Peterborough Renovates Program – the replacement for RRAP, www.wigwamen.com The Peterborough Renovates Program (PRP) is offered by the City and County of Peterborough funded by both the provincial and federal governments and is delivered by Wigwamen Non-Profit Residential Corp. PRP provides financial assistance to carry out modifications to the home that would improve accessbility for occupants who have a disability (and major home repairs the cannot afford). Homeowners must meet eligibility requirements based on income and house value below a set threshold. Property taxes, house insurance and mortgage payments must be up-to-date. Assistance is typically provided in the form of a forgivable loan up to $25,000.
Easter Seals, Helping Kids with Physical Disabilities Succeed, http://www.easterseals.org/ Financial Assistance Program – dedicated to helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence. Easter Seals funds disability solutions through financial assistance, summer camp, the Recreational Choices funding program, research, advocacy, and public and consumer education. Telephone: 416-421-8377 or 800-668-6525. This agency has a Financial Assistance Program. The eligibility criterion for financial assistance for equipment is for children with physical disabilities not developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or Autism. The exception to this is the incontinence supply grant program. On average, Easter Seals has put about $5,000 towards a van conversion. If this charity funds more than 51 per cent of the equipment that is purchased, they will retain ownership of it, and lend it to you on a long-term basis.
Ontario March of Dimes, Home and Vehicle Modification Program, http://www.marchofdimes.ca/dimes/people_with_disabilities_caregivers/programs_and_services/barrier_free/ The Ontario March of Dimes enables people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in community life, by providing them with the tools they need to enhance their independence. Programs and services include: Home & Vehicle Modification Program, Assistive Devices Program, and Recycled Rental Equipment Program.
To be eligible for funding, the applicant must: be 19 years of age and over; reside in Ontario; possess a valid Ontario Health Card, and; have an ongoing physical limitation. Financial assistance is based on the impact the device will have on the individual’s personal mobility and independence, as well as on his/her financial needs. Contact Ontario March of Dimes at [email protected] or 1-866-765-7237 to explore your options.
March of Dimes ADP Program (Note this is not the same as the Ontario Ministry of Health ADP Program). They will fund manual and motorized wheelchairs, bath aids, seating inserts and wheelchair cushions, canes, crutches and walkers, lifting equipment, repairs to devices, etc.
Home Vehicle Modification Program. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services the Home Vehicle Modification program is administered by the Ontario March of Dimes and is open to all residents of Ontario who meet the eligibility criteria. This program provides funds for modifying vehicles and homes to make them functional and usable by disabled Ontario residents.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, http://www.mssociety.ca The MS Society offers two types of funding; equipment purchase and permanent loan as well as special assistance programs. Please note that funding programs vary from province-to-province. The most common service provided by most divisions and chapters is assistance with equipment to help people with MS maximize their quality of life. MS Society provides information and advocacy as well as full or partial purchase of equipment or permanent loan.
Muscular Dystropy Canada Ontario Equipment Funding http://www.muscle.ca/ontario-nunavut/services/mobility-equipment-program.html The MDA provides basic medical equipment, on loan, from a stock of recycled devices such as scooters, manual and electric wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Some funding assistance may be available for the purchase of new equipment. www.muscle.ca
President’s Choice Children’s Charity, www.presidentschoice.ca/ChildrensCharity/HowWeHelped/Ontario.aspx President’s Choice Children’s Charity aids families with children under 18 who have developmental or physical disabilities. Household income (must be under $70,000), diagnoses of the disabilities, and vendor quotes are among some of the criteria that will determine the level of support granted. The average amount of funding received by successful applicants is $9,000; the most that may be granted is $20,000. PC Children’s Charity requests that other funding sources be found prior to requesting their financial assistance. Telephone: 1-866-996-9918
Veterans Affairs Canada, http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/clients/sub.cfm?source=Services/benefits/content Veteran’s Affairs is a program provided by the Canadian federal government to provide products and services to Military Veterans and their families. They will fund and provide medical equipment which is required. The benefits are different depending on whether the conditon causing the need is related to their service or not.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board,http://www.wsib.on.ca Only funds workers injured on the job. Compensation and funding depends on injury
Rotary Club of Peterborough Contact info changes yearly – check the website online by searching Google for the “Rotary Club of Peterborough” and then e-mail your request to the current secretary or president. Funding depends on request and amount varies.
Independent Order of Foresters (Branch Kawartha 747 Peterborough) A membership-based fraternal benefits (insurance) organization. Contact Mark Lavalle at 705-745-5194 or by mail at 697 McKellar St., Peterborough, ON K9J 1R5. Funding depends on request and amount varies. You may also have to be a member to be eligible for funding as an individual.
Kinsmen Club (Peterborough) E-mail the club using their “Contact us” form at www.kinsmenclubpeterborough.ca Funding depends on request and amount varies.
Kiwani’s Club (Peterborough) They can be reached by mailing P.O Box 1647 Peterborough, ON K9J 7S4. Visit their website at www.peterboroughkiwanis.com Funding depends on request and amount varies.
Knights of Columbus (Peterborough) They can be reached by mail at 317 Hunter St W., Peterborough, ON K9H 2M1 or phone at (705) 745-3598. Funding depends on request and amount varies.
Lion’s Club (Peterborough) Contact Elaine Laliberte, Manager at 705-740-2288 or email at [email protected] Funding depends on request and amount varies.
Automotive Manufacturer’s Mobility Programs – please note these programs change often and local dealers are usually unaware of them – call us directly if you want more info as we deal at the National level
Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation of Canada , http://www.cpsc.ca/fundinfo.html The Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation of Canada may provide funding for assistive devices in vehicles to people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities that affect their mobility. The Foundation’s support must be used as a last resort. The charity is also willing to become a co-funder when other financial resources have been obtained, but further assistance is needed. The maximum amount of support that a successful applicant can receive per year is $1,000.
Chrysler Automobility Program When the customer buys or leases any new Chrysler Corporation vehicle, Chrysler Corporation will provide cash reimbursement, up to $750, to help cover the cost of installing adaptive driver or passenger equipment on the vehicle. Contact the Chrysler Automobility Program toll free at 1-800-265-6908 or contact your local dealer.
Ford Mobility Program Open to all Canadians buying a new Ford Vehicle, Ford will grant up to $1,000.00 towards installation of lifts, hand controls and other equipment. Application is made through the dealership where purchased and must be made within 6 months of purchasing a new vehicle. www.ford.ca
GM Mobility Program Also open to all Canadians, the GM Program will grant $1,000.00 towards the purchase of modifications to a new vehicle, but you have to call their mobility assistance program to find out if you qualify at 1-800-GM-DRIVE. www.gmcanada.com
Honda Mobility Program People with physical disabilities may be reimbursed up to $600 by Honda Canada for the purchase and installation of qualified adaptive equipment in select vans. Customer Relations: 1-888-946-6329
Kia Mobility Program, http://www.kia.ca/offers/details/AB Kia Canada’s Mobility Program offers up to $750 to people with disabilities to assist with buying and installing adaptive equipment on their vans. Please contact a KIA dealer for more information. Kia Customer Assistance: 1-877-542-2886
Subaru Mobile-It-Ease-Program This program provides reimbursement assistance up to $500 for necessary vehicle modifications due to medically recognized physical disabilities. You need a doctors note but most adaptations are funded, including ramps and lifts.
Toyota Mobility Program To help cover the costs of installing adaptive driving aids or mobility assistance equipment, the Toyota Mobility Program offers up to a $1,000 to physically-challenged customers who acquire a new Toyota vehicle. Adaptive driving or passenger equipment includes, but is not limited to, wheelchair or other lift equipment, hand driving controls, and lifts or scooter storage. Upon verification of the claim, a cheque will be mailed directly to the customer. www.toyota.ca
Volkswagen Mobility Access Program Volkswagen will refund $1000 on the purchase or lease of a new Volkswagen vehicle if vehicle access equipment is installed. For more information contact your local Volkswagen Dealer. Mobility by Volvo Program Up to $1,000 in financial assistance towards the cost of adding adaptive equipment (Carriers, Lifts/Hoists or Driving Aids/Hand Controls) to an eligible new Volvo including up to $200 on alert hearing devices. www.volvocars.com
Federal Income Tax: Modified Vehicles as Eligible Medical Expenses, http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/rc4064/ Modified Vehicles: If you are disabled, you or your dependents may claim a modified vehicle or vehicle modifications as a medical expense on line 330 or 331 of your federal income tax forms. 20% of the amount paid for a van that has been previously adapted, or is adapted within six months of the date of purchase (minus the cost of adapting the van), to transport a person who needs to use a wheelchair, to a limit of $5,000 (for residents of Ontario, the provincial limit is $6,295). 100% of the modifications can also be claimed. A prescription must be sent validating your claim. The HST that was paid or is owed on the modifications of a converted van may be reimbursed. Those individuals who have leased their modified vans then opted to purchase them may also apply. Telephone: 1-800-959-8281.
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This program funds basic and essential assistive devices for residents of Ontario with long-term physical disabilities.