For over 70 years, the CKNW Kids’ Fund has been a pillar of support for children living with physical, mental and social challenges in BC. Through a dynamic network of community outreach, tireless fundraising and generous donors, we have created a lifeline for these brave kids and their families, who struggle with the often enormous cost of equipment, therapies and programs so crucial to their development.
The President’s Choice Children’s Charity is dedicated to helping children who are physically or developmentally challenged. Families who have children born with disabilities like Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, to name a few, come to them for help. They provide direct financial assistance in the purchase of mobility equipment, environmental modifications, physical therapy and more.
The Variety Children’s Charity of British Columbia is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to raise funds for the purpose of inspiring hope, enriching lives, and building a better future for BC’s children. A member of the worldwide organization Variety International, the BC (office) works year round to improve the quality of life for British Columbia’s children.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada has teamed up with Canada Safeway to raise much needed funds to support those living with neuromuscular disorders. The Safeway Mobility Grants were created to assist registered clients with the purchase of new medically necessary mobility related equipment; in order to be eligible to receive funding, you must be a registered client of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
The purpose of this program is to support employment for People with disabilities who require assistive technology. More specifically it is designed to help the individual and the employer acquire assistive technology that meets the needs of the individual and the work situation. They are looking to provide funding to serve 400-500 clients per year. Click here for more info: Technology@work
Cops for Kids is a charitable foundation that is committed to assisting children that have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis in their young lives. We tirelessly work to raise funds to continue our ongoing support to the children in the communities that we serve.
Cops for Kids is devoted to helping little hearts in our community.
Click here for more info: Cops For Kids
National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility is directed to individuals with disabilities who have secured the majority of the money needed to fund vehicle modification products and just need some additional help to reach their goal. The mobility assistance grant program is designed to bridge the funding gap that prevents people in need of mobility products from achieving their mobility goals.
Click here for more info: NOVA
GOVERNMENT FUNDING OPTIONS
Under the Labor Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, the Government of Canada contributes funding to provincial programs and services to improve the employment situation of Canadians with disabilities by enhancing their employ-ability, increasing the employment opportunities available to them, and by building on the existing knowledge base.
- GST518 GST/HST Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate Application
- XE8 Application for refund of federal excise tax on gasoline
- Information Concerning People With Disabilities
Medical Expenses- payments to adapt a vehicle (that are prescribed by a medical practitioner) used to transport a person with a disability or payments for a device (as prescribed by a medical practitioner) that enables an individual with a mobility impairment to operate a vehicle;
20% of payments for a van that has been previously adapted, or is adapted upon purchase or within six months of the date of purchase (minus the cost of adapting the van as prescribed by a medical practitioner) to transport an individual who needs the use of a wheelchair, to a limit of $5,000
Guide to Government of Canada Services for People with Disabilities Transportation and Travel Federal Gasoline Tax Refund Program If you can’t safely use public transportation because of a permanent disability, you can apply for a partial refund of the federal excise tax on gasoline you purchase. You must have a medical certificate confirming your disability. 1 866 330-3304 TTY: 1 800 665-0354 www.cra.gc.ca/exciseduty
To get the forms you need, click on www.cra.gc.ca/transportation for People with Physical Disabilities a refund of Retail Sales Tax (RST) that you have paid is available on certain new or used licensed motor vehicles purchased or leased on a long-term basis (12 months or longer) for the purpose of transporting a person with a permanent physical disability. At the time the motor vehicle is bought and a refund application filed, the purchaser must be:
- a person with a permanent physical disability who bought the vehicle for their own transportation
- a member of the family or the same-sex partner of a person with a permanent physical disability
- a principal caregiver, if the person with the permanent physical disability does not have a member of the family who is willing and able to provide transportation for that person, or
- a religious, charitable or non-profit organization that purchased the vehicle to transport people with permanent physical disabilities.
If you are 16 or older, own or lease a vehicle, and are “a person with disabilities,” you may qualify for a 25% discount on your Basic Auto plan.
Your vehicle must be rated for pleasure use, to and from work, business use or certain recreational or commercial uses.
You can only apply the Disability Discount to one vehicle.
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