For Immediate Release

Monday, September 22, 2014

Expected Funding Is Now Reality!

On Thursday July 24th, 2014, the legislature passed a historic budget by designating the largest-ever funding increase for developmental services in Ontario.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services (MCSS), celebrates this momentous occasion as the provincial government is investing $810 million in services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.

The proposed plan will provide enough funding to take care of waitlists for programs such as Passport.

First introduced in 2005, Passport provides funding for community participation and caregiver respite services and supports.

 With approximately 9000 people on the Passport waiting list, 3200 adults can expect to receive direct funding beginning this fall. By 2018, MCSS intends to completely eliminate the existing waiting list and support an additional 4,000 applicants. (Yes! – There is still time to apply!) This investment will nearly double the current size of the Passport program.

Through Passport, you can choose to either receive money directly so you can purchase your own services and supports, and/or get services and supports through community-based service agencies.

Community Living Campbellford / Brighton is prepared to deliver Passport services, and is keen to support people’s personal development and community involvement. Community Living Campbellford/Brighton can help you get the most value from your Passport funds given the organization has:

  • A history of consistent proven excellence, accreditation, AND qualified staff who are dedicated to the promotion of quality of life for all people.
  • Experience in person-directed planning and individualized support.
  • Well-established community connections and resources to assist people build independence through a variety of employment, volunteer, and social opportunities.
  • A strong spirit of self-advocacy for equality and inclusion through People First Northumberland. 
  • The Community Resource Centre , where people can access employment services, the latest technology in the computer lab, volunteer opportunities, as well as a wide range of educational and recreational courses on topics such as cooking, computers, crafts, exercise, dance, automotive basics, and gardening.

At the core of ALL of Community Living Campbellford / Brighton’s services is the vision of “a community that inspires possibilities to realize the hopes and dreams of all citizens.” For more information, please visit the website at and/or contact:

Ms. Donna Desjardins, Director of Support & Services 705-653-1821 or 1-866-528-0825 Ext 215

Ms. Dawn Lee, Director of Quality Enhancement & Community Development 705-653-1821 or 1-866-528-0825 Ext 204

PDF Printout of Press Release:  Passport Press Release – Sept 22 2014