Independent Living Support

Independent Living Support (ILS) is a community based option that provides funding for hours of support services from a Service Provider, based on the assessed needs and circumstances of an eligible participant who is semi-independent and requires support to live on their own.

The purpose of the ILS program is to promote independence, self-reliance, security and social inclusion by creating a flexible and responsive delivery system that incorporates the strengths of a participant, their personal and community resources, and approved ILS Service Providers. This is achieved using a person-directed, and collaborative approach.

The goals of the ILS Program are to:

  • assist a participant to maximize independence in their instrumental activities of daily living, such as:
    • maintaining a household
    • laundry
    • shopping and banking
    • preparing meals
    • transportation for community access
    • participating in leisure, volunteer, or work activities;
  • assist a participant to build and maintain connections and relationships with family, friends and other community members and resources;
  • assist a participant with the promotion and maintenance of their health and wellness;
  • recognize the potential of a participant and facilitate opportunities for their continuing growth and personal development;
  • delay the need for, or assist in the prevention of, admission to a staffed residential support option.


Eligibility for the ILS Program is determined by a functional and financial assessment. Eligible individuals will have assessed unmet needs which can be addressed by the ILS Program.

Next steps

For more information on the program, or to learn how to apply, contact the nearest office of the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.