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Ontario Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities

Projects in Campbellford/Brighton and Peterborough to Receive Funding

Ministry of Community and Social Services

The province is investing up to $588,773 in two local agencies to pilot creative and inclusive housing projects for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, in partnership with Community Living organizations in Peterborough, Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes, is receiving up to $188,800 over the next two years for a project that will give young adults the opportunity to learn daily living skills such as cooking and banking, so they are equipped to live more independently in their community.

Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, in collaboration with the Campbellford Memorial Hospital and other partners, is receiving up to $398,973 over the next two years to create a centralized hub that will provide supports to aging individuals with developmental disabilities in the surrounding rural areas to support their continued independent living.

These projects have been selected by the Developmental Services Housing Task Force to help expand the range of housing options and choices for adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.

The task force's mandate is to encourage creative partnerships and promote individualized, inclusive housing solutions that could potentially be replicated in other areas of the province.  Lessons learned will be used to develop a broader set of residential options in the long-term.

Helping people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible is part of Ontario's plan to give everyone a chance to participate in the province's economy and communities. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to invest in people's talents and skills, make the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, create a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and build a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • This funding is part of the government’s three-year, $810-million investment in community and developmental services.
  • There are an estimated 65,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; approximately 18,000 receive developmental services residential supports.
  • The government has committed up to $6 million over the next two years provincewide for demonstration or research projects through the Housing Task Force. A total of up to $3.47 million over two years is being provided for the first group of selected projects.
  • The Housing Task Force is planning a second call for proposals later this year for the remainder of the funding.

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“We know there is no one-size-fits-all housing solution for adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks to the hard work of agencies, families, community partners and Housing Task Force members, we have an opportunity to expand our knowledge and learn how new partnerships can help us provide new housing support options.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“The proposals testify to a powerful readiness by individuals, families, communities, and agencies to think creatively as they search for solutions – with that readiness generating a drive toward the creation of new resources, partnerships, and determination. Given this, the government’s funding commitment to the Housing Task Force’s efforts will now yield both immediate and longer-term rewards: new projects will serve people who have been waiting for supports and those projects will, in turn, provide models for future duplication across the province.”

Ron Pruessen

Chair of the Developmental Services Housing Task Force

Jeff Leal

“It is great to see Community Living organizations in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton partner with the Canadian Mental Health Association to develop a valuable housing project which helps young people with developmental disabilities, live with greater independence and promote a higher quality of life for them in our community.”

Jeff Leal

MPP, Peterborough and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Lou Rinaldi

“Our government is proud to support projects, including the one right here in Campbellford that will help develop models that support continued independent living for people with developmental disabilities in rural areas.”

Lou Rinaldi

MPP, Northumberland-Quinte West

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