Ministry of Community & Social Services (MCSS)

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Developmental Services Ontario helps adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. There are nine agencies across Ontario to serve you. Our organizations are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Wherever you live in Ontario, we can help you or someone you care for to connect with available

  • residential supports
  • caregiver respite
  • community participation supports (like recreation, volunteering, employment, or in-home supports)
  • professional and specialized services
  • person-directed planning
  • and other supports to help people with developmental disabilities become more involved in their communities!

Developmental Services Ontario

dslogoPassport Funding

Passport is a program that helps adults 18 years or older with a developmental disability to participate in their communities. It also provides caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability a break from their care giving responsibilities.

Passport provides funding for services and supports so adults with a developmental disability can:

  • take part in community classes or recreational programs
  • find work, volunteer
  • hire a support worker
  • hire assistance with daily life skills
  • create their own life plans to reach their goals (person-directed planning)
  • provide temporary respite for their caregivers

Passport is funded by the Ontario Government and administered by the local Passport Agency Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).

Contact Developmental Services Ontario to apply for adult developmental services, including Passport. If you’re eligible, DSO staff will help you complete a developmental services application package to assess your needs and connect you with available local services and supports.


Please click on the links below to watch two video recordings (Part One and Part Two) of the Passport Funding Information Fair held on March 3rd.

Developmental Services Ontario

Spotlight on Transformationspotlightlogo

Spotlight on transformation is the ministry’s newsletter for people interested in services and supports for people with a developmental disability. It features:

  • information about what is happening in Ontario’s developmental services system
  • updates on our progress in improving services and supports, and
  • inspiring stories of inclusion in communities throughout Ontario.