What is Lifeshare?

Through LifeShare, Ontario families and citizens (home providers) can offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with developmental disabilities (home sharers).

LifeShare (also known as host family) is so much more than providing a room in your home. Being a home provider means you’re giving someone with a developmental disability “a place in your heart, a place in your home.”

People with developmental disabilities are active participants in their communities. They can be athletes, artists, employees, advocates, community volunteers, neighbours and friends. They’re an important part of the community and contribute to the strength of our province.

LifeShare helps adults with developmental disabilities who are 18 and older live as independently as possible in their communities.

How do I Apply to be a Home Provider?

The best way to start is by contacting a developmental services agency in your area. Visit Developmental Services Ontario for information on agencies that offer Lifeshare.

Video Gallery

LifeShare Film

Watch this short film where we meet three LifeShare families living in Ontario and hear their stories. Like so many LifeShare participants, these families have created a unique bond between the home sharer and home provider.

LifeShare Booklet

To find out more about LifeShare click on the downloadable booklet.

For more information on LifeShare, refer to these Frequently Asked Questions.