Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is available for each year of your studies as long as you still qualify. 
This grant is not available to students from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec as these provinces and territories operate their own student financial assistance programs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • apply and qualify for full-time or part-time student financial assistance (have at least a $1 of assessed financial need)
  • are enrolled in a full-time or part-time program at a designated post-secondary institution
  • meet the definition for students with permanent disabilities:
    “a functional limitation caused by a physical or mental impairment that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a post-secondary school level or the labour force; and is expected to remain with the person for the person’s expected life”;
    and
  • include one of the following with your loan application as proof of your disability:
    • a medical certificate (e.g. AES Medical Questionnaire)
    • a psycho-educational assessment, or
    • documents that prove you have received federal or provincial permanent disability assistance

How much could you receive

You could receive up to $4,000 for the 2021-22 school year (including undergraduate and graduate levels). The school year runs from August 1 of the current year to July 31 of the next year.

This grant has been temporarily increased from $2000 to $4000 until the end of July 2023 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact your home province Student Loan office for more information.

Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

If you require exceptional education-related services or equipment, you may be eligible to receive the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • apply and qualify for full-time or part-time student financial assistance (have at least a $1 of assessed need)
  • are in a full-time or part-time program at a designated post-secondary institution
  • meet the definition for students with permanent disabilities:
    “a functional limitation caused by a physical or mental impairment that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a post-secondary school level or the labour force; and is expected to remain with the person for the person’s expected life”
  • include one of the following with your loan application as proof of your permanent disability (unless already provided for a Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities):
    • a medical certificate (e.g. AES Medical Questionnaire)
    • a psycho-educational assessment, or
    • documents that prove you have received federal or provincial permanent disability assistance
  • provide written confirmation that you are in need of exceptional education-related services or equipment from a person qualified to determine such need; and
  • provide written confirmation of the exact cost of the equipment and services

How much could you receive

You could receive up to $20,000 each school year (August 1 to July 31) for each year of studies (including undergraduate and graduate levels) as long as you still qualify. 

How to apply

To apply for the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities and/or the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities, please call our email our office to book an appointment to meet with one of the AES Assistive Technology advisors.

Each province has a different process, so the AES AT advisors are here to help guide you through and sign off on the necessary paperwork to ensure your application is successful.

Other Funding

If you do not qualify for the other grants through your home province's Student Loan program or you are an international student, you may qualify for other grants not listed above.

For more information, please reach out to be put in touch with an AES Assistive Technology Advisor.