Personal Supports


There are 78 records that match your request.

1. Adaptive Recreation (AR) and Wilderness School (WS)

Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society

The Adaptive Recreation Program an adventure based therapy and recreation program which provides adaptable equipment so people with disabilities can enjoy and connect to nature. Activities include: kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, gardening, camping and environmental stewardship. Participants can choose to enrol for a single, one-time activity or participate in ongoing, multi-activity group programs. Power To Be also operates a Wilderness School, a 4 year program for at-risk youth, where participants learn a variety of wilderness and life skills through hands on learning strategies.

Email: carinna@powertobe.ca
Phone: 250 385-2363
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 375-2363
Fax: 250 385-2360

Address:
1009 Langley St.
Victoria, BC, V8W 1V7

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

2. Additional Home Owner Grant for Persons with Disabilities

Ministry of Small Business and Revenue

Homeowners with a disability or homeowners living with a relative or spouse with a disability may be eligible for the additional Home Owner Grant.

Email: hogadmin@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250 356-8904
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 355-2700

Address:
Home Owner Grant Administration PO Box 9991 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9R7

Contacts Page

You can also contact the Surveyor of Taxes or municipal office where you pay your property taxes or your local Service BC - Government Agent's office.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

3. Adult Special Education

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology, Learning Programs Branch

The Ministry provides support and services for equipment and assistive devices for persons with disabilities in two ways:directly to the post-secondary institutions for students' use and directly to students who apply and are eligible.

Email: AVED.LearningPrograms@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250 387-6174
Fax: 250 387-0878

Address:
PO Box 9882 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9T6

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

4. Angling License Fee Reduction

Ministry of the Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch

BC Residents with a severe and permanent physical or mental disability may obtain an annual Non-Tidal Angling Licence at a reduced fee. (Note: Licences are not required for anglers under 16 years of age.) To apply for the program, please contact your local Service BC Centre. Applications may be downloaded from the ministry website.

Contacts Page

To locate your local Service BC Centre (Government Agent office), please consult the blue pages in your local telephone directory or see the ministry website.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

5. Annual Bus Pass Program

The BC Bus Pass Program offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and individuals receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia or their band office. Passes are valid in communities serviced by BC Transit or TransLink. The pass is only valid for the eligible rider and is non-transferable. Handy Dart is not included in this program.

Email: HSDBUSPA@gov.bc.ca
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 866-0800 Ext: Press 4, then 3
Fax: 855 771-8788

Address:
BC Bus Pass Program 9985 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9R6

Note: ALL email bus pass requests must include a completed Bus Pass Email Template (downloadable from the website)

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

6. Assistance Program for Students with Permanent Disabilities (APSD)

This provincially funded program is for students with permanent disabilities attending public post-secondary schools in B.C. This is a needs based program available to part-time or full-time students either taking post-secondary level courses or upgrading courses. Depending on your need, grants of up to $10,000 are available for exceptional education-related services and adaptive equipment. If you need an attendant while at school, the grant may be increased up to $12,000. This grant does not cover living expenses, tuition or books.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 561-1818
Fax: 866 312-3322

Address:
Student Aid BC PO Box 9173 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9H7

Contacts Page

Students should contact the disability services office at their post secondary institution. Disability resource centre staff and administrators may wish to contact StudentAid BC. Phone: 250 387-6100 B.C. Lower Mainland: 604 660-2610 Fax: 250 387-7460

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

7. Assistive Technology and Seating Service

GF Strong Rehab Centre

The Assistive Technology and Seating Service (ATSS) supports clinicians and rehabilitation professionals working with adults and adolescents with disabilities in the public health system of BC and the Yukon. Support is provided in the form of: consultation, assessment, evaluation, intervention, education and equipment loans for assessment. The Service works to further an individual's goals related to seating, communication, vocation, education, leisure, and independent living. Please note: access to services (consultations and equipment loans) is through clinicians and rehabilitation professionals only.

Fax: 604 734-1363

Address:
4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2G9

Assistive Technology Service Phone: 604 737-6263 Seating Service Phone: 604 734-1313 Ext. 2491

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

8. At Home Program: Medical Benefits (AHP)

Ministry of Children and Family Development

The At Home Program assists parents with some of the disability-related costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home. Children may be eligible for full program benefits or for a choice of respite or medical benefits. The At Home Program provides assistance to families in two main areas: 1) Respite Benefits: (age 18 or younger) allows parents to choose appropriate care options and 2) Medical Benefits: (age 17 or younger) provides a range of medical equipment, supplies and services.

Phone: 250 387-9649
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 613-3232

Address:
PO Box 9763 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9S5

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

9. BC Ferries Disabled Status ID Card

BC Ferries

Reduced ferry fares may be available to residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability.

Toll-free Phone: 1 888 223-3779
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

10. BC Rehab Foundation

BC Rehab Foundation provides support to people with disabilities through education, research, arts, recreation and wellness programs. They fundraise for equipment, education, and research, in addition to providing advocacy services.

Phone: 604 737-6383
Fax: 604 737-6494

Address:
193-4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2G9

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

11. Canada Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This program may be used to cover the costs of a wide variety of supports for post secondary students who have permanent disabilities. The assistive technology allowed under this grant is provided by Assistive Technology BC (AT BC).

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 561-1818
Fax: 866 312-3322

Address:
StudentAid BC PO Box 9173 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9H7

Contacts Page

Students should contact disability services/disability resource centre at their post-secondary institution.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

12. Canadian Abilities Foundation

Abilities.ca is a source of information for persons with disabilities, both for general information and for information about how to obtain equipment.

Email: able@abilities.ca
Phone: 416 923-1885
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 700-4476
Fax: 416 923-9829

Address:
270 - 340 College Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 3A9

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

13. CanAssist

CanAssist, University of Victoria

CanAssist designs customized assistive devices for individuals with disabilities (these devices are usually unavailable commercially). The community can make technology requests by contacting the organization or downloading the request form online and there is no charge for the equipment. The program is based at the University of Victoria, and has a research component as well. CanAssist may take on both high tech and simpler projects, and has a strong volunteer and student involvement. While most work is done for clients on Vancouver Island, people throughout BC may also be able to access their services.

Email: info@canassist.ca
Phone: 250 721-7300
Fax: 250 721-7299

Address:
E-Hut, PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

14. Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC provides information and referrals to individuals about organizations that may have equipment and assistive devices for people who are living with or affected by Cerebral Palsy. They also provide information about organizations that might fund equipment.

Email: info@bccerebralpalsy.com
Phone: 604 408-9484
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 663-0004
Fax: 604 408-9489

Address:
330 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T9

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

15. Children's Medical Equipment Loan Service (CMERLS)

Canadian Red Cross

The Children's Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS) provides specialized medical and therapeutic equipment for BC children aged birth to19 years who are eligible for benefits from the Ministry of Children and Family Development 'In Care' and 'At Home' programs. CMERLS also provides equipment to individuals, not-for-profit organizations, and schools without equipment funding for special needs children in their care. Requests for equipment must be made by a health care professional.

Email: lmr.mels@redcross.ca
Phone: 604 709-6685
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 565-8000 Ext: 6685

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

16. Children and Family Programs

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

Through the various programs offered by the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, people may obtain information and referrals for equipment and assistive devices. The Kids in Action program has a Loans Cupboard which offers the use of adapted sport and recreational equipment to children with special needs at home, school and in the community.

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

17. Claims

ICBC

For individuals who have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, ICBC helps them to get the support they need. Autoplan Accident Benefits helps with medical costs and wage loss for those injured in a motor vehicle crash in Canada or the USA.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 910-4222

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

18. Community Access Point (CAP) Equipment Loan Services

Richmond Disability Resource Centre

The Richmond Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides information and referrals to people with disabilities for their participation in the life of the whole community to the level of their desires and abilities. The Community Access Program (CAP) specializes in assistive technology of hardware and software to accommodate various special needs of computer users. The Equipment Loan Services provides a small selection of equipment such as canes, crutches, walkers and manual wheelchairs, free of charge, to people who need the equipment for a short duration, or maximum three months.

Email: rcd@rcdrichmond.org
Phone: 604 232-2404
TTY Phone: 604 232-2479
Fax: 604 232-2415

Address:
100-5671 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC, V6X 2C7

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

19. Community Access Program, Assistive Technology Peer Support, Parking Permits Employment Program

Independent Living Vernon

Independent Living Vernon provides information and referral, as well as peer support for adults & youth, a computer/internet tutoring program, parking permits, and several employment and pre-employment programs.

Email: info@vdrc.ca
Phone: 250 545-9292
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 288-1088
TTY Phone: 250 542-2193
Fax: 250 545-9226

Address:
107 - 3402 27th Avenue
Vernon, BC, V1T 1S1

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

20. Community Access Program (CAP) Assistive Technology for Employment Centre (ATEC)

Disability Resource Centre of Victoria

The Disability Resource Centre of Victoria hosts a number of programs, including information referral, peer support, skills development and disability parking permits. They may provide referrals for equipment and assistive devices. The Community Access Program (CAP) provides access to the internet for people who may not have computers or internet access. Assistive technology, including hardware and software accommodates various needs of computer users. The Assistive Technology for Employment Centre (ATEC) helps people evaluate a range of alternative computer equipment, offers the ability to try out and evaluate equipment over time and the opportunity to train with the assistive technology.

Email: reception@drcvictoria.com
Phone: 250 595-0044
Fax: 250 595-1512

Address:
817a Fort Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

21. CPP Disability Benefit

Government of Canada

The CPP disability benefit, administered by the federal government, is available to people who have made enough contributions to the Canada Pension Plan, and whose disability prevents them from working at a job on a regular basis. The disability must be long lasting or likely to result in death. The Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people who receive a Canada Pension Plan disability benefit return to work.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 277-9914
TTY Phone: 800 255-4786

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

22. Crime Victim Assistance Program

Ministry of Justice

Victims injured as a result of violent crimes may be eligible for benefits that include disability aids and home or vehicle modifications and related expenses. This program replaces the Criminal Injury Compensation Program previously operated by the Workers' Compensation Board

Email: cvap@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 604 660-3888
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 660-3888

Address:
PO Box 5550 Stn Terminal
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H1

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

23. Disability Supports for Employment Fund (DSEF)

Vancouver Foundation

This fund supports initiatives by non-profit, charitable organizations that will promote the social and economic independence of individuals with disabilities.

Email: info@vancouverfoundation.ca
Phone: 604 688-2204
Fax: 604 688-4170

Address:
Suite 200-475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 4M9

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

24. Disabled Sailing

The Disabled Sailing Association

Disabled (adaptive) sailing is accessible and inclusive and promotes freedom and independence. Even people with no movement below the neck, with the use of 'sip n' puff' technology, can sail safely and independently. DSA-BC operates eight specially designed Martin 16 sailboats, for people aged 8 and up. Sailing allows people to enjoy independence and freedom, whether as a recreational activity or a competitive high performance endeavour. Sailing instruction is available, and participants range from complete novices to highly competitive.

Email: dsa@disabilityfoundation.org
Phone: 604 688-6464
Fax: 604 688-6463

Address:
(Head Office) Suite 318-425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 6E3

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

25. Employment and Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

There are a number of benefits available to disability income assistance recipients. Some examples include: identification fees, security deposits, co-operative housing purchase supplements, emergency moving supplements, natal supplements, guide animal supplements, and medical transportation.

Toll-free Phone: 1 866 866-0800

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

26. Employment Counselling

Employment Action

The Employment Action Center offers employment and disability counselling for persons with disabilities.

Phone: 250 564-8044
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 409-8044
Fax: 250 564-8864

Address:
1505 Victoria Street
Prince George, BC, V2L 2L4

Contacts Page



27. Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI)

BC Personal Supports Network and Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

The EATI provides equipment and assistive technology, and funding for related services such as assessment, trialing, repair and training, for people with disabilities who would like to work. You may be eligible for the EATI if you are a BC resident who is 18 years of age or older and you are: unemployed and ineligible for Employment Insurance/reachback benefits OR employed and looking to upgrade essential skills such as literacy or numeracy. This program is funded by the Government of Canada through the federal-provincial Labour Market Agreement. Please contact the program for more information.

Email: EATI@bcits.org
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 333-7554
Fax: 604 326-0176

Address:
103 - 366 East Kent Avenue South
Vancouver, BC, V5X 4N6



28. Equipment Evaluation Service

GF Strong Rehab Centre

The Equipment Evaluation Service evaluates a wide variety of assistive technology and provides consumers with the information necessary to choose the best assistive technology for their needs. The evaluations provide consumers with useful functional information to assist them in decision making.

Phone: 604 737-6410
Fax: 604 734-6359

Address:
4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2G9

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

29. Family Fund

Giving in Action Society

The Family Fund provides grants to families who have family members with developmental disabilities or youth (under 19 years) with special needs living at home. The Fund offers one-time grants to help improve the individual's health, development or ability to participate in daily activities at home, in school and in the community. The grant may be used towards accessibility related home renovations and vehicle purchases.

Email: info@givinginaction.ca
Phone: 604 683-3157
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 523-3157

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

30. Flight Discount

Your attendant may be able to accompany you for reduced price or for free.

Ask the airline for details



31. Free Camping in BC Provincial Parks

BC Parks

If you are a person with a disability who receives income assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, or from a First Nations Administering Authority, or if you are a family with a child who receives funding through the At Home program, you may be eligible to camp for free. Obtain a Release of Information form from your Employment Assistance Worker, Social Development worker or the Ministry of Children and Family Development to show to campsite staff.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

32. HandyCard and HandyDART

TransLink

Please note that for residents of the Metro Vancouver Area or GVRD, Translink provides HandyDART and HandyCard as per the following. HandyDART is a door-to-door public transit service providing safe passenger transportation for persons who have either a temporary or permanent physical or cognitive disability that is sufficiently severe that they are unable to use public transit without assistance or an attendant. HandyDART does not offer attendant service or assistance beyond the outside door of the home or destination. HandyCard is a program designed for persons with a permanent cognitive or physical disability who are unable to use the public transit system without assistance or an attendant. The HandyCard entitles a holder of the card to ride for concession fares on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Vancouver Blue Bus and West Coast Express in any part of the Metro Vancouver area. The HandyCard holder’s attendant may travel for free. Applicants must be at least twelve years old and a resident of the SCBCTA transportation Service Region or Metro Vancouver. An individual must have a HandyCard in order to be able to use TaxiSaver coupons. A maximum of 2 TaxiSaver books per month may be purchased. Contact the Translink office for details.

Phone: 778 452-2860

Contacts Page



33. HandyDART and HandyCard

BC Transit

HandyDART is a shared-ride public transit service which uses specially equipped vehicles designed to carry passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use public transit without assistance. HandyCard is a pass which Allows BC residents with special needs to travel on conventional transit for a reduced fare.

Contacts Page

Contact your local transit office

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

34. HandyPASS and Taxi Saver Program

BC Transit

The HandyPASS is a picture identification that allows you to purchase Taxi Saver coupons. The Taxi Saver Program provides a 50% subsidy towards the cost of taxi rides.

Contacts Page

Contact your local transit office.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

35. Health Benefits

Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada offers 14 kinds of health benefits, including medical, surgical and dental care, prescription drugs, and hearing and vision aids. Veterans Affairs Canada also offers supplementary health benefits, treatment allowances and other miscellaneous benefits. For example, the cost of travel for medical services, including the cost of travel for an escort, where necessary, may also be covered. The ability to access our health benefits may depend on your eligibility, your health needs and whether these services are available through your province.

Email: information@vac-acc.gc.ca
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 522-2122

Contacts Page

Toll-Free: 1 866 522-2022 (French) Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 local time.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

36. Health Supplements

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Health supplements may be provided to eligible income assistance recipients. They include a range of services, programs and items to meet an individual's health needs. Health supplements include medically essential equipment and devices to meet individuals' basic mobility, hearing, positioning and breathing needs.

Toll-free Phone: 1 866 866-0800
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

37. Home and Community Care Services-Fraser Health Authority

Ministry of Health

Health Authorities provide home and community care services for British Columbians with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. Services include home care nursing, palliative care, community rehabilitation, adult day centres, assisted living, home support, residential care and hospice. Health Authorities may provide these services directly or through contracts with service providers.

Email: feedback@fraserhealth.ca
Phone: 604 587-4600
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 935-5669
Fax: 604 587-4666

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

38. Home and Community Care Services-Interior Health Authority

Ministry of Health

Health Authorities provide home and community care services for British Columbians with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. Services include home care nursing, palliative care, community rehabilitation, adult day centres, assisted living, home support, residential care and hospice. Health Authorities may provide these services directly or through contracts with service providers.

Phone: 250 862-4200
Fax: 250 862-4201

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

39. Home and Community Care Services-Northern Health Authority

Ministry of Health

Health Authorities provide home and community care services for British Columbians with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. Services include home care nursing, palliative care, community rehabilitation, adult day centres, assisted living, home support, residential care and hospice. Health Authorities may provide these services directly or through contracts with service providers.

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

40. Home and Community Care Services-Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Ministry of Health

Health Authorities provide home and community care services for British Columbians with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. Services include home care nursing, palliative care, community rehabilitation, adult day centres, assisted living, home support, residential care and hospice. Health Authorities may provide these services directly or through contracts with service providers.

Phone: 604 736-2033
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 884-0888
Fax: 604 875-4750

Contacts Page

Additional websites:Home support: https://www.vch.ca/your_health/health_topics/home_support/home_support Choice in Support for Independent Living (CSIL): https://www.vch.ca/your_health/health_topics/home_support/choice-in-supports-for-independent-living/choice_in_supports_for_independent_living Home Care Nursing and Community Rehabilitation: https://www.vch.ca/your_health/health_topics/home_care_nursing/home_care_nursing

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

41. Home and Community Care Services-Vancouver Island Health Authority

Ministry of Health

Health Authorities provide home and community care services for British Columbians with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. Services include home care nursing, palliative care, community rehabilitation, adult day centres, assisted living, home support, residential care and hospice. Health Authorities may provide these services directly or through contracts with service providers.

Email: info@viha.ca
Phone: 250 370-8699
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 370-8699
Fax: 250 370-8750

Contacts Page

Additional websites: Home support: http://www.viha.ca/hcc/services/home_support.htm Choice in Support for Independent Living (CSIL): http://www.viha.ca/hcc/services/choice+in_supports_for_independent_living_csil.htm Home Care Nursing and Community Rehabilitation:http://www.viha.ca/hcc/services/nursing_services.htm

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

42. Independent Living BC (ILBC)

BC Housing

Independent Living BC (ILBC) serves seniors and people with disabilities who require some support, but do not need 24-hour institutional care. ILBC offers a middle option to bridge the gap between home care and residential care.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 257-7756

Contacts Page

Contact your local health authority.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

43. Inter-Tribal Health Authority

Twenty nine First Nations from Vancouver Island and the Inner Coastal Region belong to the Inter Tribal Health Authority (ITHA), which manages Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and other programs on behalf of its band members.

Email: itha@intertribalhealth.ca
Phone: 250 753-3990
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 777-4842

Address:
534 Centre Street
Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4Z3

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

44. Kinsmen Foundation of BC and Yukon

Kinsmen Foundation of BC and Yukon

The Kinsmen Foundation of BC and Yukon accepts applications to provide funding assistance for persons with severe physical disabilities to acquire equipment and assistive devices.

Email: daveowen@kinsmenfoundationofbc.ca
Phone: 604 233-1993
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 335-1234

Address:
3-33361 Wren Crescent
Abbotsford, BC, V2S 5V9

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

45. Lifeline

Lifeline medical alarms are worn on the body, and may be used to send a call for help in an emergency 24 hours/day. Lifeline Programs offer a range of service and equipment for personal safety. Fees may vary from region to region, as the service is provided by a variety of service providers, most of whom are non-profit organizations.

Toll-free Phone: 1 866 784-1992

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

46. Medical Services Only (MSO)

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Through Medical Services Only (MSO), the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation may provide specific health supplements to certain categories of former BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA) clients to meet their health needs. In addition to MSP and PharmaCare coverage, health benefits may include, among other benefits, prescribed medical equipment and supplies and basic dental services.

Toll-free Phone: 1 866 866-0800
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

47. Motor Fuel Tax Refund

Ministry of Finance

People with certain disabilities may apply for a refund of tax paid on fuel purchased for their motor vehicles. Applicants must first register for the program. The website contains Information on the eligibility criteria for persons with disabilities to register for the fuel tax refund program. The refund is based on the amount of taxes paid, to an annual maximum amount.

Email: CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 604 660-4524
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 388-4440

To register: Service BC Centre or the Ministry of Finance, PO Box 9442 STN PROV GOVT, Victoria BC V8W 9V4. To Claim a Refund: Service BC Centre or the Ministry of Finance-Refunds Section: PO Box 9628 STN PROV GOVT, Victoria BC V8W 9N6

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

48. Neil Squire Society

The Neil Squire Society offers a variety of ergonomic and technology related programs, including computer literacy training, and computer accessibility for persons with disabilities. Where appropriate these are provided to persons with disabilities as an alternative to the fee-based service.

Email: info@neilsquire.ca
Phone: 604 473-9363
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 673-4636
Fax: 604 473-9364

Address:
220 - 2250 Boundary Road
Burnaby, BC, V5M 3Z3

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

49. Neil Squire Solutions

Neil Squire Solutions trains people in how to use assistive technology, and helps them trial and evaluate a range of alternative computer input and output devices. They also provide ergonomic assessments in workplaces or at home - as well as in their well-equipped 'lab'. As a social enterprise, many services are provided on a fee-for-service basis.

Phone: 604 473-9363
Fax: 604 473-9364

Address:
220 - 2250 Boundary Road
Burnaby, BC, V5M 9T6

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

50. Nisga'a Valley Health Board

The Nisga'a nation has its own program, with pharmaceutical and dental benefits arranged through Great West Life Insurance to provide benefits closely mirroring those of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program. All other NIHB services are handled by the Nisga'a Valley Health Authority.

Phone: 250 633-5000
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 233-2212
Fax: 250 633-2512

Address:
PO Box 234 - 4920 Tait Avenue
Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC, V0J 1A0

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

51. Non Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit

First Nations and Inuit Health, Health Canada

The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB) is a national health benefit program that funds a limited range of medically necessary health-related goods and services to eligible registered First Nations and recognized Inuit (clients). As the payer of last resort NIHB provides goods and services not already provided through private insurance plans, provincial/territorial health or social programs or other publicly funded programs. The benefits funded include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, medical supplies and equipment, short-term crisis intervention mental health counselling, dental care, vision care and medical transportation to access medically required health services not provided on the reserve or in the community of residence. See also: Inter Tribal Health Authority and Nisga'a Valley Health Authority.

Phone: 604 666-3331
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 317-7878
Fax: 888 299-9222

Address:
757 West Hastings Street, Suite 540
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E6

Contacts Page

In-person inquiries: 1166 Alberni Street, Room 701, Vancouver

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

52. Occupational Therapists: Private and Public Practice

BC Society of Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists help people to assume or reassume the skills they need for the job of living. They may provide assessment and training related to assistive devices. To find an occupational therapist in your area, please visit the website or call the office. Funding for private therapists may not be covered by government health funding.

Email: gboniface@caot.ca
Phone: 604 736-5645
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 434-2268 Ext: 265
Fax: 604 736-5606

Address:
PO Box 30042 RPO Parkgate Village
N Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y8

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

53. Opportunities Fund

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

This program provides financial help through a contribution for employment services to people with disabilities. The purpose is to assist persons with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment or self-employment as well as to develop the skills necessary to maintain that new employment.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 622-6232
TTY Phone: 800 926-9105

Contacts Page

Applications for local and regional projects are available through your local Service Canada Centre (see link for locations).

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

54. Palliative Care Benefits

Ministry of Health

The BC Palliative Care Benefits Program has two components: The Palliative Care Drug Program is provided through Pharmacare. Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits are provided through the local Health Authority.

For information concerning BC Palliative Care Drug Plan, contact Health Insurance BC (HIBC) 1 800 663-7100 or 604 683-7151 (in Vancouver). For information concerning palliative medical supplies and equipment, contact your local Health Authority

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

55. Parking Permits for Persons with Disabilities

Parking permits are available for persons with disabilities in many parts of the province.

Parking permits for many regions of BC are administered by the SPARC office (see SPARC). Regional Organizations that provide parking permits are as follows: City of Kelowna 250 763-6011 Cowichan Valley Independent Living Resource Centre 250 746-3930 Kamloops People in Motion 250 376-7878 Nanaimo Independent Living Centre 250 758-5547 Peninsula Community Services (Sidney) 250 655-4402 Richmond Disability Resource Centre 604 232-2404 Vernon Independent Living Resource Centre 1 877 288-1088 Victoria Disability Resource Centre 250 595-0044 Westcom Media-Lend (Langford) 250 478-5373

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

56. Parking Permits for Persons with Disabilities (SPARC)

Social Planning & Research Council (SPARC) of BC

SPARC BC provides parking permits for persons with disabilities in many regions of BC. Downloadable application forms are available on the SPARC BC website.

Email: permits@sparc.bc.ca
Phone: 604 718-7744
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 718-7794
Fax: 604 736-8697

Address:
4445 Norfolk Street
Burnaby, BC, V5G 0A7

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

57. People in Motion

People in Motion provides information and referral services and operate an adaptive recreation equipment program for persons with disabilities. They supply those in the Kamloops area with specialized recreation devices to encourage participation in outdoor activities. Parking permits for persons with disabilities are available.

Email: information@peopleinmotion.org
Phone: 250 376-7878
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 414-4241
TTY Phone: 250 376-7878
Fax: 250 376-4689

Address:
182B Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC, V2B 3G1

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

58. Permanent Disability Benefit

National Student Loans Program

This program is available to students or former students who are or become permanently disabled during the lifetime of their B.C. student loan. They may apply through StudentAid BC to have their B.C. student loan forgiven in full.

Toll-free Phone: 1 888 815-4514
TTY Phone: 888 815-4556
Fax: 888 815-4657

Address:
National Student Loans Service Centre PO Box 4030
Mississauga ON, BC, L5A 4M4

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

59. Persons with Disabilities Assistance

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Financial assistance and other supports are available to low-income BC residents with disabilities who: have applied for and been designated as a person with a disability by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and meet income and asset based financial criteria.

Toll-free Phone: 1 866 866-0800
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

60. Persons with disabilities tax information

Ministry of Finance

This is the main web page for provincial tax information related to persons with disabilities. Information is provided on: Home Owner Grants. Property Tax Deferment, Fuel Tax Refunds and Motor Vehicle Insurance.

Email: CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 388-4440
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

61. PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship

The PLAN Institute fosters belonging by creating networks, developing resources, cultivating innovation and promoting thinking to enable the contribution of people who are isolated and marginalized. They deliver training and consultation to individuals, families, organizations and service providers. They offer on line access to publications, training and a library.

Email: Inquiries@planinstitute.ca
Phone: 604 439-9566
Fax: 604 439-7001

Address:
260-3665 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC, V5R 5W2

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

62. Program for Institutional Loans of Adaptive Technology (PILAT)

The Ministry, through Assistive Technology-BC (AT-BC), provides assistive technology and support services to post-secondary institutions for students with permanent disabilities in order to reduce barriers to education caused by their disability.

Email: info@at-bc.ca
Phone: 604 264-8295
Fax: 604 263-2267

Address:
#108 - 1750 West 75th Avenue
Vancouver, , V6P 6G2

Students are referred through Public Post-secondary Disability Coordinators or Advisors (contact the disability services of your institution).

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

63. Property Tax Deferment

Ministry of Finance

Property Tax Deferment is one of three property tax assistance programs offered by the province. Property Tax Deferment is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the annual property taxes on their homes.

Email: taxdeferment@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250 356-8121
Toll-free Phone: 1 800 663-7867
Fax: 250 356-5347

Address:
Tax Deferment Program PO Box 9475 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9W6

Contacts Page

Call toll-free through Enquiry BC (request a transfer to 250 356-8121). For further information, please contact your municipal tax office, or Service BC-Government Agent office (rural).

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

64. Provincial Resource Programs

Ministry of Education

Provincial Resource Programs are available through to support school districts and independent schools to assist them in educating students whose access to the curriculum is restricted as a result of disabilities in the following areas: physical disabilities or chronic health impairments, visual impairment, multiple disabilities (physically dependent with multiple needs) deaf/blind, autism. Please see Section F.1 in Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for details. Custodial parents or caregivers should speak to their child's teacher about possible supports.

Contacts Page

The Federation of Independent Schools maintains a list of independent schools and their contacts http://www.fisabc.ca/ See “Find a School.” Please contact your local school district office to inquire about these programs.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

65. Recreation Access Card

For persons with low incomes, including persons with disabilities, a leisure access card may be available in your community to assist in covering the cost of recreational activities at your local recreation centre. Ask for an application form at your local community or recreation centre. Some centres have downloadable forms as well.

Consult your local telephone directory for contact information for your local recreation centre.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

66. Rental Assistance Program

BC Housing

The Rental Assistance Program provides cash assistance to eligible low-income, working families with at least one child under the age of 19 and a gross household income less than $35,000 per year.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 257-7756

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

67. Seniors' Supportive Housing (SSH)

BC Housing

The Seniors' Supportive Housing program provides specially modified rental homes, in selected subsidized housing developments, primarily to low-income seniors who need some assistance in order to continue to live independently. The program focuses on converting and upgrading existing seniors' housing to enhance accessibility and improve safety systems.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 257-7756

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

68. Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)

BC Housing

SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 257-7756
Fax: 604 439-4729

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

69. Sports Wheelchair Loan Program

BC Wheelchair Sports

BCWSA programs are designed to introduce and support continued involvement of individuals with physical disabilities in wheelchair sports and recreational opportunities, promoting an active healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life. Developmental programs are offered throughout BC to give participants an opportunity to learn and develop sport specific skills. The Wheelchair Loan Program makes sport wheelchairs available, for a limited time, for ongoing BCWSA programs and new participants so that cost is not a barrier to participation.

Email: info@bcwheelchairsports.com
Phone: 604 333-3524
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 737-3090
Fax: 604 333-3450

Address:
780 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, V6P 5Y7

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

70. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

The Sunny Hill Health Centre offers a wide variety of specialized services to children and youth with disabilities aged birth to nineteen. Sunny Hill services complement and support community-based services. Services are delivered at Sunny Hill or close to home in a child's community via outreach or TeleCDR.

Phone: 604 453-8300
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 300-3088
Fax: 604 453-8301

Address:
3644 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E8

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

71. Tax Rebates

Canada Revenue Agency

There are a number of tax credits, rebates and deductions that persons with disabilities may be eligible for.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 959-8281
TTY Phone: 800 665-0354
Click for ASL video and read-aloud

72. Tetra Society

The Tetra Society of North America is an independent non-profit that recruits skilled technical volunteers to design and fabricate custom assistive devices for people with disabilities. Tetra volunteers create innovative solutions for people with needs that cannot be met by commercially available products. Tetra was established in 1987, and now has 16 chapters in communities across British Columbia. Clients are asked to pay just for their volunteer's mileage and materials costs, when possible.

Email: ptweedie@tetrasociety.org
Phone: 604 688-6464
Toll-free Phone: 1 877 688-8762
Fax: 604 688-6463

Address:
Suite 318-425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 6E3

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

73. The Housing Registry

BC Housing

The Housing Registry helps people with low to moderate-incomes, live in subsidized housing. There are listings of developments specifically for seniors and people with disabilities.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 257-7756

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

74. Variety, The Children's Charity

Variety - The Children's Charity raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to assist children who have special needs and their families. Variety covers expenses relating to emergency medical needs, physical and occupational therapies, specialized equipment and travel and accommodation costs for families. Variety also assists organizations that help children and families, such as child development centers and neo-natal intensive care units across B.C.

Email: info@variety.bc.ca
Phone: 604 320-0505
Fax: 604 320-0535

Address:
4300 Still Creek Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5C 6C6

Toll-free in BC: 301-5437

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

75. Veterans Disability Benefit

Veteran's Affairs Canada (VAC)

You may qualify for a disability benefit if you have a medical disability that is related to your service and you are: a Canadian Forces (CF) Veteran or a Merchant Navy Veteran of the First or Second World War or the Korean War; a current or former member of the Regular or Reserve Force; or a civilian who served in close support of the Armed Forces during wartime. Additional benefits may be awarded if you are a pensioner with a disability who has a spouse or common-law partner or other qualified dependants.

Email: information@vac-acc.gc.ca
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 522-2122

Contacts Page

Toll-Free: 1 866 522-2022 (French) Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 local time.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

76. Veterans Independence Program

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)

The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) is a national home care program that helps eligible clients to remain healthy and independent in their own homes or communities by offering a variety of services and programs, such as housekeeping or personal care. VIP works with other federal, provincial, or municipal programs. The services an eligible client may receive depend on individual circumstances and health needs. All benefits and services must be pre-authorized by Veterans Affairs Canada. To find out if you qualify for VIP services, contact Veterans Affairs Canada.

Email: information@vac-acc.gc.ca
Toll-free Phone: 1 866 522-2122

Contacts Page

Toll-Free: 1 866 522-2022 (French) Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 local time.

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

77. Workers' Advisers Office

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

The Workers Advisers Office provides advice, assistance and/or representation to injured workers concerning worker's compensation claim decisions or other issues they may have with WorkSafe BC.

Toll-free Phone: 1 800 663-4261

Contacts Page

Click for ASL video and read-aloud

78. WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC

In the event of work-related injuries or diseases, WorkSafeBC works with the affected parties to provide return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation, health care benefits, and a range of other services.

Phone: 604 231-8888
Toll-free Phone: 1 888 967-5377
Fax: 888 922-8807

Address:
PO Box 4700 Stn Terminal
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1J1

Click for ASL video and read-aloud