Funding Sources

BC Home Accessibilty Tax Credit

Qualifying home-owners may use the tax credits to offset or reduce purchases of equipment such as stairlifts, vertical platform lifts, grab bars and superpoles, ramps and other equipment, as well as home modifications.

On April 21, 2015, the federal government introduced a new ‘Home Accessibility Tax Credit’ to provide financial relief to seniors and persons with a disability who spend as much as $10,000 in one year to modify their residences.

The credit also may be used by individuals or caregivers who expend monies on home modifications and equipment for their spouses or common-law partners, as well as an eligible or infirm dependent.

So as to qualify for the tax credit, home-access modifications and equipment must be enduring in nature. They also must assist qualifying individuals gain access to, or be more mobile or functional within, their own residence, and reduce the risk of harm at home.

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Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program

The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes. Read testimonials by real SAFER recipients.

 

BC Housing provides SAFER subsidies to more than 17,000 senior households renting apartments in the private market, including singles, couples and people sharing a unit.

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Central Association of Kinsmen Clubs/Kin Canada/Association of Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs

Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. The Association boasts a proud 95-year history dedicated to fostering lifelong friendships while ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.’

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Lions Club

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

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Kiwanis Clubs

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

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President's Choice

Presidents Choice Children’s Charity receive applications from families whose children have been diagnosed with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and various developmental delays ($20,000).

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The War Amps

The War Amps is a Canadian nation-wide registered charitable organization operated under the direction of war amputees. Children with amputations may be eligible for financial assistance for prosthetic limbs, recreational limbs and travel to prosthetic centres.

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HAFI

HAFI Program helps people with disabilities and seniors modify homes.

BC Housing’s new Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program helps people with disabilities and low-income B.C. seniors make home modifications that will allow them to continue living at home.

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ICBC

ICBC provides equipment funding for those injured in a Motor Vehicle Incident. They provide funding for all types of rehabilitation equipment, including Manual and Power Wheelchairs as well as Seating, Patient Lifts & Slings, Mobility Scooters & Ramps, and Aids to Daily Living.

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WorkSafe BC

Worksafe BC provides equipment funding for those injured at the workplace. They provide funding for all types of rehabilitation equipment, including Manual and Power Wheelchairs as well as Seating, Patient Lifts & Slings, Mobility Scooters & Ramps, and Aids to Daily Living.

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Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Health Care Benefits Program offers a wide range of health care benefits and services including Medical Equipment and Home Adaptations.

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMHC provides forgivable loans and grants for those who require home adaptations. This can include Stair Lifts, Ramp Systems, and Elevators in addition to other adaptations to the home for better accessibility.

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Spinal Cord Injury BC

Formerly known as BC Paraplegic Foundation.

Provides funding options for individuals with spinal cord injuries, for products such as Manual and Power Wheelchairs as well as Seating, Patient Lifts & Slings, Mobility Scooters & Ramps, and Aids to Daily Living.

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BC Rehab Foundation

Provides funding for individuals with disabilities. Contact the BC Rehab Foundation for more details.

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Crime Victims Assitance (CVA)

CVA provides funding for individuals who have injuries as a victim of a criminal activity. Funding can be sourced through CVA for many types of rehabilitation equipment including Manual and Power Wheelchairs as well as Seating, Patient Lifts & Slings, Mobility Scooters & Ramps, and Aids to Daily Living.

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MS Society of BC

Since 1975, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of British Columbia & Yukon has supported MS research and provided services and programs to enhance quality of life for more than 8,000 British Columbians & Yukoners affected by MS.

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BC Seniors’ Renovation Tax Credit

The refundable credit will be worth up to $1,000 each year, and it will be available to seniors or family members sharing their home, regardless of whether they own or rent.

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ALS Society of BC

The ALS Society of BC provides free loaner equipment for those who qualify. The Society may also fund the purchase of medical equipment in tandem with another third party funder with the assumption that the equipment would ultimately be donated to the Society once the equipment is not needed any further.

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