Programs: Public Postsecondary Loan-bank

What is the PPL Program? Logo: BC Ministry of Social Development

Formerly falling under the administration of the Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD), the Public Postsecondary Loan-bank of assistive technology (PPL) enables public postsecondary students within British Columbia to access a range of assistive technologies and related services while they pursue their academic and/or training goals.

Funded by the Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation External link, the PPL program provides the following services:

  • Consultation and assessment of students' disability-related needs for the purpose of developing individualized assistive technology plans. The technology plans are designed to minimize specific disability-related barriers to accessing education/training.
  • Loaning assistive technology to students, as informed by the ATBC assessment process.
  • Training and ongoing technical support to ensure that students are able to implement and sustain their personalized technology plan throughout their studies.

Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible for assistive technology support through PPL if:

  • You are a resident of BC,
  • You are legally able to work in BC,
  • You are enrolled in a public postsecondary institution, and
  • You have a permanent disability (or a chronic medical condition that is expected to persist for more than two years and is the primary barrier to training or employment)

Note: Students currently receiving services through a WorkBC Employment Service Centre are not eligible for PPL services. If you are participating in a WorkBC program, you may ask your WorkBC Case Manager to contact ATBC for the purpose of exploring customized service options that will best meet your assistive technology needs in your postsecondary environment.

How to Apply

  1. Contact the Student Services or Disability Services office at your public postsecondary institution. The staff there will assist you to complete the PPL application form PDF.

    Note: You cannot apply without your school's support; a school official must sign the form.

  2. Be sure to include the following required supporting documentation with your PPL application:
  • Recent formal documentation (e.g. medical, psycho-educational assessment report, or audiology report) that verifies your disabling condition and describes how it causes you to experience daily functional limitations.

    (Printable Declaration of Disability forms are available for download if you do not already have suitable medical documentation that provides evidence of your disability.)

  • Proof of course registration.

Once your application is complete, have your institution mail the completed application form and supporting documentation to Assistive Technology BC.

If you have any questions or would like further information about PPL or its application process, please contact ATBC.

PPL Application Form

Declaration of Disability Forms

  • Use Form A PDF for Sensory Impairments and Other Medical Conditions

  • Use Form B PDF for Learning Disorders, ADD/ADHD, or Mental Health Disorders


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Related Links

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Downloadable Forms

PPL Application Form
Medical Form A (Sensory and Medical Impairments)
Medical Form B (LD, ADD/ADHD, Mental Health Impairments)


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