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Passport Program


The Passport Program funds adults with a developmental disability so they can purchase support that helps them participate in their communities. It also helps their caregiver purchase the support they need in order to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

The Passport Program is a reimbursement program that provides more choice and flexibility by allowing you to manage your own funding. Adults with a developmental disability and their caregivers can choose to either receive money directly so they can purchase their own supports or choose to purchase services through an agency.

For questions about the Passport Program or the application process, please contact Developmental Services Ontario Northern Region:

Developmental Services Ontario Northern Region
Lutheran Community Care Centre
245B Bay Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6P2
Toll Free: 1-855-376-6673 - Option 2
Fax: 807-343-3999
Email: dsonr@lccctbay.org
Web: www.dsontario.ca

If you are currently receiving Passport funding or want to learn more about the program:

Ministry of Community and Social Services - Help with daily living
Ministry of Community and Social Services(MCSS) website has a lot of information about Adult Developmental Services and the Passport Program.

Ministry of Community and Social Services - Passport Guidelines
Ministry of Community and Social Services(MCSS) website has a lot of information about the Passport Program Guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is passport?

Passport is a reimbursement program that lets you manage your own funding. Passport is a Ministry of Community of Social Service program that funds adults with a developmental so that they can purchase support to participate in their communities. The funding also helps caregivers purchase the support they need so that they can take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Who is eligible?

The Passport program is offered to adults with a developmental disability who are 18 years of age or older and require support to participate in the community. Passport can also assist caregivers of adults with a developmental disability who are seeking respite. Passport funding can be used to pay others to temporarily support the person with a developmental disability on the caregiver's behalf.

How do I apply?

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) manages the application process for all provincially-funded developmental services and supports for adults with a developmental disability in Ontario. If you are eligible, DSO staff will help you complete a developmental services application package to assess your needs and connect you with services and supports as they become available.

Contact Developmental Services Ontario to apply for Passport:

Developmental Services Ontario Northern Region
Lutheran Community Care Centre
245B Bay Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6P2
Toll Free: 1-855-376-6673 - Option 2
Fax: 807-343-3999
Email: dsonr@lccctbay.org
Web: www.dsontario.ca

What can it be used for?
View tips that suggest how Passport funding can help adults with a developmental disability participate more fully in the community.
What types of supports are eligible for funding?

The following are examples of support activities which are eligible for funding:

  • Employment or volunteer
  • Social skills development
  • Community infrastructure such as transportation services, shopping, and libraries
  • Daily living and social skills enhancement
  • Independent living and personal management
  • Employment preparation and support
  • Also see Passport Funding - What can I use it for?

Do I have options for managing Passport funds?

Whether you are an adult with a developmental disability who is managing your own funds, or are an authorized caregiver:

  • You can receive money directly and be responsible for purchasing and managing your own support workers.
  • You can purchase existing supports through community-based agencies.
  • You can choose a combination of both direct funding and existing supports through an agency.
  • You have the choice to use up to 10% of your Passport funding allocation to purchase planning services, brokerage (assistance in finding a support worker) and/or administrative supports (assistance with worker remuneration).