Children's Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service

The Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS) provides recycled, durable specialized medical and therapeutic equipment to children in B.C.


Children must be registered with the Ministry of Children and Family Development At-Home Program or must be in the care of the Ministry. CMERLS also provides loans and donations of medical and therapeutic equipment to:

  • Children in families with limited financial resources
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Community centres and schools with inadequate resources to fund special needs equipment

Equipment available:

CMERLS provides a broad range of equipment including:

  • Manual and electric wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Standers
  • Bathing aids
  • Toileting aids
  • Positioning aids
  • Hospital beds
  • Lifts
  • Biomedical equipment
  • Pressure relief mattresses and cushions

Loan period

In most cases, equipment is loaned out for as long as the person needs it.  Program staff periodically check on the condition of the equipment and arrange for repairs to be done as necessary.

Application process

The following Health Professionals may request durable medical equipment directly from CMERLS using our application form:

  • Dieticians (IV poles and feeding equipment only)
  • Nurse Practitioners (Biomedical equipment only)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Registered Nurses
Please forward requests for biomedical equipment directly to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Please alert us to any URGENT REQUESTS by calling 604-709-6669 or 1-800-565-8000 ext. 6669.

We follow up on non urgent requests within 4 working days. If you have not been contacted within that time period, please call to ensure we received your request.

When a care team is working to acquire equipment for a child please identify which health professional is the primary contact.


For more information about CMERLS:

Patricia Barrett
T: 604.709.6685
Toll-free: 1.800.565.8000 ext. 6685

F: 604.709.6688

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