For people with disabilities, having a home that’s accessible and accommodates their needs can have a huge impact on quality of life.

Are you a First Nation member with a disability who needs to make modifications to your home? Or a First Nation wanting to adapt on-reserve affordable housing to better accommodate people with disabilities? If so, our Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP-D) On-Reserve can provide the financial support you need.

Who is eligible for financial support?

You can apply for support if you live on-reserve and need changes made to your home to accommodate your disability. You must also meet the following criteria:

  • Your total household income must be within or below an established range, based on your household size and geographic region.
  • Your home must already meet minimum health and safety standards.

A First Nation can also apply for funding on behalf of a home occupant who meets these criteria.

What home modifications are covered by this program?

Financial support is available for a wide range of home modifications related to your disability. For example, we can help you with accessibility features such as:

  • ramps
  • handrails, chair lifts and bath lifts
  • height adjustments to countertops
  • cues for doorbells, fire alarms and smoke detectors

Please note that therapeutic care, supportive care and portable aid equipment like walkers and wheelchairs aren’t eligible for funding.

Important: Have you made any of these accessibility modifications before getting your application approved in writing? If so, they won’t be eligible for funding under this program.

How much financial support is available?

We will provide up to $60,000 for the needed accessibility modifications. If you live on-reserve in northern or remote areas, the maximum amount may be increased by 25%. This is a forgivable loan, meaning it doesn't have to be repaid if you meet all the terms and conditions.

What if I need to make home modifications for other reasons?

If you’re a senior living on-reserve and have difficulties with your daily activities due to your age, we can help. Learn about our program that covers the costs of home modifications that keep seniors living in their own homes independently.

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For more information about this program, please contact your First Nation Housing Specialist.

Date Published: March 31, 2018