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Theme Resources: Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About!

Jul 19th, 2020

Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About!
  • Healthy Kids BC 
    • “The Healthy Kids Program provides coverage for basic dental treatment, optical care, and hearing assistance to children in low-income families that are not receiving income, disability, or hardship assistance.” (Government of BC, 2020) 
  • PharmaCare 
    • “PharmaCare covers eligible prescription drugs and medical supplies through several drug plans. The largest is the Fair PharmaCare plan, which is based on income: the lower your income, the more help you get.” (Government of BC, 2020)
  • Travel Assistance Program (TAP) 
    • “The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community.” (Government of BC, 2020)
  • BC Family Residence Program 
    • “The BC Family Residence Program provides accommodation assistance to enable families to stay together when their child requires medical care at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.” (Government of BC, 2020)
  • First Nations Health Authority Benefits 
    • “First Nations Health Benefits covers specific health-related items and services to meet medical or dental needs that are not covered by third-party health insurance or the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).” (First Nations Health Authority, 2020)
  • Jordan’s Principle 
    • “Jordan’s Principle responds to the unmet needs of First Nations children no matter where they live in Canada.” (Government of Canada, n.d.) 
Community Accessibility 
  • My Community BC Map 
    • “My Community BC is an online resource to discover the inclusive and welcoming places in your community and around BC. This is an online map built by citizens like you working together to strengthen opportunities for inclusion and connection in their communities.” (Family Support Institute of BC, 2020)
  • Access2Card 
    • “Easter Seals Canada offers the Access 2 Card program to help ensure that entertainment, cultural, and recreational opportunities are more available and accessible to everyone.” (Easter Seals Canada, 2020)
  • BC Bus Pass Program 
    • “Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have access to the BC Bus Pass Program. The pass is valid in communities served by BC Transit or Translink.” (Government of BC, 2020) 
  • BC Ferries 
    • “BC Ferries provides a variety of services for persons with disabilities to ensure a safe and comfortable journey by offering a Disabled Status Identification (DSI) Card.” (British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., 2020)
  • Sparc BC 
    • “SPARC BC has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities since 1984. They offer the Parking Permit Program.” (SPARC BC, 2017-2020) 
  • Telus Internet for Good
    • “Telus offers low-cost Internet ($9.95/month {plus applicable taxes}), computers & training to those eligible for PWD benefits, through their Internet For Good program. The low-cost Internet is also offered to low-income families who are currently receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit.” (TELUS, 2020)
  • VIA Rail Canada 
    • “Passengers who cannot travel alone may travel with a companion capable of providing the required assistance. The support person may travel free of charge in the same class of service. A Medical Certificate must be completed by your physician.” (VIA Rail Canada Inc., 2020) 
Region Specific 
Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Regions 
Vancouver Island 
  • Bear Essentials 
    • “Bear Essentials helps Vancouver Island families by bringing supports closer to home and by helping transform the lives of children and youth living with physical and mental health challenges.” (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, 2020) 
  • Camryn’s Cause for Kids Society 
    • “Camryn’s Cause provides financial assistance to Campbell River families when they have a child facing a health crisis.” (Camryn’s Cause for Kids Society, n.d.) 
  • You Are Not Alone (Y.A.N.A) 
    • “YANA is a community organization that offers help to Comox Valley families who need to travel for medical treatment for a child or for a pregnant mother. They improve access to healthcare by providing travel funding and accommodation.” (You Are Not Alone (YANA), n.d.) 
Interior Regions 

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Northern Region 

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