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Ending Admissions to Sheltered Workshops Important First Step
Toronto, ON – Community Living Ontario is cautiously optimistic that comments made by the Minister of Community and Social Services to the media regarding sheltered workshops will lead to more meaningful employment and civic opportunities in community for people who have an intellectual disability. In an article published by the Toronto Star on November 16, Minister Helena Jaczek indicated her intentions to prevent sheltered workshops from accepting new participants.
“It’s our longstanding view that sheltered workshops are no longer viable or relevant in this day and age, nor have they been for many years. We applaud the Minister in coming to that conclusion and to stop new entries,” said Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer for Community Living Ontario.
“We look forward to working with the Ministry on supporting people in the transition out of workshop environments and assisting local associations, families and individuals in terms of the conversations and benefits related to alternatives in the community, wherever their interests lie."
Read the full statement here.
A tentative agreement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving the Ontario government and former residents of 12 institutions in the province.
The deal was made public yesterday (November 12) and the province has agreed to pay $36 million to settle the class action, which includes claims, class proceedings fund levy, legal costs and disbursements.
The suit alleged that the province was negligent in the management and operation of the facilities, resulting in abuse and harm to former residents.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice must still approve the proposed settlement agreement. According to Koskie Minsky’s website, the firm representing former residents, a hearing will take place in the coming months, however no specific date was given.
The tentative deal is very similar to the class action settlements for former residents of Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres. Those agreements totalled $67.7 million.
Read the full article on our blog here.