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A man appears to be inside a kitchen. He is a young man with a huge smile on his face. He is sitting in a wheelchair wearing a grey tshirt. He has an oven mitt on one hand and is holding a whisk in his other hand. On the counter beside him there is a cutting board and tongs, a carton of eggs, a couple of plants and a sandwich press.

Give an Opportunity

The Lifeshare program provides adults and youth with the opportunity to live in a caring and stable home environment.

People we support can be matched with:

  • individuals
  • couples
  • families

This is based on factors such as mutual interests, and compatibility.

What is Lifeshare?

Through LifeShare, Ontario families and citizens (home providers) can offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with developmental disabilities (home sharers).

LifeShare (also known as host family) is so much more than providing a room in your home. Being a home provider means you’re giving someone with a developmental disability “a place in your heart, a place in your home.”

People with developmental disabilities are active participants in their communities. They can be athletes, artists, employees, advocates, community volunteers, neighbours and friends. They’re an important part of the community and contribute to the strength of our province.

LifeShare helps adults with developmental disabilities, who are 18 and older, live as independently as possible in their communities.

Watch this short film where we meet three LifeShare families living in Ontario and hear their stories. Like so many LifeShare participants, these families have created a unique bond between the home sharer and home provider.

Mission of Lifeshare

The FamilyHome program, LifeShare, started in 1984, as part of the Ministry of Community and Social Services commitment to provide a range of services for adults 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Over time, the name of the program changed but the overall goals of LifeShare have remained constant:

  • Provide adults with developmental disabilities a home-like setting with a sense of family, safety, continuity and security
  • Promote a high quality of life
  • Support community involvement, social inclusion, individual choice, independence, and rights and responsibilities

Become A Home Provider

Are you interested in becoming a home provider through our Lifeshare Program?

Complete the application below, or download the PDF version and submit a completed copy to

If you have questions about our program, you can call us at 705.653.1821 ext 208 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lifeshare?

With Lifeshare, Ontario families (home providers) offer a nurturing and safe environment for adults with developmental disabilities (home sharer). Being a Lifeshare home provider means more than just offering a room in your house. You’re giving someone with a disabilities a place that they can call home. A place where they are supported, valued, accepted and have a real sense of belonging. A home provider means making a difference in someone’s life.

Download the Lifeshare FAQ PDF