Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund

Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.

The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.

The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.

For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.

Ontario Newsroom


Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund
Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.   The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.   The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.  For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.   Ontario Newsroom    


Enabling Minds

CMHA Ontario presents A FREE PUBLIC FORUM
#A Better Serve: Enabling Mental Health Accessibility
in Ontario’s Physical Activity Field

When: December 3 , 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm
(International Day of Persons with Disabilities)

Where: Nancy’s Auditorium, YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto   Speakers’ Panel, Networking, Light Refreshments Free, space limited.
For more information and to pre-register, visit the Enabling Minds website.


Helen Henderson Literary Award

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is accepting applications for the Helen Henderson Literary Award.

This award will be granted to a CILT member, or an ally recommended by a CILT member, who produced an outstanding piece of writing related to raising public awareness of a disability issue or barrier.

The award recipient will receive a lifetime membership at CILT, plus a cash prize of $200.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Mar. 31, 2016. Eligibility criteria include:

  • One (1) published piece of writing (published on a website, blog, open letter to the editor or in a journal, newsletter or magazine);
  • Submission must be in English or French;
  • Minimum 700 words; maximum 3,000 words;
  • Addresses at least one (1) disability issue or barrier;
  • Published within a year of the submission deadline.

For more information on Helen Henderson, her legacy and how to apply for this award, please download the application.


NEADS is seeking participants for an on-line survey

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking participants for an on-line survey for students who identify with mental health conditions.

Post-secondary students with mental health difficulties are needed to help them develop an online transition program geared towards students.

The Assessment and Resource Centres of Ontario (one at Queen’s University and ne at Cambrian College) have been funded to develop an online transition rogram in both a northern and southern region of Ontario for students with ental health issues transitioning from high school to post-secondary ducation.

In order to address current gaps in transition programming, NEADS is looking for information from students with mental health concerns who are 18 and older and who have been accepted into or are currently studying at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

For more information, visit the NEADS website, or contact Alana Holmes at alana.holmes@cambriancollege.ca or at 705-566-8101 ext. 7643.

NEADS website 

Survey


Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy approved by Council

TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy was unanimously approved by Toronto City Council on November 4th.

Over the past year, over 1,950 residents and community partners shared ideas that shaped the 17 recommendations and 71 actions in TO Prosperity.

“People in all four corners of the city shared their stories, visions, and solutions.”

Many residents met with their councillors and told them how important a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy is.

Over the next six months, the City will invite residents, community and business partners to participate in the creation of an Accountability Structure to guide the implementation of the Strategy, and ensure the work is effective and accountable.

TO Prosperity on City of Toronto website

Additional Information on City of Toronto website


NEADS is seeking participants for an on-line survey

  The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking participants for an on-line survey for students who identify with mental health conditions.   Post-secondary students with mental health difficulties are needed to help them develop an online transition program geared towards students.   The Assessment and Resource Centres of Ontario (one at Queen’s University and ne at Cambrian College) have been funded to develop an online transition rogram in both a northern and southern region of Ontario for students with ental health issues transitioning from high school to post-secondary ducation.   In order to address current gaps in transition programming, NEADS is looking for information from students with mental health concerns who are 18 and older and who have been accepted into or are currently studying at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.   For more information, visit the NEADS website, or contact Alana Holmes at alana.holmes@cambriancollege.ca or at 705-566-8101 ext. 7643.
 
NEADS website    Survey
 


Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy approved by Council

  TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy was unanimously approved by Toronto City Council on November 4th.   Over the past year, over 1,950 residents and community partners shared ideas that shaped the 17 recommendations and 71 actions in TO Prosperity. “People in all four corners of the city shared their stories, visions, and solutions.”    Many residents met with their councillors and told them how important a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy is.
Over the next six months, the City will invite residents, community and business partners to participate in the creation of an Accountability Structure to guide the implementation of the Strategy, and ensure the work is effective and accountable.
TO Prosperity on City of Toronto website

Additional Information on City of Toronto website


Pathways to Promoting Mental Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units

Join the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s  Health Promotion Resource Centre (CAMH HPRC) for a webinar on Monday, November 23 from 12-1 p.m. to launch a new report, Pathways to Promoting Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units.
This report highlights results of a 2015 provincial survey conducted as a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health Promotion Division and the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre.   Specifically, the report identifies current mental health promotion (MHP) activities in public health being delivered for Ontarians of all ages and stages and identifies specific MHP activities occurring for adults 18 years and older.   Full Report on the CAMH HPRC website

Register for this webinar on Eventbrite


Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Mandate Letter

Canada has a New Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Minister Carla Qualtrough.

The Minister’s overarching goal will be “to promote healthier Canadians through sport and recreation, and to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities.”

The Minister’s four top priorities are to:

  • Lead an engagement process with provinces, territories, municipalities, and stakeholders that will lead to the passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act;
  • Work with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to deliver on our commitment to support the construction of recreational infrastructure that allows more children access to sport and recreation;
  • Work with the Minister of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada to support a national strategy to raise awareness for parents, coaches, and athletes on concussion treatment;
  • Work with the Minister of Canadian Heritage to include sport and recreation in championing government-wide efforts to promote the celebration of Canada 150, with a particular emphasis on celebrating the achievements of athletes and persons with disabilities;
  • Lead preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics and future international sporting events;
  • and Create greater links between our elite athletes and young Canadians to promote health and achievement among youth.

 

Introduction to Carla Qualtrough