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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Financial and Government Resources

Financial Resources

ACSD (Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities)
Parents who have a child with severe disabilities may be eligible for assistance, based on their income level, from the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities program. The ACSD program provides help with the ongoing extraordinary costs arising from the disability. This fund is available through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

EI Benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children
If you are a parent who has to be away from work to provide care or support to your critically ill or injured child, you could be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children (PCIC). This is an income support benefit for families caring for a seriously ill relative through the Employment Insurance Program. Up to six weeks of benefits will be provided. Criteria eligibility are in place.

Easter Seals Society
Phone: 416-421-8377
Phone: 1-800-668-6252
Offers many services to children and youth with physical disabilities through direct services and programs. The society also does research, advocacy and public education.

Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation
Phone: 905-852-1799
e-mail: generalmail@jenash.org
Mandated to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families they provide financial support for costs surrounding a child's illness. Ontario residents only.

Special Services at Home (SSAH)
Ministry of Community and Social Services
A program focused on supporting families in caring for a family member within their home.

The Unforgettables Fund
The Hospital for Sick Children
Speak with your Social Worker or Grief Support Coordinator

Offers funding to help SickKids families with limited income provide a dignified funeral for their child.

Financial Assistance with Medications
Trillium Drug Program
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
The Trillium Drug Program helps people who have high drug costs in relation to their income

Government Resources
Ministry of Youth and Social Services 

Financial programs include: Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Enhanced Respite and Special Services at Home (SSAH). (See Financial Resources)

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care 

900 Bay St. (Room MI-57)
Toronto, ON
M7A 1N3
Phone: 1-800-268-1154
The Ministry funds your local CCACs. Contact your local office to see what services are available in your area.

Transportation Services
Canadian Cancer Society

Transportation to and from appointments for individuals with cancer.

Angels of Flight
55 George Street N.
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3G2
Phone: 705-743-5433
Phone: 1-800-563-7686
e-mail: help@anglesofflightcanada.com
Transport service for people at end of life. Fully equipped land or air transfer with trained RN and Physician available. Fee for service.


For families who are unable to return to work after their child has died, there is a new law in place that provides JOB GUARANTEE for up to 2 years for any parent who is working prior to the child's death and is unable to return to that role.  There is currently no financial renumeration for this but leaders are looking to see if it will be possible.