinal Cord Injury BCpromotes successful independent living for thousands of people with permanent injuries or damage to their spinal cord, including individuals living with multiple sclerosis. SCI BC offers a resource center, programs, activities, peer support, education, The Spin Magazine, scholarships, Read More

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  • Peer Support
  • Information Services
  • Employment

SportAbility BC

SportAbility is involved in the organization, regulation, and funding of sports for people with disabilities all over the province. Athletes are offered opportunities at all levels for recreational and/or competitive purposes. SportAbility helps participants develop technical skills and physical literacy... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

Driver Rehabilitation Program, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

GF Strong Centre, part of Vancouver Coastal Health, operates the Driver Rehabilitation Centre which offers an all-inclusive program consisting of in-clinic and on-road assessments, lessons, and vehicle/ equipment modifications to meet the needs of individuals 16+ with a physical or cognitive disability. Read More

  • Travel and Transportation

Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

The Sexual Rehabilitation service is composed of sexual health professionals trained in the field of sexual health, disability, and rehabilitation. The service aims to facilitate the sexual rehabilitation of clients and their families through medical intervention, education, and emotional support. The... Read More

  • Health and Wellness

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

Nidus provides information to BC residents about personal planning and operates as a centralized Registry for personal planning documents. Registering your documents allows you to have them in one place and to access them 24/7. Costs $25 to create an account and $10 per registration (after the 1st)... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

Para Rowing

Para-rowing provides people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be active on the water, get involved in a friendly club environment, and participate in a variety of competitions. Para-rowing is suitable for people with a wide range of disabilities including visual... Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation
  • Health and Wellness

BC Dental Association Reduced Cost Clinics

The BC Dental Association offers several clinics across BC which provide dental services at a reduced rate. Check the website below to see if a dental clinic in your area is suitable for you. For more information Phone 1-888-396-9888 (Toll-free) or 604-736-7202 (Local) Visit the website here Read More

  • Health and Wellness

BC Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS)

BCMOS is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to explore and experience the great outdoors. BCMOS uses an adapted vehicle, the TrailRider, to provide access to any terrain in the wilderness. Programs include hiking, kayaking, gliding, and various challenging expeditions. Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

Accessible Housing BC, Spinal Cord Injury BC

Accessible Housing BC is an online classified ad service, brought to you by the Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI-BC), intended to connect accessible housing providers with housing seekers with disabilities in British Columbia. This site has a wealth of dedicated information resources for both housing seekers... Read More

  • Home Support and Accommodations

Voters with Disabilities, Elections BC

Elections BC is committed to improving accessibility to the electoral process for all eligible voters in BC. Staff at voting locations are trained to assist individuals with a disability, visual impairment, or hearing loss. For more information: Phone: 1-800-661-8683 (Toll-free), 250-387-5305 (TTY)... Read More

  • Information Services
  • Assistive Devices & Medical Supplies

Seniors Advocate

The Seniors Advocate is responsible for tracking and reviewing issues affecting seniors' well-being, improving awareness about resources which assist seniors and those who use senior's services, and making recommendations to government and senior's services providers. Translation services are available... Read More

  • Advocacy & Legal

BC Ferries

A BC resident with a permanent physical or mental disability can apply for a Disabled Status Identification (DSI) card, qualifying its holder for reduced rates when traveling with BC Ferries. The DSI card also applies to an escort if one is needed. BC Ferries also encourages passengers with disabilities... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Angling Fishing License Fee Reduction

An annual ÒNon-Tidal Angling LicenseÓ is available at the reduced cost of $1.12 for any BC resident with proof of severe and permanent disability. Apply by filling out and submitting the application. Those under 16 do not need a license. No refunds will be made on licenses purchased at the full price. Read More

  • Social Gatherings & Recreation

BC's Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with a disability are eligible for a refund on motor fuel tax they have paid on fuel purchased for their motor vehicles and may receive up to $500 per calendar year for the cost of fuel used by their leased or owned vehicle. The applicant must be at least 16 years of age, and The applicant must... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Bus Pass Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities

An annual pass for public transit systems is available to assist low-income seniors or persons with disabilities. You are eligible if you are receiving disability assistance from the provincial government . A bus pass will be provided to you or you can choose to receive a $52 Transportation Support... Read More

  • Travel and Transportation
  • Financial Assistance

Awards for Students with Permanent Disabilities, Student Aid BC

Full- and part-time post-secondary students with permanent disabilities can apply for government bursaries and grants. For information on student loans, occupations, education options, managing debt, and application forms, visit the website below. If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible to... Read More

  • Youth Programs
  • Financial Assistance

Family Caregivers Society of British Columbia

The FCSBC provides caregivers with support groups, telephone or in-person caregiver support, information and referral to community resources, educational workshops, bi-monthly newsletters, video series, webinars, podcasts, and a resource library. Visit the website below to view a list of provincial... Read More

  • Peer Support
  • Caregivers and Families
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