LifeShare Program


This service is offered throughout the Districts of Cochrane and Temiskaming. Our goal is to match and bring together a family and an individual in an alternative long term living arrangement.

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 or family home) 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 individuals with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible in their communities.

Becoming a LifeShare Provider

The LifeShare Program is designed for you to share your home and family life with an adult or child with an intellectual disability. You and the individual will be introduced through gradual visits and will move in as soon as everyone is comfortable. We hope that for many, this will be a long term relationship. For others, this may be a stepping-stone for independent living in the community.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a LifeShare Provider, or if you have any questions and/or comments, please contact one of our LifeShare Support Workers at (705)267-8181, Extensions 238 and 261.

Referral Process

Referrals can be made by contacting the Developmental Services Ontario at 1-855-376-6376.

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