Government Funding & Financial Support

It is expensive raising a family in the best of times. If you are also looking after a child with complex learning and/or mental health needs, the expenses can add up.

Government Support: If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, you may qualify for government support.
Agencies: Your community likely has some agencies to help you with credit counseling, debt, consolidation, and financial education.

The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific service, method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, or person for people with learning disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavor to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.

Government Support in Alberta & Canada

Alberta Government: Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
The FSCD program works with eligible families to provide support and services based on each child and family’s needs.

Federal Government: Disability Tax Credit

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.

The Federal Government allows a Disability Tax Credit for those individuals and their dependents, who have a severe mental or physical development that causes marked restrictions all or almost all of the time in any of the basic activities of daily living and the impairment is prolonged, ie. has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least twelve months.

These marked restrictions include sight, hearing, mobility, speech, memory, thought and perception. The catch is that these restrictions must occur despite: having therapy and the use of appropriate devices and medications. Receiving a disability benefit does not guarantee eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit.

To apply for this credit, the Disability Tax Credit Certificate (Form T2201) must be completed by an authorized healthcare professional. In the case of learning disabilities, the authorizing professional can be a registered psychologist.

Website Form T2201:
T2201 Information Sheet
T2201 Disability tax cover letter
T2201 suggestions for parents
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Videos on Disability Tax Credit

Agencies - FInancial Support; Calgary & Alberta

Money Mentors
Ph: 1-888-294-0076
#140, 109 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, AB, T2C 5E7
The only Alberta-based non-profit credit counselling, debt consolidation and financial education agency. They help you find a way out of debt with financial education and counselling. Debt help, school programs, money tips.

Ph. 403-272-9323
Address: #100, 525  28 St SE
Calgary, AB, T2A 6W9
Learn how to: Manage Your Money, Get a Good Job, or Start a Business Services: Momentum has a money management helpline and coaching, employment helpline and coaching, and a business helpline and coaching. Momentum provides financial literacy training.