Important note Important Note:

The Employment Modernization Fund is not related to the Strategic Program Investment fund currently offered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Click here for further information about the Strategic Program Investment fund.

About the fund

The Employment and Modernization Fund is part of the Ontario government’s $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services.

The fund offers financial support to projects that promote greater inclusion and independence for people with developmental disabilities.

There are two funding-application streams:

  • Employment: Projects that facilitate the shift towards competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities through a coordinated system that addresses a broad range of employment support needs. This stream supports collaborative initiatives that enable individuals to pursue real work for real pay in mainstream workplaces in the community.
  • Modernization: Projects that promote innovation and collaboration within the developmental services sector and build linkages with other sectors in order to make services and supports more person-centred and responsive to the needs of individuals and families.

The ministry is now accepting applications for projects that start on or after April 1, 2017 and are completed by March 31, 2019.


2014-2015 successful proposals

Congratulations to these 38 communities/organizations who received grants from the 2014-2015 Ministry of Community and Social Services Employment Modernization fund.

Who can apply

Ministry-funded transfer payment agencies that serve adults with developmental disabilities must be the lead applicant. However, we strongly encourage regional and cross-sectoral partnerships.

Proposals for this fund must be submitted to regional offices by only those agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Application deadline

All applications must be received by regional offices by December 19, 2016.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form. Instructions on how to complete the application can be found in the application guidelines.

  2. Submit the application to your local regional office.