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Nursing Shortage

Read Ontario Disability Coalition's solutions for the Ontario's nursing shortage, by clicking here.


Read Ontario Disability Coalition's letter to the Minister of Health & Minister of Education about the barrier's to education caused by dire shortage of Community Nurses for Medically Fragile Children & Youth, by clicking here.

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Initial recommendations for the development of proposed Kindergartner to Grade 12 education accessibility standards

Read Inclusion Action in Ontario's letter to [email protected] by clicking here.

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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]  


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Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion-An Overview for Individuals, Family & Caregivers

Please join us for a presentation about Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion, the government of Ontario’s plan to reform developmental services. The plan is centred on a vision where people with developmental disabilities are supported by their communities, support networks and government to belong and live inclusive lives, where they are empowered to make choices and live as independently as possible through supports that are person-directed, equitable and sustainable.


Learn more about the plan and ask your questions in a live Q&A with Directors from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

Presentation by:

Laura Summers

Director of the Community and Developmental Services Policy Branch, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)


Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 12pm - REGISTRATION FORM
Session for Individuals with a Developmental Disability


Wednesday November 18, 2021 at 12pm - REGISTRATION FORM
Session for Caregivers and Families


Lundi 22 novembre 2021, à 12 h | Présentation en français - FORMULAIRE D’INSCRIPTION







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Ontario Helping More People with Developmental Disabilities Access Housing


$13 million investment helping people connect with accessible housing in their community

October 29, 2021
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services


HAMILTON — The Ontario government is investing an additional $13 million over three years to help connect people with developmental disabilities with accessible and affordable housing in their own community. This funding will also expand programs to support more independent living which is at the centre of the province’s long-term plan to better serve people who depend on developmental services.

“Truly reforming developmental services means ensuring individuals have the opportunity to live their best lives, including finding long-term, accessible, and affordable housing,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “When people with developmental disabilities are supported to find suitable housing they are better able to live independently and participate in their communities.”

The investment will increase funding for Housing Coordinators who work at each of the nine Developmental Services Ontario offices across the province to help people with a developmental disability and their families or caregivers navigate housing options in the community.


In addition, funding for the Adult Protective Service Workers (APSW) program will help people with varying abilities in their homes. The program is targeted to serve the following groups:

  • Individuals transitioning from childhood support services into adult developmental services when they turn 18.
  • Individuals with a developmental disability who are currently living in group home settings and who wish to live more independently in a non-congregate setting, and,
  • Individuals who would like to live more independently in the community (for example, with APSW-like support). This will include individuals currently residing with aging caregivers and who have low support needs, helping relieve future pressures on the system.

When fully implemented, this investment will see more than 1,200 people with developmental disabilities receiving the help they need to find accessible and affordable housing.


“Today’s announcement moves forward the ministry’s developmental services transformation plan, Journey to Belonging,” said Lea Pollard, executive Director of Contact Hamilton for Children’s and Developmental Services. “Housing is a fundamental human need, and maximizing choices through information provision is a key enabler to addressing a person’s housing needs. Today’s announcement invests in resources that will assist people with accessing information about available housing options in their community, and planning tools to assist people in developing their own personalized housing plan.”


Connecting individuals with the appropriate housing aligns with Ontario’s Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion. The plan lays out the government’s long-term vision for a developmental services system in Ontario that is more responsive to individual needs and supports greater choice and flexibility so people with developmental disabilities are supported to fully participate in their communities and live fulfilling lives.


Quick Facts

Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.




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