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Financial Supports for Children, Youth and Adults with Special Needs

There are various funding options available from different levels of government and non-profit organizations. They are available to families with children and youth with special needs ranging from developmental support needs to physical and mobility needs. These financial supports provide funding to compensate or financially assist families for expenses, services, or devices related to their child’s disability, to give families specific income tax credits, and to help youth and young adults purchase technology tools and materials to pursue their studies in secondary-level adult education or university.

Here’s a great Money Matters Literacy Guide for Caregiver from ABC Life Literacy Canada.

Provincial Government

Federal Government

You may be able to file claims for past expenses (filing for tax credits retroactively) if you are just learning about the tax credits mentioned above, and haven’t claimed them yet.  You can still claim these credits up to 10 years retroactively.  To re-file your income tax returns for previous years, visit the Canada Revenue Agency Website and download the T1 Adjustment Request Form.

Non-Profit Organizations & Charities

  • The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a “non-profit organization for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability”.
  • The mission of the Fondation d’Aide aux Handicapés du Québec is to insure the well-being of disabled people.  Their website is in French only, but please contact them for English services.
  • The Fondation de bienfaisance aux handicapés is a non-profit organization which informs and heightens public awareness to the growing needs of the handicapped person. The organization also offers advise on adapted equipment, services needed, etc.  Contact information: 1-866-975-1221
  • Fondation Hippo makes therapeutic riding financially accessible for children.  Their website is in French only, but please contact them for English services.
  • Fondation Noël au printemps was created by business people wanting to invest in a cause they held at heart: the well-being of sick and children with special need.  Their website is in French only, but please contact them for English services.
  • The Fondation Sydrome Angelman of Quebec has various projects within Montreal, but they also provide financial help for those in need with medical and rehabilitation care and services.