July 30, 2013

Ontario Government Reducing Waitlist Pressures, Improving Services for Those at High Risk


Ontario is boosting support for adults with a developmental disability, with a focus on those facing the highest risks.

The new $42.5 million investment, announced in the 2013 Ontario Budget, will help families and adults at high risk, reduce waitlist pressures, and better support those with complex needs. Enhanced supports include:

  • Emergency support for an estimated 600-800 adults with a developmental disability who have an unexpected temporary need, such as the sudden illness of a caregiver.
  • Training and specialized equipment, such as bed lifts, for community agencies to help adults with complex needs.
  • New or additional direct funding for 850 adults with a developmental disability to support their community participation and provide respite to caregivers.
  • Residential accommodation or support to help up to 250 adults facing high safety and security risks (e.g., former Crown wards with no family support).

Increasing access to services for people with a developmental disability is part of the Ontario government’s plan to create a fair and prosperous society and help people in their everyday lives.


“This investment addresses pressing needs for adults with a developmental disability, and we will continue working to make the system better for more people. As a society, we also need to keep working on increasing opportunities for people with a developmental disability to thrive in our communities.”
– Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

“This investment is a good first step to helping more individuals and families get the support they desperately need. We are pleased the government is demonstrating a commitment to increasing access to the critical services and supports people with a developmental disability need to live secure, meaningful lives in the community.”
– Garry Pruden, Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Toronto


  • Ontario funds more than $1.7 billion worth of developmental services annually.
  • In the past 10 years, the province has committed more than $620 million in new ongoing funding for developmental services – a 63 per cent increase.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.
  • Over 15,000 people receive funding through the Passport program.


Ontario is working to improve the developmental services system

2013 Ontario Budget.