Community Living Ontario / Organizations

Local Organizations

There are many groups across Ontario and Canada that want people who have an intellectual disability to be treated equally in society. They are committed to sharing information, raising awareness and calling for action.

Community Living Ontario is proud to be affiliated with the following groups and organizations:

Canadian Association for Community Living

The Canadian Association for Community Living is a family-based association assisting people with an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. This is achieved by:

  • Sharing information
  • Fostering leadership for inclusion
  • Engaging community leaders and policy makers
  • Seeding innovation and supporting research

CACL is dedicated to attaining full participation in community life, ending exclusion and discrimination on the basis of intellectual disability, promoting respect for diversity and advancing human rights to ensure equality for all Canadians.

People First of Ontario

People First of Ontario is an self-advocacy group for people who have an intellectual disability. As a group, they:

  • Promote equality for all persons
  • Help people who are trying to speak up for themselves and make their own decisions
  • Teach members about the rights, abilities, and strengths of People First of Ontario.

People First of Canada

People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. As a group they advocate for:

  • Human rights
  • Citizenship rights
  • Accommodation rights
  • Language rights

ARCH Disability Law Centre
ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal aid clinic. They defend and advance the equality of rights of people who have a disability.

ODSP Action Coalition

The ODSP Action Coalition advocates for improvements to the income and employment supports provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Individualized Funding Coalition

The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario supports the self-determination of persons who have a disability. They believe that all people should have control over decisions concerning where they live, with whom they live, with whom they associate, and how they spend their lives. They have been working to make individualized funding a choice for people. Individualized funding gives people more control over the money that pays for their supports and services.

Citizens Against Restraint

Citizens Against Restraint is a group of citizens, family members and service workers who have come together because of a concern about the use of restraints in human services (health, education, community and social services). They want to raise awareness about the true and traumatic impact of restraints on people who are restrained, those who do the restraining, and those who witness the event. But their goal is clear — to ultimately stop the use of restraints by those in human services.

Partners for Planning


Partners for Planning (P4P) is a family formed and directed non-profit organization providing resources and inspiration to families and their relatives with disabilities.

Inclusion International


Inclusion International is a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. For over fifty years Inclusion International has been committed to the promotion of these human rights and our organization now represents over 200 member federations in 115 countries throughout five regions including the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia Pacific.

Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)


ONN is a network of nonprofits and charities, ONN has our eye on supporting a strong and resilient nonprofit sector. We work to engage, advocate and lead with- and for- organ
izations working for the public benefit in the province.

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