Chapter 4: Financial assistance

Financial programs and services

It helped to be able to take time off work to look after my husband and have a little money coming in. It took the edge off a little and allowed me to look after him for the little time that was left.

Federal programs

The federal government offers a number of programs through different departments. Some support the person who is living with a disability or life-limiting illness while others are for their caregivers. Different programs are available to Indigenous Peoples through First Nations and Inuit Health. For more information, click here.

Compassionate Care Benefits

Available through the Employment Insurance Program, this benefit is available to those who are eligible for a maximum of 26 weeks. If you are unemployed and already receiving EI benefits, you can also apply for the Compassionate Care Benefits. For more information, click here.

Income tax credits

You may be eligible for certain tax credits when you file your annual tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency. Save all receipts for healthcare visits including parking, gas, hotels, and meal costs as they may be tax deductible. For more information, click here

Veterans Affairs of Canada (VAC) Programs

If you are a current or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), or a family member, you may qualify for caregiver recognition benefits. For more information, click here

Provincial/territorial financial programs

Some provinces and territories may offer financial assistance, depending upon the person’s illness or your level of income. Ask your healthcare provider for details. You can also visit Canadian Virtual Hospice’s Programs and Services listing and search using your province or territory.

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