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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

How we can help

This program aims to provide support to children and families who require information on resources available to help with the incurred cost  of having a sick child. 

We provide assistance with form completion and the gathering of documents in order to apply for several different types of resources. Applications can be a long, hard and intimidating process for families; this program will alleviate that stress allowing them to focus on their child's health as well as their own. 

We believe that by assisting families in navigating the application process, they will be well-equipped with tools to do it on their own when renewals are needed.

Types of Resources:

Some common resources we assist with and information about them are listed below. We help with many other types of resources, and when one is brought to us that has not been helped with previously it is thoroughly researched and added to the list. 

Financial assistance for accommodations:

Financial assistance for accommodations may be available for patient families coming to SickKids for an unplanned visit, who are staying for more than one night and who don’t have a parent bed in their child’s hospital room.

Criteria for consideration for financial assistance:

  • Assistance will only be considered if family lives a minimum of 55 km from the hospital.
  • Family’s income must be less than $75,000/year for a family of 4.
  • If income is at the higher end of the income criteria ($65,000 to $75,000), financial support will be provided for exceptional circumstances only.
  • Proof of income (i.e. Canada Revenue Notice of Assessment) is required for financial support. Proof of income may be waived for the first funding request. However, proof of income must be provided for ongoing support
  • Families receiving OW/ODSP are expected to make arrangements in advance with their case worker. SickKids will pay for one night if the family cannot reach their case worker. This will allow the family time to contact their case worker to arrange for financial support for accommodation. If OW/ODSP will not assist with accommodation costs, SickKids may consider providing accommodation support.
  • Support will be provided for a maximum of three nights.

More information on accomodation options near SickKids.

Trillium Drug Program:

  • An Ontario Government program that provides financial assistance to residents who spend a large part of their income on prescription drugs.
  • Applicants must be Ontario residents that have a valid OHIP Card

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities:

  • This is a monthly benefit for children, under 18 years of age, with a severe disability, who live at home and who incur ongoing extraordinary expenses related to their disability.
  • Applicants must meet the required income level to be eligible, which is $64,000 or less annually.
  • Expenses considered include, but are not limited to; Transportation to and from medical appointments, specialized clothing, medical supplies/prescriptions not covered by ODB.

Special Services at Home (Currently Frozen)

  • Assists families who are caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability that need help to pay for special services in or outside of the family home.
  • This program focuses on meeting a child’s personal growth and development needs and assisting with family relief and family support needs.

Employment Insurance:

  • Parents of Critically Ill Children: Provides temporary income support for up to 35 weeks in a 52 week period to eligible parents who take time away from work to provide care or support to one or more critically ill or injured children under the age of 18. (Parents must be contributing to EI through their pay.)
    • Either parent can receive this benefit or it can be shared between parents.
  • Compassionate Care Benefits: Provides temporary income support for up to 6 weeks to people who are temporarily away from work because they have to provide care or support a family member who is gravely ill with a significant chance of death.
    • Anyone that is considered family can receive this benefit as long as they will be providing or participating in the care of the gravely ill person.
  • Maternity and Parental Leave: provides temporary income support for individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, and/or are caring for a new born. Maternity is 17 weeks for the mother birthing the child, and parental is 35 weeks, and can be used by either the mother or father of the child.

Charitable Foundations:    

Birth Registration:

  •  Can also apply for a Birth Certificate, Canada Child Benefits and a Social Insurance Number, (SIN) when registering the birth.
  • Birth Registration, no charge. Birth Certificate, $25 short form, $35 long form. Pay on line with Credit Card or Interac. Canadian Child Benefits, no charge. Social Insurance Number (SIN) , no charge
  • If both parents are going to be named on the child's birth registration then both parents must be present at the computer to complete and certify (sign or confirm online) this form.

And many more...