Passport program for adults with a developmental disability

Easy application

Tax filing not required

The Passport program for adults with a developmental disability is a reimbursement program where people and families submit invoices and receipts for admissible expenses. Then you can be reimbursed for expenses up to a regular amount of $5,500, and potentially up to$44,275.

This program provides funding for services and supports so adults with a developmental disability can:

  • take part in community classes or recreational programs
  • develop work, volunteer and daily life skills
  • hire a support worker
  • create their own life plans (this is called person-directed planning) to reach their goals
  • get temporary respite for their caregivers

The Passport program is funded by the Ontario Government and administered by local Passport Agencies.

Read the full Passport program guidelines.

You are eligible to apply for the Passport program for adults with a developmental disability, if you (or the adult you are a caregiver for) are 18 years old or older, live in Ontario, and:

  • need support to participate in the community while still in school
  • have left school and are living either with family or independently in a supportive living arrangement

A developmental disability should be determined by a psychologist or psychological associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario or equivalent body in another province.

If you are a caregiver of an adult with a developmental disability, the Passport program can help you take a break from your caregiving responsibilities.

Developmental Services Ontario manages the application process for all provincially funded developmental services and supports for adults with a developmental disability in Ontario.

Read the DSO tip sheet to learn how Passport funding can be used.

Proof of  residency in Province

For example:

  • lease agreement
  • rent receipt
  • household bill
    • gas
    • electricity
    • cable television
    • telephone
  • driver's license
  • vehicle registration or car insurance
  • membership in social or professional organization
  • Other:
    • bank information
    • employment information

To access the Passport program for adults with developmental disability, you should contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) to apply for Passport funding. Your local DSO office will confirm if you are eligible to receive government-funded adult developmental services

You can also complete an application package to access additional developmental services and support, including funding above $5,500, up to a maximum of $44,275.

Find your local DSO

Last updated: October 4, 2022