Access to Funding

Finding funding to support a family member with a learning disability may be difficult. Here are a number of provincial and federal sources available to Albertans. Some Employee Assistance Programs and private insurers may offer support for assessment and counseling; however, this support is not offered through Alberta Health.

We are always on the lookout for more funding sources and welcome your suggestions for other valuable links.

Family Supports

Project Unit Funding (PUF)
Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided to school authorities to ECS children with severe disabilities/delays who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular ECS program. Funding is provided for individualized programming that meets the educational needs of children with severe disabilities/delays who are at least 2 years 6 months of age on September 1. PUF may be paid for a maximum of 3 years for each eligible child.

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
The Canada Child Tax Benefit is a tax-free monthly benefit made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18. The CCTB might include the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Child Disability Benefit.

Medical Expenses for Self, Spouse or Common-Law Partner and Dependent Children Born in 1988 or Later
Helps you claim medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children born in 1989 or later.

Child Disability Benefit
A tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under the age of 18 with severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical function.

Universal Child Care Benefit
Helps Canadian families balance work and family life by supporting child care with direct financial support. For children under the age of 6 years, paid in instalments of $100 per month per child.

Disability Tax Credit
A non-refundable tax credit that a person with a qualifying disability can claim to reduce the amount of income tax he or she has to pay in a year. Includes a supplement for people under 18 at the end of the year.

Here is some detailed information about the Disability Tax Credit and how to apply, prepared by a registered psychologist: Navigating the Disability Tax Credit.

Another source of in-depth and useful information is available from Disability Credit Canada; however, please be aware that the fee for engaging the services of this company to work with you is 25% of the funds received.

And finally, according to the Voice of Albertans with Disabilities, an often overlooked benefit for people with low income receiving the Disability Tax Credit is access to an RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) where the federal government can deposit up to $1000 per year in addition to matching funds. For more information, visit VAD Society.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
Offers coordination, funding for certain costs, and links to various government programs, community services, and advocacy groups.

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