Funding for wheelchair accessible vehicles varies across the country. In every province and territory, there are a number of groups who will provide financial aid if their requirements are met. The following groups are some of the sources who currently offer financial assistance to someone who is purchasing a wheelchair accessible minivan or equipment that will modify a minivan.
Please refer to the organizations' websites or contact them directly for more information before making a purchase.
Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation of Canada
Funding for assistive devices in vehicles to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities that affect their mobility. The charity is also willing to become a co-funder when other financial resources have been obtained, but further assistance is needed. The maximum amount of support that a successful applicant can receive per year is $1,000. More>
Easter Seal Society
In Ontario, individuals with disabilities who are 19 years old or younger and who are also registered with Easter Seals may receive financial aid from the Society. Easter Seals offers each client up to $3,000 in financial assistance per year to help with the purchase of a converted vehicle. More>
Some Kin Canada clubs may provide funding for individuals who are buying wheelchair accessible vans. Please call your local club to determine if they can help. More>
Each chapter is different, but a local Lions Club may offer financial assistance to people purchasing a wheelchair accessible van. More>
Ontario March of Dimes
The Ontario March of Dimes manages the provincial government's Ministry of Community and Social Services' "Home and Vehicle Modification Program" (HVMP). This program funds vehicle modifications through grants of up to $15,000 per decade. Applicants must be permanent Ontario residents who have disabilities that will significantly hinder their mobility for more than one year. More>
President's Choice Children's Charity
President's Choice Children's Charity aids families with children under 18 who have developmental or physical disabilities. Household income (must be under $70,000), diagnoses of the disabilities, and vendor quotes are among some of the criteria that will determine the level of support granted. The average amount of funding received by successful applicants is $9,000, the most that may be granted is $20,000. More>
Religious organizations may provide funding. Please discuss this possibility with someone who may be able to help at your place of worship.
Veteran Affairs Canada
Veterans who have disabilities may be able to receive funding from Veteran Affairs Canada depending on their coverage and an assessment. Please call this government department for more information. More>