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Why Ontario doesn’t need ‘more’ institutionalized supports for seniors and others living with disabilities

For decades the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario (IFCO) along with many other provincial organizations, service agencies, people and families have supported the closure of institutions for people with disabilities.  They have done this knowing there are other options that can provide what is required for people to be successfully supported. This meaning: viable alternatives and supports in people’s homes, neighbourhoods, and communities.  

We have seen this to be successful with people with disabilities. We know it can also be successful with seniors and others who by default have ended up in long term care homes. It would take intention, commitment, and investment directed to other approaches. It is doable. It has been demonstrated in other locales and countries.

hands-5708597_1920Individualized, personalized support created and directed by the person (with support from their family or friends if needed) is the opposite to institutional care environments. Currently millions of unpaid caregivers in Canada are ‘holding up our systems of support’ by contributing more than $30 billion in unpaid labour to our health systems (Ontario Caregiver Coalition website).  Reports over the years have shown us that others receiving expensive government funded supports (people living in long term care facilities) are NOT experiencing the following: good health and well-being, dignity, a sense of self-worth, and control over their lives. The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario would be remiss not to add our voices to others in saying, “There is a better way”.

To continue reading this message and to read the information alert/report from Seniors for Social Action Ontario (SSAO) and a paper on the work being done in Denmark,
Click here to read on.

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A Message from the Co-Chair for 2021                                   

Individualized Funding Models Do Work

By Yona Frishman  

It is with great excitement that I share with you my recently acquired knowledge about a comprehensive study on individualized funding.

The study is called: Individualized funding interventions to improve health and social care outcomes for people with a disability: A mixed‐methods systematic review

  • This study is a review of 73 studies on individualized funding for people with disabilities.
    They include 4 quantitative studies, 66 qualitative and 3 based on a mix-methods design.
  • The data refers to a 24 – year period from 1992 to 2016, with data for 14,000 people.
  • The review authors searched for studies up to the end of 2016. Studies that were carried out in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
  • This review was published in January 2019. marigold-1522592_1920

The aim of this review was to examine the effects of individualized funding on a range of health and social care outcomes. It also presents evidence on the experiences of people with a disability, their paid and unpaid supports and implementation successes and challenges from the perspective of both funding and support organizations.

The review provides an up-to-date and in-depth synthesis of the available evidence over 25 years. It shows that there are benefits of the individualized funding model. This finding suggests that practitioners and funders should consider moving away from skepticism, towards opportunity and enthusiasm . . .                 

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The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario (IFCO) would like to welcome you to our website. It is our hope that you will find this site helpful for learning more about Individualized Funding and the possibilities it presents for people living with disabilities and for our elders as they face changes in their later years.  We are a ‘coalition’ of different members who have lived experience with disability and  various forms of individualized funding.  We are working together to keep moving Individualized Funding forward in Ontario.

Individualized Funding is a support that assists people with disabilities and others to live an everyday ordinary life because it offers more choice and control.  Supporting people to make their own decisions also assists them to live an ordinary life. Below is the IFCO Accord which outlines more fully what we believe.

Our Accord

The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario supports the self-determination of persons with disabilities.

We believe that all people should have control over decisions concerning where they live, with whom they live, with whom they associate and how they spend their lives.

In order to achieve this we recognize that Ontario must develop a system of funding whereby the person requiring assistance, supported by family and/or others, should have access to and control over the funds allocated for his/her supports. 


Website Information

Thank you for visiting the website for the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario.  The purpose for this site is to provide information to members and allies about individualized funding and related topics.  Most of the documents available for downloading on the site have been updated with our current email address.  There may be a few that have the old information. Please note our current contact information below.  

Contact information:
Address:  Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario 
                c/o 3357 Walker Rd, Suite 2, Windsor, ON  N8W 5J7

Email:  info@individualizedfunding.ca