Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 27, 2014 10:40 ET

Media Advisory: Waitlists and insufficient funding for developmental services in Ottawa-Carleton trigger rally at ministry office

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2014) - On Friday, March 28, a coalition of development services activists will hold a rally to protest inadequate funding for local developmental services by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Across the province, program cutbacks, staff layoffs, and long waitlists are having an appalling effect on the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities, say activists.

In Ottawa-Carleton alone, there are 2,181 people on waitlists for day programmes and 992 people waiting for residential placements. These numbers do not include people who need supports and services, but have not registered with local service agencies.

Media are invited to Friday's rally to hear the experiences of the families of adults with developmental disabilities and frontline workers supporting individuals in the face of programme cutbacks, layoffs and services reductions. The event has been organized by Local 1521 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Who: Developmental services workers, family members of adults with developmental disabilities, and other supporters
What: A rally against waitlists, programs cuts and reductions in services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
A rally to protest the severe lack of funding for developmental services in Ottawa-Carleton. Sharing their stories will be parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities; supported individuals, direct support workers, community partners.
When: Friday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Office of Ontario Disability Support Programme
Ministry of Community and Social Services
351 Preston Street, Ottawa

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 1521
    Jenna Stamplicoski
    Vice-President
    613-601-9115

    CUPE National Representative
    Nathalie Stringer
    613-237-0115 ext. 415

    Communications Representative
    Mary Unan
    905-739-3999, ext. 240 or 416-206-5609