FUNDING PROGRAMS

Ontario Assistive Device Program

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program                is to provide consumer centered support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs.

Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through access to assistive devices responsive to their individual needs.

Equipment Funded by ADP:

Ontario Disability Support Program

If you have a disability and need help with your living expenses, you may be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program               .

ODSP offers:

      - financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses
      - benefits, for you and your family, including prescription drugs and vision care
      - help finding and keeping a job, and advancing your career
 

Essential Health & Social Support

The Essential Health and Social Supports                 program helps Ottawa residents who cannot afford to pay for items or services needed to maintain their housing and for health items that are not available through other programs. EHSS may help to pay for things like:

      - Urgent dental care and dentures
      - Eye exams and glasses
      - Fuel/gas/hydro arrears, deposits and reconnection fees
      - Rent arrears and deposits
      - Assistive Devices Program (ADP) 25% consumer contribution
      - Bathroom aids
      - Surgical and diabetic supplies
      - Cremations and burials

Ontario Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit                   is a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit for seniors and family members who live with them. If you qualify, you can claim up to $10,000 worth of eligible home improvements on your tax return. The amount of money you get back for these expenses is calculated as 15 per cent of the eligible expenses you claim. For example, if you spend and then claim $10,000 worth of eligible expenses, you could get $1,500 back.

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit can help with the costs of improving safety and accessibility in your home. Explore the interactive house below for examples of changes you could make.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works           helps people who are in financial need. It offers two types of assistance:

       Financial assistance, including:
            - income support to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter
            - health benefits for clients and their families


       Employment assistance to help clients find, prepare for and keep a job.

              This assistance may include:
            - workshops on resume writing and interviewing
            - job counselling
            - job-specific training
            - access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills
 

Federal Home Accessibility Tax Credit

For 2016 and subsequent tax years, Budget 2015 introduces a non-refundable              for qualifying expenses incurred for work performed or goods acquired in respect of a qualifying renovation of an eligible dwelling of a qualifying individual. A qualifying individual and eligible individuals can claim the HATC.

Expenses qualify when they are made or incurred in relation to a qualifying renovation or alteration to an eligible dwelling (including the land that forms part of the eligible dwelling) and are of an enduring nature and integral to the dwelling. As a general rule, if the item you purchase will not become a permanent part of your dwelling, it is not eligible. There are items, however, that have been explicitly excluded (see below).

For 2016 and subsequent tax years, the home accessibility tax credit will apply in respect of qualifying expenses for work performed and paid for and/or goods acquired in that particular tax year. Any expenses claimed for the home accessibility tax credit must be supported by a receipt. Keep such receipts in case the CRA asks to see them.

Some businesses or individuals may assert that certain items qualify for the HATC. It is important to remember that you are responsible for ensuring that all eligibility requirements are met when you claim this credit on your tax return.

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