NEWS RELEASE – Community Living Toronto Welcomes Significant Changes to Ontario Disability Support Program

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Toronto – November 14, 2022 – Community Living Toronto welcomes the announcement by the Government of Ontario that will allow recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program to earn up to $1000, from $200, before their support can be reduced (clawed back).

The announcement was made during the Fall Economic Statement, delivered today by the Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy.

“This is great news for people receiving ODSP as the employment income threshold will have a huge positive impact for them. Thank you to the Government of Ontario and in particular Minister Fullerton and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for your ongoing support”, said Brad Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Toronto.

The Government also announced that core ODSP is going to be indexed to inflation. That means each time inflation goes up, ODSP rates will be aligned to the rate of inflation, to be effective as of July 2023.

“We are pleased with the announcement today. This means more money in the pockets of the people we support, as well as improving their quality of life. We thank the Government of Ontario for their continued support” noted Valérie Picher, Chair of the Board, Community Living Toronto.

Today’s momentous benefit and policy changes help more people receiving ODSP to access employment and reach their full potential while contributing to Ontario’s economy. For more information please refer to the Government of Ontario’s news release here: Ontario Delivers Progress Report and Advances its Plan to Build | Ontario Newsroom

About Community Living Toronto

Community Living Toronto has been a source of support for people with an intellectual disability and their families since 1948. We offer a wide range of services including respite, person-directed planning, employment supports, supported living, and community-based activities. We are proud to support over 4,000 individuals and their families in 80+ locations across Toronto.

The “community living movement” began with families who wanted their children to live in the community, rather than institutions. Today, we continue to advocate for inclusive communities and support the rights and choices of people with an intellectual disability.

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For more information please contact:

Petronilla Ndebele

Director, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations

(416) 356 1532

Petronilla.ndebele@cltoronto.ca

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