Canadians with disabilities who require support may receive it from their family, a government program, a private provider or a not-for-profit organization — or not at all. Lack of coordination between support providers creates overlap and major support gaps.
It is usually not until a family or individual faces crisis that available disability supports are reviewed in communities. Tracking the needs of all individuals, regardless of where they choose to receive their supports, and investing in meeting their needs from birth to death would be much more cost effective than crisis interventions.
A national program could increase coordination, close support gaps, and reduce costs through preventative approaches, such as early intervention and sustained supports.