Funding sources

Personal Benefit Plans

Extended Health Plan

Some insurance companies provide a yearly allowance to cover speech-language therapy services. Check with your benefit program to see if there is an allowance for SLP services.

Government Funding Programs

The At Home Program (AHP): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/family-and-social-supports/children-te...

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 SAET benefit includes OT, PT, speech-language pathology (SLP), chiropractic and massage services. Services provided directly by a speech-language pathologist are covered to a maximum of $80/hour.

Autism Funding Unit (AFU): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/healthy-w...

Funding for children under age six: Families can access up to $22,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are required to select professional service providers from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).
Funding for children aged 6-18: Families can access up to $6,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible out-of-school autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are not required to select professional service providers from the (RASP), but it is highly recommended.

Post-Adoption Assistance Program (PAA): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/births-adoptions/adoption...

This program can provide financial assistance for services related to a child's specific needs. Adoptive parents can apply for financial support only with the assistance of their Adoption Social Worker.

Charities

Variety – A Children’s Charity: http://www.variety.bc.ca/grants/

Accepts grant applications for the equipment and services of greatest need to our families (with an annual household income of up to $65,000), including: Specialized Therapies (e.g. Speech & language, occupational, physical, counselling). Variety BC will be periodically reviewing its grant priority areas throughout the year. We encourage families to regularly check back for the latest updates on granting and eligibility criteria.

CKNW Kid’s Fund: https://www.cknwkidsfund.com/apply-for-a-grant

Therapies can be funded for up to a maximum of two consecutive years and applicants must reapply each year. Speech and Language up to $2,000.00 @ $100.00 per hour (transportation/assessments not included).

Self Design Learning: https://selfdesign.org/start-learning/special-education/learner-centered...

SelfDesign is provided with educational funding grants for all students, as well as supplemental funding to support those with special needs. This is the same funding that is provided to all independent distributed learning schools in BC. Supports may include grants for speech-language therapy services.