The goal of the Grant Assistance Program for Autism Professionals (GAP) is to achieve long-term capacity improvement in the province’s publicly-funded service agencies delivering the Autism Intervention Program (AIP) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-based Services and Supports, with an emphasis on increasing qualified staff at the graduate level.

The GAP offers tuition reimbursement to currently employed staff of the Autism Intervention Program or ABA-based Services and Supports for professional development for qualifying academic programs which address Ministry of Children and Youth Services-funded autism programs and services’ long-term capacity needs.

In return for receiving a grant, recipients are expected to continue to be actively employed in the Intervention Program or ABA-based Services and Supports for the duration of their grant agreement.

The program offers tuition reimbursement for professional development at the college level to a maximum of $5,000 spread over two or more years, at the undergraduate or Master’s level to a maximum of $12,000 spread over three or more years, the doctoral level to a maximum of $24,000 spread over three or more years; and to obtain professional certification of up to $1,000 after one year or up to $5,000 over two or more years.

Grants are available only to employees of one of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ funded agencies delivering the Autism Intervention Program and ABA-based services and supports.