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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge Has Now Started!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge has now started! Happening all of June, 2021, every dollar you donate to OFCP qualifies us to win $20,000. Get all the details at #GivingChallengeCA 

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is an initiative from CanadaHelps that encourages Canadians across the country to donate to charities throughout the month of June.

For 2021, we're pleased to announce a grand prize of $20,000! The giving challenge runs from June 1st to June 30th, and is an opportunity for charities to rally their supporters and drive more donations for their cause.

Every dollar donated to any charity by an individual in June via,, or CanadaHelps fundraising tools is an automatic entry for the chosen charity to win a $20,000 donation.

The OFCP would appreciate if you spread information about this campaign and share with your friends, family and network.

Announcing Public Posting of Initial Recommendations Report for K-12 Education Proposed Accessibility Standards

In Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 outlines the legislated process for the development of new accessibility standards through Standards Development Committees. These accessibility standards help move Ontario forward on its journey to create a more accessible and inclusive province. To this end, we are pleased to inform you that the the initial recommendations reports of the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee, and the Technical Sub-Committee on Accessible Transitions for Students with Disabilities, are now available for public comment:
Consultation: Initial recommendations for the development of proposed Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) education accessibility standards |
The reports will be posted online for a period of 65 business days. Members of the public can submit feedback until September 2, 2021.
A survey has been developed to seek public feedback and can be accessed from the link above. Written submissions can also be sent in by email to

Remote Learning to Continue Across Ontario for the Remainder of School Year

TORONTO — To best protect Ontario families from the fast growing B.1.617.2 variant, and to allow for higher rates of vaccination of students, staff, and families, the Ontario government has made the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safer summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year.

Details were provided today by Premier Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“At a time when our top priority is putting the third wave behind us so that we can safely enter Step One of our Roadmap to Reopen, we can’t risk increased cases and potential downstream impacts on hospitals and ICUs,” said Premier Ford. “Making this tough decision now will allow kids to safely enjoy camps and outdoor activities this summer, and a safe return to school in September.”

For more information click here.

Legal Guide to Engaging Support Workers For People With Disabilities

Community Living Ontario is teaming up with PooranLaw to host another webinar on the Legal Guide to Engaging Support Workers For People With Disabilities.

This session is intended to accompany and guide the audience through CLO's new e-book - Inspiring Possibilities: Legal Guide to Engaging Private Support Workers.

This session will include an introduction to the Legal Guide and will highlight key takeaways from each chapter and the resources that are included in the guide. The audience will learn about important legal issues related to paying support workers, including:
-    funding sources;
-    understanding the differences between employees and "independent contractors";
-    best practices for hiring workers;
-    key rules for managing support workers;
-    health and safety and human rights  issues;
-    insurance and taxation considerations;  and
-    special rules related to live-in support workers.

Please click the registration link below and join us on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT.

CanAge - Canada's National Seniors' Advocacy Organization

CanAge is a national organization working to improve the lives of older adults through advocacy, policy and community engagement.  Have a look at their resource and upcoming webinar page for helpful information.  Previously held webinars are also available on their YouTube channel, like the recent presentation, Powers of Attorney 101.

Research Recruitment: Nothing Without Us

Research Institution: University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Our team of researchers from the University of Calgary and McGill University is looking to interview youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities 18-30 years of age (inclusive) to understand how COVID-19 has impacted their mental health and their experiences accessing services. To participate, click this link to begin the online survey:

Contact:  For any questions, please contact

Young Caregivers Connect

The Ontario Caregiver Organization has launched a new website to help young caregivers aged 15-25 called Young Caregivers Connect.  Some of the support options offered are Online Support Groups, and information on Ways to Cope and Balancing Life and Responsibilities, among others.

Engagement on the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

The Government of Canada is engaging Canadians on how to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Your feedback will support the development of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will focus on:
·       reducing poverty among persons with disabilities in Canada;
·       getting more persons with disabilities into good quality jobs;
·       helping meet the Accessible Canada Act goal of a barrier-free Canada by 2040;
·       making it easier for persons with disabilities to access federal programs and services; and
·       fostering a culture of inclusion.
We invite you to participate by completing the online survey here by August 31, 2021. You can also print and complete the attached survey by hand and mail it to the following address:
Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau, QC 
K1A 0J9
Or by email:

Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place Gets $54K Boost From Province

Ontario is supporting the health and well-being of seniors during COVID-19 by investing $14.3 million in Seniors Active Living Centre programs in 2020-21. This includes over $54,000 in the Seniors Active Living Centre program at the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place. Seniors Active Living Centre operators will use the funds to help local seniors stay safe and socially connected through virtual and remote programs.  

“Our government is committed to protecting the health and well-being of seniors in Newmarket and across our province,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for many seniors, who miss regular in-person interactions. This funding will support Newmarket’s Seniors Meeting Place in its efforts to deliver programming that enables Newmarket seniors to safely stay connected in the community.”

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