Financial Matters - How to get the help you need

While coping with a cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatment or return to work, the stress of navigating the financial pressures can be overwhelming and seemingly unmanageable. This section is intended to help make access to the programs and services easier and includes:

A List of Financial programs and services and links to information and application criteria.

A Master Application form is a financial position and personal summary to help you prepare for meetings with your banker, financial service advisors or when applying for grants and assistance.  This completed form will serve as a reference document to CLARIFY your situation and IDENTIFY your needs  to service providers . Our hope is that it will allow others to serve you more efficiently and reduce the time, pressure and trauma associated with answering repetitive questions.  

NOTE: We do not receive or store your medical, personal, or banking information electronically or otherwise.  The forms are for your use and can be downloaded, completed and stored in your personal files.    

Government/Insurance(s) Supports

BC Crisis Supplement

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/policies-for-government/bcea-policy-and-procedure-manual/general-supplements-and-programs/crisis-supplement

 

ELIGIBILITY/CRITERIA

The ministry may provide a crisis supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance , disability assistance , or hardship assistance if all of the following apply:

  • the family unit or a person in the family unit requires the supplement to meet an unexpected expense or obtain an item unexpectedly needed
    • An “unexpected” expense or item “unexpectedly” needed refers to an unforeseen situation that suddenly interferes with a person’s ability to pay the expense or obtain the item.
    • The overall circumstances which gave rise to the unexpected need should be considered.
    • Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. A roommate moves out with no warning and the client is held responsible for the full rent
      2. Unseasonably cold weather causes a heating bill to be unusually high
      3. A power outage results in the food in a fridge to spoil and need replaced
      4. A sudden illness results in a need to purchase over the counter medications instead of paying a hydro bill
  • the family unit or person in the family is unable to meet the expense or obtain the item because there are no resources available to the family unit
  • failure to meet the expense or obtain the item will result in imminent danger to the physical health of any person in the family unit or removal of a child under the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

A crisis supplement is intended to aid the client in an emergency when all other resources have been exhausted.

A crisis supplement must not be provided to support an ongoing situation or as a way to provide assistance that is prohibited by other regulatory direction. [see Policy – Limitations]

When eligibility is determined, the least costly way to meet the need will be authorized.

 

FUNDING

Food, shelter, clothing, emergency home repair, essential utilities, emergency or disaster supplement

 

LIMITS

  • A crisis supplement may be provided only for the calendar month in which the application or request for the supplement is made.
  • A crisis supplement may not be provided for the purpose of obtaining a health supplement described in Schedule C or any other health care goods or services.
  • A crisis supplement may not be issued to cover a user fee required for landlord/tenant arbitration. The Residential Tenancy office will waive this fee for recipients of BC Employment and Assistance.

 

DISCLAIMER

Note: Food banks and the BC Hydro Customer Crisis Fund are not considered as resources.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

TBA

City of Kamloops: ARCH Program

https://www.kamloops.ca/recreation-culture/accessible-recreation/arch-program

 

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a permanent resident of Kamloops and meet ONE (1) of the options below:

 

CRITERIA

  • Receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR)
  • Have an annual income that is below the Statistics Canada Low Income Guidelines
  • Receive a Canadian Pension or Long-term Disability that is below the Low Income Guidelines

 

FUNDING

ARCH is a subsidy program that helps people access City facilities and programs.
People in need to access recreation opportunities applying for KamPASS, the City’s affordable transit program, is done through the ARCH application.

 

LIMITS

ARCH credits can be used for City of Kamloops Activity Guide programs and/or to buy memberships for the Tournament Capital Centre and Kamloops Museum & Archives.
ARCH clients pay 15% of the price for Activity Guide programs—your ARCH credit is used to pay the rest.

TIP : You can pay more than 15% of the program price to make your ARCH credit last longer.

 

DISCLAIMER

If you withdraw from a program, you will have to pay the standard $10 withdrawal/cancellation fee.
If your program is cancelled, your ARCH credit will be put back into your account

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • Photo ID—BC Driver’s Licence or other photo ID
  • Second piece of ID—Birth Certificate or Care Card
  • Proof of where you live—current utility bill (BC Hydro, telephone, or cable TV bill)
  • Proof of income—MSDPR confirmation OR your latest Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s Notice of Assessment for each adult in the house

EI Sickness Benefits

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html

 

ELIGIBILITY

You need to demonstrate that:

  • you’re unable to work for medical reasons
  • your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% for at least 1 week
  • you accumulated 600 insured hours of work in the 52 weeks before the start of your claim or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter

 

CRITERIA

Medical reasons include illness, injury, quarantine or any medical condition that prevents you from working.

 

FUNDING

You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $650 a week.

 

LIMITS

The number of weeks of benefits you get depends on:

  • how long you’re unable to work for medical reasons
  • the date your claim starts:
    • Before December 18, 2022: up to 15 weeks
    • On or after December 18, 2022: up to 26 weeks

 

DISCLAIMER

After you apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, you’ll have to submit reports to us every 2 weeks for as long as you receive benefits. They show your ongoing eligibility and make sure you get the benefits to which you’re entitled.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

You need to get a medical certificate signed by a medical practitioner when you apply for sickness benefits.You must get a medical certificate showing that you’re unable to work for medical reasons and for approximately how long.

Government of Canada: CPP - Disability Benefits

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-disability-benefit.html

 

ELIGIBILITY

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit is a monthly payment you can get if you:

  • are under 65
  • have made enough contributions into the CPP
  • have a mental or physical disability that regularly stops you from doing any type of substantially gainful work
  • have a disability that is long-term and of indefinite duration, or is likely to result in death

 

CRITERIA

A terminal medical condition is a disease state that cannot be cured or adequately treated and is reasonably expected to result in death within 6 months.
A grave condition is a rapidly progressive medical condition. A list of grave conditions was developed based on extensive research by ESDC.

 

FUNDING

Maximum disability amount increases every month. In 2023, the monthly amount in January is $1,538.67 and increases to $1,546.05 in December.

 

LIMITS

The CPP disability benefit does not pay for medications or medical devices. Contact your province or territory if you need financial help for medication or medical devices.

 

DISCLAIMER

If you are receiving disability income from other sources, such as a private insurer or a provincial/territorial program, you may still be able to receive the CPP disability benefit. However, these other sources may change their payments if you are approved for the disability benefit through the Canada Pension Plan.
Contact your insurance company or social assistance program for details about your case.
When you turn 65 your CPP disability benefit is automatically changed to a CPP retirement pension.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Submit an Application Form
Submit a Medical Form
***See website for further information***

Government of Canada: CPP - Post Retirement Disability Benefit

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-disability-benefit.html

 

ELIGIBILITY

CPP post-retirement disability benefit – If you currently get the monthly CPP retirement pension, you could receivethe Canada Pension Plan post-retirement disability benefit if you:

  • are 60 to 65
  • contributed enough to the CPP
  • have a mental or physical disability that regularly stops you from doing any type of substantially gainful work
  • have a disability that is long-term and of indefinite duration, or is likely to result in death
  • have been receiving the CPP retirement pension for more than 15 months or become disabled after starting to receive the retirement pension

 

CRITERIA

A terminal medical condition is a disease state that cannot be cured or adequately treated and is reasonably expected to result in death within 6 months.
A grave condition is a rapidly progressive medical condition. A list of grave conditions was developed based on extensive research by ESDC.

 

FUNDING

In 2023, the monthly amount in January is $558.74

 

LIMITS

The CPP disability benefit does not pay for medications or medical devices. Contact your province or territory if you need financial help for medication or medical devices.

 

DISCLAIMER

If you are receiving disability income from other sources, such as a private insurer or a provincial/territorial program, you may still be able to receive the CPP disability benefit. However, these other sources may change their payments if you are approved for the disability benefit through the Canada Pension Plan.
Contact your insurance company or social assistance program for details about your case.
When you turn 65 your CPP disability benefit is automatically changed to a CPP retirement pension.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Submit an Application Form
Submit a Medical Form
***See website for further information***

Government of Canada: CPP - Children's Benefit

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-childrens-benefit.html

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Under 18 or
  • between the ages of 18 and 25 and in full-time attendance at a recognized school or university

The child must also be:

  • the natural child of the contributor
  • a child adopted “legally” or “in fact” by the contributor while under the age of 21
  • a child “legally” or “in fact” in the custody and control of the contributor while under the age of 21

 

CRITERIA

The child of a person receiving a disability benefit
A child may be eligible if the parent or guardian:

  • is receiving a CPP disability benefit (either the disability benefit or the post-retirement disability benefit)
  • has died and met the CPP contributory requirements for a CPP death benefit

If the child is aged 18 to 25, the child must be attending school full-time at a recognized educational institution in order to receive a children’s benefit.

 

FUNDING

Financial – For the current year the rate is $281.72 (2023).
There are 2 types of CPP children’s benefits:

  • a disabled contributor’s child’s benefit – a monthly payment for a child of the person receiving a CPP disability benefit
  • a surviving child’s benefit – a monthly payment for a child of the deceased contributor. For the benefit to be paid, the deceased contributor must have made sufficient contributions to the CPP

 

LIMITS

A maximum of 2 children’s benefits can be paid to a child.
Once a child turns 25, they are no longer eligible for these benefits.

 

DISCLAIMER

You should apply as soon as possible. If you delay, you might lose benefits. The Canada Pension Plan can only make back payments for up to 12 months.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Apply for a child under age 18
Child of a disabled contributor:

  • complete the Application for Benefits for Under Age 18 Children of a Canada Pension Plan Disabled Contributor (ISP1152) , or
  • complete section F of the Application for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits (ISP1151)
  • include certified true copies of the required documentation, and
  • mail the form to us or drop it off at a Service Canada office

Child of a deceased contributor:

  • complete the Application for a Canada Pension Plan Survivor’s Pension and Child(ren)’s Benefits (ISP1300)
  • include certified true copies of the required documentation, and
  • mail the form to us or drop it off at a Service Canada office

***See website for further information***

GOV’T OF BC: MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL INNOVATION - Disability Insurance

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/disability-assistance

 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, you must:

  • Show that you meet financial eligibility to receive assistance
  • Be 18 years old (you can start the application process when you are 17 ½)
  • Have a severe physical or mental impairment that is expected to continue for more than two years
  • Be significantly restricted in your ability to perform daily-living activities
  • Require assistance with daily living activities from
    • Another person
    • An assistive device, or
    • An assistance animal

 

CRITERIA

You must meet certain income and asset criteria before you can receive disability assistance. Some general assets are exempt, including:

  • Cash
  • Personal property that can be turned into cash
  • Personal interest in a trust

The general asset exemption limits are:

  • $100,000 for a single, couple, or family where one person has the PWD designation
  • $200,000 for a couple where both adults have the PWD designation

Some assets are allowed and don’t count towards the general limit above, such as:

  • Your home
  • One motor vehicle
  • Clothing and necessary household equipment
  • A Registered Disability Saving Plan
  • Assets held in a qualifying trust

 

FUNDING

Financial

 

LIMITS

TBA

 

DISCLAIMER

If you already take part in certain programs, you may be able to use a simplified PWD application process.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Persons with Disabilities designation application has three sections:

  • You fill out the applicant portion
  • Your doctor or nurse practitioner fills out the medical report portion
  • A prescribed professional fills out the assessor report portion. For example, this could be a doctor, registered nurse or social worker

SUPPORTIVE OPTIONS & SOLUTIONS

https://www.disabilitycreditsos.ca/

 

ELIGIBILITY/CRITERIA

To be eligible, you must:

  • Clients that we believe meet the CRA requirements.
  • We assess persons to see if we believe they qualify for a disability tax credit.

 

FUNDING

Assistance Accessing Financial Help:

  • Collaborate with the persons’ health professional(s) to ensure time saving and successful applications.
  • We communicate on behalf of our clients with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Attend meetings to clarify our service.
  • Offer tax evaluations.
  • We willingly offer other information of other programs that may benefit people.
  • We make it easy and streamline for the clients and health professionals and the CRA.

 

LIMITS

  • You are only required to pay only after you receive a refund.

 

DISCLAIMER

  • We only accept clients that we believe meet the CRA requirements.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • We provide you with a quick and easy confidential consultation to see if we believe you qualify for the Disability Tax Credit.

INDIGENOUS SUPPORTS

FIRST NATIONS HEALTH BENEFITS (FNHB)

https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/
1-855-550-5454

Need to See a Doctor? The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day service can help.
Call 1-855-344-3800, 7 days/week from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (www.fnha.ca/virtualdoctor)

ELIGIBILITY

FNHB Program is available to First Nations people with Indian status who live in BC and infants (up to 24 months) of an eligible parent.

CRITERIA

First Nations people must first enroll in the program. If you are registering with Health Benefits for the first time, you may need to fill out two forms. Pacific Blue Cross Enrollment Application for Group Benefits and Medical Services Plan (MSP) Application for Enrollment. (https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/eligibility)

FUNDING

Financial Supports for Dental, Medical Supplies and Equipment, Medical Transportation (supplementary coverage including costs of meals, accommodation, and transportation), Mental Health, Pharmacy, and Vision Care.

LIMITS

To check details about your coverage, you can create an online PBC Member Profile on www.pac.bluecross.ca or download the PBC app.

DISCLAIMER

  • As with all insurance, please read the fine print or ask for guidance to clarify what is and what is not covered BEFORE making appointments.
  • Remember to ask your practitioner if they bill PBC directly and if they can help clarify what is covered through their online portal access.
  • If a recommendation from the practitioner is not covered, ask them what alternatives are available.
  • Benefits are not available to members of a self-governed band/community.
  • If you have benefits through an employer, they are to be used first. If there is a remaining difference owed, FNHB may cover the difference.

If you are leaving BC, please let the FNHA know ahead of time in order to have a smooth transition from FNHB (BC) to either the next province’s benefit program or Non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit (Canada-wide) (https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1572537161086/1572537234517)

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • Status number
    • Your number never expires; your card may have expired, but your number will not.
  • PHN (Personal Health Number)
    • Photocopies of current citizenship/immigration documents must be attached.
    • Use legal names when completing the PHN form; if the legal name does not match, include a copy of Marriage or Change of Name Certificate, etc.

JORDAN'S PRINCIPLE

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396042341/1568396159824

For requests in BC:
778-951-0716
principedejordancb-bcjordansprinciple@sac-isc.gc.ca

For payment inquiries in BC:
778-951-0716
paiementsprincipedejordancb-bcjordansprinciplepayments@sac-isc.gc.ca

ELIGIBILITY

A child under the age of majority in their province or territory of residence can access Jordan’s Principle, if they permanently reside in Canada and if the child meets one of the following criteria:

  • is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • has one parent or guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • is recognized by their nation for the purposes of Jordan’s Principle
  • is ordinarily resident on reserve

CRITERIA

Ordinarily resident on reserve means that an Indigenous child:

  • lives on reserve
  • normally lives on reserve even if the child or one of the members of their household (such as a sibling, parent, extended family living with child) may have been required to spend some time away temporarily from the community to access services such as health care or education where there are no other comparable services available in the community
  • was ordinarily resident on reserve immediately prior to accessing Jordan’s Principle
  • is a dependent of a family that maintains a primary residence on reserve
  • returns to live on reserve with parents, guardians or caregivers during the year, even if they live elsewhere while attending school or to receive medical care or other services
  • meets student eligibility requirements in Yukon Territory

A child taken into care of a Child and family services agency or into a kinship or informal agreement is considered ordinarily resident on reserve where:

  • the child’s parent or guardian lived on reserve at the time the child was taken into care
    or
  • a child goes into the care of a guardian who lives on reserve

FUNDING

Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • respite care
  • wheelchair ramps
  • support programs
  • educational assistants
  • transportation to school
  • local therapeutic specialists

LIMITS

Each request is determined based on the best interests of the child, substantive equality and culturally relevant service provision.

DISCLAIMER

A decision will be sent to you in writing after the request is processed.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • name, date of birth or registration number of a First Nations child or parent who is registered under the Indian Act
  • name and date of birth of a First Nations child or parent who is not registered but is entitled to Indian status under the Indian Act
  • documents confirming a child ordinarily lives on a reserve
  • confirmation that your child is recognized by their First Nation
  • a document that shows how the requested product, service or support meets the child’s identified health, social or educational need. This document could be from an Elder, knowledge keeper or professional in that field of expertise.

    METIS NATION OF BC - Metis Elders & Senior Assistance Program

    Region 3&4 Thompson, Kootenay, Okanagan Health Coordinator:
    Jackie Greenacre • 778-312-1296 • jgreenacre@mnbc.ca

    ELIGIBILITY

    Must be a registered Métis Nation BC Citizen. Those who have submitted an application for citizenship and are in the process are considered.

    CRITERIA

    The Metis Elders & Senior Assistance Program (MESAP) is to aid low-income Elders/Seniors purchase health-related necessities that are not covered by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).

    • MESAP is for MNBC Citizen Elders/Seniors 65+ with a Single income of 20,784 and Household income of $49,824.

    FUNDING

    Wheelchair • scooter • Hearing aids • Dentures • Dental Care • Eye exams • Eye glasses • C-PAP Machines • Canes • Walkers • Ramps • Bathroom railings • Medical devices • Medical Treatments • Shingles Vaccines • Chiropractor • Orthopedics • Medical Prescriptions • Blood Glucose Strips

    LIMITS

    TBA

    DISCLAIMER

    MNBC will work directly with service providers to set up direct billing to avoid our Elders/Seniors and their families’ any out-of-pocket expenses.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • A copy of MNBC Citizenship
    • A copy of 2021 Notice of Assessment (NOA) and being a registered citizen is required and must be submitted with this application. If applying as a household, both parties NOA’s must be provided.(Spouse does not need to be a Metis Citizen)
    • Please ensure the application is fully completed

    METIS NATION OF BC - Metis Counselling Connection Program

    Region 3&4 Thompson, Kootenay, Okanagan Mental Health Coordinator:
    Michelle Padley • mpadley@mnbc.ca

    ELIGIBILITY

    Must be a registered Métis Nation BC Citizen. Those who have submitted an application for citizenship and are in the process are considered.

    CRITERIA

    We are pleased to offer this program in hopes of reducing financial barriers and assisting Métis Citizens in accessing mental health services

    FUNDING

    MNBC will work with each clinician to arrange for direct billing, so applicants won’t be required to pay out of pocket.

    Métis Citizens of all ages can apply for the counselling sessions provided by counsellors, social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists registered through:

    • BC Psychological Association | College of Psychologists of British Columbia
    • Physician referral to see a Psychiatrist through the College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
    • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
    • British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (BCAMFT)

    LIMITS

    TBA

    DISCLAIMER

    Please note: Priority will be given to applicants who have not participated in this program before. We encourage you to apply, MNBC will contact you when space becomes available.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • A copy of MNBC Citizenship
    • Please ensure the application is fully completed

    ABORIGINAL PATIENTS’ LODGE – LU’MA GROUP OF COMPANIES

    www.lnhs.ca/aboriginal-patients-lodge

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to stay at the Lodge, Guests must be in Vancouver for Medical appointments/procedures and must have Indigenous ancestry.

    LOCATION

    1254 East 8th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC, V5T 1V2

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    We Offer:

    • One-bedroom suites come with a queen-size bed and a queen-size foldout sofa in the living room. ($115/day)
    • One-bedroom suite equipped with wheelchair-accessible appliances, including countertops and washroom support bars. ($115/day)
    • Two-bedroom suites with a queen-size foldout sofa in the living room. ($135/day)
    • Three-bedroom suite with two queen-size beds, a single bed, and a foldout queen-size sofa in the living room. ($135/day)

    AMENITIES

    • Fully equipped with a kitchen
    • Furnished and supplied with linens
    • Regularly cleaned by our Housekeeping Team
    • Wheelchair accessible

    Each apartment suite has its own washroom, dining table, living room, bedroom, kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, a phone for unlimited local calls, and a patio.

    Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge provides culturally safe accommodations for Indigenous families who must travel to Vancouver to access medical services for cancer, transplants, surgery, complex pregnancies and other medical procedures are welcome to stay for prolonged periods of time. The Lodge is a healing place for all of our guests and their families.

    DISCLAIMER

    Please note:

    • We do not charge extra for family members
    • We do not charge tax
    • We charge just enough to break even
    • There is a different daily rate for stays over 30 days.

    CONTACT

    Office Phone: 604-707-9191

    Office Fax: 604-707-9135

    Email: lodgeoffice@lnhs.ca

    UTILITIES

    BC HYDRO CUSTOMER CRISIS FUND (CCF)

    app.bchydro.com/accounts-billing/bill-payment/ways-to-pay/customer-crisis-fund.html

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Be a residential account holder.
    • Be applying for a grant for your primary residence account.
    • Your account must have overdue payments and be facing disconnection. Your current bill isn’t eligible for a grant if it is not overdue or if there are credits on the account.
    • You must have experienced a life event, within the last 12 months, that caused a temporary financial crisis.
    • Have an outstanding balance of $1,000 or less, and have demonstrated some attempt to make payments towards your bill.

    CRITERIA

    If you’re a residential customer experiencing a temporary financial crisis, such as a loss of employment or benefit income, unanticipated medical expenses, or a death in the family and you’ve fallen behind on your BC Hydro bill, you may be eligible for a grant payment to avoid disconnection of your service.

    FUNDING

    • You can apply for a grant towards an overdue balance (arrears)
    • Installment plans
    • Deferment plans

    LIMITS

    Maximum grants available are $600 for customers who heat their homes with electricity, and $500 for customers with non-electrically heated homes (e.g. natural gas heat).

    DISCLAIMER

    You may receive one grant per account-holder annually (one per year).

    If a grant application is denied and your circumstances change, you can apply again in the same year. The amount of the grant will vary depending on your amount owing.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    TBA at the time of application

    TELUS INTERNET

    www.telus.com/en/social-impact/connecting-canada/low-income-families/application

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The applicant must receive the maximum Child Care Benefit
    • Can provide a recent Canada Child Benefit (CCB) statement showing your family net income of less than or equal to $32,028

    CRITERIA

    Internet for Good provides thousands of low-income families in British Columbia, Alberta and some areas of Quebec with the tools and connectivity they need to succeed.

    Recipients must have children under the age of majority and be currently receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit.

    FUNDING

    See website for details on what is included in “Internet for Good” plans.

    There is also:

    • Tech for Good and Internet for Good for People with Disabilities
    • Internet for Good and Mobility for Good for Seniors
    • Internet for Good and Mobility for Good for Youth aging out of care

    LIMITS

    See website for details.

    DISCLAIMER

    The Internet for Good account must be under the name of the individual named on page 1 of the CCB statement.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • upload my CCB Notice in the next step and confirm that I have blacked out the first five digits of my SIN number and have left only the last four digits visible

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    BC CANCER - Beyond Barriers Patient Support Fund

    Speak directly with your BC Cancer Social Worker or your Regional Health Authority’s cancer clinic Social Worker. Previously known as the Patient Emergency Fund.

    ELIGIBILITY/CRITERIA

    • A patient diagnosed with cancer
    • A patient of BC Cancer – including, but not limited to having a BC Cancer ID #
    • The cancer patient must be facing financial hardship due to the cancer diagnosis

    FUNDING

    Financial assistance to help support a cancer patient with any/all needs that are due to the cancer treatment.

    DISCLAIMER

    This is financial support for immediate support AND as a last resort. Circumstances may vary:

    • If a patient has a time constraint and has not yet applied to other funding resources and they need something imminently, they may qualify for help due to the time constraint;
    • If a patient does not have a time constraint, all other funding resources need to be exhausted first.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    As it is a case-by-case scenario, the social worker will request appropriate documentation to support financial statements as needed.

    BC HOSPITALITY FOUNDATION (BCHF)

    bchospitalityfoundation.com/get-help/

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must:

    • Live in BC
    • Work within (or have worked within) the food, beverage, tourism, hospitality industry, or in an industry directly related to it, for at least 2 years within the past 5 years.
    • Work in hospitality should provide the applicant’s main source of income

    For example:

    • Working in a hotel, restaurant, pub, night club, coffee shop, tourism, etc.
    • Foodservice or beverage alcohol distribution, sales, marketing, or retail,
    • Food or beverage alcohol producer, including wineries, breweries and distilleries
    • Media, PR, and consultants related to any of the above

    CRITERIA

    Applicants must show a clear and imminent financial need for support and that medical and benefit plans and any other insurance options have been explored. Requests must be specific, tangible, and finite in scope, arising from a specific medical circumstance (injury, disability and/or rehabilitation).

    FUNDING

    Financial

    LIMITS

    There is a financial limit to any one award, based on each individual case and the availability of funds.

    DISCLAIMER

    The BCHF does not cover lost wages.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    Include in your application:

    • Any applicable supporting medical documents.
    • Your current resume (or a detailed description of your current and/or past working experience) showing that you have worked in BC’s hospitality industry for at least two years within the past five years.

    BREAST CANCER SUPPORT FUND

    www.breastcancersupportfund.ca/apply-for-support

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant.
    • Applicants must be diagnosed with breast cancer and either in active treatment** or within two months of completing treatment.
    • Financial support is provided to patients who are living at or below the poverty line.

    CRITERIA

    **Active Treatment: for the purposes of this application – refers to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

    FUNDING

    Financial assistance to cover the costs of basic necessities such as food and shelter as well as medical and additional expenses related to their treatment.

    LIMITS

    Applicants may apply for financial assistance to a maximum of $2,000 (subject to availability of funds).

    DISCLAIMER

    We do not reimburse for the cost of tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors and do not reimburse expenses for patients who are on longer-term treatments such as Herceptin, or bisphosphonates – with ONE exception. The exception to this policy are patients who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

    Items not covered:

    • Tamoxifen
    • Aromatase Inhibitors
    • Credit card payments
    • Property taxes/condo fees
    • Insurance(s)
    • Restaurant receipts
    • Costs associated with accommodation
    • Medications not related to treatment

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Applications must be signed by either your social worker, primary care nurse or oncologist.
    • Applicants must provide a medical report supporting their diagnosis and/or treatment plan.
    • Applicants must provide proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
    • Applications must be completed in full and accompanied by supporting financial documents:
      • Copy of current income tax assessment and most current completed income tax return.
      • Current notice of assessment for spouse/partner.
      • Applicants must disclose ALL sources of income (including, but not limited to, Insurance or Employment Insurance benefits, CPP, Disability Income, rental income, alimony, etc.)
      • Applicants must provide original receipts for items for which they are seeking to be reimbursed.
      • Applicants applying for financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments must supply copies of supporting documents.
      • Applicants who have become unemployed due to their diagnosis must provide a copy of their Record of Employment (ROE).

    CRAIG’S CAUSE PANCREATIC CANCER SOCIETY

    www.craigscause.ca/support

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • Applicants must be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
    • Applicants must be experiencing financial challenges, during their pancreatic cancer diagnosis

    CRITERIA

    Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society provides financial support grants to patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and who meet the financial criteria for this program.

    FUNDING

    Financial support

    LIMITS

    Grants will be provided in a $500.00 or $1000.00 amount.

    Successful applicants will receive their grant within 30 days from when application is received.

    DISCLAIMER

    TBA

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Attached proof of household income ie. a copy of my Notice of Assessment(s) from the Canada Revenue Agency
    • Attached letter confirming diagnosis
    • Completed application including signed and dated page 5 of the application form

    CURE FOUNDATION

    www.curefoundation.com/financial-assistance-program

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • Applicant must be diagnosed with breast cancer

    CRITERIA

    This program was founded to assist those experiencing acute financial hardship resulting directly from a diagnosis of breast cancer.

    FUNDING

    Financial

    LIMITS

    • Each application can be submitted for a maximum of $2000
    • Each applicant can submit one application per year, with a lifetime maximum of $4000 to be allocated in total

    DISCLAIMER

    Priority is given to those in active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation) or 6 months post-treatment

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • The application must be signed by either the patient’s social worker, nurse, or oncologist
    • A copy of Notice of Assessment for the last fiscal year (page with detailed calculations)
    • A copy of spouse’s Notice of Assessment (if applicable) for the last fiscal year (page with detailed calculations)
    • A copy of proof of birth for all dependents under 18 (if applicable)
    • Only if on sick leave: Proof of employment income in the year prior to breast cancer diagnosis; last pay stub, recent proof of salary, disability insurance or employment insurance
    • Letter of intent written by the applicant explaining his or her situation in detail and need for financial assistance. Please specify the financial impact your diagnosis has had on your (and your family if applicable) and identify precisely how these funds would be used to ease your financial burden. Kindly indicate the amount being requested.

    GoFundMe

    www.gofundme.com/en-ca

    HOW GoFundMe WORKS

    “GoFundMe is the best place to fundraise, whether you are an individual, group, or organization.”

    WHY GoFundMe?

    “GoFundMe is the #1 and most trusted leader in online fundraising. We built our reputation by serving and supporting our community every step of the way.”

    FUNDING

    Financial

    GET STARTED

    • Set your fundraiser goal
    • Tell your story
    • Add a picture or video

    SHARE WITH FRIENDS

    • Send emails
    • Send text messages
    • Share on social media

    MANAGE DONATIONS

    • Accept donations
    • Thank donors
    • Withdraw funds

    KELLY SHIRES BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

    kellyshiresfoundation.org

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The applicant must be diagnosed with breast cancer (priority given to those on active treatment).
    • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident

    CRITERIA

    Priority will be given to:

    • Low-income applicants (size of family will be taken into consideration, low income determined by Stats Canada).
    • Applications where costs are medically related to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
    • All Canadian residents diagnosed with breast cancer can apply for assistance to this fund.

    FUNDING

    Offering financial assistance to breast cancer patients

    LIMITS

    Each application can be submitted for a maximum of $1,000.00 (funds permitting).

    The applicant can apply 3 times to the Trust per calendar year, funds permitting

    There are limits on specific items – see application for further details

    DISCLAIMER

    A new application may not be submitted to the Charity before the current application has been submitted, reviewed and a responded to.

    • Only one application will be accepted monthly.
    • Sending multiple or post-dated applications will result in the complete file being returned without approval consideration.
    • Only complete applications will be accepted, please do not send your application incomplete or without supporting documents, this will only delay or result in return of application.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Applicants must provide current income tax Notice of Assessment (NOA) and your current full income tax return (T1 General).
    • Applicants must also provide NOA and T1 General for their spouse/partner/significant other/adults age 18 and older living in the household.
    • Applicants must disclose ALL sources of income (including but not limited to child support, spousal support, etc.)
    • ORIGINAL receipts must accompany your application for amounts claimed through the fund (note receipts dated prior to diagnosis will not be considered).
    • Receipts must be legible organized and not have a date more than 1 calendar year from date of application.
    • Receipts must also directly apply to the request. Please do not use any type of highlighter on receipts.
    • Proof of citizenship/approved landed immigrant status must be provided.
    • Applicants applying for financial assistance for rent or mortgage must supply supporting documentation verifying the amount they are requesting.
    • Applicants that were working (self-employed or employed by other means) that are now currently not working must submit their ROE (record of employment).
    • Proof and disclosure of any and all funding/income received by government, other organizations, agencies or family support.
    • Copies of 4 consecutive weeks of paystubs from all employed members living in the household.
    • Applicant must include medical report supporting diagnosis.

    LEGION

    www.legion.ca/support-for-veterans/financial-assistance

    ELIGIBILITY

    Any Veteran or Veteran’s dependent in need of assistance is eligible to apply for financial aid from the Poppy Trust Fund, including:

    • Any person who is serving or who has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces or the RCMP, as well as their dependents
    • Merchant Navy personnel who have been awarded campaign stars or decorations, as well as their dependents
    • Ex-service personnel of Commonwealth countries and their dependents who reside in Canada
    • Ex-service personnel of allied countries and their dependents who reside in Canada

    CRITERIA

    The Royal Canadian Legion provides financial assistance to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP, and their families who are in financial distress.

    FUNDING

    Financial assistance:

    Grants are available for food, heating, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance. Smaller comforts can also be provided to Veterans and surviving spouses who are hospitalized.

    Assistance to a Veteran cannot be provided over an extended period but can be offered more than once.

    LIMITS

    There is a financial assistance limit of $1500 for Dominion Command and Provincial Commands set their own limits.

    DISCLAIMER

    Payment of grants:
    As a rule, trust fund grant payments are made by cheque, jointly payable to the Veteran and supplier.

    Posthumous grants:
    If a Veteran dies after applying for financial assistance, but before a ruling is made and/or a grant is paid out, a grant cannot be awarded. However, if a surviving family member is still in need of financial assistance, they are  encouraged to apply for a trust fund grant.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    The application process includes:

    • The completion of the Benevolent Fund Application
    • Undergoing a financial means review
    • Provide income as well as justification for claimed monthly expenses that are unusual or higher than average, if requested
    • Additional information may be required, such as: specialized medical reports; supplier estimates, other possible sources of funding, etc.

    MAY CAUSE RADIANCE

    maycauseradiance.com/apply-for-funding/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The applicant must be diagnosed with breast cancer (priority given to those on active treatment).
    • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • The applicant is a young adult who was been touched by cancer

    CRITERIA

    Whether you are newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, in remission or a young adult who is supporting a loved one through CANcer – and you would like to connect to others within the community that may share a similar journey.

    And please, don’t get stuck on the term “young adult” – no matter what your age, if this space sounds like a place for you, we are more than happy to have you.

    FUNDING

    • Meal Service
    • Home Cleaning Service
    • Naturopathic Doctor Visit/Services
    • Prosthetic Esthetic Services:
      • Nails, Eyelashes, Eye Brows
    • Hair Services
    • Yoga or Other Fitness Classes
    • Wellness Treatment:
      • Massage, Reiki, Acupuncture, Energy Work, Chiropractor, Physio, Hormone
    • Life Coaching:
      • Motivation, Wellness Practices, Planning, Coping (In person or Online)
    • Counselling – Support
    • Dietitian Services
    • Relationship Coaching
    • Community CANcer Programs
    • Information Books and Resources
    • Retreat
    • Travel Expenses

    LIMITS

    TBA

    DISCLAIMER

    An organized way of bringing this group of young adults together, increasing education and awareness of holistic wellbeing outside of conventional medicine, providing a “safe-place” for discussion to occur and providing experience-based guidance.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    TBA at time of application

    ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL BENEVOLENT FUND

    rcnbf.ca/getting-help/

    DISCLAIMER

    The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund is undertaking a full programming needs assessment to identify a range of programs that best deliver mission-aligned outcomes and demonstrate results in terms of value, impact and presence. While the RCNBF will NOT be accepting applications for individual financial assistance, or loans during this time, the organization is pursuing opportunities to establish new, temporary grants that leverage the good work of our partners who directly help naval veterans, serving members of the RCN, and their respective families. Check back regularly as specific details about these programs will be made available within the coming weeks, including criteria, access to the application process, timelines, and reporting parameters.

    RUBY SLIPPER AND BLACK BOOT FUND

    www.rubyslipperblackbootfund.com

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The applicant must be diagnosed with cancer
    • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • The applicant m ust be a Sunshine Coast resident in order to receive assistance.

    CRITERIA

    Sunshine Coast is defined as Langdale to Earls Cove

    FUNDING

    The Ruby Slipper & Black Boot Fund provides financial assistance after all other means of support have been exhausted.

    The Ruby Slipper & Black Boot Fund aids with the costs of treatment-related transportation,some prescriptions not otherwise covered under medical plans:

    • Volunteer Drivers
    • Rent
    • Counselling
    • Prescriptions
    • Essential Utilities
    • Food
    • Gas
    • Other

    LIMITS

    Amounts provided for assistance are determined based on available funds and the number of monthly applicants.

    Because of this, some requests are not always filled.

    DISCLAIMER

    Please note that all financial assistance provided to our applicant is made possible through local fundraising events and donations from the Coast Community.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    Complete page 1 and 2 of this application form

    Please include a brief letter summarizing your current situation in order for your request to be processed in a timely manner

    SHINE THROUGH THE RAIN FOUNDATION

    shinethroughtherain.ca

    shinethroughtherain.ca/rainydayfund/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • All patients must be currently receiving active treatment to qualify for consideration.
    • The patient must be a Canadian Citizen and must currently be in treatment for a life-threatening illness to be eligible for financial assistance, regardless of when the expense was incurred.

    CRITERIA

    Admission criterion: annual income of less than $60,000 annually.

    FUNDING

    The Rainy Day Fund provides emergency payments directly to the utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each patient has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering. You can apply for funding to help with transportation, rent, utility, phone costs, and to get a grocery card.

    The Rainy Day Fund also provides grocery gift cards & hospital transportation and parking costs. Shine Through The Rain also reviews special requests for consideration above and beyond the scope of services already covered.

    NOTE: this is in regards to the Rainy Day Fund. There is also a request for “lap blankets”, “camp scholarships” for children, “camp backpacks” for children, and “virtual pediatric christmas party”.

    LIMITS

    • There is maximum of $1500 per person per year.
    • Only utility and rental fee bills 30 days overdue will be considered.
    • Utility, rent and transportation expenses must be a minimum of $100 to be considered for funding.
    • Cell phone bills are NOT eligible for funding unless it is the ONLY phone being used in the home. Cable payments, mortgage payments, car payments, insurance or tax bills and medical payments are not eligible for funding.
    • We do not assist with cable or internet payments, mortgage, credit card payments, auto or home insurance, and tax bills.

    DISCLAIMER

    The deadline for all applications is the 15th of every month, unless the 15th falls on a weekend, in which case the deadline will be Friday.

    All applications are to be submitted by your social worker through our new online portal. We NO longer accept applications directly from the patient.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Copies of all bills or rental agreements being requested must be submitted with application.
    • A brief narrative describing the patient’s situation and the family’s need must be included and written by the social worker or hospital personnel.
    • All applications must include supporting narrative documentation from the social worker, doctor, nurse, or case manager involved in your care. Please include any compelling information which you believe may help the application.

    VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA

    www.lastpostfund.ca

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans or any predecessor Naval, Army or Air Forces of Canada or Newfoundland
    • Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans of the Second World War or the Korean War
    • Allied Veterans who served with the Allied Forces during the Second World War or the Korean War

    CRITERIA

    A Veteran is defined as any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who successfully underwent basic training and was honourably discharged.

    Eligibility for funeral and burial benefits is established either through financial means testing to determine financial need or as a matter of right. Matter-of-right refers to a situation where a VAC medical authority determines that the cause of death is due to service, meaning a condition for which VAC provided a disability benefit.

    FUNDING

    Funding ensures that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at the time of death.

    LIMITS

    The current maximum rate payable toward funeral home costs such as professional services, casket or urn is $7376 + tax.

    Over and above this amount, the cost of a plot, cemetery charges for opening and closing, the cost of cremation and other related costs may also be covered (maximums apply).

    DISCLAIMER

    Assistance toward funeral and burial expenses is calculated in accordance with the amounts determined in the Veterans Burial Regulations.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    See special online application form to get started.

    VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION OF BC

    www.firebc.org/foundation-fund/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicants must be members of the Volunteer Firefighters Association of B.C.

    CRITERIA

    The Fund is maintained through donations of $10 per firefighter per year. Membership is optional but is only open to members of this association, The Volunteer Firefighters’ Association of B.C.

    To Become a member you simply begin to send your $10 per firefighter into the Volunteer Firefighters FoundationFund

    FUNDING

    This Foundation or Benevolent Fund was established to help out Firefighter’s or their family members when emergent needs arise. It has been used in the past to grant funds in the case of death in the family, severe illnesses, a need to travel for health care and so on.

    LIMITS

    TBA at time of application

    DISCLAIMER

    As well, the use of the program funds is restricted to only those departments that have paid and continue to pay into the fund on an ongoing basis.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    TBA at time of application

    ACCOMMODATION

    CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY - KELOWNA

    Southern Interior Rotary Lodge (Kelowna, BC)

    ELIGIBILITY

    Our lodges are welcoming homes away from home for people with cancer who need to travel to receive treatment. Our caring staff and volunteers are trained to help meet your practical needs during cancer treatment.

    The lodges also offer social and emotional support through different programs and activities. They are places where you can meet other people with cancer and their families, who understand what you are going through.

    Each lodge has unique amenities and services available.

    LOCATION

    330 Strathcona Ave
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5K7

    The Lodge is located next to the cancer clinic and hospital. It is close to Okanagan Lake, city parks and downtown Kelowna. The lodge operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and only closes during Christmas Holidays.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    Our facility offers a total of 19 rooms with 35 beds for people with cancer and their caregivers. Most are shared occupancy (2 beds per room) with an attached bathroom. We also have 2 rooms with queen-sized beds and 2 wheelchair-accessible rooms.

    AMENITIES

    • lounge
    • dining room
    • outdoor patio
    • activity room (TV, internet, games, pool table)
    • Daffodil Shop
    • library and resource room
    • laundry room
    • free Wi-Fi
    • free parking
    • gym

    SERVICES

    To make your stay as pleasant as possible, we offer:

    • meals and snacks
    • volunteer driver program to help you get to and from medical appointments
    • wig and breast prosthesis services
    • Look Good Feel Better program

    CONTACT

    Phone: 250-712-2203 or 1-877-712-2203

    Fax: 250-712-2275

    CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY - VANCOUVER

    Canadian Cancer Society Lodge (Vancouver, BC)

    ELIGIBILITY

    Our lodges are welcoming homes away from home for people with cancer who need to travel to receive treatment. Our caring staff and volunteers are trained to help meet your practical needs during cancer treatment. The lodges also offer social and emotional support through different programs and activities. They are places where you can meet other people with cancer and their families, who understand what you are going through.

    Each lodge has unique amenities and services available.

    LOCATION

    575 West 10th Ave
    Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4C3

    The lodge is conveniently located close to downtown Vancouver. It is near the BC Cancer Agency and the Vancouver General Hospital, Eye Care Centre and Skin Care Centre. The lodge has easy access to transit and is close to shops and restaurants.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    Our facility offers a total of 32 rooms with 62 beds for people with cancer and their caregivers. Most are shared occupancy (2 beds per room) with an attached bathroom. We have 2 private rooms.

    AMENITIES

    • lounge
    • dining room
    • outdoor patio
    • activity room (TV, internet, games, pool table)
    • library and resource room
    • laundry room
    • free Wi-Fi

    SERVICES

    To make your stay as pleasant as possible, we offer:

    • meals and snacks
    • wig and breast prosthesis services

    CONTACT

    Phone: 604-879-9131

    Fax: 604-675-7131

    ABORIGINAL PATIENTS’ LODGE – LU’MA GROUP OF COMPANIES

    www.lnhs.ca/aboriginal-patients-lodge

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to stay at the Lodge, Guests must be in Vancouver for Medical appointments/procedures and must have Indigenous ancestry.

    LOCATION

    1254 East 8th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC, V5T 1V2

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    We Offer:

    • One-bedroom suites come with a queen-size bed and a queen-size foldout sofa in the living room. ($115/day)
    • One-bedroom suite equipped with wheelchair-accessible appliances, including countertops and washroom support bars. ($115/day)
    • Two-bedroom suites with a queen-size foldout sofa in the living room. ($135/day)
    • Three-bedroom suite with two queen-size beds, a single bed, and a foldout queen-size sofa in the living room. ($135/day)

    AMENITIES

    • Fully equipped with a kitchen
    • Furnished and supplied with linens
    • Regularly cleaned by our Housekeeping Team
    • Wheelchair accessible

    Each apartment suite has its own washroom, dining table, living room, bedroom, kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, a phone for unlimited local calls, and a patio.

    Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge provides culturally safe accommodations for Indigenous families who must travel to Vancouver to access medical services for cancer, transplants, surgery, complex pregnancies and other medical procedures are welcome to stay for prolonged periods of time. The Lodge is a healing place for all of our guests and their families.

    DISCLAIMER

    Please note:

    • We do not charge extra for family members
    • We do not charge tax
    • We charge just enough to break even
    • There is a different daily rate for stays over 30 days.

    CONTACT

    Office Phone: 604-707-9191

    Office Fax: 604-707-9135

    Email: lodgeoffice@lnhs.ca

    TRAVEL ASSISTANCE

    ANGEL FLIGHTS

    www.angelflight.ca/

    ELIGIBILITY

    Angel Flight is available for adults with cancer who need to get to and from facilities for treatments or tests and for children with cancer or other non-communicable diseases who are accompanied by a responsible adult

    CRITERIA

    • Passengers must be fully mobile and able to climb into the plane unassisted
    • Passengers must not have any communicable diseases or health issues that would make flying a risk

    FUNDING

    Flights between Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, and the Lower Mainland of BC

    LIMITS

    TBA

    DISCLAIMER

    • Be aware, there is NO medical assistance on board
    • We DO NOT provide flights for any person who is wheelchair dependent, has a communicable illness or who requires medical assistance in flight
    • Passengers must limit the amount/weight of their luggage and are asked to use soft “duffle-like” bags. In most cases, walkers and strollers will not fit into our planes
    • Passengers must wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals) and pants (no dresses or skirts)

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Passenger Form
    • Waiver Form
      • See website for further information

    CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY: Driving Program “Wheels of Hope”

    cancer.ca/en/living-with-cancer/how-we-can-help/transportation

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • Applicants must be diagnosed with cancer and undergoing active cancer treatment

    CRITERIA

    Patients needing assistance traveling across town – or across the province – to receive cancer treatment(s).

    FUNDING

    Transportation assistance in the form of rides.

    LIMITS

    Our drivers are trained to provide safe and reliable rides to approved cancer treatment facilities. In BC, this program is available in the interior, in Prince George and on Vancouver Island.

    DISCLAIMER

    Our drivers are all volunteers.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    TBA

    CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY: Travel Treatment Fund

    cancer.ca/en/living-with-cancer/how-we-can-help/transportation

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, approved landed immigrant or permanent resident
    • Applicants must be diagnosed with cancer and undergoing active cancer treatment

    CRITERIA

    • Your household income is less than $150,000 annually
    • You meet the mileage criteria (see “Limits” below)
    • You have not received Travel Treatment Funding (TTF) in the previous 12 months

    FUNDING

    Short-term financial assistance to cover some costs of traveling to cancer treatments. This includes expenses like fuel and taxi or public transit fares.

    LIMITS

    Your household income is:

    • Less than $29,999 annually
    • Between $30,000 and $79,999 annually
    • Between $80,000 and $99,999 annually and traveling more than 25 km (one way)
    • Between $100,000 and $150,000 annually and traveling more than 100 km (one way)

    DISCLAIMER

    You can apply for the TTF if you live in BC, and you can reapply each year as long as you are still receiving treatment.

    We will do a financial assessment to see if you qualify

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • A completed and signed copy of this application form including all required information
    • Healthcare provider’s signature. Any member of your healthcare team may sign
    • Healthcare provider sign-off should be done at your next regularly scheduled appointment. Do not make a new appointment to have this application signed

    GIVE A MILE

    giveamile.org

    ELIGIBILITY

    You are requesting a flight to visit a dying loved one, or

    You are terminally ill and in need of a flight to say your final goodbyes

    CRITERIA

    We provide flights for families to visit loved ones that are reaching the end of life. We accept flight requests from families of patients as well as palliative care providers on behalf of their patients.

    There appears to be a financial disclosure request as part of the application, so financial need must be taken into consideration.

    FUNDING

    Flights as donated by donors giving air miles or cash donations.

    LIMITS

    TBA

    DISCLAIMER

    Please note, flights must originate in Canada or the US, or be incoming to Canada or US

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    Fill out the online application

    Unknown to-date if more documentation is required after submitting the online application

    HOPE AIR

    hopeair.ca

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident Status
    • Applicant must be in need of medical treatment or appointment that requires travelling outside their hometown

    CRITERIA

    • A confirmed appointment covered by your provincial healthcare plan
    • A demonstrated financial need

    FUNDING

    We’re committed to easing the stress of getting to the healthcare needed by providing families, from coast to coast, with free flights and accommodations.

    LIMITS

    Hope Air assesses all applications for travel support on a case-by-case basis based on the two primary “criteria”

    DISCLAIMER

    You must click “Travel Request” to start an application. You’ll need to have some basic personal information and details on your appointment to complete the request, and should hear from their client care team within 2 business days.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • The date and time of a confirmed appointment at a medical facility
    • Your referring doctor’s contact information.
    • The contact information of the doctor you are travelling to see for your appointment
    • Government-issued photo ID for all travellers
    • Your full name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that of your escort if applicable
    • The dates you need to depart and return for your appointment
    • Information on the incomes of all member of your household to determine your eligibility

    MISCELLANEOUS

    BC REHAB FOUNDATION

    bcrehab.com/applications/individual-grant/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Spinal cord injury
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Stroke
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Spina Bifida
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Polio
    • Amputation
    • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
    • Guillain-Barre

    CRITERIA

    This application is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. Approved applications typically demonstrate a severe need, an inability to acquire the needed equipment through other means and applications address financial need, type of disability, how the equipment will improve QOL and increase personal independence, if other avenues of funding have been explored, how long the equipment will meet the client’s need

    FUNDING

    New and used equipment and will consider even the most obscure devices if they will assist an individual in their quality of life and personal mobility, ie:

    • Power wheelchairs
    • Manual Wheelchairs
    • Driver’s rehab lessons
    • Custom orthotics
    • Specialized wheelchair seating systems
    • Ramps
    • Portable lift system
    • Scooters
    • Recreation therapy opportunities
    • Walkers
    • Assistive technology devices (e.g.Dragon speaking software)

    LIMITS

    Back-up wheelchair – $2500
    Scooters – $1000
    Lift chairs – $1000

    DISCLAIMER

    BC Rehab’s policy is to not cover the difference in orthotics for Ministry funded clients.

    We do not fund additional equipment you already have acquired, unless it is a back-up wheelchair.

    If you are applying for a child under the age of 18, we ask you to please exhaust all children`s charities before applying to BC Rehab.

    BC Rehab no longer accepts doctor’s notes and only accepts Occupational Therapist assessments.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • The BC Rehab Individual Grant application form;
    • A letter of support and/or assessment from an occupational therapist;
    • 2 quotes for the requested equipment – outline all costs associated with the requested equipment;
    • When possible, we will also request that you obtain and submit vendor quotes for demo models or lightly used equipment;
    • A copy of your latest TAX ASSESSMENT;
    • Homeowners must include a copy of their latest PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT
    • A copy of your medical or insurance coverage

    FERTILE FUTURE

    fertilefuture.ca/programs/power-of-hope/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be 40 years of age or younger
    • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or have Permanent Resident status
    • Applicant must have a valid provincial health card

    CRITERIA

    In order to be eligible for cost reduction, each of the following program criteria must be met:

    • Fertility Centre administering fertility preservation treatment must be a member of the Power of Hope program
    • Household income of $50,000 or less
    • Confirmation from applicant’s oncologist indicating that cancer treatment presents a risk to fertility and that they support fertility preservation as safe and appropriate for the applicant

    FUNDING

    A Cost Reduction Program (a multi-dimensional plan) that offers financial assistance to qualifying cancer patients, providing a substantial reduction in the overall cost required to pursue fertility preservation treatment.

    LIMITS

    • Applicant has not previously benefited from the Power of Hope program
    • There are services/costs not covered for men and for women (see website for limits)

    DISCLAIMER

    • Locations in BC include Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby and Kelowna
    • No more than one year has elapsed since fertility preservation was performed

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Request an application first through their website
    • Completed application
    • Confirmation from applicant’s oncologist
    • Possible financial confirmation (we do not have an application on hand to know for certain)

    THRIVE ALIVE FOUNDATION

    thrivealive.ca/apply-now/

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident, and living in Canada;
    • Qualify as low-income, according to Statistics Canada, and provide proof with an income tax Notice of Assessment;
    • Have a cancer diagnosis, to be confirmed with an oncology report direct from hospital or cancer agency;
    • Provide reference and consent of legal guardianship, if 16 years of age or younger, with legal guardians prepared to supply supporting documents, and;
    • Already know the service, treatment and/or health practitioner in Canada of which you are requesting funding support.

    CRITERIA

    The Thrive Support Program is our flagship program to support people in need to access cancer treatments or services not normally covered by government or healthcare plans.

    FUNDING

    Treatment Funding

    LIMITS

    TBA at the time of application.

    You may begin your treatments and your chosen health care provider/practitioner will invoice Thrive Alive

    Foundation one time only for your treatments and/or visits at the end of your treatment cycle.

    DISCLAIMER

    Thrive Alive Foundation will cover the cost of treatment (or the approved amount) directly to your health care provider/practitioner. You will receive no financial payment in this transaction.

    • To ensure the level and standard of care for our recipients, treatments offered by registered health care practitioners in Canada will only be considered for support at this time.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    • Upload a separate Letter of Intent outlining your (the applicant’s) health story and why you are seeking funding from Thrive Alive Foundation (1-2 pages)
    • Proof of low-income status:
      • Preferable income tax notice of assessment T4, welfare or government support documentation.
    • Oncology Report:
      • This verifies your cancer diagnosis and should be sent to us from your healthcare provider.
    • Records Release Form:
      • This form is to be filled out, signed and sent by your healthcare provider, and gives Thrive Alive Foundation the right to inquire about your health care and treatments.
    • Health Care Practitioner Form:
      • This form is intended to be completed by your chosen health care practitioner, outlining treatments sought and associated costs. It is your responsibility to find an approved practitioner and have this person complete the form. Thrive Alive Foundation does not provide medical advice or referrals.

    YOUNG ADULT CANCER CANADA

    www.youngadultcancer.ca/retreat-yourself-travel-assistance/

    ELIGIBILITY

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer at 39 or younger and you are currently over 18.

    As a result of Retreat Yourself promotion, YACC now maintains relationships with cancer partners in every Canadian province and Retreat Yourself remains an annual event with participation from patients, survivors, and supporters from all regions of the country.

    CRITERIA

    See website for further details.

    FUNDING

    Today, YACC is focused on the promotion and evolution of its six primary programs:

    • the online community,
    • Retreat Yourself,
    • Retreat Yourself Adventure,
    • Localife,
    • the Big Cancer Hook-up, and
    • the annual Survivor Conference.

    LIMITS

    Travel assistance covers 50 per cent of their ticket cost up to the maximum allowed for their province. British Columbia is $150.

    DISCLAIMER

    YACC is currently based in St. John’s, NL, with an office team of 8.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    See website for further details.

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    Canadian Breast Cancer Network - CBCNRCCS • Economic Impact and Labour Force Re-Entry, Report