Province Announces Employment and Modernization Fund Project

October 12, 2017

Ontario is helping adults with developmental disabilities in the Upper Ottawa Valley to live more independently and to participate fully in their community.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, was at Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley to tour the agency and to learn more about their Valley Housing project, which is funded by the ministry. The initiative will support more inclusive living accommodations for nine people with developmental disabilities within their community.

This is one of 38 projects receiving support through the second phase of Ontario’s Employment and Modernization Fund (EMF). The EMF’s goal is to promote greater inclusion and independence, and to make services and supports more responsive to the needs of families and adults with developmental disabilities through collaborative solutions.

Supporting agencies and helping adults with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quotes

“As I visit agencies across the province, I see the continued expansion of strong partnerships that are driving more inclusivity for people with developmental disabilities in our communities. We have already begun to see the progress that the Employment and Modernization funding has had on agencies being able to deliver programs that are giving people with developmental disabilities greater opportunities for employment.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is pleased to receive funding from the Ontario Government for our Valley Housing: A Foundation for the Future project. The initiative will have a life-changing impact on the lives of nine individuals who will be supported by more inclusive housing in their communities. The momentum was inspired after hosting our innovative housing symposium, leading to significant partnerships and resulting in positive outcomes for individuals in the Upper Ottawa Valley.”
- Chris Grayson, Executive Director, Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley

Quick Facts

  • As part of Phase II of the Employment and Modernization Fund, the government is investing over $7 million for 38 creative projects across the province.
  • Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is receiving over $121,000 for the Valley Housing project, which will support more inclusive living accommodations for nine people with developmental disabilities within their community.
  • This initiative is in addition to an investment of over $12.5 million announced this past June to improve access to services for people with developmental disabilities.
  • This investment is in addition to the government’s recent announcement of four-year $677 million investment in community and developmental services announced in Budget 2017.
  • Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year in developmental services.

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Media Contacts

Lyndsay Miller, Minister’s Office, 416-325-5450
Daniel Schultz, Communications Branch, 416-212-3325