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Respite Care

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services funds two programs that can give families a break (or "respite") from the day-to-day care of their child with special needs.  The program is divided into two categories, Out-of-Home-Respite and Enhanced Respite Funding. (source)



Families of children with multiple special needs can receive up to seven days of respite per year, provided in a location other than their own home.


Eligibility Requirements

The child must:

be under 18 years of age

have multiple special needs because of a physical or developmental disability

live at home and need care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

and, without out-of-home respite, there's a real possibility that

the child would require long-term residential placement

the child's family is at risk of breakdown, or

there's a risk that the child could harm himself or others.

How do I apply?

Contact the ministry's regional office nearest you.


Enhanced Respite Funding

This grant is paid to families who are caring for a child who is medically fragile and/or depends on a technological device needing care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is paid in addition to other respite services. Families may be eligible for up to $3,500 per child, per year.

Examples are children who:

rely on medical and technological equipment, such as mechanical ventilators, apnea monitors, renal dialysis, urinary catheters, colostomy bags

take drugs intravenously

rely on tracheotomy tube care, suctioning, oxygen support or tube feeding.


Eligibility Requirement

The child:

is under 18 years of age

lives at home

needs intensive care and constant monitoring on a 24-hour basis.

How to apply?

Contact the ministry's regional office nearest you.