Statement from CEO Chris Beesley regarding appointment of Dr. Helena Jaczek as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Community Living Ontario’s CEO Chris Beesley released the following statement today:
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Council of Community Living Ontario, as well as our more than 100 member organizations, I want to thank Dr. Helena Jaczek for her efforts in bringing about positive change and addressing many of the challenges that exist in the Developmental Services sector while Minister of Community and Social Services.
Always respectful and receptive to the concerns of people who have an intellectual disability, their families, and community agencies, Dr. Jaczek oversaw significant financial investments in the sector, the roll out of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, a task force to explore innovative housing options, modest raises to income supports under the Ontario Disability Support Program, as well as increases to asset limits and income exemptions for cash gifts.
Perhaps the most significant and profound result as Minister of Community and Social Services was her decision to eliminate sheltered workshops in favour of people pursuing meaningful employment and worthwhile volunteer opportunities in the community, a concern that our membership first raised more than 30 years ago.
Community Living Ontario wishes Dr. Jaczek well in her new role as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. We look forward to working with her and the ministry to implement proposed regulatory changes currently being discussed that will ensure access to home care supports for people who have complex health support needs as a result of having an intellectual disability.
As Minister for Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau is already keenly aware of the challenges facing children and young people who have an intellectual disability and their families. Now, as Minister of Community and Social Services, we look forward to discussing how, together, we can best mandate developmental services and supports, eliminate waitlists, and address the chronic underfunding of community agencies, so that all Ontarians can have valued roles and actively participate in their community.”
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