Step 1: Signing an Autism Funding Agreement

In order to apply for Autism Funding from MCFD, the parent or guardian must contact their local office for Children and Youth with Special Needs, part of the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

  • Find your local MCFD office for Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) office by contacting ACT or the Special Needs Contacts at MCFD.
  • When you call your local MCFD office, explain that your child has just received a diagnosis of autism and you would like to talk with a CYSN Intake Worker to apply for autism funding.
  • Bring the following to your meeting at the MCFD office:
      1. Clinical Outcomes Form (also known as the Panter) or confirmation of diagnosis form or a private diagnosis (a private diagnosis also requires written report(s))
      2. Proof of child’s age (e.g., birth certificate/passport)
      3. Child’s BC Care Card
      4. Autism Program Application
  • Move quickly! The month your local MCFD office receives your signed application, along with necessary documents, is the month your child’s funding will start to accrue.
  • Look for your Autism Funding Agreement, in the mail, four to six weeks after you apply. The MCFD site has a list of forms you may need including the autism agreement form.
  • Sign and return two copies of the agreement to the Autism Funding Branch in Victoria within two weeks.

Autism Funding

carmen_chan_birthday_with_10yo_sonFor details on funding allocation, refunds and more, visit the Autism Funding Programs page. For details on specific questions, you may wish to browse A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs.