705-733-3227 info@catulpa.on.ca


About the Program

Passport promotes social inclusion by helping people be able to take part in their community’s activities. It respects personal choices and works with the person to achieve goals. It builds independence by developing social and life skills.

Funding support allows people the chance to participate in community activities whether they are in school, have left school, or are living independently. It can help caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Passport funding can be used to hire support workers, create a person-directed plan to reach goals and arrange respite care.

Passport is a reimbursement program. Individuals and families have the option of receiving funding to purchase services or they can choose to access services through Ministry funded agencies.
Participation supports can include programs, classes, camps, pre-employment and employment supports and transportation to and from activities among others.

The funding cannot be used to compensate a primary care giver regardless of their residence, the spouse of a person with a developmental disability regardless of their residence, or a child under the age of 18.

The Role of Catulpa Community Support Services

  • Provides program funding information to families and individuals within Simcoe County
  • Assists families with funding documents and planning
  • Provides program accountability to Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Provides person centred planning based on the strengths, needs and values of the person

See how people are using their Passport Program funding in their community.


The Passport Program helps any adult who is eligible for developmental services and supports funded by Ministry of Community and Social Services, including young adults who are 18 years of age and still in school, to take part in their communities.


Referral to the Passport Program is only through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), Central East Region. Access to funding under the program is based on available resources. DSO will confirm eligibility for adult developmental services and supports under the Services Inclusion of Persons with a Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 and complete DSO Application package for eligible applicants.

There is no fee to Passport Program participants. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Passport recipients may choose an individual, agency or organization to act as a broker to manage their Passport funding on their behalf. Some examples of the types of services that may be provided by a broker include: assistance with budgeting, submitting invoices to PA on recipients behalf, recruiting and scheduling workers, etc.


Brokers may charge a recipient a brokerage fee up to a maximum of 10% of the individual’s funded amount.


Referral to the Passport Program is only through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), Central East Region.

To refer, contact Developmental Services Ontario, Central East Region:
1-855-277-2121 or 905-953-0796 or email dsocentraleast@yssn.ca

DSO Website: www.dsontario.ca/agencies/dso-central-east

For Passport Program information, contact:
Lois Andrews, Passport and Direct Funding Coordinator
(705) 733-3227 ext. 2527 or email landrews@catulpa.on.ca

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 may impact expenses for people and families in receipt of direct funding. Information about changes in funding to maintain existing services can be found at: www.dsontario.ca/news/bill-148-funding/

Download the Guide on Personal Direct Planning here.

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