At General Motors, they understand just how important mobility is if you have a disability.
That's why they created the GM Mobility Program. It's designed to help people with disabilities access the resources they need, and get a reimbursement of up to $1,000 towards the cost of adapting an eligible GM vehicle*.
To help you find the equipment and vehicle that's right for you, we've included the information you'll need and a number of links in the following pages, as well as a helpful overview you can download and keep.
Getting the vehicle you love adapted with the right equipment can be a simple process. To start, we recommend you:
Obtain an evaluation or visit your medical practitioner
First find a driver assessment facility and arrange for a complete evaluation. There are a number of facilities across the country, but if you're not sure where to find one, you can always get in touch with the Ministry of Transportation or contact us at the GM Mobility Program. Your assessment should include suggestions about your driving and a list of vehicle modification recommendations.
- Mobility Program Overview (PDF)
- Mobility Claim Form (PDF)
- Physician's Assessment Form (PDF)
If you already know what kind of adaptive equipment you need, you won't need an evaluation. Your equipment installer will only need a physician's authorization form.
Contact the Provincial Ministry of Transportation
In most provinces, people are required to report any changes in their medical status to the Provincial Ministry of Transportation. When you report a change in your medical status, the Ministry may conduct a medical review, and may need to alter your driving privileges for your safety. Also keep in mind that failure to report a change in your medical status may put your driver's licence status in jeopardy all together.
* Up to $1,000 (tax exclusive) credit available on an eligible new 2020, 2021 MY Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac delivered between January, 2020 and January 2022 to eligible customers. Only certain equipment and adaptations are acceptable for the credit under the program. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request. GM Canada may modify or terminate program in whole or in part at any time without notice. See dealer for details.
To be eligible for a GM reimbursement for up to $1,000*, your adaptive equipment must be:
- Permanently installed in a vehicle
- Installed for a driver or passenger with a permanent disability
- Purchased from and installed by a licensed equipment installer
The following equipment is eligible for reimbursement:
- Automatic Door Opener (when used with lift)
- Assist Handle1
- Assist Step (Only eligible if running boards are not available as a factory option or GM accessory on the particular model)
- Transfer Platform
- Wheelchair and/or Scooter Lift
Brake /Accelerator Systems
- Brakes - Reduced Effort
- Brake System - Emergency Backup
- Parking Brake - Push/Pull Control
- Parking Brake - Electric
- Parking Brake - Extension Lever
- Hand Controls
- Servo-Assisted Hand Controls
- Left Foot Accelerator
- Vinyl Seat Cover (Front Seating Area Only)†
- Extended Travel Transfer Seat (non-OEM Only)**
- Safety Belt Extenders
- Adaptive Steering Devices
- Steering Controls
- Foot-Control Steering
- Horizontal Steering
- Steering Column Extension
- Steering System - Emergency Backup
- Steering System - Reduced and Zero Effort
- Driving Consoles for Relocation of Secondary Controls
- Elbow Switches
- Gear Selector Lever for Left Hand
- Power Channels/Power Pan
- Turn Signal Lever for Right Hand
- Wheelchair Tie-Down and/or Lockdown System
Other Vehicle Modifications
- Joystick Driving Systems
- Inverter Installation
- Lowered Floor
- Quad Key Holder/Turner
- Raised Roof/Door (when used with a lift)
- Alert systems
Choose a Vehicle
Get your driver assessment professional involved in the process. There is a broad range of vehicles and adaptive equipment available, but finding the right match can be challenging. Space limitations, vehicle use and the type of equipment you need are all factors you should consider when you're doing your research.
GM Mobility Vans -
The full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana mobility vans provide abundant interior space, cargo capacity,† and accessibility that wheelchair and scooter users can appreciate. Express and Savana are practical choices for installing adaptive equipment and mobility accessories like wheelchair lifts, ramps, running boards, and driver aids.††
What's more, the Express and Savana mobility vans offer amenities, options, and safety features that help make every outing more comfortable and secure.
† Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
†† General Motors is not responsible for the safety or quality of design features, materials or workmanship of any alterations by such a supplier.
Find a Qualified Equipment Installer
Before you choose an adaptive equipment dealer in Alberta, shop around and ask about their qualifications, warranty, service practices and capabilities. Consider more than just the initial cost, and if you think it's necessary, ask the company for a list of references. If you're not sure where to find qualified installers in your area, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), your provincial rehabilitation services agency and the Ministry of Transportation are good sources of information.
Get to know NMEDA
NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to broadening the opportunities for people with disabilities. To make sure you have the chance to drive or be transported in a vehicle modified with adaptive equipment, they maintain an up-to-date list of dealers and installers across the country. Below are the adaptive equipment dealers in Alberta:
18303 107 Avenue,Edmonton, AB T5S 1K4
Phone: (780) 483-6232
Shoppers - H & H Care
#1-2720 - 12th St. NE,Calgary, AB T2E 7N4
Phone: (403) 250-2200
Shoppers Home Healthcare 8303-Gold Care Med
4619 - 91 Ave. N.W,Edmonton, AB T6B 2M7
Phone: (780) 468-4002
Purchase financing is an instalment sale transaction between you and your dealer where you agree to pay the amount financed, plus an agreed-upon finance charge, over a period of time.
Although leasing is only an option for certain vehicles, it lets you take advantage of a low initial down payment. Leasing also means you can drive a new vehicle more often without having to worry about resale or trade-in hassles.