History (1980s-2021)

From the 1980s to 2021: A Walk Through Some History

Power Point Presentation by the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario

This is Part One of two presentations made at the May 5, 2021, Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) Reflective Practice Conversation. This presentation provides an overview of our historical work, and the evolutionary learning and understanding about the importance of planning and support mechanisms for people using individualized funding, and what is now commonly called independent facilitation. The presentation begins with some early milestones in Ontario. It continues with the establishment of the ‘coalition’, sharing about initial and later activities, and references the connection between individualized funding and planning and facilitation with people and families living with disabilities over the years.

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1995-2005: An Overview of the First 10 Years for IFCO

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 

2004: The Year of our WorkFest

Individualized Funding: the Time is Now! February 20-22, 2004 – Toronto

More than 125 people from across Ontario spent the weekend of February 20, 2004 working together to expand Individualized Funding for people with disabilities and their families.  The WorkFest created enormous energy for change.  Participants reflected on visions, barriers and strategies for issues relating to Individualized Funding.

Use this link to go to our WorkFest page for more information

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