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  • April 11, 2014

Province Eliminating Waitlists in the Northwest

Ontario Enhancing Support for People with Developmental Disabilities

Friday, April 11, 2014

TheOntariogovernment plans to eliminate direct funding waitlists for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

As part of the government’s vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province would eliminate the current waitlist for the Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years, benefiting families across Thunder Bay-Superior North.

These programs provide direct funding to families and individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to customize their services and supports to best meet their individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would

  • Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
  • Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
  • Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported Independent Living programs
  • Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
  • Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing onOntario's greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.


“I am incredibly proud of our government’s unwavering support for those with developmental disabilities. This new investment of $810-million would help people with developmental disabilities inThunder Bayand across the Northwest to have meaningful lives and remain active and involved in our communities.”
– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Our vision for developmental services inOntariosees people with developmental disabilities participating as fully as possible in their communities. Direct funding is an important part of the support that people and families need to achieve the goal of inclusion.”
– Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Supporting all Ontarians to live independently and reach their full potential is a cornerstone of our commitment to promoting a fair and prosperous society. These proposed investments are crucial to makingOntarioa better place to live.”
- Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance


  • The government is proposing an $810 million investment over the next three years, the largest ever funding increase to the developmental services system inOntario.
  • There are an estimated 62,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; more than 15,000 are supported through the Passport direct funding program.
  • An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario; the Special Services at Home program currently serves more than 12,500.
  • Ontariocurrently invests more than $1.7 billion in developmental services, a 63 per cent increase since 2003. The proposed additional funding would increase that to more than $2 billion by 2016-17.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.

Maya Gorham
Office of the Hon. Michael Gravelle, MPP
(416) 327-0655


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