Ministry of Community and Social Services

May 02, 2007 14:00 ET

Ministry of Community and Social Services: Budget 2007 Boosting Developmental Services Sector

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur unveiled details of the 2007 Budget for developmental services at Centre for Opportunities Respect and Empowerment (CORE) today.

"With the commitment of more than $200 million dollars in additional funding over four years, our transformation of developmental services takes another giant step forward," said Meilleur. "This Budget demonstrates our government's ongoing commitment to building a strong, forward-looking and sustainable developmental services system."

For the first time, agencies that provide services and support for people with a developmental disability can count on planned, multi-year increases for wages and services. Agency base and wage gap funding will grow from $44.2 million this year to $181 million in 2010/11.

Developmental service programs will also receive a $20 million boost. This funding will benefit more participants in more communities and build accountability while encouraging creativity and growth. Services and supports for adults with a developmental disability and their families allow them to live in their own communities to their fullest potential.

"All Ontarians should have the opportunity to learn, work and participate in society to their fullest potential," said Meilleur. "By investing in developmental services, we are creating a stronger, more inclusive society for all Ontarians, an Ontario that benefits from the contributions of all its citizens."

For more information on the 2007 Budget and developmental services, please visit the Ministry of Community and Social Services website at

Contact Information

  • Marc Despatie
    Minister's Office
    (416) 325-5219
    John Letherby
    Ministry of Community and Social Services
    Communication and Marketing Branch
    (416) 325-5187