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Direct Funding

Self-Managed Attendant Services in Ontario – Direct Funding

Direct Funding is an innovative program enabling adults with physical disabilities to become employers of their own attendants. Attendants assist with routine activities of living, such as dressing, grooming and bathing. As employers, participants are fully responsible for managing their own employees within a budget that is developed on an individual basis.


DF operates within guidelines set by the Ontario government. You can apply if:

  • you are age 16 or older;

  • you are a resident of Ontario;

  • you require attendant services due to a permanent physical disability;

  • you are able to complete the written application on your own initiative and in your own words (you may receive physical assistance to complete the form; however, submissions may not be made by professionals, family members or others on your behalf);

  • you have attendant services requirements that have been stable over a period of at least one year

  • you are able to meet with a selection panel to discuss your needs and determine your eligibility for the program;

  • you are able to schedule attendants;

  • you are able to hire (and fire, if necessary), train, supervise and instruct one or more attendant workers;

  • you are able to meet all the legal requirements associated with being an employer (these will be clearly explained during the interview process);

  • you are capable of managing and accounting for your funding, according to DF guidelines.

Click the Self-Assessment button for more detailed program requirements.

If you would like more information about this unique program or need assistance with the application, please contact:


Amanda Fitzhenry

Direct Funding Coordinator

705-675-2121 ext. 202

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