Posted: 18 June 2018
Following the 2018 provincial election, the Ontario PC government – under the leadership of Doug Ford – is tasked with addressing the many outstanding issues affecting the DS Sector. While Ford recently announced plans to invest $1.9 billion over 10 years in mental health, addictions and housing supports, no similar commitments have been made for people with developmental disabilities. Given Ford’s promises to cut $6 Billion in public sector spending, his past comments about people with disabilities, and the PC party’s failure to take part in the Provincial Election Forum on Developmental Services, this silence is deafening. We sincerely hope that support for Developmental Services will find its way into the PC government’s agenda, perhaps championed by Christine Elliott who was the Vice-Chair and the MPP responsible for the creation of the Select Committee on Developmental Services a few years ago.