Financial Aid Program

ANNOUNCEMENT: Applications for our 2020 Financial Aid Program are now closed.
As of December 1, 2020, this pilot program will be paused for three months as we assess key learnings and evaluate next steps. Please email for more information.

Thank you to RBC and our donors for making this critical assistance possible.

Program Overview

Thousands of children, youth and adults suffering from an eating disorder do not access treatment due to a number of factors including the lengthy wait lists at public institutions and the lack of financial means to access treatment at a private clinic. While we know that the earlier an eating disorder is treated, the more likely a positive outcome, many people are only accessing treatment when their eating disorder has reached a critical stage.  

In order to enable access to treatment earlier, WaterStone Foundation will provide financial aid grants to individuals who qualify so that they are able to access outpatient treatment at a private clinic. The assessment of financial aid will be determined by a financial institution and therefore, the applicant will be required to provide financial information, in confidence, in order to qualify. 

WaterStone will grant up to $5000 per person. Individuals who qualify will be able to receive a second $5000 grant or up to $10,000 in total. Our partner clinics (listed below) have also agreed to reduce their rates by 25% for patients that qualify for financial aid.  This means that if your treatment plan was estimated to cost $10,000, WaterStone would cover $5,000, the clinic would contribute $2,500 and the financial aid recipient would contribute $2,500.   

This is a one-year pilot project with funding available for approximately 20 recipients. Over the course of the year, we will evaluate its success and feasibility and determine if and how we can expand the program in subsequent years.

Application Process

Applications for our 2020 Financial Aid pilot program are now closed.

Our Partner Clinics

Ontario: Fairmarc Psychology Centre | Connected Eating | Broadview Psychology | York Wellness | London Integrative Psychotherapy Centre | Dr. Liza Weiser Professional Psychology Corporation | Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group 

Manitoba: Westwind Counselling and Recovery Centre

British Columbia: Elemental Psychotherapy and Support Services