Our Partnership with the Government of Ontario
Across the organization, staff in all departments were called-upon to go above-and-beyond to ensure the safety of colleagues and the people we support.
This would not have been possible without the support of the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS). From the early days of the pandemic, then-Minister Todd Smith, his staff, and our partners at MCCSS have supported our COVID-19 response in a variety of ways. This began with various emergency orders that ensured stability in the developmental services sector and gave agencies the tools necessary to protect the health and safety of all concerned.
Through the MCCSS COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund, CLTO received $2.4 million to address costs associated with fighting the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning, personal protective equipment, and wages tied to longer shifts. CLTO staff have also benefitted significantly from the provincial commitment to enhanced wages for staff working at the frontlines.
Over the past fiscal year, CLTO received $2.7 million to support workers through increased hourly wages. Our success as an organization in addressing this extraordinary crisis is tied to the support MCCSS provided through increased wages.
Our results to date would not have been possible without our continued partnership with MCCSS and the Government of Ontario. As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, we look forward to working with Minister Merrilee Fullerton and her team to build on our work over the past year.