OPACC HOSPITAL PARKING PROGRAM

For years, OPACC has been a leader in advocating for reduced hospital parking rates for parents of children with cancer. We have been interviewed by various media outlets (including the CBC) about this topic, as well as have been consulted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to inform their hospital parking policy that came into effect in 2016.

 

We are now pleased to be able to offer this additional program to help families! Please read through the details below.

Which passes are eligible for reimbursement?

5-use H-PASS (or equivalent)

How do I get my reimbursement?

Two easy steps:
1. Submit the form below, and
2. Submit your receipt (ideally it looks like the pictured example):

  • Via email - scan it or take a clear photo of it - to info@opacc.org
  • Or, send via regular mail

When will I be reimbursed?

You will receive a cheque in the mail within 4 weeks after your forms are submitted. We aim to issue cheques by the last week of each month.

How many times can I request a reimbursement?

Only once per patient, per year. A "year" is defined NOT as a calendar year, but 12 months from the last time you received a reimbursement (i.e. if you received a reimbursement in April 2018, you cannot get another one until April 2019). You cannot submit for multiple locations (for example, if your child is treated at SickKids AND at CVH); you must select one. With further funding, we hope to be able to remove that limit in the future!

Can I submit a receipt for a hospital parking pass other than a 5-use pass?

Yes, but please be aware that we are only able to reimburse up to $50. For example, if you submit a receipt totalling $100, we will only be able to reimburse $50. With further funding, we hope to be able to remove that limit in the future!

What if my child is no longer an inpatient?

We want to prioritize these reimbursements for newly diagnosed families and families with children currently in treatment who need to be at the hospital frequently.

Why can't OPACC just purchase parking passes instead of having to reimburse families?

Only parents with patient parent identification are generally able to purchase H-Passes (reduced rate parking passes for parents). OPACC cannot purchase them on behalf of parents.

Can I be reimbursed for parking outside of the hospital?

No, this is for hospital parking only.

Can I get the money to buy the pass first and then send the receipt?

No. In order to ensure accountability that the funds are being used solely for their intended purpose, we need to see the proof of purchase of the parking pass first before issuing the reimbursement.

How can I help OPACC get more funding for this program?

Please read the "Program Sponsors" section below for more information on how you can help!

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Since launching the program in 2017, OPACC has provided $5,190 (and counting!) in reimbursements to families for hospital parking passes!

How You Can Help

 

If you would like to donate to this fund, please select "Hospital parking fund" from the list of available funds when making your donation below. Thank you!

 

 

Program Sponsors:

We are looking for more sponsors for this program! Hospital parking costs are a huge and unavoidable expense for families, who have no choice but to be at the hospital every single day while their child is a hospital patient. If you know of a funder or business that would like to make a big impact in directly helping childhood cancer families by sponsoring this program on an ongoing basis to ensure its long-term sustainability, please contact us at admin@opacc.org. Corporate sponsors would receive generous donor recognition, as outlined on our Corporate page. We are very grateful for all of our sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible! Please help us spread the word by downloading and sharing the infographic below with potential funders. Thank you!

The OPACC Hospital Parking Fund was initially established through a generous donation from Catarino House (2017):

Additional funding for the expansion of the program was provided by the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (2018):

Email us:

info@opacc.org

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Call us:

Toll-free: 1-888-290-5496

Local:         705-828-7965

Mail us: 

524 Bayfield Street North
P.O. Box 20005
Barrie, ON L4M 5E9
Canada

 

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