So you have Passport program funding. Welcome!

Since you are eligible for adult developmental services, you are also eligible for Passport funding in the amount of $5,500 a year.

This funding can help you participate in community services and supports, daily living activities, and person-directed planning. It can help you become more involved in your community and live more independently.

Filing Claims

Passport recipients who self administer their funding have two electronic options to submit claims that make the process simple and easy to manage.

What can I use the funding for?

Community participation and activities of daily living

  • Programs, classes and supports that help develop independence, social and life skills (e.g., literacy, cooking, managing money, computer skills, assistance with personal care needs). This includes fees and supplies
  • Participation in community activities and events (e.g., recreation, club memberships, admission to festivals and museums, sports)
  • Pre-employment and employment supports (e.g., skills training, resume development and job coaching)
  • Transportation for activities (e.g., transit, mileage, taxis)
  • Paying a support worker to help with community participation and daily living activities. This includes a support worker’s expenses while providing support (e.g., meals, transportation and activity fees, expenses for accompanying the individual during trips)

Caregiver respite

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.

Person-directed planning

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.

Administration

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.).

What's NOT covered?

Some of the items not covered under the program include:

  • housing and home maintenance (e.g., rent, home renovations or modifications, housekeeping)
  • household items and electronics (e.g., furniture, appliances, computers)
  • indirect respite services and supports (e.g., cleaning, meal preparation, snow removal, care of other family members)
  • holiday travel (e.g., personal or family vacations)
  • groceries, food, and restaurant meals

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.

Find your area Passport agency

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.

Passport Calculator

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.

Example:

  1. Current Passport funding amount $5,000 + 10% = $5,500. $5,500.00 is your new Passport funding allocation. The increase is being prorated in 2022-2023 therefore your Passport funding allocation this year is $5,375.
  2. Current Passport program funding amount $10,000 + 10% = $11,000. $11,000 is your new Passport funding allocation. The increase is being prorated in 2022-2023 therefore your Passport funding allocation this year is $10,750.

Download calculation tool

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.

Tip sheets and guidelines

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:

I have Passport program funding, what’s next?

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.


Need more information?

To find your area Passport program agency, click Find your Passport agency.