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The Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) is a national organization that helps people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities achieve independence, self reliance and full community participation through a variety of programs. Your local CPA will help guide you from the time of your injury and through all points of your life by providing information, peer counselling and support, rehabilitation counselling, employment/vocational services, and much more. Click here to find out more about CPA.

In addition to the CPA, there are several other programs and services across Canada that can support you on your journey.  Below are links to resources that can help you.

Advocacy and Support

Abilities Canada

Active Living Alliance for Canadians

Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

Canadian Disabled Individuals Association

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada

Independent Living Canada

Arts and Entertainment

Access 2 Entertainment

Kickstart – Disability Arts and Culture

Employment and Skills Training

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

Canadian Society for Social Development


Equipment and Assistive Devices

President's Choice Children's Charity

Tetra Society of North America

10-4 Teddy Bear Wheelchair Foundation

Federal Income Taxes and Benefits

Medical and Disability-Related Income Tax Information

Canada Pension Plan - Disability Benefits

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Disability Tax Credit

Housing and Home Renovation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – FlexHousing

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) On-Reserve

Transportation and Travel

Able Travel--Accessible Adventure Travel

Auto Company Support for Vehicle Modifications

Canadian Transportation Agency - Accessible Transportation


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About the Rick Hansen Institute 

A spin-off of the Rick Hansen Foundation, the Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. Our vision is a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury.

Learn more about our four programs: Cure, Care, Consumer and Commercialization.

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The HOME-SCI study hopes to prove benefits of telehealth initiatives for bladder management in people with spinal cord injuries. Read more

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Publications and Reports

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The Influence of Time from Injury to Surgery on Motor Recovery and Length of Hospital Stay in Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: An Observational Canadian Cohort Study. This work represents the largest cohort of SCI patients studied to date to help elucidate the role of early surgery after SCI, one of the most discussed topics in acute SCI management. Open access

Model for bridging the translational 'valleys of death' in spinal cord injury research. The Rick Hansen Institute has developed a model for translational research in the field of spinal cord injury. This paper describes how RHI's unique model works and lessons learned. Download paper

Modeling the Patient Journey from Injury to Community Reintegration for Persons with Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in a Canadian Centre. The Access to Care and Timing project team has published a paper describing the development of a computer simulation model of patient flow in BC. Open access

The Economic Burden of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Canada. RHI's research team has published a paper on the economic burden of traumatic SCI. The paper appears in the June 2013 edition of Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada. Download publication

Atlas CoverRehabilitation Environmental Scan Atlas: Capturing Capacity in Canadian SCI Rehabilitation. This Atlas examines the complexities of SCI rehab, describes the current state of practice and maps the actions required to standardize and transform practice by 2020. Download a free copy

SCI Community Survey. The SCI Community Survey is the largest study of its kind to ever be done in Canada among people with SCI. Read preliminary analysis report