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 was one of seven organizations in Ontario participating with OIFN in the project and supported 172 people with a disability.

1,100 adults with developmental disabilities living in Ontario participated in the project and were supported by Independent Facilitators to develop their own person-directed plans, to engage in community-based opportunities and develop supported relationships.

The Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project helped 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 was to raise awareness and increase the availability of Independent Facilitation across the province.

Funding for the project concluded in March 2019 and Independent Facilitation is available on a fee-for-service basis in a number of communities across the province. P4P has connections to a number of Independent Facilitators providing this support throughout the GTA and other areas.

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