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Basic Needs / Support - Health/Medical/Safety - Castlegar Area

BC Healthy Kids Program

Helps low-income families with costs associated with basic dental care and prescription glasses for their children.more info

Address / Contact Info
Toll-free: 1-866-866-0800
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BC Smoking Cessation Program

Helps people stop using tobacco by assisting them with the cost of quit-smoking aids. Talk to a pharmacist or doctor to decide if quit-smoking medications are suitable. more info

Address / Contact Info
BC Ministry of Health
British Columbia
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Dental Access Fund - WKB

A small pool of fund-raised and donated dollars which may assist low income West Kootenay Boundary region community members who are experiencing dental pain or infection to access urgent dental work. more info

Address / Contact Info
Trail Family and Individual Resources (FAIR) Centre Society
2079 Columbia Avenue
, Trail, BC, V1R 1K7
Dental Access Fund: (250) 364-2326 ext 239
Fax: (240) 364-1255
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Employment Insurance - Parents of Critically Ill Children

Eligible parents who take leave from work to provide care or support to their critically ill or injured child can receive Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children (PCIC).more info

Address / Contact Info
Toll-free: 1-800-206-7218
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Employment Insurance - Sickness Benefits

Provides Benefits to EI eligible individuals who are unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.more info

Address / Contact Info
Toll-free: 1-800-206-7218
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Fair PharmaCare

Provides B.C. families with coverage for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies, based on their net income. more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Insurance BC, Fair PharmaCare
PO Boc 9655, Stn Prov Govt
, Victoria, BC, V8W 9P2
Toll-free: 1-800-663-7100
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Health Benefits Program: First Nations Health Authority

Provides coverage to eligible First Nations persons for health goods and services.more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Benefits Programs, First Nations Health Authority

701 - 1166 Alberni Street, Coast Salish Territory
, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1A5
General Inquiries: 1-855-550-5454
Claims: 1-800-317-7878
Fax (toll-free): 1-888-299-9222
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Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) - Castlegar

A volunteer driven community program that provides essential health equipment to individuals on a by donation basis. A referral from a health care provider is required before health care equipment is provided.more info

Address / Contact Info
Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program
1250 A 26th Street
, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4C9
Phone: (250) 365-3911
Toll-free: 1-800-761-0099
Fax: (250) 365-6242
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Kootenay Kidsafe Child Car Seat Safety Program

Free, factual, user-friendly information for parents, caregivers, and professionals on the proper selection and use of infant and child car seats by certified technicians.more info

Address / Contact Info
1148 3rd Avenue
, Trail, BC, V1R 1N9
Anne: (250) 364-0195
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Medical Services Plan Regular Premium Assistance

For individuals and families with a low or modest income, offering premium subsidies based on net income for the previous tax year and taking age, family size and disability into consideration. more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Insurance BC, Medical Insurance Plan
Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt
, Victoria, BC, V8W 9E3
Toll-free: 1-800-663-7100
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