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These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the July 1, 2013 Addendum which outlines changes to the Passport program.

A Program for:

  • Young people with a developmental disability requiring supports to transition to adult services and supports; and
  • Adults who have a developmental disability, are no longer in school, and are seeking transition planning and community participation supports.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction to the Passport Program


  • Target Population
  • Ontario Residency Requirements
  • Definition of Developmental Disability
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Key Components of Passport
  • Mentoring Initiative
  • Planning
    • Funding of Community Participation Supports
    • For Directly Funded Supports
  • For Transfer Payment Agency Services

Section 2: Administration of Funding for Adult Transition Planning and Community Participation Supports


Service Principles

    Access/Application Process
    • How to initiate a referral?
    • How are applications processed?
    • Considerations for Prioritizing Access
    • Funding
    • For Directly Funded Supports
    • What can be funded?
    • Staff Resources
  • Business Practices
  • Accountability and Quality Assurance
    • For Directly Funded Supports
    • For Transfer Payment Agency Funded Services
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Individual/Family
    • Transfer Payment Agency
    • Passport Designated Agency
    • Developmental Services Ontario

Section 3: Liaising with District School Boards


  • Objectives
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Families/Students
    • Designated Agencies
    • Ministry of Community and Social Services Regional Offices
    • District School Boards
    • Ministry of Education (EDU) Regional Offices
    Template for Local Protocols

Appendix A: Passport Mentoring Initiative

  • Initiative Description
    • Mentors are individuals who have:
    • Students are typically people who:
  • Goals of the Mentoring Initiative
    • The goals of the initiative include:
    • Key Features:
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Role of the Ministry of Community and Social Services
    • Role of the Ontario Community Inclusion Project
    • Role of People First of Ontario and/or other Self-Advocacy Organizations in the Community
    • Role of District School Boards

Appendix B: Application and Referral Flow Chart

Appendix C: Typical Characteristics and Categories of Support

  • Accessing Community Participation Supports

Appendix D: Passport Funding Agreement

  • Key Components
    A. Acknowledgments
    B. Responsibilities of the Individual
    C. Responsibilities of the Passport Designated Agency
    D. Terms of Funding
    E. Waiver of Confidentiality
    F. Execution of Agreement