Stairlifts Funding & Grants
Stairlifts Funding and Grants in Canada
Few people know that you can get funding and grants to help you with the cost of a stairlift. We understand that applying for funding can be stressful, which is why we’ve laid out some information to help you work out your options.
One thing you should bear in mind is that most grants need to be approved before you start work.
If you want more information about the funding or grants that may be available to you, you should contact your local dealer, but we’ve laid out some basic information below. It might be exactly what you’re looking for.
For general advice about stairlift costs, view our guide to stairlift prices.
Nationwide stairlift grants and funding options
The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities is a cost shared by the federal and provincial governments. Assistance is given in the form of a forgivable loan (which means it does not have to be repaid if certain conditions are met) to pay for modifying houses or rental units to meet the needs of occupants with disabilities.
Modifications eligible for the loan include items such as a ramp, chair lift, bathtub lift or wheel-in shower, and height adjustments to kitchen workspaces, cupboards and handrails.
The maximum loan is between $16,000 and $19,000, depending on the location of the property. If the cost of repairs is higher than the loan amount, the homeowner/landlord must cover the additional costs.
The Canadian government has disability tax credits, disability tax benefits and other grants that are available for people with disabilities The National Benefit Authority is an organization that was built to help you with claims filed for disability benefits.
Disability Tax Credits
The government wants Canadians living with disabilities to enjoy a similar lifestyle to those living without disabilities. They recognize that a disability can be financially taxing so they grant these funds to help alleviate the additional expenses. However, what you do with the funds is up to you – you can purchase specialized medical equipment, pay off debt or take that long deserved vacation. Once you are deemed eligible for the DTC, the amount the government allocates for each tax year is the same for everyone regardless of the disability.
The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) helps you remain independent and self-sufficient in your home and your community. Depending on your circumstances and health needs you may qualify for financial assistance to help you carry out home adaptations (changes to your home to allow you to carry out everyday activities).
The MS Society offers two types of funding; equipment purchase and permanent loan, as well as special assistance programs. Although funding programs vary from province-to-province, it could be worth getting in touch with your local MS society representatives if you suffer from MS, as funding could be available to help you fund your stairlift.