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

Aug 19th, 2021

Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About! 



CKNW Kids’ Fund 

“Helping families by providing grants for essential specialized medical equipment, therapies, and programs for at-risk youth.” (CKNW Kids’ Fund, 2021) 

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, 2021)  

Fair 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, 2021) 

First Nations Health Authority Benefits  

“First Nations Health Benefits Program provides status First Nations people living in BC with a comprehensive and community-driven health benefits plan.” (First Nations Health Authority, 2021) 

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, 2021) 

Hope Air 

“Providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home.” (Hope Air, 2021) 

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, 2021) 

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, 2021) 

Variety The Children’s Charity  

“Provides direct care for children with funding for medical care and services, mobility and communication equipment, therapies and education.” (Variety The Children’s Charity, 2021). Autism Assessment Grant 


Community Accessibility  


“Easter Seals Canada offers the Access 2 Card for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada.” (Easter Seals Canada, 2021) 

Athletics 4 Kids 

“Ensuring all BC children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport by providing families with financial assistance.” (Athletics For Kids, 2019) 

BC Bus Pass Program  

“Low-income seniors and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) have access to the BC Bus Pass Program. The pass is valid in communities served by BC Transit or Translink.” (Government of BC, 2021)   

BC Ferries Accessible Fare Identification (AFI) Card 

“Discounted fares are available for residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability. To receive the discounted fares, you must apply for a BC Ferries’ Accessible Fare Identification Card and present your card to the Ticket Agent when you arrive at the terminal.” (BC Ferries, 2021) 

Easter Seals Disability Travel Card  

“For people of all types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person when travelling with VIA Rail Canada, Coach Canada, and Ontario Northland. When a cardholder presents the Disability Travel Card when purchasing a ticket for travel with one of our participating partners, one support person can accompany them at a reduced fare. The Disability Travel Card holder pays regular ticket price.” (Easter Seals Canada, 2021) English Application Form   French Application Form 

HandyDART & HandyCard 

“HandyDART is TransLink’s door-to-door, shared-ride service for people who are unable to navigate conventional public transit without assistance.” (TransLink, 2021) 

Jumpstart Charities (Canadian Tire) 

“Helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.” (Jumpstart Charities, 2021) 

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 

“Internet for Good helps by offering low-cost internet connectivity to Canadians who receive the British Columbia Persons with Disability (PWD) benefit or the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPPD).” (Telus, 2021) 

Telus Tech for Good 

“The Tech for Good program supports people with disabilities who require professional assistance to independently use or control their mobile device. The program is primarily educational in nature and provides customized training and support to help improve your quality of life, independence and personal empowerment. (Telus, 2021) 

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 

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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, 2021)  

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, 2021)  

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), 2021)  


Interior Regions 

Nelson and Area Friends of the Family 

“Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation provides assistance to children stricken with serious illness or injury by way of financial aid for travel related expenses for medical treatment, and guidance for accessing other support.” (Nelson and Area Friends of the Family, 2021).  


Northern Regions 

Friends of Children 

Providing free and confidential service to Northern BC and East Kootenay families travelling to access medical treatments for their children. 

Northern Health Connections 

“NH Connections program, patients must have a valid BC Care Card, not require care from a health professional (physician or nurse) during their trip and need to access a health service that’s not available in their home community.” (Northern Health, 2021) 


For Groups or Organizations 

President’s Choice Children’s Charity  

“Good food and growing and cooking skills are essential building blocks for a child to create the best future they can. President’s Choice Children’s Charity is building a nation of Power Full Kids that are well-fed and ready to learn and empowered with the skills to discover food.” (President’s Choice Charity, 2021) 

Jumpstart Charities (Canadian Tire) 

“Helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.” (Jumpstart Charities, 2021) 

Cops for Kids 

“Cops for Kids Support children and youth in crisis suffering from medical, emotional, mental, developmental, or behavioural problems that require extraordinary help and support.” (Cops for Kids, 2021)  



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