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  • April 16, 2014

Waitlists to End in Scarborough-Guildwood

Ontario plans to eliminate waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities. 

As part of the government’s vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province would eliminate the current waitlist for the Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years, directly benefiting families in Scarborough-Guildwood. 

These programs provide direct funding to families and individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to customize their services and supports to best meet their individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would:

  • Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
  • Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
  • Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported Independent Living programs
  • Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
  • Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing onOntario's greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.


“This is wonderful news for people living with developmental disabilities and their families here in Scarborough-Guildwood. This new funding will help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives and become integrated members of the Scarborough-Guildwood community.”

 – Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood

 “This is great news for individuals with a developmental disability, their families and our staff. This announcement tells us that the government has heard the system has been in desperate need of support for some time now. This plan will help begin to stabilize the sector for future generations of people with a developmental disability and greatly reduce the stress many families face every day.” 

-- Garry Pruden Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Toronto 

“Our vision for developmental services inOntariosees people with developmental disabilities participating as fully as possible in their communities. Direct funding is an important part of the support that people and families need to achieve the goal of inclusion.”

– Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Supporting all Ontarians to live independently and reach their full potential is a cornerstone of our commitment to promoting a fair and prosperous society. These proposed investments are crucial to makingOntarioa better place to live.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance


  • The government is proposing an $810 million investment over the next three years, the largest ever funding increase to the developmental services system inOntario.
  • There are an estimated 62,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; more than 15,000 are supported through the Passport direct funding program.
  • An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario; the Special Services at Home program currently serves more than 12,500.
  • Ontariocurrently invests more than $1.7 billion in developmental services, a 63 per cent increase since 2003. The proposed additional funding would increase that to more than $2 billion by 2016-17.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.


Proposed new investments in developmental services. [backgrounder]


Kayla Lauzon, MPP’s office,  416-281-2787

Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, 416-325-0324

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