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Ministry of Community and Social Services 

Through its programs and services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services:

  • helps adults with a developmental disability live, work and participate in a range of community activities,
  • ​enforces support orders issued by the courts so that families get the money to which they are entitled,
  • helps Ontarians recover from hardship and regain control of their lives.

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 -