The Special Services at Home (SSAH) program helps family's caring for individuals with a disability. If approved, families are provided with funding to purchase supports and services which they could not normally provide themselves and are not available elsewhere in the community.

Special Services at Home and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

The amount of money a family receives depends on:

  • The type and amount of service needed
  • What other help is available in the community
  • What other support the family is alread receiving
  • Resources available

Demand for funding currently exceeds available resources.  However, we encourage people to apply so that support can be provided as new resources become available.

What can I use it for?

  • Personal Development and Growth - These are individual developmental programs that are time limited and help the chlid achieve a specific goal and/or
  • Family Relief and Support - This provides respite/relief for the caregiver and is related to support services in or out of the home of the family.

Who can Apply?

  • Parents, family members, and legal guardians of children with a developmental or physical, disability under the age of 18 and adults with a developmental disability
  • Individuals 16 years of age or older with a disability under the age of 18 and adults with a developmental disability

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, the individual with a disability must be a:

  • Resident of Ontario
  • Have ongoing functional limitations as a result of a disability
  • Require support beyond that which is a normal family responsibility
  • Be living at home with their families or living away from their family's home but not residing in a Ministry-funded residential setting

How do I apply?

  • You can apply by filling out an application on your own or with the assistance of an agency or professional. You can obtain an application by downloading it below or by contacting your local Regional Office.
  • You will need medical documentation clearing confirming the diagnosis of the individual with the disability.

How are Funding Decisions Made?

Applications are reviewed and assessed by a Special Agreements Officer who set priorities based on several factors such as:

  • the type or amount of service your family needs;
  • what you need in order to enhance your ability to cope with providing care;
  • complexity of the support required as a result of the level of the ongoing functional limitation;
  • support and services currently available in the community;
  • support networks of the individual and family;
  • locally identified priorities;
  • and availability of funds.

Since SSAH operates on a fixed allocation of funding, it is necessary to re-apply for services every year.

Regional Offices

Application Forms:
English Version
French Version

Parent Progress Report may be required for SSAH application

Central Region

Central West Region Office                                                    
6733 Mississauga Road, Suite 200                                        
Phone: (905) 567-7177                                                           
Toll Free: 1-877-832-2818                                                      
Fax:(905) 567-3215                                                              
TTY: (905) 897 3162