General Funding

Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) Back to Top

Your main funding source for home modifications is RAMP (Residential Access Modification Program). RAMP funds home modifications to a maximum of $15,000 within a 10-year benefit period for lower-income Albertans with mobility challenges. 

Eligibility and limitations:

  • All wheelchair users, regardless of age, who meet program criteria (homeowners, tenants and persons living disabilities and residing with family)
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have lived in Alberta for 90 continuous days and have a valid Personal Health Number
  • Aboriginal people living off- or on-reserve
  • People with the following progressive neuro-degenerative diseases: multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), non-recovering stroke victim, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries.
  • Seniors aged 65+ who are using a wheelchair or a four-wheel walker on an ongoing basis. (More than one wheelchair user per household may apply for a RAMP grant, but the applications must be for separate modifications on the same property.)
  • Applicants living in Government of Alberta subsidized housing units may not be eligible for RAMP funding.
  • Income guidelines:
    • Total gross adjusted household income of $36,900 or less (which can be increased in certain circumstance, as described below.)
    • If you are living with a spouse (married or common-law), you may add $9,600 to this gross adjusted household income threshold and still qualify.    
    • You may add $9,600 to the threshold for each child  less than 21 years old who is living at home and attending school full-time.
    • You may add $7,131 if the modification are for a dependent child less than 18 years old who is still living at home, attending school full-time and using a wheelchair.
    • If you are an applicant who is sponsored into Canada, the maximum gross annual income threshold for the household is capped at $36,900 and includes the income of the applicant, the applicant’s spouse (if applicable), the sponsor and the sponsor’s spouse (if applicable).

To apply:

  • Download and complete the RAMP application form
  • Add supporting documents as applicable:
    • Household income tax documents for the most recent year
    • Property assessments for the current year
    • Documents for guardianship or agent for personal directive
    • Enduring power of attorney or trustee documentation
    • Submit application to ramp@gov.ab.ca 

More information:

RAMP Fact Sheet

Easter Seals Alberta Equipment Program Back to Top

Based on financial need, the Easter Seals Alberta provides specialized mobility equipment – porch lifts and stair lifts – for individuals with physical disabilities via its Equipment and Support Services (ESS) Program. Full equipment grants, cost sharing and interest-free loans are available.

Eligibility and limitations:

  • You must have a physical need for the equipment and provide supporting documentation, such as a doctor’s prescription, an assessment by an occupational therapist or physical therapist (assessment form), or a letter of support from another health care professional.
  • You must have a financial need for assistance; priority is given to people with the greatest need. In your application, you will need to provide information about your current financial status, including assets and your monthly income and expenses. Note that Easter Seals also will ask if you have applied for funding from other organizations with which you are first eligible.
  • Only one piece of equipment will be considered at a time, so prioritizing is important (e.g. a porch lift may be approved, followed by a ceiling track installation)

To apply:

Fill out the application form and include other documentation that may be relevant.

Ceridian Cares Back to Top

Ceridian Cares is a charity of Ceridian, with the mission to improve the quality of life of people in community through financial assistance for individuals and families that need it most. 

Eligibility and limitations:

  • Applicant must be over 18 years old and a Canadian resident
  • Fall within an annual income threshold (depending on the grant type) and provide proof of annual household income
  • Request assistance that is within the bounds of the program, including home adjustments for barrier free living
  • Grants typically range from $200 - $4,000, with a maximum grant of $5,000

To apply:

  • Download the application form and complete, including birth certificate/proof of residence, Notice of Assessment, two estimates for the cost of the items being requested, and a letter of support. 
  • Submit the application

Veterans Independence Program Back to Top

The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) helps eligible veterans remain independent and self-sufficient in their own homes and communities, by providing access to services such as housekeeping, property maintenance and personal care.

Depending on health needs, veterans may qualify for financial assistance for home adaptations that enable them carry out everyday activities.

Eligibility and limitations: 

  • You may qualify for VIP, if:
    • you have qualified for a disability benefit;
    • you have qualified for the War Veterans Allowance;
    • you are in receipt of Prisoner of War Compensation;
    • you are a veteran who is eligible for, but is unable to access, a Contract Bed (also known as a Priority Access Bed);
    • you have been the primary caregiver for an eligible veteran or civilian; or
    • you are a low-income or disabled survivor of an eligible veteran or civilian.

To apply:

Insurance Coverage Back to Top

Insurance plans may cover a portion or all of a necessary piece of equipment but insurers usually require documentation in the form of a letter from your doctor or therapist. We recommend you call your insurance company and speak with a representative directly to find out more.  Many people have extended health benefits towards which equipment (not covered by Alberta Aids to Daily Living) or some home modifications may qualify.

Alberta Aids to Daily Living Back to Top

You can make other modifications to increase accessibility in your home, including the use of assistive devices, such as grab bars, transfer aids and bathing/toileting equipment. Learn more about these assistive devices, including which are covered, whether you must share the cost and how to go about getting an assessment, at Alberta Aids to Daily Living

Typically AADL funds 75% of equipment costs (to an annual maximum of $500) for covered equipment, if authorized by an approved AADL authorizer (usually an occupational therapist).  Exemptions for the cost sharing portion are available to qualified low-income residents.  Refer to the AADL website for the most current information.