McGuinty Government Enhancing Services And Supports For People With Developmental Disabilities In Central Eastern Ontario



    Base Funding For Agencies To Grow To $95 Million By 2010

    CAMPBELLFORD, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is enhancing
services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their
families by investing $3.3 million in base funding to strengthen the capacity
of the 48 developmental services agencies in Central Eastern Ontario, Minister
of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur announced today.
    "The McGuinty government is committed to helping agencies provide the
best possible services for people with a developmental disability," said
Meilleur. "We are working hard to ensure that social services workers get paid
a fair wage and people with a developmental disability and their families have
the support they need."
    The government announced $200 million in additional operating funding for
developmental service agencies over four years in the 2007 Budget. That means
that the $22 million in base funding Ontario's 350 agencies are receiving this
year will increase to more than $95 million annually in 2010/11.
    "Our agencies provide invaluable help to so many people," said
Northumberland MPP Lou Rinaldi. "This funding from the 2007 Budget is about
supporting them and building stronger services and better programs for those
who need them in our community."
    "We are excited about the commitment to support the developmental
services sector. Our staff is dedicated to providing quality supports and
services and this will help us to address funding pressures in a flexible
manner," said Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living
Campbellford/Brighton. "This is a great start towards the goal of wage equity
and we appreciate the efforts of Minister Meilleur and the McGuinty
Government."

    
    Developmental services investments announced in the 2007 Budget also
include:

    -   Targeted wage gap funding to address the lowest paid employees in the
        sector which will grow from $20 million this year to more than
        $85 million in 2010/11; and
    -   An infusion of $20 million to increase capacity in in-demand
        developmental services programs such as Passport and Special Services
        at Home, as well as Residential Supports and Specialized Clinical
        Services.

    With this new funding of $200 million over four years, the government will
have invested more than $500 million in developmental services since 2003.

    Since 2004, the government has:

    -   Committed more than $84 million to expand residential and community
        services for people with a developmental disability, to help agencies
        with operating costs and families with supports to care for family
        members at home; and
    -   Invested more than $29 million in capital funding to increase
        community job opportunities and build, repair, renovate and upgrade
        community agencies that provide programs and services to people with
        a developmental disability.
    

    "Through this investment, we are expanding opportunity for all Ontarians
and strengthening the foundation of our caring and compassionate society,"
said Meilleur. "This is just one more way the McGuinty government is on the
side of our agencies who contribute so much to our society."

    
    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca


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           BUILDING STRONG AGENCIES THROUGH MULTI-YEAR BASE FUNDING
    

    The 2007 Ontario Budget is providing planned, multi-year increases to
boost capacity in the developmental services sector.
    This year, agencies will receive $22.2 million for base funding, which
will increase by two per cent annually for four years to more than
$95 million. Agencies would have flexibility to use the funds to address cost
pressures, including labour, operating and statutory obligations.

    
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         Developmental Services 2007-08 Agency Base Budget by Region
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    Ministry Region                                        (millions)
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    Central West                                                $2.8
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    Toronto                                                     $3.3
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    Central East                                                $3.3
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    Northern                                                    $1.8
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    North East                                                  $1.1
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    South West                                                  $3.4
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    Hamilton/Niagara                                            $2.5
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    Eastern                                                     $2.1
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    South East                                                  $1.9
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    Contact:
    John Letherby
    Communications and Marketing Branch
    416-325-5187

    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416)
325-5219, (416) 433-8584 (cell); John Letherby, Communications and Marketing
Branch, (416) 325-5187

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