Who May Apply

We thank all ILP applicants for their interest. At this time, the pool of qualified applicants is full, and ILS is not currently accepting general ILP applications. From time to time, we recruit ILPs with specific skill sets for unique situations. These positions are posted under “Careers” on www.ddrc.ca. Interested applicants who suit the specific needs listed may choose to apply for the available advertised positions.


To download an application form, visit the Apply section.

An Integrated Living Practitioner (ILP) is a person who makes a positive difference in the life of an individual with a developmental disability. ILPs choose to share their homes, or move in with adults with developmental disabilities, providing them with the support they need to thrive.

A person must be approved by the DDRC to function as an Integrated Living Practitioner. ILPs must be at least age 21.

ILPs must be able to:

  • Read, write, and effectively use a computer
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of those with developmental disabilities
  • Give time and attention to the needs of the client
  • Provide opportunities for the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the client

ILPs must be:

  • Responsive to the changing needs of clients
  • Flexible in expectations and attitudes toward clients, including those from other cultures
  • Participants in any planning and delivery of services required for clients in care

ILPs must have:

  • Income or resources to meet the needs of their own family and basic household needs
  • A valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance
  • Reliable, safe transportation when transporting clients
  • Access to, and the ability to operate, a personal computer

Training Requirements:

ILPs are required to complete training courses delivered by the DDRC. Topics addressed in the training typically include:

  • ILP certification requirements; some of this training must be completed prior to being matched with a client
  • Agency policies and procedures
  • The roles and responsibilities of ILPs as sub-contractors of the DDRC
  • Client development
  • Behavior management and appropriate methods of delivering feedback or correction
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • The impact of providing support on the sub-contractors’ own families

Minimum Standards for Integrated Living Homes:

In general, homes must comply with all provincial and local zoning, building, fire, and safety codes. The home must be kept clean, and in good repair.

Hazardous materials including medications, household chemicals, tools, weapons, and ammunition must be stored in a place that is inaccessible to clients. The Government of Alberta requires that working smoke detectors be installed near sleeping areas. The home must be large enough to provide adequate space for living, eating, study, and social time for all occupants, including the clients. The home must have a working telephone; appliances in good working order; adequate heat, lighting, and ventilation; and a working bathroom with hot and cold running water. For clients who require attended bathing, if a hot water regulatory valve is not already installed, an ILP candidate must commit to installing one before a client will be permitted to move in.

The home must have a sufficient number of bedrooms with adequate space for all family members. Client’s bedroom must be large enough to provide for his or her safety, privacy, and comfort. There must be a sufficient number of bedrooms so that clients do not share a room.

Grounds for Withholding Approval:

Approval will be denied when the results of the home study indicate that the applicant is not suited to providing care for our clients. Some specific grounds for withholding approval include:

  • The applicant does not meet the required regulations for training, experience, or family financial stability
  • The applicant or any family member is found to be of unsuitable character to provide safe and appropriate care
  • The applicant’s home is found to be unsafe or inadequate to provide for the needs of clients
  • The applicant suffers from a physical or mental health condition that would interfere with providing appropriate care for clients
  • The applicant is found to have provided false or misleading information to the agency
  • The applicant or any member of the household has a record of a criminal conviction of a nature that could put clients at risk of harm
  • The applicant or any member of the household has a record of substantiated abuse or neglect
  • The applicant cannot be an employee of the DDRC

Integrated Living Services is a program of the DDRC. Click here to read the full guidelines of the DDRC-ILP relationship.