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Autism Q and A: Autism Funding

Aug 9th, 2020

 In BC, we have access to provincial government funding for autism services through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). People 18-years-old and under are entitled to funding after they receive a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

Funding Under Age 6 

Families can access up to $22,000 per year to help pay for eligible autism services, therapies, or equipment. You are required to select service providers from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). 

Funding Ages 6 – 18 

Families can access up to $6,000 per year to help pay for eligible, out-of-school autism services and therapies. You can, but are not required to, select service providers from the (RASP). 

For more information on fundingeligibility and how to apply visit the MCFD. 


What funding is available for autism?


Additional Resources 

Autism Funding in BC  
AFU Families  
Autism Information Services (AIS) 

Other funding programs and supports your family may be eligible for:

  • The at Home Program 
    • The at Home Program is designed to support children and teens with a severe disability or complex health care needs. 
  • Disability Tax Credit 
    • The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities, or their supporting persons, reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. An individual may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount includes a supplement for persons who will be under 18 years of age at the end of the year. 
    • Being eligible for the DTC can open the door to other federal, provincial, or territorial programs. 
  • Registered Disability Savings Program (RDSP) 
    • A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). 
  • Child Disability Benefit 
    • The child disability benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under 18-years-old who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). 

Tax Season Information: 

Working Income Tax Benefit 

AutismBC Talks: Money Matters with Dave Taylor

The Canada workers benefit (CWB) is a refundable tax credit that provides tax relief for eligible low-income individuals and families who are in the workforce. 

Canada Caregiver Amount 

Home Buyers and Accessibility Amounts 

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