Ontario’s current strategy for developmental services has a vision that people with diverse disabilities will be “supported by their communities, support networks and government to belong and live inclusive lives.”
The Developmental Services Sector, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, is facing critical challenges. The sector has not had any significant cost of living increases in government funding over the past thirty years. Funding disparities have led to wage discrepancies that are creating employment challenges. Fewer employees to respond to growing needs have contributed to a province-wide human resources shortage. Funding, that is not based on actual costs or linked to inflation, is creating a risk to the sustainability of organizations and a risk to their ability to support vulnerable Ontarians.
We are calling on the Ontario government to provide an immediate 5% boost to developmental services agency core funding, as well as Passport and Special Services at Home.
Make your voice heard alongside ours — send a message to your representatives at Queen’s Park to tell them the developmental services sector needs #5ToSurvive.
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