Meeting with Minister Todd Smith
The OASIS Labour Relations Committee & the Provincial Network co-hosted information sessions in Toronto on October 30 and 31, 2019. The sessions focused on pay equity as well as staffing recruitment and retention in the developmental disabilities sector.
The Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services attended on the 31st and provided remarks in an open session.
Following his address, Minister Smith met with Darren Connolly President of OASIS, Chris Beesley, CEO of Community Living Ontario, Michelle Marshall, Chair of the Provincial Network and Janet Noel-Annable, Chair of the Moving ON Strategy.
The purpose of the meeting was to share the pressing concerns and key priorities of the intellectual and developmental disabilities sector, including the continuation of stabilization funding, the timelines and scope of the third-party review and, the status of the passport program.
The Minister demonstrated a deep understanding of the impact our sector has on people’s lives and their families. He used the meeting to assuage fears of the yet to be detailed sectoral cuts included in the last provincial budget. While we remain concerned about cuts to the sector, we left the meeting feeling hopeful that the Minister will be a strong voice around the cabinet table about the value of the services we provide and the individuals we support.
Speaking with one voice has strengthened our sector as we work with the government. We promise to continue advocating for the sector together and will keep you informed on developments going forward.