Assistive Devices Program: Overview

This tutorial will provide an overview of the Assistive Devices Program run by March of Dimes Canada.

Program Introduction

What is the Assistive Devices Program?

The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is a program that provides funding to adults with physical disabilities for the purchase of devices to improve mobility and independence.

The program is entirely funded by donor dollars.

Who is Eligible?

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for the Assistive Devices Program, the applicant must:

  1. Demonstrate financial need.
  2. Be over 19 years old.
  3. Be a permanent resident of Ontario.

Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program

March of Dimes Canada's Assistive Devices Program has different requirements and guidelines than the Ministry of Health Program.

An applicant may be eligible to receive funding from both the Ministry of Health and March of Dimes Canada. If you are applying for a Mobility Aid (e.g. a wheelchair), you must apply to the Ministry of Health Program first before applying to March of Dimes Canada. The Ministry may fund up to 75% of the cost of the device.

For more information on the Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program, visit their website here.

Financial Information

How is Financial Need Determined?

Determining Financial Need

The Assistive Devices Program is based on financial need.  The Applicant must indicate their income and provide proof of income in order to be eligible to receive funding  from the Program.

Financial need is assessed based on the income of both the Applicant and their spouse or partner (where applicable).

The maximum allowable income depends on the size of the Applicant's immediate family, which includes: the applicant themselves, his or her spouse/partner, and any dependent children under the age of 18.

Maximum Allowable Income

The chart below indicates the maximum eligible income in relation to family size:

Device Information

Device Funding

It is important to note that the Assistive Devices Program is not a reimbursement program.  You will not receive funding for a device that has  been purchased before being approved by the program.

Funding may be provided for the purchase of a new device, or repairs of an already owned device.

Eligible Devices

What Devices are Eligible for Funding?

The list below indicates some devices eligible for funding by the Assistive Devices Program.  This list is non-exhaustive, and more items may be eligible to receive funding.

  • Manual and Power Wheelchairs
  • Scooters (and replacement batteries)
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
  • Home and Bath Aids
  • Floor Patient Lifts

Ineligible Devices

What Devices are Ineligible for Funding?

The list below indicates some devices ineligible for funding by the Assistive Devices Program.  This list is non-exhaustive.

  • Hearing or Vision Aids
  • Urinary, Colostomy, or Ostomy Supplies
  • Prosthetic Device
  • Lift Chairs
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Beds or Mattresses

Home Renovations

Home Renovations or Modifications may be eligible to receive funding through a different program offered by March of Dimes Canada. Please visit the website here to find out more about the program.

Application Process

How Do I Apply?

The Application Process

  1. If you are applying for funding for a mobility device, first apply to the Ministry of Health's Assistive Device Program.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Application Tutorials located on the March of Dimes website.
  3. Complete your application either online or in print.
  4. Gather the required supporting documents.
  5. Submit your complete application (the Applicant Assessment and all necessary documents) to March of Dimes Canada by:
    • Fax.
    • E-mail.
    • Mail.
  6. Within number of days, a Program employee will be in contact with you regarding the status of your application.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications submitted to March of Dimes Canada will not be reviewed. In most cases, a Program employee will contact you regarding the problems with your application and ask that you resubmit a complete application.

To avoid this and any delays in processing your application, please ensure your application has all the appropriate documents attached before submitting it.

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