Thanks to the generous support of Pattison Outdoor Media, Community Living Ontario has launched a province-wide campaign running from June 3 – July 3, 2024, to raise the visibility of people who have an intellectual disability, their families, and the people who support them: Our Concerns, Our Rights.

Our Concerns, Our Rights

The skyrocketing cost of living is being felt by everyone across the province. Unfortunately, this crisis is particularly devastating for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, because they face higher costs and are more likely to live with low incomes.

For over 70 years, Community Living Ontario has used its powerful voice as well as the voices of people with lived experience, our 119 members, trusted allies and partners, to influence, educate, and advocate for and with the 100,000+ people with intellectual disabilities across the province. We regularly meet with governments, the public, the media, educators, and other stakeholders to advocate for more choice, more equity, and better understanding for some of Ontario's most vulnerable citizens.

The Situation at a Glance


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With your help, we can continue this important work. Indeed, our tagline, "inspiring possibilities," is more than just a phrase—it's a principle we live by every day. Thank you for your support.

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What We're Advocating For

Restoring Stability to the Developmental
Services Sector

Years of underfunding have forced cuts to capital repairs, transportation, staffing, and training in the developmental services sector. Now, agencies are reducing services, closing programs, and selling assets, resulting in fewer residential spaces and reduced access to services. We urge the provincial government to increase base funding to maintain essential support for people with intellectual disabilities.


Availability of Affordable and Accessible Housing

The housing crisis for people with intellectual disabilities in Ontario is marked by a severe shortage of supportive housing, long waiting lists, and economic barriers. Addressing this crisis requires calls for increased investment to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities have access to safe, affordable, and appropriate housing.


Addressing Staffing Shortages

The Government of Ontario must address the shortage of qualified staff in developmental services, so that people can get the support they need, when and where they need it.


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