Alberta

Family Support for Children with Disabilities

Complex application

Tax filing required

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities program provides financial support and health care benefits to children living with disabilities.

Families who are eligible for the program may receive:

  • Help with some of the costs to take your child to medical appointments such as parking, mileage, meals, accommodation, and sibling care.
  • Help with clothing or footwear that relates to your child’s disability.
  • Counselling.
  • Respite services in or outside your home to give you a temporary break.
  • Help from aides who provide personal care, community, behavioral or developmental support.
  • Help with some costs for medications, prescribed diets, ambulance, or medical supplies.
  • Help planning your child’s transition during key changes or life events.

To learn more about the benefits and support offered in this program, visit this page, or contact the FSCD offices.

Age and residency criteria:

  • Your child with a disability must be under 18 years.
  • Your child must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • The person applying for the program must be the child’s parent or guardian.
  • The child must reside in Alberta.

You must also have medical documentation confirming your child has a:

  • Diagnosis for a disability that is due to a developmental, physical, sensory, mental or neurological condition or impairment, and/or
  • Health condition that impacts their daily living activities such as eating, grooming, walking, interacting with others, playing and problem solving.

Social Insurance Number

  • confirmation of SIN letter
  • plastic SIN card (non-expired)

Health card

  • valid health card with no photo, name and address
  • valid health card with photo, name and address
  • MCP (Medical Care Plan) number - Valid ambulance/dental services card
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour identification number
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour file number (Income Support Card).

  1. Step 1: Use the online application through myAlbertaSupports.ca
  • Creating a secure account if you do not have one.
  • Choosing the Family Support for Children with Disabilities application.
  • Filling it out online and submitting it.
  1. Step 2: Get Medical documentation
  • Get a letter or report from a health professional who has diagnosed your child’s disability. It may be written by, or on behalf of a:
    • Physician or psychiatrist.
    • Physical or occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist or audiologist.
    • Clinical social worker or psychologist.
  • You are responsible for any fees the health professional charges to prepare the letter or report. It must include:
    • Your child’s name and date of birth.
    • The diagnosis as either an existing disability or a condition or impairment that may lead to a disability.
    • Information about the disability, how it affects your child’s daily functioning and whether it will have long-term implications.
    • The date the diagnosis was made – it should be current within 2 years.
    • The name of the physician or health professional who made the diagnosis.
  1. Step 3: Complete your application
    • Gather the medical documentation needed for your FSCD application.
  • Make copies for your files.
  • Bring, mail or email the medical documentation to the nearest FSCD office.

Please Note: If you have more than one child who may be eligible, you must complete a separate application for each.

Last updated: March 23, 2021