Directory of Community Programs and Services in Barrie Ontario

Empower Simcoe

Site: Barrie Head Office - 39 Fraser Crt

Service: Family Relief Program

Record #: BAR0658
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 14 Feb 2023


Public Comments This service is for families living in Barrie, Bradford, Innisfil and Angus/Borden. For families living in other parts of Simcoe County, call Catulpa Community Support Services at 705-733-3227 for information about service in your area.
Office Phone 705-726-9082
Fax 705-726-6875
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Primary Contact Carolyn Harris, Respite Coordinator; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2259; Email:
Alternate Contact Laurie Straughan, Supports and Services Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2239; Email:


Address & Map
39 Fraser Court
Barrie, ON
Canada L4N 5J5
Intersection Morrow Rd and Patterson Rd
Mailing Address 39 Fraser Court 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4N 5J5
Physical Access Fully Accessible


Description (Service) Community Helpers for Active Participation (CHAP) give families a break from the responsibilities of caring for their family member diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or a physical disability
  • hourly and overnight relief available, both in the family home and away from home
  • residential respite is provided in one of the Empower Simcoe group living locations that is available to children who are medically fragile or who have high physical support needs and adults who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability who are referred through Developmental Services Ontario
  • application for respite funding are also available through this service

Service Details

Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Angus ; Barrie ; Borden CFB ; Bradford West Gwillimbury ; Innisfil
Boundaries South Simcoe County east of County Rd 27
Eligibility Adults who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Children who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or a physical disability.

Residency Requirements: South Simcoe County east of County Rd 27
Application Call or visit website for more information
For funding application process, to access screened and trained helpers, or for individuals interested in providing care, visit
Languages English; Other - CHAP registered on database may speak a variety of languages
Fees Service - CHAP - negotiated with the family. Residential Respite - contact Respite Coordinator to discuss details.

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