The Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program supports nearly 12,900 individuals with access to disabilty support services such as home living supports to help with daily activities, respite care, community access supports, education and employment supports, and specialized support to help with additional needs due to mental health and behavioural issues. Total funding for the program in Budget 2023 is more than $1.1 billion.

Increased investments through Budget 2023 will help increase access to the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program to reduce the wait list, enabling more Albertans to get the help they need. The PDD program helps eligible adults with developmental disabilities plan, coordinate and access services to live as independently as possible in their communities.

“In Alberta, we are committed to ensuring that those living with disabilities, young and old, can get the care they need. Our investments into the disability sector will make life better for those living with disabilities and their families with easier access to programs and support.”

Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

This additional funding will support about 500 individuals currently on the wait list, as well as any new applicants entering the program this year.

To maintain fairness and to get people connected to supports as quickly as possible, Albertans who have been waiting the longest will be connected to supports first.

“These investments will ensure that individuals with disabilities can access the services they need, and that organizations can effectively deliver quality supports to the individuals they serve. We sincerely appreciate the government’s strong commitment to community disability services.”

Andrea Hesse, CEO, Alberta Council of Disability Services

“On behalf of URSA, we would like to commend the ongoing commitment this ministry is showing towards creating a sustainable disability service sector. The additional funding for wages and additional dollars for system capacity will address pressures facing families and individuals awaiting service.”

Pam McGladdery, CEO, Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency (URSA)

“Without staff support to help me live my best life, I would have difficulty going out in the community safely, know how to advocate for myself and learn living skills, which help me to be as independent as possible. I need my staff.”

Chantal, client, Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency (URSA)

Budget 2023 secures Alberta’s future by transforming the health-care system to meet people’s needs, supporting Albertans with the high cost of living, keeping our communities safe and driving the economy with more jobs, quality education and continued diversification.