Financial assistance programs differ across the provinces and territories in Canada. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you are eligible for and where to look for programs that may help you.
The Government of Canada has a great online tool that can help narrow down the federal and provincial/territorial financial assistance programs for which you may be eligible. Use this Benefits Finder to determine what federal or provincial/territorial benefits you may be eligible to receive. If you need some assistance, ask a caregiver, friend or family member to help you sort through the results.
In addition to the benefits finder, here is some additional information about financial assistance resources at the provincial/territorial levels.
Provincial and territorial disability services
Each province and territory has disability services. They can help you find out what financial assistance may be available to you.
- Alberta: Financial services for people with disabilities
- British Columbia services for people with disabilities
- Manitoba information for persons with disabilities
- New Brunswick programs for persons with disabilities
- Newfoundland and Labrador programs for persons with disabilities
- Northwest Territories services for persons with disabilities
- Nova Scotia disability Support Program
- Nunavut Department of Health
- Ontario Disability Support Program
- Prince Edward Island AccessAbility Supports
- Québec Office des personnes handicapées (available in French only)
- Saskatchewan services for people with disabilities
- Yukon services for people with disabilities
Social assistance is a program designed by each province/territory to provide money to individuals/families who have explored all other means of financial support and are in financial need. The money is for basic needs such as food, rent, and utilities (heat, water and electricity).
The program requirements and eligibility is determined by each province and territory. You can learn more about your province or territory’s social/income assistance program in the list below.
- Alberta Income Support
- British Columbia Income Assistance
- Manitoba Employment and Income Assistance
- New Brunswick Social Assistance Program
- Newfoundland and Labrador Income Support
- Northwest Territories Income Assistance
- Nova Scotia Income Assistance
- Nunavut Income Assistance
- Ontario Social Assistance
- Prince Edward Island Social Assistance Program
- Quebec Social Assistance
- Saskatchewan Assistance Program
- Yukon Social Assistance
If your brain injury is a result of a workplace accident, the provincial/territorial Workers’ Compensation programs can help with financial assistance.
- Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta
- Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia
- Workers’ Compensation Board of Manitoba
- Work Safe New Brunswick
- Workplace Newfoundland and Labrador
- Workers’ Compensation Board of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
- Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
- Workers’ Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island
- Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST)
- Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
- Yukon Workers’ Compensation, Health and Safety Board
Please note: if you are a federal employee, your claims would go through the federal Labour Program.
- More information about workers’ compensation from the Government of Canada
- Complete list of Workers’ Compensation Boards in Canada from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada