Funding


There are many funding options available to help families access speech and language therapy. These funding options often include eligibility criteria including assessments. We encourage you to contact us for assistance accessing funding.

Affordable Child Care Benefit
Formerly known as the Child Care Subsidy Program, this program is available to assist low and middle income families with child care costs. Families that earn up to $111,000 may qualify for funding. If you are eligible for the benefit and have a child designated with special needs, you may be eligible for an additional supplement of $150.


At Home Funding
At Home Funding provides funding to help parents offset the costs of caring for children with severe disabilities. The program includes providing funding for respite and medical services including speech therapy.


Autism Funding Unit
The Autism Funding Unit provides funding for children with autism to access services including speech therapy and occupational therapy. Children under the age of six are eligible to receive up to $22,000 per year. While children over the age of six are eligible to receive up to $6,000 per year. A formal autism assessment is required to be eligible for funding.
 

Bear Essentials Funding Program
This program supports children on Vancouver Island who have medical conditions, health challenges, or disabilities. This includes providing funding for health-related equipment, such as communication software.


CKNW Kids’ Fund
The CKNW Kids Fund provides grants to families with financial challenges so they are able to access: health services including speech therapy, special equipment, bursaries, and summer camp sponsorships.


Crime Victim Assistance Program
This program provides funding and supports to victims of crime and their families. Rehabilitation services provided can include speech-language therapy.


Disability Tax Credit
The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce the income tax you pay. Eligibility is not determined by a medical diagnosis, but rather the impact of challenges on daily functioning. For example, “a person is considered markedly restricted in speaking if … he or she is unable or takes an inordinate amount of time to speak so as to be understood by another person.”

Elks of Canada
A charity that provides financial assistance for the medical needs of children with hearing and speech disorders under the age of 19.


Extended Health Benefit Plans
Many workplaces provide health benefit plans that provide coverage for rehabilitation services including speech, language and swallowing therapy. Examples of extended health benefit providers are Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife, Desjardins, Sun Life, and Canada Life.


ICBC Insurance
For those involved in automobile accidents, ICBC provides coverage to access rehabilitation services including speech, language and swallowing therapy.


Jordan’s Principle Funding
Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding includes speech-language services.


Métis (Miyoopimatishihk) Wellbeing Program
This program is available to children from birth to 8 years of age who are enrolled in the Métis Family Connections Program. Through the Miyoopimatishihk (Wellbeing) Program, families can apply for financial support to assist in the cost of a wide range of services including speech therapy.


Post-Adoption Assistance Program
Funding is provided for children with special needs who have been adopted through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This assistance includes funding for speech therapy.


Self Design Learning Community
Self Design’s special education program provides supports to learners between the ages of 5 and 19. Supports include providing small grants for learners to access required services including speech and language therapy.

Support our Troops
Military families with special needs dependents can receive funding to cover services associated with things like speech therapy, assistive devices, respite care, and medical travel.


SMILE Charity
A charity dedicated to supporting racialized children and youth with disabilities and their families. The charity focuses on helping Muslim communities including refugee and new immigrant families. 


Vancouver Island Health Authority
The Community Health Speech-Language Program provides no-cost services for children from birth to 5 years of age who have or who are at risk of communication delays.


Variety – The Children’s Charity
Variety provides financial assistance to families with children with special needs so they can access: health services including speech therapy, equipment and recreational programs.


Worksafe BC
Worksafe BC provides compensation for employees who have suffered a work-related injury or disease to access rehabilitation services including speech and language therapy.