Community Living Toronto Congratulates Provincial Government on its Investment in Developmental Services



    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Today's announcement of $200 million over four
years is a welcome infusion at a time of change in the Developmental Services
Sector. This investment will help to alleviate the critical challenges
developmental service providers are currently facing, and will enable agencies
like Community Living Toronto to continue to provide quality supports and
services.
    "Today's announcement of $200 million will begin to address
sustainability in an unstable sector," says Bruce Rivers, Chief Executive
Officer of Community Living Toronto, "This is a positive sign that the
provincial government is committed to ensuring that people with an
intellectual disability can and should live with respect and dignity in our
communities."
    Community Living Toronto supports over 6,000 individuals with an
intellectual disability. Attracting and retaining qualified staff, addressing
lengthy waiting lists and supporting senior parents caring for adult children
have been urgent priorities for Community Living Toronto and the developmental
services' sector for some time. We have been working collaboratively as a
sector and with government to ensure that these priorities are addressed.
Expanding community supports and residential placements will help communities
to provide support to those who have been waiting for service.
    "Community agencies, families, individuals and staff are assured that the
government is committed to addressing critical funding shortfalls," says
Bruce, "We look forward to the Minister's announcement detailing the
allocation of the $200 million and hope that a significant amount will be
delivered in the first year to provide immediate relief to community
agencies."





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