the Independent Facilitation demonstration project

In February 2015 the Ministry of Community and Social Services announced funding for the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project (IFDP) through the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN). P4P is one of seven organizations in Ontario participating with OIFN in the project.

1,100 adults with developmental disabilities living in Ontario will participate in the project and will work with independent facilitators to develop their own person-directed plans over the next two years.

The Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project will help people with disabilities and their families plan for major life transitions as well as to:

  • Achieve greater self-determination
  • Connect with community supports
  • Explore innovative opportunities
  • Build and strengthen supportive relationships

Through education, outreach and training, the project’s aim is to raise awareness and increase the availability of independent facilitation in under-served parts of the province, including northern Ontario.

The Demonstration Project is being evaluated by an independent research firm with participants, their families and caregivers, and independent facilitators contributing to the evaluation. 

Pending completion of the project in March 2017, we hope to see independent facilitation available as an option to any people with disabilities and families across Ontario who would choose it.

For more information on Independent Facilitation, please contact Natalie Jones:

Note:  As we build our capacity to provide Independent Facilitation across Toronto, Partners for Planning is unable to receive new referrals for fee-for-service Independent Facilitation or Person-Directed Planning until January 2017.