Effective April 1, 2020, temporary changes have been made for recipients of direct funding under the Special Services at Home (SSAH) and Passport programs. Please go to the Developmental Services Ontario for more information. For French speakers, please go to Service de’l Ontario pur des adultes ayant une déficience intellectuelle.
The Temporary Wage Enhancement for Personal Support Workers for the MCCSS direct funding programs is now live on the MCCSS website.
Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to participate in their communities, and helps caregivers take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), the Passport program works to:
Individuals living in Toronto and interested in accessing Passport or any other developmental service must contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). To contact the DSO Toronto:
Phone: 1-855-372-3858 TTY: 416-925-0295
E-mail: [email protected]
Starting this Fall, the Passport Program office will be hosting a peer-led support group for individuals and support persons involved in the Passport Program. Please contact your Coordinator if you are interested in more information or to register.
To receive our quarterly newsletter by email and stay up-to-date on program news, contact us at [email protected]
128A Ste. 202, Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON M6R 2B7
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Submit invoices and receipts to: [email protected]
Our Passport Coordinator Team:
Our team of Passport Coordinators is here to provide you with ongoing information and support. We provide support to develop a plan and budget for your Passport funding, help link you to services in your community, and will follow up with you about program forms.
Your Coordinator is here for:
The Passport Program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). MCSS provides guidelines on what the program’s funding does and does not cover. The following list of examples is based on the MCSS guidelines. All expenses should reflect individual interests and choices.
For more information please refer to the MCSS Tip Sheet or the MCSS Passport Program Guidelines
Individuals who receive support through the Passport program may choose between the following funding alternatives:
The individual, or someone in their lives that they authorize, is responsible for managing all or a portion of the Passport funds. This may be done in one of the ways listed below:
The individual, or someone in their lives that they authorize, is responsible for managing all of the Passport funds. This includes paying for community participation activities and support services directly, submitting receipts for the activities and supports, and receiving reimbursements for the funds spent.
Up to 10% of the Passport funds may be used to pay an agency/individual chosen by the Passport participant to do service planning and/or manage the Passport funding.
If an individual chooses agency services, all or a portion of their Passport funds would be paid directly to an MCSS Transfer Payment agency where that person will receive services or have services coordinated for them. The agency is responsible for managing the Passport funds.
An individual may choose a combination of both direct funding and agency services. The individual decides what percentage of their funds will be directed to an MCSS Transfer Payment agency and what percentage they would like to manage themselves through direct funding.
We’ve provided PDF versions of some of the program documents here for your reference: Information about the role of the Passport Coordinator, forms used in the program and payment processing can be found in the Information Package.
Information Package: Passport participants may submit their expenses no more than once per month to FST for reimbursement. The following two forms are used to submit expenses.
Sample Purchase of Service (POS) Form with Instructions: This form is a summary sheet for all expenses being submitted. Receipts and invoices must be attached to this form.
Sample Invoice Form with Instructions: This form is only to be submitted when a service provider has been hired. It is to be completed by the service provider and attached to the POS Form.
How to submit official invoices: A tip sheet for Passport program participants and the service providers who support them on submitting official invoices to the Passport program.
Hiring a Personal Support Worker: A tip sheet to help guide the processing of hiring a Personal Support Worker (PSW) that is right for you
MCSS provides all Passport Agencies in Ontario with a standardized tool to determine the amount of eligible funding based on each person’s behavioural needs, medical needs, current supports, and if applicable the caregiver’s concerns and needs.
No. Passport funding cannot be carried over or saved for another year.
No. Passport funding does not require you to renew annually.
All requests for new or increased funding are processed through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). You can reach them at 416-925-4930.
Yes. Your Passport Coordinator can help you connect with services and supports related to your Passport funding.
No. You cannot submit more than once per month but less often is okay.
No. Passport is not considered income, it will not affect your ODSP.
Please allow 30 business days for payment from the date received in our office.
If the OPGT is the substitute decision maker/guardian, they will be notified by Passport and work with you and your supports, to determine the best possible way to administer your Passport funds. In some cases, families or trustees may continue to administer the funds.
Yes! The Passport office provides service in French as well as additional languages depending on our staff team. Currently we also offer service in Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, and Italian.
Resources to Help People with Developmental Disabilities Use Their Individualized Funds Effectively
Individualized Funding Resource Library. The Individualized Funding Library is a website to help you learn how to find and use your Individualized Funding
ConnectAbility: A website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks.
Clients, parents, and caregivers in the Building Inclusive Communities Programs were invited to participate in a conversation about their experiences with Options and Passport services. Data was collected through two virtual group consultations and individual phone calls. The Family Service Toronto – Building Inclusive Communities Virtual Stakeholder Consultation Report is a summary of conversations that took place. Family Service Toronto would like to thank the clients and parents who were able to participate on such short notice, and for sharing their personal stories and feedback with us.
Passport is offered at the following location(s):