TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - OASIS congratulates Premier Kathleen Wynne
and the Liberal Government on recognizing the needs of Ontarians with
developmental disabilities and their families.
Families are in crisis. The level of unmet need for community supports
and services for Ontarians with a developmental disability and their
families has never been as high as today. The budget, if approved,
takes a positive step by providing an additional $42 million annually
to reduce waiting lists and provide better supports for those with
OASIS supports the transformation of social assistance in Ontario. The
proposed changes will assist in addressing the poverty of individuals
living on ODSP. For recipients who are employed the proposed budget
would have an immediate positive impact on their monthly income, by
allowing them to keep the first $200 of employment earnings before they
face a reduction of their ODSP benefit.
OASIS is also encouraged that the Government of Ontario has asked the
Law Commission of Ontario to undertake a broad based consultation and
review the legal capacity, decision making and guardianship laws in
"Hundreds of families who are facing extremely challenging circumstances
will be greatly relieved by the services that the $42 million
investment will provide. Yet, thousands more remain on waiting lists
in communities all across the province," said OASIS President Jane
Joris. "There is still work to be done to address the operating
pressures faced by transfer payment agencies that have not had any
funding increases in the last four years in the face of rising costs,"
Joris continued. "We recognize the difficult choices the Government of
Ontario is faced with in this economic effort."
OASIS will continue to work with the Government to ensure the
maintenance of a strong, responsive and stable non-profit transfer
payment agency system both as the Province's primary service delivery
mechanism and as the backstop for the initiation of funding directly to
individuals and families under the transformed Developmental Services
SOURCE: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS)
For further information:
about OASIS member agencies, please visit the OASIS website at www.oasisonline.ca or contact OASIS President, Jane Joris at firstname.lastname@example.org.