May 2, 2007

McGuinty Government Boosting Developmental Services Sector

$200 Million Provides Stable Multi-Year Funding for Agencies' Wages and Services

Toronto - The McGuinty government is boosting capacity in the developmental services sector by providing multi-year agency base budget and wage and salary increases as part of the 2007 Ontario Budget, Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur announced today.

"The 2007 Budget is about expanding opportunity for all Ontarians and strengthening the foundation of our caring and compassionate society," said Meilleur. "By boosting funding for the developmental services sector, we are making sure that social services workers get paid a fair wage, agencies have the opportunity to plan for the long-term, and people with developmental disabilities and their families are assured that the supports they need are available."

For the first time, agencies that provide services and support for people with a developmental disability can count on planned, multi-year increases for wages and services. This year, agencies will get $22.2 million for base funding, which will increase by 2 per cent annually for four years. In addition, agencies will get $20 million for targeted wage gap funding to address the lowest paid employees in the sector. Base and wage gap funding will grow to $181 million in 2010/11.

An infusion of $20 million will increase capacity in successful developmental services programs such as Passport and Special Services at Home, as well as Residential Supports and Specialized Clinical Services.

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

The McGuinty government has been working with individuals with a developmental disability, their families, and community organizations to build services and programs that help people with developmental disabilities live, work and participate in a wide range of activities within their communities. 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;
  • 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; and
  • Continued the commitment made 30 years ago to move from institutional to community-based services.

"All Ontarians should have the opportunity to learn, work and participate in society to their fullest potential," said Meilleur. "By investing in developmental services, we are creating a stronger, more inclusive society for all Ontarians, an Ontario that benefits from the contributions of all its citizens."

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Marc Despatie
Minister's Office
416-325-5219

John Letherby
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187

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