Financial Links

Financial Aid

Compassionate Financial Assistance Program

For end-of-life costs, the Compassionate Financial Assistance Program provides modest support to those who have been diagnosed as palliative and have exhausted all other means of financial support.

Province: Alberta 

Phone: 1-800-661-2262 or 403-205-3966

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) provides disability benefits to people who have made enough contributions to the CPP and who are disabled and cannot work at any job on a regular basis. Benefits may also be available to their dependent children.

Province: All

Phone: 1 800-206-7218

Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund

Our mandate is to provide financial assistance for patients who do not have the financial resources to cover the costs of basic necessities such as food and shelter as well as medical and additional expenses related to their treatment. We prioritize applications we receive according to income levels and frequently find that patients to whom we provide financial assistance are living at or below the poverty line.

Province: All

Phone: 416-233-7410

Compassionate care benefits (EI)

Compassionate care benefits are Employment Insurance (EI) benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death within 26 weeks (six months). A maximum of 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people.

Province: All

Phone: 1 800-206-7218

Drug Coverage

This website offers information on reimbursement for prescription medications by providing information on the various types of private insurance plans, provincial/ territorial drug benefit programs, drug funding by provincial cancer agencies, and federal drug plans available in Canada.

Province: All

Employment Insurance (EI)

The Employment Insurance (EI) program offers temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers. This assistance includes providing sickness benefits to people unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine. If you cannot work because of sickness, injury or quarantine, but you would otherwise be available to work, you could be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 15 weeks of EI sickness benefits.

Province: All

Phone: 1 800-206-7218

Medical Expenses Claim

Individuals or a spouse or common law partner, may be able to claim the total eligible medical expenses incurred on their annual income tax return. Keep all receipts.

Province: All

Phone: 1 800 959-8281 (Income Tax Enquiries)

Travel Treatment Fund and/or the Financial Support Drug Program

The Canadian Cancer Society provides limited, short-term financial assistance to cover a portion of clients’ cancer-related transportation and accommodation expenses. In addition, through our partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, we can assist clients with a portion of the cost of selected prescription medications that manage symptoms related to cancer treatment

Province: British Columbia

Phone: 1-800-663-2524 or 604-872-4400

Access To Care

The Canadian Cancer Society program, Access to Care, provides some treatment-related travel and accommodation assistance to people with cancer who have a limited income. Assistance is provided for travel and accommodation costs related to cancer treatment and follow-up appointments for the person who is being treated and one attendant.

Province: Manitoba

Phone: 1-888-532-6982 or 204-571-2800

Ontario Disability Support Program

This program helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Province: Ontario

Phone: 1 888 789-4199

Ontario Public Drug Programs

Ontario residents receive drug benefits from Ontario’s drug programs. The province has six different programs.

Province: Ontario

Phone: 1 866 532-3161

Ontario Works

If you are in temporary financial need, Ontario Works can provide you with money and help you find a job.

Province: Ontario

Phone: Call your local office

The Trillium Drug Program (TDP)

This program helps people who have high prescription drug costs relative to their household income.

Province: Ontario

Money Management

Money Matters

Wellspring’s Money Matters program provides individual, professional case management on the financial impacts from cancer, and provides information on all available income replacement, drug compensation and reimbursement programs.

Province: Alberta

Phone: (403) 521-5292 ext. 312

Bankruptcy Canada

Bankruptcy Canada provides support and resources for filing for bankruptcy.

Province: All

Phone: 1-877-879-4770

Budgeting and Money Management

The Financial Consumer Agency has information to help you manage spending and debt. You can find a budget worksheet and a section on dealing with debt.

Province: All

Credit Counselling

Experienced and professionally trained counselors may help you resolve debt and money management problems.

Province: All

Phone: 1.866.398.5999

Your Financial Toolkit

Your Financial Toolkit has been designed to help Canadians manage their personal finances. Developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), Investor Education Fund (IEF) and l’Autorité des Marchés financiers (AMF), the Toolkit provides reliable, unbiased and easy-to-use information and tools that people can use to become more capable and confident financial consumers.

Province: All

Financial Planning Consultation

This is a program hosted at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. Jackie Porter, Certified Financial Planner from Carte Wealth Management, Inc., has offered to provide our members with Individual financial guidance.. She invites them to bring questions and concerns about financial matters to her by making an appointment with her at reception. Each apt. will be 20 minutes in length.

Province: Ontario

Money Matters

Wellspring’s Money Matters program provides individual, professional case management on the financial impacts from cancer, and provides information on all available income replacement, drug compensation and reimbursement programs. Wellspring has various locations throughout Canada (click here for Wellspring website) and offers both in-person consultation service, and a newly launched in 2017 Online Money Matters consultation service.

Province: Ontario

For more information call: 416-961-1928 or for information on the Online Program click here.


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