Core Competencies


In 2010 the DS HR Strategy published a report and dictionary reflecting extensive work completed to recognize the Core Competencies required of superior performers in Ontario’s Developmental Services Sector.  Since that time the Core Competencies have been implemented by DS Agencies across the province, and by Colleges offering the DSW program.  The Core Competencies are the cornerstone of the work completed by the DS HR Strategy and serve as the foundation for the future work to achieve our goals.  Agencies interested in implementing Core Competencies should contact the Chair of the Core Competencies Implementation Committee, Sandra McNamara at

Visit the Agency Login webpage for reports, including the Core Competencies dictionary.

For more information, visit the Core Competencies Implementation Committee page.



Core Competencies: Here are seven additional core competencies for supported individuals to know
Competency Assessment Workbook
Core Compentencies Dictionary 
Administrative Employees: Core Compentiencies Dictionary
Administrative Core Compentencies Summary
Introduction to Administrative Compentencies
Core Compentencies Project: Executive Directors

Learning Tools:

Introduction to Competencies



YouTube: Creative Problem Solving
YouTube: Advocating for Others
YouTube: Introduction to the Core Compentencies
YouTube: Fostering Independence in Others
YouTube: Core Compentencies and Collaboration


Competency Assessment Questionnaires:

Administrative Assistants
Executive Assistants, Coordinators
Volunteers and Special Events Coordinators