Financial Assistance

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR)

Provides B.C. residents in financial need with a system of financial supports; only for those who meet the financial eligibility criteria based on income and assets.

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Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits (CPP-D)

 A taxable monthly payment that is available to people who have contributed to the CPP and who are not able to work regularly because of a disability.

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Employment Insurance (EI) Sick Benefits

EI provides sickness benefits to those who are unable to work because of sickness or injury.

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Medical Expense Tax Credit

A non-refundable tax credit that can be claimed for a wide range of medical and related expenses such as health care services, travel expenses (transportation, meals and accommodation) home renovations to install medical equipment, drugs, dental services and health insurances.

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Disability tax credit (DTC)

A non-refundable tax credit that taxpayers with disabilities can use to reduce the amount of income tax they have to pay. It includes a supplement for children under 18.  The credit can be back-dated to when you first qualified for a hearing disability.

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Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

A federal program to help low income people and people on income assistance save money over the long-term through a combination of personal contributions (self, family), and federal contributions (grants, bonds).

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MSP Premium Assistance

Subsidies offered to British Columbia residents in financial need to help pay for their monthly MSP payments. Only for those who meet financial elgibility criteria.

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Home Owners Additional Grant

The home owner's grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence. If you are a person living with a disability, you may be eligible to apply for an additional grant on top of the basic grant.  To find out if you qualify and for more information click here.

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Third Party Payers

A variety of funding options are available to offset the costs assocation with your Cochlear Implants. 

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Hear4U

The Hear4U website provides information on subsidies and resources available to residents of BC.   Hear4U also works with clinics to provide refurbished hearing aids to individuals in need.

Website:  http://www.hear4u.ca/

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Fuel Tax Refund for Persons With Disabilities

Individuals with certain disabilities may apply for a refund of the provincial motor fuel tax they pay on gasoline, diesel or propane used in their vehicle.

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Autoplan Disability Discount

If you've been approved for a fuel tax refund under the B.C. government Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities, you may also qualify for a 25 per cent discount on your Basic Autoplan—even if you don't drive the vehicle you're insuring.  Eligible drivers must bring appropriate documentation to their Autoplan broker's office to have the discount added to their policy. 

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