March of Dimes Funding
MODC’s Home & Vehicle Modification® Program
- Remove or minimize a life safety risk
- Prevent hospitalization/institutionalization
- Allow discharge from the hospital/institution
- Avoid loss of employment and income
- Allow a caregiver to meet the responsibilities of caring for a dependant with a disability
- To support both children and adults to participate in developmental/community activities
HVMP – Eligibility Criteria
- Be a permanent Ontario Resident
- Be in financial need (combined household income of under $60,000)
- Have a permanent ongoing or recurring disability that impedes mobility and results in substantial restrictions in activities of daily living (eating, bathing, toileting, transferring, and mobility) and/or getting in and out of your home to access essential medical care or community services
- Up to $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications, adaptions and devices
- Up to $15,000 for vehicle modifications every 10 years
We understand each person’s situation is unique if you have question about your eligibility,
please call us at 1-877-369-4867 before you apply.
- Inside and outside platform lifts, stairway lifts and lifting/ transferring devices, including necessary structural changes;
- The paving of an access path between the client’s home and mode of transportation, if needed to facilitate the movement of a wheelchair;
- Elevating devices;
- Widening of doors and/or replacement of conventional doors by sliding or folding doors;
- Rearrangement of bathrooms to permit safe use;
- Installation of wheel-in showers, wall grab bars, and bathtub safety rails;
- Rearrangement and lowering or raising of kitchen equipment and cupboards;
- A deck if it is an integral part of an access ramp or lift;
- Disability features for major appliances where the modification allows a person to use the appliance safely
- Environmental controls, including remote control or mechanical devices to operate appliances; switch lights and computers on or off; facilitate the use of a telephone, or to open, close and lock doors;
- Modifications to a child’s play area;
- the purchase of a home;
- therapeutic or supportive care-related items such as whirlpool baths, swimming pools, exercise bikes, wheelchairs, walkers, respiratory equipment and dialysis equipment will not be provided by this program;
- upgrades or repairs to the home;
- the construction of additional rooms;
- a deck that is not an integral part of an access ramp or lift;
- household appliances (refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, etc.);
- a second accessible exit (not required by the Ontario Building Code);
- cosmetic improvements to modifications that are not in need of repairs.
- transferable equipment such as hand controls, foot controls, lifts, safety devices etc;
- specialized seating and related accessories required for transportation purposes;
- remote control devices to open garage doors for persons who use wheelchairs, scooters, or who walk with difficulty;
- raising the roof of a vehicle;
- lowering of the floor of a vehicle;
- barrier-free modifications to garages or carports;
- further vehicle modifications required to meet the child’s changing needs;
- the purchase of a vehicle;
- vehicle upgrades;
- vehicle repairs;
Please note our offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 and staff are not onsite to accept application packages. If you need assistance submitting documents, please call 1-877-369-4867 and speak to our Intake Team.
HVMP – Resource Documents
Appointing a Designate
Documents for Contractors
Low-Cost or No-Cost Home Modifications
Low-Cost and No-Cost Home Modifications for Seniors and People with a Disability
How to Make Your Home Safe, Comfortable and Accessible For People Of All Ages And Abilities
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Doorways and entrances
- Paint the threshold to your house in a contrasting colour as a visual signal to anyone with impaired vision.
- Remove the storm or screen doors to make it easier for someone with arthritis or limited upper body-strength to enter your home.
- Add a doorknob gripper or install a levered handle that can be opened without having to grip or twist the knob too tightly.
- Use swing-away hinges to gain an extra few inches of clearance for a wheelchair or walker.
- Place a bench at the entrance where people can set heavy items or sit down while putting on their shoes.
- Remove any unnecessary doors from around the inside your home, so someone using a walker or wheelchair can move around more freely.
- Install a peephole in your front door for extra safety and peace of mind.
Furniture and home layouts
- Remove any clutter or obstacles from the hallways and main rooms.
- Place your furniture to create a clear path of travel throughout your home, with extra manoeuvring space at doorways and the ends of halls.
- Secure or remove any area rugs that someone could trip over.
- Paint floors or doorways between rooms in different colours, to help people with a visual impairment or dementia find their way around.
- Install low-level transition strips between any changes in height or level, or use different floor textures between rooms and at the edges of hallways.
- Get a power bar and cable organizer to keep your television, telephone and other cords safely stored where they can’t trip anyone walking by.
- Place the television where it will have the least amount of glare.
- Put corner guards on the sharp edges of tables, chairs and other furniture.
- Place elevated risers under beds or chairs to help anyone who has trouble sitting or rising from a seated position.
Stairs and staircases
- Place a gate at the top of the stairs to protect seniors and small children.
- Install a safety nosing or coloured strips between the treads and risers to make the edges of each step clearly visible.
- Add a small bench or chair on the landing where people can rest or catch their breath.
- Install a decorative post or finial at the beginnings and ends of railings to signal that the stairs are about to end.
- Use strip lighting to make the stairs easier to see and help prevent falls.
- Choose slip-resistant flooring or put a slip-resistant coating over any tiles—available at most hardware stores.
- Install easy-grip D-handles on cabinets and drawers.
- Reverse the swing on the refrigerator door if the access would be easier.
- Get a pot stabilizer to keep pots from spinning while they are being stirred and a kettle tipper to fill or pour water from a kettle with minimal strain.
- Place an anti-fatigue mat on the floor in the prep and cooking areas to make it more comfortable to stand for long periods of time.
- Add a shelf between the counter and upper cabinets for accessible storage.
- Install a shallow sink basin that can be used while standing or seated.
- Use a folding, wall-mounted or Murphy bed-style table or counter to create more space for someone using a walker or wheelchair.
- Label your taps “hot” and “cold” if you have small children or if anyone in your home gets easily confused.
- Add a safety mat and grab bars in the tub.
- Get a raised toilet seat and add a bath seat in the shower to help people who have trouble getting into or out of a seated position.
- Install D-handles on the cabinets and drawers to make them easier to open.
- Get an accordion-style mirror for anyone with a visual impairment.
- Use slip-resistant flooring or coating on the tiles.
- Install a shallow sink that can be used in both standing and seated positions.
- Use a medication organizer to make sure the proper doses are taken.
- Purchase a water alarm to alert you if the tub or sink is overflowing.
- Add stickers or marks on the washer and dryer settings to make them easier to see, or as a reminder for someone with memory issues or dementia.
- Use detergent dispensers that don’t have to be lifted off the shelf.
- Use a wheeled laundry cart to eliminate any heavy lifting.
- Add extra lamps throughout your home, and use task lighting to help seniors or someone with a visual impairment see what they’re doing.
- Choose light switches in a contrasting colour to make them easier to find.
- Use a night light to help prevent falls or confusion.
- Install a motion detector to make it easier for anyone who has trouble using a light switch to turn the lights on.
- Use a timer to turn lights on or off automatically for added comfort and safety.
- Install motion-detecting lights at the entrance to your house to light your way home after dark and discourage would-be intruders.
- Lower the mailbox for easy access without stretching or straining.
- Add large, well-lit house numbers to make it easier to find your home.
- Use paint, LED strip lights or solar lamps to mark outdoor pathways and stairs and make them more visible at night.
- Use low-glare paint to identify important areas in your home or to make the transitions between different rooms and levels more visible.
- Make sure there’s a phone on every level of your home that can be reached without having to go up or down any stairs.
- Install a bed rail to help seniors or someone with a disability sit up, stand, change their position in bed or transfer to a chair or wheelchair.
- Reduce or eliminate the number of toxic chemicals you use in your home.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your house, and test them regularly to be sure they’re
Other Home and Vehicle Modification Programs
List of Government, Volunteer and Charitable Organizations
Additional Resources by Province:
Disability Support Program (Modifications to Home/Vehicle)