(TORONTO - Monday, June 13, 2016) - Congratulations to the Wynne government on today's cabinet shuffle and increasing the number of women in Cabinet.
We are also pleased to see that the Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek has remained as Minister of Community and Social Services, a post she has held for two years. "This is great news for our sector. Minister Jaczek is committed to improving the lives of people with a developmental disability in all areas of their life," says Janet Nolan, Chair of the Provincial Network on Developmental Services. "By enabling innovative solutions to increasing people's opportunities to participate and be fully included, we are ensuring people have choice and quality supports."
However, the shuffle does raise concern over Ontario's ability to deliver a barrier free, inclusive society by 2025. By removing the Accessibility portfolio from cabinet the disability community is concerned about how the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will be implemented within the timelines, and in a way that insures full accessibility for all Ontarians.
About the Provincial Network
The Provincial Network on Developmental Services represents over 300 non-profit agencies throughout Ontario, consisting of membership from Christian Horizons, Community Living Ontario, Faith and Culture Inclusion Network, Great Lakes Society, Toronto Developmental Services Alliance (TDSA - formerly MARC), Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS), and the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) . Together we are a network of grass roots volunteer organizations that have played a vital role in the building of inclusive communities throughout the province.
For more information, contact:
Community Living Toronto, 416.568.5010
We are pleased to report to you that over this past weekend, representatives of DS sector employers, CUPE and OPSEU reached an agreement with respect to input to MCSS regarding the allocation of funds to the sector.
It was agreed that on February 1, 2015 funding allocation of $36million will flow for the current fiscal year. Another $36million will flow to the sector on April 1, 2015 for the 2015/16 fiscal year.
Allocation to agencies will be determined on a per capita Full Time Equivalent (FTE) basis; MCSS will collect this data and all parties will be informed of allocation amounts by January 31, 2015. 80% of each allocation must be for wages and associated mandatory statutory benefit costs, and 20% shall be directed towards Precarious Work Issues (low wages, pensions and benefits) as well as mandatory associated statutory benefit costs resulting from wage increases from this funding allotment.
If an agency is covered by a collective agreement, distribution will be determined through the local bargaining process. If no collective agreement is in place, funds will be distributed at management’s discretion.
The funds will be flowed to employees within 30 days of reaching an agreement on wage increases, which might be through the form of a Memorandum of Understanding or a ratified collective agreement. Wage increases to non-unionized employees will flow within thirty days of agencies receipt of the monies.
It was agreed that Executive Directors / CEOs and employees who report directly to Executive Directors and employees serving in a management role, which includes the right to hire and fire other employees, shall not count toward the FTE amount and will not receive money from these funding allocations.
For agencies who are currently in the collective bargaining process or where bargaining has been paused, it is highly recommended that meetings are scheduled for the beginning of February.
Developmental Services Advisory Group
It was agreed that MCSS will establish a DSAG by June 1, 2015.
A Monday morning conference call will be held on January 12, 2015 at 8:30 am at which point there will be an opportunity for a Q&A session – call details will follow. We thank you for your patience, feedback and guidance during these past few weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Palmer, email@example.com or Dave Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating Real Change through Partnership
Our Partnership and Action plan has been submitted to government to chart a path for full social inclusion for people with a developmental disability. Building on the recommendations of the Select Committee on Developmental Services, bolstered by the recent budget investment, we believe that by bringing together government, agencies, individuals, families and the broader public we can transform the developmental services together. You can read our report here.
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