PRESS RELEASE: Family Engagement Grants Offer Opportunity for Inclusion & Community-Building Across Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, January 5, 2024 — Committed to facilitating positive change, Community Living Ontario (CLO) launched its first-ever family engagement grant initiative to promote meaningful engagement and help provide families with loved ones who live with intellectual disability an opportunity to network and build good lives.    Aimed at supporting and encouraging engagement activities, grants of up to … Read More

Community Living Ontario Releases 2024 Pre-budget Recommendations to the Minister of Finance

2024 Pre-budget Submission

In our pre-budget submission to the provincial government, CLO is calling for an immediate base budget increase of five percent for developmental service agencies. Additionally, we are calling for a five percent increase to Passport and Special Services at Home budgets.  The submission is part of our #5toSurvive campaign, calling attention to critical underfunding of our sector. If you agree … Read More

WATCH: Speaking Out Conference Recap

From October 20–22, nine Council members (Nicole Flynn, Niko Pupella, Judy Noonan, Robert Smith, Stella Curtis, Dzidra Halar, Farrah Sattaur, Amber Taylor, and Jem Moeller) attended and participated in the 2023 Speaking Out “Expanding Possibilities” Conference at the UNIFOR Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. The Council made several new connections and learned from self-advocates, families, and support professionals. Watch … Read More

CLO to Act as Intervenor in Important Court Case Next Week  

CONTEXT: ABOUT THE CASE  In J.F.R v K.L.L., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that Massey Leach-Rathwell, a 24-year-old adult living with down syndrome, was a ‘child of the marriage’ as defined under the federal Divorce Act, as (in the court’s opinion) he remained in his parents’ charge and could not withdraw from it due to his disability.  As … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Community Living Ontario Celebrates Award Winners Who Are Dedicated to Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, October 17, 2023 — Community Living Ontario (CLO) has announced the recipients of its 2023 Inspiring Possibilities Awards.   After several years hiatus, CLO revived these unique awards in 2023. Celebrating people, teams, and organizations making a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, the Inspiring Possibilities Awards are revered by self-advocates, families, support workers, … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Nine: Anne Stafford Bursary

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by Gord Kyle When Harvey McQuarrie died suddenly in December 1964, the movement was shocked. Harvey had been the provincial association’s president for only a few short months. He had taken the position with such high hopes of making a real change. They were exciting times. The association was in the process of helping the Canadian association raise funds for … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Eight: Protecting Dignity

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by Gord Kyle The opening phrase in Community Living Ontario’s goal statement is “that all people live in a state of dignity.” The inclusion of the concept of dignity as the foundational phrase in the goal of the association indicates its centrality in all the work that we do. Of course, recognition of the value of ensuring dignity is not … Read More