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Developmental Services 

The Ministry of Community and Social Services financially assists with developmental services and programs that support inclusion for adults with a developmental disability and their families. These services allow them to live, work and participate in a wide range of activities in their communities. Community agencies deliver most of the available services and supports.

Residential Supports

Community agencies provide different residential accommodations that help people with a developmental disability. These include:

  • group homes and other supported living arrangements
  • specialized residences for people with a developmental disability who have additional needs, such as mental health services
  • family homes through the Host Family Program

You can learn more about the residential services offered on the Ministry's website

Legislation and Regulations

Community agencies deliver most of the services and supports available to adults with a developmental disability in Ontario. The laws that govern these services and supports are:

Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act (SIPDDA), 2008


Quality Assurance Measures and Policy Directives:


Directives and Guidelines

Policy directives and guidelines provide more detailed rules and information that community agencies follow when making decisions about services and supports. The policy directives and guidelines are good places to look if you want more detailed information about a policy or if you need answers for specific questions about the laws. You can find a current listing of all directives and guidelines on the Ministry's website at - https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/information/index.aspx