The provincial Boarding, Transportation, and Ostomy (BTO) Program is a program developed and managed by the Government of Nova Scotia. It is designed to help patients more easily bear the financial burden associated with travel, accommodations, and supplies after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. To qualify, people need to have a gross annual family income no greater than $15,720 per year. The income eligibility maximum for the province’s BTO Programhas not been adjusted since 1994 and does not align with other provincially-funded assistance programs.
This year alone, over 6,100 Nova Scotians will receive a devastating cancer diagnosis. Over 91% of these families will experience significant financial hardship as a result of their illness. For the 43% of Nova Scotians who live in rural areas, the cost of travelling back and forth to a cancer centre in Halifax or Sydney – often up to 20 times – can be out of reach.
For many families, the financial impact of cancer is crippling – resulting in severe debt and even bankruptcy. The Government of Nova Scotia’s Boarding, Transportation and Ostomy (BTO) Program was designed to alleviate a portion of the costs related to cancer treatments.
Please sign the letter of support to show your support for people living with cancer by asking the Government of Nova Scotia to raise the income threshold for the BTO Program.