The primary source of funding for custom orthopedic braces in Ontario is the Assistive Devices Program, which is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long term Care.Clients eligible for funding through ADP include residents of Ontario who hold a valid health card. For these clients ADP may cover up to 75% of the cost of custom braces which are designed to address long-term or chronic conditions, and assist with activities of daily living. These braces must be prescribed by a physician and provided by an orthotist who is certified by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board provides full or partial coverage for clients who have sustained a work related injury.
The Non-insured Health Benefits Program provides coverage for a range of devices and services for First Nations and Inuit people.
Veteran’s Affairs Canada provides full or partial coverage for a range of services and devices for our Veterans.
A number of third party insurance companies including Greenshield, Manulife, and Sunlife may provide funding for orthopedic braces and orthotic services. As a Preferred Provider, Appletree can arrange for direct billing to your insurer for devices and services that qualify for coverage under your plan.
Many foundations such as the March of Dimes, Easter Seals, the Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsey, and War Amps are also dedicated to assisting clients and their families with funding for orthopedic braces. Most of these programs are means tested and assessed on a case by case basis.