Wheelchair Ramp Funding Sources
While most of these programs will fund ramps, many have eligibility criteria which have to be met in order to qualify. e.g. Easter seals is for children and Veteran's Affairs is for veterans and their families.
The Easter Seal Society
Financial Assistance Program - dedicated to helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence. Easter Seals funds disability solutions through financial assistance, summer camp, the Recreational Choices funding program, research, advocacy, and public and consumer education. Telephone: 416-421-8377 or 800-668-6525
The MS Society
The MS Society offers two types of funding; equipment purchase and permanent loan as well as special assistance programs. Please note that funding programs vary from province-to-province. The most common service provided by most divisions and chapters is assistance with equipment to help people with MS maximize their quality of life. Divisions and chapters manage this service in various ways:
- Information and advocacy to assist people in understanding the resources available to them through their own benefits programs and the provincial health system, etc.
- Full or partial purchase of equipment or permanent loan
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada
The MDA provides basic medical equipment, on loan, from a stock of recycled devices such as scooters, manual and electric wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Some funding assistance may be available for the purchase of new equipment.www.muscle.ca
Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)
The RRAP Program offered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The program offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy for low income persons with disabilities. To Qualify for the RRAP Program the ramp must be permanently installed. Portable ramps may qualify if used and installed as permanent.www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca
Sudbury Tax Services Office
Revenue Canada provides information on tax deductibles, related to medical expenses.www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/tax/individuals/menu-e.html
Ontario March of Dimes
The Ontario March of Dimes enables people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in community life, by providing them with the tools they need to enhance their independence. Programs and services include: Home & Vehicle Modification Program, Assistive Devices Program, and Recycled Rental Equipment Program. www.marchofdimes.ca
To be eligible for funding, the applicant must:
- be 19 years of age and over;
- reside in Ontario;
- possess a valid Ontario Health Card, and;
- have an ongoing physical limitation.
Financial assistance is based on the impact the device will have on the individual's personal mobility and independence, as well as on his/her financial needs. If you or someone you know has a permanent physical disability and is in need of financial assistance toward equipment that has been recommended by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, contact Ontario March of Dimes at email@example.com or 1-866-765-7237 to explore your options.
Mobility Aids Funded by the March of Dimes ADP Program
(Note this is not the same as the Ontario Ministry of Health ADP Program)
- manual and motorized wheelchairs
- bath aids
- seating inserts and wheelchair cushions
- canes, crutches and walkers
- lifting equipment
- repairs to devices
Home Vehicle Modification Program
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services the Home Vehicle Modification program is administered by the Ontario March of Dimes and is open to all residents of Ontario who meet the eligibility criteria. This program provides funds for modifiying vehicles and homes to make them functional and usable by disabled Ontario residents. Please click here for more information.
Easter Seals Society
This agency has a Financial Assistance Program. It is important that the parents of children who may need equipment in their future and who may need financial assistance register the child with Easter Seals as early as possible. (telephone 416 421 - 8377) The eligibility criterion for financial assistance for equipment is for children with physical disabilities not developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or Autism. The exception to this is the incontinence supply grant program. For more information and on line application visit www.easterseals.org
Veteran's Affairs Canada
Veteran's Affairs is a program provided by the Canadian federal government to provide products and services to Military Veterans and their families. They will fund and provide medical equipment which is required. The benefits are different depending on whether the conditon causing the need is related to their service or not. Veteran's Affairs Canada
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity provides financial assistance for families in need, in a variety of areas. Please contact them directly for further information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-218-7918.
Automotive Manufacturer's Mobility Programs
While van ramps which are actually installed in the van should be covered by these programs, I've heard that sometimes they will cover portable ramps as well assuming they are needed to load the wheelchair or scooter for transporting.
Ford Mobility Program
Open to all Canadians buying a new Ford Vehicle, Ford will grant up to $1,000.00 towards installation of lifts, hand controls and other equipment. Application is made through the dealership where purchased an must be made within 6 months of purchasing a new vehicle. For more information click here.
GM Mobility Program
Also open to all Canadians, the GM Program will grant $1,000.00 towards the purchase of modifications to a new vehicle, but you have to call their mobility assitance program to find out if you qualify at 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Their web site lists several steps you should follow when purchasing adaptive equipment but I'm not sure if these steps are recommendations or requirements. Best to call and get the details. For more information click here.
Chrysler Automobility Program
When the customer buys or leases any new Chrysler Corporation vehicle, Chrysler Corporation will provide cash reimbursement, up to $1000, to help cover the cost of installing adaptive driver or passenger equipment on the vehicle. I haven't been able to find any reference to this program on their Canadian web site so for more information, contact the Chrysler Automobility Program toll free at 1-800-265-6908 or 313-961-9448 or contact your local dealer.
Volkswagen Mobility Access Program
Volkswagen will refund $1000 on the purchase or lease of a new Volkswagen vehicle if vehicle access equipment is installed. Although this program has been available for years I haven't been able to find any reference to it in Canada on their web site or a telephone number. I'm assuming the program is still active but for more information you should contact your local Volkswagen Dealer.
Saturn Mobility Program
Customers will be reimbursed by the Saturn Mobility Program for the cost of after-market driver of passenger adaptive aids, including installation, or reinstallation, in an amount up to a maximum of $1000 when such equipment is installed on an eligible Saturn vehicle. For more information, contact the Saturn Mobility Program, toll free at 1-800-553-6000.
Toyota Mobility Program
To help cover the costs of installing adaptive driving aids or mobility assistance equipment, the Toyota Mobility Program offers up to a $1,000 allowance to physically-challenged customers who acquire a new Toyota vehicle. Adaptive driving or passenger equipment includes, but is not limited to, wheelchair or other lift equipment, hand or other driving controls, and lifts or cart storage. Upon verification of the claim, a cheque will be mailed directly to the customer. For more information click here.
Honda, Acura and Lexus
All have mobility programs in the U.S. but I can't find any information on similar programs in Canada. I would certainly ask your local dealer if they have a program for Canadians.