Centennial College: Job Positions

City of Toronto’s 2019-2021 Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan

The City of Toronto has started a new consultation process to develop its next four-year Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan (2019-2021.)  The Poverty Reduction Strategy contains 12 recommendations across the following five themes: Housing Stability, Service Access and Coordination, Transportation Equity, Food Access, and Quality Jobs and Livable Incomes.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.

To share your ideas in an online survey, visit the Poverty Reduction Strategy Community Conversation Guide.

Accessible Canada Act

The Government of Canada introduced on June 20, 2018 Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. The goal of this bill is to ensure that everyone can fully participate in society and the economy, regardless of one’s abilities.

The Government of Canada held the largest and most accessible consultation on accessibility in Canada’s history, and to further the objectives of the legislation it will invest about $290 million over 6 years.

To find out more about the Accessible Canada Act and what the government is doing to improve accessibility, visit the Accessible Canada website.

Sidewalk Labs: Designing a District for Urban Innovation and Accessibility

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is an international community of open source developers, researchers, designers, and advocates who collaborate to ensure that the emerging technology is designed inclusively.

Working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community, the IDRC is currently developing a “smart district” called Quayside at waterfront. Sidewalk lab’s team intends to pilot some of their smart technologies in transportation, housing, and energy use in this neighbourhood.

To learn more about this innovative project visit the Sidewalk Labs website or the Co-designing Inclusive Cities website.

City of Toronto Heat Warnings

Now that the summer is here, take your heat wave precautions! Inform yourself about the City of Toronto Heat Warnings: ow.ly/FL9p30kuKzh

For a list of cooling centres and air-conditioned public spaces, visit the following link: bit.ly/2HV9dUr

*All cooling centres are accessible. All air-conditioned public spaces are accessible except:
Bedford Park Community Centre
Falstaff Community Centre
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
Perth/Dupont Public Library
Queen/Saulter Public Library
St. Clair/Silverthorn Public Library
Victoria Village

Some advice to beat the heat:
• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places (shopping malls, local libraries, community centres, etc.)
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a
wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities so they take place during cooler parts of the day.
• Make sure that elderly people, children or pets are not left unattended in a car.

Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to provide a dedicated cooling room for vulnerable residents to escape the heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check on those clients who are at increased risk of heat-related illness during warnings.

For more information about how to beat the heat: toronto.ca/health/keepcool.

For up-to-date information on extended pool hours, pool locations and regular operating hours, call 311 or visit toronto.ca/swim.


CILT searching for Executive Director

CILT is looking for an Executive Director to help successfully lead the organization.
The ED will be responsible and accountable for providing the vision, strategic leadership, partnership building, financial and operational stewardship, and execution required for CILT to deliver against its mandate. To find out more details about this position, follow this link.

CILT’s Strategic Plan Renewal

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is currently undertaking a review of its current three-year strategic plan from 2014 to 2017 to develop a new one for the period of 2018 to 2021 and beyond.

In keeping with the independent living philosophy, it is key that we hear from consumers, other community members, allies, funders and partners.  CILT would like to we invite you to complete a 10-question survey to assist us in ensuring that we are making the best decisions we can in the current environment. We need to feel we are prepared for foreseeable impacts and reactions to these realities in its new strategic plan.

In addition, the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA) requires health service providers to “engage the community of diverse persons and entities in the area where it provides health services when developing plans and setting priorities for the delivery of health services”.

Your responses to this survey will help design and inform CILT’s new strategic plan. The 10-question survey is very brief and will only take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

How to provide input

Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQ3BS9S

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential.

If you cannot access this link or have any other comments or questions, please feel free to contact David Meyers, Senior Manager at David.Meyers@cilt.ca . We also have a word copy of the survey.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. Your feedback is integral for this process.

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 https://disabilitydebate2018.eventbrite.ca or contact Robin Simmons at inquiry@cilt.ca 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.

Wheelchair for Sale-Available until May 3rd

Brand new, never used, bought for $11,000 in 2010.

Specs as follows:

Q600 black from 2010

75-amp NE controller

14″ pneumatic tires

Foot platform

Swing away joystick Right side

Synergy Seat


14-18 width package, 14-18 depth package

18″ back canes with push handles

Single post armrests with waterfall arm pads


Available for pickup in Hog’s Hollow neighborhood in Toronto between April 29 and May 3

If interested, contact Cheryl by cell/text at 778-883-6229.

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program for TTC

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program which begins on April 4, is available at the links below. The City’s website includes more information about future phases of the program.

City of Toronto website: http://www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount
TTC website: http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Fair_Pass_Discount_Program.jsp

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program is for eligible adult residents receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) assistance who are not in receipt of any transportation supports equal to or greater than $100.

The Fair Pass discount is programmed onto a PRESTO card and cardholders must load funds to access the discounted Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) adult fare or TTC monthly pass.

Eligible residents will receive a 12-month Fair Pass discount programmed onto a PRESTO card. Cardholders will save $1.00 on the TTC adult fare for a single ride and $30.75 on a TTC adult monthly pass.

TTC Fare Types Regular Adult Fare* Fair Pass User Savings
Single Ride $3.00 $2.00 $1.00
Monthly Pass $146.25 $115.50 30.75

*Based on PRESTO Card payment

To apply for the Fair Pass Discount Program, you must complete and sign an application and consent form. You can also obtain forms by mail or at any OW or ODSP office in Toronto.

Completed forms can be submitted by mail, fax, or in-person at any of the Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) locations. https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/employment-social-support/support-for-people-in-financial-need/assistance-through-ontario-works/transit-discount/#collapse-how-to-apply

Additional Essential Details

  • The PRESTO card is not transferable and is intended for the approved Fair Pass discount cardholder only.
  • The minimum amount that can be loaded onto a PRESTO card is $10 and loading money online can take up to 24 hours for funds to be available to use.
  • The Fair Pass discount is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance; the funds on the PRESTO card will not expire.
  • If you are receiving the Fair Pass discount and want to check when it expires, speak with a caseworker at any OW office.