Ontario Celebrates Reopening of Branchton Group Home
Province Invests in Residential Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Ontario is supporting adults with developmental disabilities in the Cambridge area to ensure they get the supports and services they need closer to home.
A new Christian Horizons residence opened today in Branchton, replacing the original residence, which was destroyed by fire in January 2015. The new 4,800 square foot home is fully accessible and will house six adults with complex support needs. Residents will begin moving into the newly completed home this month.
Developmental service agencies like Christian Horizons offer a wide range of supports for people with developmental disabilities, depending on their needs. This includes providing people with an accessible, safe and comfortable home in their community.
Investing in residential care for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario invested approximately $1.5 million in capital funding to Christian Horizons to support the rebuild, replacing the original four bed, 2,500 square foot group home with a six bed, 4,800 square foot residence. It is also designed to meet all current fire, building and accessibility code requirements.
- The 2018 budget included a $1.8 billion investment over three years to support developmental services. If passed, it will be the largest one-time investment in developmental services in the province’s history.
- Ontario is committed to making sure that no adult with a developmental disability is living where they are not appropriately supported. The 2018 budget proposes capital investments to create new residential spaces.
- The proposed budget investment would be in addition to previous investments that have increased annual funding in developmental services by $1.3 billion since 2003.
- Approximately 18,300 adults with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community, while another 23,500 receive direct funding for services and supports.
“Our government wants an Ontario where all people with developmental disabilities are fully included in their communities. Agencies like Christian Horizons help make that possible by providing homes where residents receive the right supports for their needs.”
“The reopening of Christian Horizons in Branchton is great news for our community. I’m thrilled to see Ontario’s investment help create a safe and comfortable residence that six people with developmental disabilities will now call home.”
“Christian Horizons is very grateful for the ministry’s investment supporting the rebuild of this home. Six people with developmental disabilities will soon move into a new home of their own, a place in the community where they can belong. We commend the government on their continued support for adults with developmental disabilities in the province.”