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Direct Funding Attendant Service

The Direct Funding (DF) Self-Managed Attendant Services Program embodies the key principles of the Independent Living philosophy: choice, flexibility and control! 

This innovative program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and administered by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. Niagara Centre for Independent Living provides information and support to Self-Managers in Niagara, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

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Direct Funding allows me to tailor my PSW services to suit my needs. My service is now more reliable, personalized and flexible because I control it.

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Hire the attendants that you choose based on your needs and the qualities that you are looking for in an attendant


Have your needs met where it is best for you - at home, at school, at work or in the community


Hiring, training and scheduling based on when you need your attendants

 It has allowed me to stay functioning in society and stay a positive proud dad.

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The DF program enables adults with a physical disability, who require attendant services for personal care, to become employers of their own attendants. Attendants assist with routine activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, transferring and toileting. This program puts you in charge of hiring and training your own staff and scheduling attendants to meet your own daily needs. You receive monthly funds to pay your attendants and the program is portable throughout Ontario. 

The Direct Funding Co-coordinator is available to assist you every step of the way. This includes inquiries about the Program, assistance completing the application, studying for the selection panel interview, support during the startup phase and along the way as a self-manager. You will also have the support of a bookkeeper, an administration Centre as well as the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.


We have a website that offers plenty of tools that can be used to ensure your success as a self-manager. Please visit the website to learn more:

I have control over schedule;  all my needs can be met; It really gives me a great feeling of independence.

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We can put you in touch with other self-managers so you can discuss how the Program works for them. This peer support may help you decide whether managing your own attendants would be a good choice for you

Please contact Anne Marie Covello-Baxter our Direct Funding Resource Co-ordinator at 905-684-7111, extension # 231 or

She would be pleased to answer any questions you have about the program and to assist you with the application process.

Alternatively, you can also call the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) at 1-800-354-9950, extension #227 or visit the website at

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PSX_20190415_143043.jpg when I want and need it by the people that I chose...  think no more, it is the best... you have help from the local co-ordinator.

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