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?  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

Given the nature of the Direct Funding program, applicants need to be confident that they can take on the following responsibilities:

  • Undertaking the functions, responsibilities and potential risks of being an employer.

  • Managing employer responsibilities, yourself, without relying on others.

  • Report on a quarterly basis to the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) on all expenditures.

  • Be a fair and honest employer.

  • Follow all Canada Revenue Agency, Employment Standards and Ontario Human Rights legislation governing the employment relationship.

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?

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:

Tammy Gould, Direct Funding Program Coordinator
Local: 705-746-6996 x101 | Toll-Free: 1-800-634-6828 | Fax: 705-746-2323


Or, visit the Direct Funding website:


For personal stories and testimonials visit:

Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Administered by: Centre of Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), Inc.


RISE: Resource Centre for Independent Living oversees the Direct Funding Self Managed Attendant Services Program for the Districts of Parry Sound, Muskoka, and Nipissing regional areas.


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70 Isabella Street, Unit 116

Parry Sound, ON P2A 1M6

Phone: 705-746-6996

Toll Free: 1-800-634-6828

Fax: 705-746-2323


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Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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