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 The Passport Program helps any adult who is eligible for developmental services and supports funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, including young adults who are 18 years of age and still in school, to take part in their communities.

Referral to the Passport Program is only through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), Central East Region. Access to funding under the program is based on available resources. DSO will confirm eligibility for adult developmental services and supports under the Services Inclusion of Persons with a Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 and complete the DSO Application package for eligible applicants.

The Role of Catulpa Community Support Services:
- Provides program funding information to families and individuals within Simcoe County
- Assists families with funding documents and planning
- Provides program accountability to Ministry of Community and Social Services
- Provides person-centred planning based on the strengths, needs and values of the person

To learn more about the Passport Program visit: www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/serviceSupport/passport.aspx

New Passport Program Guidelines Came Into Effect On September 1st, 2021.

Click here for:
  • Passport Program Guidelines
  • Passport Program Tip Sheet
  • Passport Program New Claim Tip Sheet
  • Passport Program Person Managing Funds Tip Sheet
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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