Learn about the various funding sources available to you.

Autism Funding

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) provides funding through two programs:

  1. Autism Funding – under 6 years of age.
  2. Autism Funding – ages 6-19 years.

Both programs assist the family and the child (within the autism spectrum), to develop and function better through purchased eligible autism intervention services and therapies.

At-Home Program Benefits (AHP)

The At-Home Program (AHP) assists families in two main areas:

  1. Respite Benefits: enable parents to choose appropriate care for couple of hours a week for their child to allow relief of the intensive care on a daily basis.
  2. Medical Benefits: Provides a range of medical equipment, supplies and intervention services.

A child may be eligible for the At-Home Program Benefits, if he assessed to be significantly delayed in 3 of the 4 basic functional activities of daily living: Eating, Dressing, Toileting and Washing.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC

Variety provides direct help to children with special needs in British Columbia with funding for:

  • Medical care and services
  • Mobility equipment and specialized therapies
  • Education and experiences such as a special tour for a destination

Variety offers grants to children with special needs across BC who meet the following criteria:

  • Children and youth ages from 0-19 years
  • Qualified special need (medical/developmental) as recognized by a designated professional
  • Financial circumstance that limits the ability to afford the item or service required
  • Total net household income of up to $65,000 per year


Extended Health Care Plans

Please review your extended health care plan to determine coverage.
Regretfully, I am not able to bill health plans directly.

CKNW Kids’ Fund

The CKNW Kids’ Fund supports children with special needs and their families in BC. Grants through this program help to cover expenses related to specialized therapies, medical equipment, summer camps and education needs.
To be considered eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Children who have been assessed and recognized by a medical/health/social/educational professional and for whom an application is supported by a brief statement indicating the problem/condition and recommendations
  • Children who don’t qualify for existing services provided by government-sponsored funding, or are on an extensive waiting list, have exhausted other sources of financial assistance, or who do not meet all of the government criteria
  • Children who are financially at risk. This definition does not exclude those children who have medical/social/educational impacts brought about by poverty

Crime Victim Assistance Program

The Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) is administered by the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Under the Crime Victim Assistance Act, victims injured as a result of certain crimes may be eligible for financial assistance or benefits.
If you or your child is a victim of a crime and would like more information, please contact toll-free in BC: 1 866 660 3888