Over the past year the Ministry of Community and Social Services has been consulting with people with a developmental disability, families and caregivers, and Passport Agencies for advice on the services and supports that promote community participation and social inclusion. The ministry also asked for feedback on how to make the program guidelines clearer.
Based on feedback received, the ministry has made the following changes to the Passport program, which will come into effect on October 1, 2014:
Changes #1 – Activities of Daily Living
Supports related to activities of daily living are now an allowed expense under Passport. The purpose of activities of daily living supports is to enable adults with a developmental disability to live as independently as possible with their families, in shared living situations or on their own.
This means Passport recipients can use their Passport funding for supports related to self-care and developing life skills. Examples include:
- assistance with personal hygiene and grooming
- programs, classes, camps and supports that foster and develop skills such as literacy, money management, and public transportation
Change #2 – Person-Directed Planning
The ministry has also changed the limit a Passport recipient can spend on person-directed planning. Passport recipients may now spend up to $2,500 per year to purchase person-directed planning and supports.
Change #3 – Admissible and Inadmissible Supports and Expenses
The Passport guidelines now provide a list of allowable expenses with examples of the types of supports people can purchase with their Passport funding. the guidelines also include a list of expenses that are not allowed under the program.
The attached information sheet will provide more detail on how individuals may use their Passport funding.
Passport Tips Sheet
For more information about the new Passport guidelines, please visit Passport Program Guidelines