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Funding Options

There are several types of funding available to make prosthetics accessible.  They are:

  1. Provincial Healthcare Funding – public healthcare, social assistance
  2. Private Health Insurance Plan Funding – Manulife, Great West Life, Sunlife, Blue Cross, etc.
  3. Federal Government Program Funding – for veterans, indigenous, and new immigrants
  4. Provincial Worker Compensation Programs – WCB, WSIB, Worksafe BC, etc.
  5. Canada Revenue Agency – Disability Tax Credit
  6. Charities – The War Amps of Canada, community service organizations (Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.)

 

Provincial Healthcare Funding

Funding availability for prostheses is different in every province. The provincial governments set out varied fee schedules and residents of each province, with a valid heath card, are eligible for coverage, if available in their provinces.

Most provinces that provide public funding for prosthetics require that:

  • Determination of readiness for prosthetic treatment is provided by an authorized medical professional
  • Assessment, fabrication and fit must be done at an authorized facility by a Certified Prosthetist CP(c)

The following Provinces have healthcare funding programs for prosthetic treatments through the indicated departments:

Federal Department Healthcare Funding

Worker Compensation Programs

Each province has a Worker Compensation Program that covers those who are injured on the job.  These departments go by different names across the provinces but provide orthotic and prosthetic funding when injuries occur at work.