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Province Seeking New Proposals for the Employment and Modernization Fund

Ontario is launching the second call for proposals for projects that support adults with development disabilities, through the Developmental Services Employment and Modernization Fund (EMF).

The province approved 38 creative proposals through its first call for proposals in 2014. The EMF is part of Ontario’s $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services, and is intended to promote greater inclusion and independence for adults with developmental disabilities through collaborative solutions.

The province is building on the success of the first round of funding by seeking projects that promote creative approaches to providing supports and sharing best practices and resources. Applications will be accepted until December 19, 2016, for funding relating to two major themes:

  • Employment: Projects that assist with the shift towards competitive employment for people with developmental disabilities, and initiatives that enable people to pursue paid work.
  • Modernization: Projects that promote innovation and collaboration within the developmental services sector, and that build linkages with other sectors, in order to make services and supports more person-centred and responsive to the needs of individuals and families.

Supporting people with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario's goal of full inclusion for every person across the province.

Quick Facts

  • The developmental services budget has doubled over the past 12 years, reaching more than $2 billion annually this year.
  • The Employment and Modernization Fund is part of the Ontario government’s $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services approved in the 2014 Budget.

Additional Resources


“The Employment and Modernization Fund is part of our shared vision that focuses on ability, not just disability. We must all do our part and continue to work together to develop better collaboration, stronger partnerships and shared solutions to make our communities more inclusive for people with a developmental disability.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

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