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A Note from Elmira District Community Living:

As part of the Elmira District Community Living strategic plan to transform day supports, we are seeking input from potential, future participants who live within our catchment area. We would appreciate your feedback. No identifiable information will be shared unless you choose to provide us with your contact information at the end of the survey.

Thank you for your time!


Click here to complete the survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBYHDYY

Leah Bowman at 10:02 AM
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The RESPCCT Study (Research Examining the Stories of Pregnancy and Childbearing in Canada Today) is a Community-Based Participatory Research Project developed with a nationwide team of researchers, healthcare providers, and community members with lived experience of pregnancy in Canada. 

The survey will remain open until December 31, 2021. That means we have just one month left to hear from people across Canada who have been pregnant in Canada in the last ten years, and those who are currently pregnant. The survey includes pathways for childbirth and postpartum care as well as miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth, and questions for those who have been pregnant during the pandemic.

Community consultation and co-creation has been at the heart of every step of the survey development. The stories and information shared will be analyzed by sub-teams including experts, stakeholders, and those with lived experience. We have robust data-sharing agreements to ensure the raw data is accessible to communities or organizations who wish to contribute to knowledge translation efforts. Please get in touch with us for more information about opportunities for collaboration.

We've had participation from folks in every province and territory but still need more help to get the word out!

Participation is voluntary and anonymous and the survey takes as little as 20 minutes to complete. 

It is now available in 8 languages:

English - www.respcct.ca
Français du Canada - French - www.respcct.ca/fr/
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ - Inuktitut - www.respcct.ca/in/
Español - Spanish - www.respcct.ca/es/
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Punjabi - www.respcct.ca/pa/
簡體中文 - Chinese (simplified) - www.respcct.ca/zh/
繁體中文 - Chinese (traditional) - www.respcct.ca/zh_hk/
عربية - Arabic - www.respcct.ca/ar/


Posted on behalf of Kate Macdonald, if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


Leah Bowman at 9:20 AM
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Ontario Health-Quality Standards feedback

Ontario Health, in partnership with the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health has drafted a quality standard for care for young people who are transitioning from youth to adult health care services. We are hoping for your help in collecting feedback on this draft.  


This quality standard outlines what quality care looks like for young people aged 15 to 24 years who are transitioning from youth to adult health care services based on the best evidence and with input from clinicians and people with lived experience. 


Quality standards are designed to improve care in Ontario and target priority areas in need of improvement. They will help:

  • Patients, residents, families and caregivers know what to discuss about their care with their health care professionals;
  • Health care professionals offer the highest-quality care based on the best available evidence;
  • Health care organizations and professionals measure, reflect on their practice and improve the quality of their care; and
  • Health system planners create the environment for health care professionals and organizations to deliver quality care.


We hope you will provide us with your feedback on the draft transitions from youth to adult health care services quality standard. View the draft quality standard in the online form (links below).  The deadline to provide feedback is November 22, 2021.    


Click here to share your feedback in an online form (English version).

To access the French online form, click here. 



If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Quality Standards, please email [email protected]  


Leah Bowman at 10:07 AM
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Update: Kindergarten-Grade 12 and Postsecondary Education Standards Initial Recommendations Posted for Public Feedback

Update: The timeline for public feedback for the K-12 Education initial recommendations has been extended until November 1, 2021 (see below for updated language) 

Standards Development Committees are responsible for developing and reviewing accessibility standards in Ontario. These accessibility standards help achieve the purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), as Ontario moves forward on its journey to create a more accessible and inclusive province. 
The Kindergarten-Gr. 12 (K-12) and Postsecondary Education (PSE) Standards Development Committees (Committees) were tasked with developing recommendations for proposed accessibility in publicly funded K-12 schools and PSE institutions. Both Committees are comprised of people with disabilities, representatives from disability organizations, and education sector experts. 
The Government of Ontario is pleased to announce that the K-12 and PSE Committees’ Initial Recommendation Reports have been posted online for public comment.

In addition, a Technical Sub-Committee was tasked with developing recommendations on student transitions between K-12 and PSE; and between education, employment, and the community. Their report has been posted online and can be viewed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessible-transitions-students-disabilities-kindergarten-grade-12-k-12-workforce-community-and


After you’ve read the initial recommendations for both the K-12 and PSE Committees, you have a couple of ways to submit your feedback: 

 Complete the online surveys at:

The timeline for public feedback for the K-12 Education initial recommendations has been extended until November 1, 2021, the same as the PSE initial recommendations timeline of November 1, 2021.

The Committees will review and consider all feedback before they finalize their recommendations and submit their final reports to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility for consideration.

Leah Bowman at 4:26 PM
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Alpine Park Renewal survey

The City of Kitchener wants to hear from the community about how you use Alpine Park and how the park could better support the community into the future.


Share your ideas online Aug 2-22 at EngageWR.ca/AlpinePark

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