Hi Asia, There are several disability programs available to Canadians. Some are from the Federal government and others are from the provincial government. Go to:
and click “A person with a disability…” then on your province for a list of links to the various programs. They each have their own eligible criteria. You may also have benefits available from you employer.
The only thing I applied for is the “disability Tax Credit” on my income tax return. It is for people with a disability that work and earn income. My current doctor had no problem filling out the form and signing it. The government approved it for 8 years. After that I will have to reapply. The credit is worth a few thousand dollars in tax relief each year. They also allow you to go to previous years and claim past credits. I took the forms to my old GI (he was the one that diagnosed me) and he didn’t want to sign them at first because he felt that I could work. After I explained that the Disability Tax Credit is only for people that work and earn income he signed it. The form was accepted and I was able to get the credit for the 3 previous years.
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC extending half way across transverse colon.
Bad reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Abatacept trial - no effect