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The Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, held a forum on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to encourage people to share their ideas on how to remove barriers, improve opportunities and support innovative and inclusive housing for adults with developmental disabilities.

The forum built on the work of the Ontario Developmental Services Housing Task Force and took place in locations across Ontario:

  • Chatham
  • Ottawa
  • Orangeville
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto

What we heard

The forum served as a strong reminder of the importance of ongoing and open dialogue in finding inclusive housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities.

We heard from participants across Ontario that:

  • information sharing and learning through best practices is a key step towards investing in the future of housing solutions for people with a developmental disability and their families
  • families want to continue to see flexible and collaborative systems that provide better and greater choice
  • MCSS must continue thinking and working collectively —between ministries, with agency partners, within communities and with builders and developers— to help make housing affordable, accessible and inclusive
  • regardless of the issue to be tackled, the solution should always be people-centred and that ongoing advocacy and awareness building is essential, so that the needs of people with developmental disabilities are considered as part of the larger housing agenda

Read the full "What We Heard" report.

Watch the forum

Watch the Minister’s Remarks and Innovation Panel Discussion here:



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Timecode Feature

00:00 - 02:45

Introduction of Ministers

  • Glennie Mercer, event facilitator

02:45 - 15:30

Ministers' Remarks:

  • Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
  • Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

23:45 - 25:00

Introduction of Innovation Panel

  • Glennie Mercer, event facilitator
25:00 - 1:58:30

Innovation Panel Discussion

  • Marg McLean, Executive Director, Community Living St. Marys and Area
  • Bonnie Heath, President, Scarborough Residential Alternatives
  • Mike Coxon, Chief Executive Officer, Mills Community Support Corporation
  • Bryan Keshen, President and CEO, Reena