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Passport Program Funding

The Passport Program, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), helps adults with a developmental disability be involved in their communities and live as independently as possible by providing funding for community participation services and supports, activities of daily living and person-directed planning. The program also provides funding for caregiver respite services and supports for primary caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability. (Developmental Services Ontario, 2020)

What is covered with this funding?

Community participation and activities of daily living

  • Programs, classes and supports that help develop independence, social and life skills (e.g., literacy, cooking, managing money, computer skills, assistance with personal care needs). This includes fees and supplies
  • Participation in community activities and events (e.g., recreation, club memberships, admission to festivals and museums, sports)
  • Pre-employment and employment supports (e.g., skills training, resume development and job coaching)
  • Transportation for activities (e.g., transit, mileage, taxis)
  • Paying a support worker to help with community participation and daily living activities. This includes a support worker’s expenses while providing support (e.g., meals, transportation and activity fees, expenses for accompanying the individual during trips)

Caregiver respite

Caregiver respite is temporary help to provide a break to primary caregivers. This can be during the day, evening or weekend, and can be in-home or out-of-home.

Person-directed planning

Funding (up to $2,500) can be used to develop a person-directed plan that builds on the individual’s strengths and interests and identifies supports to help them achieve their goals. These supports can be purchased from independent planners, facilitators or developmental services agencies.

Administration 

Funding can cover some employer costs (e.g., Canada Pension Plan contributions, Employment Insurance, etc.) and some administrative supports (e.g. bank fees, bookkeeping, etc.).

What's NOT covered?

Some of the items not covered under the Program include:

  • Housing and home maintenance (e.g., rent, home renovations or modifications, housekeeping)
  • Household items and electronics (e.g., furniture, appliances, computers)
  • Indirect respite services and supports (e.g., cleaning, meal preparation, snow removal, care of other family members)
  • Holiday travel (e.g., personal or family vacations)
  • Telephone/telecommunications (e.g., home phone and internet service, cell phone services)
  • Groceries, food, and restaurant meals

How to apply?

To apply in Southwestern Ontario connect with Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) by calling 2-1-1. Please note, applicants must be over the age of 18 to qualify for this funding.

If you have been Approved for Funding

If you have been approved for funding in Southwestern Ontario you will be assigned a passport coordinator through the regional Passport Agency- Community Services Coordination Network (CSCN).

South Western Ontario
Area served Name of Agency Contact Information
  • Middlesex
  • Oxford
  • Elgin
  • Heron
  • Bruce
  • Perth
  • Grey
  • Essex
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Lambton
Community Services
Coordination Network
171 Queens Avenue
Suite 750
London ON N6A 5J7

Tel: (519) 438-4783
Toll free: 1-877-480-2726

 

After speaking with your passport coordinator, if you would like help coordinating your funding and developing a respite plan, contact VON Middlesex London at 519-657-4570 ext. 22353 or download this form and email it to claudia.gonzalez@von.ca

A VON Family Support Coordinator will contact you within 2-4 weeks to set up an appointment to do a new intake package, bring you into service, and develop a respite plan that meets your needs. Please ensure that if you wish to have VON coordinate your funding that you have completed the ‘Transfer Payment Agency’ (TPA) Agreement with CSCN prior to meeting with a VON Coordinator. 

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