Province Announces Employment and Modernization Fund Project

August 10, 2017


Ontario is supporting adults with developmental disabilities in Six Nations as part of a province wide program that will help promote community-based employment and improve employment services and supports.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, visited Community Living Six Nations "Ronatahskats" to see how funding is being used to enhance its existing employment program for adults with developmental disabilities. Funding will be used to train staff and develop a pre-employment program. The agency will also collaborate with a local employment support agency and community employers for training and job opportunities.

This is one of 38 projects that are receiving support through the second phase of Ontario's Employment and Modernization Fund (EMF), which is intended, through collaborative solutions, to promote greater inclusion and independence for adults with developmental disabilities.

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


“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 individuals with developmental disabilities greater opportunities for employment.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Funding that Community Living Six Nations has received as part of the Employment and Modernization Fund has allowed us to develop our supported employment program from the ground up. The individuals we serve are proud to be participating in their community and to be making a difference. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work from our dedicated staff, who work tirelessly to make this program so successful.”
- Stephanie Anderson, Executive Lead, Community Living Six Nations "Ronatahskats"

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 Six Nations "Ronatahskats" is receiving $85,798 in funding to enhance its existing employment program as part of Phase II of the EMF.
  • The agency received $73,500 in EMF Phase I to start the employment support program for adults with developmental disabilities, which engages employers, individuals and their families to facilitate and support job opportunities.
  • The EMF is part of the Ontario government’s $810 million multi-year investment strategy in community and developmental services.
  • Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year in developmental services.

Learn More

Lyndsay Miller, Minister’s Office, 416-325-5450
Kristen Tedesco, Communications Branch, 416-325-5178