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

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

Support Bear Essentials families

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