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Funding Assistance Resources

Updated: Mar 9



Note: Not an exhaustive list. Some of the autism and/or disability-related resources listed are region-specific. Others are province-wide and Canada-wide. Also, some programs are income-dependent

Provincial Funding Programs


Videos


Federal/Canada-Wide Funding Programs


Recreational/Camp Funding


Other Funding Assistance Resources


Special Benefit Programs


Region-Specific Funding


Wish Foundations


Post-Secondary Financial Assistance, Scholarships, Bursaries


For those with limited financial resources, there are several grants to help. Disability centres at universities and colleges generally require a recent educational assessment (some will help your child get assessed.)


1. Apply for Canada Student Grants and Loans assistance first. Even if you are not planning on taking a government loan (OSAP in Ontario), your son or daughterʹs eligibility for assistance opens the door to the disability‐related grants below.


2. Bring the separate application form for the grants (available from website below) to the University/College disability centre office when you arrange a meeting with them (after your son/daughter has been accepted to the institution and you have received notice of loan acceptance). The office needs to sign off on the applications.

Scholarship applications are usually due in the early spring of the year in which the student is commencing their studies in September. Contact the individual scholarship organizations to obtain the application criteria and deadline submission dates.

In addition to the scholarships listed below, contact the university or community college directly to obtain information of other scholarships that might be available.

  • Easter Seals offers several scholarships. Check website for eligibility criteria

  • Autism Ontario offers 3 post-secondary scholarships. Check website for application dates

  • DisabilityAwards.ca is the site to search awards and scholarships for students with disabilities studying at Canada’s colleges and universities.

  • Scholarships Canada provides a database on scholarships, awards and bursaries from across Canada.


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