Petition to the Government of Ontario

We, the undersigned residents of Ontario draw to the attention of the Government of Ontario that:

it is unacceptable that in Peel Region in the last 36 months more than 33 adults who have a developmental disability have been abandoned by their families; and

it is unacceptable that individuals who have a developmental disability are cut off from the Special Services at Home funding program when they turn age 18 and therefore have no immediate funding; and

it is unacceptable that there are 1105 individuals who have a developmental disability waiting for funding for day supports and respite services. In addition to this, many families who have been fortunate enough to receive Passport funding cannot afford to purchase more than a few days a week worth of support; and

it is unacceptable that there are more than 65 people on the then existing “Pressures List” who have been identified by the Ministry of Community and Social Services as requiring a high level of support but there is no long term secure funding available; and

it is unacceptable that while the Ministry of Community and Social Services reports that they have provided funding for 800 residential supports across the Province that Peel Region only received support for an estimated 12 people and apparently most of these were people already being supported by the Ministry; and

it is unacceptable that of the new funding promised to the community to support an additional 600 adults has been diverted by the Ministry to pay for Transitional Aged Youth for whom the Ministry is already responsible; and

it is unacceptable that families have to wait years for clinical supports such as Psychiatrists, clinical assessments, Behavioral supports, etc.; and

it is unacceptable that families requiring residential support have to be in crisis. Families that work within the system and plan for their loved ones future are constantly punished by the lack of supports; and

it is unacceptable that families in crisis are being forced to relocate their children out of Peel Region; and

it is unacceptable that the Fair Share for Peel historical funding unbalance has never been addressed.

Therefore, your petitioners call upon you, the Government of Ontario, to address the funding issues for the Region of Peel so that we can help families rebuild and reinstate hope for a quality of life for their family members.