If you have limited finances and no other options are available to you, the Canadian Cancer Society, Financial Support Program may be available to you. It may help you with some of your travel and accommodations costs to attend your treatment appointments. You can print the application from the website or call the Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.
Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation provides a low cost bus pass to eligible low-income earners. Clients can request an application online to their website. The cost is the same no matter when you apply during the year.
People receiving income assistance through the Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation may apply for a Specialized Transportation Subsidy through their worker. This will enable clients to access transportation costs in lieu of the use of a bus pass.
BC Health Connections provides options for transportation to medical appointments. There are several programs that are available to your in your area.
BC Ferries provides assistance for people with disabilities, assured loading cards and is a part of the TAP programs (see below). See their website for details
The TAP program through the Ministry of Health offers travel discounts to eligible BC residents who must travel for non-emergency medical appointment not available in their own community and whose travel expenses are not covered by third party insurance or other government programs.
To be eligible, you must be a BC resident and enrolled in the MSP; you must have a physician’s referral for medical services that are not available locally, escorts are also eligible if traveling with those incapable of independent travel. TAP forms are available from your family doctor, specialist’s office, or a cancer centre. Phone: (604) 683-7151 (Vancouver) Alternate Phone:1 800 663-7100 (Elsewhere in BC)
Individuals (and spouses if required as medical escort) may be eligible for assistance with treatment travel costs through their private extended health benefit plans.
If you have been certified by a qualified medical practitioner as experiencing a permanent impairment of mobility to such an extent that the use of public transportation would be hazardous you may quality for this rebate if you own or lease a vehicle.
People who are the registered vehicle owner (or if you lease the vehicle), have a permanent disability and are considered handicapped under the Motor Fuel Tax Act, may be eligible for a 25% discount on basic Autoplan. Applicant must have a Motor Fuel Tax claim number when applying for insurance discount. Limit of $400 per year could be claimed. Call the Consumer Taxation in Vancouver call 604-660-4524 or toll free 1-877-388-4440
Handicap parking signs allowing people with disabilities to use designated accessible parking spaces are available in most parking facilities. Permits are available to people with permanent or temporary disabilities that impair mobility and organizations that provide transportation to persons with mobility impairments. Refer to issuer for application and process.
If you need a permit for Greater Vancouver, Victoria & Prince George:
Apply Online: Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)
For temporary, permanent or organization permit cost is $15. Visitor permits are $25. A refund of $10 is issued upon return of permit.
If you need a permit for the BC Interior, apply in person at the City of Kelowna, Revenue Branch. Permanent (3yrs) and Temporary (1 yr) permits are available the cost is $10 plus taxes. Permits must be returned to Revenue Branch,1435 Water Street, Kelowna. Call 250-469-8757