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Financial Resources
City Speech Centre
2608 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V3

Financial Resources


At City Speech Centre, we understand that long term speech therapy may present financial difficulties to many families. In our many years of practice, we have assisted families through the process of applying and securing funding from 3rd party sources.  A number of organizations offer financial assistance to help cover the cost of speech and language therapy treatment for families who meet certain financial and diagnosis criteria. You may be eligible for funding through one or more of the following organizations.

Extended Health Benefits
Many extended health benefits plans include coverage of speech therapy sessions. Usually, a referral is not needed. In most plans, the client pays out of pocket and is reimbursed after submitting a receipt. Plans also have limits, such as $500/year/family member. Contact your provider for more information about your specific plan.

CKNW Orphan’s Fund
The CKNW Orphan’s Fund provides funding for speech, music and equestrian therapy for physically challenged children, as well as counseling, medical equipment, and several other services for children in need.
Phone: 604-331-2711
Email: cknworphansfund@cknw.com
Website: http://www.cknw.com/orphans/

Variety, the Children’s Charity
Variety provides financial assistance for children who have special needs to help with the costs of a wide range of equipment, therapies, educational, social and recreational programs, including speech and language therapy. Assistance is usually granted from September 1-June 30. As they usually distribute their funds by the beginning of the school year, it is highly advisable to apply by mid August.
Phone: 604-268-3893 or 1-800-381-2040 (toll-free)
Email: heart.fund@variety.bc.ca
Website: http://www.variety.bc.ca/page232.htm

Autism Funding (Province of British Columbia)
The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) provides autism funding programs for children under age 6 ($22,000 maximum/year for eligible autism intervention services) and ages 6-18 ($6,000 maximum/year for eligible autism intervention services)

Autism Funding Unit
Victoria, BC V8W 9S5
 250-387-3530 (Greater Victoria) or 1-877-777-3530 (toll-free elsewhere in BC)
Website: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/funding_programs.htm

All formshttp://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/forms.htm

Request to pay form: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/pdf/cf_0925.pdf

Request to amend form: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/pdf/cf_0925a.pdf

At Home Program
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. At Home Program Medical Benefits provide a range of basic, essential medical items and services, including school-aged extended therapies such as speech and language therapy.
Phone: 1-888-613-3232 (toll-free)
Website: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/

General information: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/pdf/ahp_guide.pdf

Request to pay form: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/pdf/cf_2182.pdf

See our listing of additional resources.