Depending on your life situation and the issues you and your loved one face, you may need to access federal, provincial and/or local programs. Finding your way through the maze of government programs can be confusing. New programs are initiated and old programs are abandoned. Programs—and Ministries—change their names and re-structure. Decision-makers and contacts that you have built relationships with move on.
Advocacy and support groups in your community can help you find and keep track of programs and benefits that can help your loved one manage a chronic disability and can support you as a caregiver. Health care professionals in your loved one’s circle of support may also be good resources for information and referrals to useful programs.
Portals are available on the Internet that link to multiple supports and programs for people with disabilities to consult on a variety of issues. They may help you identify problems and solutions you had not considered.
- Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/
- Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/index.aspx
- City of Edmonton: https://www.edmonton.ca/
Within the City of Edmonton Government http://www.edmonton.ca/default.aspx, transportation services and recreation programs may be of interest. The City also has an Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities composed of individuals with disabilities who work with the City to ensure that it supports accessibility and inclusion.
Programs by Topic
The links on this page connect you to government programs that provide disability-related information, support, referrals and other services that may be of use to you or your loved one with a chronic disability.
Abuse - Family Violence http://humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/14839.html
Discrimination – see Human Rights
FFinancial Supports – Veterans Disability Pension http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/disability-benefits/disability-pension
Guardianship – see Advocacy
Health – Alberta Health Services (searchable resource for health-related information and services) http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/
Health – Health Link (24 hour toll-free services provides health advice and information)
- Toll-free: 1-866-408-5465 (LINK)
- Edmonton: 780-408-5465 (LINK)
- Calgary: 403-943-5465 (LINK)
Health – MyHealth.Alberta.ca (searchable resources for personal health-related information and local health care services) https://myhealth.alberta.ca
Independent Living – See Homecare or Continuing Care
Insurance – Workers’ Compensation Board http://www.wcb.ab.ca/
Nursing Homes – see Long-Term Care
Trusteeship – see Advocacy
Workers’ Compensation Board – WCB http://www.wcb.ab.ca/