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.

Locate Your Passport Agency by Area

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...

New Passport program guidelines now available

The Ministry has updated the Passport program guidelines to reflect changes to the program that have occurred since 2014, and to introduce a limit on reimbursement for live event tickets.

For more information, please visit:

Additional information about these changes,
including videos, tip sheets, please visit:

Temporary Wage Increase for Direct Support Workers

As of October 1, 2020, the Ontario government is funding a temporary wage increase for eligible workers who provide personal support services.

This includes temporary support to people and families who pay for services from eligible direct support workers with funding from the following direct funding programs: