Bear Essentials

Bear Essentials is a family support program powered by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island that assists with the costs of medical equipment or other specialized supports for Island kids. The program is designed for families that struggle to afford these costs or that have barriers limiting their ability to access health care or equipment for their child.

YANA is a referring agency for the Bear Essentials program. Where additional or alternative support over and above what YANA provides is needed, YANA staff work with families to ensure the online application is completed appropriately and submitted to our partners for consideration.