Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This grant provides up to $8,000 in non-repayable assistance per academic year for students with permanent disabilities who need exceptional education-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids. The grant is intended to cover exceptional education-related services or equipment not accounted for in the needs assessment.

Delivered by: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Eligibility Information

You are eligible if you:

  • apply and qualify for a Canada Student Loan
  • are enrolled full-time or part-time in a program (minimum 32 weeks) at a designated post-secondary institution
  • meet the criteria for students with permanent disabilities (You must be able to provide proof of your disability in the form of a medical certificate, a psycho-educational assessment, or documentation providing receipt of federal or provincial disability assistance, as outlined in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations)
  • provide a written document from a qualified person confirming that you are in need of exceptional education-related services or equipment; and
  • show in writing the exact cost of the equipment and services you need.

IMPORTANT: To ensure you meet all the application requirements for this grant, please contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office. The application process differs depending on the province or territory.

Application Information

When you apply for a Canada Student Loan in your province or territory of permanent residence, you will also have to provide with your loan application:

  • proof of your disability in the form of a medical certificate, a psycho-educational assessment, or documentation proving receipt of federal or provincial disability assistance, as outlined in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations
  • a written document from a qualified person confirming that you are in need of exceptional education-related services or equipment; and
  • a document showing in writing the exact cost of the equipment and services.

Related Information

Canada Student Grants are money that you do not pay back. You may be eligible to receive more than one grant at the same time. For more information visit CanLearn.ca.