The following are some of the other programs that you might be able to access for financial help while you are being treated for cancer and during your recovery.
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada offers a variety of programs that can help you meet your financial needs while you or someone you love is coping with cancer.
Employment Insurance (EI)
You can access benefits if you who lose your job through no fault of your own. This includes if there is a shortage of work in your area or your company lays you off.
You can get financial help if you can’t work because of sickness, injury or quarantine.
If you need to be away from work to care for or support someone who is critically ill, you can get financial help.
You can claim tax deductions or credits for some medical expenses that are not covered by insurance policies or other programs. There are also deductions and credits available for people with disabilities and their caregivers.
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Canada offers different programs to help support people who are 60 to 64 years of age and 65 years of age or older.
211 provides information about health and social services available in your area. The service is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day by phone, chat, text and internet. 211 is a non-profit organization funded through the generous support of United Way.
If you need to travel long distances to receive medical care, Hope Air can help. This national registered charity helps Canadians in financial need fly to medical treatments.
Alberta has several programs to provide financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta has different financial programs that can help you and your family along your cancer journey.
Alberta Human Resources and Employment provides financial benefits to people and families who can’t meet their basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter.
If you are 65 years of age or older, you may qualify for a monthly cash benefit and may not need to pay Alberta Health Insurance premiums.
Special needs assistance for seniors
Seniors with low incomes can apply for a cash payment to buy medical appliances and specific health and personal supports.
Aids to daily living
This program helps people with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness by providing financial help to buy medical equipment and supplies.