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Financial help

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. You may also qualify for other nationwide or regional financial support programs.

  • Are you eligible?

    Travel Treatment Fund

    The Travel Treatment Fund offers financial help toward the cost of getting to and from your appointments. You may apply to the fund if:
    • you have to travel more than 200 km from home to the treatment centre

    OR

    • you have 10 or more treatments within a given year at a treatment centre that is less than 200 km from home

    You may not apply to the fund if you already have coverage for travel and accommodations through the following programs:

    • BC Employment and Assistance (i.e., Social Assistance ): 1-866-866-0800

    • BC Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (i.e., PWD): 1-866-866-0800

    • Veterans Affairs Canada:  1-866-522-2122

    • First Nations and Inuit Health (i.e., Non-Insured Health Benefits): 1-800-317-7878

    • Extended health benefits and disability insurance 

    * contact information specific to each plan

    Depending on the distance you must travel to cancer treatment, CCS offers different levels of travel allowance per year.

    If you are eligible for the fund, you will receive your money once a year. When the payment is issued depends on when you applied to the fund. The direct deposit must be issued to the person who applied to the fund, with one exception if the client is a child we can issue the payment to the adult guardian.

    To learn more about what you may be eligible for, please call our Cancer Information Service.

    Financial Support Drug Program

    As of June 1, 2020, the Financial Support Drug Program (FSDP) is not accepting new patients. Patients who are already enrolled will continue to be supported until further notice. BC Cancer may still be able to help cover some of the costs of prescription medicines that manage your symptoms related to cancer treatment. For more information, contact Patient and Family Counselling at the BC Cancer regional centre closest to you.

  • To apply for financial support
    Apply for the Travel Treatment Fund  

    Fully complete the Application Form including the section to be filled out by a healthcare professional and the Direct Deposit Consent with a copy of a "VOID" cheque.
    To avoid delay please make sure the application is complete and all the documentation is provided. Please forward your Travel Treatment Fund application and Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) form to the Canadian Cancer Society by:

    FAX: 1 888 675-6507

    EMAIL: traveltreatmentfund@cancer.ca

    Important Note about Email -traveltreatmentfund@cancer.ca is not a protected address. If you are not comfortable with this method of sending your personal TTF application and accompanying documents, please opt to send your information by mail or fax instead.

    MAIL:  Travel Treatment Fund 
    c/o Canadian Cancer Society
    330 Strathcona Ave
    Kelowna BC V1Y 5K7

    Important Note about Mail – There may be a significant delay in processing applications sent by mail.

    If you have general questions about the Travel Treatment Fund, please call the Cancer Information Helpline at 1-888-939-3333 


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