Where do I find financial & income supports for persons with a physical disability?


ODSP – Barrie Ontario Disability Support Program

Ministry of Community and Social Services

34 Simcoe Street, Barrie, ON L4N 6T4

Tel: (705) 737-1311

Toll Free: 1-800-461-7551

TDD/TTY: (705) 737-9601


CPP Disability

Human Resources Development Canada – ONTARIO (Scarborough)

P.O. Box 5100, Postal Station “D”, Scarborough ON M1R 5C8

Toll-free 1-800-277-9914 (TTD/TTY) 1-800-255-4786

Veterans Affairs Canada – Disability Pensions

E-mail: information@vac-acc.gc.ca

Toll Free: 1-866-522-2122 (English) 1-866-522-2022 (French)


Barrie Ontario Works
136 Bayfield Street, 4th Floor

Barrie, ON

Tel: 705-722-3132 Fax: 705-727-7928


Links to Ontario Works offices in Simcoe County

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Ontario

Toll-free: 1-800-704-6488

Email: rrap_ontario@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP-Disabilities) – The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by low-income persons with disabilities.

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) — Secondary/Garden Suite – The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program — Secondary/Garden suite is to assist in the creation of affordable housing for low-income seniors and adults with a disability by providing financial assistance to convert/develop existing residential properties that can reasonably accommodate a secondary self-contained unit.
Canada Revenue Agency
Services for Persons with Disability

Where can I get income tax preparation support?

Canada Revenue Agency

“Community Volunteer Income Tax Program”
If you need help to complete your personal income tax and benefit return, if your income is low, and if your tax situation is simple, volunteers are specially trained to help. For more information about this FREE program, call 1-800-959-8281.
Medical Supplies And/Or Prescription Drugs, Etc. What supplies are covered? What are the eligibility criteria?
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Ontario Drug Benefit Trillium Drug Program
Trillium application kits are available at your local pharmacy, or by calling 1-800-575-5386. The application form and application guide are also available online.

If recipient of: ODSP – Barrie Ontario Disability Support Program
Ministry of Community and Social Services
34 Simcoe Street, Barrie, ON L4N 6T4

Ontario Works Program
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Barrie Office – 136 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON
Tel: (705) 722-3132

Is there any assistance for education or training?
Employment & Educational Programs For Persons With Disabilities. E.G. Assessments, Retraining, Employment & Educational SupportHRSDC – Human Resources and Social Development Canada
(Formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Social Development Canada)
Barrie Office: (705) 728-2468

ODSP – Barrie Ontario Disability Support Program – ODSP Employment Supports
Ministry of Community and Social Services
34 Simcoe Street, Barrie, ON L4N 6T4
Tel: (705) 737-1311
Toll Free: 1-800-461-7551 TDD/TTY: (705) 737-9601

Ontario Works Program
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Barrie Office – 136 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON
Tel: (705) 722-3132

Career Connection
Tel: (705) 722-JOBS (5627)

Careers for Inclusion
Tel: (705) 721-9614

Northern Lights Vocational Services
Tel: 1-800-361-4642


Breaking Down Barriers
Work Links Employment Program
Tel: (705) 445-1543


JOBS etc.

Georgian College – Centre for Access and Disability Services
Georgian College-Accessibility Services

Where can I find accessible transportation?
Simcoe County Accessible Transportation 
(For Cost Information, please contact individual providers for details)
Community Connection – 211 Simcoe County
Admin: (705) 444-0040
Email: info@communityconnection.net
nityconnection.caCity of Barrie – City Bus Service & Barrie Accessible Community Transportation Service (BACTS)
Barrie City Buses (85% of conventional City Buses are wheelchair accessible)
Tel: (705) 739-4209 

BACTS: (705) 737-2304 (you must apply & register for this service)

Have accessible vans; Fare based on distance.
Tel: (705) 721-7777
Barrie Taxi

Community Health Services

(includes wheelchair accessible van service in Simcoe County)
Tel: (705) 721-3313 or 1-800-387-2251
Canadian Red Cross Transportation Service

OWLS – Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service 

Reservations: (705) 326-0411

Community Link North Simcoe 

(rides only within town boundaries)
Service operated by Community Link North Simcoe in conjunction with The Town of Midland Transit System
Tel: (705) 526-4321
Email: transportation@communitylink.ca
Community Link – Transportation

Other Area Transport Services

GO Transit – Door to Door Accessible Transit

GO Transit Accessiblity Guide

Greyhound (PMCL)
Tel: 1-800-661-8747
Offer service several times daily leaving Greyhound office on 610 Bay (Bay/Church) in Toronto; picking up passengers at Yorkdale GO station and back to Topping at Barrie Bus Terminal. Many of their buses are fully wheelchair accessible but they suggest you call 72 hrs ahead of the date of travel, that way they will ensure an accessible bus is on the route on your travel days.


Northland Travel
Tel: 1-800-461-8558
Offer accessible transport as well – and as above they want notice to ensure they have an accessible bus on the route on the day of travel – 48 hrs, they said. They follow the same routing as Greyhound – leaving Bay/Church location to Yorkdale go station and then Barrie Bus Station. With a disability identification document, a companion/attendant can travel for free along with the person with disability.

How Do I Obtain An ACCESSIBLE Parking Permit?

Drop by any MTO Driver and Vehicle License Issuing Office. Visit the MTO website for all details including an application form –http://www.ontario.ca/en/services

Or request an application by mail:
Ministry of Transportation
Licensing Administration Office
2680 Keele Street, Building A,
Downsview, ON M3M 3E6

Are there Legal Services available for persons with disabilities?

Community Legal Clinic (Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes)
Call for information, Legal Advice or an appointment.
71 Colborne St., E., P.O. Box 275, Orillia, ON L3V 6J6
Tel: (705) 326-6444 Toll Free: 1-800-461-8953
Fax: 705.326.9757
Email: info@communitylegalclinic.ca

Arch Disability Law Centre

Who offers Assistive Device Programs? Who is Eligible? What types of Assistive Devices are available?
Assistive Devices For The Disabled And The Elderly Are Products That Can Help You Live An Easier, Safer, And A More Independent Life
Ministry of Health & Long Term Care1-800-268-6021 (Ontario only)

Ontario March of Dimes
Email: adp@dimes.on.ca

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
Email: adfp@ofcp.on.ca

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (The) – Simcoe County Chapter
Tel: (705) 733-0488
Email: MS.SimcoeCounty@mssociety.ca

What services are available for children with physical disabilities and for what age group?

Services are available to kids/teens from birth to age 19
Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York Administration Offices
39 Fraser Court, Barrie, Ontario L4N 5J5
Tel: (705) 719-4795 or 1-877-719-4795
Email: info@ctn-simcoeyork.ca 
Are there homemaking services available if you Do NOT require personal care?
Canadian Red Cross
Ontario Zone – Regions within Ontario
5700 Cancross Court, Mississauga, ON L5R 3E9
Tel: (905) 890-1000
Attendant Care Service Providers

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
205 Richmond St., W., Ste. 605, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3
Tel: (416) 599-2458 Ext. 34

The Greenbook
(a directory of Attendant Services in Ontario) is available FREE on-line through CILT’s : www.cilt.ca

Ontario March of Dimes
Toll Free: 1-866-765-7237

Idependent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area

How long do I have to wait for I.L.S. attendant care services once I have applied?
Once your eligibility has been determined and an assessment has been conducted your application will be placed on a waiting list. The length of time depends on availability of hours. Once hours do become available all applicants are prioritized based on several factors. 
Other Accessible Resources – Access to Entertainment Partners
Access Guide Canada
Website: Access Guide
How do I obtain an Access 2 Entertainment TM Card?

Easter Seals Canada
Famous Players and Cineplex Galaxy LP, Canada’s largest movie exhibitors, in conjunction with a group of nine national disability organizations have developed a program that will provide free or discounted admission (up to a maximum of $3.00) to the support person accompanying a person with a disability to member movie theatres across Canada.

Application for the Access 2 Entertainment Card must be verified by a Registered Health Care Professional as defined in the application form. To download an Access 2 Entertainment Application Form please visit www.access2.ca
Mail in a request, persons applying for the card can write and request the application form by mail at:

Access 2 Entertainment
c/o Easter Seals Canada
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 208, Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3

Food Recalls And Allergy Alerts

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Website
Website: www.inspection.gc.ca

Donating To A Canadian Registered Charity

Find a list of Canadian Charities and choose a charity to donate to?
Canada Revenue Agency
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca