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OFCP RAMP COVID-19 Announcement 

We are pleased to announce two new sections on the OFCP, RAMP COVID-19 page. 

These are Vaccine Information & Support and, Covid-19 Resources - Links to Other Organizations.

Please take a minute to review the information iin these sections, you will find a number of articles and webinars on vaccines as well as vaccine funding support options.

Nurturing Supportive Relationships: The Foundation to a Secure Future

In an ideal world, a supportive network of people would be readily available to our son or daughter with a disability. At P4P, we believe that one cannot truly experience community without being engaged in reciprocal relationships with other members of the community. Building a network of support is a good first step in ensuring that individuals are engaged in nurturing and supportive relationships that promote personal autonomy.

What you'll learn:

  • A variety of strategies that increase opportunities for your loved one, to develop long-term reciprocal relationships.
  • The benefits of developing friendships through shared interests and passions. 
  • Tips and strategies for creating and sustaining a personal support network. 
  • An overview of Microboards and their long-term benefits.
  • Access to a variety of video profiles featuring individuals with a developmental disability and their support networks.
  • A digital workbook filled with free resources and practical next steps that will support you in taking action.

Webcast - Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Register on this page.

Ontario Announces Emergency Child Care for Critical Frontline Workers

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing eligible health care and other frontline workers with free emergency child care for school-aged children, starting Monday, April 19, 2021. The announcement was made following the province's decision to move elementary and secondary students across the province to remote learning following the April spring break.

"Our government is once again stepping up to provide health care and other frontline workers with access to emergency child care as they continue to work around the clock in our fight against COVID-19," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "Doing so will allow these frontline workers to perform their duties knowing that their children are safe and in good hands."

For more information click here.

Transit Townhall Series for Wheel-Trans users, People with Disabilities, and Seniors

The TTC is creating a "5-Year Fare Plan." Join the community townhall over zoom to share your experiences with fares, payment options, and accessibility. A presentation will be followed by breakout discussion rooms on Zoom. Anonymous feedback will be shared with the TTC after the event. Please register in advance.

ASL interpretation and closed captioning provided. Please note in your registration if you require ASL.

A second townhall is being organized for June 2021 to focus on the Family of Services program, which may become mandatory this summer.

When: Wednesday May 5, 2021 on Zoom.

To register:

Questions? Having trouble registering? Contact or (416) 309-9026.

Hosted by TTCriders, Centre for Independent Living Toronto, and Toronto Seniors Forum.

Claiming the Right to Housing in the GTA

Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) and the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) are running a virtual workshop series to talk about the systemic housing barriers that communities in Toronto and the GTA are facing and how people can claim their rights.

This first workshop in the series "Claiming the Right to Housing in the GTA" will provide an overview of the National Housing Strategy Act, and the City of Toronto’s commitments under Toronto’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. Through interactive breakout rooms, participants will discuss the systemic housing barriers faced by marginalized communities in the GTA, and how people can claim their right to housing under the new legislation through collective submissions to the Federal Housing Advocate and Toronto Housing Commissioner.

Closed captioning provided.

When: May 5, 2021 5pm over Zoom


Having trouble registering? Contact:

More information:


Research Recruitment: Youth, Young adult Participation and Environment Measure

Research Institution: McGill University  

"Youth, Young-adult Participation and Environment Measure (Y-PEM)"  

We are conducting a research project to evaluate participation in daily activities at home, school, community and the workplace, using a questionnaire called the Y-PEM (Youth and Young Adult Participation and Environment). We need your assistance to test whether the Y-PEM can capture youth and young adult's participation and whether it is valid and consistent. If you are interested to be part of our study, please contact us at or

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CANADA Government COVID-19 INFO:

Ontario cases status updated twice a day, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.


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