Supports provided by BPACL include Family support, referrals, individual support for special needs adults and children, adult day program, residential supports, recreation and leisure programs like Special Olympics.

Vision Statement

All people have equal opportunity to participate in community life.


Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living promotes a holistic approach where all individuals can participate as equal citizens in community life.

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 clients. The agency will not turn anyone away. They may not be able to provide all the need service, but will provide what they can;
  • Involve family when planning for services for the client, and;
  • Build on partnerships with other agencies.
Funding BPACL’s Operations

The following chart illustrates the funding which supports the various programmes of the Association. Program descriptions follow the chart.


Programmes in Brief

Associate Living
A Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) individualized funded program where families can share the care of supported person, or a supported person lives away from the biological family within another family setting.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)
SIL is funded by MCSS. It is a program where staff identify specific needs of individuals who are living on their own. Staff support the individuals to live as independently as possible. Some of the individuals have individualized funding.

Group Home
These are homes which are funded by MCSS to provide 24 hour staff supports. They are defined by the Ministry as having 3 or more people living together. Staff who work in these environments are required to have specific skill training on an ongoing basis. Some of the individuals have individualized funding. This is the agency’s largest budget line.

Adult Respite
A small amount of individuated funding may be allocated to a family to provide ongoing respite. This is the agency’s smallest budget line.

Day Program Option
Day program support is an MCSS funded program where activities are provided in a congregate setting. Individuals select activities they would like to participate in and staff support people to attend and participate. This is the agency’s second largest budget line.

Case Management
Case Management is a Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) funded budget which assists families who support children and adults living at home. Case Management encompasses the referral and management of multiple funding sources and resources. An example would be Special Services at Home contracts for over 60 families, family support meeting, and the hiring and skill training of contract staff.

Children Services
Children Services is an MCYS funded budget to provide additional support to families with children. This funding is primarily used for case management services.

A small funding source used for transitional planning for individuals coming from school.

MCSS individualized funding used for Day Program supports.

Values Statement


BPACL Linkages Within Grey and Bruce

BPACL is part of the Developmental Support Network (DSN) in Grey and Bruce. The DSN has representation from Community Living Agencies in Hanover, Walkerton, Kincardine, Wiarton, Owen Sound, and Meaford. The Executive Directors from each of these agencies meet once every 6 weeks to review its work plan. Twice a year, the DSN and Presidents of each Board of Directors meet. The following is a brief summary of the Network’s activities. Executive Directors assume different task with regard to these activities

Communications Strategies – collaborate strategies development with MCSS, MCYS, and other key decision makers including local politicians

Collaborative Policy Development – the sharing of responsibilities to the ongoing work of policy review and development

Connection Grey Bruce – a non-profit organization to bring decision makers in Grey Bruce together for collective projects involving children and adults with special needs

Children’s Services – collaborate on children’s services (i.e., infant development, preschool resource, and family support programs) maximizing resource use.

Administration Survey – annual survey of various aspects of administrational costs within DSN agencies.

Pandemic Planning – Develop a DSN plan for all agencies.

Crisis Response/Case Resolution – Implement an immediate community response to ensure individuals with a developmental disability (or their family) who experience crisis are able to remain in the community.

Coordinated Access – To maintain a current list of those in need of accommodation support that indicates the degree of need and type of support required.  Establish agency priorities for unmet needs.

Dual Diagnosis – Identify gaps in service for individuals who are developmentally challenged and who have a mental illness.

Training and Development – Provide training opportunities for staff members and people receiving support locally.

Autism Network – To establish a network of autism specialists and resources. Single point of access for children requiring residential support outside of the county and/or enhanced local supports.

Grey Bruce Children’s Alliance – Develop a community approach to identifying and eliminating gaps in service.

Respite Network – to consolidate/standardize respite services.

Labour Relations – Identifies what needs to be in place for the DSN agencies in preparation for a labour disruption.