DSO Information

Passport Funding

In Ontario, adults with developmental disabilities and their families can use the supports provided by government agencies. They can also obtain help through Passport (or "direct") funding. Based on information from their application package, people receive funding to choose and pay for supports and services directly. (For example, they can hire their own job coach or personal support worker and use the funding they receive to pay them.) People can also use this funding to purchase support from an agency directly. People can apply for direct funding for community participation supports, caregiver respite, and person-directed planning.

Direct funding gives people more choice and flexibility. Developmental Services Ontario staff will talk with you about this option when you apply for services and supports.

Transforming Developmental Services in Ontario

As part of the Budget, which was passed on May 8, 2018, the government is investing an additional $1.8 billion over the next three years in developmental services in Ontario. This represents the single largest investment to developmental services in the province’s history.

For the first time in the province’s history, every eligible adult with a developmental disability, including youth turning 18 and transitioning to adult services, will get at least $5,000 a year in direct funding through the Passport Program.

For more information about the investment, please click on the link below.

Transforming Developmental Services in Ontario

For more information about the Passport Program, please contact the DSO. If you are already receiving funds from the Passport Program, please contact your Passport agency for further information.