Health Care Professionals

Assistive Devices Program

Assistive devices program during COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ADP office is accepting new applications for funding assistance via email (for grants) and fax (for devices). Applications that were previously received by mail are being processed and should not be resubmitted.

Vendors can submit applications for ADP-funded devices via fax, including applications for clients assessed during the office closure. Completed applications must be faxed to: 1-888-222-8018.

Vendors can use ADP policies to make informed decisions on eligibility of new claims and continue to provide assistive devices before receiving approval.

ADP-registered vendors will receive the payments related to invoices submitted for approved claims and eligible for payment.

If you are applying for a grant for ADP-funded supplies, print the application form, complete it with the assistance of your health care provider(s) if applicable, and email it to: Applicants must ensure the form is complete, signed, and that all pages are included in the attached file.

If you are an existing grant recipient who receives payment via direct deposit, you will continue to receive regularly scheduled grant payments. Grant recipients who receive payment by cheque may experience delays. Existing grant recipients who are due for a renewal between March 12 and June 30 will receive additional funding for four months. Renewal letters will follow by mail for completion and return to ADP.

For questions about this, contact Please note that responses may take longer than usual. 

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is to provide consumer-centred support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs.

Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through access to assistive devices responsive to their individual needs.

Equipment Funded by ADP

ADP covers over 8,000 separate pieces of equipment or supplies in the following categories: prostheses; wheelchairs/mobility aids and specialized seating systems; enteral feeding supplies; monitors and test strips for insulin-dependent diabetics (through an agreement with the Canadian Diabetes Association); hearing aids; insulin pumps and supplies; respiratory equipment; orthotic devices (braces), pressure modification devices for burns and lymphedema (garments and pumps); visual and communication aids; home oxygen therapy.

Grants are provided for ostomy supplies, breast prostheses and for needles and syringes for insulin-dependent seniors.


Eligibility includes any Ontario resident who has a valid Ontario Health card issued in their name and has a physical disability of six months or longer. Equipment cannot be required exclusively for sports, work or school. ADP does not pay for equipment available under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or to Group “A” veterans for their pensioned benefits. There are specific eligibility criteria which apply to each device category.

An individual who has a chronic illness or dysfunction that requires long-term oxygen therapy may be eligible for home oxygen funding.

Accessing ADP

Initial access is often through a medical specialist or general practitioner who provides a diagnosis. In most device categories, an authorizer assesses the specific needs of the person and prescribes appropriate equipment or supplies. Finally, a vendor sells the equipment or supplies to the client.

In some device categories, such as adult hearing aids or prosthetic devices, the assessor is also the vendor.


Most devices must be authorized by a qualified health care professional registered with the program. Registered authorizers work in hospitals, home care agencies or private practice.


The program will only help pay for equipment that is purchased from vendors registered with the Assistive Devices Program.

Financial Assistance

ADP pays up to 75 per cent of the cost of equipment, such as artificial limbs, orthopaedic braces, wheelchairs and breathing aids. For others, such as hearing aids, the ADP contributes a fixed amount. For ostomy supplies, breast prostheses and needles and syringes for seniors, the ADP pays a grant directly to the person. ADP pays 100 per cent of the ADP price for home oxygen and related equipment for seniors 65 years of age or older and for individuals 64 years of age or younger who are on social assistance, residing in a long-term care home or who are receiving professional services, and 75 per cent of the ADP price for all others.

In most cases, the client pays a share of the cost at time of purchase and the vendor bills ADP the balance.

For ADP supply categories where grants are paid, the client pays 100 per cent of the cost to the vendor.

There are many sources of funding for the client's share of the cost including:

For More Information

Ministry of Health
Assistive Devices Program

7th Floor, 5700 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2M 4K5

Tel: Toronto 416-327-8804
Toll-free 1-800-268-6021
TDD/TTY 416-327-4282
TDD/TTY 1-800-387-5559
Fax 416-327-8192