All OAP registrants can now receive support from AccessOAP

As of December 2022, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has achieved its commitment to send emails and letters to everyone registered in the OAP, asking them to:

  • create an account with AccessOAP
  • give consent for the ministry to transfer their OAP record to AccessOAP

With this phase complete, AccessOAP is now responsible for all program intake and supporting everyone registered in the program by answering their questions, advising them on their service options and helping them find supports in their communities.

Register for the Ontario Autism Program for the first time with AccessOAP

As of October 12, 2022, please contact AccessOAP, the Ontario Autism Program’s Independent Intake Organization, to register for the Ontario Autism Program.

AccessOAP supports families and independent youth at each step in the OAP by connecting them with knowledgeable care coordinators to answer their questions, advise them on their service options and help them find supports in their communities.

Improving access to clinical services in the Ontario Autism Program

In August 2022, we launched the second round of grant applications for the Ontario Autism Program’s workforce capacity fund.

The $14.5-million fund supports projects led by public and private service providers that improve access to clinical services in the OAP, including OAP core clinical services, such as hiring new clinical staff, increasing hours for existing clinical staff or supporting service provider travel to serve children in rural or remote communities.

The workforce capacity fund is an important component under the OAP capacity action plan, which launched in 2021 to help build a stable, efficient and skilled, workforce so that all families have access to high-quality core clinical services in the Ontario Autism Program. The plan was developed with input from the autism advisory panel, the implementation working group, service providers and families.

Additional funding for childhood budgets and interim one-time funding

As of July 1, 2022, we are providing additional funding for children and youth who have a current funding agreement, and those who enter a new funding agreement, for Ontario Autism Program (OAP) childhood budgets and interim one-time funding. We are providing this funding to support the Personal Support Workers and Direct Support Workers Permanent Compensation Enhancement Program.

If you are eligible for this additional funding, you will automatically receive a payment within four to six weeks of July 1, 2022. You do not need to apply for this additional funding. We will contact you if we need more information.

Current funding agreements

The amount of additional funding you are eligible to receive as of July 1, 2022, depends on your current funding agreement, as follows:

  • You will get a top-up payment of $500 if you received an OAP payment of $5,000 through your current funding agreement
  • You will get a top-up payment of $2,000 if you received an OAP payment of $20,000 through your current funding agreement

New funding agreements

If you enter into a new funding agreement for OAP childhood budgets and interim one-time funding as of July 1, 2022, you will be eligible to receive a payment of $5,500 or $22,000 based on the age of the child or youth as of April 1 of the funding year.

Contact us with questions

If you have a current childhood budget or interim one-time funding agreement and you have questions about this additional funding, please contact our Central Resource Team:

AccessOAP supporting families

AccessOAP, the Ontario Autism Program’s Independent Intake Organization, started supporting families and independent youth in April 2022.

AccessOAP supports families and independent youth at each step in the OAP by connecting them with knowledgeable care coordinators to answer their questions, advise them on their service options and help them find supports in their communities.

In April 2022, we started sending families and youth registered in the OAP an email or letter, depending on their communication preferences, that requires action. The email and letter includes instructions on how to:

  • create an account with AccessOAP
  • give consent for the ministry to transfer a child/youth’s OAP record to AccessOAP

Families and youth will receive their email or letter in the order that they registered for the OAP. In the meantime, if you have questions or need more information, please use the latest contacts for the OAP.

Developing and implementing a needs-based program

The autism advisory panel reviewed the information gathered during public consultations. The panel provided advice on developing a new needs-based program with the goal of helping as many children as possible. Read the Recommendations for a new needs-based Ontario Autism Program report.

The Ontario Autism Program implementation working group provided input on key design elements of the needs-based program, based on key recommendations in the advisory panel’s report. Read more about the working group’s mandate and members.