What is the reSTART program?


 The reSTART program provides computers at below retail cost for people receiving social assistance.


These affordable computers help people to access education, find jobs, or even start and manage new small businesses.

Who can get a computer from the reSTART program?


The program is open to any resident of Canada who receives financial support from programs such as:

  • National
    • Employment Insurance (EI)
    • Old Age Security (OAS)
    • Veterans Affairs Canada (VA)
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
  • British Columbia
    • Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
    • Income Assistance (IA)
    • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Ontario
    • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
    • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
    • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
    • Ontario Works (OW)
  • Other provincial programs similar to those listed above

Social service workers can order reSTART computers on behalf of their clients.

Anyone can sponsor the purchase of a reSTART computer for someone who qualifies for the program. If there is a specific person you would like to buy a computer for, simply choose the sponsor option in the application form.

Please review the rest of the information on this page before contacting us with questions. This helps our staff devote more time to building reSTART computers.

Now serving the western region from our Vancouver office. Learn more here.

What kinds of computers are available, and what do they cost?


The computers provided by reBOOT Canada have been refurbished and all previous data has been removed. We ensure that the computers are in good working order. The computers may show signs of wear, but they have been tested and should provide years of trouble-free service.

All computers come with a 90 day hardware warranty. The warranty does not cover accidental damage. All sales are final for computers provided through the reSTART program. 

Both laptop and desktop computers are offered in standard and premium packages. All reSTART computers include:

  • Windows 10 Professional, fully licensed
  • Libre Office, a cost-free and compatible alternative to Microsoft Office
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Processor i3 or equivalent i5 or equivalent i3 or equivalent i5 or equivalent
Hard Drive 120GB SSD or 500GB HDD 240GB SSD or
Monitor Size 19″ 21″ 13″ or larger ** 13″ or larger **
Connectivity Wi-Fi + Ethernet Wi-Fi
Speakers External provided if no internal Internal
Input Devices Wired keyboard and mouse Built-in keyboard and trackpad
Webcam Included Included
PRICE $165 (tax included) $295 (tax included) $195 (tax included) $295 (tax included)
Shipping In BC or ON $45 (tax included) $25 (tax included)
Shipping Outside of BC or ON $49 to $109 plus applicable taxes $39 to $69 plus applicable taxes
Pickup Locations Computers can be picked up at reBOOT Canada locations in Vancouver, BC or Toronto/Peterborough, ON

** = Larger monitor sizes for laptop models are provided based on availability and recipients’ needs.

How do I know which package is the right fit?


This is an excellent question. A good fit depends on a combination of your digital skill level, the activities you plan to use the computer for, where you will use the computer, and any health challenges that may affect how you use the computer.


STEP 1: PORTABILITY Desktop Laptop
Where to use it Desk or table only Anywhere
Hard drive storage included Up to 1TB hard drive Up to 240GB solid state drive
Screen size 19″ standard / 21″ premium 13″ to 15″
Good for accessibility devices like large monitors, special keyboards, etc. Yes No


STEP 2: POWER Standard Premium
Your skill level using computers Beginner Intermediate +
How many programs you use at the same time 1 or 2 3 or more
Good for large software like video editing or professional accounting No Yes

Why is the price so low? Is there a catch?


No catch, just people cooperating to help others.

Software licensing for Windows 10 is generously provided by Microsoft.

Most hardware is donated to reBOOT Canada by the general public, institutions, and corporations who want to help.

The cost of acquiring additional hardware to meet demands may also be subsidized in part by our recycling partner, Quantum Lifecycle Partners, and the Toronto Enterprise Fund in partnership with Alterna Savings and Credit Union.

How do I request a computer through the reSTART program?

1. Check our eligibility guidelines and make sure you qualify.
2. Determine what kind of computer you need.
3. Complete the application. We will contact you within 5 business days with any questions.
4. Arrange for payment through your caseworker or directly with our staff. Payments can be made with cash, debit, or credit cards.
5. We will contact you within 7 business days to confirm your computer is ready for pick up or shipment.

Application forms for reSTART computers

It is important that you provide working contact information. If we are unable to contact you within a reasonable period, the computer will be reassigned to the next person in line.