Canadian students with disabilities may be eligible for grant funding through the provincial government of their home province. It is highly recommended that students registering or registered with Accessible Learning Services apply for these grants, as they may be eligible for up to $2000 per academic year. Additional grants are available that can provide funding for services (such as tutoring and note taking) and equipment (such as computers, printers, smart pens, software, and other assistive technologies).
Students with disabilities are eligible for the following grants:
Canada Student Grant for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are eligible for a $2,000 grant per year.
Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Disabilities
You may also be eligible for a grant of up to $8,000 for services and equipment such as funding for tutors, note takers, laptops and assistive technologies. You should meet with Accessible Learning Services when applying for this grant.
In order to be eligible for such grants, you must first apply for a student loan through your home province. Even if you think you will be denied a student loan, it is important to apply (as funding opportunities may open even if your loan is denied).
To learn about the eligibility criteria for these grants, please contact your province or territory’s student financial assistance office.
Disability Tax Credit
Although unrelated to the student grants above, you may also be interested in the disability tax credit (DTC), which is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. For more information, visit www.cra.gc.ca/dtc
Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other government programs such as the registered disability savings plan, the working income tax benefit disability supplement, and the child disability benefit.