Supports provided by BPACL include family support, referrals, individual support for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, residential supports, recreation and leisure programs.


Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living believes that all persons with an intellectual disability should have the opportunity to participate to their fullest potential in community-based leisure, work experience, etc.

Inclusion is about living with one another, not just existing in proximity to one another. It is about embracing humanity and figuring out how we are going to live with one another in the challenging years to come.

Individualized Funding

    • Individualized funding is approved through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), Community Services Coordination Network (CSCN, Passport Funding) or Special Services at Home (SSAH).
    • Funding for services goes directly to the person and/or their family/network.
    • Person and/or their family either manages the funds or has someone to help.  This assistance may be purchased through BPACL
    • Funds are portable – they move with the person. This means the person can choose who they buy their supports from and can move within the province and keep their funding.

BPACL Funding

Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living is a transfer payment agency funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to provide community services and supports for people who have an intellectual disability and their families.

Guiding Principles

  • Place the needs of the individual first, while respecting the supportive role that family members and friends provide;
  • Provide quality services that allow each individual the opportunity for personal growth and development through participation in community activities;
  • Allow for flexibility in the way services are provided to be able to respond to each person ‘s needs and desires;
  • Be organized as efficiently as possible in order to maximize the capacity for service;
  • Be prepared to respond to the needs of all people supported.  We may not be able to provide all the services that are needed but will support where we can ;
  • Involve family when planning for services with people supported, and;
  • Build on partnerships with other agencies.

Person Centred Planning

Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living strives to provide individualized and self-directed planning for people receiving support. We are committed to using the internationally recognized Personal Outcome Measures(SM) to learn from people about their goals, dreams, hopes and desires. We then embark on a planning process that incorporates the methodologies of Essential Lifestyle Planning to assist people in reaching those goals and dreams.

People who have an intellectual disability often face service systems that categorize, group or label them. It is easy for someone’s individual goals, strengths and needs to get lost in such a system. Too often people who have an intellectual disability are left out of plans and decisions about their own life. Individualization means that every person has unique capabilities, interests and needs. Person Centred Planning is a generic term (or model) for an -approach to planning with an individual. Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living uses an approach termed “Essential Lifestyle Planning”

An individualized planning process: Essential Lifestyle Plan

  • focuses on the desires and strengths of the person
  • reflects what the person wants and how they want to live
  • often includes perspectives from family and other people who the person loves and trusts
  • develops resources in the community the person can use
  • monitors actions and outcomes

Person-Directed Planning Values

  • Belonging through a variety of relationships and memberships.
  • Contributing by discovering, developing and sharing gifts and investing energy in meaningful activities.
  • Sharing ordinary places and activities with other citizens, neighbours, classmates and co-workers.
  • Being respected as a whole person whose history, capacities and future are worthy of attention and whose gifts lead to valued social roles.
  • Choosing what one wants in everyday situations and especially to dedicate oneself to contribute to one’s own community in ways that matter.

Person-Directed Planning Principles

  • Visioning. The person and those important to him or her describe their vision for the future in a plan. The goals are to anticipate life transactions and create a meaningful life in the community.
  • Strengths-Based. Builds on the strengths, gifts, abilities and interests of the person.
  • Person-Driven. The person drives the planning process.
  • Sustainability. The planning process considers avenues that can be pursued over the long term, and, enables the person and their family, through knowledge transfer, to continue to keep the plan alive/updated.
  • Accountability. There is ongoing review, evaluation, monitoring and modification of the person’s plan to support personal goal attainment.