The Employment and Modernization Fund was launched in 2014, as part of the Ontario government's $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services. The fund is intended to promote greater inclusion and independence for adults with developmental disabilities.

This past March, the Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, announced that the fund would go beyond the original two phases in order to continue to build on the successes of the first two rounds of funding by seeking projects that promote creative approaches to delivering services, creating person-centred approaches and knowledge sharing.

The province is building on the success of the first two rounds of funding by seeking projects that promote Innovative approaches to delivering services, creating person-centred approaches and enabling knowledge transfer. Projects that replicate or adapt a best practice are encouraged.

There are two funding-application streams:

  • Employment: Projects that assist with the shift toward competitive employment for people with developmental disabilities, and initiatives that enable people to pursue paid work.
  • Modernization: Projects that promote collaboration and new delivery models within the developmental services sector, and that build linkages with other sectors, in order to make services and supports more person-centred and responsive to the needs of individuals and families.

Now accepting applications for funding

The ministry is now accepting applications to projects that start on or after April 1, 2018 and are completed by March 31, 2020.

Who can apply

Ministry-funded transfer payment agencies that serve adults with developmental disabilities must be the lead applicant. However, we strongly encourage regional and cross-sectoral partnerships.

Proposals for this fund must be submitted to regional offices by only those agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Application deadline

All applications must be received by regional offices by December 12, 2017.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form. Instructions on how to complete the application can be found in application guidelines.
  2. Submit the application to your local regional office.

Previous funding recipients

Learn about projects that received funding in phases one and two of the Employment and Modernization Fund: