BCAK is not funded by any government agencies. We are a small, local, non-profit charity run by volunteers relying solely on the generous support of donations from our members, fundraising, the general public, and business communities.
While we acknowledge that every person who is diagnosed with breast cancer experiences a financial impact, our directive is to provide financial assistance for patients who do not have the resources to cover the costs of basic necessities such as food and shelter as well as medical and additional expenses related to their treatment.
Applications are prioritized according to income levels and frequently find that we provide financial assistance to applicants who are living at or below the poverty line. If you have a monthly surplus your application can possibly be denied.
The Financial Committee, with discretion, retains the right to deny any application.
BCAK offers financial support to those individuals residing in and receiving their treatment within the Home and Community Care Support Services South East (formerly LHIN, Local Health Integration Network).
Applicants are encouraged to canvas other sources of funds available in the community as well as support from BCAK.
As of May 1, 2022, Financial Cap: Up to $1,500 per year including any items below:
Total lifetime maximum allowance per person of $3,000.
Lymphedema massage $1500/ year (maximum $3000)
Prosthesis $250 every 2 years
Partial Prosthesis Up to $80 every 2 years
Wigs $350 (1 per hair loss due to treatment)
Bras (maximum 2) 60% every 2 years
Compression Sleeves 30% of cost of a set of 2 sleeves with a max of 2 sets/year
FA submissions will only be accepted in the current year. No backdated applications will be considered. For example, an item purchased in 2021 will not be covered if application submitted in 2022.
Invoices must be included with the FA application along with proof of payment where applicable. If an invoice is not available, a letter from a Social Worker will be accepted.
Application to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) where applicable. (For prosthesis)
BCAK offers Financial Assistance in a Number of Ways
Wig, Prosthesis, Bra and Swimwear Bank.
A donation means a lot to a recipient. The items we have donated for the bank are clean, refurbished and ready to go!
We would like to thank the people who generously donated their items. The bank can always use more.
If you are in need of this type of assistance, please contact the BCAK office.
Process For Applications
Download and complete the Application Form here.
Or complete the Online Financial Assistance Application Form below.
Ensure the application is fully completed, signed and witnessed.
Attach any relevant information.
Submit the application to the Financial Assistance Committee at BCAK either by mail, fax or deliver to our office during office hours.
To apply you must:
1. You have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.
2. Include invoices for breast cancer diagnosis related expenses and proof of payment or a letter from Social Worker.
3. Applicants must disclose all sources of household income (including but not limited to spousal support, child support, rental income).
4. Expenses that fit BCAK funding criteria are outlined in the expense section of the application (but does not limit other expenses that might be considered by the FA Committee - detailed explanation and receipts will be required).
5. Applicants are encouraged to canvas other sources of funds available in the community as well as support from BCAK.
All Applications are Kept Strictly Confidential.