Ontario Budget Press Release (Highlights as reported by OASIS)

Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Government recently recognizing the needs of Ontarians with developmental disabilities and their families.

Families are in crisis. The level of unmet need for community supports and services for Ontarians with a developmental disability and their families has never been as high as today. The budget, if approved, takes a positive step by providing an additional $42 million annually to reduce waiting lists and provide better supports for those with complex needs.

Proposed changes to the ODSP system will assist in addressing the poverty of individuals living on ODSP. For recipients who are employed the proposed budget would have an immediate positive impact on their monthly income, by allowing them to keep the first $200 of employment earnings before they face a reduction of their ODSP benefit.

The Government of Ontario has also asked the Law Commission of Ontario to undertake a broad-based consultation and review the legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship laws in Ontario. “Hundreds of families who are facing extremely challenging circumstances will be greatly relieved by the services that the $42 million investment will provide. Yet, thousands more remain on waiting lists in communities all across the province,” said OASIS President Jane Joris. “There is still work to be done to address the operating pressures faced by transfer payment agencies that have not had any funding increases in the last four years in the face of rising costs,” Joris continued. “We recognize the difficult choices the Government of Ontario is faced with in this economic effort.”