Passport Funding

The Passport funding program is a reimbursement program that helps adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario, 18 years of age and older, to access services and supports. The program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) and is managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) and regional Passport Agencies.

Passport Funding can be used for daily living activities and participation in the community such as classes, recreational programs, education, and person-directed planning. It can also be used to hire a support worker and for temporary respite to provide relief for caregivers. The ministry recently expanded the list of eligible expenses in response to COVID-19. See the full list here.

If you think you may be eligible for Passport funding, please contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) for your area. Locate your local DSO here.

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Managing Passport Funding With MyDirectPlan

Anyone who has been approved for Passport funding can create a free MyDirectPlan account with tons of great features.

  • Submit expenses electronically for approval with regular status updates from the payment processing office

  • Submit expenses via your smart phone or tablet with our free mobile app

  • Keep track of your Passport funding budget and view used and remaining funds

  • Have all your workers review and approve their hours online

  • Manage both SSAH and Passport funding with multiple recipients in one account

  • Stay on top of your funding and personal finances with our budgeting tool

  • Expense attachments are supported in pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif, tif, and png forms

Resources

If you are interested in learning about Passport funding, you might be interested in these articles from ConnectABILITY.ca.

  • How to Spend and Track Passport Funding

    Passport funding can be used to access community participation and activities of daily living. It can be used for caregivers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Moreover it can be used to create personal life plans...

  • Exploring Funding Supports

    Where do you find individual funding sources to assist someone who wants to access work, volunteer and recreational opportunities; yet additional support is needed?...

  • Funding: Thinking Outside the Box

    Learn about Crowd-source funding, alternative funding sources and using your Passport funds. Presented by Connected Families Shared Learning...

  • Services and Benefits

    There are a various funding options available from different levels of government and private organizations. They are available to families with children with special needs ranging from developmental support needs to physical/mobility needs...

Passport Funding

Permanent Wage Increase for Personal and Direct Support Worker

The government has made the wage enhancement for personal support workers (PSWs) and direct support workers (DSWs) permanent.

• As part of the permanent wage enhancement, Passport program recipients can continue to access funding through the same process as the temporary wage enhancement until June 30, 2022 to receive the $3 per hour wage top up for any hours worked from October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. All claims must be submitted by June 30, 2022.

• The $3 per hour top-up on claims submitted up to June 30, 2022 will not come out of the recipients’ annual Passport approval amount.

• Effective July 1, direct funding recipients will receive an increase to their annual approval amount

SSAH Funding

Permanent Wage Increase for Personal and Direct Support Workers

The government has made the wage enhancement for personal support workers (PSWs) and direct support workers (DSWs) permanent.

 • As part of the permanent wage enhancement, SSAH program recipients can continue to access funding through the same process as the temporary wage enhancement until June 30, 2022 to receive the $3 per hour wage top up for any hours worked from October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. All claims must be submitted by June 30, 2022.

• The $3 per hour top-up on claims submitted up to June 30, 2022 will not come out of the recipients’ annual SSAH approval amount.

• Effective July 1, direct funding recipients will receive an increase to their annual approval amount