Minimizing Financial Concerns While Addressing Pediatric Concerns
As the parent of a child with pediatric concerns, you already have a lot to contend with. At Canoe Therapy we want to help you focus on your child, without having to keep track of billing due dates or overcome budgetary constraints. For this reason, parents contemplating therapy for their child are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Canoe Therapy billing practices beforehand, and to explore the various financial assistance resources compiled by Canoe Therapy that may be available to them.
- Billing & Payments
- Financial Assistance
The Canoe Billing Process
At Canoe Therapy, we have a billing process that is the same for all families. All payment is due on a per session basis. Payment for report writing is due upon receipt of the report. For group sessions, 50% of the payment is due upon reserving a spot, with the remaining 50% due at the first session.
All accounts must be cleared prior to continuing with a therapy program.
Payment may be in person using cash, cheque, debit, or credit card or by pre-authorized arrangement with debit or credit card on file (American Express is not accepted). Families may make a deposit in advance if desired, from which payment will be deducted on a per session basis. A charge of $35 will be applied to cover all NSF cheques.
Our system records all sessions that have occurred, all charges made to families, and all payments received. A receipt is created for every payment received and includes the therapist’s name, professional designation and registration number. Generally speaking, this payment receipt is the documentation required by insurance companies to process claims. Receipts will be provided by email unless a paper receipt is requested or email is unavailable.
Most of the services provided by Canoe are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, part or all of our services may be covered under your extended health care benefit plan or your private insurance plan. If you would like assistance in understanding the coverage available to you in your plan, please speak to your therapist. In addition, Canoe works with a number of not-for-profit organizations that provide funding in specific instances. Please ask your therapist for more information.
Please check with your insurers prior to your session to see if there are any specific requirements for your paperwork, as receipts will not be amended once created.
In addition to our services, we also provide off-site services. Our off-site services mainly focus on helping your child build new skills and physical growth through physiotherapy. We visit pre schools, daycares and schools in Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, Jordan, Smithville and St Catharines. Off-site services are provided by our physiotherapist, Kaitlyn Ross.
Resources for Funding
At Canoe Therapy, we strive to provide the best service from start to finish. Below are a few organizations that provide financial assistance for our services that may be available for your family. For more information, please contact our Clinic Director and Family Coordinators.
Special Services at Home
Funded the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, this program helps families caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. Your family may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for special services in or outside the family home as long as the child is not receiving support from a residential program.
- Read more about Special Services at Home
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. This program provides financial help for parents caring for a child with a severe disability.
- Read more about Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
Ontario Disability Support
This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. It provides financial aid to people with disabilities and helps pay for living expenses such as food and housing.
- Read more about Ontario Disability Support Program
Ontario Autism Programs
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides a variety of services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide a wide range of support to help children learn and grow throughout their school years. Services include: Autism Intervention Program, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Service and Supports, Connections for Students, School Support Program and more.
- Read more about the Autism Parent Resource Kit
Canada Revenue Agency
People with disabilities may be eligible for financial assistance from Canada Revenue Agency, including the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
- Read more about Tax Credits and Deductions for Persons with Disabilities
- Read more about the T2201 Disability Tax Credit Certificate
- Read more about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
Easter Seals provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario, with an aim toward helping them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration. This charity also provides financial assistance for a range of assistive devices and therapeutic/medical equipment.
- Read more about Easter Seals Financial Assistance
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
This charity provides financial grants for specialized therapies and equipment for children with a range of disabilities.
- Read more about President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity
The mission of this charity is to help as many children and families as possible with a range of diagnoses.
- Read more about Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity
A Henson Trust is a trust created to benefit a person with a disability. It ensures that a person with a disability cannot be cut off from benefits if they’re receiving money from a trust created to help them. The trust requires that the designated trustee have complete control over financial disbursements from the trust.
To learn more, Autism Ontario has compiled a helpful guide about creating a Henson Trust (though Henson Trusts aren’t limited to those with Autism).
- Read more about the Henson Trusts
Special Needs Planning Group
This organization provides financial planning information and solutions for individuals and families of people with disabilities. They’re a great resource on Henson Trusts and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
- Read more about the Special Needs Planning Group