Updated: Mar 17
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
Federal/Canada-Wide Funding Programs
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) - Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) - First Nations
Jordan's Principle (First Nations)
Other Funding Assistance Resources
Autism Ontario – March Break Reimbursement Fund, One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund & Building Brighter Futures Fund
Easter Seals Ontario
Special Benefit Programs
GO Transit - Traveling with a support person
VIA Rail - Traveling with a support person
WestJet - Traveling with an attendant
Family Directed Respite (Toronto)
For The Love of a Child (Durham region)
Kerry’s Place Autism Services (KPAS) – Children’s Respite Flexible Funding (York Region, Simcoe County, Durham Region and Haliburton, Kawartha & Pine Ridge (HKPR), Dufferin, Peel and Wellington). Check the website for dates to apply
Service Coordination Support (Ottawa) - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite Funding Initiative
Special Supports Program (Hamilton)
Waves of Changes For Autism (Vaughan)
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.
See our more extensive list of resources here