Extended Health Benefits
Extended Health Plans often cover a portion of speech and language assessments / therapy. Please check with your personal health benefit provider for details specific to your plan.
Variety, the Children’s Charity of British Columbia
Individual Grants:Variety provides financial assistance for children who have special needs, with the costs of a wide range of equipment, therapies, educational, social and recreational programs. Applications require a letter from a speech-language pathologist outlining the need for speech-language therapy.
For more information contact Tami Leidl, Director, Heart of Variety Fund at:
T: 604.268.3893 Toll Free: 1.800.381.2040
F: 604.320.0535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Funding (British Columbia)
Autism Funding is provided by The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for children under age 6 and ages 6-18.
Autism Funds: Under Age 6 may be used for services of behaviour consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists who are listed on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP), at http://www.actcommunity.net/.
Autism Funds: Ages 6 – 18 may be used to for Behaviour consultants/interventionists, Speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, Life skills and social skills programs, Out-of-school support/tutoring (not part of regular school program), Specialized therapeutic activities and camps designed to address your child’s ASD, Dietary or nutritional counselling from a registered dietician/nutritionist, Family counselling/therapy, Other interventions recommended by a professional/specialist (pre-approval suggested).
If you have questions regarding Autism Funding Programs please contact:
Autism Funding Unit
PO Box 9776 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9S5
Telephone (toll-free): 1-(877)-777-3530 (service is available in several languages)
Fax: 250 356-8578
CKNW Kids Fund:
A child or youth from birth to age 19 who is a resident of the Lower Mainland of BC who requires extra medical, social, educational or environmental supports to enhance or improve their health, development, quality of life and community integration.
In particular in the areas of:
- Communication (speech, language, hearing) and Cognition
- Self-help (adaptive)
Government of BC: At Home Program
School-Aged Extended Therapies Benefit: The At Home Program assists parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home through a range of health supports and services. The School-Aged Extended Therapies (SAET) benefit of the At Home Program (AHP) is available to children aged five or older who are enrolled in AHP Medical Benefits.
The benefit includes speech-language pathology (SLP), OT along with other services.
Phone Toll Free: 1 888 613-3232
The SelfDesign Learning Community is among the largest distance/distributed learning schools and personalized learning programs in British Columbia, Canada. Funded by the BC Ministry of Education, SelfDesign provides services for all learners needing additional supports to maximize their Learning Opportunities. SLP services, OT and many other supports are provided with Selfdesign.
Phone Toll Free: 1 877 353 3374
Oak & Orca (Hands on Home Learning)
A funding source for families who are creating alternative education plans for their child which can include speech-language therapy sessions.
Phone Toll Free: 1-888-383-6619
Government of Canada – Tax Credits
Child disability tax credit. Please check with your tax professionals as their may be other Tax credits that are applicable (e.g. summer groups or art camps)