is a provincially driven program that provides a free service to families who have a family member with an intellectual and/or physical disability who are looking to connect with a respite/direct support provider.  The Coordinator of this program will be able to provide profiles (similar to a resume) of registered CHAP (Community Helpers for Active Participation) who are advertising their services through this site.  The service to connect families is free of charge and there is a number of CHAP to choose from.

Generally, CHAP registered on this site negotiate their fees between $15 – $25/hr. depending on the person’s support needs, the duties required and the CHAP’s skills and experience.  You do not need to be receiving a specific funding to use the service.   It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to interview, select, negotiate wage, hours and support details with the CHAP.  The parent/guardian is also responsible to oversee that the service provided meets their expectations. 

CHAP are not employees of, Catulpa Community Support Services, or Empower Simcoe.  Payment for services of the CHAP are paid directly by the family who selected the CHAP.  It is the responsibility of the family and the CHAP to determine if they are entering an employer/employee relationship or a contracted service arrangement. 

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Children and adults who have been diagnosed with an intellectual and/or physical disability including autism and FASD


How to access service:


Funder/Relevant Acts:

  • The program is partially funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act and the Child and Family Services Act

For more information please visit our website or contact the Respite Coordinator at 705-726-9082 x 2259

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