KEY FACTS

Community Living Mississauga was founded in 1955

Provide person-centred supports to more than 3,000 individuals

  • Residential
  • Social
  • Employment
  • Day Programs

OUR MISSION

Providing support to individuals who have an intellectual disability to ensure their quality of life in the community is meaningfully improved.

OUR VISION

All people will live in a state of dignity and respect, share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of all individuals. All people will have the freedom to make choices and decisions that enable them to achieve self-determination.

KEY MESSAGE #1 – The Urgency Faced by Individuals and Families

  • There are currently more than 15,000 individuals who have an intellectual disability on the wait list for residential support in Ontario and an equal number on the wait list for individualized funding (called Passport);
  • Additionally, individuals and families who are currently receiving service are now fearful that those services will be reduced or withdrawn due to pending organizational cutbacks;
  • Funding for Developmental Services in Ontario is a crisis driven process that responds to the most urgent needs, which means that those with low or moderate needs have little hope of receiving service.  It’s a system that invests in ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of services and supports at the top;
  • We are now experiencing a sharp increase in admissions for individuals who have an intellectual disability to hospitals, mental health forensic units, long term care facilities, and jails – the new forms of institutionalization.

KEY MESSAGE #2– The Urgent Situation Faced by Developmental Service Agencies

  • Nine consecutive years of flat-lined base budgets, new labour legislation and unfunded pay equity obligations have resulted in the following:
    • A very high likelihood of widespread labour unrest this year, a damaging prospect on the heels of introducing Bill 148 that was intended to benefit workers across the province;
    • The emergence of for-profit, private operators offering lower cost, lower quality services, a second tier system that is largely unregulated;
    • Staff compensation rates that now seriously lag behind other sectors of the human services, namely health and education;
    • Significant costs associated with Bill 148 are an added pressure on an already financially strained developmental services sector; and
    • Organizations are now seriously considering submitting deficit budgets for the upcoming fiscal year or closing programs to address mounting financial pressures including ongoing pay equity obligations.

WHAT’S REQUIRED?

  • The implementation of a long term, stable funding framework to address the waitlist for Developmental Services and the organizations that provide the supports and services, that recognizes, at the very least, cost of living pressures;
  • An immediate investment of $300 million annualized just to stabilize the sector following years of chronic underfunding;
  • Continue working towards funding the related changes that Bill 148 has created on the broader public service sector;
  • A commitment of funding for pay equity obligations; and
  • Annualized increases for service expansion to address the growing wait lists.