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Financial help

  • Are you eligible?

    The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), a not-for-profit charitable organization, OFFERS financial assistance to assist with travel expenses associated with accessing cancer treatment to LOW-INCOME individuals with cancer. The beneficiaries of INCOME ASSISTANCE , FIRST NATIONS or VETERAN AFFAIRS programs are not eligible for any allowance to cover transportation costs because a financial assistance program is already available to them. In addition, to be eligible for the travel allowance, at least 10 appointments per year are required if your treatment/follow-up locations are less than 200 km from home. (This last criteria does not apply if your cancer centre is located more than 200 km from your home). Only one travel allowance is granted per year, based on the application date. The annual allowance amount is subject to change without notice. The allowance is granted only to the person with cancer and the CSS cannot issue the check to a third party in any circumstances.

    In addition, through our partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, CCS can assist clients with a portion of the cost of selected prescription medications that manage symptoms related to cancer treatment. Eligibility will be determined based on Travel Treatment Fund financial criteria. The number of trips does not apply to this program. Information about the Financial Support Drug Program

    Eligibility criteria 

    • A family unit *consisting of a single person whose gross annual income is less than $24,949.
    • A family unit * consisting of two (2) people whose gross annual income is less than $31,061.
    • A family unit * consisting of three (3) people whose gross annual income is less than $38,185.
    • A family unit * consisting of four (4) people whose gross annual income is less than $46,362.
    • A family unit * consisting of five (5) people whose gross annual income is less than $52,583.
    • A family unit * consisting of six (6) people whose gross annual income is less than $59,304
    • A family unit * consisting of seven (7) or more people whose gross annual income is less than $66,027.
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    *Family unit: Includes any person in the family who resides permanently at the same address as the person living with cancer.

    Travel Allowance:

    • Travel Allowance 1 to 10 km: $135
    • Travel Allowance 11 to 20 km: $220
    • Travel Allowance 21 to 30 km: $325
    • Travel Allowance 31 to 50 km: $380
    • Travel Allowance 51 to 70 km: $435
    • Travel Allowance 71 to 200 km: $490
    • Travel Allowance 201 to 300 km: $600
    • Travel Allowance 301 to 500 km: $700
    • Travel Allowance form more than 500 km: $750

     

  • To apply for financial support

    You must have the Travel Treatment Fund Application Form filled out by a health care professional and duly complete the Direct Deposit Form. We will use The Travel Treatment Fund Application Form to apply for the Financial Support Drug Program.

    We can send the forms by post, fax, or e-mail to the attention of the person in charge of the Travel Treatment Fund at:

    Travel Treatment Fund

    Canadian Cancer Society

    565 West 10th Avenue

    Vancouver BC V5Z 4J4

    Phone number: 1 888 939-3333

    Fax number: 1 888 675-6507

    Email: traveltreatmentfund@bc.cancer.ca

    Clients with coverage for travel and accommodations for medical appointments through the following programs are not eligible for the Travel Treatment Fund:

    • BC Employment and Assistance (i.e., Social Assistance) Tel:1-866-866-0800
    • BC Assistance for Persons With Disabilities (i.e., PWD) Tel: 1-866-866-0800
    • Veterans Affairs Canada Tel: 1-866-522-2122
    • Extended health benefits/disability insurance: contact information specific to each plan
    • First Nations and Inuit Health (i.e., Non-Insured Health Benefits) Tel: 1-800-317-7878.
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