Funding & Support

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.

Autism Funding Unit

The Autism Funding Unit provides funding for children with autism to access developmental services including speech, language 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.

Autism Funding forms

 

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.

At Home Program forms

 

Self Design School

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.

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.

 

Recreation Integration Victoria

This inter-municipally funded organization facilitates active lifestyles for people with disabilities. Services  include providing funded access to recreational facilities, camps and sports including sailing.

Use our Leisure Assistant's Pass and get free access to recreational facilities across the city!

 

CKNW Orphans Fund

The CKNW Orphans Fund provides supports for children with special needs. Available funding includes grants to families with financial challenges so they are able to access: health services including speech therapy, special equipment, bursaries and summer camp sponsorships.

 

Post-Adoption Assistance

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.

 

 Jordan’s Principle Funding

This program is about insuring that First Nations children receive the services they need when they need them. These services include speech and language services.

 

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 and Great West Life.

Special Needs Child Care Subsidy

This subsidy provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development aims to help make child care more affordable for families with children with special needs.

 

ICBC Insurance

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

 

Worksafe BC

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

 

BC Teachers’ Federation

The Federation's Health and Wellness program provides BC teachers with access to rehabilitation services including speech, language and swallowing therapy. 

 

Bear Essentials Funding Program

The Bear Essentials Program helps to cover expenses for Vancouver Island kids who have medical conditions, health challenges or disabilities.  Funding available through this program can be used to access speech and language therapy. 

 

BC Association for People Who Stutter Funding

The association has limited funding available to people who demonstrate the need to obtain stuttering therapy. 

 

Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment Support Program

This program located in Vancouver provides a very intensive thirteen day program for people who stutter.

 

 Disability Tax Credit  

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce the income tax you pay. It's available for people with a severe and prolonged physical or mental impairment.  Apply for the Disability Tax Credit using form T2201.

Crime Victim Assistance Program

The program provides funding and/or supports to victims of crime and their families. Rehabilitation services provided can include speech and language therapy.