Quick Overview of 2023 Provincial Budget Commitments 

Queen's Park, Toronto

The 2023 provincial budget, released yesterday, includes the following commitments that have relevance for people who have intellectual disabilities, their families, and developmental service organizations:  In addition to these new funding amounts, the provincial budget includes a promise that will be important to track:   Community Living Ontario will continue to monitor these and other programs that affect our sector, and … Read More

Nicole’s Story – I Make My OWN Choices

Happy Holidays! This has been another year of growth and new challenges for all of us, but also a year where many of us were able to get together again in-person after months of uncertainty. Meeting people in-person is one of Nicole Flynn’s favourite things to do, and even more necessary and enjoyable in her new role as Community Living … Read More

Key Changes Announced in the 2022 Ontario Fall Economic Update

On November 14th, the Ford government announced several changes that will affect people who have an intellectual disability in Ontario:  Changes to how work income is treated by ODSP  People on ODSP will be able to keep up to $1000 in employment earnings every month without having their ODSP amount reduced. Above $1000, they will keep twenty-five cents of every … Read More

Op-ed: When Is a 5% Increase not a 5% Increase?

On September 1st, the Ford Government increased Ontario Disability Support Program rates by 5%. This means that the basic monthly benefit for a single person on ODSP went from $1,169 to $1,228, an increase of about $58 per month.   Even with this small increase, ODSP recipients will still have incomes far below the poverty line. And with the exploding … Read More

Get to Know: Cameron

Cameron O’Connor grew up in a home where music is a second language. His mom, Allison, runs Dreams Come True Music Studio, and Cameron has been an active participant in their musical performances and concerts. Cameron also has an interest in DJing. He loves to listen to modern music and dreams of being able to mix tracks like the masters.  … Read More

Duncan’s Story: From Listener to Leader

“I’m a dietary aid. I’ve got benefits and a pension — these are things that I wouldn’t think 10 years ago that, as a person with an intellectual disability, I was even able to get close to.” Today, Duncan Phelps enjoys his job in food safety and serving the people where he works full-time. It’s been a great place to use his … Read More