The Adult Protective Services Worker works with adults who have a developmental disability. The goal of the program is to help them live as independently, safely and securely as possible in the community.
Adult Protective Services Workers work directly with the person who has a developmental disability to help them find and maintain supports. With the person’s consent and direction, this worker helps them to take care of things they need for everyday living, as well as to set and achieve goals. Adult Protective Services Workers can also help to connect adults with developmental disabilities with others in their communities and to find and use community resources.

What Do Adult Protective Service Workers Do?

The worker meets regularly with an adult who has a developmental disability to:

  • help them get access to community supports and government-funded services,
  • help identify their strengths and needs,
  • inform them about supports and direct them to the ones they need,
  • help manage their community resources and service plans,
  • help them to develop problem-solving and life skills, like budgeting and learning to use public transportation.

Who Can Apply?

Adults aged 18 years or older who have a developmental disability are eligible for the Adult Protective Service Worker program if:

  • they live in Ontario
  • they live on their own in a community setting or plan to move to a more independent community setting
  • they have limited or no significant social supports
  • need, and request, the type of assistance that APSWs provide

Note: there is no upper age limit for eligibility for the Adult Protective Services Worker program.

For more information call Mike Proctor at 613-279-3151 ext. 207 or email to