The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) provides grants for professional development activities which enhance skill, knowledge, practice, and service delivery. Only eligible professionals may submit applications. Only eligible expenses will be considered for funding.

Please see the Application page on this website for information about how to submit an application. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Applications are evaluated using a scoring system established by the Steering Committee in accordance with the objectives of the fund. The maximum amount of grant funding for any professional in any funding year is $1,500. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently employed and providing care, and applicants who did not receive $1,500 in the previous fiscal year. Funding is not guaranteed. 

Eligible Professionals

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, dietitian, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physiotherapist, or respiratory therapist (other professions are not eligible)
  • be registered with their Ontario regulatory college when they are participating in the professional development activity
  • be currently practicing or eligible to practice in their profession in Ontario
  • not be employed outside of Ontario
  • not have received AHPDF grants totalling $1,500 in the current funding year

Eligible Expenses

Only professional development activities completed between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 are eligible for grant funding.  Applications must be submitted within 90 days of the completion date of the professional development activity or by March 31, 2018, whichever date comes first. Grants are to be used to pay for all or part of tuition costs, conference or workshop registration fees related to professional development activities that increase knowledge and skill. The professional development expenses must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • be one of the following expenses: tuition costs, workshops, or conference registration fees
  • not be one of the following expenses: fees for exams, membership, or subscription; or costs not related to tuition or fees, such as books, tapes, travel, salary replacement, meals, accommodation
  • be completed between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018

Only fees paid directly by the applicant are eligible for funding. Fees paid by businesses are not eligible. Fees paid by an applicant's personal business are not eligible. Applications from employers are not eligible. Funds will not be transferred to a business bank account. 

Income Taxes

Recipients of funding from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund will be issued T4A tax information in accordance with the Income Tax Act. The T4A form outlines the total funding issued during the calendar year. The total amount of the grant received is subject to income tax. This information is reported to the Canada Revenue Agency. The T4A forms for the 2017 calendar year will be sent to recipients of funding by the end of February 2018. The applicant is required to notify AHPDF staff if their email or address changes. For information about Canadian income tax law please contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Submission Deadlines

Applicants must submit an application within 90 days of the completion date of the course/professional development activity or by March 31, 2018, whichever date comes first. Late and/or incomplete applications will be declined. No exceptions will be made for late and/or incomplete applications. Declined applicants cannot be resubmitted.

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