Canadian Special Needs Funding Resources

When a child is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, parents may worry about and wonder what’s in store for them in terms of therapy. What kind of funding is available for their child? And how do you go about receiving funding from various charities? This blog aims to provide a few resources for Canadian parents living in Ontario who recently had their child diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other conditions who require additional assistance.

The Child Disability Benefit is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under the age of 18 with severe or prolonged mental or physical impairment. If you haven’t done so already, or have recently given birth to a child who qualifies for this additional funding, click here to fill out the form.


To find additional funding, it’s important to keep searching for the latest initiatives charities are organizing. Here’s one:

Presidents Choice, Children’s Charity provides special needs assistance for families whose children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and various developmental delays. Check here to see if you meet the requirements!

Equipment Funding

The cost of specialized equipment can be very pricey. To help lighten your expenses, the Assistive Devices Program provides funding for equipment such as wheelchairs, paediatric-standing frames, forearm crutches among other equipment. ADP covers 75% of the cost of some therapy equipment up to an established maximum. For additional coverage, ACSD, Ontario Works and Easter Seals also provide assistance.

Other Funding

With all the extra costs in caring for a child with special needs, every dollar helps. Some costs parents may encounter include: travel expenses to doctors and hospitals, parental relief, hearing aids, dental care, eyeglasses among others. The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities fund helps parents cover some of those extra costs.

To check out the requirements to receive such funding and apply, click here.

Another funding available to parents is the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program for children between 3 and 18 years of age. It aims to assist those with chronic disabilities that result in permanent incontinence or withholding problems that last more than six months and require the use of incontinence supplies.

To review the guidelines for the application process, click here, and fill out at the application here.

As a parent, it’s important to take advantage of all the resources available. By continuously researching and keeping up to date with funding, grants and charities, it is possible to make therapy, equipment and other necessities more accessible to you and your family.

If you have any questions, comments or resources to share about funding available in Canada, leave me a comment down below or join our forum discussion. Thanks everyone!


About the author

Natan Gendelman has written 274 articles for Enabled Kids.

Natan Gendelman is licensed as a physical therapist in Russia and Israel. After moving to Canada, he was certified as a kinesiologist and osteopathy manual practitioner. Natan has more than 20 years of experience providing rehabilitation and treatment for conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, pediatric stroke and acquired brain injury. He is the founder and director of Health in Motion Rehabilitation, a Toronto-based clinic whose main objective is to teach their patients the independence necessary for success in their daily lives.

2 thoughts on “Canadian Special Needs Funding Resources

  1. Hi Natan,

    I have a son who is five that was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11months of age.
    I read through your article and wanted to know if you know any charities or services that aren’t income based? In the past we’ve brought our son Ryan to the ability camp for extensive physio and oxygen treatments which is quite costly as I’m sure you’re aware…..each time we have to fund raise the roughly 10,000 dollars as we don’t fall into the gross $70 000 combined gross income bracket which I think is unfair to judge someone for their income when they want to improve their child’s quality of life. Are there any charities out there that would be willing to help fund our son. I also looked at your LIFE program…..what is the cost for a five or more week program, is any of it covered and do you help with funding??

    Thank you for your time!
    Frustrated mom

    • Hi Rachelle,

      Thank you for commenting! From our knowledge, a lot of families that come to our LIFE Program raise funds through founding their own charities, such as this one:
      They really just raise their own money through their own campaigns, but it has worked for them so far.
      As for charities to fund children’s treatments, check out the funding options in the article and see if any work for you.

      If you are interested in talking about funding and payment for our LIFE Program, please contact us by with your specific questions and we could discuss it with you.

      Thank you!
      Health in Motion Rehabilitation Team

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