Listed below are resources for guidance. Please review our map or download our portable pdf.

Listed below are resources for guidance. Please review our map or download our portable pdf.

Local Associations

Across Ontario, there are community associations to help support and educate those with a brain injury and their families. Along with OBIA, these associations also work to strengthen the voice of those impacted by brain injury in Ontario.

ABI System Navigator

The Local Health Integrated Network segregates the province into 14 regions and each region has an ABI System Navigator that helps those with a brain injury access services. Below is a list of all those navigators in each region.

The Brain Injury Service Provider

Brain Injury Service Providers offer publicly funded services as well as additional services that may be covered by private insurance.

Resource Map

For additional resources for caregivers, please see the following organizations:

Funding Sources

Disability Tax Credit

Canada Caregiver Tax Credit

Ontario Disability Support Program

  • ODSP is designed to help individuals with disabilities afford daily living expenses. It also provides benefits for an individual and their families such as prescription costs, vision care, or travel costs associated with doctor appointments.
  • To qualify for ODSP, individuals must be a resident of Ontario, over the age of 18, be in financial need, and meet the requirements of a person with a disability.
  • Applications for ODSP can begin online, by phone, or in person at your local ODSP office. Once you have started the application, a caseworker will reach out to you, and an approved health care professional will be required to complete a disability determination package.
  • For more information about ODSP please visit Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services: https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/

Canada Pension Plan Disability

EI Caregiver Benefits and Leave

  • Caregivers are eligible for 55% of their pay through employment insurance to allow them to take time away from work to care for a critically ill or injured person. To receive this income support you do not need to be related to or live with the person.
  • For more information about the EI Caregiver Benefit, refer to the Government of Canada website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/caregiving.html

There may be additional income supports available for families following their loved one’s brain injury depending upon the circumstances surrounding the injury. For example, individuals may be able to access Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits, long-term disability, WSIB Insurance, or Motor Vehicle Insurance.

In addition to publicly funded services available in Ontario, there are many private providers. For more information about these services please refer to OBIA’s Directory of Services here: http://obia.ca/directory-of-abi-services/

Video Gallery

Ruth Wilcock: What is Brain Injury

Nancy: Emotional Rollercoaster 

Ruth Wilcock: What is Brain Injury

Nancy: Emotional Rollercoaster 

Ivars: Family Adjustment

Joanne: Impact on Siblings 

Ivars: Family Adjustment

Joanne: Impact on Siblings 

Brenda Agnew: The Cost of Caregiving 

Fran: Coping with Stress in the Long-term

Brenda Agnew: The Cost of Caregiving 

Fran: Coping with Stress in the Long-term

Pierre: Managing Stress

Nancy: Taking the Time

Pierre: Managing Stress

Nancy: Taking the Time

Brenda Agnew: Managing the worries

 Deb Crowe: Managing Communication With Behavioural Challenges 

Brenda Agnew: Managing the worries

 Deb Crowe: Managing Communication With Behavioural Challenges 

Joanne – When other relationships Develop

Ivars – Tapping into hidden supports

Joanne – When other relationships Develop

Ivars – Tapping into hidden supports

 Deb Crowe – Strategies for Advocacy

 Physical Changes

 Deb Crowe – Strategies for Advocacy

 Physical Changes

 Coginitive Changes

Emotional Changes

 Coginitive Changes

Emotional Changes

Nadine talking about her family after her son’s stroke

Elizabeth talking about her son’s changes following his brain injury

Nadine talking about her family after her son’s stroke

Elizabeth talking about her son’s changes following his brain injury