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Province Seeking New Proposals for the Employment and Modernization Fund

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

The province is now accepting applications for the third phase of the fund, for projects in two major themes:

  • Employment: Projects that assist with the shift toward competitive employment for people with developmental disabilities, and initiatives that enable people to pursue paid work.
  • Modernization: Projects that promote collaboration and new delivery models 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.

The Employment and Modernization Fund promotes greater inclusion and independence for adults with developmental disabilities. For example, as part of the EMF Phase II funding, Ontario provided support for the Kenora Association for Community Living's Collaborations to Promote Youth Employment program, which is creating co-op placements and summer employment opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities interested in earning real pay in mainstream workplaces.

Supporting agencies and people with developmental disabilities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Applications will be accepted until December 12, 2017.
  • The Employment and Modernization Fund was launched in 2014, as part of the Ontario government's $810 million investment strategy for community and developmental services.
  • On March 30, 2017, Ontario announced that the fund would be extended beyond its original two phases in order to support additional creative approaches to delivering services to help people with developmental disabilities, as well as promote knowledge sharing.
  • The province has already invested nearly $15 million in 76 creative proposals through the first two phases.
  • The investment is in addition to the four-year $677 million investment for community and developmental services announced in Budget 2017.
  • Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year in developmental services.

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“The Employment and Modernization Fund helps further our goal of providing greater flexibility, choice and inclusion in the services that we offer to adults with developmental disabilities. We want individuals with developmental disabilities to be empowered and be able to access services and supports that are right for them and we’re pleased to enable that through EMF Phase III.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

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