Ontario. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Site: Barrie- Ferris Lane

Service: Passport Program

Description (Service) Passport promotes social inclusion by helping adults 18 years or older with a developmental disability participate in their community’s activities by building independence and developing social and life skills  
  • helps caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities  
  • Passport provides funding for services and supports so adults with a developmental disability can: 
    • take part in community classes or recreational programs 
    • develop work, volunteer, and daily life skills 
    • hire a support worker 
    • create their own life plans (this is called person-directed planning) to reach their goals 
    • get temporary respite for their caregivers
  • funding can be used for participation in programs, classes, camps, pre-employment and employment supports programs and transportation to and from activities 
  • funding cannot be used to compensate a primary care giver regardless of their residence, the spouse of a person with a developmental disability regardless of their residence, or a child under the age of 18 
  • access to funding under the program is based on available resources 
  • for more information, go to Passport Initiative 
  • Passport is funded by the Ontario government and administered by local Passport agencies 
  • Catulpa Community Services is the local Passport agency in Simcoe County assisting families with funding applications and planning while providing program accountability to Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Service Details
Public Comments Passport is a reimbursement program 
  • individuals and families have the option of receiving funding to purchase services or they can choose to access services through Ministry funded agencies 
  • Passport is funded by the Ontario government and administered by local Passport agencies  
  • Catulpa Community Services is the local Passport agency in Simcoe County
Hours Catulpa Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Simcoe County
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
  • Residents of Ontario with a developmental disability 
    • who would benefit from community participation supports 
    • or have been waiting for service and are in need of community participation supports
Application Contact Developmental Services Ontario, Central Region by: 
Languages English ; French - Reception, Website, Interpretation, Programs, Publications ; French Language services made available
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
The Common Roof
165 Ferris Lane
Barrie, ON L4M 2Y1
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Intersection St Vincent St and Cundles Rd E
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone Catulpa Office: 705-733-3227 Ext 2527 
Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) Office: 905-953-0796
Toll Free Phone Catulpa Office: 1-877-803-3227 
Developmental Services Ontario (DSO): 1-855-277-2121
Fax 705-735-6826
E-Mail landrews@catulpa.on.ca
Website www.dsontario.ca/agencies/dso-central-east
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/catulpacommunitysupportservices/
LinkedIn LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/catulpa-community-support-services/
Primary Executive Karen Hirstwood, Executive Director, Catulpa Community Support Services; Phone: 705-733-3227 ext 2299

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