LONDON, ON, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Staff at Community Living London are
wondering what happened to the promised funding for an important local
employment program for youth with disabilities. The Transitioning Youth
Employment Program will close effective December 1, 2013 unless
long-awaited funds materialize.
"There has been no government announcement regarding cutting this
program. What is going on? We all deserve some answers," said OPSEU
President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
The Transitioning Youth Employment Program is funded by the Federal
Government's Human Resources and Skills Development Canada -
Opportunities Fund but has received nothing for this fiscal year.
"This program has been serving our community's young adults with
disabilities for 14 years," said Staff Representative, Lynne Easter.
"Closing it down will be a huge loss to so many young people and their
While Community Living London has attempted to keep this valuable
program running, it announced late last month that they can no longer
do so. The end result is the loss of two jobs, not to mention the loss
of this valuable service.
Ontario currently has 23,000 thousand people with disabilities on a
waiting list for services. Chronic underfunding of developmental
services continues to put persons with disabilities at risk in their
Due to a lack of available services, people with disabilities are
sometimes placed into inappropriate care such as long-term care homes.
This exacerbates an already overloaded system.
For further information:
Lynne Easter, OPSEU Staff Representative: 519-657-8312 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936 email@example.com