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​​Financial Programs and Benefits

Undergoing cancer treatment can be financially stressful. You can talk to a social worker to find out about income assistance programs. The financial help these programs provide meets only basic needs. This means that the benefits you receive will probably be less than the income you receive from work.

Income assistance programs include:

  • Private work-related benefits
    Speak to the personnel or human resources department at your workplace about what kind of assistance is available to you.

  • Private health insurance plans
    Speak to your insurance provider about what kind of assistance is available to you.

  • Government employment insurance benefits
    Employment insurance benefits are provided by the federal government. The money comes from contributions you make if you are an employee.

  • Government social assistance benefits
    Social assistance benefits are provided by the provincial government. You do not need to make workplace contributions to this plan to get benefits.

Learn more:

Income Assi​​stance

Talk to a social worker to find out more about income assistance.

You can ask a member of your health care team to arrange for you to see a social worker. You can also call the Psychosocial Oncology clinic at 416 946 4525 to arrange an appointment.


Money Matters is a free resource offered by Wellspring. A Money Matters Case Manager can help answer your questions about money related to cancer. You can call 416 961 1928 to make an appointment.

Learn more about the Money Matters program offered by Wellspring » ​​​​​​​

Last reviewed: 10/19/2022
Last modified: 1/23/2024 10:59 AM
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