Supporting Island kids who have medical conditions, health challenges, or disabilities

Due to a high volume of applications received through the months of July and August, please note that there may be a delay in responding to requests for funding. While we will be reviewing all applications, currently, urgent requests will take precedence. In the meantime, we request that if applicable, you apply to other funders. If there are changes to your request or funding is found elsewhere, please keep us informed.

Bear Essentials support is available to help cover:

  • Travel costs associated with receiving health care that is unavailable in a child/youth’s home community e.g.  transportation, parking, food, accommodation
  • Medical or therapeutic equipment to address special needs e.g. Orthotics, insulin pump, specialized seating
  • Therapeutic resources to support a child/youth e.g. Specialized formula, and non-insured medications

Referrals to the Bear Essentials program are accepted from health care professionals.

For more information about making a Bear Essentials application please refer to the Bear Essentials program guidelines.

For more information about the Bear Essentials Program please contact a program manager at:

Telephone: 250-382-3135
Toll free: 1-866-382-2711
Fax: 250-382-2711

Bear Essentials is continuing to operate with program staff abiding by physical distancing protocols and monitoring emails and phones regularly. Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and Help Fill A Dream are communicating regularly and continue to monitor COVID-19 provincial guidelines and emerging needs while supporting families through Bear Essentials’ intended Travel, Equipment, and Resource focus.

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The Bear Essentials Program is made possible by the generosity of our donors – join us today in supporting families across Vancouver Island