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Caregiver respite is temporary help to provide a break to primary caregivers. This can be during the day, evening or weekend, and can be in-home or out-of-home.
Funding (up to $2,500) can be used to develop a person-directed plan that builds on the individual’s strengths and interests and identifies supports to help them achieve their goals. These supports can be purchased from independent planners, facilitators or developmental services agencies.
Funding can cover some employer costs (e.g., Canada Pension Plan contributions, Employment Insurance, etc.) and some administrative supports (e.g. bank fees, bookkeeping, etc.).
Some of the items not covered under the program include:
Please note: This is not a complete list of expenses that are not covered. For a full list of what is and is not covered under the Passport program, please see the guidelines.
There are 11 Passport agencies across the province. To find your area Passport agency, visit Find your Passport agency. There, you can enter your postal code or search by the county/region to connect with your local Passport program agency.
All Passport program funding recipients are eligible for a 10% Passport funding increase as of July 1, 2022. The increase is calculated based on a person’s annual Passport approval amount as of July 1, 2022 and will be prorated for nine (9) months for the year 2022-2023.
This tool is for calculation purposes only and may not accurately reflect a recipient’s budget. For confirmation or if you have any questions about your new funding allocation, please reach out to your local Passport agency.
Download a pdf version of the Passport Funding Tip Sheet for a full list of what is and is not covered under the Passport program and for full program guidelines, please click on the appropriate link below:
Here’s what happens after you receive funding
Once funding becomes available and an agreement has been made between the individual and the Passport agency, individuals and their families can use Passport funding to reimburse allowable expenses for supports and services.
To find your area Passport program agency, click Find your Passport agency.