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Monday, February 06, 2017

Upgrading and Expanding Living Spaces for People with Developmental Disabilities

Province Improving Services to Some of Ontario’s Most Vulnerable

Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations and improved spaces for more people at residential properties that serve adults with developmental disabilities across the province.

The Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Serviceswas at Community Living North Halton today to announce that the agency will be receiving funding through the Multi-Year Residential Planning strategy. This funding will help Community Living North Halton house three new people, in addition to making important infrastructure upgrades to maximize the quality of life for residents. Upgrades include repairing and painting the building’s exterior, upgrading its heating and cooling system, renovating bathrooms and replacing windows.

Developmental service agencies offer a wide range of supports for people with developmental disabilities, depending on their needs. This includes providing an accessible, safe and comfortable home, connecting people to health and social services, and encouraging people stay active and engaged with family, friends, and their community.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in residential care for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $2 million in repairs and upgrades at residential properties across the province, including $215,000 in Community Living North Halton.
  • This investment will create additional residential capacity for 51 people with developmental disabilities in agencies across Ontario.
  • The Multi-Year Residential Planning strategy is part of the province’s $810 million investment over three years in community and developmental services to support 1,400 new individuals.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in their community, while another 15,000 receive direct funding for services and supports.
  • To date, more than 800 adults have transitioned to new residential supports - which is to provide accommodation, care and supervision to adults with a developmental disability - more than halfway towards our goal.
  • In 2016-17, under the Partner Facility Renewal program, Ontario has also invested over $16.6 million in more than 175 community service agencies, including developmental service agencies, for approximately 860 projects across Ontario to repair, renovate or upgrade facilities.

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