DSO Information

Third Party Service Providers

In addition to services and supports that are available from ministry-funded developmental service agencies, a person with a developmental disability may choose to seek services from a third party provider.

These private, or for-profit, providers are not funded by the government and therefore are not subject to ministry oversight, such as compliance inspections or service expectations that government-funded service providers must adhere to.

Information on third party service providers is made available to assist in making well-informed decisions about services and supports for adults with a developmental disability and should not be constituted as an endorsement of those services.

People with developmental disabilities, and/or their family or caregiver should connect directly with the service provider to understand and assess what’s being offered. The following factors should be considered when assessing a private/for-profit service provider:

  • The quality of the service
  • The associated service policies (e.g. insurance coverage, hiring practices)
  • Any associated fees
  • Whether the service provider and service are acceptable to them and/or meets their personal needs 

For information about whether a service provider is government-funded, speak with your local Developmental Service Ontario office and/or the service provider.