Do you have a permanent physical disability? Do you already access or require attendant services? Are you looking for more choice, flexibility, and control in your life? The Direct Funding Self-Managed Attendant Services may be for you.
The Direct Funding Self-Managed Attendant Services Program is an innovated program that enables adults over the age of 16 with physical disabilities to become employers of their own attendants. Attendants assist with routine activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing, transferring, etc.
RISE: Resource Centre of Independent Living is proud to offer this program because it exemplifies the spirit of consumer-directed care that is at the heart of all our services.
Direct Funding allows for attendant service up to seven hours a day, for a maximum of 212 hours a month. The amount of service funded is individually negotiated.
This program allows you to oversee your own staff, schedule your attendants to meet your specific daily needs, receive monthly funds to pay your attendants, and live wherever you like in the province of Ontario.
Schedule your attendants to meet your daily living needs
Select workers based on your individual needs
Receive monthly funds to hire, direct, and manage your own attendants
Have your needs met where it’s convenient for you; at home, work, school, or in the community
Anyone is eligible to apply for the program, if they answer “yes” to all the following questions:
Are you a person with a permanent physical disability?
Are you a resident of Ontario?
Do you have a valid Ontario Health Card?
Are you 16 years of age or older?
Are you able to schedule your own attendants, and make alternative arrangements if their availability changes?
Will you take an active role in recruiting, hiring, training and managing your own attendants?
Will you manage your own accounting and expenditures of funds granted to you?
As a participant in the program, you must be able to:
manage money, time and personnel;
apply for a business number from Revenue Canada;
with the assistance of a bookkeeper, make payroll deductions (Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and Income Tax), submit quarterly Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) remittances, and prepare year-end payroll documents (T4s);
keep all financial records;
comply with all provincial legislation, including the Employment Standards Act and Ontario Human Rights Code;
follow occupational health and safety standards, and WSIB requirements.
A legally binding agreement between the participant and CILT sets out the budget, program rules and regulations and specifies allowable expenditures. The DF budget also includes funds to cover a portion of liability insurance related to the attendants who work in peoples' homes.
For eligible individuals who are comfortable taking on the extra responsibilities associated with Direct Funding, this form of attendant service is both rewarding and liberating.
For more information and applications, contact:
Direct Funding Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-746-6996 or 1-800-634-6828.
For testimonials and personal stories, click here.
Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Administered by: Centre of Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), Inc.
The Direct Funding Self-Managed Attendant Services Program is offered through RISE for the Districts of Parry Sound, Muskoka, and Nipissing regional areas.