Assistive-Devices-Program Assistive Devices

Assistive Devices

Assistive Devices are any piece of equipment used to make daily activities easier (e.g. for walking, bathing, dressing and eating). You can talk to an Occupational Therapist about what might be needed and where to get devices in the community.

March of Dimes Canada has two programs that focus on helping people with Assistive Devices:

Assistive Devices Program (for Ontario residents) - This program provides financial aid to help adults with physical disabilities after a stroke buy, repair and maintain a variety of mobile and assistive devices, including wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, aids for daily living and more. Click here to learn more.

DesignAbility® (for residents across Canada) - This program matches inventors and designers with adults and children with physical disabilities who need a unique device or product modification that is not commercially available. There is no charge for the design and construction, clients are only asked to cover the cost of materials. Click here to learn more.


Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program assists adults with physical disabilities in Ontario who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence.

The Program can help to buy, repair and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment.

The Program may also have contact information or resources to assist you in locating additional funding sources for disability management and return to work programs.

Funded Dev​ices 

Some devices that may qualify for funding include:​

  • Manual and Power Wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Replacement Batteries
  • Walkers
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
  • Home and Bath Aids
  • Floor Patient Lifts
  • Basic Aids for Daily Living
  • Repairs to Existing​ Devices

​Program Eligibility

o qualify for the program, the applicant must have an ongoing physical disability that requires the use of an assistive device

The applicant must also be: 

  • In financial need (refer to the income chart)
  • 19 years of age or older 
  • A permanent resident of Ontario 

Income Eligibility​ C​hart

o qualify for funding, program applicants must be in financial need. The after-tax household income of both the applicant and his/her spouse/life partner are considered. Maximum allowable income may change based on family size. This chart illustrates eligibility based on a family size of: 

Family Size              
Maximum Income Allowed
1 person
$ 22,920
2 people $ 32,413
3 people$ 39,698
4 people$ 45,839

​​* Calculated using after-tax household income at or below the Statistics Canada Low-Income Measure + 15%​.

If you do not qualify for the program or still need additional funding, the Assistive Devices Program can provide you with contact information and resources to assist you in locating further and alternative financial aid. In order to identify whether​ you qualify for funding, an application assessment form must be submitted. Please find the form below.

Please read the application guide below before you fill out the applicant assessment form. 

Application Assessment 

Application Assessment Form 

ADP Applicant Assessment Form​​​​ (PDF)ADP Applicant Assessment Form​​​​
ADP Applicant Assessment Form​​​​ - LARGE PRINT (PDF)ADP Applicant Assessment Form​​​​ - LARGE PRINT

Resource Documents 

Contact Us ​

more information about the Assistive Devices Program contact:

Toll Free: 1-866-765-7237 
Phone: 519-642-3700 ​ 
Fax: 1-519-432-4923 
email: adp@marchofdim​ 
291 King Street, 3rd Floor 
London, ON N6B 1R8​

The DesignAbility® program matches inventors and designers with people who need a unique device, gadget, or product modification that is not commercially available. The program offers simple, low-cost solutions to everyday problems. The program is offered to both ​children and adults with physical disabilities across Canada, with designers primarily located in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

There is NO CHARGE for the design and construction of the devices, but we ask that all clients cover the cost of the required materials. 

​Request Form

DesignAbility Request for Assistance Form.pdf

​Contact Us​​

r more information on the DesignAbility Program contact: 

Toll Free: 1-800-263-3463 ext 7211
Phone: 416-425-3463 ext 7211
Fax: 416-425-1920​
10 Overlea Blvd, 
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

United Way Centraide Logo 

March of Dimes Canada is a United Way Member Supported Agency in many areas. The Assistive Devices Program is funded by United Way.