The Employment and Modernization Fund was launched in 2014, as part of the Ontario government's $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services. The fund is intended to promote greater inclusion and independence for adults with developmental disabilities.

This past March, the Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, announced that the fund would go beyond the original two phases in order to continue to build on the successes of the first two rounds of funding by seeking projects that promote creative approaches to delivering services, creating person-centred approaches and knowledge sharing.

The province is building on the success of the first two rounds of funding by seeking projects that promote Innovative approaches to delivering services, creating person-centred approaches and enabling knowledge transfer. Projects that replicate or adapt a best practice are encouraged.

There are two funding-application streams:

  • Employment: Projects that assist with the shift toward competitive employment for people with developmental disabilities, and initiatives that enable people to pursue paid work.
  • Modernization: Projects that promote collaboration and new delivery models within the developmental services sector, and that build linkages with other sectors, in order to make services and supports more person-centred and responsive to the needs of individuals and families.

EMF Phase III call for proposals now closed

The ministry has finished accepting proposals for funding under the Employment and Modernization Fund Phase III, which ran from October 10 to December 12, 2017.

Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements on successful projects as part of this call for proposals.

Previous funding recipients

Learn about projects that received funding in phases one and two of the Employment and Modernization Fund: