Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

Introduction

The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for certain equipment and supplies, like wheelchairs and hearing aids.

The ADP generally pays up to 75 percent of the cost of approved equipment and supplies and you pay 25 percent when you buy the item. In some cases, the ADP pays a fixed amount for a device or provides money directly. 

You can get up to 100 percent coverage if you get social assistance from Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD).

Note: the ADP does not cover repair or maintenance costs. The ADP may however, help pay to replace the item.

If you need help to pay your share of the cost, contact any of these organizations about financial support:

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you:

  • live in Ontario
  • have a valid Ontario Health card
  • have a physical disability requiring equipment or supplies for six months or longer

Notes

  • Income is not considered.
  • Eligibility is different for each device. Review the criteria for the specific device (see "How to Apply").
  • You are not eligible if you qualify for or receive support from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or Veterans Affairs Canada.
How to apply

Apply for ACSD

  • Follow the information on the fact sheet for the specific device (see "How to Apply") to find out how to apply.

Notes

  • Different equipment and supplies have different application processes.
  • Generally, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will review your application within eight weeks of receiving it.
  • Be careful of purchasing the device(s) before receiving a decision from the Ministry.
    • If your application is denied, you will have to pay the full cost.
    • If your application is approved, you will receive the first payment within 30 days of the date your application is approved.
Difficulty
Hard Application
Tax filing
No
Jurisdiction
Topics
Disability