Cancer can have an unexpected financial impact on your life. No, you do not have to pay for the time your doctor spends with you or your stay in the hospital. However, cancer may add new costs to your life, such as child care or housework, transportation and parking, nutritional supplements, prescriptions, and equipment. In addition, time away from work has a cost. Losing your job at the same time as incurring unexpected bills might add to your stress. There may be federal or provincial initiatives that might help you and your caregivers.
Cancer Survivorship Team Grants
As a result of improved cancer survival and the cardiotoxicity of various cancer treatments, a greater number of patients are developing cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, many malignancies and cardiovascular disorders have similar risk factors. As a result, cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. Two research projects are proposed to treat two major cardiovascular issues.
1) in men with prostate cancer
2) in women with breast cancer who suffer cardiotoxicity due to trastuzumab, a life-prolonging medication for many breast cancer survivors.
In collaboration with the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the program’s purpose is to enhance the health outcomes of cancer survivors of all ages from the time they are diagnosed with cancer until they die or enter end-of-life care. Successful teams will be expected to generate new research and develop and assess practical methods and interventions in real-world settings that can avoid or mitigate the negative consequences of a cancer diagnosis and positively influence cancer survivors’ subsequent health outcomes.
Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Innovation Grant
The best quality innovative problem-solving in cancer research is supported by Innovation Grants. The Innovation program’s goal is to support the development and testing of paradigm-shifting, transformative concepts and approaches to address problems in cancer research, improve our understanding of cancer, and generate novel approaches to confront the challenges we face in the fight against cancer.
Successfully funded Innovation projects should be built on “high risk” ideas with a high potential for “high gain.” They are reasonable and doable for the applicant(s), but they aren’t always found on a lot of basic data. This programme supports daring initiatives to test novel ideas and/or develop new knowledge and/or improvements relating to cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and support, with a strong emphasis on innovation.
Medical Expense Tax Credit
See How to claim qualified medical costs on your tax return for further information on who you can claim medical expenses. Only qualified medical expenses can be claimed on your tax return if you, your spouse, or your common-law partner:
- In any 12 months ending in 2021, you paid for medical expenditures but did not claim them in 2020.
- You can generally claim all payments made, even if they were not made in Canada.
You can only claim the portion of an expense you or someone else has not been reimbursed for and will not be reimbursed for. The expense can be claimed if the reimbursement is included in your or someone else’s income (such as a benefit indicated on a T4, Statement of Income).
Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefit
Unemployed workers who qualify for the Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits receive temporary financial help (up to 15 weeks). This involves paying sick pay to persons who are unable to work due to illness, injury, or quarantine.
Sickness benefits from Employment Insurance (EI) can offer you up to 15 weeks of financial help if you cannot work due to illness. You might receive up to $638 weekly or 55 percent of your wages. To prove that you cannot work due to medical reasons, you must obtain a medical certificate. Illness, injury, quarantine, or any medical condition that stops you from working are examples of medical causes.
Are you eligible?
The following information should be considered as a general guideline. We encourage you to apply for benefits as soon as possible so that we can see if you qualify.
You must show that you can:
- You’re unable to work due to a medical condition.
- Until September 24, 2022, your usual weekly wages from employment have declined by more than 40% for at least one week: In the 52 weeks leading up to the start of your claim or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter, you worked 420 insured hours.
How much can you receive?
Sickness benefits are provided for up to 15 weeks. The number of weeks of benefits you receive is determined by how long you’ve been unable to work due to illness. You might receive up to $638 weekly or 55 percent of your insurable earnings*. Your insurable earnings determine the amount you get before taxes during the previous 52 weeks or since the beginning of your last claim, whichever comes first.
EI Compassionate Care Benefit
The EI Compassionate Care Benefit is a set of EI benefits granted to those who have to take time from work to care for or support a family member who is critically sick and at risk of dying. Eligible people may receive up to 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits. Caregiving benefits from Employment Insurance (EI) provide financial support when you’re out from work caring for or supporting a critically ill or injured individual or someone who requires end-of-life care. You might receive up to $638 weekly or 55 percent of your wages. You don’t have to be related to or live with the person you’re caring for or supporting to be a caregiver, but they must regard you.
Benefits are available for 52 weeks once a medical doctor or nurse practitioner certifies that the person is seriously ill, injured, or in need of end-of-life care. Within this timeframe, you can take the weeks of benefits at once or in instalments.
Eligible carers might share the weeks of rewards simultaneously or one after the other.
Are you eligible?
You must show that you can:
- You’re a family member, or someone deemed to be like a family member of someone who is critically ill, injured, or in need of end-of-life care.
- Because you need to take time away from work to offer care or support to the person until September 24, 2022, your typical weekly earnings from work have fallen by more than 40% for at least one week: In the 52 weeks leading up to the start of your claim, or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter, you worked 420 insured hours*.
- A medical doctor or nurse practitioner has temporarily certified that the person you are caring for or supporting is critically sick, injured, or in need of end-of-life care.
Impact Grant Program
The Impact Grant programme encourages advancement in cancer research projects that span the spectrum from basic, high-impact discoveries to translational work with direct clinical significance to applied research. Impact Grants are designed to help expedite and focus the knowledge acquired from research findings into outcomes that will:
- Significantly improve cancer-related scientific knowledge;
- result in improved cancer treatment;
- result in optimized care for people living with and beyond cancer;
- result in a reduction in cancer burden.
Each year, there is only one competition. In this competition, roughly ten grants are expected to be awarded.
The application and review procedure will be split into two stages. Applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI), and those who are accepted will be invited to submit a complete application. A multidisciplinary peer review committee will review the LOIs and full applications.
Canada Pension Plan Disability
The disability benefit from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is a monthly payment you can earn if you:
- have a mental or physical disability that regularly prevents you from doing substantial gainful work. Have a disability that is long-term and indefinite in duration or is likely to result in death
- Are under 65, have made enough contributions to the CPP, have a mental or physical disability that prevents you from doing any substantial gainful work, have a disability that is long-term and indefinite in duration or is likely to result in death.
Do you qualify?
The disability benefit is a monthly payment that you can get if you meet the following criteria:
- are under the age of 65 and have a mental or physical handicap that prevents you from doing any substantial gainful job regularly
- have a long-term and indefinite disability, or one that is likely to result in death
EI Regular Benefits
Individuals who lose their jobs through no fault (for example, due to a labour shortage, seasonal or mass layoffs) who are willing and able to work but can’t find work are covered by Employment Insurance (EI).
As soon as you stop working, file for EI compensation. Even if you haven’t gotten your employment record, you can claim benefits. You may lose benefits if you wait more than four weeks after your final day of employment to file your claim for benefits.
Do you qualify?
You must demonstrate that you can:
- have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter,
- were employed in insurable employment and lost your job through no fault of your own have been without work and pay for at least seven consecutive days
- in the last 52 weeks have been without work and pay for at least seven consecutive days
- in the last 52 weeks, have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours or since the start of your last EI claim
Developing disruptive technologies to promote cancer prevention and early diagnosis is the goal of the Spark Grants, which are supported in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Brain Canada Foundation.
Emerging Scholar Award
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is pleased to announce the inauguration of the CCS Emerging Scholar Award programme, which aims to identify and advance promising early-career scientists and clinical scientists from throughout Canada who is dedicated to cancer research. Early career investigators will establish their cancer research programmes in Canada and pursue key scientific advancements of the highest quality and potential for impact through the CCS Emerging Scholar Award programme. CCS aspires to strengthen the future of the Canadian cancer research ecosystem by investing significantly in the progress of our country’s budding scholars.
Applicants must meet the following criteria by the start date of the award:
- must be full-time employees of an eligible Canadian research institution and be scientists or clinician-scientists.
- Must have completed their first independent academic appointment within the last five years* (minimum assistant professor level, or equivalent).
- A solid faculty appointment is required (s).
- must not be recipients of awards intended to help early-career investigators advance their careers (including CRCs).
As the number of cancer patients is increasing every day, we see that it affects people’s well-being and incomes; there are various funding schemes to help patients and cancer research. Health insurances and government programs are the best way to move forward.