ATBC Programs Overview


In partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education External link and the Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation External link, ATBC provides assistive technology and related support services to adult residents of British Columbia who have permanent disabilities.

ATBC responds to requests for assistive technology under several different programs:

Service Programs for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

Canada Student Grant (CSG)Logo:  StudentAid BC

The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) is a grant that is available for eligible students with permanent disabilities in postsecondary courses who qualify for financial assistance through Student Aid BC and require assistive technology to minimize disability related barriers. Eligible students may use this grant to pay for assistive technology and related training and technical support.

Find out more about CSG-PDSE.

Public Postsecondary Loan (PPL)Logo: BC Ministry of Social Development

The Public Postsecondary Loan (PPL) program provides assistive technology on a loan basis. Students with permanent disabilities who are attending a public postsecondary institution within BC may be eligible for this service. PPL program participants can borrow assistive equipment and software, and access related services such as training and technical support, while enrolled in classes.

Find out more about PPL.

Service Program for WorkBC Employment Service Providers

One-Stop Assistive Technology ServiceLogo: WorkBC

ATBC is pleased to offer assistive technology services to help WorkBC Employment Service Centres meet their client-centred commitments for responsive, inclusive, and accessible supports. Available by request on a fee-for-service basis to WorkBC partners, the One-Stop AT Service for WorkBC includes technical support and training, assistive technology consultation and assessment, and equipment trial periods to allow job-seekers to evaluate the usefulness of assistive technologies from job search through full employment.

Find out more about ATBC's One-Stop Assistive Technology Service for WorkBC.

Service Program for Public Postsecondary Institutions

Program for Institutional Loans of Assistive Technology (PILAT)Logo: PILAT

This program enables public postsecondary institutions in BC to borrow assistive technology to provide on-campus access for students with disabilities.

Find out more about PILAT.

Fee for Service

Assistive Technology Direct (ATBC Direct)Logo: ATBC

This service is available for any person in British Columbia who is interested in the direct purchase of assistive technology through ATBC. 

Find out more about ATBC Direct.

Past Programs (now retired)

Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD)

This program was intended for persons with disabilities in employment or who were training for employment and required assistive technology to eliminate disability related barriers. Participants in this program could borrow assistive equipment and software from ATBC's Provincial Loan Bank. Students in post-secondary studies at public institutions in BC can now access assistive technology loans through PPL.

Find out more about EPPD.

AT@Work Professional Development (AT@Work PD)

This program was intended for employed persons with disabilities who were already using assistive technology on the job, but who required training on the use of their assistive technology to complete job-related tasks.

Find out more about AT@Work PD


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Canada Student Grant

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Institutional Loans




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