Pam McConnell Award – Nominations now open

In honour of City Councillor Pam McConnell, the City of Toronto is launching the Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership. McConnell was an advocate who worked to create more social equity in Toronto. The nomination for award nominees is available online and will be open until Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:45 pm.

The award acknowledges outstanding contributions by young woman in community-based programs as leaders who have inspired other young women and people to be more engaged in social change, equity work and community.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria: 

  • The Award is open to young women residing in the City of Toronto, between the ages of 19 and 26
  • demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through a proven track record of volunteer and/or paid work in the community-based sector
  • shown a commitment to social justice work through creating or leading community-based
  • programs or services for vulnerable youth or residents in Toronto
  • inspired other young women through formal or informal mentorship.

For a complete list of criteria, to preview of the online nomination form and a list of last year’s winners please visit: and for more information, contact

Diners’ Club January 2019

Join us for fun, food and friendship every third Thursday of every month at a different, affordable, accessible restaurant in the city.

Check out the details for January’s event:

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Restaurant: Swiss Chalet
Type of Cuisine: Pub Fare
Price Range: $15.00 – $25.00
Address: 2131 Lawrence Ave E.
Closest intersection: Birchmount & Lawrence
Phone: (416)759-3783
Closest Subway Stations: Kennedy (Accessible)
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, January 10, 2019
RSVP by Phone: (416)-599-2458 ext. 293
By Email:
Via Eventbrite:

For reservation purposes, it is important that you RSVP by the deadline. We encourage you to RSVP via EventBrite.

Members are responsible for the cost of their own meal.
CILT will make every effort to have an attendant available for this event; however, we are unable to guarantee this. Those who must have an attendant with them to fully enjoy this event are encouraged to bring their own.

PLEASE NOTE:  CILT’s Attendant will remain at the restaurant up to 30 minutes after the event’s end time.  We appreciate you keeping this in mind when booking your WheelTrans ride.

Blind Self Portraits: Public talk and class with Georgina Kleege

Georgina Kleege (English Professor at the University of California) will be delivering a public talk and master class in the following days. The topic is “Blind Self Portraits: Remaking the Image of Blindness”, where she explores the ways blindness and visual art are connected in several facets of the culture. Kleege illustrates how traditional understandings in philosophy, visual culture, and cognitive science rely on a one-to-one correspondence between touch in the blind and sight in the sighted, taking for granted other senses and forms of cognition.

Below are the dates of the public talk and the master class:

Public Talk

Date: January 16th, 3-5 PM
Location: Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film & Theatre York University, 4700 Keele St North York, ON M3J 1P3

Master Class (Faculty and graduate students welcome to participate)

Date: January 17th, 11 AM- 1 PM
Location: Sensorium Loft


Accessibility Details:

Wheelchair access. Service animals are welcome. ASL interpretation provided for the public talk. Scent-free environment. York University subway is an accessible station on the University Line. Enablers will be present to direct and guide participants to the space, and to accessible and gender neutral restrooms. For further access information or requests please email

Accessibility Survey – GO Transit

Metrolinx is gathering feedback from customers with disabilities to better understand their experience. A survey will be available until January 31, 2019. Your input will inform the accessibility planning process.

It should take approximately 15 minutes (or longer if you are using a screen reader) to complete.

Accessibility Survey

If you are unable to access the link above, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser:


Ontario Housing Supply: Action Plan Consultations

Over the last years, Ontario has seen rapidly rising housing costs, making it increasingly difficult for people to afford the housing they need.

The Government of Ontario is holding a consultation on increasing the housing supply in the province.  The closing date is January 25, 2019. For more information, visit


D-Net Re-discovered : Benchmark Disability TV series now on YouTube

D-Net, The Disability Network, was a news and current affairs television series broadcast on CBC and Newsworld from 1990 to 1997.

Read the full D-Net press release in Word format.

Portable Housing Benefit – Special Priority Program

The Province of Ontario announced that it will be funding a portable housing benefit (PHB) that will eventually support up to about 3,000 households across Ontario. The benefit will be available to any household that is eligible for the Special Priority Housing Category (SPHC).

This new Portable Housing Benefit:

    • can be used towards the household’s current housing or a unit they move in to
    • is ongoing (permanent) with no end or expiry date
    • eligibility is reviewed each year based on your income tax filing;
    • can increase or decrease annually as income and rental rates change
    • can be used for rent anywhere in Ontario
    • is paid directly to the household
    • the monthly PHB amount will be calculated based on average monthly rent and adjusted family net income.
    • is available now

If you received a letter from Housing Connections (Access to Housing) over the summer to review this alternative housing option, contact Housing Connections at 416-397-7438, or by email at  More information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration’s website, or by visiting a housing help centre.

Shelter Support and Housing

Housing Help


GO Accessibility Survey

The Metrolinx Universal Design Team has designed a survey to collect feedback from customers with disabilities or others who may require accessible services.  Metrolinx wants to better understand customers’ experience on GO Transit to improve services and to stay informed about the accessibility planning process.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete (longer with a screen reader).

GO Accessibility Survey

If you can’t open the GO Accessibility Survey link, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:




My Vote TO – Get informed for this fall’s election!

Get informed and  Engaged in Toronto’s fall municipal election through the City’s My Vote Toronto website.


From September 20, 2018

  • Voters can input their address and find which ward they live in, view the candidates who are running in their ward and view their ward map.

From September 24, 2018

  • Voters can find out if they are on the City of Toronto voters’ list.
  • Voters can add or update their information on the voters’ list until 11:59 p.m. on October 1.
  • Voters who missed the deadline to add or update their information can add their name on the list when they go to vote.
  • Voters can find out where and when to vote.

From October 8, 2018

  • Voters can view a sample of their ballot

UPDATED – Province-Wide Parties Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues

Community Partners invite people with disabilities and their allies from across Ontario to ask questions to each party regarding: Accessible/Subsidized/Supportive Housing, Employment, Poverty Reduction Strategies, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Education and other disability issues.


DATE: Wednesday May 16, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Tecumseh Auditorium, Ryerson Student Centre,
55 Gould St. (south-west side of Gould Street and Church Street)


RSVP by Friday May 11, 2018. Seating is limited.

Register by Eventbrite or contact Robin Simmons at or 416-599-2458 ext. 293

Submit your debate questions on Eventbrite or Twitter #disabilitydebate2018

Provincial debate will be Webcast. Follow us @CIL_Toronto for updates.


For more info, here is the updated flyer.