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Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About!

Jul 19th, 2020


  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • 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). ​ 
  • Jordan’s Principle 
    • Jordan’s Principle responds to the unmet needs of First Nations children no matter where they live in Canada. 

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
  • 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. 
  • 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.  
  • BC Ferries 
  • Sparc BC 
    • SPARC BC has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities since 1984. They offer the Parking Permit Program. 
  • Telus Internet for Good
    • Telus is now offering 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.
  • VIA Rail Canada 
    • Passengers who cannot travel alone may travel with a companion capable of providing the required assistanceThe support person may travel free of charge in the same class of service. A Medical Certificate must be completed by your physician. 

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Interior Regions 

Northern Region 

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