Home and Vehicle Program

Who We Are

The Home and Vehicle Program assists families with home and vehicle accessibility through ongoing consultation with an Occupational Therapist and a Social Worker.  The team will work with the family from the beginning stages of the project until completion by:

•Providing information and resources to assist with the project
• Determining  if there are appropriate funding options
• Assisting with funding applications if required

Services

Clients may be eligible for services if they are:
 
Under the age of 18
Reside in the Niagara area
Have difficulty accessing areas of the home and require modifications to the physical structure (not equipment such as shower chair)
Have difficulty getting in or out of a vehicle and need to be transported in a wheelchair
 
Potential projects include:
• Ramps
• Elevators
• Platform lifts
• Wheel-in (Curbless) showers
 
Other related handouts:
 
 
Funding:
 
A number of organizations are available to help families with covering costs for home and vehicle modifications. Each organization has specific guidelines and policies that should be reviewed prior to applying for funding.    

Some potential funders include: 

1. Ontario March of Dimes Home and Vehicle Modification Program

Provide funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more. Clients who meet program criteria can apply for grant funding.

  • Up to $15,000 lifetime max for home modifications
  • Up to $15,000 every 10 years for vehicle modifications
 
2. Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
 
  • Funding up to $20, 000( must meet eligibility criteria).
  • Funding is available once only for children 18 and under.
  • Family’s combined gross household income must be $70, 000 or less
 
www.easterseals.org
1-866-630-3336
 
  • Family can receive up to $3,000 per year(must meet eligibility criteria)
  • Funding is to be applied to the cost of the conversion/ramp
 
OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS TO CONSIDER INCLUDE:
 
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada Mobility Equipment Program
  • Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy Assistive Devices Funding Program(does not cover van modifications)
  • Local Service Clubs (Contact 211 for list of service clubs in your community)
  • Church groups
  • Private Fundraising 

 

 
 
Accessibility resources
 
Canada Mortgage and Housing – Accessible homes
(living spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, ramps, lifts/elevators, ceiling lifts)
 
Curbless Showers
 
Building Permits
 
Do you need an Architect or a Designer?
 
Canadian Home Builder’s Association (Hiring a contractor)
 
March of Dimes - Getting quotations
 
Tetra Society (A charitable society that helps people with disabilities by building or modifying devices)
 
Zach’s List (Used equipment for sale by owner)
 
For the Needy Not the Greedy (donated equipment at a very reasonable price)
   
Ontario March of Dimes Home and Vehicle Modification Program
• 1 877 369 4867
 
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity
1 905 459-2500
 
Easter Seals Ontario-Financial Assistance Program
1-866-630-3336
 
 
 
* The Home and Vehicle Program is generously supported by Niagara Corvette Club
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