Special Services at Home https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-services-home
The SSAH program understands that family members are usually the primary caregivers for children with exceptional needs. Access the SSAH in order to receive funds to purchase supports that otherwise aren’t available in your community.
As long as your child is not receiving support from a residential program, you may be eligible to access funds designed to pay for special services in or outside the family home. For example:
You could hire someone to help your child learn new skills and abilities, such as improving their communication skills and becoming more independent; and/or
You could hire someone to provide respite support to the family.
Assistive Devices Program
Provided by the Ontario Government, The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) provides grants to help pay for customized equipment and supplies that your child may require.
This benefit covers up to 75% of the costs associated with eligible supplies and equipment.
In order to be eligible, you must be an Ontario resident with a disability that requires supplies or equipment for a minimum of six months. You must also have a valid Ontario Health Card
Ontario Autism Program https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program
The Ontario Autism Program offers support to families of children and youth on the autism spectrum.
Children and youth who have been diagnosed with ASD by a qualified professional are eligible for the program. Children receive services and supports until the age of 18.
Home and Vehicle Modification Program https://www.marchofdimes.ca/en-ca/programs/am/hvmp/Pages/HVMP-How-to-Apply.aspx
The Home & Vehicle Modification Program is organized by the March of Dimes Canada and is funded by the Government of Ontario. It is available to assist with necessary renovations or retrofits to vehicles and homes.
In order to be eligible, you must be living with a disability that affects mobility and daily function. You must also require financial assistance in order to perform these modifications, so that you can maximize your ability to participate in your community independently. A Service Coordinator from the Ministry of Community and Social Services will be responsible for determining whether you’re eligible for the HVMP.
If you’re determined to be eligible, you could receive as much as $15,000 in lifetime home modifications, and/or $15,000 in vehicle modifications every ten years.
The Ontario Renovates Program https://www.dnssab.ca/housing-services/ontario-renovates/
The Ontario Renovates Program is available to Ontario residents for accessibility renovations. It is meant to help you make your home safer, more energy efficient and more accessible.
This grant is a forgivable loan for up to $25,000 for low to moderate income households. The loan is set up as an interest-free lien on the property or mortgage. Then 10% of the loan is forgiven each year over the course of ten years, with no expectation of repayment.
Easter Seals Financial Assistance https://services.easterseals.org/equipment-funding/
Easter Seals Ontario provides financial grants for families that have children or youth with physical disabilities through their Equipment Funding Program. Your child’s disability must restrict their ability to be independently mobile. The child is required to have a valid Ontario Health Card.
Home Accessibility Tax Credit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/programs/about-canada-revenue-agency-cra/federal-government-budgets/budget-2015-strong-leadership/home-accessibility-tax-credit-hatc.html
This is a non-refundable tax credit is provided by the Government of Canada. It is meant to help cover expenses or materials you need relating to a qualifying renovation on an eligible dwelling.
In order to be eligible, you must already be eligible to claim the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), or be over the age of 65 at the end of the tax year.