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Family Directed Respite

Family Directed Respite (FDR) funding is a reimbursement program intended to assist families who are not currently connected to Ministry funded respite/camp programs, to develop and direct their own unique respite plans. Family Directed Respite funding is administered by on behalf of the Toronto Respite Network.


Child must be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Child is eligible from the age of 2 until their 18th birthday
Child must reside with a caregiver and be a permanent resident of Toronto
Families accessing Ministry funded respite/camp programs may not be eligible. If you have questions about the programs you are currently accessing, please contact them directly to inquire about funding received

FDR will cover:
  • Camp fees to a limit of $750/ week
  • Respite Program fees to a limit of $150/day
  • Staffing Support (in a camp, respite program, social group, recreational group, specialized class or lesson) to a limit of $20/ hour. Workers must be 18+ and live outside of the family home
  • Social Groups, Recreational Groups, Specialized classes, lessons (guitar, swimming, karate etc.) *Must take place outside of the home
FDR will NOT cover:

  • Meals, busing, t-shirts, or other costs associated with program/camp
  • Assistive devices or equipment
  • Daycare fees
  • 1:1 staffing in home, community, daycare or school setting
  • Activity costs (field trip fees, memberships, etc.)
  • Tutoring, therapy or therapeutic recreational programs (ABA. IBI, OT, SLP, PT)
  • Transportation
  • Administrative or registration fees
  • Home care or cleaning costs

Important information:
  • There is a limited amount of funding per year to serve many families
  • It will be a lottery selection
  • This is a reimbursement funding process. Your costs will be reimbursed once you have submitted valid receipt of payment (program or service must be completed)
  • If any portion of the application is missing, it will not be processed
  • Lottery selection will not be made until after the application deadline has passed
  • The application covers a 1 year period; families are encouraged to apply yearly
  • If selected, the caregiver is responsible for tracking the money spent and for invoicing
  • Funds may only be used in Ontario
  • Summer requests will not exceed a maximum of 4 total weeks of support for all services

Our Process:
  • Complete an application online and submit
  • Lottery draw selection (decisions regarding funding will be sent to families via email)

Required Documentation:
  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (doctor's letter, psychological assessment, medical documentation etc.)
  • Copy of Child's Canadian Birth Certificate or immigration status in Canada
  • Proof of Address (current driver's license, utility bill, hydro, internet, rental/lease agreement etc.)

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS BY: Thursday February 27th, 2020
Mail: Family Directed Respite                            

          112 Merton Street
          Toronto, Ontario M4S 2Z8

Fax: 416-481-1512

If you have any questions about Family Directed Respite (FDR) funding, please contact 416-322-6317 x1 or Please note it may take up to 3 business days for a response.

Thank you for your application for Family Directed Respite Funding.  As of today we have not received confirmation from the Government that these funds will be available for the 2020/21 current year.  We will proceed as planned and choose applications by a lottery system.  Should these funds be made available by the Government and you were selected, you can be certain that your request will be honored.  We suggest that you plan accordingly for your respite needs for this year.  

2020/2021 Family Directed Respite application form. 

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