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Ontario Closes Institutions For People With A Developmental Disability

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Ontario Closes Institutions For People With A Developmental Disability

McGuinty Government Ends The Era Of Institutionalization

Ontario's last three institutions for people with a developmental disability are closing their doors today.

By closing Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia, Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls and Southwestern Regional Centre in Chatham-Kent, the government has fulfilled its commitment to end the era of institutional living for people with a developmental disability.

Since 2004, nearly 1,000 people with a developmental disability have moved from these last three institutions into Ontario communities. For every resident who moved into the community, the Ontario government has:

  • actively involved family members or advocates
  • moved residents close to their families and friends wherever possible
  • balanced residents' wishes with available resources and the community's ability to support them, and
  • ensured services and supports were in place before they moved.

Thanks to the cooperation of communities, agencies, staff and families, many people with a developmental disability are exploring new opportunities, gaining new skills and living closer to loved ones.

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“As we close the doors to institutions, we also close the doors to the segregation, seclusion and stereotyping of Ontarians with a developmental disability.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Many people with an intellectual disability now have a better quality of life because they are active members of their communities and are more connected with friends and family.”

Dianne Garrels-Munro

president of Community Living Ontario

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