Direct Funding is an innovative program which enables adults with physical disabilities to become employers of their own attendants.
The Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region is proud to offer this program because it exemplifies the spirit of consumer-directed care that is at the heart of all of 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 be in charge of 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. (The Direct Funding program is not restricted to Waterloo Region.)
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 these 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 Revenue Canada, Employment Standards and Human Rights legislation governing the employment relationship.
Anyone is eligible to apply for the program, as long as they answer “yes” to all of 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.
This program is funded by the Ministry of Health and operated within guidelines from the Government of Ontario.