An Overview of the First 10 Years

A brief  historical overview of the first 10 years of activism for the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario was published in March 2005. It includes information about the ‘coalition’, highlights of the volunteerism, events and activities over those years; and, transformation recommendations. To take a look at this document, please use the following link:
IFCO (A summary of the first 10 years and more) – March 2005 


1998: The Year of our First Large Gathering

Individualized Funding – Positioning for Change

An Invitational Symposium to Change the Way in which Supports are provided in Ontario.
Location: Geneva Park in Orillia, Ontario

“October 1998, 135 people from communities across Ontario, representing individuals, families, advocacy and service organizations, organized labour, government and academia met for three days to discuss the concepts, practicalities and challenges of individualized funding.” (Quote from Individualized Funding, A New Vision.)  The event was put on by the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario and the Ad Hoc Group on Individualized Funding.  Five sponsors assisted with financial support: Christian Horizons, Ontario Association for Community Living, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Toronto Association for Community Living. The three days included presenters from across the country and the province. Facilitated discussions were built around the following foundational building blocks:

  • person-centred planning,
  • personal support relationships,
  • individualization of funds,
  • management of supports,
  • community development and transitional support.

To read the report from the symposium, please click the following link: 
Individualized Funding, A New Vision – Report from 1998 Symposium